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Author: PHILLIPS, CARL
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Phillips, Carl    Poet's Biography
269 poems available by this author


A KIND OF MEADOW    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Landscape; Nature


A MATHEMATICS OF BREATHING    Poem Text    
First Line: Think of any of several arched
Last Line: Is how it starts
Subject(s): Breath


AFRICA SAYS       
First Line: Before you arrive, forget
Last Line: To make each move count. %you may have learned nothing at all


AFTERWORD       
First Line: In the long dreaming, the old gods are again
Last Line: Knock wood, the matter; somewhere you're still %with me, you're not with me


AGAINST HIS QUITTING THE TORN FIELD       
First Line: How, entering %inside him, it became more
Last Line: Thus, the shield %she set the clattering bronze down, before him


ALBA: AFTER       
First Line: So you were spared
Last Line: By it, that can keep us from that beauty


ALBA: COME       
First Line: #name?
Last Line: The guarantee, safe passage away
Subject(s): Homosexuality


ALBA: FAILURE       
First Line: If the bare trees at the glass were kings
Last Line: Next town is soon, soon. Come. We turn here


ALBA: INNOCENCE       
First Line: Sunday. The bells, as expected. I cannot
Last Line: Toward a dark we couldn't fast enough get to


ALL ART...'    Poem Text    
First Line: Routinely the sea / unbuckling, out


ALL ART...'       
First Line: Routinely the sea %unbuckling, out
Last Line: Let the limbs be cut back
Variant Title(s): Interior: 'all Art...
Subject(s): Sea


ALL IT TAKES       
First Line: Any force_ %generosity, sudden updraft
Last Line: -already-you are leaving. You have %crossed the water


AND FITFUL MEMORIES OF PAN: 1. THE ARGUMENT       
First Line: The argument that rules out %excess must be
Last Line: Achingly the light %tips across it


AND FITFUL MEMORIES OF PAN: 2. FAVOR       
First Line: Even from this distance, I can tell %a man, clearly
Last Line: Up, through itself -- %give. What he wants, he shall have


AND FITFUL MEMORIES OF PAN: 3. NOR BREATH NOR HEAT       
First Line: Nor stir %as when -- to those
Last Line: -- they %do, the lifeless


AND FITFUL MEMORIES OF PAN: 4. DROPPED FLUTE       
First Line: I do not say there weren't signs
Last Line: Yet to reach it, their most %full, most slaughterable ripeness


AND FITFUL MEMORIES OF PAN: 5. DAPPLED SHROUD       
First Line: Inside the man %stays -- regardless, mere
Last Line: The notes %the music


AND IT BEGINS LIKE THIS        Recitation by Author


AND OTHER ANIMALS    Poem Text    
First Line: Roughly the river, running swift, and silver
Last Line: Kneeling before me as if to receive their last crowns


ANIMAL       
First Line: The shadow, leaving %the tree's shadow is --
Last Line: Trapped there. Beating %there


ANY MOMENT       
First Line: Any moment, you'll rise, wash
Last Line: How a stranger thing happens


ARCADIA: 1. DESIRE       
First Line: The horse does not drink, but I am sure
Last Line: Gentle, bring him to me


ARCADIA: 2. HE IS A LOVER OF HORSES       
First Line: He is a lover of horses, but a troubled child also
Last Line: It has a name, he tells the men, when they call him


ARCADIA: 3. A LATE AND SOLITARY FIGURE       
First Line: Thunder, and lightning. He keeps his head down
Last Line: That he thinks so. He is sure he is the one flower in it


ARCADIA: 4. THE TAMING       
First Line: He is not like the others, who say nothing and leave
Last Line: Silk and not water. To look at, unbroken, clean. His


AS A BLOW, FROM THE WEST       
First Line: Names for the moon: %harvest; and blue, and %don't touch me
Last Line: My truest self? Why won't you take it-if a gift, if yours?


AS FROM A QUIVER OF ARROWS    Poem Text    
First Line: What do we do with the body, do we
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Gays & Lesbians; Sickness; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men; Illness


AS FROM A QUIVER OF ARROWS       
First Line: What do we do with the body, do we
Last Line: Swim? What will I do now, with my hands?
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Homosexuality; Sickness


AUBADE FOR EVE THE ARBOR       
First Line: To the buzz and drowse of flies coupling over and over
Last Line: Tell me, it seems to say, what can you know of the world


AUBADE: SOME PEACHES, AFTER STORM    Poem Text    
First Line: So that each
Subject(s): Fruit


AUTUMN. A MIXED MUSIC.       
First Line: Believe me, I would sooner %speak true --
Last Line: Listen: that doesn't happen in this world


BILLET-DOUX       
First Line: Nobody lied; left to themselves, the waves
Last Line: This morning: blue luck, a stone hand %coins, that all but give themselves up


BLACK BOX       
First Line: The body, how %then it seemed the length of
Last Line: The steep %slope like prairie, %disappears?


