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Author: PLUMLY, STANLEY
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Plumly, Stanley    Poet's Biography
168 poems available by this author


ABOVE BARNESVILLE       
First Line: In the body the night sky in ascension


AFTER RILKE       
First Line: There is the poverty of children shy with child
Last Line: Still married to need and the needs of others


AFTER WHISTLER       
First Line: In his portrait of carlyle, whistler builds %from the color out
Last Line: Hers, in the calendar dark, my head against her heart


AGAINST STARLINGS    Poem Text    
First Line: Their song is almost painful the way it
Subject(s): Starlings


AGAINST STARLINGS       
First Line: Their song is almost painful the way it
Subject(s): Starlings


ALMS       
First Line: The woman in my building who skips
Last Line: It happened in a moment that took %hours. Then they ran


AMERICAN ASH       
First Line: The day is late enough you could stand
Last Line: Branch, green, the sudden burden of the leaves


ANALOGIES OF THE LEAF       
First Line: Almost dark, late spring. And nothing in the chances


ANOTHER NOVEMBER       
First Line: In the blue eye of the medievalist there is a cart in the road
Last Line: Someone's face at the window


ARGUMENT & SONG       
First Line: Like the piping of plenty, the mocker


ART OF POETRY       
First Line: No apologies, no explanations
Last Line: How requisite these hands holding these words


AUTUMNAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Not long before she died my mother told me
Subject(s): Mothers; Death; Venice, Italy; Dead, The


BILL'S HANGOVER       
First Line: First thing in the morning first things: first light
Last Line: The dark cardinal weight of the light heart doubled


BIRTHDAY       
First Line: An old morality, these evening doorways into rooms
Last Line: Into my father's %arms, who lifts me, like a discovery, out of this life


BLOSSOM       
First Line: And after a while he'd say his head was a rose
Last Line: He spits his apple out and shoots himself in the mouth with his finger


BUTTON MONEY       
First Line: You might as well pray for rain
Last Line: For a penny, all you could hold


CANTO XVIII       
First Line: In hell there is a great and giving ground
Last Line: Bitterly, it was joy beyond value


CARDINAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Against the green the line in red
Subject(s): Cardinals (birds)


CARDINAL       
First Line: Against the green the line in red
Last Line: Breaking and rising. Then the sun
Subject(s): Cardinals (birds)


CARDINALS IN A SHOWER AT UNION SQUARE       
First Line: At first they look like any other birds
Last Line: Ready to rise and pour its heart out all over


CEDAR WAXWING ON SCARLET FIRETHORN    Poem Text    
First Line: To start again with something beautiful
Subject(s): Kent State University - Riot, 1970


CEDAR WAXWING ON SCARLET FIRETHORN       
First Line: To start again with something beautiful
Last Line: Who, when they answer, have the power of song
Subject(s): Kent State University - Riot, 1970


CHEER    Poem Text    
First Line: Like the waxwings in the juniper,
Subject(s): Birds


CHERTEA       
First Line: You know its voice
Last Line: The color seemed to bleed %back into them


CHINESE TALLOW       
First Line: I wanted to put the tree in the room
Last Line: I wanted to wake in a room bright with small dark leaves


CLOUD BUILDING       
First Line: All night there'd have been


COLD PASTORAL       
First Line: Lee may's weeds in april's attache
Last Line: The umbels, whorls, bracts and involucres


COMING INTO LA GUARDIA LATE AT NIGHT       
First Line: The glide almost outside of time, the plane


COMMELINA VIRGINICA       
First Line: Sky-high the light would be gold already
Last Line: The smell of fresh-cut wood and putting things in my pockets


COMMENT ON THOM GUNN'S 'IN SANTA MARIA DEL POPOLO' CONCERNING .....       
First Line: As much as art about seeing in the dark
Last Line: Through a window or coins dropped for a candle


