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Author: PONSOT, MARIE
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Ponsot, Marie    Poet's Biography
214 poems available by this author


A TALE TOLD BY ATHENEUS (VENUS CALLIPYGUS)    Poem Text    
First Line: Two sisters of ancient greece both laid claim
Subject(s): Buttocks; Likes & Dislikes


A VISIT    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Drinks & Drinking; Women; Wine


ABOUT MY BIRTHDAY    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Birthdays


ABOUT MY BIRTHDAY       
First Line: I'd like to assume
Last Line: You'd know why


ADVICE: AD HAEREDITATES (I)       
First Line: The water: I pour it
Last Line: That nothing %can spoil


AFTER THE PASTORAL       
First Line: Just after dusk the tulips still show yellow
Last Line: Where soft mouths taste the night, it sets its hook


AFTER-IMAGE, CORTES ISLAND       
First Line: Decorated, and visible
Last Line: Remembering %unwillingly


AGAINST THE DARK, NEW POETS RISE       
First Line: Look up, there's burning going on
Last Line: Growing hot young stars


ALL WET       
First Line: Underwater, keeled in seas
Last Line: Water gives way as I spring into it


AMONG WOMEN    Poem Text    
First Line: What women wander?
Subject(s): Women


AMONG WOMEN       
First Line: What women wander?
Last Line: Women wander %as best they can


ANALEMMATIC       
First Line: Shadows matter %here in the country of the sun
Last Line: Personal and visible on account of time


ANALOGUE    Poem Text    
First Line: I watch me until I disappear and we
Subject(s): Love


ANALOGUE       
First Line: I watch me until I disappear and we
Last Line: But our made love stands clear
Subject(s): Love


ANALYSIS       
First Line: Analysis prefers a mountain lake
Last Line: Which concludes in the swim of the analyst


ANNIVERSARY    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The big doll being broken and the sawdust fall
Subject(s): Dolls


ANNIVERSARY       
First Line: The big doll being broken and the sawdust fall
Last Line: Free of gravity falls upward for us, slow, and lies there, quietly


ANTEPENULTIMATE       
First Line: His work describes for us
Last Line: Its always antepenultimate pear


ANTI-ROMANTIC    Poem Text    
First Line: I exlpain ontology, mathematics, theophily
Subject(s): Knowledge; Trees


AROUND A BEAUTIFUL THEORY (AT GETTY MUSEUM, SANTA MONICA)       
First Line: Answering warriors
Last Line: I give myself airs


AS IS       
First Line: Objects new to this place, I receive you
Last Line: And you, old hopes of the house of my mother, %farewell


AT THE BOTANICAL GARDENS, UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA       
First Line: Among the sepals crisping
Last Line: Proclaim their joyful unity %even as it dissipates


AUTUMN CLEAN-UP    Poem Text    
First Line: There she is in her garden
Last Line: Eager to begin
Subject(s): Flowers; Gardens & Gardening


AUTUMN CLEAN-UP       
First Line: There she is in her garden
Last Line: Grinding its little teeth %eager to begin
Subject(s): Flowers; Gardens And Gardening


BASIC SKILLS       
First Line: Crazy chopped shrieks of school
Last Line: The head of the boy goes down


BECAUSE WE CERTAINLY HAVE NOTHING BETTER TO DO       
First Line: Applaud the man of extremest scholarship
Last Line: Praise our power to %value their victories


BERCEUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: Your afternoon sleep after our protean anger into
Subject(s): Love


BETTER       
First Line: After a long wet season the rain's let up
Last Line: Their barriers. I come, eyes wide, outside


BETWEEN       
First Line: Composed in a shine of laughing, monique brings in sacks
Last Line: Having emptied her hands


BILINGUAL       
First Line: Languages before they are words
Last Line: I love the smell of lavender'


BIRTHDAY       
First Line: In for the winter, your christmas cactus
Last Line: The final primal cause you celebrate


BORDER       
First Line: She kneels to the yellow short flowers
Last Line: Getting married is not like that


BRIDEGROOM OF THE BLOOD       
First Line: In the stories that make us %they wait mysterious
Last Line: And so sarah also %promise of our laughter %laughs


