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Author: RAKOSI, CARL
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Rakosi, Carl    Poet's Biography
Alternate Author Name(s): Rawley, Callmann
117 poems available by this author


A JOURNEY AWAY    Poem Text    
First Line: I dreamed last night
Subject(s): Jews; Judaism


A MOUSTACE DRAWN ON CAPTAIN PATTERSON    Poem Text    
First Line: There ain't nothin special about me.
Subject(s): Antiwar Movement; Vietan; Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975


A POEM TO MY FIRST BORN    Poem Text    
First Line: I felt / the foetus stir
Last Line: Let us get to know / each other
Subject(s): Children


ACTORS       
First Line: Maxwell, a corporation head
Last Line: A comedy of errors


AMERICA       
First Line: I come from a long line
Last Line: Passport to america


AMERICANA       
First Line: Never play
Last Line: Never sleep %with a woman %whose troubles %are worse %than yours


AMERICANA 3       
First Line: On washington's birthday yancey the haberdasher
Last Line: We're satisfied,' they conceded. 'you're a beauty!'


AMERICANA IX       
First Line: Your correspondent must be kidding when he says


AMULET    Poem Text    
First Line: But you are ideal
Subject(s): Charms (magic)


AMULET       
First Line: You are ideal, %o figurette
Last Line: At a buffet lunch


ANNOTATIONS       
First Line: And the hand is the measure
Last Line: Left alone with father soul, voiceless, %eyeless, theme-less


ASSOCIATIONS WITH A VIEW FROM THE HOUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: What can be compared to
Subject(s): Eyes; Vision


AUBADE       
First Line: It is the springtime %of the year
Last Line: That bedeviled them. %the song of years


AVOCADO PIT       
First Line: A complete earth %hard as stone %the size of a plum
Last Line: As if the earth %had cracked with age %or we were looking %at the rivers %from a satelite


AVOCADO PIT       
First Line: A complete earth %hard as stone
Last Line: At the rivers %from a satellite


BALLAD OF THE DIMINISHED I       
First Line: Tell me, where does fancy breed? %in the springtime, a merry time
Last Line: The nature of man? %pending


BEASTS       
First Line: Fresh mollusk morning puts a foot %out from its bivalve
Last Line: Then a white horse in the park. %cigars and politics. %the city wrapped in cellophane


BEFORE YOU    Poem Text    
First Line: Before is corinth


CARTOON SKETCHES: THE PRESIDENT       
First Line: I'm in vermont %the green mountain state
Last Line: That if cornered %he would not hesitate %to retreat


CHINA POLICY       
First Line: Of all the old times %I'll take chinese poetry
Last Line: Of exquisite modesty %by simply looking at a heron crossing a stream


CLASSICS       
First Line: The girls %wear ear rings %on the water
Last Line: Knocked off, %commemorating %the signing %of the peace


COUNTRY EPITAPHS       
First Line: Axel hendrix, railroad conductor
Last Line: Well, the good lord must have had a reason


DISCOVERIES, TRADE NAMES, GENITALS, AND ANCIENT INSTRUMENTS       
First Line: If there is no connection between the wild %hemp of kashmir
Last Line: And call ourselves hi-john the conqueror root


DOWN TO EARTH SUITE       
First Line: Museum of historical objects %new acquisition
Last Line: God sat %on his throne %and shat!


DRIVING INTO ABILENE, TEXAS, APRIL 17, 1947       
First Line: The sun rose here at 6:07 a.M.
Last Line: These guys have been %watching the moon too long


DRUNKARD'S ALLEY       
First Line: What's the time?
Last Line: Between %naught %and %sphinx


ENNUI       
First Line: After the bath she touched her hair %with orange leaf and smiled
Last Line: Chocolate boxes, women, %a laundry bag, %the lipstick on the dresser


EPITAPH ON THE SHORT FORM       
First Line: Here lies the augustan temper
Last Line: Pounds of cantos were unable %to quicken them


EYE TO EYE       
First Line: You, %with the missionary eye
Last Line: With the invective I: %drop dead!


FIELD NOTES       
First Line: The sun, known by its metaphor %as a heavenly body
Last Line: And departs as soundless %as it came, incommunicado


FIGURES IN AN ANCIENT INK       
First Line: In the dense scopes
Last Line: More durable than the actual hrothgar!


FLUTEPLAYERS FROM FINMARKEN    Poem Text    
First Line: How keen the nights were
Subject(s): Music & Musicians


GINGER    Poem Text    
First Line: Am I the only one
Subject(s): Goats


GRAVEDIGGERS       
First Line: Dimitry: look at this headstone
Last Line: Another one will be coming along %soon


HANDEL    Poem Text    
First Line: The piccolo of heaven
Subject(s): Music & Musicians


HELLO       
First Line: Early man %faces
Last Line: The divine %scientist


HUMORESQUE       
First Line: For -- he whose
Last Line: Poet, -- oblivious
Subject(s): Morticians


IN THE FIRST CIRCLE OF LIMBO       
First Line: Liberate me, %muse
Last Line: And compassion %into this pen!


