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Piercy, Marge    Poet's Biography
609 poems available by this author


16/53       
First Line: Your elephant adolescence in sandlots brooklyn


184TH DEMONSTRATION       
First Line: This is the 184th demonstration


31ST OF MARCH       
First Line: A cold insistent rain swells the buds
Last Line: The first slug of spring extends itself %like a yawn across the sand. My next %year splits open to s


A CANDLE IN A GLASS    Poem Text    
First Line: When you died, it was time to light the first
Subject(s): Jewish Families


A KIND OF THEFT    Poem Text    
First Line: It is the season of making vinegars,
Subject(s): Cooking & Cooks; Cookery


A NEW CONSTELLATION    Poem Text    
First Line: We go intertwined, him and you
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


A STORY AS WET AS TEARS    Poem Text    
First Line: Remember the princess who kissed the frog
Subject(s): Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


A VALLEY WHERE I DON'T BELONG    Poem Text    
First Line: The first cocks begin clearing the throat of morning
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


A WORK OF ARTIFACE    Poem Text    
First Line: The bonsai / in the attractive pot
Subject(s): Bonsai; Poetry & Poets


ABSOLUTELY SAFE       
First Line: Take the pills, little lady, take the pills
Last Line: And a new pill grows hair on roads


AFTER THE CORN MOON       
First Line: Swallows thrown from a giant hand turn
Last Line: Sometimes the knife of frost is a blessing


AFTER THE LOSS    Poem Text    
First Line: A storm rips the leaves
Last Line: Litter of dead leaves
Subject(s): Storms


AFTER THE WIND ABATED, HE WALKED OUT AND DIED    Poem Text    
First Line: A little green snake trapped
Last Line: And the long cold between the stars
Subject(s): Jewish Families


AFTER THE WIND ABATED, HE WALKED OUT AND DIED       
First Line: A little green snake trapped
Last Line: And the long cold between the stars
Subject(s): Jewish Families


ALL DAY ALL NIGHT TALK RADIO       
First Line: The voice roars from the radio
Last Line: Howling all night at the benign %public moon


ALL LOVERS HAVE SECRET NAMES    Poem Text    
First Line: The day I forget to write
Subject(s): Jewish Families


ALL LOVERS HAVE SECRET NAMES       
First Line: The day I forget to write
Last Line: Is simply, finally %love
Subject(s): Jewish Families


ALL SYSTEMS ARE UP       
First Line: You dial and a voice answers
Last Line: Have a nice day


ALTNEUSHUL IN THE OLD PRAGUE GHETTO       
First Line: Craggy lines stoop against a crowded sky
Last Line: Here you slam against fact and then rejoice
Subject(s): Jewish Families


ALWAYS UNSUITABLE    Poem Text    
First Line: She wore little teeth of pearls around her neck.
Subject(s): Sex; Conduct Of Life


ALWAYS UNSUITABLE       
First Line: She wore little teeth of pearls around her neck
Last Line: How to love yourselves, bitter sisters


AMIDAH: ON OUR FEET WE SPEAK TO YOU    Poem Text    
First Line: We rise to speak / a web of bodies aligned like notes of music
Subject(s): Jewish Families


AMIDAH: ON OUR FEET WE SPEAK TO YOU       
First Line: We rise to speak %a web of bodies aligned like notes of music
Last Line: Praise the light that shines before us, through us, after us, amein
Subject(s): Jewish Families


ANCIENT WOOD       
First Line: The wood speaks to me, said the carver
Last Line: Outlasted not only tree but forest


ANOTHER COUNTRY    Poem Text    
First Line: When I visited with the porpoises
Last Line: That harvest the tuna like wheat
Subject(s): Environment; Sea Monsters; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation; Sea Serpents


ANOTHER COUNTRY       
First Line: When I visited with the porpoises
Subject(s): Environment; Sea Monsters


ANOTHER OBITUARY    Poem Text    
First Line: We were filled with the strong wine
Subject(s): Rich, Adrienne (1929-2012); Women's Rights; Feminism


ANSWER TO ALL PROBLEMS       
First Line: We aren't available, we can't talk to you
Last Line: Hi, my humans have been murdered and cannot come


ANXIETY WINS A ROUND       
First Line: All night stone is grinding upon stone
Last Line: And walk on the painted map called reality


APOLOGIES       
First Line: Moments %when I care about nothing
Last Line: Never otherwise %so happy


APPLE SAUCE FOR EVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Those old daddies cursed you and us in you
Subject(s): Jewish Families


APPLE SAUCE FOR EVE       
First Line: Those old daddies cursed you and us in you
Last Line: The seeds were freedom and the flowering of choice
Subject(s): Jewish Families


ARGUMENT WITH MEMORY       
First Line: You are something I drag behind me
Last Line: My flame with your mind


ARIA       
First Line: One crow comes now every morning
Last Line: And I bowed my head as she sang
Subject(s): Birds; Crows


ARK OF CONSEQUENCE       
First Line: The classic rainbow shows as an arc
Last Line: With the dead moon for company and warning
Subject(s): Jewish Families


ARLES, 7 P.M.       
First Line: Shoals of americans scout supper


ART OF BLESSING THE DAY       
First Line: This is the blessing for rain after drought
Last Line: Can't bless it, get ready to make it new
Subject(s): Jewish Families


AS THE RUNNERS CREAK       
First Line: I realized the other day, ferried
Last Line: Old ladies watch oprah instead
Subject(s): Track Athletics


ASCENDING SCALE       
First Line: Climbing a long open flight of sandstone steps


AT THE CORE OF LOVING, FEAR       
First Line: I fear the government, lightning, car crashes
Last Line: A whole greater than the sum of our hearts


AT THE NEW MOON: ROSH HODESH    Poem Text    
First Line: Once a two day holiday, the most sacred stretches
Last Line: Breast, opening, pool, the source
Subject(s): Prayer; Jews; Moon


AT THE NEW MOON: ROSH HODESH       
First Line: Once a two day holiday, the most sacred stretches
Last Line: We look dead, making a new season shine
Subject(s): Jewish Families


AT THE WELL    Poem Text    
First Line: Though I'm blind now and age
Subject(s): Jewish Families


AT THE WELL       
First Line: Though I'm blind now and age
Last Line: Why has the sun gone out %why is it dark?
Subject(s): Jewish Families


ATHENA IN THE FRONT LINES       
First Line: Only accidents preserve


ATTACK OF THE SQUASH PEOPLE    Poem Text    
First Line: And thus the people every year
Subject(s): Gardens & Gardening; Vegetables


ATTACK OF THE SQUASH PEOPLE       
First Line: And thus the people every year


AUGUST       
First Line: How long can all


AUGUST, SUBMERGING       
First Line: Till that time when the late light burns the leaves


AUNT I WANTED TO BE       
First Line: My aunt ruth was the youngest girl
Last Line: And are still fighting to conquer
Subject(s): Jewish Families


AVAILABLE LIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Ripe and runny as perfect brie, at this age
Subject(s): Jewish Families


AVAILABLE LIGHT       
First Line: Ripe and runny as perfect brie, at this age
Last Line: That I can ever live to name and speak
Subject(s): Jewish Families


BABOONS IN THE PERENNIAL BED       
First Line: Even after common sense whittles ambition
Last Line: Must we wish we were as certain of our beauty


BARBIE DOLL    Poem Text    
First Line: This girlchild was born as usual
Subject(s): Death; Sexism; Dead, The


BARBIE DOLL       
First Line: This girlchild was born as usual
Last Line: Consummation at last. %to every woman a happy ending
Subject(s): Death; Sexism


BEAUTIFUL WEEPER       
First Line: Come under the willow
Last Line: Sister willow


BEAUTY I WOULD SUFFER FOR    Poem Text    
First Line: Last week a doctor told me
Subject(s): Cooking & Cooks


BEAUTY I WOULD SUFFER FOR       
First Line: Last week a doctor told me
Last Line: For the sake of appearance
Subject(s): Cooking And Cooks


BELL SONG       
First Line: Ah, the body. It is a great
Last Line: Peal me again, again, again


BELLY GOOD    Poem Text    
First Line: A heap of wheat, says the song of songs
Subject(s): Jewish Families


BELLY GOOD       
First Line: A heap of wheat, says the song of songs
Last Line: We hand you down like a prize feather quilt. %you are our female shame and sunburst strength
Subject(s): Jewish Families


BETWEEN TWO HAMLETS       
First Line: He married me for reasons of state
Last Line: Or did his desperate guilt walk about %the night wearing the king's busy sword?


