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Pinsky, Robert    Poet's Biography
207 poems available by this author


1. FLIGHT       
First Line: Winged mind of a child running with arms out straight
Last Line: And beyond, like a child running to fly, windlike, winged mind


2. THE STARGAZERS       
First Line: Maybe nothing ever was as pure as the great
Last Line: White christmas, god bless america, easter parade


A CLASSIC MOMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: I could accept the frayed basement parish
Subject(s): Schools; Childhood Memories; Students


A LONG BRANCH SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: Some days in may, little stars
Subject(s): Long Branch, New Jersey


AN EXPLANATION OF AMERICA    Poem Text    
First Line: As though explaining the idea of dancing
Subject(s): Politics & Government; Social Problems; United States; America


AN OLD MAN; AFTER CAVAFY    Poem Text    
First Line: Back in a corner, alone in the clatter and babble
Subject(s): Old Age


ANTIQUE       
First Line: I drowned in the fire of having you, I burned
Last Line: From the waters of anonymity, the acids of breath


AT PLEASURE BAY       
First Line: In the willows along the river at pleasure bay
Last Line: When you were only a presence, at pleasure bay


AUTUMN QUARTET       
First Line: Others are not the medicine for loneliness
Last Line: The centaurs showed him truth in fabulation %in every living city the haunted ruin


AVENUE    Poem Text    
First Line: They stack bright pyramids of goods and gather
Subject(s): Cities; Urban Life


AVENUE       
First Line: They stack bright pyramids of goods and gather
Last Line: Capering, on fire, they cleave to the riven hub
Subject(s): Cities


BEACH WOMEN       
First Line: In the fierce peak of the day it's quietly they wade
Last Line: Against boredom, discomfort, death and old age


BERRY BUSH       
First Line: The winter they abandoned long point village
Last Line: Under all, the dead thorns sharper than the green


BIOGRAPHY    Poem Text    
First Line: Stone wheel that sharpens the blade that mows the grain,
Subject(s): Family Life; Relatives


BODY       
First Line: The spirit is in bed, it has been sleeping away
Last Line: The words live like a bird--die like a dog


BOOK       
First Line: He leaves flutter, they thrive or wither, its outspread
Last Line: Pressed between pages like a wildflower, odorless, brittle


CATATONIC    Poem Text    
First Line: I was a living place, the huge


CEREMONY FOR ANY BEGINNING       
First Line: Against weather, and the random
Last Line: Leafage and solid bark breathing the mist


CHANGES       
First Line: Even at sea the bodies of the unborn and the dead
Last Line: To the shapes of beaks or arrowheads at the black dots of the cities


CITY DARK       
First Line: In the early winter dusk the broken city dark
Last Line: The dark of the city pavement, the faintly glittering slabs
Subject(s): Nature


CITY ELEGEIS: 1. THE DAY DREAMERS    Poem Text    
First Line: All day all over the city every person
Subject(s): City & Town Life


CITY ELEGIES       
First Line: All day all over the city every person
Last Line: All schooling their single root to the raised baton


CITY ELEGIES: 2. EVERYWHERE I GO, THERE I AM    Poem Text    
First Line: Hot days of errands and badges, paper, shrill rage
Subject(s): City & Town Life


CITY ELEGIES: 3. HOUSE HOUR    Poem Text    
First Line: Now the pale honey of a kitchen light
Subject(s): City & Town Life; Houses


CITY ELEGIES: 4. STREET MUSIC    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Sweet babylon, headphones. Song bones.
Subject(s): City & Town Life; Music & Musicians


COLD       
First Line: I can't remember what I was thinking...The cold
Last Line: Forgetting for a minute what I was doing


CREATION ACCORDING TO OVID       
First Line: In the beginning was order, a uniform
Last Line: Disrupter, smiler, shouter in the night


CREOLE    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Roman Empire; Names; Ancestors & Ancestry; Language; Creoles; Heritage; Heredity; Words; Vocabulary


CYCLES       
First Line: Vilna, 'jerusalem of the north,' progressive city
Last Line: The grieved body rising through the golden window of your eye


DANTE'S INFERNO, SELS.       
First Line: I was already where we heard the noise
Last Line: But vanished like an arrow from the string


DAUGHTER       
First Line: She thinks about skeletons
Subject(s): Children; Daughters; Fathers & Daughters; Childhood


