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Author: PRATT, MINNIE BRUCE
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Pratt, Minnie Bruce    Poet's Biography
193 poems available by this author


& P       
First Line: She rolled a tomato in her hand, pink rubber
Last Line: Again as the blisters came, and then the calluses on her hands


A COLD NOT THE OPPOSITE OF LIFE       
First Line: Nothing but pine boards between her and wind that would not
Last Line: Nothing but pine boards between her and wind that would not
Subject(s): Nothing But Pine Boards Between Her And Wind That Would No


ACT INEXPLICABLE BY THEORY       
First Line: Why do we love each other, curiosity, stubborness
Subject(s): Homosexuality


AFTER THE ANTI-WAR MARCH    Poem Text    
First Line: We had a different driver on the way home. I sat
Subject(s): Politics & Government; War


AFTER THE ANTI-WAR MARCH       
First Line: We had a different driver on the way home. I sat
Last Line: Is eating some peppermint candies to stay awake
Subject(s): Politics; War


ALL THE WOMEN CAUGHT IN FLARING LIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Imagine a big room of women doing anything
Subject(s): Women; Mothers; Gays & Lesbians; Children; Grief; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men; Childhood; Sorrow; Sadness


ALL THE WOMEN CAUGHT IN FLARING LIGHT: 1       
First Line: A grey day, drenched, humid, the sunflowers
Last Line: A groove in stone, seeking a channel, a way out, %pain running like water through the glittering roo


ALL THE WOMEN CAUGHT IN FLARING LIGHT: 2       
First Line: I often think of a poem as a door that opens
Last Line: Tattoo, the sign that admits us to this room, iridescent %incertain kinds of light, then vanishing,


ALL THE WOMEN CAUGHT IN FLARING LIGHT: 3       
First Line: If suffering were no more than a song's refrain
Last Line: Heavy with the past, and there are tears running bitter %andsteady as rain in the night. Mostly we j


ANOTHER QUESTION: 1       
First Line: Yes, they've seen these poems. The oldest says
Last Line: As monsters in a tiny odyssey. We lean over %and, like gods,admire the fabulous worms


ANOTHER QUESTION: 2       
First Line: The youngest son is debonair, modern
Last Line: When I tell it all, that's what he likes best


AT DEEP MIDNIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: It's at dinnertime the stories come, abruptly
Subject(s): Food & Eating; Night; Women - Old Age; Bedtime


AT DEEP MIDNIGHT       
First Line: It's at dinnertime the stories come, abruptly
Last Line: Hair drifting like fire out from their unforgiving faces


AT FIFTEEN, THE OLDEST SON COMES TO VISIT: 1       
First Line: There it is: the indelible mark, sketched
Last Line: There with his body's heat, a physical thought, %a remark on my strict ideas about men and women


AT FIFTEEN, THE OLDEST SON COMES TO VISIT: 2       
First Line: A judgment on the father who took the boy away
Last Line: Soon I'll be too big. I say I know that wrestle, %that invisible bending, the mind's mark on the bod


AT FIFTEEN, THE OLDEST SON COMES TO VISIT: 3       
First Line: I don't let him drive yet in the city, squalling
Last Line: When finally some image opens like a mouth, anger %speaking in the long muscles of body like a tongu


AT FIFTEEN, THE OLDEST SON COMES TO VISIT: 4       
First Line: This man by me who wears my body, younger, to
Last Line: As he watches the fine crossings, the silver- &linked chains of oared water, form, dissolve behind h


AT FIFTEEN, THE OLDEST SON COMES TO VISIT: 5       
First Line: He has my hands, wide palm, long fingers
Last Line: Scraps of lumber splintered on the bridge: us %at this flux of violent water bound downstream


AT THE VIETNAM MEMORIAL       
First Line: A black wall, grass rooting on top, sod over a grave, a mirror


BEFORE ME       
First Line: Elana's album opens to your photograph
Subject(s): Homosexuality


BLUE CUP       
First Line: Through binoculars the spiral nebula was
Last Line: Small and cautious between her chapped cupped hands


BLUEBERRIES    Poem Text    
First Line: Love, I know you well: how you look, desiring
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians


BLUEBERRIES       
First Line: Love, I know you well: how you look, desiring
Subject(s): Homosexuality


BONE DAY       
First Line: On the way to the zoo, beatrice passes discarded brick
Last Line: The language of birds fledges your bone with the feather of words


