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Author: PRUNTY, WYATT
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Prunty, Wyatt    Poet's Biography
193 poems available by this author


1957       
First Line: That place where word breaks off into a call


A BASEBALL TEAM OF UNKNOWN NAVY PILOTS, PACIFIC THEATER, 1944    Poem Text    
First Line: Assigned a week's good bunt, run, throw
Subject(s): Baseball; World War Ii; Aviation & Aviators; Second World War; Airplanes; Air Pilots


A CHILD'S CHRISTMAS IN GEORGIA. 1953    Poem Text    
First Line: Marching through georgia to bed, he stopped, listened,
Subject(s): Georgia (state); Christmas; Family Life; Childhood Memories; Nativity, The; Relatives


A NOTE OF THANKS    Poem Text    
First Line: Wallet stolen, so we must end our stay
Subject(s): Literary Form


A WRITER'S TALE    Poem Text    
First Line: Silent and small in your wet sleep
Variant Title(s): A Winter's Tale
Subject(s): Literary Form


ACTUARIAL WIFE       
First Line: About their chances for divorce
Last Line: I'm going to live in paris.'


ALBUMEN SILVER PRINT FROM GLASS NEGATIVE OUTSIDE CHICAGO STATION, 1887       
First Line: Ghosts of the late victorians stare like belief
Last Line: And every portrait well taken %take light again


ANGEL AND THE BEAST       
First Line: Past side streets, cars, and dogs that hesitate
Last Line: He follows, between the one who tells him slow %and the other who says now


ANNALS OF JACK       
First Line: Because jack was small the world had to be large
Last Line: And all the dim gold of a lifetime


ASH: 9/11       
First Line: The light shifts earlier these days
Last Line: Symbol, this alloyed light, this unfamiliar view


BAND DAY       
First Line: Zinnias lean; mums fade, buckle
Last Line: To where the faint notes echo, fade, go on


BASEBALL    Poem Text    
First Line: About the time I got my first baseman's mitt
Subject(s): Baseball; Wit & Humor; Dean, Dizzy (1910-1974); Kisses


BASEBALL       
First Line: About the time I got my first baseman's mitt
Last Line: I sometimes think, therefore I sometimes am.'


BASEBALL TEAM OF UNKNOWN NAVY PILOTS, PACIFIC THEATER, 1944       
First Line: Assigned a week's good bunt, run, throw
Last Line: Went up when told, came home or not


BED       
First Line: The first one lasted thirteen years


BIG DOG, LITTLE DOG    Poem Text    
First Line: The one two times the other's size
Subject(s): Dogs; Size & Shape; Food & Eating; Height


BLACK WATER       
First Line: A fly on black water stands
Last Line: Light as the maple's paired wings and seeds


BLOOD    Poem Text    
First Line: Known for its repertory lineages
Subject(s): Blood; Religion; Theology


BLOOD       
First Line: Known for its repertory lineages
Last Line: Blood surfaces our dust, and something more, %the potent changing earth of us
Subject(s): Blood; Religion


BLUE UMBRELLA       
First Line: This is ot about the barrenness of winter


BOOKS       
First Line: Behind what they said, he always thought that they
Last Line: So when you walk here, you have traveled there.'


BOX OF LEAVES       
First Line: Collected from childhood's high october
Last Line: Not as themselves but as their others


CALIGULA IN BLUE       
First Line: What I have to tell you is the rain
Last Line: Why does the parrot shirt laugh blue when I weep fire?