BLIZZARD    Poem Text    
First Line: After agony had left his body to find another,
Subject(s): Betrayal; Relationships


BLUE    Poem Text    
First Line: As through marble or the lining of
Subject(s): Race Awareness; Ancestors & Ancestry; Heritage; Heredity


BLUE       
First Line: As through marble, or the lining of
Last Line: Apparently misinformed about the rumored %stuff of dreams: everywhere I inquired, %I was told look f


BLUE CASTRATO: 1. TO HIS SAVIOR IN CHRIST       
First Line: If I did not, as I do, know well
Last Line: I sing - and see? The grasses open


BLUE CASTRATO: 2. TO HIS DIARY       
First Line: Played mister lazy, mostly. Found
Last Line: Some hunger (food, et al.). Resisted
Subject(s): Diaries


BLUE CASTRATO: 3. TO HIS RIGHT HAND       
First Line: Soft! - is it you? Idiot. Who's
Last Line: As usual. I'm better than this. I am


BLUE CASTRATO: 4. TO HIS PSYCHIATRIST       
First Line: Volcano. No, a bud that brooks
Last Line: My way. Plays horn. Spits up: - a lily


BLUE CASTRATO: 5. TO HIS SAVIOR IN CHRIST       
First Line: Haven't I hymned your praise enough
Last Line: I'm no less yours. In need, your servant


BLUE CASTRATO: 6. TO HIS BODY AT 42 (A VALENTINE)       
First Line: Dear vessel - little boat - of me
Last Line: These still-immaculate-sounding notes


BRIGHT WORLD       
First Line: -and it came to pass, that meaning faltered; came detached
Last Line: Distracted, has stopped struggling-and the heart gives in


BRIGHT WORLD, AND BRIGHTENING       
First Line: He said forsythia, he was
Last Line: And watched it grow steadily %useless in my hands


BROCADE       
First Line: As when the vine, climbing
Last Line: Softly, as I sway among them


CANOE       
First Line: The brow of a man who, %when he takes to his own
Last Line: I want forgiveness to be as easy as the gestures for it, it %isn't, is it?


CARAVAN       
First Line: Clarion, %boom-time, %yes-though, more often
Last Line: Apparently. I am leading the way


CHAMBER MUSIC       
First Line: Like something broken of wing, lying there
Last Line: Constrain-me. Turn it over. Now do it again


CHARM       
First Line: Years, now.-cities %past that. To be %able to name them
Last Line: Means, doesn't it, %to be saved?


CHOSEN FIGURE       
First Line: That was the winter of three
Last Line: Where the lord has touched you


CIVILIZATION    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Longing; Relationships; Ambition


CLARITY       
First Line: No dream-but as %if so, moving at first %with the force of
Last Line: I take it, in the darkness, to my face


CLAY       
First Line: The shape of any thing
Last Line: When did I choose %the flesh, wanting


CLEARING       
First Line: Had the light %changed, possibly-or
Last Line: If stay my hand-where %rest it?


CLOUD COUNTRY        Recitation by Author


COMPASS       
First Line: A star %dog with torch in its mouth
Last Line: What is lovely -- an arrow


CORTEGE    Poem Text    
First Line: If the sea could dream, and if the sea
Subject(s): Life; Grief; Relationships; Sorrow; Sadness


CORTEGE       
First Line: If the sea could dream, and if the sea
Last Line: Vincent and matthew and, last, what bore your name


COTILLION       
First Line: Every one of these bodies, those in drag, those
Last Line: Maybe, but not on air: this time through water


CUSTOM    Poem Text    
First Line: There is a difference it used to make,


DEAD RECKONING       
First Line: Filled, finally, with
Last Line: About the trees, where %trees were


DEAREST WON       
First Line: Soon, I suspect, I shall be done with
Last Line: Am like damage, be sure. I do not fail


DEATH OF THE SIBYL       
First Line: The world, when it comes, is not the fist
Last Line: Har the rush of whole lives passing %elsewhere, without you,and still believe %you have not been ent