DEATH AND THE POWERS: A ROBOT PAGEANT    Poem Text    
First Line: Units assembled for the ritual
Subject(s): Robots & Robotics


DECEMBER BLUES       
First Line: At the bad time, nothing betrays outwardly the harsh findings
Last Line: Consciously at bay, oh little town, enveloped in unease


DESECRATION OF THE GRAVESTONE OF ROSE P. (1897-1924)       
First Line: A cautionless flagon threw the heart unphrased
Last Line: With earth in dusty heraldry and lines


DESTRUCTION OF LONG BRANCH       
First Line: When they came out with artificial turf
Last Line: Avid in a tearing rain


DISCRETIONS OF ALCIBIADES    Poem Text    
First Line: First frost is weeks off, but yj prudent man
Subject(s): Mythology; Adultery; Politics & Government


DISCRETIONS OF ALCIBIADES       
First Line: First frost is weeks off, but the prudent man
Last Line: Market for salt; and dance to tinkly music


DOCTOR FROLIC    Poem Text    
Subject(s): City & Town Life; Social Commentaries; Physicians; Doctors


DOCTOR FROLIC       
First Line: Felicity the healer isn't young
Last Line: So merry in the punchinello face


DOOR       
First Line: The cat cries for me from the other side
Last Line: Sister will, fellow-mortal, here we are


DREAMER       
First Line: While I lay sleeping my heart awoke
Last Line: Dreaming him from the dark outside


DYING    Poem Text    
First Line: Nothing to be said about it, and everything
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


DYING       
First Line: Nothing to be said about it, and everything
Last Line: Bored and impatient in the monster's mouth
Subject(s): Death


EMBASSY ARCHITECTURE    Poem Text    
First Line: No frieze of abandon, goat-thigh willow. And no
Subject(s): Bacchus; Roman Empire


ESSAY ON PSYCHIATRISTS    Poem Text    
First Line: It's crazy to think one could describe them
Subject(s): Psychiatry; Psychiatrists


ESSAY ON PSYCHIATRISTS       
First Line: It's crazy to think one could describe them
Last Line: Between stars, saying what we can
Subject(s): Psychiatry


ESSAY ON PSYCHIATRISTS: 11. THEIR PHILISTINISM CONSIDERED       
First Line: Greek tragedy' of course is the sort of thing
Last Line: The lamps, magazines, tables and tubular chairs


ESSAY ON PSYCHIATRISTS: 12. THEIR PHILISTINISM DISMISSED       
First Line: But after all-what 'cultural life' and what
Last Line: Complain both that they are inhuman and too human


ESSAY ON PSYCHIATRISTS: 14. THEIR SPEECH, COMPARED WITH WISDOM.....       
First Line: Terms of all kinds mellow with time, growing
Last Line: Blind women, tireless, and the blind little boy


ESSAY ON PSYCHIATRISTS: 16. GENERALIZING, JUST AND UNJUST       
First Line: As far as one can generalize, only a few
Last Line: The lonely ranges and secret mesas of his genre


ESSAY ON PSYCHIATRISTS: 5. PHYSICAL COMPARISON WITH PROFESSORS AND....       
First Line: Pink and a bit soft-bodied, with a somewhat jazzy
Last Line: Absurd to speculate; but then-the woman saw something


ESSAY ON PSYCHIATRISTS: 6. THEIR SERIOUSNESS, WITH FURTHER       
First Line: In a certain sense, they are not serious
Last Line: With a psychiatrist, to prevent such things from happening


EXILE       
First Line: Every few years you move
Last Line: Everything reassures you %the long exile is over


EXPLANATION OF AMERICA       
First Line: As though explaining the idea of dancing
Last Line: So large, and strangely broken, and unforseen
Subject(s): Politics; Social Problems; United States


FAERYLAND       


FAERYLAND       
First Line: Thin snow, and the first small pools of dusk
Last Line: Hard in a cold pale storm that falls all over


FALLING ASLEEP       
First Line: Black thatch, black root
Last Line: His heart his genitals his brain


FIGURED WHEEL       
First Line: The figured wheel rolls through shopping malls and prisons
Last Line: There, figured and pre-figured in the nothing-transfiguring wheel
Subject(s): Wheels


FIRST EARLY MORNINGS TOGETHER    Poem Text    
First Line: Waking up over the candy store together
Subject(s): Waking; Morning; Togethernes; Pigeons