COMPLAINT AGAINST THE ARSONIST       
First Line: This pyrrhic fire the barn burned down and blew back
Last Line: Around the horse that came out stumbling, then soared


CONAN DOYLE'S COPPER BEECHES       
First Line: In the story they're in a clump at the front
Last Line: Emptiness, letting a few leaves fall


CONSTABLE CLOUDS, FOR KEAT'S    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: They come in off the sea peaceable masters
Subject(s): Keats, John (1795-1821); Clouds


CONSTABLE'S CLOUDS FOR KEATS       
First Line: They come in off the sea peaceable masters
Last Line: Wondering what our feelings are without us


DARK ALL AFTERNOON       
First Line: The boats are rented, complete with open sail
Last Line: Will not come in


DETAIL WAITING FOR A TRAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: The main floor of penn station, early
Subject(s): Pennsylvania Station, New York City; Death; Dead, The


DETAIL WAITING FOR A TRAIN       
First Line: The main floor of penn station, early
Last Line: That open on their own and close at will


DIGGING POTATOES, 1950       
First Line: Evenings we went out alone to that long field
Last Line: In the dark drinking beer like old army buddies
Subject(s): Food Habits; Potatoes


DOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Shapes as a series of edges, each edge
Subject(s): Nature


DOVE       
First Line: Shapes as a series of edges, each edge
Last Line: Those lines in earth drawn with sticks that will be %straight but not in this life, love, nor money
Subject(s): Nature


DOVES IN JANUARY       
First Line: Long o's, long o's, long o's, and then a pause
Last Line: As if in a moment a day could pass


DRUNK       
First Line: Once, in canada, at dusk


DRUNKS       
First Line: In 1948, when I was nine years old, I helped my father
Last Line: Magical. I knew we would never turn over


DUSK COMING ON OUTSIDE--------, NEW YORK    Poem Text    
First Line: A kind of mountain pond or lake
Subject(s): Nature


DUSK COMING ON OUTSIDE--------, NEW YORK       
First Line: A kind of mountain pond or lake
Last Line: Bending into wavelengths through the glass %with the fluency of water, water's cold gray eyes
Subject(s): Nature


DWARF WITH VIOLIN, GOVERNMENT CENTER STATION    Poem Text    
First Line: The long-distance connections fade and rectify
Subject(s): Loss; Moving & Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


DWARF WITH VIOLIN, GOVERNMENT CENTER STATION       
First Line: The long-distance connections fade and rectify
Last Line: Everything looked alive as if forgotten
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


EARLY AND LATE IN THE MONTH       
First Line: White birds on the cold green winter grass, wet


ELEVENS    Poem Text    
First Line: The sun flatlining the horizon, the wind
Subject(s): Childhood Memories; Travel; Journeys; Trips


ELEVENS       
First Line: The sun flatlining the horizon, the wind
Last Line: A bird took all the heart out of the air
Subject(s): Childhood Memories; Travel


FARRAGUT NORTH    Poem Text    
First Line: In the tunnel-light at the top of the station two or three
Subject(s): Loss; Moving & Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


FARRAGUT NORTH       
First Line: In the tunnel-light at the top of the station two or three
Last Line: Truant spirit, moving dead leaves with the wind among the shadows
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


FIELD       
First Line: In ornithology there occurs the phrase the abrupt edge
Last Line: Doorway, until the coast is clear


FIFTH & 94TH       
First Line: People are standing, as if out of the rain
Last Line: Above her body the thousand windows blur


FISHING DRUNK       
First Line: One of the coolers filled with ice, the one
Last Line: Out here, in the cold dark, in canada


FOR ESTHER    Poem Text    
First Line: From the back it looks like a porch
Subject(s): Railroads; Railways; Trains


FOR ESTHER       
First Line: From the back it looks like a porch
Last Line: To tell me, out of the body, out of the body travel
Subject(s): Railroads