CHILD'S CHRISTMAS IN GEORGIA, 1953       
First Line: Marching through georgia to bed, he stopped, listened
Last Line: You read out of the names of those missing


CIRCLE ROUTE       
First Line: Return is what a thaw smells like


CITY LIBRARY       
First Line: By day you will replace nothing, neither
Last Line: And, scratching the slates, you replace nothing


COACH       
First Line: All trucks were from hell and deserved my bite
Last Line: Which the last one got, till I never let go


COLD       
First Line: Another front, sleet, snow, and the feeder
Last Line: Something had gone that I wished beyond reason


COLD WATERCOLOR    Poem Text    
First Line: We saw the birds jockeying for the feeder
Subject(s): Snow; Landscape


COUSINS, BROTHERS, SISTERS       
First Line: When I was five and said I'd seen an angel
Last Line: As the others too took their darkened beds %and the house unfolded upward from us all


COVINED BIRD       
First Line: The story told was how, before
Last Line: Like a fear born long before its name
Variant Title(s): The Convined Bir


CROSSWORDS       
First Line: Devoted to the compost pile
Last Line: Saying, 'the only thing you loved was change.'


CROWS       
First Line: There were the cautionary crows
Last Line: That only meant the sun, now that the crows were done


DANTINI       
First Line: Inflated clown pajamas and a nose
Last Line: Walking out, eyes forward for the other side


DEPRESSION, THE WAR, AND GYPSY ROSE LEE       
First Line: In a photograph now left to me
Last Line: Dropping away %through what you see


DISTANCE INTO PLACE       
First Line: Dolls in gallery along her walls
Last Line: That thought in turn a distance we contrive


DISTANCES       
First Line: Six horses painted red and blue are anchored
Last Line: They would not answer. When the light sinks, %nothing will change. And the horses will lunge


DOG, DOG, OBJECT, OBJECT       
First Line: Head lowered to his snuffling
Last Line: Just one believing so


DOING THE NUMBERS       
First Line: She if five, but they will not add


DOMESTIC OF THE OUTER BANKS       
First Line: For days the house is dark and slightly cold
Last Line: That will not unfold or give release


DOWNTOWN BUS       
First Line: Out through the neighborhood with nothing more
Last Line: Drove all the late fall light from sight that way


DR. WILLIAMS' GARDEN       
First Line: A city, a mountain, a river
Last Line: Beside which good balance is belief


DRIVING OUT       
First Line: Some roads never pass beneath you


EFFERVESCENT MRS. G       
First Line: Retainer of the bridge club win and loss
Last Line: Scratched, filling one lung, then another


ELBOW TREE       
First Line: A sapling bent and tied to point the way
Last Line: In blinding freedom from the tree that was %in one thing deprived and in another made
Subject(s): Nature


ELDERLY LADY CROSSING ON GREEN    Poem Text    
First Line: And give her no scouts doing their one good deed
Subject(s): Literary Form


ELDERLY LADY CROSSING ON GREEN       
First Line: And give her no scouts doing their one good deed
Last Line: Of her own sustaining notion that she's doing well
Subject(s): Literary Form


EXTRAVAGANT LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Irritated and sometimes utterly through
Subject(s): Love


EXTRAVAGANT LOVE       
First Line: Irritated and sometimes utterly through
Last Line: Over the dead foliage of who we are
Subject(s): Love


EYEING THE WORLD       
First Line: Furtive the hedgerow cat
Last Line: At death's fanning ocean %of light and hunger


FALL       
First Line: As if any army rose out of one grave
Last Line: Goes bluely as before, itself and nothing more
Subject(s): Autumn; Seasons


FALLING THROUGH THE ICE       
First Line: This, one of our oldest tales
Last Line: A riddle, a story, a children's game


FAMILY ACT       
First Line: The big top billowing
Last Line: Who move them most to stay


FAMILY PORTRAIT FOR OUR DAUGHTER       
First Line: All night the nurses let me listen
Last Line: You cry full of a shower's present tense


FEAR       
First Line: It is a rain that never stops


FERRIS WHEEL       
First Line: The rounding steeps and jostles were one thing
Last Line: That proved them free
Subject(s): Literary Form