FIRST EARLY MORNINGS TOGETHER       
First Line: Waking up over the candy store together
Last Line: Pecking by ones or twos the rainbowed gutter


FIRST THINGS TO HAND    Poem Text    
First Line: In the skull kept on the desk.
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


FLOWERS       
First Line: The little bright yellow ones
Last Line: Beautiful and finished like us


FROM THE CHILDHOOD OF JESUS       
First Line: One saturday morning he went to the river to play
Last Line: Not blinking or resting, as if never to alight


GAME       
First Line: No ball, no rules. Any one boy
Last Line: Entropy of the game


GARDEN       
First Line: Far back, in the most remote times with their fresh colors
Last Line: Even memory's noises and rages, here in the quiet garden


GENERATION BEFORE       
First Line: The wind blew. Some days, rain
Last Line: The impossible field of the present


GHOST HAMMER       
First Line: Foundry of the dead, the dead invisible hammer
Last Line: You have committed images, the tool %is warm from your hand


GINZA SAMBA    Poem Text    
First Line: A monosyllabic european called sax
Subject(s): Saxophones


GINZA SAMBA       
First Line: A monosyllabic european called sax
Last Line: Instrument of my skull
Subject(s): Saxophones


GLASS    Poem Text    
First Line: Waterlike, with a little water
Subject(s): Glass


GLASS       
First Line: Waterlike, with a little water
Last Line: Delicate, durable measure


GLORY    Poem Text    
First Line: Pindar, poet of the victories, fitted names
Subject(s): Mythology - Greek; Pindar (522-440 B.c.); Poetry & Poets


GREEN PIANO       
First Line: Aeolian. Gratis. Great thunderer, half-ton infant of miracles
Last Line: Pink one, forever green one, white-and-gold one, comforter, living soul
Subject(s): Musical Instruments; Neighbors; Pianos


GULF MUSIC    Poem Text    
First Line: Mallah, walla tells bella. Trah mah trah-la, la, la, la
Subject(s): Hurricans; Jazz; New Orleans


HEARTMOSS       
First Line: The creature was limber once. It came to grief
Last Line: At the great stumbler: ginger, ponderous, germinant


HEARTS       
First Line: The legendary muscle that wants and grieves
Last Line: Through all the music, and on into silence again


HISTORY OF MY HEART    Poem Text    
First Line: One christmastime fats waller in a fur coat
Subject(s): Family Life; Childhood Memories; Mothers; Accidents; Sex; Coming Of Age; Relatives


HISTORY OF MY HEART: 1       
First Line: One christmastime fats waller in a fur coat
Last Line: As it fell over my mother's imagery and remembered %macy's in new york years before I was even born
Subject(s): Jazz; Music And Musicians; Waller, Fats (thomas Wright) (1904-1943)


HISTORY OF MY HEART: 2       
First Line: And the little white piano, tinkling away like crazy
Last Line: Or having followed pain inside she owned her children %from the inside out, or made us when she name


HISTORY OF MY HEART: 3       
First Line: Made me robert. She took me with her to a print-shop
Last Line: Into the morning chronicle, humming to itself, %like a fat person eating m & ms in the bathtub)


HISTORY OF MY HEART: 4       
First Line: Toward war, new forms of worship or migration
Last Line: The sound of breakers clearly to me through the pass %between the blocks of houses. The horn of rola


HISTORY OF MY HEART: 5       
First Line: But what was it I was too young for? On moonless
Last Line: Strained into song emptying the golden bell it comes from, %the pure source poured altogether out an


HOMECOMING       
First Line: Snowfall, thicker and thicker
Last Line: Colored cloth bannerwise


HUT       
First Line: Nothing only
Last Line: Historial heart


ICE-STORM       
First Line: Dear rpbert, thank you for trying to rig
Last Line: Mysterious light melted to a sheen by morning


ICICLES       
First Line: A brilliant beard of ice
Last Line: Leaving the broken stems


IF YOU COULD WRITE ONE GREAT POEM. WHAT WOULD IT BE ABOUT       
First Line: Fire: because it is quick, and can destroy
Last Line: Out of a body to conquer from the mind


IMMATURE SONG       
First Line: I have heard that adolescence is a recent invention
Last Line: Stammer, poor citizen, you get sullen, you sigh and look away


