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Rich, Adrienne Cecile    Poet's Biography
595 poems available by this author


1941       
First Line: In the heart of pain where mind is broken %and consumed by body, I sit like you
Last Line: In whose name? %do you


21-JUN       
First Line: It's june and summer's height


21-SEP       
First Line: Wear the weight of equinoctial evening
Last Line: Then the houses draw you. Then they have you


21-SEP       
First Line: Wear the weight of equinoctial eveing


5:30 A.M.       
First Line: Birds and periodic blood
Last Line: Will have our skins at last


A VALEDICTION FORBIDDING MOURNING    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: My swirling wants. Your frozen lips
Subject(s): Donne, John (1572-1631); Pain; Poetry & Poets; Suffering; Misery


A WALK BY THE CHARLES       
First Line: Finality broods upon the things that pass
Subject(s): Charles River, Massachusetts


A WOMAN MOURNED BY DAUGHTERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Now, not a tear begun
Subject(s): Mothers & Daughters


ABNEGATION       
First Line: The red fox, the vixen
Last Line: Who chopped their way across these hills %-- a chosen people


ABSENT-MINDED ARE ALWAYS TO BLAME       
First Line: What do you look for down there
Last Line: Minutes after you slowly turn away


ADAM WRITING HOME       
First Line: The dark blue band above the gray green stripe


AFTER A SENTENCE IN MALTE LAURIDS BRIGGE       
First Line: The month's eye blurs
Last Line: Once more stare in the eye of our first failure


AFTER DARK       
First Line: You are falling asleep and I sit looking at you
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters


AFTER DARK       
First Line: You are falling asleep and I sit looking at you
Last Line: At the last, your hand feels steady
Subject(s): Fathers And Daughters


AFTER TWENTY YEARS       
First Line: Two women sit at a table by a window. Light breaks
Last Line: As in a city where nothing is forbidden %and nothing permanent


AFTERWAKE       
First Line: Nursing your nerves
Last Line: Slowly, till scissors of cockcrow snip the air


AFTERWARD       
First Line: Now that your hopes are shamed, you stand
Last Line: To one who grows to fit her doom


AIR WITHOUT INCENSE       
First Line: We eat this body and remain ourselves
Last Line: A site unscourged by wasting tongues of fire


ALLEGED MURDERESS WALKING IN HER CELL       
First Line: Nine months we conspired


ALTERNATING CURRENT       
First Line: Sometimes I'm back in that city
Last Line: (and-as you once said-what's wrong with that?)


ALWAYS THE SAME       
First Line: Slowly, prometheus
Last Line: Like a battle-song after a battle


AMENDS       
First Line: Nights like this: on the cold apple-bough
Last Line: As it dwells upon the eyelids of the sleepers %as if to make amends


AMNESIA       
First Line: I almost trust myself to know
Last Line: Over the something that gets left behind?


AN ATLAS OF THE DIFFICULT WORLD: 13 (DEDICATIONS)    Poem Text    
First Line: I know you are reading this poem
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


ANNOTATION FOR AN EPITAPH       
First Line: These are the sins for which they cast out angels
Last Line: And all their luxury glitters grand and void


ANTINOUS: THE DIARIES       
First Line: Autumn torture. The old signs
Last Line: Isn't it also dead gobbets of myself, %abortive, murdered, or never willed?


ANY HUSBAND TO ANY WIFE       
First Line: I know: you are glycerine
Last Line: The black, blurred face to something we can love


APOLOGY       
First Line: I've said: I wouldn't ever
Last Line: And the nightmares of a dog


APOLOGY       
First Line: You, invincibly yourself
Last Line: Silence like thunder bears it sown %excuse for dread


ARCHITECT       
First Line: Nothing he had done before %or would try for later'
Last Line: While devising the little fountain to run all night %outside the master bedroom


ART OF TRANSLATION: 1       
First Line: To have seen you exactly, once
Last Line: That streaked the pouch, the shirt I wore %and the bench on which I leaned
Subject(s): Art And Artists; Translating And Interpreting


ART OF TRANSLATION: 2       
First Line: It's only a branch like any other %green with the flare of life in it
Last Line: Broken by force, broken by lying %green, with the flare of life in it


ART OF TRANSLATION: 3       
First Line: But say we're crouching on the ground like children
Last Line: Existed, were spoken, or could be spoken %like a thief I'd bury them and remember where


ART OF TRANSLATION: 4       
First Line: The trade names follow trade %the translator stopped at passport control
Last Line: That not a word of them %is contraband -- how could I prove it?


ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE       
First Line: Over the chessboard now
Last Line: Our luxury of nausea, you %forget nothing, have no dreams


AT A BACH CONCERT    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Coming by evening through the wintry city
Subject(s): Love; Symphonies; Concerts


AT A BACH CONCERT       
First Line: Coming by evening through the wintry city
Last Line: Restores the else-betrayed, too-human heart
Subject(s): Love; Symphonies


AT A DEATHBED IN THE YEAR TWO THOUSAND       
First Line: I bid you cast out pity
Last Line: Bring on the men of mirth


AT HERTFORD HOUSE       
First Line: Perfection now is tended and observed
Last Line: To think that use too mean for art or draft


AT MAJORITY       
First Line: When you are old and beautiful
Last Line: The stillness of antiquity
Subject(s): Youth


AT THE JEWISH NEW YEAR       
First Line: For more than five thousand years
Last Line: May the taste of honey linger %under the bitterest tongue
Subject(s): Jews


AT THE JEWISH NEW YEAR       
First Line: For more than five thousand years
Last Line: Under the bitterest tongue


ATLAS OF THE DIFFICULT WORLD: 1       
First Line: A dark woman head bent, listening for something
Last Line: You knew me by. But the woman driving, walking, watching %for life and death, is the same


ATLAS OF THE DIFFICULT WORLD: 10       
First Line: Soledad, = f. Solitude, loneliness, homesickness; lonely retreat
Last Line: No one responds to kindness, no one is more sensitive to it %than the desperate man


ATLAS OF THE DIFFICULT WORLD: 11       
First Line: One night on monterey bay the death-freeze of the century
Last Line: What are the bindings? %what behooves us?


ATLAS OF THE DIFFICULT WORLD: 12       
First Line: What homage will be paid to a beauty built to last
Last Line: I speak of them now


ATLAS OF THE DIFFICULT WORLD: 13 (DEDICATIONS)       
First Line: I know you are reading this poem
Last Line: Because there is nothing left to read %there where you have landed, stripped as you are
Subject(s): Poetry And Poets


ATLAS OF THE DIFFICULT WORLD: 2       
First Line: Here is a map of our country
Last Line: Then yes let it be these are small distinctions %where do we see it from is the question


ATLAS OF THE DIFFICULT WORLD: 3       
First Line: Two five-pointed star-shaped glass candleholders, bought at the ben
Last Line: Talk of withering, of wintering-over


ATLAS OF THE DIFFICULT WORLD: 4       
First Line: Late summers, early autumns, you can se something that binds
Last Line: Never-to-be-finished, still unbegun work of repair - it cannot %be done without them %and where are


ATLAS OF THE DIFFICULT WORLD: 5       
First Line: Catch if you can your country's moment, begin
Last Line: A cell dividing without maps, sliver of ice beneath a wheel %could do the job. Faithfulness isn't th
Subject(s): San Francisco


ATLAS OF THE DIFFICULT WORLD: 6       
First Line: A potato explodes in the oven. Poetry and famine
Last Line: America. Meat three times a day, they said. Slaves - you would %not be that
Subject(s): Ireland - Famine; Sullivan, Annie (1866-1936)


ATLAS OF THE DIFFICULT WORLD: 7 (THE DREAM-SITE)       
First Line: Some roof-top, water-tank looming, street-racket strangely quelled
Last Line: Known and unknown %living its life
Subject(s): New York City


ATLAS OF THE DIFFICULT WORLD: 8       
First Line: He thought there would be a limit and that iw would stop him. He
Last Line: Ants, sandcrabs, dun-rats, because no one understood %all picnics are eaten on the grave?