CALL       
First Line: Child like a candelabra at the head
Last Line: Child, watched by your deeper sleep, I may yet say yes


CLIMBING IN BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK       
First Line: This up-slope opens like adam, and in
Last Line: We catch jokes & luck from thin tall blue air


COMMUNION OF SAINTS: THE POOR BASTARD UNDER THE BRIDGE       
First Line: The arrows of the narrow moon flock down direct
Last Line: And welcome welcome welcome him


CROW DRESSED IN PEACOCK FEATHERS       
First Line: A peacock cast its feathers. A passing crow saw
Last Line: Theirs in no business of mine


CRUDE CABIN, AT THE BRINK OF QUIET       
First Line: An hour after the reminder
Last Line: Turns into silence again
Variant Title(s): Crude Cabin, Exquisite Stillicid


DE-FUSING THE USUAL CRIMINAL METAPHORS       
First Line: Pity the idle who (though daily our lives
Last Line: As if what we have to make in making love is love


DECORUM, REFLECTION       
First Line: Horace, decorous, %glimmers reflected
Last Line: Welcomes him home


DETERMINED PRESENT       
First Line: Chance as it maps
Last Line: Named gethsemane, originally


DIALOGUE OF NEMO AND PERSONNE       
First Line: Are you still nice to sleep with?
Last Line: If you call that free'


DIFFERANCE: CHATOU-CROISSY       
First Line: It was hard, but she was doing it
Last Line: Late at night, he never knows, you laugh'


DISCOVERY       
First Line: Though I sit here alone I
Last Line: And cannot but mother me: %unconsidered liberty


DRUNK & DISORDERLY, BIG HAIR    Poem Text    
First Line: Handmaid to cybele,
Subject(s): Women; Aging


DRUNK & DISORDERLY, BIG HAIR       
First Line: Handmaid to cybele, %she is a dactyl, a
Last Line: She listens. It happens %between her own two ears


ELEGY FOR ELIZABETH BLEECKER AVERELL       
First Line: Abrupt as that blessing gesture you always made
Last Line: Your now love without limit, please, elizabeth


END OF OCTOBER       
First Line: Leaves wait as the reversal of wind
Last Line: Since it closes around me %as I go through


ENDOXA, OR, REPUTABLE OPINIONS       
First Line: The tailor's sophist power grows
Last Line: There is no cosmos %just a cosmogenesis


ENTRANCED       
First Line: For openers %any wall has doors in it
Last Line: Word and worm %both turn


EVEN       
First Line: Were there cliffs cupping eden
Last Line: Hustled uncoupling ashore to uncouple, suddenly free


EXPLICATION DE TEXTE       
First Line: Before spring began
Last Line: Life comes first


EXPLORERS CRY OUT UNHEARD       
First Line: What I have in mind is the last wilderness
Last Line: Their gestures, I guess they mean no. Or yes


FESTIVAL OF BREAD       
First Line: Suicide, in a village of forty heads
Last Line: Kneads silence down into dough, and lets it rise


FIRST, AT THE LAST       
First Line: I walk home from the hospital useless
Last Line: Summer's hunger satisfied


FIT AUDIENCE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: (andante cantabile): / g sharp is not g natural
Subject(s): Music & Musicians; Composers


FOR A DIVORCE       
First Line: Death is the price of life
Last Line: That stunning lover %was you


FOR A SEASON       
First Line: We saw we had few words to exchange when two by two
Last Line: It was summer due to us


FOR A STILL-BORN CHILD    Poem Text    
First Line: Lost among immediate creaks chirrups wrong sounds
Subject(s): Stillbirth; Death - Childbirth


FOR DJUNA BARNES AS JULIE RYDER       
First Line: Jacobean savage, hurt while she slept
Last Line: Crumb of burnt-cork mustache. She swallows the grain+


FOR ELIZABETH BLEECKER AVERELL, D. 20 JUNE 1957    Poem Text    
First Line: Abrupt as that blessing gesture you always made
Subject(s): Friendship; Death; Dead, The


FOR MY BROTHER: 'OTHER SYSTEMS MUST EXIST'    Poem Text    
First Line: Worlds away what other praise
Subject(s): Brothers; Half-brothers