BEYTZEH: SEASON OF THE EGG    Poem Text    
First Line: It's the season of the egg
Last Line: To do and stronger light
Subject(s): Jewish Families; Eggs


BEYTZEH: SEASON OF THE EGG       
First Line: It's the season of the egg
Last Line: Every day there is more work %to do and stronger light
Subject(s): Jewish Families


BITE INTO THE ONION       
First Line: Take a big bite and let its jagged fumes pierce
Last Line: When food must slam a door, roar and shout


BLACK LEAVES       
First Line: The forest of hair %we are lost in it
Last Line: Of knotted limbs, the dark %wilderness of desire


BLACK MOUNTAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: On montagne noire creeping everywhere under the / beech trees
Subject(s): Jewish Families


BLACK MOUNTAIN       
First Line: On montagne noire creeping everywhere under the %beech trees
Last Line: Like warm precious lumps of amber in my mind
Subject(s): Jewish Families


BLAH BLAH BLUES       
First Line: A big floppy ragdoll child groping
Last Line: And love me back into my flesh


BLIZZARD COMES       
First Line: Snow clings in circles to the side of trees
Last Line: To warm us in the vortex of whirling ice


BLOOD LAKE       
First Line: Near marquette, the plane circling
Last Line: As a japanese garden


BOOK OF RUTH AND NAOMI       
First Line: When you pick up the tanakh and read
Last Line: Stronger than hunger, who walked together %the road of shards, hands joined
Subject(s): Jewish Families


BORROWED LIVES       
First Line: In the detroit neighborhood
Last Line: People the dollhouse of my life


BOTTOM LINE       
First Line: That white withered angel cancer
Last Line: Falling across, withering the dumb flesh


BREADCRUMBS    Poem Text    
First Line: Some time on rosh hashanah I go
Subject(s): Jewish Families


BREADCRUMBS       
First Line: Some time on rosh hashanah I go
Last Line: He will broil my sins for supper
Subject(s): Jewish Families


BREAKING CAMP       
First Line: Now it begins


BRIDGEING    Poem Text    
First Line: Being together is knowing
Subject(s): Togetherness; Bridges


BROTHER-LESS FIVE: TRUTH AS A CLOUD OF MOTHS       
First Line: In adolescence I tried on others'
Last Line: Maybe we just like the taste %of different lies


BROTHER-LESS FOUR: LIARS' DANCE       
First Line: The myth says, he left three women
Last Line: They did not tire of the mirror %or each other


BROTHER-LESS ONE: SUN GOD       
First Line: In a family snapshop I stand in pigtails
Last Line: For the right of the body to joy


BROTHER-LESS SEVEN: ENDLESS END       
First Line: I have trouble understanding
Last Line: Of silence and wet ashes


BROTHER-LESS SIX: UNCONVERSATION       
First Line: I buzz irritating and persistent
Last Line: Who would not bother me


BROTHER-LESS THREE: NEVER GOOD ENOUGH       
First Line: Susie was my niece; she was not
Last Line: With my voice of fire


BROTHER-LESS TWO: PALIMPSEST       
First Line: My friend elizabeth said, the week you died
Last Line: And the war became a recruiting poster %featuring you


BURIAL BY SALT       
First Line: The day after thanksgiving I took you to the sea
Last Line: And now I give you over to salt and silence


BURYING BLUES FOR JANIS [JOPLIN]       
First Line: Your voice always whacked me right on the funny bone


BUTT OF WINTER       
First Line: The city lies grey and sopping like a dead rat


CANDLE IN A GLASS       
First Line: When you died, it was time to light the first
Last Line: A little winter no spring can melt
Subject(s): Jewish Families


CARROT       
First Line: Lacy hair above the earth waistline, not untidily


CAST OFF       
First Line: This is a day to celebrate canopeners


CAST SKINS       
First Line: The snake casts its skin on the sand track
Last Line: Bandages to sit out life in, to wait to die


CAT'S SONG       
First Line: Mine, says the cat, putting out his paw of darkness
Last Line: I will teach you to be still as an egg %and to slip like the ghost of wind through the grass


CATS LIKE ANGELS    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Sex


CATS LIKE ANGELS       
Subject(s): Sex


CATS OF GREECE       


CHAIN OF BEING: SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE       
First Line: We hauled from the car


CHAROSET    Poem Text    
First Line: Sweet and sticky
Last Line: Tonight in the mind
Subject(s): Jewish Families; Passover; Food & Eating; Ceremonies & Rituals


CHAROSET       
First Line: Sweet and sticky
Last Line: Tonight in the mind
Subject(s): Jewish Families


CHAZERET: LETTUCE IN REBELLION    Poem Text    
First Line: Bland almost as water
Last Line: Waving your own new flag
Subject(s): Jewish Families; Food & Eating


CHAZERET: LETTUCE IN REBELLION       
First Line: Bland almost as water
Last Line: Waving your own new flag
Subject(s): Jewish Families


CHOICES    Poem Text    
First Line: Would you rather have health insurance
Subject(s): Politics & Government; War


CHOICES       
First Line: Would you rather have health insurance
Last Line: And it's hard to tell the difference
Subject(s): Politics; War


CHRYSANTHEMUM SEASON       
First Line: It comes round again, round
Last Line: And red and the grey of terror


CHUPPAH       
First Line: The chuppah stands on four poles
Last Line: In the stearing heat of our time
Subject(s): Jewish Families


CLINIC HALLLWAY       
First Line: Six cubicles side by side


CLOCK IN THE CLOSET       
First Line: I'll never get old, says the fifteen-year-old
Last Line: I wring what wisdom I own from every hour


COLD AND MARRIED WAR       
First Line: Loving you is a warm room


COLD HEAD, COLD START    Poem Text    
First Line: I suppose no one has ever died of a head cold
Subject(s): Illness


COLORS PASSING THROUGH US    Poem Text    
First Line: Purple as tulips in may, mauve
Subject(s): Colors


COMING UP ON SEPTEMBER    Poem Text    
First Line: White butterflies, with single
Subject(s): Jewish Families


COMING UP ON SEPTEMBER       
First Line: White butterflies, with single
Last Line: Tomatoes, we harvest the fruit of our lives
Subject(s): Jewish Families


COMMON LIVING DIRT       
First Line: The small ears prick up on the bushes
Last Line: On our knees, the common living dirt
Subject(s): Spiritual Life; Women And Religion


CONCERNING THE MATHEMATICIAN       
First Line: In the livingroom you are someplace else like a cat


CORE MEMORY       
First Line: Apple core: dark eye seeds
Last Line: Indifferent to who is inside them


COUNCILS       
First Line: We must sit down %and reason together


COUSIN, COUSINE       
First Line: How many chimpanzees does it take
Last Line: How we can give them aids and endless pain


CRABS       
First Line: They are light as flakes of dandruff with scrawny legs


CROW BABIES       
First Line: The crows are scolding the hunters
Last Line: In the interstices of ours


CROWS       
First Line: They gave me a bad


CUT       
First Line: The cliff of a life
Last Line: Shaped like an angel


CYCLIST       
First Line: Eleven-thirty and hot


DAILY LIFE OF THE WORKER BEE       
First Line: We breed plants, order seeds from the %opulent pornography o
Last Line: Like lover letters turned up in an attic trunk %her honey remains to sweeten us
Subject(s): Flowers; Gardens And Gardening


DANCE OF THE TREES       
First Line: Little sister, little sister
Last Line: Now I am the willow tree


DAUGHTER OF THE AFRICAN EVOLUTION       
First Line: The beauty of the great predators amazes me
Last Line: Like my grandmother, my mother and like me


DAY IN THE LIFE       
First Line: She is wakened at four a.M.
Last Line: Of goodness in our time


DEAD WATERS       
First Line: At aigues mortes the dog was a practiced beggar
Last Line: Or simply something entire, seamless, perfect for once


DEALING WITH THE PIECES       
First Line: A city street littered
Last Line: Miss that old perfect %relic, our friend


DEATH OF A DOE ON CHEQUESSET NECK       
First Line: Because you did not look at what
Last Line: Wet with rain and blood


DECK THAT POUTS       
First Line: My deck is furious


DEER COUCHANT       
First Line: Seen from the air, when the small plane
Last Line: As a deer will take her ease after %the season of rifles and boots


DESCENT OF ORPHEE       
First Line: Blue flame cupped
Last Line: Only a book flies past me %into the light


DETROIT MEANS STRAIT       
First Line: Down to the river, down, down
Last Line: In that windsor attic whistling for love


DETROIT, SUMMER CAMP       
First Line: In midwestern cities, behind the bungalows
Last Line: Our first tongues and first moonshine, twisted


DEVELOPMENT       
First Line: The bulldozers come, they rip


DIANA INACCESSIBLE       
First Line: Must we always measure values
Last Line: Collected for your homecoming


DIGGING IN       
First Line: This fall you will taste carrots


DIMINISHING ADDITION       
First Line: It's a madness that comes over us every seven
Last Line: You start envisioning a second story


DIRTY POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: Snow lies on my fields
Subject(s): Flowers; Gardens & Gardening


DIRTY POEM       
First Line: Snow lies on my fields
Last Line: Why don't you hurry up %and take your clothes off?
Subject(s): Flowers; Gardens And Gardening


DISINTEGRATION       
First Line: We watch the marriage of friends
Last Line: Finally pronounced entirely dead


DISLOCATION    Poem Text    
First Line: It happens in an instant.
Subject(s): Accidents


DISMISSAL       
First Line: For pissing on her sofa


DISTANCE MAKES THINGS SMALLER       
First Line: Give me something, give


DO NOT ERECT THE WALL BEFORE YOURSELVES       
First Line: You walked through the supermarket shelves
Last Line: Too early. We carry all those lives in us, %eggs in an alewife that must keep thrashing upstream


DOE       
First Line: On bound brook island on december
Last Line: And the leap of our own hearts %that thud with her hooves as she bounds


DOG DAYS DOGGED RAG       
First Line: The crickets rub their legs so fast they zizz
Last Line: The other possibility is that god is a slug


DOG STREET NUMBER       
First Line: Growling through the glass
Last Line: A sensuous creep %toward fresh food


DOMESTIC DANGER       
First Line: You are my best miracle
Last Line: When it is the electricity %that powers us


DOWN THE ROAD, DOWN THE ROAD       
First Line: My younger self fled not toward but from
Last Line: Calling from my own marsh and woods my name


DREAM OF WHITE AND RED POPPIES       
First Line: Drifts of white poppy blow on the foaming wind
Last Line: Silk wings scattered by storm on the dune


DREAMING THE FROG'S SLEEP       
First Line: I think of all the cold ones
Last Line: On the surface shivering


DUET THAT TRAILS OFF       
First Line: I don't guess well, I say
Last Line: The key lies on the bottom of the sea


EAT FRUIT    Poem Text    
First Line: Keep your legs crossed, mother said. Drinking
Subject(s): Jewish Families


EAT FRUIT       
First Line: Keep your legs crossed, mother said. Drinking
Last Line: Airports and four cities and grown old in wisdom
Subject(s): Jewish Families


EDGES OF EMPTINESS       
First Line: Those who truly inhabit our lives
Last Line: Sign to the skilled in x-rays, until death


ELEGY IN ROCK, FOR AUDRE LORDE       
First Line: A child, I cherished a polyhedron of salt
Last Line: And dissolved in wine the earth drinks