DEPOSITION       
First Line: Whether it more was like %the ocean, %or more
Last Line: That sort of wind, nor a tunnel, or through one, it %was not like that


DOMESTIC    Poem Text    
First Line: If, when studying road atlases
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Love; Family Life; Travel; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men; Relatives; Journeys; Trips


DOMESTIC       
First Line: If, when studying road atlases
Last Line: All I want of the world, coming down


ELEGY    Poem Text    
First Line: Poor eros: sadly, as in the boning of fowl
Last Line: Pink legs working whole crowds into longing
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians


ELEGY       
First Line: Poor eros: sadly, as in the boning of fowl
Last Line: Pink legs working whole crowds into longing
Subject(s): Homosexuality


ENDING: SAN FRANCISCO: 1. SEAL ROCK       
First Line: We saw: no seals
Last Line: An abrupt, changed want


ENDING: SAN FRANCISCO: 2. INTERLUDE: MUIR WOODS       
First Line: Many trees, red as rumored; cool as rumor confirmed, their cast shadows
Last Line: #name?


ENDING: SAN FRANCISCO: 2. THE PIER       
First Line: In the open air, stone basins
Last Line: The skilled hands to let the sheets down


ETUDE IN D       
First Line: Late-american. A boy mostly, but with a
Last Line: Himself the last to give a name to it


FALLING    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Life; Nature; Birds


FERVOR       
First Line: Somewhere between %to be lit %and to be
Last Line: It sang all night


FFLIGHT OF DOVES    Poem Text    
First Line: I have been the king for whom the loveliest beasts
Last Line: I brush the snow from his hair, as I take him, in my arms
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians


FILM NOIR       
First Line: We've just pulled out of
Last Line: Between us, the two of us %dissolving, as the door falls down


FLUME       
First Line: The idea is to pretend
Last Line: Long for this world


FOR ERIN, FOR OTHERS       
First Line: There are places in this world where
Last Line: A word, that's all, like yes, so yes you %say, I'll come, you tell him show me


FOR THE FALCONER    Poem Text    
First Line: The hunt -- was good; the kill
Subject(s): Hunting; Hunters


FOR THE FALCONER       
First Line: The hunt -- was good; the kill
Last Line: (what it most sounded like) %(plunder)
Subject(s): Hunting


FOUNTAIN       
First Line: Therefore, not this ocean's %ordinary enough wave and
Last Line: You're coming %closer. The body -- gleams


FRAY       
First Line: There it lay, before me, as they had
Last Line: To give to shapelessness %a form


FREEZE       
First Line: The only light in the room
Subject(s): Snow


FREEZE       
First Line: The only light in the room
Last Line: I wondered %if the snow fell there, too
Subject(s): Snow


FRETWORK       
First Line: Reports are various- %conflicting also
Last Line: #name?


FROM THE DEVOTIONS: 1    Poem Text    
First Line: As if somewhere, away, a dorr had slammed shut
Last Line: I can't. I could not save you
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Sickness; Illness


FROM THE DEVOTIONS: 1       
First Line: As if somewhere, away, a dorr had slammed shut
Last Line: I can't, I could not save you?
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Sickness


FROM THE DEVOTIONS: 2    Poem Text    
First Line: Not, despite what you believed, that
Last Line: We were walking, that we are walking upon them
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Sickness; Illness


FROM THE DEVOTIONS: 2       
First Line: Not, despite what you believed, that
Last Line: We were walking that we were talking %upon them
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Sickness


FROM THE DEVOTIONS: 3    Poem Text    
First Line: All night, again, / a wind that failed to bring storm
Last Line: Then we rise; are astounded
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Sickness; Illness


FROM THE DEVOTIONS: 3       
First Line: All night, again, %a wind that failed to bring storm
Last Line: Struck down. Then we rise; are astounded
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Sickness


FULL ACREAGE OF MOURNING       
First Line: The truth is, I was at the point of utter ruin
Last Line: Now, little shield, or little sir refuge, here


FUSE       
First Line: From inside a stillness like that %of leaves hanging in the same %damp and
Last Line: Their shouting was %not, I think, the shout of joy?