FOR MY OLD SELF, AT NOTRE-DAME       
First Line: The dark madonna cut from a knot of wood
Last Line: The joy she raised me for, this softfall. Sweet time


FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT (FOR MARGARET FULLER)       
First Line: Margaret, always at fire island
Last Line: Glittering in windwash %transcendent with afterstorm


FRIDAY MARKET       
First Line: Under the arch, its ruined walls re-used
Last Line: That what she says is true


FROM THE FOUNTAIN AT VAUCLUSE       
First Line: This light is water, in emerald ascent
Last Line: Daughter, your paradisa is not; may be


FULL MOON, UNSTRESSED MEASURES       
First Line: O moon, we are not sung chinese
Last Line: As natural as our light breathing %and as complex


GHOST WRITER       
First Line: Irene on my tiny list of answers to despair
Last Line: Unspeakable %sanctity


GHOSTS OF NARRATIVE    Poem Text    
First Line: In the stories that make us
Last Line: A promise, and they laugh
Subject(s): Bible Old Testament; Jews - Exodus From Egypt


GHOSTS OF NARRATIVE       
First Line: In the stories that make us
Last Line: A promise,' and they laugh


GIGUE FOR CHRISTMAS EVE       
First Line: O woman, go gently; the beast is too old
Last Line: Just in time for the star that roared out of the east


GLIDING       
First Line: Sometimes, riding the thermals, the swallows
Last Line: Become like independent flight, habitual


GRADUAL (ON SEPTEMBER 14, FEAST OF THE EXALTATION)       
First Line: This serene and mortal afternoon
Last Line: Just visibly eastering


GREAT DEAD, WHY NOT, MAY KNOW       
First Line: No grief goes unrelieved
Last Line: As good and those outlands as relief


HALF FULL       
First Line: Outside in %grief rage grey pain
Last Line: Fireflowered %peony tree


HALF-LIFE: COPIES TO ALL CONCERNED       
First Line: Gentlemen: how are you? Here things go well
Last Line: Now ask your thought for this lost good. Farewell


HANGZHOU, LAKE OF THE POETS    Poem Text    
First Line: Reading the bones, wetting a fingertip
Subject(s): Nature; Poetry & Poets


HANGZHOU, LAKE OF THE POETS: EVENING       
First Line: Magpies scream. Though the tongues of birds
Last Line: Riding the tidal constant of its source


HANGZHOU, LAKE OF THE POETS: MORNING       
First Line: Reading the bones, wetting a fingertip
Last Line: As the speech that bears it and is telling


HARD-SHELL CLAMS       
First Line: When it was too late for him to provide
Last Line: We swallowed what I would not let us say


I ASK MYSELF A FEW REAL HISTORICAL QUESTIONS       
First Line: Down from camps enclosed on the cliffs of vision
Last Line: Of men & women, in a state of grace %accorded to my creed: %the face of the holy %is the human face


I'VE BEEN AROUND: IT GETS ME NOWHERE'       
First Line: I am the woman always too young to be
Last Line: Bound at the end by their loose embrace


IDES OF MAY       
First Line: Every seventh second the wood thrush
Last Line: Enter, wound, astound


IMAGINE THAT       
First Line: May morning, and the child
Last Line: Among other long-lived perennials


IMAGINING STARRY    Poem Text    
First Line: The place of language is the place between me
Subject(s): Imagination; Fancy


IN ABEYANCE       
First Line: The day of the transit of raptors
Last Line: The now of air, transfiguring


IN FAVOR OF GOOD DREAMS       
First Line: Memory
Last Line: Uncut roses, memory


INCOMPARABLE ASSUMPTIONS       
First Line: The lilium (rubrum, tall
Last Line: Were vegetal and innocent


JAMAICA WILDLIFE CENTER, QUEENS, NEW YORK       
First Line: On a south wind the sea air off
Last Line: Of the life %of appetite


LA UNE       
First Line: Let no word with its thinking threat
Last Line: You free. We may yet %be


LANGUAGE ACQUISITION    Poem Text    
First Line: Burn, or speak your mind. For the oak to untruss
Subject(s): Language; Words; Vocabulary


LAST RESORT       
First Line: Admit me to the circle of light
Last Line: Jackals have their uses