ATLAS OF THE DIFFICULT WORLD: 9       
First Line: On this earth, in this life, as I read your story, you're lonely
Last Line: Her mother travelled on alone to cook in the mining camps


ATTENTION       
First Line: The ice age is here
Last Line: Half-parted, steady as the mouths %of antique statues


AUGUST       
First Line: Two horses in yellow light
Last Line: Which looks like a village lit with blood %where all the fathers are crying: my son is mine!


AUNT JENNIFER'S TIGERS        Recitation
First Line: Aunt jennifer's tigers prance across a screen
Subject(s): Animals; Aunts; Imagination; Love - Marital; Tapestries; Tigers; Women's Rights; Fancy; Wedded Love; Marriage - Love; Feminism


AUNT JENNIFER'S TIGERS       
First Line: Aunt jennifer's tigers prance across a screen
Last Line: Will go on prancing, proud and unafraid
Subject(s): Animals; Aunts; Imagination; Love - Marital; Tapestries; Tigers; Women's Rights


AUTUMN EQUINOX       
First Line: The leaves that shifted overhead all summer
Last Line: Enough for one september afternoon


AUTUMN SEQUENCE       
First Line: An old shoe, an old pot, an old skin
Last Line: With a film of stale gossip coating his tongue


BEARS       
First Line: Wonderful bears that walked my room all night
Subject(s): Animals; Bears; Night; Bedtime


BEARS       
First Line: Wonderful bears that walked my room all night
Last Line: My bears, who keeps you now, in pride and fear?
Subject(s): Animals; Bears; Night


BIRTH       
First Line: Like a clenched roar. Low, hard. Is there a word


BLOOD-SISTER       
First Line: Shoring up the ocean. A railroad track
Last Line: Where survival %takes naked and fiery forms
Subject(s): Women


BLUE GHAZALS (1)       
First Line: Violently asleep in the old house
Last Line: Wading aganst the tide, and with the tide
Variant Title(s): The Blue Ghazals 9/21/6


BLUE GHAZALS (2)       
First Line: One day of equinoctial light after another
Last Line: To let the water slide downward: I am that woman %and that water
Variant Title(s): The Blue Ghazals 9/23/6


BLUE GHAZALS (3)       
First Line: A man, a woman, a city %the city as object of love
Last Line: Air of dust and rising sparks, %the city burning her letters
Variant Title(s): The Blue Ghazals 9/26/68:


BLUE GHAZALS (4)       
First Line: They say, if you can tell, clasped under the blanket
Last Line: When will we lie clearheaded in our flesh again %with the cold edge of the night driving us close to


BLUE GHAZALS (5)       
First Line: There are days when I seem to have nothing
Last Line: A black run through the tunnelled winter, he and she, %together, touching, yet not side by side
Variant Title(s): The Blue Ghazals 12/20/68:


BLUE GHAZALS (6)       
First Line: Frost, burning. The city's ill


BLUE GHAZALS (7)       
First Line: Pain made her conservative
Last Line: Sometimes I dream we are floating on water %hand-in-hand; and sinking without terror
Variant Title(s): The Blue Ghazals 5/4/6


BLUE GHAZALS 12/20/68: II       
First Line: Frost burning. The city's ill.
Last Line: Touch down at the forbidden island


BLUE GHAZALS 9/28/68: II       
First Line: Ideas of order - sinner of the florida keys
Last Line: Nothing, not even the honeycomb, manifests such control


BLUE GHAZALS 9/29/68       
First Line: Late at night I went walking through your difficult wood
Last Line: With the cold edge of the night driving us close together


BOOK       
First Line: You, hiding there in your words
Last Line: When they write at night in their diaries they are writing to you
Subject(s): Howard, Richard (b. 1929); Writing And Writers