GESTURE, POSSIBLY ARCHAIC       
First Line: Careful confident both, and %prone, the two of them, to
Last Line: The men won't, either %one of them, be missed


GIRDING       
First Line: Clarity verus blur. %it is very-in that way-like the body
Last Line: The straps adjust. %like so


GLADS       
First Line: Three, at the most four days later
Last Line: Like rescue birds hope clouds mercy


GODS       
First Line: It is not that they don't exist but that they are
Last Line: And that clean. Easily it breaks, and it breaks clean


GODS LEAVING       
First Line: That they carry away, with them
Last Line: Into it, I did not think to cry out


GOLDEN       
First Line: There, behind the raised %and extended
Last Line: Believe each gets what %each deserves


GREAT NOISE       
First Line: Then he died
Last Line: To the highest, brightest star


GROVE       
First Line: Half litter, %half decoration
Last Line: How it gives them away


HALO       
First Line: In the dream, as if to remind %himself of his own power-that he
Last Line: Inexorable as luck-the dream, turning, %with you


HEAVEN       
First Line: Here, to no wave or bough even a least trembling
Last Line: The same wilderness -- the way light is windless -- as here


HERE, ON EARTH       
First Line: When the battle, like favor, shifts
Last Line: You carried me. You took me. You hid your face


HERMAPHRODITE       
First Line: Named half after the god
Last Line: All over again in myself, %in this body of mine


HOME MOVIE       
First Line: Nearly everyone in it's a dead man
Last Line: Or after. The people came back and, yes, %there's a difference; but that's not it


HONEY HUSH       
First Line: It will be as if: fur. As if trust
Last Line: Or despair: no struggle attends that descent


HOUR OF DUSK       
First Line: Finally, hero means only having %with more distinction, nerve, or
Last Line: The event between them that -- is %need until, unflinchingly, it isn't


HOW WE MET THE BARBARIANS       
First Line: We knew by the boots
Last Line: History makes - %one life folding %into another


HUNTERS       
First Line: That they, in fitful bands, came
Last Line: Stringing his bow; another, the way he had raised his


HUSTLER SPEAKS OF PLACES       
First Line: I've known places: %I've known places weary as the flesh when it's had some
Last Line: My soul has been changed in places


HYMN    Poem Text    
First Line: Less the shadow
Subject(s): God; Death; Relationships; Dead, The


HYMN       
First Line: Less the shadow %than you a stag, sudden, through it
Last Line: All the unglittering other dropped stones


HYMNS AND FRAGMENTS       
First Line: These are the gloves-of doeskin-he had specially made
Last Line: This is how you paint a sleeping bird


I SEE A MAN       
First Line: He has just had sex. I can tell by the way, when he
Last Line: It's easy, still, to say a thing like that. Write it down. %even. Call it a poem


IF A WILDERNESS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Then spring came:
Subject(s): Spring


IF POLARIZED, IF FILTERED, THEN MORE TRUE       
First Line: He meant the light. %no %no, he meant the water
Last Line: Look like stones mostly-released, as %from a sling


IN LOVE       
First Line: Here, when the light deepens
Last Line: Being good, provides


IN STONE       
First Line: Their clothes; their rings as well, until
Last Line: All that water. What's done is done


IN THE BLOOD, WINNOWING: 1    Poem Text    
First Line: Before the dumb hoof
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Sickness; Illness


IN THE BLOOD, WINNOWING: 1       
First Line: Before the dumb hoof
Last Line: Alone can't account for
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Sickness


IN THE BLOOD, WINNOWING: 2    Poem Text    
First Line: What is it but / yours, the one hand
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Sickness; Illness


IN THE BLOOD, WINNOWING: 2       
First Line: What is it but %yours, the one hand
Last Line: Of conclusion, %all it ever was
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Sickness


IN THE BLOOD, WINNOWING: 3    Poem Text    
First Line: Stones do not matter
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Sickness; Illness


IN THE BLOOD, WINNOWING: 3       
First Line: Stones do not matter
Last Line: You are all the stones %that keep missing the glass
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Sickness


IN THE BLOOD, WINNOWING: 4       
First Line: Nothing stops %for your admiring the hair
Last Line: Where things don't wash off
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Sickness


IN THE BORGHESE GARDENS       
First Line: The sad roman emperors were not the many
Last Line: Like it's history, or the heart, and not bread


IN THE DAYS OF THROWN CONFETTI       
First Line: You remember. %back when, I suppose
Last Line: Took someplace else their hunger


IN THE PICTURE       
First Line: He's younger, early thirties. He's already been
Last Line: Do always: leaden, defiant. He seems happy


IN THIS LIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Sure, I used to say his name like a truth that, just
Subject(s): Language; Grief; Words; Vocabulary; Sorrow; Sadness


INTERIOR: THE KILL       
First Line: The last time I gave my body up %to you, I was minded
Last Line: Suffering, and love would %out all suffering