IMMORTAL LONGINGS       
First Line: Inside the silver body
Last Line: Zodiac of intentions


IMPOSSIBLE TO TELL    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Slow dulcimer, gavotte and bow, in autumn,
Subject(s): Death; Friendship; Wit & Humor; Race Awareness; Grief; Jews; Dead, The; Sorrow; Sadness; Judaism


IMPOSSIBLE TO TELL       
First Line: Slow dulcimer, gavotte and bow, in autumn
Last Line: Allegiance to a state impossible to tell


IMPROVISATIONS ON YIDDISH    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Yiddish


IN BERKELEY    Poem Text    
First Line: Afternoon light like pollen
Subject(s): Nature


IN BERKELEY       
First Line: Afternoon light like pollen
Last Line: In my language, not the one I learned
Subject(s): Nature


INMAN SQUARE INCANTATION       
First Line: Forgive us, we don't exactly believe or disbelieve
Last Line: Wishful conspiring with the artist in you, son of bitch, bastard


ISAAC LEYBUSH PERETZ    Poem Text    
First Line: And so you're dead. And you're not underground yet
Subject(s): Peretz, Isaac Leybudh (1851-1915)


ISAAC LEYBUSH PERETZ       
First Line: And so you're dead. And you're not underground yet
Last Line: Golden and something like blood
Subject(s): Peretz, Isaac Leybudh (1851-1915)


JERSEY RAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: Now near the end of the middle stretch of road
Subject(s): New Jersey; Rain


JESUS AND ISOLT       
First Line: In the palace of heaven god's holy angels were touching and fondling
Last Line: Mary, who looked back with heavenly pity at the son of man, the %most unfortunate of all his father'


KEYBOARD       
First Line: A disembodied piano. The headphones allow
Last Line: The cool-eyed rainbow lizard, plies the keys


LAIR       
First Line: Inexhaustible, delicate, as if
Last Line: Witnessing the blue gulf of the air


LAMENT FOR THE MAKERS       
First Line: What if I told you the truth? What if I could?
Last Line: But in others only voices or even quiet, %and the player's arm pauses and pumps again


LIBRARY SCENE       
First Line: Under the ceiling of metal stamped like plaster
Last Line: They come to you and you tell them how you read


LIVING       
First Line: The living, the unfallen lords of life
Last Line: Of this impenetrable haze, this prolonged %but not infinite surfeit of glory


LONG BRANCH SONG       
First Line: Some days in may, little stars
Last Line: The daily record for thirty-five years
Subject(s): Long Branch, New Jersey


LONG BRANCH, NEW JERSEY       
First Line: Everything is regional
Last Line: To the trite, salt, welcoming ocean


LOVE CROWN       
First Line: Now autumn nibbles its leaf from my hand: we are friends
Last Line: It is time


LOVE OF DEATH       
First Line: Imagine a child from virginia or new hampshire


MATERIAL       
First Line: The moon-stirred volume of ocean sighed
Last Line: From incomprehensible brightness to brightness.


MAY LEVINE       
First Line: Grandmother, the same hot night you died
Last Line: You go first


MEMOIR       
First Line: The iron cape of the law, the gray
Last Line: That, and not this


MEMORIAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Here lies a man. And here, a girl. They live
Subject(s): Cancer (disease)


MEMORIAL       
First Line: Here lies a man. And here, a girl. They live
Last Line: No hospital beds, but a lifting of metal wings
Subject(s): Cancer (disease)


NEW SADDHUS       
First Line: Barefoot, in unaccustomed clouts or skirts of raw muslin
Last Line: Pack straps and belts, fading from their embarassed bodies


NEWSPAPER    Poem Text    
First Line: They manufacture newsprint with a grain
Subject(s): World Trade Center Tragedy (9/11/2001); New York City - Terrorist Attack, 9/11


NEWSPAPER       
First Line: They manufacture newsprint with a grain
Last Line: To place by the master's breakfast-the skin of days
Subject(s): World Trade Center Tragedy (9/11/2001)


NIGHT GAME       
First Line: Some of us believe
Last Line: He refused to pitch on yom kippur
Subject(s): Baseball; Fasts And Feasts; Ford, Edward ("whitey"); Jews; Koufax, Sandy; Sports; Worship; Yom Kippur