LATE       
First Line: Bark on a bright day, fear of you is two-poled
Last Line: Sharp. Wait, wait for me. Flash past, dusty bride, %make your statement clear: light multiplies


LEVELS       
First Line: A stone fence holds the heat
Last Line: The mind's eye spins


LIVE MODEL       
First Line: Who wouldn't rather paint than pose
Last Line: And this one's my own


LIVING ROOM       
First Line: The window's old & paint-struck in its frame
Last Line: Framed, it's a wind-break. It averts the worst cold


LOVE IS NOT LOVE'       
First Line: It is cold. I am %drawing my life around me to get warm
Last Line: For when to cry, what to cry for, %cry to whom


LULLABY       
First Line: Sleep now, hush my
Last Line: Sleep now. There there %good night


LUXURIA,' DREAMBOAT       
First Line: A small ship, but I can't board her
Last Line: Or what wrecked both of us


MATINS AND LAUDS    Poem Text    
First Line: Excited as a sophisticated boy at his first
Variant Title(s): Matins & Lauds
Subject(s): Love


MATINS AND LAUDS       
First Line: Excited as a sophisticated boy at his first
Last Line: Dark of your embrace, asleep between earth and space
Variant Title(s): Matins & Laud
Subject(s): Love


METAPHYSICA    Poem Text    
First Line: Off the rack, said wittgenstein to descartes
Last Line: I decline / to decline
Subject(s): Metaphysics


METAPHYSICA       
First Line: Off the rack,' said wittgenstein to descartes
Last Line: What he really said %I decline %to decline


MOVERS AND SHAKERS       
First Line: The round barn vaults a floor blessed
Last Line: The brook starts a spring conversation


MULTIPARA GRAVIDA 5    Poem Text    
First Line: Come to term the started child shocks
Subject(s): Birth; Child Birth; Midwifery


MULTIPARA GRAVIDA 5       
First Line: Come to term the started child shocks
Last Line: Exultant and wise. The born child cries
Subject(s): Birth


MUSEUM OUT OF MIND       
First Line: Whatever it was I used to call you out loud
Last Line: Still in tissue paper, boxed, as I throw it away


MY WORD IS MY BOND       
First Line: The neighborhood's older now
Last Line: I picked up my ripped shirt %and lied'


MYOPIA MAKES ALL LIGHT SOURCES RADIANT       
First Line: On the treed slope opposite, vertical
Last Line: Making its light escape


NON-VEGETARIAN       
First Line: It haunts us, the misappropriated flesh
Last Line: Once for hunger, once for what meat distracts me from


NORTHAMPTON STYLE    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Desire; Love; Nature; Music & Musicians


NORTHAMPTON STYLE       
First Line: Evening falls. Someone's playing a dulcimer
Last Line: Its voice touches and parts the air of summer


NOW THEN    Poem Text    
First Line: For a moment I know
Last Line: The other side known
Subject(s): Knowledge; Homecoming


NOW THEN       
First Line: For a moment I know
Last Line: The other side known


NURSING MOTHER, SELS.       
First Line: Tranquilized, she speaks or does not speak
Last Line: Against this fitful night
Subject(s): Mothers And Daughters; Women


OCEANS       
First Line: Death is breath-taking. We all die young
Last Line: Unsaid, the deaf objects of good-by


OF CERTAIN STUDENTS       
First Line: Once, teachers were giants of the numinous
Last Line: Are so quick they spring them


OLD JOKES APPRECIATE    Poem Text    
First Line: Up the long stairs I run
Subject(s): Jokes; Conduct Of Life


OLD JOKES APPRECIATE       
First Line: Up the long stairs I run
Last Line: How did you like the play?'


OLD MAMA SATURDAY    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Guilt


OLD MAMA SATURDAY       
First Line: I'm moving from grief street
Last Line: Under the you tree


ON A LIBRARY OF CONGRESS PHOTO OF EUNICE B. WINKLESS, 1904       
First Line: Eunice, flexible flyer of summer, rides
Last Line: And, when do I act on better evidence?