FOR JUDITH ON VALENTINE'S DAY       
First Line: The round green tree - impossible to pick
Last Line: The difficult passage back to the everlasting


FOR MY FATHER, DEAD AT FIFTY-SIX, ON MY FIFTY-SIXTH BIRTHDAY    Poem Text    
First Line: I watched you humble a man in a fight once
Subject(s): Fathers & Sons; Death; Childhood Memories; Dead, The


FOR MY FATHER, DEAD AT FIFTY-SIX, ON MY FIFTY-SIXTH BIRTHDAY       
First Line: I watched you humble a man in a fight once
Last Line: Of rising and changing back into a man


FOUNDRY GARDEN       
First Line: Mythis of the landscape


FOUNTAIN PARK       
First Line: At a hundred feet or more the maples


FOUR APPALOOSAS       
First Line: First the glycerin, green transparency of rain


GIRAFFE       
First Line: The only head in the sky
Last Line: So tall %the sun will rise


GLENN GOULD    Poem Text    
First Line: I heard him that one night in cincinnati
Subject(s): Gould, Glenn; Music & Musicians


GROUND BIRDS IN OPEN COUNTRY    Poem Text    
First Line: They fly up in front of you so suddenly
Subject(s): Birds


GROUND BIRDS IN OPEN COUNTRY       
First Line: They fly up in front of you
Last Line: Having already gathered in great numbers on the ground


HARRY SULLENBURGER       
First Line: Like an orphanage on fire, the purest
Last Line: Toasting the end of the world to the air


HE'S OUT OF BREATH ONLY HALFWAY UP THE HILL       
First Line: He's out of breath only halfway up the hill,
Last Line: Out for change, anything, wounds in the air, rest.
Variant Title(s): Boy On The Ste


HEDGEROWS       
First Line: How many names. Some trouble
Last Line: Of the turning of the year and the dead father


HERON       
First Line: You still sometimes sleep


HORSE IN THE CAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: Its face, as long as an arm, looks down & down.
Subject(s): Horses; Fathers; Dreams; Nightmares


HUMAN EXCREMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: The detail and distinguishing odor
Subject(s): Nature


HUMAN EXCREMENT       
First Line: The detail and distinguishing odor
Last Line: After all, so animal or angry, %this answer to longing and our hunger
Subject(s): Nature


HUMILITY ELM       
First Line: Growing up I never thought of it by name
Last Line: And we arrived and died within our names buried inside wood


IMAGINARY PRISONS    Poem Text    
First Line: A piranesian interior. Operatic space
Subject(s): Piranesi, Giambattista (1720-1778); Buildings & Builders; Imagination; Fancy


IN ANSWER TO AMY'S QUESTION WHAT'S A PICKEREL    Poem Text    
First Line: Pickerel have infinite, small bones, and skins
Subject(s): Nature


IN ANSWER TO AMY'S QUESTION WHAT'S A PICKEREL       
First Line: Pickerel have infinite, small bones, and skins
Last Line: Is level with the lake, the wind calm, %the air ice-blue, blue-black, and flecked with rain
Subject(s): Nature


IN PASSING    Poem Text    
First Line: On the canadian side, we're standing far enough away
Subject(s): Boats; Rain


IN PASSING       
First Line: On the canadian side, we're standing far enough away
Last Line: The new rain rising slowly from the river


IN THE OLD JEWISH CEMETERY IN PRAGUE       
First Line: Winter riot of waves the way these stones
Last Line: Snowfall, dust, the piling and the drift


INFIDELITY    Poem Text    
First Line: The two-toned olds swinging sideways out of
Subject(s): Childhood Memories; Parents; Quarrels; Parenthood; Arguments; Disagreements


INFIDELITY       
First Line: The two-toned olds swinging sideways out of the drive
Last Line: Parents, one of whom was driving away


IRON LUNG       
First Line: So this is the dust that passes through porcelain
Last Line: You could lie down where you were and listen to the dead