EMBRYOS: 1. WEE       
First Line: I am thin as nail pairings. Light as dandruff
Last Line: On a teatray my vanilla prince will come


EMBRYOS: 2. WHEY       
First Line: Why do you cry? No one comes
Last Line: Bury her


END OF DAYS    Poem Text    
First Line: Almost always with cats, the end
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


EX IN THE SUPERMARKET       
First Line: I see him among the breakfast foods
Last Line: That man pondering the peanut butter of his choice


EXACTLY HOW I PURSUE YOU       
First Line: Turn once in this cave of prisms, turn


FADING BETRAYAL       
First Line: After so long you might as well
Last Line: But the silence caresses you


FAMILIARITY'S CURSE       
First Line: Sometimes in the closest bond
Last Line: On these once prized dishes


FATHERS AND SONS    Poem Text    
First Line: Abraham laboring for dominion and increase
Last Line: The road of shards, hands joined
Subject(s): Abraham; Sons


FATHERS AND SONS       
First Line: Abraham laboring for dominion and increase
Last Line: He made a short heartfelt speech %and dedication
Subject(s): Jewish Families


FEBRUARY GROUND    Poem Text    
First Line: Three feet of snow in twenty-four hours
Subject(s): Snow


FECUND COMPLAIN THEY ARE NOT HONORED       
First Line: To please a critic you should write little
Last Line: A little piece of it, a little piece


FEELING QUITE TEMPORARY       
First Line: The air slices my lungs, dissecting me
Last Line: Into the great winter between the stars


FEW ASHES FOR SUNDAY MORNING       
First Line: Uproot that burning tree of lightning struck veins


FINEST PORCELAIN       
First Line: We gaze at the perfect gleaming bowls %covered bowls of fine porcelain
Last Line: But salt drying on a bruised cheek


FIRST DAY OUT OF BED       
First Line: The fever recedes like a storm tide, dropping


FIRST SOWN    Poem Text    
First Line: Peas are the first thing we plant
Subject(s): Peas; Seeds


FIRST TIME    Poem Text    
First Line: Love felled me
Subject(s): Love - Beginnings


FISHERMAN'S CATALOGUE: A FOUND POEM       
First Line: Orvis nymphs: dark hendrickson
Last Line: And the salmon. And the popping frog


FLAT ON MY BACK       
First Line: The minutes are carried on the backs of elephants
Last Line: How beautiful is trouble %actively pursued


FLEA MARKET IN AUGUST       
First Line: All the things you don't need
Last Line: A little of this, then way too much %of that. Shop till you die
Subject(s): Flea Markets


FLYING JEW       
First Line: I never met my uncle dave
Last Line: Ever knew of him was mother screaming
Subject(s): Jewish Families


FOR A BALLERINA WHO DIED OF ANOREXIA    Poem Text    
First Line: Her body inscribes an arc like a fine metal
Last Line: By eaters of large expensive dinners
Subject(s): Anorexia Nervosa; Ballet


FOR EACH AGE, ITS AMULET    Poem Text    
First Line: Each illness has its demon, burning you with
Last Line: Taped and stolen from every living person
Subject(s): Charms (magic); Spies; Jewish Families


FOR EACH AGE, ITS AMULET       
First Line: Each illness has its demon, burning you with
Last Line: Taped and stolen from every living person
Subject(s): Jewish Families


FOR JERIANN'S HANDS       
First Line: When I hug you you are light as a grasshopper
Last Line: Leaving you thin and darkened as burnt glass


FOR MARS AND HER CHILDREN RETURNING IN MARCH       
First Line: To name is not to possess what cannot
Last Line: Where only plastic shards cast up on the stained sand


FOR MOURNING       
First Line: I wear grey for mourning, never black
Last Line: The color of ash. Death comes in as fog


FOR SHE IS A TREE OF LIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: In the cramped living room of my childhood
Subject(s): Jewish Families


FOR SHE IS A TREE OF LIFE       
First Line: In the cramped living room of my childhood
Last Line: Weep hot acid and the earth chafes into dust
Subject(s): Jewish Families


FOR STRONG WOMEN    Poem Text    
First Line: A strong woman is a woman who is straining.
Subject(s): Women


FOR THE YOUNG WHO WANT TO    Poem Text    
First Line: Talent is what they say / you have after the novel
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


FOR THE YOUNG WHO WANT TO       
First Line: Talent is what they say %you have after the novel
Last Line: After the fact of fire %work is its own cure. You have to %like it better than being loved
Subject(s): Poetry And Poets


FOR TWO WOMEN SHOT TO DEATH IN BOOKLINE, MASSACHUSETTS       
First Line: How dare a woman choose
Last Line: There is no other monument


FOX GRAPES       
First Line: It is near the railroad bridge over the creek
Last Line: You start your wild %solitary fall when you hunt and run alone


FOX IN THE MORNING    Poem Text    
First Line: The grey fox, so called
Subject(s): Foxes


FRIEND       
First Line: We sat across the table
Last Line: Have you cut off your hands yet?


FROG SONG       
First Line: Water lilies float like half moons
Last Line: Smear of its thumb on every sigh


FUNDAMENTAL TRUTH       
First Line: The christian right, islamic jihad
Last Line: To them, whose torah is splattered %in letters of blood
Subject(s): Jewish Families


GARDEN OF WORDS       
First Line: A garden is all we will ever taste of paradise
Last Line: To be natural and unnatural at once


GASMAN INVITES THE SKYSCRAPERS TO DANCE       
First Line: Lonely skyscrapers, deserted tombs of buisness risen


GETTING IT BACK       
First Line: When the guests have gone, the house is
Last Line: Us the hanging nest of our intimacy is rewoven


GIFTS THAT KEEP ON GIVING    Poem Text    
First Line: You know when you unwrap them:
Subject(s): Gifts & Giving


GIRL IN WHITE       
First Line: Don't think


GIRLWATCHING: 1       
First Line: From his table sol is plucking


GIRLWATCHING: 2       
First Line: Shark clean they nose past


GOING IN       
First Line: Everyday alone whittles me
Last Line: The great roaring fiery heart %the crakling terrible furnace of the sun


GOING INTO TOWN IN THE STORM       
First Line: The sky is white and the earth is white
Last Line: We stagger out of the belly of the snow %plucked or words naked and steaming


GRACIOUS GOODNESS    Poem Text    
First Line: On the beach where we had been idly
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


GRACIOUS GOODNESS       
First Line: On the beach where we had been idly
Last Line: I have ever done with anybody %that seems to me so obviouslyright?
Subject(s): Poetry And Poets


GREAT HORNED OWL       
First Line: I wake after midnight and hear
Last Line: Of my lover sleeping beside me on his stomach %like a child


GREY FLANNEL SEXUAL HARASSMENT SUIT       
First Line: The woman in the sexual harassment
Last Line: Cannot be harassed


GROWING UP HAUNTED    Poem Text    
First Line: When I enter through the hatch of memory
Subject(s): Jewish Families


GROWING UP HAUNTED       
First Line: When I enter through the hatch of memory
Last Line: As real now as words can make it
Subject(s): Jewish Families


HALF VULTURE, HALF EAGLE       
First Line: I saw it last night, the mortgage
Last Line: And my weight is on your back


HALLOW EVE WITH SPACES FOR GHOSTS       
First Line: The joy of wax teeth


HARD TIME       
First Line: A diamond is forever, diamond hard
Last Line: This is not a jewel %I would wear


HARE IN WINTER       
First Line: The wounded hare looks out
Subject(s): Trapping


HAVDALAH    Poem Text    
First Line: The sun slides from the sky
Subject(s): Jewish Families


HAVDALAH       
First Line: The sun slides from the sky
Subject(s): Jewish Families


HEAD OF THE YEAR       
First Line: The moon is dark tonight, a new
Last Line: That will wax in new goodness
Subject(s): Jewish Families


HEART'S CLOCK       
First Line: Through the darkness the house paddles
Last Line: Through the hours of light toward their source


HEEL SHOULD NOT BE AN INSULT       
First Line: The true humility of heels;
Last Line: And massage you %tenderly, my little flatiron shaped %heroes, my hard laboring heels


HELLO UP THERE       
First Line: Are you you or me or it


HER BODY INSCRIBES       
First Line: Her body inscribes an arc like a fine metal
Last Line: By eaters of large expensive dinners
Subject(s): Bodies


HOMAGE TO LUCILLE, DR. LORD-HEINSTEIN       
First Line: We all wanted to go to you
Last Line: I shall feel for any other doctor, %bordering on love


HOMO FABER: THE SHELL GAME       
First Line: Pyramids of flesh sweet pyramids of stone
Last Line: The dark fiery omphalos of the bomb


HOT, HOTTER       
First Line: The world is a womb, hot and wet
Last Line: In the sticky knot of sheets we close in sleep


HOUSE BUILT OF BREATH    Poem Text    
First Line: Words plain as pancakes syruped with endearment
Subject(s): Jewish Families


HOUSE BUILT OF BREATH       
First Line: Words plain as pancakes syruped with endearment
Last Line: And then in words. And then in food
Subject(s): Jewish Families


HOUSING PROJECT AT DRANCY       
First Line: Trains without signs flee through paris
Last Line: And enter the bones of children
Subject(s): Jewish Families


HOW DIVINE IS FORGIVING       
First Line: It's a nice concept
Last Line: And we are too tired to rise and haul a log


HOW THE FULL MOON WAKES YOU       
First Line: The white cat is curled up in the sky
Last Line: On owl wings you will hunt through the night


HOW YOU STARE    Poem Text    
First Line: Your smile is a rubber ball


HOW YOU STARE       
First Line: Your smile is a rubbber ball


HUNGER MOON       
First Line: The snow is frozen moonlight on the marshes
Last Line: To survive the death marches of winters past?
Subject(s): Jewish Families


I AWAKE FEATHERED    Poem Text    
First Line: I awake covered in feathers
Subject(s): Birds