IN THE POET'S EYE       
First Line: The tree %and
Last Line: Infinity %from %an ass


INCIDENT IN HELL    Poem Text    
First Line: Our ancestors were happy
Subject(s): Hell


INCIDENT IN HELL       
First Line: Our ancestors were happy
Last Line: The western hemisphere %alas, old chief!
Subject(s): Hell


INSTRUCTIONS TO THE PLAYER    Poem Text    
First Line: Cellist, / easy on that bow
Subject(s): Music & Musicians


INSTRUCTIONS TO THE PLAYER       
First Line: Cellist, %easy on that bow
Last Line: That is the sweetest %and has the nature of infinity
Subject(s): Music And Musicians


INTIMATE STUDIES: 3       
First Line: We climbed the stairs, %the white dress flowing
Last Line: The creek between the rockshelves %nancy with a bunch of wet grapes


IRISH BOY       
First Line: I don't know what's got into that rooster
Last Line: Otherwise, let the sleepers hold their peace


ISRAEL    Poem Text    
First Line: I hear the voice / of david and bathsheba
Subject(s): Bible; Religion; Theology


ISRAEL       
First Line: I hear the voice %of david and bathsheba
Last Line: At the voice %of my people
Subject(s): Bible; Religion


JANUARY OF A GNAT       
First Line: Snow panels, ice pipes, house the afternoon
Last Line: To their ssh of vapors and their vowel ooo


JOURNEY AWAY       
First Line: I dreamed last night
Last Line: Something also from the laurel, %a tiny arsis
Subject(s): Jews


LAMENTATION; AFTER SOLOMON IBN GABIROL       
First Line: Awake %your youth is passing like smoke
Last Line: You, wretched man %are already on your way into the earth


LITTLE PEOPLE SAILING ON WORDS       
First Line: Absolute, a little fellow
Last Line: And no little people, %alas!...In the ultimate


LOBSTER       
First Line: Eastern sea, 100 fathoms, %green sand, pebbles
Last Line: Saltflush lobster %bull-encrusted swims %backwars from the rock


LOBSTER       
First Line: Eastern sea, 100 fathoms, %green sand, pebbles
Last Line: Backwards from the rock


LYING IN BED ON A SUMMER MORNING       
First Line: How pleasant are the green
Last Line: And feel as if I %could live forever


LYING IN BED ON A SUNDAY MORNING    Poem Text    
First Line: How pleasant are the green and
Subject(s): Contentment; Immortality


MAN       
First Line: Is the measure of all things
Last Line: Is voiceless %eye-less %theme-less


MEDITATION       
First Line: The widower %lies under
Last Line: Alas, %metaphysician


MEDITATION       
First Line: What is the nature %of quintessence?
Last Line: This spirit you can trust


MEDITATION       
First Line: Lord, what is man?
Last Line: Waiting for it to happen %and caught in the act


MEDITATION       
First Line: Psychologist, %my mental spider
Last Line: You'll have to %find yourself an old dog


MEDITATION: MELANCHOLY       
First Line: Bachelor of music
Last Line: Provided for the saints in heaven


MEDITATION; AFTER JEHUDAH HALEVI       
First Line: How long will you remain a boy?
Last Line: Till the breath becomes natural


MEDITATION; AFTER MOSES IBN EZRA       
First Line: Men are children of this world
Last Line: But my thirst remains unquenched


MEDITATION; AFTER SOLOMON IBN GABIROL       
First Line: Three things remind me of you
Last Line: And the musing of my heart %when I look within


MEMOIRS       
First Line: A cutter risen from the mollusks, it is a god
Last Line: Michigan freshwater walnut trees. %the memoirs-- %canvas, cable, chair, tar, paint


MENAGE       
First Line: Up stand %six %yellow %jonquils
Last Line: In bed, with the great %eye of man, rolling


MINIMAL VILLAGE       
First Line: A wine shop
Last Line: Loves to laugh %at commentary


MUSEUM       
First Line: The de stijl room %in a roped-off alcove
Last Line: A universal man %evolving


MUSEUM OF HISTORICAL OBJECTS       
First Line: An honest word
Last Line: We're quarantined %we can't land


NARRATIVE OF THE IMAGE       
First Line: It appeared to me
Last Line: Literary and nobody could %figure out his point


NEEDLEWORK       
First Line: Over the fan-tan table and the tea and noodles
Last Line: Now with his own slave and a clock %he stands under one wall, looking home


NEW WORLD       
First Line: I am uchida
Last Line: I try to %be clear


NIGHT THOUGHTS    Poem Text    
First Line: After the jostling on canal streets
Subject(s): Thought; Thinking


OBSERVATION       
First Line: There's an old cajun saying
Last Line: You don't hear that anymore. %found out those were real rats


ODE ON ARRIVAL       
First Line: Here I am
Last Line: Sphinx, open up, %speak!