JAMES WRIGHT ANNUAL FESTIVAL       
First Line: That night we flew into pittsburgh where tom flynn met the plane


KARATE       
First Line: If I could chop wood. %if I could just cut through %this furniture
Last Line: If I could only drive nails %deep into the hard rose of the wood
Subject(s): Sports; Wrestling And Wrestlers


KEATS IN BURNS COUNTRY    Poem Text    
First Line: It isn't so much that burns, like the best
Subject(s): Keats, John (1795*1821); Burns, Robert (1759-1796); Scotland


KEATS IN BURNS COUNTRY       
First Line: It isn't so much that burns, like the best
Last Line: The snow cloud of ben nevis you'll be dead


KUNITZ TENDING ROSES       
First Line: Naturally he doesn't hear too well
Last Line: In the hand, the hand torn with caring


LAPSED MEADOW    Poem Text    
First Line: Wild has its skills
Subject(s): Gardens & Gardening


LAPSED MEADOW       
First Line: Wild has its skills
Last Line: Bare-knuckled, part of the year %blossoming
Subject(s): Gardens And Gardening


LAST PARENT       
First Line: Of course she'll wave goodbye, the oceanliner's
Last Line: Whose wake, against the dark, this sail


LAZARUS AT DAWN       
First Line: Your whole life you are two with one taken
Last Line: Invisible, incurable, endless


LONG COMPANIONS        Recitation by Author


MAGPIE       
First Line: First, the fence-sitting, followed by
Last Line: That will be something


MAPLES       
First Line: In a wheat field, at evening, the wheat
Last Line: What the wind, you said, had put there


MARRIAGE IN THE TREES       
First Line: When the wind was right everything else
Last Line: More hawthorns blazing out, telling truth


MEN WORKING ON WINGS       
First Line: In dreams they were everything hurt


MISSIONARY POSITION       
First Line: Even the light coming down is slick with rain
Last Line: I am going to let the rain come down, all over me


MOTHER       
First Line: Everything is a secret
Last Line: Sleep is always summer. %that's why this leaf


MOVIE    Poem Text    
First Line: Days I drove those distances it was night most of the time, the
Subject(s): Motion Pictures; Travel; Movies; Cinema; Journeys; Trips


MOVIE       
First Line: Days I drove those distances it was night most of the time, the
Last Line: In snow, if all that you did was get out of the car you'd never %get there
Subject(s): Motion Pictures; Travel


MY LAWRENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: The future, rain in every syllable and cell
Last Line: It was raining and no one knew who lawrence was
Subject(s): Fathers; Family Life; Coal Mines & Miners; Lawrence, David Herbert (1885-1930)


MY MOTHER'S FEET    Poem Text    
First Line: How no shoe fit them
Subject(s): Mothers; Feet


MY MOTHER'S FEET       
First Line: How no shoe fit them
Last Line: Every step of the way shining out of them


NAG'S HEAD       
First Line: The weather starts at sea-level -- ten-, twelve
Last Line: The bodies stacked like timber to be burned


NOBODY SLEEPS       
First Line: One theory is that acid wastes in the blood
Last Line: Which, if you were dreaming, would wake you


NONE OF US DIES ENTIRELY-SOME OF US, ALL       
First Line: None of us dies entirely-some of us, all
Last Line: The heart, whose loss is felt, though invisible.