ON THE COUNTRY SLEEP OF SUSANNE K. LANGER       
First Line: Though she lives there as the wood's
Last Line: In so focal a biography shuch sleep %recalls the cast of sacrifice


ONE IS ONE    Poem Text    
First Line: Heart, you bully, you punk, I'm wrecked, I'm shocked
Subject(s): Hearts


ONE IS ONE       
First Line: Heart, you bully, you punk, I'm wrecked, I'm shocked
Last Line: And joy may come, and make its test of us


ORIGIN    Poem Text    
First Line: The skull or shell


ORIGIN       
First Line: The skull or shell
Last Line: They are just along for the ride


OUT OF EDEN       
First Line: Under the may rain over the dug grave
Last Line: I do not know where to go to do it, but I grieve


OUT OF THE NORTH: TWO VIEWS       
First Line: Though I come %in this eagle's disguise
Last Line: And to be what he seems to be?'


OUT OF WATER    Poem Text    
First Line: A new embroidery of flowers, canary color,
Subject(s): Flowers


OUT OF WATER       
First Line: A new embroidery of flowers, canary color
Last Line: And what was yesterday %they pick today


OUTSIDE THE FERTILE CRESCENT       
First Line: Too long out of her seashell, too far away
Last Line: At dawn her salt crystals gleam, flushed with rose


PAEONIA 'SOUVENIR DE MAXIME CORNU', INCIDENTALLY    Poem Text    
First Line: The ground wants rain. Crouched here
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life; Gardens & Gardening; Hands; Rain; Freedom; Liberty


PATHETIC FALLACIES ARE BAD SCIENCE BUT    Poem Text    
First Line: If leaf-trash chokes the stream-bed
Subject(s): Langer, Susanne K. (1895-1985); Philosophy & Philosophers


PATHETIC FALLACIES ARE BAD SCIENCE BUT       
First Line: If leaf-trash chokes the stream-bed
Last Line: And I cannot claim we are not desolate


PATIENT       
First Line: The woman sleeps, old hand under old cheek
Last Line: Trust. Someone to talk to. Something to say


PERSEPHONE, PACKING       
First Line: I have two lives that change like dreams
Last Line: Or tulips, daughtering


PLEASANT AVENUE    Poem Text    
First Line: Is in manhattan / as only those who live there know
Last Line: I have nothing to fear
Subject(s): New York City; Italian Americans; Neighbors


PLEASANT AVENUE       
First Line: Is in manhattan %as only those who live there know
Last Line: And of hurting children. And so here %I have nothing to fear
Subject(s): Americans; United States


POSSESSION       
First Line: You are right, in dreams I might well dance before the ark
Last Line: Now we are going where god knows


POURRITURE NOBLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Never prophesy.
Subject(s): Wine; Aging; Time


POURRITURE NOBLE       
First Line: Never prophesy
Last Line: Sweet is your real estate


PRE-TEXT    Poem Text    
First Line: Archaic, his gestures / hieratic, just like caesar or sappho
Subject(s): Babies; Ancestors & Ancestry; Time; Infants; Heritage; Heredity


PRE-TEXT       
First Line: Archaic,. His gestures
Last Line: Grandma's unborn daughter's %folded ovaries


PRIVATE AND PROFANE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: From loss of the old and lack of the new
Subject(s): Religion; Philosophy & Philosophers; Art & Artists; Writing & Writers; Conduct Of Life; Theology


PRIVATE AND PROFANE       
First Line: From loss of the old and lack of the new
Last Line: Let our loves, freed in us, gaudy and graceful, grow


PROBLEM OF LOVING-KINDNESS       
First Line: She has gone soft
Last Line: My darling. My dear'


PROBLEM OF FICTION       
First Line: She always writes poems. This summer
Last Line: And there's no story if there's no hope of change


PROBLEM OF FREEDOM & COMMITMENT       
First Line: In her first dot-to-dot book of puzzles
Last Line: And nothing she starts on will ever get done


PROBLEM OF GRATIFIED DESIRE       
First Line: If she puts honey in her tea
Last Line: More neat or definite


PROBLEM OF THE FUTURE       
First Line: She no longer expects gardens
Last Line: She prophesies such gardens
Subject(s): Flowers; Gardens And Gardening


QU'AI-JE A FAIRE EN PARADIS?'       
First Line: Alexander did not in god's costume recall more
Last Line: To see me upright here, having cast off sword and hood?