BOUNDARY       
First Line: What has happened here will do
Last Line: A hair would span the difference


BREAK       
First Line: All month eating the heart out
Last Line: Full on the dusty panes


BREAKFAST IN A BOWLING ALLEY IN UTICA, NEW YORK       
First Line: Smudged eyeballs
Last Line: Alone with his girl %for the first time


BURNING OF PAPER INSTEAD OF CHILDREN       
First Line: My neighbor, a scientist and art-collector, telephones me
Last Line: Touch you and this is the opressor's language


BURNING ONESELF IN       
First Line: In a bookstore on the east side
Last Line: However we may scream we are %suffering quietly


BURNING ONESELF OUT       
First Line: We can look into the stove tonight
Last Line: Till there is nothing in life %that had not fed that fire


BY NO MEANS NATIVE       
First Line: Yonder,' they told him, 'things are not the same'
Last Line: By one ancestral patch of local ground


CAMINO REAL       
First Line: Hot stink of skunk
Last Line: Drawn by love's unprovable pull %I write this
Subject(s): Nature; Writing And Writers


CAPITAL       
First Line: Under that summer asphalt, under vistas
Last Line: In that metropolis anything but greek


CARTOGRAPHIES OF SILENCE       
First Line: A conversation begins %with a lie
Last Line: Are these words, these whispers, conversations %from which time after time the truth breaks moist an


CELEBRATION IN THE PLAZA       
First Line: The sentimentalist sends his mauve balloon
Last Line: All we have left, their pedagogues reply


CHANGE OF WORLD       
First Line: Fashions are changing in the sphere
Last Line: The changes coming are due at last


CHAR       
First Line: There is bracken there is the dark mulberry
Last Line: About you like that and like this I keep vigil for you


CHARLESTON IN THE 1860S       
First Line: He seized me round the waist and kissed my throat
Subject(s): Charleston, South Carolina; Chestnut, Mary Boykin


CHARLESTON IN THE 1860S       
First Line: He seized me round the waist and kissed my throat
Last Line: No imagination [is] to forestall woe
Subject(s): Charleston, South Carolina; Chestnut, Mary Boykin


CHILDREN PLAYING CHECKERS AT THE EDGE OF THE FOREST       
First Line: Two green-webbed chairs


CLASSMATE       
First Line: One year, you gave us
Last Line: Lost classmate, look %your glory was here


CLOCK IN THE SQUARE       
First Line: This handless clock stares blindly from its tower
Last Line: Whether around a clockface or a world


COAST TO COAST       
First Line: There are days when housework seems the only


COLOPHON       
First Line: In this long room, upon each western pane
Last Line: The world's last thought will be our flaring thought


CONCORD RIVER       
First Line: The turtles on the ledges of july
Last Line: Are absolutes, no longer scenery
Subject(s): Rivers


CONTINUUM       
First Line: Waking thickheaded by crows' light
Last Line: As I go on hoping to feel %tears of mercy in the of course impersonal rain


CONTRADICTIONS: TRACKING POEMS, SELS.       
First Line: Look: this is january the worst onslaught
Last Line: My love hot on your scent on the cusp of winter


CORPSE-PLANT       
First Line: A milk-glass bowl hanging by three chains
Last Line: Where I placed its sign by choice


CULTURE AND ANARCHY       
First Line: Leafshade stirring on linchened bark
Last Line: And we should be together


DAYS: SPRING       
First Line: He writes: let us bear %our illusions together
Last Line: A woman's body nailed with stars


DELTA       
First Line: If you have taken this rubble for my past
Last Line: With its five fingers spread


DEMON LOVER       
First Line: Fatigue, regrets. The lights
Last Line: Seasick, I drop into the sea
Subject(s): Love


DESERT AS GARDEN OF PARADISE       
First Line: Guard the knowledge


DESIGN IN LIVING COLORS       
First Line: Embroidered in a tapestry of green
Last Line: Out of a pattern unperceived till now