BREAKFAST    Poem Text    
First Line: Rush hour, and the short order cook lobs breakfast
Subject(s): Food & Eating


BURNING WATER    Poem Text    
First Line: In the youtube video a man flips a lighter, flare
Subject(s): Water


BURY AND DIG       
First Line: We bury and dig each other up
Subject(s): Homosexuality


BUST OF MARTHA MITCHELL TO BE UNVEILED       
First Line: Beatrice folded the paper back to read more. The pages
Last Line: When a mule is the god that tramples out the chaff


BUTTON       
First Line: Saying hello, bottom step of the front steps
Last Line: A tongue tasting rain in the livening dirt


BY THE CORNER AT F STREET       
Subject(s): Homosexuality


CABBAGE MOON       
First Line: I missed you tonight, I had gone out
Subject(s): Homosexuality


CAHABA    Poem Text    
First Line: On the banks of the cahaba
Last Line: On the banks of the cahaba
Subject(s): Rivers


CAHABA    Poem Text    
First Line: On the banks of the cahaba
Subject(s): Cahaba River, Alabama


CENTRAL PRISON       
First Line: A sign passed on her way to work
Last Line: So she could eat a berry and fly away, gone home
Subject(s): Capital Punishment; Women; Prisons & Prisoners


CENTRAL PRISON       
First Line: A sign passed on her way to work
Last Line: So she could eat a berry and fly away, gone home


CHILD TAKEN FROM THE MOTHER       
First Line: I could do nothing. Nothing. Do you
Last Line: Glance, do not say even to themselves: children %and women, lovers, mothers, lesbians. Yes
Subject(s): Homosexuality


COLD NOT THE OPPOSITE OF LIFE       
First Line: Nothing but pine boards between her and wind that would not
Last Line: To remind her: there is something different from you dwelling here


COST AND USE       
First Line: Velvet slippers, one on the sidewalk, the other, debris
Last Line: That gnaws on habit and the past. They pay for the act that breaks free


CRIME AGAINST NATURE: 1       
First Line: The upraised arm, fist clenched, ready to hit
Last Line: For a split second we are all clenched, suspended: %upraisedfist, approving hoots, my inverted endin


CRIME AGAINST NATURE: 2       
First Line: The ones who fear me think they know who I am
Last Line: My inhuman shimmer, the crime of moving back and forth %between more than one self, more than one en


CRIME AGAINST NATURE: 3       
First Line: The hatred baffles me: individual, doctrinal, codified
Last Line: Didn't mention teeth. I'm sure it will some day if %one of us gets caught with the other, nipping


CRIME AGAINST NATURE: 4       
First Line: No one says crime against nature when a man
Last Line: The locked room. She left a clue. We don't know %her secret.She's not here to tell the story


CRIME AGAINST NATURE: 5       
First Line: Last time we were together we went down to the river
Last Line: In the sun, clinging to keep our balance, glinting %like silver fishes caught in the mouth of the mo


CRIME AGAINST NATURE: 6       
First Line: I could have been mentally ill or committed
Last Line: Our assault on enemies, walking forward, skirts lifted, %to show the silent mouth, the terrible powe


CUTTING HAIR    Poem Text    
First Line: She pays attention to the hair, not her fingers, and cuts herself
Subject(s): Hair; Hands; Single People; Women; Bachelors; Unmarried People


CUTTING HAIR       
First Line: She pays attention to the hair, not her fingers, and cuts herself
Last Line: How it shines like a field of scythed hay beneath her feet


DARNING NEEDLE       
First Line: After you were sad, after our hands veered
Subject(s): Homosexuality


DECLARED NOT FIT       
First Line: In this month of grief I am crying for my lover
Last Line: The eye waits, sad, unsatisfied, %to embrace the particular loved shape. %eyes, empty hands, empty w


DONE       
First Line: When you're gone out of town, the way I get you back is
Subject(s): Homosexuality


DOWN THE LITTLE CAHABA       
First Line: Soundless sun, the river. Home in august
Last Line: I meant: the sound of your blood crossed into mine


DREAMING A FEW MINUTES IN A DIFFERENT ELEMENT: 1       
First Line: The boys are running through a blaze of sand
Last Line: Hands hovered in figure eights of infinity, %in water steady as our blood, but cold, and older


DREAMING A FEW MINUTES IN A DIFFERENT ELEMENT: 2       
First Line: I have passed through a mean, barren place
Last Line: I'm being childish, yes. The child doesn't care %why, knows only the mother is not there


DREAMING A FEW MINUTES IN A DIFFERENT ELEMENT: 3       
First Line: I call my children. The phone rings, rings
Last Line: What did this mean to them on unforgiving nights %when they cried out and I was not there to answer?