ODE TO MEANING       
First Line: Dire one and desired one
Last Line: Ashes on my head. You are the wound. You %be the medicine


OLD MAN; AFTER CAVAFY       
First Line: Back in a corner, alone in the clatter and babble
Last Line: Resting on the table in the noisy cafe
Subject(s): Old Age


OLD WOMAN       
First Line: Not even in darkest august
Last Line: Repose in the electric night


ON 'EVE TEMPTED BY THE SERPENT' BY DEFENDENTE FERRARI    Poem Text    
First Line: Rare spirit remembered now with a pang
Last Line: Or easy but possible and we fall.
Subject(s): Adam & Eve; Bible; Jordan, Barbara (1936-1995); Temptation


PASCHAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Easter was the old north
Subject(s): Easter; Holidays; Religion; The Resurrection; Theology


PERSONAL DEVIL       
First Line: Ink, fire, quintuple mirrors--
Last Line: Of the huge, dissolving eye


PICTURE       
First Line: Three men on scaffolding scatter cornflakes down
Last Line: Of charges, particles too fine to see


PILGRIMAGE       
First Line: Near the peak. A clear morning
Last Line: Fell from the brim, fashioned and torn %from the cold water that tumbles %endlessly down the face of
Subject(s): Rites And Ceremonies


PLEASURE PIER       
First Line: With noises meaningful and vague as ever
Last Line: That pulled and worried at his prison's roots


POEM ABOUT PEOPLE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The jaunty crop-haired graying
Subject(s): City & Town Life; Social Commentaries; Relationships; Jews; Judaism


POEM ABOUT PEOPLE       
First Line: The jaunty crop-haired graying
Last Line: The wide spaces between us


POEM OF DISCONNECTED PARTS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: At robben island the political prisoners studied.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Racism; Social Commentaries; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry


POEM WITH REFRAINS       
First Line: The opening scene. The yellow, coal-fed fog
Last Line: The earth stands still, yet change of changes breedeth


POEM WITH REFRAINS       
First Line: When her mother died
Last Line: The earth stands still, yet change of changes breedeth


PORCH STEPS       
First Line: What are the young lovers? Two souls
Last Line: And weathered, care for the caretakers. Motes in sun


QUESTIONS       
First Line: What about the people who came to my father's office
Last Line: In the office is mrs. Apostolacos; the bus driver is ray


RALEGH'S PRIZES    Poem Text    
First Line: And summer turns her head with its dark tangle
Subject(s): Summer; Seashore; Amusement Parks; Beach; Coast; Shore


RALEGH'S PRIZES       
First Line: And summer turns her head with its dark tangle
Last Line: Carries his monarch from another world


REFINERY       
First Line: Thirsty and languorous after their long black sleep
Last Line: That monstered up sweetness for them while they dozed


RHYME OF REB NACHMAN       
First Line: Reb nachman sat in his hovel one day in spring
Last Line: With holy prayers for the dead, in the pripet marshes


ROUND       
First Line: What was the need like driving rain
Last Line: What was the need


SADNESS AND HAPPINESS       
First Line: That they have no earthly measure
Last Line: Earthly measure will survive


SAMBA       
First Line: The hudson's not a river but an estuary. Palisades park
Last Line: Rooted music of the great brazilian, caetano veloso


SAMURAI SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: When I had no roof I made
Subject(s): Absence; Separation; Isolation


SAMURAI SONG       
First Line: When I had no roof I made
Last Line: Is my strategy. When I had %no lover I courted my sleep
Subject(s): Absence


SAVING       
First Line: Though the sky still was partly light
Last Line: His luck or his secret name


SENTENCES       
First Line: Reading the sentences, november sun
Last Line: As the sentences too flat for any poem


SERPENT KNOWLEDGE       
First Line: In something you have written in school, you say
Last Line: Forgotten maybe, taken for granted, a trait, %a new syllable buried in their name


SHIRT    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The back, the yoke, the yardage, lapped seams
Subject(s): Clothing & Dress; Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


SHIRT       
First Line: The back, the yoke, the yardage, lapped seams
Last Line: Printed in black on neckband and tail. The shape, %the label, the labor, the color, the shade. The s
Subject(s): Clothing And Dress; Labor And Laborers


SHIVA AND PARVATI HIDING IN THE RAIN       
First Line: Language of invasion, cloth of grief
Last Line: Limbs and numberless %faces all spokes from one trunk