I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN POOR AT FLIRTING       
First Line: I know it's harmless. My friends who flirt
Last Line: Feathers is more war and less love than I need


I SAW HER DANCING       
First Line: Because I saw her change
Last Line: And fullness is never and now


I SEE THE SIGN AND TREMBLE       
First Line: I first saw that sign off the midcape highway and thought
Last Line: Not to us, buffeted in the center of the explosion %we call our lives


I WILL NOT BE YOUR SICKNESS       
First Line: Opening like a marigold
Last Line: Even with our eyes closed %we are walking on someone's map


I WOKE WITH THE ROOM COLD       


IF I HAD BEEN CALLED SABRINA OR ANN, SHE SAID       
First Line: I'm the only poet with the name
Last Line: You did unto me, forever. Even %my tombstone will look like a cartoon


IF THEY COME IN THE NIGHT       
First Line: Long ago on a night of danger and vigil


IF WE CAN'T FIND IT, WE MAKE IT       
First Line: I remember lying in the grass of the yard
Last Line: Tell me why I saw crystalline seas in bottles


IMAGING       
First Line: I am my body
Last Line: The other, my lost holy self


IMPLICATIONS OF ONE PLUS ONE    Poem Text    
First Line: Sometimes we collide, tectonic plates merging,
Subject(s): Relationships


IMPLICATIONS OF ONE PLUS ONE       
First Line: Sometimes we collide, tectonic plates merging
Last Line: But it is. And it is. And it is. Amen


IN JUNE ALL THINGS WAKE FULLY       
First Line: The multiflora is blooming -- wild roses
Last Line: Hotter than ours and devour us whole


IN JUNE, THE YOUNG DEER ARE ALMOST TAME       
First Line: We had met the two of them, young mates
Last Line: Your maiden throat in my shaking hands


IN PRAISE OF JOE    Poem Text    
First Line: I love you hot
Subject(s): Coffee


IN THE ATTIC OF DREAMS       
First Line: I imagine an attic
Last Line: Into my ears their stories and songs


IN THE ATTIC OF MY DREAMS    Poem Text    
First Line: I imagine an attic
Last Line: Into my ears their stories and songs
Subject(s): Attics; Dreams; Ancestors & Ancestry


IN THE DARK ALL CATS FLY       
First Line: Rising stars rush toward me
Last Line: Seeking themselves in the white waves


IN THE DEPARTMENT STORE    Poem Text    
First Line: The women who work at cosmetics
Subject(s): Department Stores


IN THE GRIP OF THE SOLSTICE    Poem Text    
First Line: Feels like a train roaring into night
Subject(s): Jewish Families


IN THE GRIP OF THE SOLSTICE       
First Line: Feels like a train roaring into night
Last Line: To touch it, only flesh still %welcoming to flesh
Subject(s): Jewish Families


IN THE MEN'S ROOM(S)    Poem Text    
First Line: When I was young I believed in intellectual conversation:
Subject(s): Man-woman Relationships; Women's Rights; Male-female Relations; Feminism


IN WAIT       
First Line: White roofs hump


IN WHICH SHE BEGS (LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE) THAT LOVE MAY LAST       
First Line: The lilac blossoms now in may
Last Line: I want to drop my red red %petals on the hard black ice


INFLUENCE COMING INTO PLAY: THE SEVEN OF PENTACLES       
First Line: Under a sky the color of pea soup
Last Line: After the long season of tending and growth, the harvest comes
Subject(s): Jews - Women


INSIDE CHANCE       
First Line: Dance like a jackrabbit %in the dunegrass, dance
Last Line: As the blood of the maple %that will open its leaves %like thousands of waving hands
Subject(s): Spring


INSOMNIA       
First Line: Where is that plain door?
Last Line: Of the body on the brain %at ease, simple %as breathing


INTENSE       
First Line: One morning they are there
Last Line: Extruding a tent city from swollen bellies


INTERIOR WITH SUN       
First Line: Rooms blown in treetop rapids


INTERSPECIES    Poem Text    
First Line: I was teaching a residency in cincinnati
Subject(s): Loneliness; Alienation (social Psychology); Friendship; Zoos; Estrangement; Outcasts


IT AIN'T HEAVY, IT'S MY PURSE       
First Line: We have marsupial instincts, women
Last Line: Our own helplessness and its fancied cures


IT ARRIVES SUDDENLY AND CARRIES US OFF AS USUAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Sometimes in early june I am standing
Subject(s): Love - Erotic


IT ARRIVES SUDDENLY AND CARRIES US OFF AS USUAL       
First Line: Sometimes in early june I am standing
Last Line: To a height and dropped straight down
Subject(s): Erotic Love


IT DOESN'T SUFFICE       
First Line: Washing socks in the marble basin
Last Line: Skull, dry for a taste of my well's water


JOY ROAD AND LIVERNOIS       
First Line: My name was pat. We used to read poe in bed
Last Line: Rages and drives onward, an engine of light


JUNE 21 AT 9:30       
First Line: The wood thrush at twilight
Last Line: Swirl and eddy %under the sand


KADDISH    Poem Text    
First Line: Look around us, search above us, below, behind
Subject(s): Jewish Families


KADDISH       
First Line: Look around us, search above us, below, behind
Last Line: Everywhere, blessed and holy is peace, let's say amein
Subject(s): Jewish Families


KARPAS    Poem Text    
First Line: I am one of those weird people
Subject(s): Jewish Families


KARPAS       
First Line: I am one of those weird people
Last Line: Of days growing longer like hair
Subject(s): Jewish Families


KARPAS AND SALT WATER    Poem Text    
First Line: So that the gardeners say it goes
Subject(s): Jewish Families


KID ON HER WAY       
First Line: The kid wanders, dazzled by the crowd


KNEELING AT THE PIPES       
First Line: Princely cockroach, inheritor


KNEELING HERE, I FEEL GOOD       
First Line: Sand: crystalline children
Last Line: Sweet black mother of our food %you will have the rest


LA DOLCE FAR NIENTE       
First Line: I lack the gift for idleness
Last Line: Has the odor of sin and bonbons


LANDED FISH       
First Line: Danny dead of a heart attack


LAPSED       
First Line: Never to close again


LAST DAY OF EXILE WINDS UPWARD       
First Line: I turn and turn around again, revolving
Last Line: Speed through the night towards our bed


LAST SCENE IN THE FIRST ACT       
First Line: In the wind that ripples over them


LE SACRE DU PRINTEMPS       
First Line: Seven great sensuous coils project
Last Line: I am of you and soon shall be in you. Amen


LEANING EXPERIENCE       
First Line: The boy sits in the classroom


LEARNING TO READ    Poem Text    
First Line: My mother would not teach me to read
Subject(s): Jewish Families


LEARNING TO READ       
First Line: My mother would not teach me to read
Last Line: I have never (yet) arrived
Subject(s): Jewish Families


LEAVES INSTEAD OF RICE       
First Line: Out of a formula


LET US GATHER AT THE RIVER       
First Line: I am the woman who sits by the river


LEVEL       
First Line: A great balance hangs in the sky
Last Line: Gaia, can always make it work


LIARS' DICE       
First Line: The lies march out bravely
Last Line: To put into love


LIKE LITTLE FIRECRACKERS IN THE BRAIN       
First Line: June morning hot as fresh coffee just poured
Last Line: Primary colors and pastels, opening wide


LINE OF DANCERS THROUGH TIME       
First Line: Sometimes when I'm dancing and the music
Last Line: Betrayed all too soon into memory


LINES DRAWN       
First Line: Generals send troops into battle
Last Line: On a map that cuts through flesh


LIPSKY ON NINTH AVENUE       
First Line: You look like a mad but polite odessa angel


LISTENING TO A SPEECH       
First Line: The woman carefully dressed
Last Line: Are, just one owner away %from the streets and starvation


LITTER       
First Line: I am always forgetting something
Last Line: White lilacs, thickens the air till I weep


LITTLE ACTS OF LOVE       
First Line: Shaking out clean sheets
Last Line: For the feast to start


LITTLE MONUMENT       
First Line: One unknown martyr of civil rights
Last Line: Chicago, a gentle cat with a stupid name %who sent me marching and shouting for justice


LITTLE PISCHNA REVISITED       
First Line: Every workshop I teach, he or she sweeps in
Last Line: The other in the same strait bed of the poem


LONG NIGHT OF THE INCOMPLETE    Poem Text    
First Line: In the brief light of the stolstice
Last Line: Dying in the throat like the year
Subject(s): Night; Mortality; Time


LONGEST NIGHT IS LONG DRAWN       


LOOKING AT QUILTS    Poem Text    
First Line: Who decided what is useful in its beauty
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


LOOKING AT QUILTS       
First Line: Who decided what is useful in its beauty
Subject(s): Labor And Laborers


LOST    Poem Text    
First Line: Women of dark houses
Last Line: Dim fiery pain
Subject(s): Women; Houses; Grief


LOVE LIKE A TICKING BOMB       
First Line: The text was a discussion of his business problems
Last Line: But clearer, with different blood and face


LOVE OF LETTUCE       
First Line: With a pale green curly


LOVING THE CRONE       
First Line: Two sisters, seventy and seventy-two, jogging
Last Line: Workhouse turning some owner's mill


LOW PERSPECTIVE       
First Line: Snow blink: that's light
Last Line: This low light hardens the black %in every twig to precision


LOW ROAD       
First Line: What can they do %to you? Whatever they want
Last Line: It starts when you say we %and know who you mean, and each %day you mean one more


MAGGID    Poem Text    
First Line: The courage to let go of the door, the handle
Subject(s): Jewish Families; Jews - Women


MAGGID       
First Line: The courage to let go of the door, the handle
Last Line: Who became other by saving themselves
Subject(s): Jewish Families; Jews - Women


MAN WITH TOO MANY WOMEN IN HIS LIFE       
First Line: He is counting his orgasms
Last Line: He is afraid to limp home %to his crowded bed