ODE TO A NIGHTINGALE       
First Line: Such claims for %this little bugger
Last Line: Big ass, walks by. %some nightingale!
Subject(s): Birds; Nightingales


ODE TO THE COMMONPLACE       
First Line: The day comes in %on its rock-bed
Last Line: To the health of the commonplace, %the mountain of the lord


OLD COUNTRY       
First Line: The other day
Last Line: An ambiguous tristesse


OLD MAN'S HORNPIPE       
First Line: This puppy jumping up
Last Line: This whippoorwill at the tail end of winter %ah, atlantis!


ORPHEAN LOST    Poem Text    
First Line: The oakboughs of the cottagers


PARAGUAY    Poem Text    
First Line: In the early hours of the lovebirds
Subject(s): Travel; Journeys; Trips


POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: The ants came
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


REALISTS       
First Line: Let us be honest
Last Line: Like the upper classes %but implacable %in their self-interest


SANDALWOOD COMES TO MY MIND    Poem Text    


SANDALWOOD COMES TO MY MIND       
Last Line: And the song shall go on
Subject(s): Bible; Religion


SERVICES    Poem Text    
First Line: There was a man in the land of ur
Last Line: For those who felt deeply
Subject(s): Bible; Religion; Theology


SERVICES       
First Line: There was a man in the land of ur
Last Line: For those who feel deeply
Subject(s): Bible; Religion


SHIPS PASSING IN THE NIGHT       
First Line: Hello out there!
Last Line: Can't tell. %too busy.'


SHORE LINE    Poem Text    
First Line: We speak of mankind.
Subject(s): Waves; Boats & Boating; Fathers & Sons


SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: Turning as from an instrument


SONG       
First Line: There never was
Last Line: Who spits %in the glass %eye of moloch? %nobody, nobody


SONG; AFTER JEHUDAH HALEVI       
First Line: On the wind
Last Line: Of love by an apple-tree


TESTING STEEL AND GLASS    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Science; Scientists


THE BEASTS    Poem Text    
First Line: Fresh mollusk morning puts a foot
Subject(s): City & Town Life; Capitalism; Social Commentaries; Social Classes; Immigrants; Caste; Emigrant; Emigration; Immigration


THE CITY (1925)    Poem Text    
First Line: Under this luxemburg of heaven
Subject(s): New York City; Conduct Of Life; Manhattan; New York, New York; The Big Apple


THE COUNTRY SINGER    Poem Text    
First Line: There ain't nothin special about me.
Subject(s): Singing & Singers; Middle Age; Songs


THE DEAD FATHER    Poem Text    
First Line: Let me be an old dog in a corner
Last Line: And have you care for me forever
Subject(s): Death Fathers


THE EXPERIMENT WITH A RAT    Poem Text    
First Line: Every time I nudge that spring
Last Line: Into my power?
Subject(s): Rats


THE FATHER    Poem Text    
First Line: I find among my notes
Last Line: Where to, mistress quickly?
Subject(s): Fathers & Sons


THE LOBSTER    Poem Text    
First Line: Eastern sea, 100 fathoms,
Subject(s): Fish & Fishing; Lobsters; Anglers


THE MEMOIRS    Poem Text    
First Line: A cutter risen from the mollusks, it is a god
Subject(s): Ships & Shipping


THE MENAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: Up stand / six / yellow / jonquils
Subject(s): Flowers


THE OLD CODGERS' LAMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: Who can say now
Subject(s): Old Age


THE OLD MAN DREW THE LINE    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Old Age; Fathers & Sons


THEME       
First Line: How delightful
Last Line: How reassuring %that you are still here %to protect us %against the theorists


THEOLOGIAN       
First Line: What has %the shape
Last Line: Be my finch


TIME TO KILL    Poem Text    
First Line: A man and his dog
Subject(s): Time; Old Age


TO A COLLIE PUP    Poem Text    
First Line: Nobody had to show you
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs


TO A COLLIE PUP       
First Line: Nobody had to show you
Last Line: And the degree %of master of arts
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs


TO AN ANTI-SEMITE       
First Line: So you fought for the jews
Last Line: With the kitchen maids


TO THE MAN INSIDE       
First Line: Get up, you old dog
Last Line: At the inn, sweet ladies


TWO VARIATIONS ON A THEME: 1       
First Line: What's his offense?
Last Line: As to a blubber washed up %on the beach


TWO VARIATIONS ON A THEME: 2       
First Line: What's his offense?
Last Line: He will not look


VOW       
First Line: Matter, with this look %I wed thee %and become
Last Line: To thy nature, %for I love thee %more than durer %loved a seaweed


WHO       
First Line: The cock crows
Last Line: The ant rushes


WRITTEN ON A WHITE CHALICE       
First Line: Ptah %who brought all things
Last Line: And your eyes %beholding happiness


YOUNG GIRL       
First Line: On her way to the beach
Last Line: In a moment turn men into pierrots