DREAMING A FEW MINUTES IN A DIFFERENT ELEMENT: 4       
First Line: The boys are swimming the green creek
Last Line: Plain fish, grey in the air, the men unaware %that they werebrilliant, different, in another element


EATING CLAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Face damp on a lover's thigh and scratchy
Last Line: Surrender, the tongue's flame in the furnace of the mouth
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Love Erotic


EATING CLAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Face damp on a lover's thigh and scratchy
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Love - Erotic; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


EATING CLAY       
First Line: Face damp on a lover's thigh and scratchy
Last Line: Surrender, the tongue's flame in the furnace of the mouth


EYE OF ONE WHO LOVES YOU       
First Line: Late afternoon: sunlight deflected pink
Subject(s): Homosexuality


FACT OF THE GARDEN       
First Line: With this rain I am satisfied we will be together
Subject(s): Homosexuality


FERRY       
First Line: Today, she tells the woman close beside her, I saw a man
Last Line: They say, we are crossing here, this bridge our only land


FIGHTING FIRE       
First Line: First the fire engines shake the night, the red blare
Last Line: Blazes up, light flickers over mouths shut on the word / nothing
Subject(s): Fire; Homeless


FIGHTING FIRE       
First Line: First the fire engines shake the night, the red blare
Last Line: Tinder %blazes up,light flickers over mouths shut on the word %nothing


FIRST NIGHT       
First Line: You tell me you notice light always
Subject(s): Homosexuality


FIRST QUESTION       
First Line: The first question is: what do your children
Last Line: Black sky barely edging around a moon. %enormous memory child mother moon orange


FIRST YEAR       
First Line: Or if we count by nights: a hundred and one
Subject(s): Homosexuality


FOR A STUDENT       
First Line: You say you're a woman but have never experienced
Subject(s): Homosexuality


FRIDAY NIGHT       
First Line: The sun is going down red-hot, swollen
Subject(s): Homosexuality


GATE       
First Line: The gate is ajar in the iron-barred fence so she goes in
Last Line: Caught under circling fingers. Like something about to break


GIVING A MANICURE    Poem Text    
First Line: The woman across from me looks so familiar,
Subject(s): Nailshops; Women; Korea


I ADMIT THE NEED       
First Line: Today has come to this: night, me alone
Subject(s): Homosexuality


I AM READY TO TELL ALL I KNOW       
First Line: From the north (where cold white is falling
Last Line: As if out of me. What if he were one of mine? %but which bloodied one, mine?


I DO NOT WAIT       
First Line: I don't expect I'll ever see you naked
Subject(s): Homosexuality


IN A SOLITARY PLACE    Poem Text    
First Line: I was going to write to you about romance
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians


IN A SOLITARY PLACE       
First Line: I was going to write to you about romance
Subject(s): Homosexuality


IN EACH OTHER'S ARMS, LIGHTNING       
First Line: When we sat on the bed and spoke as if across
Subject(s): Homosexuality


IN THE MORNING, THE ROOM SHIFTS       
First Line: In your photographs of other lovers, I can see the desire
Subject(s): Homosexuality


IN THE WAITING ROOM AT THE DRAFT BOARD       
First Line: He called me the day after we invaded
Last Line: I don't know where he is bruised from when %I paid for my freedom with my children


IT WILL ALWAYS BE TOO SOON       
First Line: Breaking up breaking up we talked
Subject(s): Homosexuality


JUSTICE, COME DOWN    Poem Text    
First Line: A huge sound waits, bound in the ice,
Subject(s): Writing & Writers; Stories; Disappointment


JUSTICE, COME DOWN       
First Line: A huge sound waits, bound in the ice
Last Line: Stretch out your hand. Come down, glittering, %from where you have hidden yourself away


KINKY SEX       
First Line: When I'm gone from you my hair
Subject(s): Homosexuality


LAUGHING PLACE       
First Line: There was the time I got mad and hired a detective
Last Line: I slipped around, playing the detective, making my escape. %then the boy and I at the kitchen table