DIALOGUE       
First Line: She sits with one hand poised against her head, the
Last Line: Or whether I knew, even then %that there was doubt about these things


DIAMOND CUTTERS       
First Line: However legendary %the stone is still a stone
Last Line: And know that africa %will yield you no more
Subject(s): Diamonds; South Africa


DIEN BIEN PHU       
First Line: A nurse on the battlefield
Last Line: Blank chart of %amnesia
Subject(s): Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975


DISSOLVE IN SLOW MOTION       
First Line: When you watch a marriage %dissolve, in slow motion
Last Line: It all gets thrown away
Subject(s): Marriage


DIVING INTO THE WRECK    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: First having read the book of myths
Subject(s): Cousteau, Jacques (1910-1997); Disasters; Diving & Divers; Sea; Shipwrecks; Ocean


DIVING INTO THE WRECK       
First Line: First having read the book of myths
Last Line: Our names do not appear
Subject(s): Cousteau, Jacques (1910-1997); Disasters; Diving And Divers; Sea; Shipwrecks


DIVISIONS OF LABOR       
First Line: The revolutions wheel, compormise, utter their statements


DOUBLE MONOLOGUE       
First Line: To live illusionless, in the abandonned mineshaft of doubt
Last Line: Our need mocks our gear


DREAMWOOD       
First Line: In the old, scratched, cheap wood of the typing stand


EASTERN WAR TIME       
First Line: Memory says: want to do right? Don't count on me
Last Line: Lifting my smoky mirror
Subject(s): Memory; World War Ii


EASTERN WAR TIME, SELS.       
Subject(s): Memory; World War Ii


EASTPORT TO BLOCK ISLAAND       
First Line: Along the coastal waters, signals run
Last Line: As usual in these parts for foul, not fair


EDUCATION OF A NOVELIST       
First Line: Looking back - trying to decipher
Last Line: Map of kept and broken promises %I was always the one
Subject(s): Glasgow, Ellen (1873-1945)


END OF AN ERA       
First Line: This morning, flakes of sun
Last Line: Are still in the earth


ENDS OF THE EARTH       
First Line: All that can be unknown is stored in the black screen of a
Last Line: Other whose bed I have shared but never at once together?


EPILOGUE FOR A MASQUE OF PURCELL       
First Line: Beast and bird must bow aside
Last Line: May we still forgive ourselves, %and dance again when trumpets blow
Subject(s): Purcell, Henry (1659-1695)


ESSENTIAL RESOURCES       
First Line: I don't know %how late it is. I'm writing
Last Line: Sweated with desire and %premature clarity


EURYCLEA'S TALE       
First Line: I have to weep when I see it, the grown boy fretting
Last Line: Than her flanks, her hair, that true but aging bride


EXCERPT, FROM AN OLD HOUSE IN AMERICA       
First Line: I am an american woman: %I turn that over
Last Line: Most of the time, in my sex, I was alone
Subject(s): Americans; United States


EXPLORERS       
First Line: Beside the mare crisium, that sea
Last Line: Across that outer desert, from my home


EYE       
First Line: A balcony, violet shade on stucco fruit in a plastic bowl on the iron
Last Line: Like shade on a balcony


FACE       
First Line: I could look at you a long time
Last Line: That is your true element


FACE TO FACE       
First Line: Never to be lonely like that
Subject(s): Pioneers; Reunions


FACE TO FACE       
First Line: Never to be lonely like that
Last Line: Burning under the bleached scalp; behind dry lips %a loaded gun
Subject(s): Pioneers; Reunions


FACT OF A DOORFRAME       
First Line: Means there is something to hold


FAMILY ROMANCE       
First Line: Our mother went away and our father was king


FINAL NOTATIONS       
First Line: It will not be simple, it will not be long
Last Line: It will be short, it will take all your breath %it will not be simple, it will become your will


FIRST THINGS       
First Line: I can't name love now
Last Line: Only in the sun's eye %do I take fire