INTERLUDE       
First Line: Briefly, an ease %akin to those parts of %the air that
Last Line: The body %over.-up. Into yours


JUST SOUTH OF THE KINGDOM    Poem Text    
First Line: It is for, you see, eventually the deer
Subject(s): Hunting & Hunters


JUST THE WIND FOR A SOUND, SOFTLY    Poem Text    
First Line: There's a weed whose name I've meant all summer
Last Line: Like your own body to you. And now I can't forget
Subject(s): Weeds; Memory; Love


JUSTICE       
First Line: Nameless, or else %many-named, no matter, but the dog must come
Last Line: Undamaged, %mercy- %from her mouth. And want no more


KIND OF MEADOW       
First Line: - shored %by trees at its far ending
Last Line: Out, the one dappled way, back


KING OF HEARTS    Poem Text    
First Line: Somewhere now, someone is missing him
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians


KING OF HEARTS       
First Line: Somewhere now, someone is missing him
Last Line: You're the king, you're the king, him saying
Subject(s): Homosexuality


KIT       
First Line: At first, %the more obvious, slack-chested tokens may
Last Line: Less, at first, like joy that runs you through


LAND       
First Line: The extended tumble %that has been
Last Line: The dusk, the light %- for me, say them


LANDFALL       
First Line: Conquest first, of course, then the usual
Last Line: So it seemed at first, as the darkness itself %tossed, and shifted


LATE APOLLO       
First Line: Brief in the light of street-lamp, then back again
Last Line: That one clear note it gives


LATE EMPIRE       
First Line: To those who were born wanting, the mornings came
Last Line: With the patience only echo can sustain, gave back


LAY ME DOWN       
First Line: Lay me down %let me
Last Line: Everything, they said %I say it now


LEDA, AFTER THE SWAN    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Perhaps, / in the exaggerated grace
Subject(s): Leda; Swans


LEVITATION       
First Line: While presumably you %are flying over fields of wild mustard
Last Line: Bits I am even now forgetting


LIBRETTO       
First Line: The letter arrived open, unsigned
Last Line: For on their faces lay no sign


LIGHT AND DIPLOMATIC BIRD       
Last Line: Bird balance, bleach: make miniature %valhalla of my heart


LIKE CUTTINGS FOR A WREATH OF PRAISE AND RANSOM       
First Line: Abbreviation, %part that gives what is left
Last Line: The legs go here. The straps adjust. %like so


LIKE HISTORY       
First Line: For a time, it is as they told me and
Last Line: Shall have been-to the street %he, darkening, equals?


LIKE STITCHES WHERE THE MOTHS HAVE MADE AN OPENING       
First Line: Star-in-the-hand cupped fire fist
Last Line: Not now. Listen: someone is calling my name


LITTLE DANCE OUTSIDE THE RUINS OF UNREASON       
First Line: Nothing about that life %was incidental
Last Line: (singing) %nothing unforgivable %(singing) %everything to forgive


LOST CHORUS       
First Line: One saying %we faltered, we %loved, oh
Last Line: Relief %their invisible hands


LOWER MARSHES       
First Line: Maybe humility is what the needs
Last Line: The reeds do. It's what the lost are for


LUCK    Poem Text    
First Line: What shall we not perhaps get over. We
Last Line: Only in this, there was some
Subject(s): Mowing & Mowers


LULLABYE FOR THE WOUNDED EROS       
First Line: If now, after all that he's
Last Line: Be still while you still %can be. Don't wake him


LUNA MOTH    Poem Text    
First Line: No eye that sees could fail to remark you
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians


LUNA MOTH       
First Line: No eye that sees could fail to remark you
Last Line: Seemed, bringing the small ripped thing to me
Subject(s): Homosexuality


MAN WITH THE CLITORIS IN HIS EAR       
Last Line: I say you could do damage, just dreaming


MASTERY       
First Line: Dry waterfall %that eventually, almost
Last Line: Comes first? Then you do?