LEARNING TO TALK    Poem Text    
First Line: On magnolia avenue there are no magnolias. Someone bought
Subject(s): Neighbors; Birds; Mothers; Babies; Infants


LIVING IN A POSTCARD       
First Line: Out my fifth story window the capitol dome sits up
Subject(s): Homosexuality


MOTHER BEFORE MEMORY: 1       
First Line: Enormous mythic figures shine in a silent dark
Last Line: The scuppernong vine shadow. 1946. I am a baby. %it is a breath of time in the years she held me


MOTHER BEFORE MEMORY: 2       
First Line: Pictures somewhere, in a cardboard candy box
Last Line: Once a week only: the harsh repeated metal clang, %outcry insilence. Her voice praying in me


MOTHER BEFORE MEMORY: 3       
First Line: No story, no picture of the first memory
Last Line: Darkness and sound are outside and in us


MOTHER BEFORE MEMORY: 4       
First Line: A kodacolor snapshot: the boys, her
Last Line: The words I salvage are few, fierce, clear: %bind them to you, bind them while you can


MOTHER BEFORE MEMORY: 5       
First Line: On the bright wall of my room
Last Line: Ring the bell, small brass call. Pray to them %in me, and for what they gave, before memory


MOTIONLESS ON THE DARK SIDE OF THE LIGHT       
First Line: When I try to get back to my mother
Last Line: Some nights the moon opens its full mouth and %takes her silently kneeling inside fearless


MY LIFE YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT       
First Line: The ugliness, the stupid repetition
Last Line: I say: I'm working hard on some poems about my %children. %she says: oh, how sweet. How sweet


MY MOTHER LOVES WOMEN    Poem Text    
First Line: She sends me gold & silver earrings for valentine's
Last Line: That I might love women too
Subject(s): Mothers; Women; Familylife


MY MOTHER LOVES WOMEN    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Mothers & Daughters; Gays & Lesbians; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


NAPE OF YOUR NECK       
First Line: When I came back into the restaurant, it was as
Subject(s): Homosexuality


NEW YEAR'S, 1984    Poem Text    
First Line: I avoid the stalled elevator, walk up five flights
Last Line: Your hand has written your name inside me forever
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians


NEW YEAR'S, 1984       
First Line: I avoid the stalled elevator, walk up five flights
Subject(s): Homosexuality


NIGHT GIVES US THE NEXT DAY       
First Line: Tonight it is raining ice, no thunder, not lightning
Subject(s): Homosexuality


NO PLACE       
First Line: One night before I left I sat halfway down
Last Line: How night and the rivers flowed into a huge void %as if that was where we were going, no place at al


NOT A GUN, NOT A KNIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: I don't want this to be happening again, and to you
Last Line: Twist the blue chalk with tensile fingers against the cue
Subject(s): Rape


NOT A GUN, NOT A KNIFE       
First Line: I don't want this to be happening again, and to you
Subject(s): Homosexuality


NOT THE END OF THE STORY    Poem Text    
First Line: Lying on you naked, naked skin to skin
Last Line: As wet dirt under me, to go to sleep before the candle goes out
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Love - Erotic


NOT THE END OF THE STORY       
First Line: Lying on you naked, naked skin to skin
Subject(s): Homosexuality


ON SUGAR LOAF KEY       
First Line: You are snoring mildly in the bed where we devoured
Subject(s): Homosexuality


ON THE SILVER COAST       
First Line: In the nightwood shadow she stood small as a big dog
Last Line: Night rain, on the silver coast, all sweetness lost


OPENING THE MAIL    Poem Text    
First Line: She used to work down in the copy center, and
Subject(s): Women - Employment; Ambition; Automobile Racing; Postal Service; Professional Women; Women In Business; Women's Careers; Race Car Driving; Postmen; Post Office; Mail; Mailmen


OTHER SIDE       
First Line: Men flirt in the silvered mirror eyelids, shadow
Last Line: A woman, following the yellow drift like fire around the corner


OUT OF SEASON       
First Line: In the backyard, earthworms had migrated
Last Line: Narcissus into her room in mid-winter


PAINTING HER FINGERNAILS RED       
First Line: For a month pumpkins had gathered at the curb market
Last Line: A plastic skeleton out the window, clacks its mouth, and laughs