MARCH COMES IN ON CLEFT HOOVES       
First Line: I stand in my bedroom at blue dawn
Last Line: Of geese as they lift off beating north


MAROR    Poem Text    
First Line: A bitter cud / biting into the bitter, that bites back
Subject(s): Jewish Families


MAROR       
First Line: A bitter cud %biting into the bitter, that bites back
Last Line: Is the first taste of freedom
Subject(s): Jewish Families


MARRIAGE IN WINTER       
First Line: What we need is to focus sharply
Last Line: We have dreamed but never seen
Subject(s): Jewish Families


MARRIED WALK IN A HOT PLACE       
First Line: A dusty square hemmed by pink stucco


MATERNAL INSTINCT AT WORK       
First Line: In the bed dinah curls
Last Line: The least you can do %is take the night feeding


MATZOH    Poem Text    
First Line: Flat you are as a door mat
Subject(s): Jewish Families


MATZOH       
First Line: Flat you are as a door mat
Last Line: In the mouth you %promise, home
Subject(s): Jewish Families


MEAN       
First Line: The grungy truth is, there is relief
Last Line: Of love from beginning to end


MEANINGFUL EXCHANGE       
First Line: The man talks
Subject(s): Women


MEDITATION BEFORE READING TORAH    Poem Text    
First Line: We are the people of the word
Subject(s): Jewish Families


MEDITATION BEFORE READING TORAH       
First Line: We are the people of the word
Last Line: So does light enter us, and we shine
Subject(s): Jewish Families


MIRACLE       
First Line: Your ghost last night


MOON IS ALWAYS FEMALE       


MOON OF THE MOTHER TURTLE       
First Line: I am the busybody who interferes
Last Line: Like moon with the same and different faces


MOONBURN       
First Line: I stayed under the moon too long
Last Line: We curl inside it licking


MORE THAN ENOUGH    Poem Text    
First Line: The first lily of june opens its red mouth.
Subject(s): Summer; Spring; Flowers


MORE THAT WINTER ENDS THAN SPRING BEGINS       
First Line: Nothing stirs out of the earth
Last Line: White belly up rolls on the sun %heated concrete with a sensuous shudder


MORNING ATHLETES    Poem Text    
First Line: Most mornings we go running side by side
Subject(s): Sports; Women


MORNING ATHLETES       
First Line: Most mornings we go running side by side
Last Line: And we talk and pant, pant and talk %in the morning early and busy together
Subject(s): Sports; Women


MORNING LOVE SONG       
First Line: I am filled with love like a melon
Last Line: Waiting to flow all over your skin


MORNINGS IN VARIOUS YEARS       
First Line: To wake and see the day piled up


MOTOWN, ARSENAL OF DEMOCRACY    Poem Text    
First Line: Fog used to bloom off the distant river
Subject(s): New York City; Manhattan; New York, New York; The Big Apple


MOVES ON THE CEILING       
First Line: In the dark all things become
Last Line: And how salty is fresh blood


MUSIC WARS       
First Line: Smog sweats from the streets
Last Line: We buy identity off the rack. %everybody pays


MY BOA       
First Line: What says home is various as the shades
Last Line: But my own vast green coiling monster %my own


MY HEROINES    Poem Text    
First Line: When I think of women heroes,
Subject(s): Heroines


MY MOTHER GIVES ME HER RECIPE    Poem Text    
First Line: Take some flour. Oh, I don't know,
Subject(s): Mothers; Bakeries & Bakers


MY MOTHER GIVES ME HER RECIPE       
First Line: Take some flour. Oh, I don't know %like two-three cups, and you cut
Last Line: But she never %got it right


MY MOTHER'S BODY    Poem Text    
First Line: The dark socket of the year
Subject(s): Jewish Families


MY MOTHER'S BODY       
First Line: The dark socket of the year
Last Line: Did not dare in your life you dare in mine
Subject(s): Jewish Families


MY MOTHER'S NOVEL    Poem Text    
First Line: Married academic woman ten
Subject(s): Jews - Women; Writing & Writers


MY MOTHER'S NOVEL       
First Line: Married academic woman ten
Last Line: Understand: I am my mother's %novel daughter: I %have my duty to perform
Subject(s): Jews - Women; Writing And Writers


MY RICH UNCLE, WHOM I ONLY MET THREE TIMES    Poem Text    
First Line: We were never invited to his house
Subject(s): Ethnic Groups - United States; Jewish Families; Minorities - United States; U.s. - Race Relations


MY RICH UNCLE, WHOM I ONLY MET THREE TIMES       
First Line: We were never invited to his house
Last Line: His last trick was to vanish himself forever
Subject(s): Ethnic Groups - United States; Jewish Families; Minorities - United States; U.s. - Race Relations


NAILING UP THE MEZUZAH    Poem Text    
First Line: A friend from greece
Subject(s): Jewish Families


NAILING UP THE MEZUZAH       
First Line: A friend from greece
Last Line: Malach ha-moves, angel of death %pass over, pass on
Subject(s): Jewish Families


NEGATIVE ION DANCE       
First Line: The ocean reopens us
Last Line: As they caress you later in the dark


NEVER-NEVER       
First Line: Missing is a pain %in everyplace
Last Line: By the dealer, %in unused dreams


NEW ROCK ISLAND LINE       
First Line: The rock island line is the road to ride
Last Line: Feeds on the bottom mud


NEW YEAR OF THE TREES       
First Line: It is the new year of the trees, but here
Last Line: Over them on february's cold table I spread %a feast. Wings rustle like summer leaves
Subject(s): Jewish Families


NEWLY SHARPENED WIND       
First Line: The ground is a sponge full of the brown water
Last Line: To be out stirred by the sharp scented wind


NIGHT FIGHT       
First Line: Yin and yang, they say, %female and male but the real
Last Line: Stills. The conscious %being conscious at four a.M. %cannot forgive


NIGHT OF THE BEAR AND POLAR LIGHT       
First Line: Into the wood black as a child's midnight waking


NISHMAT    Poem Text    
First Line: When the night slides under with the last dimming star
Subject(s): Jewish Families


NISHMAT       
First Line: When the night slides under with the last dimming star
Last Line: And we can out of that stillness rise and praise
Subject(s): Jewish Families


NOCTURNE       
First Line: Raccoons on the roof clump and stomp
Last Line: Now slow and quicken my human blood


NOON OF THE SUNBATHER       
First Line: The sun struts over the asphalt world
Last Line: But the ashes dance. Each ashfleck leaps at the sun


NORTHERN LIGHTS OF THE SKULL       
First Line: As I leaned over the book
Last Line: As simply as fog burns off


NOTHING MORE WILL HAPPEN       
First Line: You are rumpled like a sweater
Last Line: Heavy iron gates like those in a levee or fortress %are closing in my breasts


NOW ALL AT ONCE IT IS COLDER       
First Line: You talk too much
Last Line: And I saw no reason to hurry, then


NOW THAT I AM FREE       
First Line: Trees scratch at the sky but can't get in


O!       
First Line: Oh, the golden bauble of your rising


OCTOBER ECLIPSE       
First Line: Tonight she does not glow
Last Line: Beings of cool light


OF THE PATIENCE CALLED FORTH BY TRANSITION       
First Line: Notice how the sky is a milky opal
Last Line: And we face into it like gulls, waiting


OFF SEASON RENTAL       
First Line: The sea turns over on its side
Last Line: Last to fade are reproachful eyes %and the silently beating tail


OH, VEBLEN, THIS IS MUCH BETTER    Poem Text    
First Line: Years and modes ago, in the heyday
Subject(s): Poetry Readings; Detroit, Mcihigan; Mansions


OLD MOON CRADLING THE NEW MOON    Poem Text    
First Line: What we have known is fully formed
Subject(s): Moon


OLD SHOES       
First Line: Old shoes, you tilt toward different poles
Last Line: Returned, ugliness as pure joy


ON CASTLE HILL       
First Line: As we wandered through the hill of graves
Last Line: Our wind blows on toward those hills %we will never see


ON GUARD    Poem Text    
First Line: I want you for my bodyguard
Subject(s): Togetherness


ON GUARD       
First Line: I want you for my bodyguard
Last Line: Each other's rose red warrior


ON SHABBAT SHE DANCES IN THE CANDLE FLAMES    Poem Text    
First Line: How we danced then, you can't imagine
Subject(s): Jewish Families


ON SHABBAT SHE DANCES IN THE CANDLE FLAMES       
First Line: How we danced then, you can't imagine
Last Line: And when you wake, you imagine me
Subject(s): Jewish Families


ON THE ROAD IN MIDDLE AGE       
First Line: Hell is traveling forever
Last Line: That matter are never there


ONCE-IN-A LIFETIME WAREHOUSE SALE       
First Line: Rooms for sale. Completely furnished


ONE BIRD, IF THERE IS ONLY ONE, DIES IN THE NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: I dropped my spoon into my yogurt
Last Line: Who might warm us through a lethal night's freeze
Subject(s): Birds; Compassion


ONE BIRD, IF THERE IS ONLY ONE, DIES IN THE NIGHT       
First Line: I dropped my spoon into my yogurt
Last Line: Warm us through a lethal night's freeze
Subject(s): Jewish Families


ONE REASON I LIKE OPERA    Poem Text    
First Line: In movies, you can tell the heroine
Subject(s): Opera; Motion Pictures; Movies; Cinema


OPEN TO THE SKY       
First Line: It's a different sky every half hour all day
Last Line: The seasons rule me like a field gone wild


OUT OF SIGHT       
First Line: Put away %they do that to cats
Last Line: By our casual white jacketed %banal torture


OUT OF THE RUBBISH    Poem Text    
First Line: Among my mother's things I found
Subject(s): Jewish Families


OUT OF THE RUBBISH       
First Line: Among my mother's things I found
Last Line: Where no one could see
Subject(s): Jewish Families