SONG       
First Line: Air an instrument of the tongue
Last Line: Art, mortal in its cornered sphere


SONG OF REASONS       
First Line: Because of the change of key midway in 'come back to sorrento'
Last Line: The flow of cars that come guided by with a throaty music %like the animal shapes that sing at the g


SONG ON PORCELAIN       
First Line: Rose colored cup and saucer
Last Line: The porcelain troubles me most


SONNET    Poem Text    
First Line: Afternoon sun on her back
Subject(s): Summer


SONNET       
First Line: Afternoon sun on her back
Last Line: No need, no one to praise her, %only the lake's voice - over%and over, to keep it before her
Subject(s): Summer


SPELUNKER       
First Line: With flecks of web like foam
Last Line: Of rescue, or the dream's dark likeness


SPIRIT       
First Line: While waiting for my body to stuff itself
Last Line: Lay only a mess of bones in a puddle of gravy


STATEMENT OF CONSCIENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Hear mrs. Bush, / thank you for your invitation to the white house event
Subject(s): Politics & Government; War


STATEMENT OF CONSCIENCE       
First Line: Hear mr. Bush, %thank you for your invitation to the white house event
Last Line: Wholeheartedly, together, at the white house. %sincerely, %robert pinsky
Subject(s): Politics; War


STEEL DRUM VARIATIONS       
First Line: Achille's spear supposedly had the power
Last Line: Pierced for a lyre and stung with a rabbit's guts


STREET       
First Line: Streaked and fretted with effort, the thick
Last Line: Dangerous %gray bark of the street
Subject(s): Cities; Streets


STREET OF FURTHEST MEMORY       
First Line: The street flails
Last Line: Panic flailing the street


STUPID MEDITATION ON PEACE    Poem Text    
First Line: Insomniac monkey-mind ponders the dove,
Subject(s): Sex Role; Monkeys; Peace; Breast Feeding; Relationships; Nursing (infants)


SUMMERS IN SARATOGA SPRINGS       
First Line: Gallery spindle %and port-cochere. Essex green
Last Line: Of the eighteen-eighties


SUMMONING THE PERSONAL DEVIL    Poem Text    
First Line: Ink, fire, quintuple mirrors
Subject(s): Self


TENNIS    Poem Text    
First Line: The nerve to make a high toss and the sense
Subject(s): Tennis


TENNIS       
First Line: The nerve to make a high toss and the sense
Last Line: By understanding the world, and all its parts
Subject(s): Tennis


TENNIS: 2. FOREHAND       
First Line: Straightforwardness can be a cruel test
Last Line: This is the metal that is never spent


TENNIS: 3. BACKHAND       
First Line: Here, panic may be a problem; and in the clench
Last Line: Hips, ankles, and knees, you sweep the inverted swing


TENNIS: 4. STRATEGY       
First Line: Hit to the weakness. All things being equal
Last Line: You arrange yourself to lob it back, and win


THE CITY DARK    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: In the early winter dusk the broken city dark
Subject(s): Nature


THE DESTRUCTION OF LONG BRANCH, N.J.    Poem Text    
First Line: When they came out with artifical turf
Subject(s): Homecoming; Childhood Memories; Long Branch, New Jersey


THE FIGURED WHEEL    Poem Text    
First Line: The figured wheel rolls through shopping malls and prisons
Subject(s): Wheels


THE GREEN PIANO    Poem Text    
First Line: Aeolian. Gratis. Great thunderer, half-ton infant of miracles
Subject(s): Musical Instruments; Neighbors; Pianos


THE HEARTS    Poem Text    
First Line: The legendary muscle that wants and grieves,
Subject(s): Hearts; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Muic & Musicians; Religion; Love - Unrequited; Theology


THE NIGHT GAME    Poem Text    
First Line: Some of us believe
Subject(s): Baseball; Fasts & Feasts; Ford, Edward ('whitey'); Jews; Koufax, Sandy; Sports; Worship; Yom Kippur; Judaism


THE REFINERY    Poem Text    
First Line: Thirsty and languorous after their long black sleep
Subject(s): Oil Fields; Social Commentaries


THE STREET    Poem Text    
First Line: Streaked and fretted with effort, the thick
Subject(s): Cities; Streets; Urban Life; Avenues