FIELD TRIP       
First Line: Believing what the mind contained


FIREFLIES       
First Line: Too many for a child who stumbles


FLORENCE       
First Line: The weather hot, you held ice


FLYING AT NIGHT       
First Line: Each city is a solitary reef
Last Line: There is that joke...Which only gets %its laughter in daylight and on the ground


FLYING AT NIGHT       
First Line: Each city is a solitary reef
Last Line: Under which we go, plying our lost and found


FOLIAGE TOUR       
First Line: We climb, the changes changing rapidly
Last Line: We rode to see, all colors one, leaves and a leaf, %shadow and belief


FOR DON, WHO SLEPT THROUGH THE WAR       
First Line: When I was young, waking my uncle


FOREST FIRE       
First Line: Set loose on the hills to tramp all night
Last Line: Are bright with foliage eating from its branch


FORMAL POETRY       
First Line: Poetry is like a loom that weaves many things together in a subtle
Last Line: Creates many more possibilities and complexities and textures


FOUR WINTER FLIES       
First Line: Lost and stumbling across the window
Last Line: Once proved the brief ellipsis of four late flies


FROM INSIDE       
First Line: I am an ophthalmologist


FUNERALS       
First Line: You'd think we'd have them down by now
Last Line: We mind the light and skip the epitaph


GEOGRAPHY       
First Line: Earth writing, like a hieroglyph


GETTING MY SON TO SLEEP       
First Line: Crying because kept up too late


GNOSTIC AT THE ZOO       
First Line: Fat and bored, pedestrian
Last Line: The green shade only moves one way


GOD DOLL       
First Line: Up in the corner where you've put her
Last Line: Of a world lighter than the things it holds


GOLDEN       
First Line: Over their piggy banks and good-luck charms
Last Line: Now that the future's finally paying out


GOOD BUSES       
First Line: No longer son but father now


GOOD-BYE       
First Line: Whatever we are, we're torn like strips
Last Line: Which kills and loves us like a starving mother


GREAT THOUGHTS AND NOBLE FEELINGS       
First Line: A storm, and our window frames the ocean
Last Line: Periphery teaches our narrow passage


GROWN MEN AT TOUCH       
First Line: Of the barn's shadow we declared our field
Last Line: By which you don't see and you never quit


HAND-ME-DOWN       
First Line: His father's clothes embarrass him
Last Line: Broken by what reaches his hand


HAYING    Poem Text    
First Line: They are gathering hay. The truck rolls slowly
Subject(s): Nature


HAYING       
First Line: They are gathering hay. The truck rolls slowly
Last Line: Like a breath inhaled and held %so long that light turns colors
Subject(s): Nature


HOME       
First Line: It is a place you've never been


HOMESICKNESS       
First Line: What is it lost by one who leaves


HUSBAND       
First Line: Grief is this quiet room we shared
Last Line: But your taking what I gave


INSOMNIA    Poem Text    
First Line: Count the number of times boards crack
Subject(s): Literary Form


INSOMNIA       
First Line: Count the number of times boards crack
Last Line: Without forcing it, works patiently
Subject(s): Literary Form


INVENTOR       
First Line: You had to have power, he knew that
Last Line: Like so many other things these days, %to be built en masse,and with no reverse


KITE       
First Line: Away from playground games and fights
Last Line: Of letting go and holding on at once


LAKE HOUSE       
First Line: They water-ski over whitecaps
Last Line: Reflecting upward in a thousand pieces


LAST CENTURY    Poem Text    
First Line: Last century we took a lot of shots
Subject(s): United States - History


LAST DAYS       
First Line: Late light across a side porch where
Last Line: That drops where now they touch and hesitate
Variant Title(s): Late Day


LATE FALL, LATE LIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: As if any army rose out of one grave


LATE FALL, LATE LIGHT       
First Line: As if an army rose out of one grave
Last Line: Its thousand changes burning into one


LEAN AND THE FAT       
First Line: Inflated like a clown's balloon


LEARNING THE BICYCLE    Poem Text    
First Line: The older children pedal past
Subject(s): Bicycles; Children; Cycling; Childhood