NOVEMBER 11, 1942-NOVEMBER 12, 1997       
First Line: My friend's body walking toward me
Last Line: And breath itself, cupped till it runneth over


NOW THAT MY FATHER LIES DOWN BESIDE ME       
First Line: We lie in that other darkness, ourselves
Last Line: No single, turning light. And I would not touch him %who lies deeper in the drifting dark than life


OFF A SIDE ROAD NEAR STAUNTON    Poem Text    
First Line: Some nothing afternoon, no one anywhere,
Subject(s): Landscape


ONE-LEGGED WOODEN REDWING       
First Line: Whittled to size and military dress
Last Line: Whiskey, stub cigar, and small pieces of wood


OUT-OF-THE-BODY TRAVEL    Poem Text    
First Line: And then he would lift this finest / of furniture
Subject(s): Violins


OUT-OF-THE-BODY TRAVEL       
First Line: And then he would lift this finest %of furniture
Last Line: I will feel the wind coming down hard %like his hand, in fe ver, on my forehead
Subject(s): Violins


PANEGYRIC FOR GEE    Poem Text    
First Line: The anachronistic face of the bulldog
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs


PANEGYRIC FOR GEE       
First Line: The anachronistic face of the bulldog
Last Line: Whose singing sober voice alone breaks hearts
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs


PEPPERGRASS       
First Line: Nothing you could know, or name, or say %in your sleep
Last Line: Nothing you could name %blowing the lights out, one by one


PITYRIASIS ROSEA    Poem Text    
First Line: We say the blood rose, meaning it came to the surface
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Sickness; Illness


PITYRIASIS ROSEA       
First Line: We say the blood rose, meaning it came to the surface
Last Line: Passed on, scattered, or poured back into the earth
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Sickness


POLIO    Poem Text    
First Line: Those humid hours taht lingered on for days
Subject(s): Children; Growth; Childhood


POLIO       
First Line: Those humid hours taht lingered on for days
Last Line: Another year of colds and growing pains for days
Subject(s): Children; Growth


POSTHUMOUS KEATS    Poem Text    
First Line: The road is so rough severn is walking,
Subject(s): Keats, John (1795-1821)


POSTHUMOUS KEATS       
First Line: The road is so rough severn is walking


PROMISING THE AIR       
First Line: A woman I loved talked in her sleep to children
Last Line: Kept her promise to the air. And for the boy


READING WITH THE POETS    Poem Text    
First Line: Whitman among the wounded, at the bedside,
Subject(s): Keats, John (1795-1821); Whitman, Walt (1819-1891)


READING WITH THE POETS       
First Line: Whitman among the wounded, at the bedside
Last Line: Now in the night our faces kissed by the healer


RED SOMERSAULT       
First Line: The night my mother died
Last Line: In weather sleeps in cars


SHADOWER       
First Line: They were being led -- though not so much led
Last Line: As they did, once you turned your head and thought


SICKLE       
First Line: Sharper than the scythe, which, like the ladder
Last Line: You wanted, when you were finished, a field


SIMILE    Poem Text    
First Line: This heart I found at low tide this morning
Subject(s): Seashore; Detritus; Beach; Coast; Shore


SITTING ALONE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Maybe it was summer and I was back home for a while
Subject(s): Fathers


SIX SHAPES IN NATURE       
First Line: There's a river of birds in migration


SNIPERS       
First Line: The owls are impossible, priceless
Last Line: Where we'll never kill them all, nor see an owl


SNOWING, SOMETIMES       
First Line: You couldn't keep it out
Last Line: Than flour, piled in the %small far corners


SOME CANVASES THAT WILL RETAIN THEIR CALM...       
First Line: The gesso whitens on the negro faces
Last Line: Until the canvases look like nothing %seen; and mouths %are shut like fists around their silence


SONNET       
First Line: Whatever it is, however it comes, it takes time
Last Line: And it is morning, my mother's arms around him


SOULS OF SUICIDES AS BIRDS       
First Line: Because of his fierce red-orange hair
Last Line: Noise high in the tulip poplars


SPIRIT BIRDS    Poem Text    
First Line: The spirit world the negative of this one
Subject(s): Ghosts


SPRING WINE       
First Line: That moment when the couple's kissing lasts
Last Line: Love's cup at the lip. And these two people %out in the world drinking the whole of it


STATE BIRDS       
First Line: Chosen for their numbers as much as their numinous presences
Last Line: Seagull, to be, like the sego lily, its sign in the desert