PAIN CAME BACK LIKE SOMETHING SHARP IN MY EYE       
First Line: I'm not even sure if it's three or four years
Last Line: At last, supine to that sour kiss


PEACEABLE KINGDOM       
First Line: Creamcheese babies square and downy as bolsters


PEELED AFTER FLU       
First Line: After fever raged through both our bodies
Last Line: Gulp down the sun at dawn without tasting it


PENETRATING COLD       
First Line: Insidious as fine rain
Last Line: It will bloom and bear fruit in one night


PERFECT WEATHER       
First Line: On the six o'clock news, ken poses in his three
Last Line: Then tell us what good weather you're providing


PERPETUAL MIGRATION       
First Line: How do we know where we are going
Last Line: And passion I will know the shape %of the mountains of freedom, I will know


PERSIMMON PUDDING       
First Line: Smooth, lacquered you shine like a japanese box
Last Line: She swears for the touch of frost


PHOTOGRAPH OF MY MOTHER SITTING ON THE STEPS    Poem Text    
First Line: My mother who isn't anyone's
Last Line: The sun of love
Subject(s): Mothers


POP-SICLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Martina had a mama, anna-lisa
Subject(s): Healing; Cures


POP-SICLE       
First Line: Martina had a mama, anna-lisa
Last Line: Fathers. Martina glares at the men from %slitted eyes. Herbie's still frozen
Subject(s): Healing


POSSESSION       
First Line: The first bud of morning opens at home
Last Line: Blood and tissue and bone. This land owns me


POSTCARD FROM THE GARDEN       
First Line: I live in an orchard. Confetti of bruised petals


PRACTICING WITH THE WINDOWS OPEN       
First Line: Inside she is chained to the piano
Last Line: On the block and filled each with fresh flowers


PRICE BEGINS TO MOUNT       
First Line: What gets you in its teeth in middle age
Last Line: That time bomb ticking in your chest like a heart


PRICE OF THE BODY       
First Line: The price of the brain is paid in shock
Last Line: That thought is flesh, and flesh thinks


PROMOTION       
First Line: My friend has become an administrator
Last Line: Never deflate or look down


PROXIMITY FUSES       
First Line: The country is too much itself
Last Line: My inferno enacts itself at any time %on dingy urban streets


PUTTING THE GARDENS TO SLEEP       
First Line: We are putting the gardens to sleep
Last Line: Never tame, the soil is only captive


PUTTING THE GOOD THINGS AWAY    Poem Text    
First Line: In the drawer were folded fine
Subject(s): Jewish Families


PUTTING THE GOOD THINGS AWAY       
First Line: In the drawer were folded fine
Last Line: No day of hers was ever good enough
Subject(s): Jewish Families


PUZZLE       
First Line: We were like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle
Last Line: As we turn through savage seasons


QUARREL IN THE BERRY PATCH    Poem Text    
First Line: I gave you the cherries this year,
Subject(s): Gardens & Gardening; Birds


QUICK AND QUIET ONE       
First Line: I watch the garter snake thrust
Last Line: Imagine, seeking warmth and prey


RABBI'S GRANDDAUGHTER AND THE CHRISTMAS TREE       
First Line: Mother, the rabbi's granddaughter, wanted christmas
Last Line: Only red, gold and blue shining for me
Subject(s): Children; Christmas; Jewish Families; Jews


RAIN FALLS ON IOANNNINA       
First Line: Grey clouds sink
Last Line: I am learning something about wet %and grey and bad


RAINY 4TH       
First Line: I am someone who boots myself from bed
Last Line: That like the pole beans on the fence %expand perceptibly in the long rain


RAISIN PUMPERNICKEL       
First Line: You shine, my love, like a sugar maple in october
Last Line: Of passion. So we die and die with loving %and go on living


RAM'S HORN SOUNDING       
First Line: Giant porcupine, I walk a rope braided
Last Line: And scaled folk born from the ancient warm sea
Subject(s): Jewish Families


RAPE POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: There is no difference between being raped
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


RAPE POEM       
First Line: There is no difference between being raped
Last Line: To possess and punish in one act, %to rip up pleasure, to murder those who dare %live in the leafy f
Subject(s): Poetry And Poets


REAL HEARTH       
First Line: Let's heat up the night to a boil
Last Line: As the hours jump off the cliff
Subject(s): Jewish Families


RECONCILED       
First Line: You have come back from your hike
Last Line: Thanking the sea that it has turned and risen


REFLECTIONS ON A MIRROR       
First Line: Mirror mirror on the wall
Last Line: The world turns half around


REPORT OF 14TH SUBCOMMITTE ON CONVENING A DISCUSSION GROUP       
First Line: They are how things begin to tilt into change


REPORT OF THE FOURTEENTH SUBCOMMITTEE ON CONVENING       
First Line: This is how things begin to tilt into change
Last Line: And dances. I have spoken. So be it forevermore


RESHAPING EACH OTHER       
First Line: We are differently shaped
Last Line: In the gears of marriage


RETREAT       
First Line: Come back to me
Last Line: Enter and scrub your mind


RETURN TO LIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: A woman is not a pear tree
Subject(s): Women's Rights; Feminism


RETURNING TO THE CEMETERY IN THE OLD PRAGUE GHETTO    Poem Text    
First Line: Like bad teeth jammed crooked in a mouth
Subject(s): Jewish Families


RETURNING TO THE CEMETERY IN THE OLD PRAGUE GHETTO       
First Line: Like bad teeth jammed crooked in a mouth
Last Line: Nights afterward, stone and bone
Subject(s): Jewish Families


ROOT CANAL       
First Line: You see before you an icing of skin
Last Line: Pyramid standing here, a grandiose %talking headstone for my tooth


RUNNING TOWARD R       
First Line: The night is funnel shaped


RUNT VIGOR       
First Line: This apple tree was born of accident
Last Line: All november the deer taste its fruit


S. DEAD       
First Line: You were unreasonably kind


SABBATH OF MUTUAL RESPECT       
First Line: In the natural year come two thanksgivings


SALT IN THE AFTERNOON       
First Line: The room is a conch shell
Last Line: Salt puddles on the flats


SALT WATER    Poem Text    
First Line: It is a bowl of tears on the table
Last Line: The salt of regret and the salt of effort
Subject(s): Jewish Families; Salt


SALT WATER       
First Line: It is a bowl of tears on the table
Last Line: The salt of regret and the salt of effort
Subject(s): Jewish Families


SEASON OF BREAKAGE: 1.       
First Line: The hurricaine parched the oak leaves brown
Last Line: Till after the winter has taxed us lean


SEASON OF BREAKAGE: 2.       
First Line: We are cheated of fall. Only the low
Last Line: Into the winter that will kill or renew us


SECRETARY CHANT       
First Line: My hips are a desk
Last Line: Because I wonce %was a woman
Subject(s): Jewish Families


SEDUCTION OF ANTICIPATED PAIN       
First Line: You rush to embrace a certain
Last Line: What we can and endure in light and darkness


SEPTEMBER AFTERNOON AT FOUR O'CLOCK       
First Line: Full in the hand, heavy
Last Line: There is %no other wisdom


SEXUAL SELECTION AMONG BIRDS       
First Line: The soft breasted dun bird on her nest
Last Line: And bloom like a perfect rose


SHABBAT MOMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: A scarf trailing / over the lilac sunset
Subject(s): Jewish Families


SHABBAT MOMENT       
First Line: A scarf trailing %over the lilac sunset
Last Line: Drinking the darkness
Subject(s): Jewish Families


SHAD BLOW       
First Line: Deer tracks cloven dark in the pale sand
Last Line: Spring moves through me like an armada of light


SHADOWS OF THE BURNING       
First Line: Oak burns steady and hot and long
Last Line: And you and I dance in the fire of which %we are the logs, the matches and the flames


SHAME       
First Line: I was nine years old and carted off %to ebensburg pa to visit my father's
Last Line: Than that silly doorstep %I stole to possess


SHUTTLE       
First Line: From one goblet we both drank wine


SIGN    Poem Text    
First Line: The first white hair coils in my hand
Subject(s): Aging; Hair; Self-pity


SIMPLE-SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: When we are going toward someone we say
Subject(s): Love


SIMPLE-SONG       
First Line: When we are going toward someone we say
Last Line: The door in the chest standing open
Subject(s): Love


SIMPLIFICATION       
First Line: A rolling tank of man, ramparts of flesh


SINS OF OMISSION       
First Line: Little gravestones like mushrooms %sprung up with the moist dawn
Last Line: In the knotted prayer of a poem %can I make those colors gleam


SITTING LIKE A TURTLE       
First Line: My fingers are silted shut


SIX UNDERRATED PLEASURES       
First Line: They must be clean


SKY CHANGES       
First Line: I watch the dry wind chafing
Last Line: And we drink each other, quenched


SKYSCRAPERS OF THE FINANCIAL DISTRICT DANCE WITH GASMAN       
First Line: The skyscrapers are dancing by the river
Subject(s): Skyscrapers; Wall Street, New York City


SLIDES FROM OUR RECENT EUROPEAN TRIP       
First Line: In kennet avenue among the monoliths
Variant Title(s): Avebur


SMALLEY BAR       
First Line: Anchored a ways off buoy rocks the sailboat
Last Line: It's not my sailboat %ever, but it's my choice


SNOWFLAKES, MY MOTHER CALLED THEM    Poem Text    
Last Line: Stood, made of skill and absence
Subject(s): Mothers; Grandparents; Snow; Childhood Memories


SNOWFLAKES, MY MOTHER CALLED THEM       
Last Line: Stood, made of skill and absence
Subject(s): Jewish Families


SOFTLY DURING THE NIGHT       
First Line: Rain is tickling the leaves like the ghost of itself
Last Line: As I pass bear witness to what came and left %furtive as if it took instead of giving


SOME THINGS RETURN IN SPRING    Poem Text    
First Line: The brave spears of the garlic
Subject(s): Spring