LEARNING THE BICYCLE       
First Line: The older children pedal past
Last Line: And when she learned I had to let her go


LETTER       
First Line: Today the water whitens over rocks
Last Line: As though one force, and always green, retained their seed


LETTER FOR THE END       
First Line: Who would want to become his admirers?
Last Line: Knowing this, for years he wrote his letter


LIVING ALONE       
First Line: More avenues than she can follow


LOCALS AND OTHERS       
First Line: Jack benny tells another joke


MARCH       
First Line: Seeing the march rain flood a field
Last Line: Who we were, what we ever said or did


MEMORIAL DAY       
First Line: From shade to shade our neighbor mows
Last Line: Who sews brief shadows, and in shadow rests


MINIMAL NUMBERS       
First Line: Till after thirty years
Last Line: Till more meant less, %and aught spilled naught


MISS AMERICA       
First Line: It's katzenjammer, and she knows it


MISS LUCY       
First Line: First day each fall she lectured
Last Line: Scotoma.' did they know what that word meant?


MOLE    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Moles


MOLE       
First Line: For weeks he's tunneled his intricate need
Last Line: Rich air with the imperative poise of now


MOLE       
First Line: Yesterday he tunneled his way


MONUMENT       
First Line: Standing apart yet oddly sequential
Last Line: Not seeing the symbol but the view


MOTHER AND SPRING       
First Line: Like our children after halloween


NAME       
First Line: With an easiness we almost learn
Last Line: And that what it brought and took away were the same


NAMESAKE       
First Line: A sister on the way, I was farmed
Last Line: Resumes arterial calm, reflecting


NEW TERRITORY       
First Line: Taking a walk on her first retirement day
Last Line: As she turned a different way for home


NIGHT WIND       
First Line: The wind has huge plans; it has absorbed the land
Last Line: It says, 'once I was everywhere and leaving'


NINETEENTH HOLE       
First Line: Now all the balls your daddy hit
Last Line: Of our lives we understand?


NOTE OF THANKS       
First Line: Wallet stolen, so we must end our stay
Last Line: I thought I ought to jot a note of thanks.'
Subject(s): Literary Form


OFFSET       
First Line: Some miles beyond the last reef's barricade
Last Line: To get things right, though seeming to know, %really off course a bit, but more promising so
Subject(s): Nature


OH GENERAL, OH SPY, OH BUREAUCRAT!    Poem Text    
First Line: Trained in tactics, war games, cold war, cold feet,
Subject(s): Eisenhower, Dwight David (1890-1969)


OH GENERAL, OH SPY, OH BUREAUCRAT!       
First Line: Trained in tactics, war games, cold war, cold feet
Last Line: That ended derailed, deserted, and sometimes missed


OLD CADETS       
First Line: Years later what they talked about was
Last Line: An old man's fear of height and hope for altitude


OLD DECLARATIVES       
First Line: No calculation holds the miles endured
Last Line: And step together, step darkly red together


ONLY CHILD       
First Line: I know nothing is ever the same


ORPHEUS       
First Line: He gnaws an emptiness


OUR NEIGHBOR       
First Line: In the kitchen the toaster pops


OUR TREE OF OPPOSITES       
First Line: I watch you where the wren will wake
Last Line: The wren will wake and each of us will sing


PARKS       
First Line: And rode four days to find a place called his
Last Line: Yet leaving, and constantly pressing, like desire


PARTY       
First Line: I follow everything I hear


PLAYER PIANO       
First Line: Learning from a player piano
Last Line: Thought made mechanical, not grand but upright
Subject(s): Musical Instruments; Pianos


PLAYING BY EAR       
First Line: Plunking the keys until sent out
Last Line: Is reason enough to make things hide


POEM       
First Line: Gnarled avenues the years have mapped
Last Line: Restores the clear pool's cold suspended will