MATHEMATICS OF BREATHING       
First Line: Think of any of several arched
Last Line: Breathe in, %breathe out %is how it starts
Subject(s): Breath


MEDITATION: EXEMPLA       
First Line: The one lemon, restive, then settling to the bottom of its porcelain bowl
Last Line: Discernible object but more sky


MEDITATION: ISAIAH       
First Line: Who are these that fly - like cloud
Last Line: And be broken - and rushes - and snared


MEDITATION: PERFECTION       
First Line: To take everything back, reverse the limbs turned out
Last Line: Like a spire: no discernible object but more sky


MEDITATION: SURRENDER    Poem Text    
First Line: As when, / into the canyon that means
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians


MEDITATION: SURRENDER       
First Line: As when, %into the canyon that means
Last Line: That he, impossibly, might catch it
Subject(s): Homosexuality


MEDITATION: THE DARK GROTTO       
First Line: If he is disease, he is also
Last Line: And tasting, I knew the tongue


MEDITATION: THE RIVER ROAD       
First Line: That certain birds
Last Line: It has surprised you, thus to understand the soul


MEDITATION: THE VEIL BETWEEN       
First Line: That is, they with their backs to us, they with their hands
Last Line: Cold, hollow. Us calling it song or saying no, it is grace


MOCKINGBIRD       
First Line: Nothing so fuels desire %as imitation
Last Line: We shall not miss it. %it weighed nothing


MOVING TARGET       
First Line: If to be patient were less %an exercise
Last Line: A face, turning. And %then a turned one


MY MEADOW, MY TWILIGHT    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


NAKED MAN       
First Line: I have a body, I believe
Last Line: Everyone suffering - how %shall I choose?
Subject(s): Faith; Religion


NO KINGDOM       
First Line: So little wakes you - why
Last Line: Here, where you'll find it


NORTH       
First Line: Earthstar, %seastar- %more dark than either-he mistakes me
Last Line: O him, beneath me


OF THAT CITY, THE HEART       
First Line: You lived here once. City -- remember? --
Last Line: Noteless now; of tracks whose end is here
Subject(s): Cities


ON BEING ASKED TO RECALL THE ANNUNCIATION       
First Line: Clearly, no one was expected; nothing
Last Line: Not to believe each word as it fell, the way %hands too soon fall away from prayer


ON MORALS       
First Line: Naturally, the preference is for
Last Line: Risen. That is, it appears to


ON RESTRAINT       
First Line: One could do worse than to begin
Last Line: But very like a horse, how he ran


ONE SEES PICTURES OF DANTE:       
First Line: In byzantine profile, looking about
Last Line: In some way concern the soul


OUR LADY       
First Line: In the final hour, our lady-of
Last Line: Once, so eagerly sought him


PARABLE       
First Line: There was a saint once
Last Line: Lose themsleves eyes open


PASSING    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: When the famous black poet speaks,
Subject(s): Ancestors & Ancestry; Heritage; Heredity


PASSING       
First Line: When the famous black poet speaks
Last Line: A lung of the famous black poet %saying nothing I want to understand


PERENNIAL       
First Line: Something to do with thunder
Last Line: Everything, though it leave, it %must come back


PHOTOGRAPHER       
First Line: Sees with his eyes, %he tells me, like it's the one way
Last Line: Will they do now, in all this water


PORCELAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: As when a long forgetfulness lifts suddenly, and what
Subject(s): Sex


PORTAGE       
First Line: No longer that country %the vision came from
Last Line: Forever stuck inside %their excellent, downed throats


PYGMALION       
First Line: He's up to something, they say
Last Line: Truly one who holds the gods' favor


QUARTER-VIEW, FROM NAUSET       
First Line: Love, etc. Have been remembering
Last Line: Times, a color you'd call anything but blue


RAVAGE       
First Line: He has made me to know, %in myself, a compassion I have %no use for
Last Line: Lying still %in the part at least I had thought %to keep?


REACH       
First Line: Out here, whre any rambling bed-of sea
Last Line: Sticky and heavy-foreign-on my tongue


RECUMBENT       
First Line: Here, the ribs end, they - divide, into
Last Line: - a crown, for %how it flashes


REGALIA FIGURE       
First Line: We were mistaken, I think
Last Line: A crown, for %how it flashes


RENDERINGS: ANACREON (1)       
First Line: Madness, in all forms
Last Line: In the winter-cold flood-tide %of longing


RENDERINGS: ANACREON (2)       
First Line: You, %a boy
Last Line: You are no charioteer


RENDERINGS: ANONYMOUS       
First Line: The yellow, once-noisy
Last Line: There will be other games than this one


RENDERINGS: ARCHILOCHUS       
First Line: By the spear, let's call it
Last Line: Had not yet undone mine


RENDERINGS: FROM AN EPITAPH       
First Line: Stranger, stopping to read this
Last Line: None of this, in the end, %could save me


RENDERINGS: MIMNERMUS       
First Line: What is life or anything sweet
Last Line: Then, too, let go my body