FIVE O'CLOCK, BEACON HILL       
First Line: Curtis and I sit drinking auburn sherry
Last Line: Avant-garde in tradition's lineaments


FIVE O'CLOCK, JANUARY 2003       
First Line: Tonight as cargoes of my young
Last Line: Of an ocean wouldn't tell you


FLESH AND BLOOD       
First Line: A cracked walk in the garden
Last Line: And, lord, it's true


FOCUS       
First Line: Obscurity has its tale to tell
Last Line: The mind's passion is all for singling out. %obscurity has another tale to tell


FOOD PACKAGES: 1947       
First Line: Powdered milk, chocolate bars, canned fruit, tea
Last Line: Was once my home


FOR A FRIEND IN TRAVAIL       
First Line: Waking from violence: the surgeon's probe left in the
Last Line: What are you going through, there on the other edge?


FOR A RUSSIAN POET: 1. THE WINTER DREAM       
First Line: Everywhere, snow is falling. Your bandaged foot
Last Line: Footprints, bells and voices with all deliberate speed


FOR A RUSSIAN POET: 2. SUMMER IN THE COUNTRY       
First Line: Now, again, every year for years: the life-and-death talk
Last Line: At the verge of tears in a lightning-flash of loneliness


FOR A RUSSIAN POET: 3. THE DEMONSTRATION       
First Line: Natalya gorbanevskaya
Last Line: We'll meet each other later
Subject(s): Pushkin, Alexander (1799-1837)


FOR A SISTER       
First Line: I trust none of them. Only my existence
Last Line: To light the stove, get out the typewriter and begin again. Your story
Subject(s): Russia; Social Protest


FOR AN ALBUM       
First Line: Our story isn't a file of photographs
Last Line: How still we stood, %how fast


FOR AN ANNIVERSARY       
First Line: The wing of the osprey lifted %over the nest on tomales bay
Last Line: And the tides beseeching, besieging %they bay in its ruined langour


FOR ETHEL ROSENBERG    Poem Text    
First Line: Europe 1953: / throughout my random sleepwalk
Last Line: With secrets she has never sold
Subject(s): Antinuclear Movement; Capital Punishment; Communism; Mccarthyism; Rosenberg Case; Nuclear Freeze; Hanging; Executions; Death Penalty; Rosenberg, Ethel; Rosenberg, Julius


FOR JULIA IN NEBRASKA       
First Line: In the midwest of willa cather
Last Line: A grandmother's strong hands plaited %straight down a grand-daughter's back
Subject(s): Cather, Willa (1873-1947); Frontier And Pioneer Life; Women


FOR L.G.: UNSEEN FOR TWENTY YEARS       
First Line: A blue-grained line circles a fragment of the mind
Last Line: As we left each other, seeking the love of men


FOR MEMORY       
First Line: Old words: trust - fidelity
Last Line: The starry worlds. From all the lost collections


FOR THE CONJUNCTION OF TWO PLANETS       
First Line: We smile at astrological hopes
Last Line: We see the things we long to see %in fiery iconography?


FOR THE DEAD       
First Line: I dreamed I called you on the telephone
Last Line: Than you wish they were %sitting there long after midnight


FOR THE FELLING OF AN ELM IN THE HARVARD YARD       
First Line: They say the ground precisely swept
Last Line: With which the aged elm came down


FOR THE RECORD       
First Line: The clouds and the stars didn't wage this war
Last Line: The ones you fear most of all: ask where you were


FOR THIS       
First Line: If I've reached for your lines (I have)
Last Line: And still a lighthouse be


FOURTH MONTH OF THE LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT       
First Line: It is asleep in my body


FOX       
First Line: I needed fox badly I needed
Last Line: Pushed out of a female the yet-to-be woman


FRAME       
First Line: Winter twilight. She comes out of the lab
Last Line: In silence. What I am telling you %is told by a white woman who they will say %was never there. I sa