QUICK IT CAN       
First Line: Quick quick nothing
Last Line: To haunt you, though I think it can


RAIN ALL NIGHT, PARIS       
First Line: On the road home the tide is rising
Last Line: Even a raft or canoe


READING A LARGE SERVING DISH       
First Line: Persephone white-faced
Last Line: You can rise beyond suffering


REAL ESTATE: KRIPPLEBUSH, NEW YORK       
First Line: Having measured all the edges and seen
Last Line: I wake to walk here, walk to learn my bounds


RESIDUAL PARALYSIS       
First Line: I'm an unable woman who loves to dance
Last Line: To laugh its way past accidental wrong, %those outside then step inside the dance


RESTORING MY HOUSE       
First Line: Her husband dead, my grandmother destroyed
Last Line: Of images, and change


RITOURNELLE, FOR PARIS 1948       
First Line: Down for the subtle grey sorbonne and
Last Line: Brilliant from your hand


RITOURNELLE, PARIS 1948    Poem Text    
First Line: Down from the subtle grey sorbonne and
Subject(s): Paris, France


ROCKEFELLER THE CENTER    Poem Text    
First Line: Roland is dead and the ivory broken
Subject(s): Rockefeller Center, New York City


ROCKEFELLER THE CENTER       
First Line: Roland is dead and the ivory broken
Last Line: No longer solicited


RODS, CONES, & THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS       
First Line: It's the averted eye
Last Line: And I've been sound asleep for hours'


ROUNDSTONE COVE       
First Line: The wind rises. The sea snarls in the fog
Last Line: Fog hoods me. But the hood of fog is sun


ROYAL GATE       
First Line: Little jacqueline pascal played with blaise
Last Line: On or under every desert there are pools


SAM REFUTED, RESPECTFULLY       
First Line: Experience can't teach
Last Line: Usable, true %and there


SENSIBILITY       
First Line: Cloth of true gold or midas cloth chemically interchanged
Last Line: But something of what he said was true


SEPARATE, IN THE SWIM    Poem Text    
First Line: Oiled and drowsy, idling in a sling
Subject(s): Swimming & Swimmers


SEPARATE, IN THE SWIM       
First Line: Oiled and drowsy, idling in a sling
Last Line: I towel myself dry


SKIMMING RAW FOLK MATERIAL       
First Line: The tale has bends in it. What can it mean
Last Line: Analysis prefers a mountain lake


SNAP SHOTS       
First Line: From the hill road the golf-turf's a postcard
Last Line: Mine says the golfer teeing up. Mine? I say, make mine spring


SOIS SAGE O MA DOULEUR       
First Line: Here they are, what you hid, %what shamed you, the
Last Line: I must have been a failure. %there is no one to blame %but myself


SPLIT IMAGE OF ATTENTION       
First Line: Saints in the book of dimma
Last Line: Of fear hearing the meaning %of shooting stars


SPRINGING       
First Line: In a skiff on a sunrisen lake we are watchers
Last Line: Rising to fall, falling to rise


ST.-GERMAINE-DE-PRES: SUMMER 1948       
First Line: Crooked like all our ideas of ancient ascension
Last Line: Sky blue altar up there too, don't let that gold %air blow on you'


STORY AFTER THE STORY       
First Line: In bubbles to the elbow, on my knees
Last Line: Of loss cancels what we might have become


STRONG, OFF ROUTE 209       
First Line: Armstrong %is blowing the roof off
Last Line: Young's young university


SUMMER SESTINA       
First Line: Her daylilies are afloat on evening
Last Line: Make ready for evening, reconciled to earth, %gardened to richness by her spendthrift light


SURVIVAL       
First Line: Watching you strike worldly poses flirting
Last Line: Pregnant for the seventh time %disappear


SYMPOSIUM HOLIDAY       
First Line: Out of the sky I fell onto a little island
Last Line: Nor their skill as vivisectionists


SYNTHESIS       
First Line: Elemental as weather this love
Last Line: My health in its element


TAKE ANY CARD       
First Line: Take any card; if we agree
Last Line: May well be a chosen one