RENDERINGS: SAPPHO       
First Line: Need, desire: %that which we must have
Last Line: They have not met your son


RESCUE       
First Line: But the field he brings me to, it is
Last Line: It falls like decline on a living legend's perfect face


RETREAT       
First Line: The sea and then, before it, the salted %meadow of sea-bay, the meadow
Last Line: Not tenderly, just -- responsibly, pulls %shut. The body first. Then the soul


RETURN TO THE LAND OF THE GOLDEN APPLES       
First Line: Blue wash. The winged horses look %like horses-artless, free
Last Line: Unfolding-as if %map, then shroud-its song


REVISION       
First Line: Which is worse-not being
Last Line: Speak first. And I'll answer


ROCK HARBOR       
First Line: The wind was high-it gave to your
Last Line: Also, there is nothing I'll forget


ROMAN GLASS       
First Line: Even in the latter, raveling days of the republic, the romans clung archaically
Last Line: Even should the subject prove, the entire time, to have been lost
Subject(s): Caesar, Julius (100-44 B.c.); Poetry And Poets; Roman Empire


ROMANCE       
First Line: At the museum whose entrance is mostly
Last Line: Still, at first we both call it an omen


SAFARI FIGURE       
First Line: An intention toward
Last Line: My face, or his, that I'm startled by
Subject(s): Jungles


SANCTUM       
First Line: Then broke off reading
Last Line: Might least offend. And only then as if %for flight


SEASCAPE       
First Line: As before %green of soon
Last Line: A song I could once believe birds-asleep, ghosting-make


SEMINAR: PROBLEMS IN RENAISSANCE PAINTING       
First Line: In the first panel, for example: the way
Last Line: The angel shouldering his way into the room


SIBYL       
First Line: Crossroads vision
Last Line: I am falling through


SINCE YOU ASK    Poem Text    
First Line: Through the air, over water,
Subject(s): Falcons; Horses


SINGING    Poem Text    
Subject(s): God


SIR LIEGE       
First Line: Like love, you must lie somewhere sleeping
Last Line: Tell me, skimming the blue of what hereafter


SLEIGH RIDE       
First Line: What I remember is - actual reindeer
Last Line: Next will tear us - revenant, and forward


SMELL OF HAY       
First Line: If I speak of suffering
Last Line: To blow across. And it flew. It scattered


SO THE MIND SWINGS OPEN LIKE A GATE    Poem Text    
First Line: When it comes what, eventually, it must come to
Last Line: Meaning it anyway. He touches me, or I touch him, or don't
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Love Meaning Of


SOMEWHERE HOLY    Poem Text    
First Line: There are places in this world where
Subject(s): Drugs & Drug Abuse; Narcotics; Opium; Cocaine; Crack; Heroin


STRUNG ABSENTIA       
First Line: What happened %was the less the fault of, more
Last Line: Best, I should let him %softly, then-softly, I moved away


STUDY BETWEEN COLORS       
First Line: Now everything comes %simple. Ladder, for
Last Line: Or what, and called thief


SUITE FOR ROPE AND BELLS: 1. AS OF BIRDS       
First Line: You, %no god but %to whose breast
Last Line: Beneficence, this drowning


SUITE FOR ROPE AND BELLS: 2. SOUVENIR       
First Line: The flesh: %how, %again finding the air
Last Line: The heart: there is still %here a darkness


SUITE FOR ROPE AND BELLS: 3. NIGHT HARBOR       
First Line: Having seen waver, rock
Last Line: Given time, the rope frays


SUMMER       
First Line: The latest once-more-with-feeling-please
Last Line: A lovely rumor. Then summer was over


SUNDAY       
First Line: All morning, I watch him
Last Line: The changing of tires, reminding how it feels to be stranded


SURROUNDED AS WE ARE, UNLIT, UNSHADOWED    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Love


SWAIN'S INVITATION       
First Line: The barn is warm, come inside, lie down
Last Line: Only how tired you were, how warm the barn


SWEAR-TO-GOD       
First Line: So much for the fanfare others call disaster. Sure
Last Line: No one gets hurt


TEACHING OVID TO SIXTH-GRADERS       
First Line: Easy enough, now, %listening to this uneven rustle
Last Line: The lesson beginning %all over again, %but different


TETHER       
First Line: Small release %bird, risen, flown
Last Line: And now I have lain my body on his own


THE BLUE CASTRATO: 2. TO HIS DIARY    Poem Text    
First Line: Played mister lazy, mostly. Found
Subject(s): Diaries