THE TIME OF YEAR, THE TIME OF DAY    Poem Text    
First Line: One way I need you, the way I come to need
Subject(s): Love


THE UNSEEN    Poem Text    
First Line: In krakow it rained, the stone arcades and cobbles
Subject(s): Holocaust, Jewish - Aftermath


THE VIEW FROM THE ROAD    Poem Text    
First Line: Pine, desert, red rock and then aspen


THE WANT BONE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The tongue of the waves tolled in the earth's bell
Subject(s): Desire; Love


THREE ON LUCK: LATE CHILD       
First Line: I never minded having such old parents
Last Line: But if god was god, %his finger would be quicker on the trigger


THREE ON LUCK: PROSTATE OPERATION    Poem Text    
First Line: In all those years at work I must have seen
Subject(s): Surgery


THREE ON LUCK: PROSTATE OPERATION       
First Line: In all those years at work I must have seen
Last Line: One of these old bous talking and talking and talking %what he can't do-it's one life at a time
Subject(s): Surgery


THREE ON LUCK: SENIOR POET    Poem Text    
First Line: Does anybody listen to advice?
Last Line: Given a meal together, and time to talk
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Advice


THREE ON LUCK: SENIOR POET       
First Line: Does anybody listen to advice?
Last Line: I'm sure that image would yield to something solid %given a meal together, and time to talk


THREE ON LUCK; LATE CHILD    Poem Text    
First Line: I never minded having such old parents
Last Line: His finger would be quicker on the trigger
Subject(s): Parents; Middle Age


TIME OF YEAR, THE TIME OF DAY       
First Line: One way I need you, the way I come to need
Last Line: To fill the brown width of their tillable plains
Subject(s): Love


TO MY FATHER       
First Line: The glazed surface of the world, dusk
Last Line: Stirring of words, work or affection


TO TELEVISION       
First Line: Not a 'window on the world'
Last Line: Remember in: they too are winged %at the helmet and ankles


TO THE PHOENIX       
First Line: Dark herald, self-conceived in the desert waste
Last Line: The quick boy brandishing his lightning-burst


UNCREATION       
First Line: The crowd at the ballpark sing, the cantor sings
Last Line: Humming oblation to what our mouths once made


UNSEEN       
First Line: In krakow it rained, the stone arcades and cobbles
Last Line: Because it also is yours, of your night
Subject(s): Holocaust, Jewish - Aftermath


VENI, CREATOR SPIRITUS       
First Line: Blessed is he who came to earth as a bull
Last Line: And burnt offerings, commerce and the arts


VESSEL    Poem Text    
First Line: What is this body as I fall asleep again?
Subject(s): Hearts


VISIONS OF DANIEL    Poem Text    
First Line: Magician, appointed officer
Subject(s): Babylon; Daniel (bible)


VISIONS OF DANIEL       
First Line: Magician, appointed officer
Last Line: And the reign of cyrus the persian
Subject(s): Babylon; Daniel (bible)


VOLUME       
First Line: Or a crippled sloop falters, about to go under
Last Line: All held and preserved in the green volume of water


VOYAGE TO THE MOON    Poem Text    
First Line: Raquel the queen of diamonds and la hire


VOYAGE TO THE MOON       
First Line: Raquel the queen of diamonds and la hire
Last Line: The pair have landed with their little dog


WAITING    Poem Text    
First Line: When the trains go by
Subject(s): Railroads; Waiting; Railways; Trains


WAITING       
First Line: When the trains go by
Last Line: For no reason for the trains


WAKING UP       
First Line: But what woke just now at fifty-two years in narrow
Last Line: Alert visionless trembler, blundering in the light
Variant Title(s): Newcome


WANT BONE       
First Line: The tongue of the waves tolled in the earth's bell
Last Line: My flower my fin my life my lightness my o
Subject(s): Desire; Love


WHAT WHY WHEN HOW WHO       
First Line: The lovers love the boardwalk, the games of chance
Last Line: With eyes held shut, and launched it at the sun


WINDOW       
First Line: Our building floated heavily through the cold
Last Line: Out for, where you were, it was you, that bright confusion


WOMAN       
First Line: Thirty years ago: gulls keen in the blue
Last Line: Never to forgive her, not as long as he lived


YAHRZEIT       
First Line: Grandfather, we come to you now
Last Line: And did not die