PARTITIONS: THE LOT OF BEING COMMON TO ALL    Poem Text    
First Line: At the windowless west wall
Subject(s): Air Travel; Women


PEACH    Poem Text    
First Line: My tongue, your ass
Last Line: Eat you? I ask
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Love - Erotic


PEACH       
First Line: My tongue, your ass
Subject(s): Homosexuality


PETRIFIED WOMAN       
First Line: As she turns the corner, daylight begins to fail
Last Line: Inside out, potosi become huakajchi, the mountain that cried


PICKING UP A JOB APPLICATION    Poem Text    
First Line: A spring wind hustles hundreds of pages into the street
Subject(s): Women - Employment; Professional Women; Women In Business; Women's Careers


PICKING UP A JOB APPLICATION       
First Line: A spring wind hustles hundreds of pages into the street
Last Line: To the other women behind the counter, who are talking, but not smiling


PLACE LOST AND GONE, THE PLACE FOUND       
First Line: One low yellow light, the back room a cave
Last Line: Saying, with no words, they have thought of me here, %and here I am with them in the in-between plac


PLUMS    Poem Text    
First Line: I love the way you
Last Line: Way you give me tongues
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians


PLUMS       
First Line: I love the way you
Subject(s): Homosexuality


POEM FOR MY SONS    Poem Text    
First Line: When you were born, all the poets I knew
Last Line: Like a woman on foot, in a long stepping out
Subject(s): Mothers & Sons


POEM FOR MY SONS    Poem Text    
First Line: When you were born, all the poets I knew
Subject(s): Mothers & Sons; Women; Conduct Of Life


POEM FOR MY SONS       
First Line: When you were born, all the poets I knew
Last Line: An unknown place where you could be with me, %like a woman on foot, in a long stepping out


POSSUM EATS OUT OF THE GRAVEYARD       
First Line: Night anfter night she has had bad dreams. She clicks the light
Last Line: She'll get up to let her lover in through the dream's back door


READING MAPS: ONE       
First Line: Yesterday nettie in my office talked about summer
Subject(s): Homosexuality


READING MAPS: THREE       
First Line: By the map, point lookout is almost an island in the bay
Subject(s): Homosexuality


READING MAPS: TWO       
First Line: I have no map for the past, for going home to see
Subject(s): Homosexuality


RED STRING    Poem Text    
First Line: At first she thought the lump in the road
Subject(s): Ku Klux Klan; Women


RED STRING       
First Line: At first she thought the lump in the road
Last Line: Even if blood must sign your name
Subject(s): Ku Klux Klan; Women


REMNANT SHOP       
First Line: In and out the window the red silk curtain fluttered
Last Line: She fastened on pearl buttons in a little factory down near nanih waiya


ROAD TO SELMA       
First Line: In her birthplace, she's a tourist in the shrine to martyrs
Last Line: Prisoners of starvation their hungry mouths chew the bloody word, %arise


SECOND DIGHT       
First Line: In savoy heights, two dark men stand, faced
Last Line: The only eyes that see her stare back in the rearview glass
Subject(s): Driving & Drivers; Night


SECOND SIGHT       
First Line: In savoy heights, two dark men stand, faced
Last Line: The only eyes that see her stare back in the rearview glass
Subject(s): Driving And Drivers; Night


SEVEN TIMES GOING, SEVEN COMING BACK       
First Line: I said I would not be a tragedy
Last Line: In the dark I pray to somebody (is it myself?) %who will not divide self from self, self from life


SHADES       
First Line: Even before the flat yellow sail of the sun
Last Line: The petals, the color of each flower in the night


SHAME    Poem Text    
First Line: I ask for justice but do not release
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Mothers & Sons; Divorce; Grief; Loss; Shame; Guilt; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men; Sorrow; Sadness


SHAME: 1       
First Line: I ask for justice but do not release
Last Line: Explain power, how he thought he'd force %me to choose, me or them, her or them


SHAME: 2       
First Line: How I wanted her slant humid body
Last Line: If I had not been so starved, if I had been %more ashamed and hid. No end to this blame


SHAME: 3       
First Line: At times I can say it was good, even better
Last Line: Lovebirds at our held hands. Late evening we stir. %goodnight: they expect me to go off to bed with


SHAME: 4       
First Line: All the years between now and then, the nights
Last Line: What you want to last is fantasy, imagination, %said the voice creeping in my body, pain


SHAME: 5       
First Line: In one hand, the memory of pain
Last Line: The day we all went down to the lake? Remember %how we heard the sound of the last ice in the water?