THE LEAVES FIRST    Poem Text    
First Line: Before this crown
Subject(s): Love - Erotic


THE PINNACLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Having found a trail, we


THE TRUTH    Poem Text    
First Line: And now, / the horse is entering
Subject(s): Seashore; Horses; God; Beach; Coast; Shore


TO BREAK, TO RIDE       
First Line: That, nightly, %some blooms fold, %some open; how
Last Line: Be more close than we are now


TO GET THERE       
First Line: Thus would I have a large wound coming
Last Line: Follow me. %I'll take you there, he'll promise


TO THE INTERIOR       
First Line: To each a gift, to the gifts
Last Line: Now our falling seemed more swift


TORN SASH       
First Line: To each his colors: mauve, and yellow. And
Last Line: All appearances equally each forgave the other


TOURING MAN LOSES HIS WAY       
First Line: With all the wreckage
Last Line: Shingles flashing, weathering


TOWER WINDOW       
First Line: The glass is old
Last Line: How cool the glass is


TOYS    Poem Text    
First Line: Seeing them like this
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Popular Culture - United States; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


TOYS       
First Line: Seeing them like this
Last Line: That it also comes this way, in parts
Subject(s): Homosexuality; Popular Culture - United States


TRADE       
First Line: Bending-as no %flower bends- %casting the difficult rule
Last Line: Or the stillness, afterwards, %that they found; or the way they seemed to


TRANSLATION       
First Line: Stillness of a body that seizure has just finished visiting has
Last Line: Flowers. The rest you know


TREES       
First Line: All night. From behind
Last Line: Not to know that it has already left us


TROPHY       
First Line: When was the burning %that of fire?
Last Line: I am rowing, it seems


TRUTH       
First Line: And now %the horse is entering
Last Line: Its back %and love you too


TUNNEL    Poem Text    
First Line: Come now, if ever. / when it is raining this gentle
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Gays & Lesbians; Sickness; Illness


TUNNEL       
First Line: Come now, if ever. %when it is raining this gentle
Last Line: The wounds are to be %left open
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Homosexuality; Sickness


TURNING WEST       
First Line: Through a distance like that between writing from a life
Last Line: Above me, the banner opens and furls, and opens


TWO VERSIONS OF THE VERY SAME STORY       
First Line: In ravenna, dante's dying. He's alone
Last Line: Where floorboards, bars don't change. The people do


UNBEAUTIFUL       
First Line: Not blond not %well-fashioned not cut
Last Line: Stars -- %every one


VANITY OF WISHES       
First Line: To take everything back
Last Line: Nor have got there. To thirst %gothically, to want - %like a spire


VIA SACRA       
First Line: The horse rides easy. %intermittently, %that I can ride at all, still, can
Last Line: Who stammers; who's %let his candle fall


WANTED       
First Line: In dream, every one of the mind's lakes is
Last Line: Used, elimination: not him, not him, not him


WAY AS PROMISED       
First Line: He shot the ass %in the head. Simple
Last Line: A single road. %as far as santiago


WHAT MYTH IS       
First Line: Not only what lasts, but what
Last Line: To believe they fly, ever


WHERE IT HURTS       
First Line: When he speaks of his childhood
Last Line: The sound of hooves through a garden


WHITE DOG    Poem Text    
First Line: First snow-I release her into it-
Subject(s): Dogs


WHITE DOG       
First Line: First snow -- I release her into it
Last Line: I release her. It's as if I release her %because I know


WINTER TREES       
First Line: The wet dawn inks are doing their blue dissolve
Last Line: The shadows of ringdoves chanting, but easing nothing
Subject(s): Trees; Winter


WOULD-BE EVERLASTING       
First Line: There is a sea there. Nobody looks at it, or rarely, and even then only as, in
Last Line: Was true? Not native to it, how much has from that country been my own %rough translation?


YOU ARE THERE       
First Line: You start here--cozumel--it's an island, some people
Last Line: The lobby, just in case you never get where you're going


YOUR COUNTRY       
First Line: The light here is not god
Last Line: Miles and lives around us %don't really spell america, %but I say they do-- %I am dying in your coun


YOUR DREAM       
First Line: You're wrong. %not the whitest pigeon
Last Line: The one window out %will be ours


YOURS, AND THE ROOM AFTER       
First Line: I admit to entering them %both-no
Last Line: Water inside a budvase the color %of water


YOUTH WITH SATYR, BOTH RESTING       
First Line: There are certain words-ecstasy, abandon
Last Line: In the manner of any number of unresolvable %themes, let dangle