SUMMER CELESTIAL       
First Line: At dusk I row out to what looks like light or anonymity
Last Line: Each body buoyed, even blessed, by what the other cannot have


SWEAT       
First Line: Summer was worse but winter too the water seemed poured out of him
Last Line: Builder who dismantles, brick by board, his own ruined body in order %to build


THE CROWS AT 3 A.M.    Poem Text    
First Line: The politically correct, perfect snow of vermont
Last Line: In the air live in a lonelness we can only imagine
Subject(s): Vermont; Crows; Solitude; Fitzgerald, F. Scott (1896-1940)


THE FOUNDRY GARDEN    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Fathers; Family Life; Relatives


THE MARRIAGE IN THE TREES    Poem Text    
First Line: When the wind was right everything else
Subject(s): Trees


THE MORNING AMERICA CHANGED    Poem Text    
First Line: Happened in the afternoon at villa serbelloni.


TOWARD UMBRIA       
First Line: It isn't the poppies
Last Line: Ploughmen and gleaners, shepherds-of-the keep, %those on theroad, those lost


TREE FERNS    Poem Text    
First Line: They were the local ohio palm, tropic in the heat of trains.
Subject(s): Palm Trees; Railroads; Railways; Trains


TREE FERNS       
First Line: They were the local ohio palm, tropic in the heat of trains
Last Line: Or break off what you can and cut it clean


TWO AUTUMNS       
First Line: A prophecy of mist - it came in october


TWO MOMENTS, FOR MY MOTHER       
First Line: Lacrimal, clavicle, patella
Last Line: One color, then another -- lily, chrysanthemum, dew


VALENTINE       
First Line: In summer they bunched like fruit, green
Last Line: We lay on the sleep of children


VICTORY HEIGHTS       
First Line: Five, six, seven stories hight: you could throw


VIRGINIA BEACH       
First Line: Those mornings in green mountains
Last Line: Will carry, clear that it will all come back in another form


WADERS AND SWIMMERS       
First Line: The first morning it flew out of the fog
Last Line: Is nothing but air, nothing but first light and summer %and water rising in a smoke of waters


WALKING OUT       
First Line: I would walk out of this flesh
Last Line: Out of body, leaving behind, in a wake %of absence, clothes, fingerprints, words


WHITE BIBLE       
First Line: The only one in the king james version
Last Line: A chaos on the surface


WHITE OAKS ASCENDING       
First Line: In the mind-weave
Last Line: I died, I climbed a tree, I sang


WIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: In the dark we disappear, pure being
Subject(s): Life


WILDFLOWER    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Flowers


WILDFLOWER       
First Line: Some - the ones with fish names - grow so north %they last only a month
Last Line: Her face lily-white, kissed and dry and cold


WILL WORK FOR FOOD       
First Line: He was off the road on the island, the
Last Line: Brother to dragons, companions to owls


WILLIAM MATTHEW'S ARMISTICE POPPIES       
First Line: Lucky elevens, saturday, november
Last Line: On the other side great souls


WITH STEPHEN IN MAINE       
First Line: The huge mammalian rocks in front of the lawn
Last Line: But far and hurt from where he is seeing


WOMAN DROWNS AFTER SLIPPING FROM FLOATING REFRIGERATOR       
First Line: In those days they were still called iceboxes
Last Line: The moonlight drinking at the surfaces


WOMAN ON TWENTY-SECOND EATING BERRIES    Poem Text    
First Line: She's not angry exactly but all business
Subject(s): Food & Eating


WOMAN ON TWENTY-SECOND EATING BERRIES       
First Line: She's not angry exactly but all business
Last Line: How natural this woman eating berries, how alone


WYOMING POETRY CIRCUIT       
First Line: Climbing down out of the rain, which is what
Variant Title(s): The Wyoming Poetry Tou