SHARING THE EYE       
First Line: We live between the county speedway and the interstate
Subject(s): Homosexuality


SHARP GLASS    Poem Text    
First Line: Shattered glass in the street at maryland and 10th
Last Line: Sliver to blink in the light, sharp as a question
Subject(s): Glass


SHARP GLASS       
First Line: Shattered glass in the street at maryland and 10th
Subject(s): Homosexuality


SHRINE       
First Line: At noon the veiled woman sat and wailed on the curb
Last Line: A warning to those who long for the broken paradise of their bodies


SNAKE EYES       
First Line: At the corner wall, boys huddle and squat, playing
Subject(s): Boys; Games; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


SNAKE EYES       
First Line: At the corner wall, boys huddle and squat, playing
Last Line: Past the policeman on his beat. Unsmiling, refuse to bend her head
Subject(s): Boys; Games


SOUNDS FROM MY PREVIOUS LIFE       
First Line: The jackhammer, a woodpecker
Last Line: Not done yet: my body struck %by its life, clapper in a brass bell


STAYING TOGETHER       
First Line: Do you know why I think we stay together
Subject(s): Homosexuality


STRANGE FLESH       
First Line: She stepped into the building, a blue trapezoid
Last Line: Brighter than anything. They'd sting you like a knife, if they had to, to live


STUBBORN AS A YEAR AGO    Poem Text    
First Line: I have thistles in my house in a blue bottle
Last Line: Thistledown in the air was your hair, my breath
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Thistles; Aging


STUBBORN AS A YEAR AGO       
First Line: I have thistles in my house in a blue bottle
Subject(s): Homosexuality


SUBWAY ENTRANCE       
First Line: He was her guide. He lived in hell. Every day he thought
Last Line: Don't you forget me


SWINGBLADE    Poem Text    
First Line: She swung the red-rust triangle blade
Subject(s): Home


SWINGBLADE       
First Line: She swung the red-rust triangle blade
Last Line: Then make herself safe, slant lines in the sand
Subject(s): Home


TALKING TO CHARLIE       
First Line: The cafeteria. Women, and alone, an eighteen-year-old
Last Line: What will you say to the other men? And to my sons?


TEMPORARY JOB    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Farewell; Grief; Women - Employment; Parting; Sorrow; Sadness; Professional Women; Women In Business; Women's Careers


THE A & P       
First Line: She rolled a tomato in her hand, pink rubber
Subject(s): Farm Life; Migrant Workers; Food & Eating; Supermarkets


THE BLUE CUP    Poem Text    
First Line: Through binoculars the spiral nebula was
Subject(s): Coffee


THE CHILD TAKEN FROM THE MOTHER    Poem Text    
First Line: I could do nothing. Nothing. Do you
Last Line: And women, lovers, mothers, lesbians. Yes
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Child Custody; Sacrifices; Women's Rights


THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN INSIDE AND OUTSIDE    Poem Text    
First Line: At dawn the sky is chrome yellow. We turn over
Subject(s): Storms; Love


THE FACT OF THE GARDEN    Poem Text    
First Line: With this rain I am satisfied we will be together
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians


THE FERRY       
First Line: Today, she tells the woman close beside her, I saw a man
Last Line: Today, she tells the woman close beside her, I saw a man
Subject(s): Homeless


THE GATE       
First Line: The gate is ajar in the iron-barred fence so she goes in
Last Line: Caught under circling fingers. Like something about to break
Subject(s): Cemeteries


THE GREAT MIGRATION    Poem Text    
First Line: The third question in spanish class is: de donde eres tu?
Subject(s): Learning; Migration


THE PETRIFIED WOMAN       
First Line: As she turns the corner, daylight begins to fail
Last Line: Inside out, potosi become huakajchi, the mountain that cried
Subject(s): Coal Mines & Miners; Women; Strikes


THE ROAD TO SELMA       
First Line: In her birthplace, she's a tourist in the shrine to martyrs
Last Line: Prisoners of starvation, their hungry mouths chew the bloody word, / arise
Subject(s): Selma, Alabama; Civil Rights Movement


THE SHRINE       
First Line: At noon the veiled woman sat and wailed on the curb
Last Line: Intentions and goals
Subject(s): Women; Cities; Grief; Childhood Memories