SOMEPLACE ELSE       
First Line: Blackberries sweet and dusty


SOMETHING SO SHARP       
First Line: The blade that slices the afternoon
Last Line: When you do not think %of dying


SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO    Poem Text    
First Line: Menopause -- word used as an insult
Subject(s): Menopause


SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO       
First Line: Menopause -- word used as an insult
Last Line: I will burn my last tampons as votive candles
Subject(s): Menopause


SOMETIMES WHILE I AM CHANTING'    Poem Text    


SOMETIMES WHILE I AM CHANTING'       
Last Line: There is no I only you only %light burning and unburnt
Subject(s): Religion; Spiritual Life


SONG OF THE NUDGE       
First Line: There are eight people in this room
Last Line: It is probably better to lock the door


SPINNING MY WHEELS       
First Line: Those of us who come from detroit
Last Line: For I'm queen of the road damn it %still greasy after all these years


STORY WET AS TEARS       
First Line: Remember the princess who kissed the frog
Last Line: Marriage turns them quietly back


SUBTLE COMMANDS OF THE EARTH       
First Line: All winter long the air is slightly rusted iron
Last Line: Till we fall on each other like starving foxes


SUMMER MOURNING       
First Line: One summer morning the light pools heavy
Last Line: Of what is, is the bone rotting from within
Subject(s): Jewish Families


SUN-DAY POACHER       
First Line: My uncle zimmy worked the face down in the soft
Last Line: The same fatality in his embrace


SUNDAY AFTERNOON       
First Line: On manhattan bridge


SWEAR IT    Poem Text    
First Line: My mother swore ripely, inventively
Subject(s): Language; Words; Vocabulary


SYZYGY       
First Line: Sometimes I drift in a precarious balancde
Last Line: Between my wandering poles


TARGETS       
First Line: I am shooting targets propped against
Last Line: Painted targets in the sand


TASHLICH    Poem Text    
First Line: Go to the ocean and throw the crumbs in
Last Line: He will broil my sins for supper
Subject(s): Rites & Ceremonies; Jews


TASHLICH       
First Line: Go to the ocean and throw the crumbs in
Last Line: The stain of betrayal from the new year
Subject(s): Jewish Families


TASK NEVER COMPLETED       
First Line: No task is ever completed
Last Line: Rough improvisation, but a start
Subject(s): Jewish Families


TEACHING EXPERIENCE       
First Line: Pour into them
Last Line: But you, keep quiet and moving


THE ALTNEUSHUL IN THE OLD PRAGUE GHETTO    Poem Text    
First Line: Craggy lines stoop against a crowded sky
Last Line: Here you slam against the fact and then rejoice
Subject(s): Synagogues; Prague, Czech Republic; Ghettos


THE ARIA    Poem Text    
First Line: One crow comes now every morning
Last Line: Croutons. They throw a party
Subject(s): Birds; Crows


THE ARK OF CONSEQUENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: The classic rainbow shows as an arc
Subject(s): Jewish Families


THE ART OF BLESSING THE DAY    Poem Text    
First Line: This is the blessing for rain after drought
Subject(s): Jewish Families


THE BOOK OF RUTH AND NAOMI    Poem Text    
First Line: When you pick up the tanakh and read
Subject(s): Jewish Families


THE CAT'S SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: Mine, says the cat, putting out his paw of darkness
Subject(s): Cats


THE CHUPPAH    Poem Text    
First Line: The chuppah stands on four poles
Subject(s): Jewish Families


THE DAY MY MOTHER DIED    Poem Text    
First Line: I seldom have premonitions of death
Subject(s): Death - Mothers; Dead, The


THE FAITHLESS    Poem Text    
First Line: Sleep, you jade smooth liar
Subject(s): Unfaithfulness; Infidelity; Adultery; Inconstancy


THE FLYING JEW    Poem Text    
First Line: I never met my uncle dave
Subject(s): Jewish Families


THE FRIEND    Poem Text    
First Line: We sat across the table.
Subject(s): Love - Nature Of


THE FUNDAMENTAL TRUTH    Poem Text    
First Line: The christian right, islamic jihad
Subject(s): Jewish Families


THE GARDENER'S LITANY    Poem Text    
First Line: We plant, it is true
Subject(s): Gardens & Gardening


THE GLAMOUR OF IT    Poem Text    
First Line: The glamour of it to a child all sniffing
Last Line: Curiosity fattened on those scraps
Subject(s): Clothing & Dress; Nostalgia; Ancestors & Ancestry


THE GOOD OLD DAYS AT HOME SWEET HOME    Poem Text    
First Line: On monday my mother washed.
Subject(s): Family Life; Mothers; Relatives


THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE INCONVENIENT    Poem Text    
First Line: Gardening is often a measured cruelty:
Subject(s): Gardens & Gardening


THE HEAD OF THE YEAR    Poem Text    
First Line: The moon is dark tonight, a new
Subject(s): Jewish Families


THE HOUSING PROJECT AT DRANCY    Poem Text    
First Line: Trains without signs flee through paris
Subject(s): Jewish Families


THE HUNGER MOON    Poem Text    
First Line: The snow is frozen moonlight on the marshes
Subject(s): Jewish Families


THE INFLUENCE COMING INTO PLAY: THE SEVEN OF PENTACLES    Poem Text    
First Line: Under a sky the color of pea soup
Subject(s): Jews - Women


THE INSIDE CHANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Dance like a jackrabbit / in the dunegrass, dance
Last Line: Like thousands of waving hands
Subject(s): Spring


THE LISTMAKER    Poem Text    
First Line: I am a compiler of lists: 1 bag


THE MEANINGFUL EXCHANGE    Poem Text    
First Line: The man talks
Subject(s): Women


THE NEIGHBOR    Poem Text    
First Line: Man stomping over my bed in boots
Subject(s): Neighbors; Anger


THE NEW YEAR OF THE TREES    Poem Text    
First Line: It is the new year of the trees, but here
Subject(s): Jewish Families


THE PROMOTION    Poem Text    
First Line: My friend has become an administrator.
Subject(s): Corporate Life


THE RAM'S HORN SOUNDING    Poem Text    
First Line: Giant porcupine, I walk a rope braided
Subject(s): Jewish Families


THE REAL HEARTH    Poem Text    
First Line: Let's heat up the night to a boil
Subject(s): Jewish Families


THE SECRETARY CHANT    Poem Text    
First Line: My hips are a desk
Subject(s): Jewish Families


THE SKYSCRAPERS OF THE FINANCIAL DISTRICT DANCE WITH GASMAN       
First Line: The skyscrapers are dancing by the river
Subject(s): Skyscrapers; Wall Street, New York City


THE TAO OF TOUCH    Poem Text    
First Line: What magic does touch create
Subject(s): Touch (sense)


THE TASK NEVER COMPLETED    Poem Text    
First Line: No task is ever completed
Subject(s): Jewish Families


THE THIEF    Poem Text    
First Line: Dina sent me a postcard
Subject(s): Jewish Families


THE WINE    Poem Text    
First Line: Red is the body's own deep song
Last Line: That is the wine of life
Subject(s): Wine; Red (color)


THE WORLD IN THE YEAR 2000    Poem Text    
First Line: It will be covered to a depth of seven
Subject(s): Packages


THIEF       
First Line: Dina sent me a postcard
Last Line: As I freed %those captured coins
Subject(s): Jewish Families


THING-SONG       
First Line: Jagged intractability


THINKING OF HOMER AT TWILIGHT       
First Line: Dark harbor: penny wore that phrase
Last Line: Out of the dark harbor, still water waiting


THIS PROWLING ZOO       
First Line: I am warm and humane


THOUSANDS OF MORNING MOTHS       
First Line: Today in the early june woods
Last Line: Along the road like friendly laughter


THREE A.M. FEEDING       
First Line: Three a.M. And I think the moon
Last Line: Whose pain still pierces me, become my own


THREE MONTHS EXILE       
First Line: Our roses are blooming
Last Line: That long warm furry skein


TO BE OF USE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The people I love the best
Subject(s): Jewish Families; Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


TO BE OF USE       
First Line: The people I love the best
Last Line: The pitcher cries for water to carry %and a person for work that is real
Subject(s): Jewish Families


TO HAVE WITHOUT HOLDING    Poem Text    
First Line: Learning to love differently is hard
Subject(s): Love


TO HAVE WITHOUT HOLDING       
First Line: Learning to love differently is hard
Last Line: And anger moment by moment balanced
Subject(s): Love


TOAD DREAMS    Poem Text    
First Line: The dream of toads: we rarely
Subject(s): Dreams; Animals; Conduct Of Life; Nightmares


TOAD DREAMS       
First Line: The dream of toads: we rarely
Last Line: We will never dream the intense %wet spring lust of the toads


TOO LONG DEAD    Poem Text    
First Line: I just came on it like a rake in the grass
Last Line: In a gust of cherries and cinnamon
Subject(s): Death; Memory; Mourning; Dead, The


TOO LONG DEAD       
First Line: I just came on it like a rake in the grass
Last Line: In a gust of cherries and cinnamon
Subject(s): Death; Memory


TOO SOON TO BE TRUE       
First Line: A soft round monday in january
Last Line: Relaxes ex-lovers into a warm %slough of flesh on the abandoned bed


TOWARD A SUDDEN SILENCE       
First Line: The vast dry sand dunes are stirring
Last Line: Where I have been, where I can still try to go


TRACKS    Poem Text    
First Line: The small birds leave cuneiform
Subject(s): Animals; Relationships


TRANSFIXED ON THE BANK       
First Line: All rivers are mysteries
Last Line: Us downstream and out to sea


TRAVELING DREAM    Poem Text    
First Line: I am packing to go to the airport
Subject(s): Animals; Cats; Dreams; Travel; Nightmares; Journeys; Trips


TRAVELING DREAM       
First Line: I am packing to go to the airport
Last Line: There is one cat the size of a sofa
Subject(s): Animals; Cats; Dreams; Travel