TAKE MY DISPROPORTIONATE DESIRE       
First Line: Enough of expressionist flowers lions and wheat
Last Line: Incautious faith. To only you I offer it


TAKE TIME, TAKE PLACE       
First Line: There lay lyonesse, a land now drowned
Last Line: And deep under the seas' collapsing caress %are the porches and bridals of lyonesse


TAKING THOUGHT       
First Line: Tom broods, grandpa said. His genial brother tom
Last Line: Till he smiled. He smiled like a statue set free


TALE TOLD BY ATHENEUS (VENUS CALLIPYGUS)       
First Line: Two sisters of ancient greece both laid claim
Last Line: Move me with deep devotion to its site


TESTING GARDENING    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: In the garden I watch myself take care
Subject(s): Gardens & Gardening


THANK GERARD    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Cascade: rain torrential rain
Subject(s): Rain; Farm Life; Agriculture; Farmers


THE STORY AFTER THE STORY    Poem Text    
First Line: N bubbles to the elbow, on my knees
Subject(s): Story-telling; Family Life; Children; Absence; Disappointment; Relatives; Childhood; Separation; Isolation


THIRD THANK-YOU LETTER       
First Line: The seine and the sky refract each other's rain
Last Line: What I have %to be


THIS BRIDGE, LIKE POETRY, IS VERTIGO    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Describing the wind that drives it, cloud
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


TITLE'S LAST       
First Line: Here's the best joke, though its flavor is salt
Last Line: Le requin qui me mord s'empoisonne


TO FORBID GRIEF       
First Line: Let her be. She ran a long way
Last Line: Whose light runs free


TO THE MUSE OF DOORWAYS EDGES VERGES       
First Line: Tall in the doorway stands
Last Line: To my place, she says %and vanishes


TROIS PETITS TOURS ET PUIS       
First Line: She gives him paper and a fine-nibbed pen
Last Line: A fresh music fills her house, a fresh air


TWO QUESTIONS (FOR ALL MEN OF GOOD WILL AND SOMETIME ARMED)       
First Line: Dropped %brilliant
Last Line: Of what is war the history


UNABASHED       
First Line: Unabashed %as some landscapes are
Last Line: To invent human love


UNDER A ROUTINE PROCEDURE       
First Line: Intelligent and kind often, hands, I can't count them
Last Line: Has a altarstone and our altarstone sweats blood


UNDERBUTTER       
First Line: This house has three entrance-ways
Last Line: The root-threads pop out a strong bud, lower down


UNPLUGGED       
First Line: Once, you were translucent; you stood between
Last Line: In natural light the world is immense


VILLE INDIGENE': AFRIQUE DU NORD       
First Line: Amazed in a garden shut high
Last Line: Known nor even %wept by me


VISIT       
First Line: Come for duty's sake (as girls do) we watch
Last Line: Presuming us, who are young, to be beautiful, kind, and sure


WE ARE IMAGINED       
First Line: Time has expanded between us, like the spread
Last Line: Something compensatory %happening for us


WE STAND OUR GROUND       
First Line: As the earth comes to light
Last Line: So is mind to memory


WEARING THE GAZE OF AN ARCHAIC STATUE       
First Line: The juggler in her suit of nerve
Last Line: She proposes to obey


WEDDING SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: Be between us in our making love
Subject(s): Marital Love


WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE, STEPHEN?'       
First Line: Lean walkers on light feet connive
Last Line: Impatient waiters, forfeit in their many-colored paid-for coats


WHAT CHANGES       
First Line: Pliny's encyclopedia says: look
Last Line: Within her sweet alyssum borders


WHAT THE WORN RHYMES FOUND       
First Line: Wherever she looked today, she looked too late
Last Line: Shows the jeweller a stain %cyanide and gold


WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP?    Poem Text    
First Line: Here I am in the garden
Subject(s): Gardens & Gardening


WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP?       
First Line: Here I am in the garden
Last Line: In the overhead compartment


WILD       
First Line: Even the eagle
Last Line: & tuns in hastily %to the weather reports
Subject(s): Animals; Nature; News


WINTER    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Neighbors; Sons; Friendship; Suicide; Divorce


WINTER       
First Line: I don't know what to say to you, neighbor
Last Line: You have a path to clear, and so you do