THE SOUND OF ONE FORK    Poem Text    
First Line: Through the window screen I can see an angle of grey roof
Subject(s): Aging; Loneliness; Women; Neigbors; Longing


THE SUBWAY ENTRANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: He was her guide. He lived in hell. Every day he thought
Subject(s): Nursing Homes; Fathers & Daughters; Old Age Homes; Assisted Living


THE WOOD THRUSH SINGS    Poem Text    
First Line: At the end of day, at the beginning of night
Subject(s): Insomnia; Sleeplessness


TRASH       
First Line: That day the most beautiful thing she saw was pigeons
Last Line: Convenient niche apartments were built for them by men


TWO SMALL-SIZED GIRLS: 1       
First Line: Two small-sized girls, hunched in the corn crib
Last Line: And ignore how the sun blazes across us, the straw husks, %the old door swung open for the new corn


TWO SMALL-SIZED GIRLS: 2       
First Line: Here's the cherry spool bed from her old room
Last Line: Waiting for them to open, making up stories, %anything mighthappen, waiting in the garden


TWO SMALL-SIZED GIRLS: 3       
First Line: So much for the power of my ideas about oppression
Last Line: We know we've done nothing wrong, to twist and search %for the kernels of fire deep in the body's sh


USUALLY WE ARE NOT FOOLED BY DESPAIR       
First Line: So everyone asks what do you think of washington
Subject(s): Homosexuality


WALKING BACK UP DEPOT STREET    Poem Text    
First Line: In hollywood, california (she'd been told), women travel
Last Line: Without, send money, call home long distance about the heat
Subject(s): Women


WALKING BACK UP DEPOT STREET       
First Line: In hollywood, california (she'd been told), women travel
Last Line: Without, send money, call home long distance about the heat
Subject(s): Americans; United States


WATER AND EARTH       
First Line: We have called our love transformation
Subject(s): Homosexuality


WAULKING SONG: ONE       
First Line: Maighread ni lachainn, I found you buried
Subject(s): Homosexuality


WAULKING SONG: TWO       
First Line: At first she would not answer
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians


WAULKING SONG: TWO       
First Line: At first she would not answer
Subject(s): Homosexuality


WAVING HAND       
First Line: Last night of the visit, the youngest put his head
Last Line: Our chests would be heavy with %medals, heavy waving hands :pendulum: %we come back, we say hello. H


WE SAY WE LOVE EACH OTHER    Poem Text    
First Line: You say: the trouble is: we don't understand
Last Line: After a while, we say again we love each other
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians


WE SAY WE LOVE EACH OTHER       
First Line: You say: the trouble is: we don't understand
Subject(s): Homosexuality


WHAT HAPPENED YEARS AGO       
First Line: Yes, it is nine years later, this month
Subject(s): Homosexuality


WHAT I REMEMBER       
First Line: In the middle of the fight you left me
Subject(s): Homosexuality


WHAT THE CAT KNOWS       
First Line: The cat sleeps with her, back to back
Last Line: Beats, invisible, the heart of a bird
Subject(s): Animals; Cats; Sleep


WHAT THE CAT KNOWS       
First Line: The cat sleeps with her, back to back
Last Line: Beats, invisible, the heart of a bird
Subject(s): Animals; Cats; Sleep


WHEN I CALL YOUR NAME    Poem Text    
First Line: July is over, four hot weeks
Last Line: How to slow it then, when I call your name
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Love - Erotic


WHEN I CALL YOUR NAME       
First Line: July is over, four hot weeks
Subject(s): Homosexuality


WHILE READING TIMERMAN'S THE LONGEST WAR       
First Line: The father who says to the son: it is time
Last Line: Saying: don't go %to grenada where %to lebanon where %to nicaragua, honduras, guatemala %where


WHITE STAR       
First Line: Inside the white star it was warm, tumbled clothes
Last Line: Go in and out the window as we have done before


WINGED SEEDS       
First Line: If you were here, we would sit and hold hands
Subject(s): Homosexuality


YOUR HAND OPENS ME       
First Line: Flat on our backs on the floor, boards hard as packed clay
Subject(s): Homosexuality


YOUR VOICE HAS CARRIED ME       
First Line: Just a few words, barbara: since I am afraid
Subject(s): Homosexuality