PYROMANIAC       
First Line: A one-story disheartening
Last Line: As air shafts roar and windows amplify %how high my hungry bright will bite the sky


RAZED HOUSE       
First Line: Take the steep stairs up to where the rafters meet
Last Line: And you're a quiet sentence, a harbored thought


READING BEFORE WE READ, HOROSCOPE AND WEATHER    Poem Text    
First Line: My father laughing over the morning paper
Subject(s): Literary Form


READING BEFORE WE READ, HOROSCOPE AND WEATHER       
First Line: My father laughing over the morning paper
Last Line: But as the weather comes, fresh and ignorant of change
Subject(s): Literary Form


RECALLING SUMMERS       
First Line: Towhead, stubbed toe, the stubble ground


RECOVERY       
First Line: That elbow with its pinpoint bruise
Last Line: As though called back we hollow how we go


RETIREMENT CATALOGUE       
First Line: Brass telescopes with halley on
Last Line: The last page turns, the birds cry thief


RIO       
First Line: This down by which we go runs like
Last Line: But one by one so many lifting up


ROOMS WITHOUT WALLS       
First Line: Late sunlight breaking into the room
Last Line: Echoing the stillness that we are


SAYING IT BACK       
First Line: One afternoon you step outside
Last Line: Till you had said your way back through the woods


SEASONS       
First Line: At tennis, a missed shot meant he had ms
Last Line: Climbing the whole house rigidly from sight


SEQUENCE       
First Line: Sang off-key so mouthed the words
Last Line: Laughing on the wrong side all the way home


SHORTWAVE RADIO       
First Line: Unboxed on my seventh birthday


SINCE THE NOON MAIL STOPPED       
First Line: Once upon a time, when the clocks were slow
Last Line: Unchanging where the noon mail stops


SISTERS       
First Line: They are walking home in tight bunches
Last Line: Mother west wind, mother earth


SLEEP       
First Line: Another nomenclature


SNEEZE       
First Line: The first day sleet, the second ice
Last Line: Somewhere a small foot scuffs leaves. Goes on


SORROWS OF LESTER BUSTER       
First Line: First there were the trips, the cars, then girls
Last Line: I think a little sooner's always better.'


STARLINGS       
First Line: Not what they were but how they moved


STICK BUILDER       
First Line: Hammer, nail, and board I go, pounding
Last Line: Who built by touch so like touch he was near


STILLNESS       
First Line: Returning to the spent house it emptiness
Last Line: All we ever loved and drove into place


TAKING DOWN       
Last Line: Or finding in the air's subtractive touch %that each was thirsty and completely recognized
Subject(s): Christmas Trees; Religion


TAXI DANCE, MONTANA 1937       
First Line: Cheek-to-cheek, look away, look away
Last Line: Two-step, into the gap between the end %of one dance and the ticket for another


TENT       
First Line: Too serious above his opened book
Last Line: Walked back in decided he would stay


TERRARIUM FOR A GODSON    Poem Text    
First Line: Finished and set in a window for light
Subject(s): Terrariums


TERRARIUM FOR A GODSON       
First Line: Finished and set in a window for light
Last Line: New yet complete in the seal of our knowing


THAUMATROPE    Poem Text    
First Line: And sometimes there's this parlor trick
Subject(s): Toys


THAUMATROPE       
First Line: And sometimes there's this parlor trick
Last Line: Was neither signature nor side


THE ELBOW TREE    Poem Text    
First Line: A sapling bent and tied to point the way
Subject(s): Nature


THE FERRIS WHEEL    Poem Text    
First Line: The rounding steeps and jostles were one thing
Subject(s): Literary Form


THE MONUMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: Standing apart yet oddly sequential
Subject(s): Elevators; Crowds


THE OFFSET    Poem Text    
First Line: Some miles beyond the last reef's barricade
Subject(s): Nature


THE PLAYER PIANO    Poem Text    
First Line: Learning from a player piano
Subject(s): Musical Instruments; Pianos