TROPHY       
First Line: Fur coats mean slaughter now
Last Line: Needing the coat to love %me so something would
Subject(s): Clothing And Dress; Fur Trade


TRUE PATRIOT       
First Line: I am ibolan, says she
Last Line: There are any of us left


TRUE ROMANCE       
First Line: In a room with a nylon carpet and a daybed
Last Line: Become real too, as the box glued to your eyes


TRUTH ACCORDING TO LUDD       
First Line: The pleasure ofkicking the vacuum cleaner
Last Line: They have the contempt the whore does for johns


TRYING OUR METAL       
First Line: Silver I like better than gold
Last Line: Wash of the river of years


TWITCH IN TIME       
First Line: The cat knows something
Last Line: Waiting for the stranger to walk in


UNBUTTONING    Poem Text    
First Line: The buttons lie jumbled in a tin
Last Line: Left by vanished flesh
Subject(s): Death Mothers; Clothing & Dress; Body, Human


UNBUTTONING       
First Line: The buttons lie jumbled in a tin
Last Line: Left by vanished flesh
Subject(s): Jewish Families


UNCLENCH YOURSELF       
First Line: Open, love %I tell you we are able


UNDERWATER BREATHING       
First Line: Then I went down to the river
Last Line: Into the body till it can swim underblood


UP AND OUT    Poem Text    
First Line: We occupy neighborhoods like roominghouses
Subject(s): Jewish Families


UP AND OUT       
First Line: We occupy neighborhoods like roominghouses
Last Line: In heaven as on earth the dishes must be done
Subject(s): Jewish Families


UP AND OUT, SELS.       


V'AHAVTA    Poem Text    
First Line: So you shall love what is holy
Subject(s): Jewish Families


V'AHAVTA       
First Line: So you shall love what is holy
Last Line: Let us remember to find what is holy %within and without
Subject(s): Jewish Families


VALLEY WHERE I DON'T BELONG       
First Line: The first cocks begin clearing the throat of morning
Last Line: Than that thin red leap of bone: I live, I live. %I and my worn symbols see up the sun
Subject(s): Poetry And Poets


VEGETABLE LOVE       
First Line: Outside gnarled rough black
Last Line: Full of juice and hot within %just like our love


VIL FOR THE LAYMAN       
First Line: On the sunblasted and sterile island of vil
Last Line: Is carved kansas, a date, and the message mirnie sucks


VISITATION       
First Line: The yearling doe stands by the pile of salt
Last Line: Into to graze, from the lean late woods


VISITING A DEAD MAN ON A SUMMER DAY    Poem Text    
First Line: In flat america, in chicago,
Subject(s): Cemeteries; Chicago; Graveyards


VISITING A DEAD MAN ON A SUMMER DAY       
First Line: In flat america, in chicago


VISITORS WITH TOO MUCH BAGGAGE       
First Line: You stand with your arm heavy on your wife


VOICE OF THE GRACKLE       
First Line: Among the red winged blackbirds
Last Line: Half clown, half hero


WAKING WITH MY EARS RINGING       
First Line: Sometimes I wake up in the night
Last Line: To ghosts whenever I shut off the lights


WALKING IN WANING LIGHT       
First Line: The december marsh is the rough
Last Line: Yet to hatch that hot egg


WARM PLACE BECOMES A COLD PLACE       
First Line: A black hole
Last Line: To darkness, where now %means only absence


WE DON'T HAVE MUCH TO SAY TO EACH OTHER       
First Line: The redwing blackbirds have arrived in their hundreds
Last Line: And the nest and eggs will be hidden in the grass


WE SPEAK OF SEEING THE HERON, AS IF THERE WERE ONLY ONE       
First Line: Dawn, the sky split by an incoming front,
Last Line: Wings promise me something holy survives


WELLFLEET SHABBAT    Poem Text    
First Line: The hawk eye of the sun slowly shuts
Subject(s): Jewish Families


WELLFLEET SHABBAT       
First Line: The hawk eye of the sun slowly shuts
Last Line: Down the fresh clean night
Subject(s): Jewish Families


WET       
First Line: Desire urges us on deeper
Last Line: To its dark glimmer


WHALE WE ARE       
First Line: The mind plunges into sleep, lurching down
Last Line: And bolts somber glimmering ancient prey


WHAT ARE BIG GIRLS MADE OF       
First Line: The construction of a woman
Last Line: To be made of pain


WHAT ARE BIG GIRLS MADE OF?    Poem Text    
First Line: The construction of a woman:
Subject(s): Women


WHAT CROSSES OVER       
First Line: The deep dark waters of the belly
Last Line: Of peaches, the alphabet of your spine


WHAT SHE CRAVED    Poem Text    
First Line: My mother sugared grapefruit; / my father salted it
Subject(s): Jewish Families; Mothers; Sugar


WHAT SHE CRAVED       
First Line: My mother sugared grapefruit; %my father salted it
Last Line: Ticking through running down days
Subject(s): Jewish Families; Mothers; Sugar


WHAT'S THAT SMELL IN THE KITCHEN    Poem Text    
First Line: All over america women are burning dinners
Subject(s): Cooking & Cooks


WHAT'S THAT SMELL IN THE KITCHEN       
First Line: All over america women are burning dinners
Last Line: Burning dinners is not incompetence but war
Subject(s): Cooking And Cooks


WHEN TOO MUCH IS BARELY ENOUGH       
First Line: The scent of butter and cream honeysuckle
Last Line: Who could eat this day and not be filled


WHERE DREAMS COME FROM    Poem Text    
First Line: A girl slams the door of her little room
Subject(s): Universities & Colleges; Ambition; Family Life; Relatives


WHERE IS MY HALF-USED TUBE OF TOM'S FENNEL TOOTHPASTE TONIGHT?       
First Line: Here I am I think in des moines
Last Line: O my wandering clothes, come home


WHO MIGHT HAVE BEEN FRIENDS       
First Line: What cannot happen %imprints the mind
Last Line: On a wall %left otherwise blank


WHY I BOUGHT THE STUPID PALM TREE DISH       
First Line: The woman waits at the dippint card table
Last Line: Packed in a heart shaped leaking aluminum mold


WHY THE SOUP TASTES LIKE THE DAILY NEWS       
First Line: The great dream stinks like a whale gone aground
Last Line: Dyes every tongue


WICKED STEPMOTHER       
First Line: The good and loving mother dies
Last Line: Just before the end of time
Subject(s): Jewish Families


WIND CHANGES AROUND       
First Line: Yesterday the sky was larkspur velour
Last Line: Bring in more wood, for the snow %is coming like an army of occupation


WINDOW OF THE WOMAN BURNING       
First Line: Woman dancing with hair


WINE       
First Line: Red is the body's own deep song
Last Line: That is the wine of life
Subject(s): Jewish Families


WINTER PROMISES    Poem Text    
First Line: Tomatoes rosy as perfect baby's buttocks,
Subject(s): Winter; Tomatoes; Promises


WOMAN IN A SHOE    Poem Text    
First Line: There was an old woman who lived
Subject(s): Jewish Families


WOMAN IN A SHOE       
First Line: There was an old woman who lived
Last Line: And you see living garbage
Subject(s): Jewish Families


WOMAN IN THE       
Last Line: Like a hand grenade set to explode, %like goldenrod ready to bloom


WOMAN IN THE BUSHES       
First Line: A snail easing gingerly
Last Line: It just takes time and weather


WORD PROBLEM       
First Line: I find I am inhabited


WORK OF ARTIFACE       
First Line: The bonsai [or bonzai] %in the attractive pot
Last Line: The bound feet, %the crippled brain %the hair in curlers, %the hands you %love to touch
Subject(s): Bonsai; Poetry And Poets


WORLD COMES BACK LIKE AN OLD CAT       
First Line: Slowly the topography emerges, a pile


WORLD FROM BELOW       
First Line: To a young child, all grown-ups are tall
Last Line: Decoding the world secretly, and wrong


WORLD UNBANDAGED       
First Line: Slowly after the pain my vision came
Last Line: Bubbled with inner and outer light


WORLDS WITHOUT END       
First Line: Whenever you touch my mind unexpectedly
Last Line: As I proceed there is more of you to know


WRITING BAG       
First Line: Succubus despair


WRONG MONDAY       
First Line: First the alarm is mute. Forgot the plunger
Last Line: Stalled in traffic, my period starts


YAHRTZEIT       
First Line: Everything I have written about
Last Line: And you stab straight for my heart %and it stops
Subject(s): Jewish Families


YEARNING TO REPOSSESS THE BODY       
First Line: Fever makes me luminous, a firefly
Last Line: Soundly, dance with my heavy feet. %enough of flying on the white wind of fever!


YELLOW LIGHT       
First Line: When I see -- obsolete, forgotten
Last Line: Than uncles and aunts understand


YELLOW, RED, BLUE       
First Line: The sun melts through the body and turns it to joy
Last Line: Otherwise I'm empty as a perfect whelk shell


YOU ASK WHY SOMETIMES I SAY STOP    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Sex


YOU ASK WHY SOMETIMES I SAY STOP       
Subject(s): Sex


YOUR EYES RECALL OLD FANTASIES       
First Line: The aegean of your eyes -- remembered
Last Line: In a language I could not yet read


YOUR FATHER'S FOURTH HEART ATTACK    Poem Text    
First Line: The phone cord is the umbilicus
Subject(s): Jewish Families


YOUR FATHER'S FOURTH HEART ATTACK       
First Line: The phone cord is the umbilicus
Last Line: While he calls till hoarseness, for himself
Subject(s): Jewish Families


YOUR STANDARD MID LIFE CRISIS       
First Line: A friend is destroying his life
Last Line: Him like a votive candle, doomed %to drip itself out


ZEROAH: LAMB SHANK    Poem Text    
First Line: It grosses out many of my friends
Subject(s): Jewish Families


ZEROAH: LAMB SHANK       
First Line: It grosses out many of my friends
Last Line: Meat that thinks and sings
Subject(s): Jewish Families