THE TAKING DOWN    Poem Text    
First Line: Ever since the seriously ill were sent away,
Subject(s): Christmas Trees; Religion; Theology


THIS       
First Line: Gust blustering, and the march rain
Last Line: Its hammering hiss, saying, this, this, this


TIME'S TRAIN    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: So in this tale he gets to come back
Subject(s): Future Life; Retribution; Eternity; After Life


TIMES BETWEEN       
First Line: The severe dancer poised before her mirror
Last Line: Waving you towards the amplifying shore


TO BE SUNG ON THE FOURTH OF JULY    Poem Text    
First Line: We come to this country
Subject(s): Fourth Of July; United States; Songs; Independence Day; America


TO BE SUNG ON THE FOURTH OF JULY       
First Line: We come to this country %by every roundabout
Last Line: Because well-being needs a grief %to make the feeling last
Subject(s): Literary Form; Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


TO ED, WITH ALZHEIMER'S       
First Line: The little comedies came first


TO MY FATHER       
First Line: No cartography could get you here


TOWARDS A RELATIVE ENDING       
First Line: Uninterrupted days occasion us
Last Line: Clouds passing miles overhead


TWO KINDS OF CAUSE       
First Line: Heaviest snow in years
Last Line: The spectrum drawn back into white


TWO VIEWS    Poem Text    
First Line: Into the laterals and faults of strata
Subject(s): Survival; Progress; Past; Birds


VEGETABLE GARDEN       
First Line: Needled by death for change, for simple change
Last Line: Into the gathering grasp of something lost


VIREO       
First Line: Finding the egg along our drive


WAITING FOR OUR SECOND CHILD       
First Line: Out back, leaves spiral


WAKE       
First Line: In newbern tennessee he lies awake
Last Line: Filled like a family's hard-breathing sleep %that, cooling, moves from room to room


WALLACE STEVENS REMEMBERS HALLOWEEN    Poem Text    
First Line: The thing I loved was halloween
Subject(s): Stevens, Wallace (1879-1955)


WALLACE STEVENS REMEMBERS HALLOWEEN       
First Line: The thing I loved was halloween
Last Line: And kinglets, come to the comic feeder
Subject(s): Stevens, Wallace (1879-1955)


WATER       
First Line: How can we own a thing that travels
Last Line: A story told, %this time about water


WATER SLIDE ALONG THE BEACH       
First Line: It is someone's mimicry, the clockworks
Last Line: Magnified, topping their horizons


WEDDING STOP       
First Line: The walls were thin, and when he left
Last Line: Through its blue exhaust. And still she was glad


WHAT DOESN'T GO AWAY       
First Line: His heart was like a butterfly


WHEN SORRY'S NOT ENOUGH       


WIDOW'S HALLOWEEN       
First Line: The pumpkin's hollow head returns her gaze
Last Line: And will not pass near him


WILD HORSES       
First Line: The horses imagined by a boy
Last Line: Alone and looking out, flexed but agile


WILD OTHERS       
First Line: Once capable of swimming the mile


WINDOW WASHER       
First Line: The daily way for looking is inside
Last Line: Till he has washed and dried the air %of nowhere
Variant Title(s): The Window-washe


WRITER'S TALE       
First Line: Silent and small in your wet sleep
Last Line: My father dead and you returned
Variant Title(s): A Winter's Tal
Subject(s): Literary Form


YES    Poem Text    
First Line: Always to see the world made whole
Subject(s): Change


YES       
First Line: Always to see the world made whole
Last Line: Say yes to the candle stain's watery light
Subject(s): Change


ZAMBONI'S LAW    Poem Text    
First Line: Shave, water, scrub, and sweep the rink
Subject(s): Hockey


ZAMBONI'S LAW       
First Line: Shave, water, scrub, and sweep the rink
Last Line: To save zamboni's law from how zamboni sweeps