FROM A CHAPTER ON LITERATURE       
First Line: After the sunlight and the fiery vision
Last Line: And the wet twilight scares the bird away


FROM A SURVIVOR       
First Line: The pact that we made was the ordinary pact
Last Line: Each one making possible the next


FROM AN OLD HOUSE IN AMERICA       
First Line: Deliberately, long ago
Last Line: Any woman's death diminishes me


FROM MORNING-GLORY TO PETERSBURG (THE WORLD BOOK, 1928)       
First Line: Organized knowledge in story and picture'
Last Line: The morning-glory on the gate %from petersburg in history - but it's too late


FROM THE PRISON HOUSE       
First Line: Underneath my lids another eye has opened
Last Line: It must forget %nothing


GABRIEL       
First Line: There are no angels - yet
Last Line: Straight at me %awhile longer


GHAZALS: HOMAGE TO GHALIB (1)       
First Line: The clouds are electric in this university
Last Line: When you read these lines, think of me %and what I have not written here
Variant Title(s): Ghazals (homage To Ghalib): 7/12/6


GHAZALS: HOMAGE TO GHALIB (10)       
First Line: The friend I can trust is the one who will let me have my death
Last Line: Streaming above me like the graph of a cry
Variant Title(s): Ghazals (homage To Ghalib) 7/24/68: I
Subject(s): Friendship


GHAZALS: HOMAGE TO GHALIB (11)       
First Line: A dead mosquito, flattened against a door
Last Line: They carry illustrated catalogues of all that there is to lose
Variant Title(s): Ghazals (homage To Ghalib) 7/26/68: I


GHAZALS: HOMAGE TO GHALIB (12)       
First Line: So many minds in search of bodies
Last Line: Long weeks without women do this to a man
Variant Title(s): Ghazals (homage To Ghalib) 7/26/68: Ii


GHAZALS: HOMAGE TO GHALIB (13)       
First Line: The order of the small town on the riverbank
Last Line: Where are you buried, what is the condition of your bones?
Variant Title(s): Ghazals (homage To Ghalib) 8/1/6


GHAZALS: HOMAGE TO GHALIB (14)       
First Line: If these are letters, they will have to be misread
Last Line: When they read this poem of mine, they are translators. %every existence speaks a language of its ow
Variant Title(s): Ghazals (homage To Ghalib) 8/4/6


GHAZALS: HOMAGE TO GHALIB (15)       
First Line: From here on, all of us will be living
Last Line: Though I can see from here where I'll be standing at the end
Variant Title(s): Ghazals (homage To Ghalib) 8/8/68:


GHAZALS: HOMAGE TO GHALIB (16)       
First Line: A piece of thread ripped-out from a fierce design
Last Line: While the strong heart goes on pounding in its sleep
Variant Title(s): Ghazals (homage To Ghalib) 8/8/68: I


GHAZALS: HOMAGE TO GHALIB (17)       
First Line: Last night you wrote on the wall: revolution is poetry
Last Line: Neither alone, nor in anyone's arms, we will end up sleeping
Variant Title(s): Ghazals (homage To Ghalib) 7/26/68:


GHAZALS: HOMAGE TO GHALIB (2)       
First Line: The ones who camped on the slopes, below the bare summit
Last Line: The photograph shows just a white rocking-chair, still rocking
Variant Title(s): Ghazals (homage To Ghalib): 7/13/6


GHAZALS: HOMAGE TO GHALIB (3)       
First Line: In central park we talked of our own cowardice
Last Line: You were american, whitman, and those words are yours
Variant Title(s): Ghazals (homage To Thalib) 7/14/68:


GHAZALS: HOMAGE TO GHALIB (4)       
First Line: Did you think I was talking about my life?
Last Line: For us the work undoes itself over and over: %the grass grows back, the dust collects, the scar brea
Variant Title(s): Ghazals (homage To Ghalib) 7/14/68: I


GHAZALS: HOMAGE TO GHALIB (5)       
First Line: Blacked-out on a wagon, part of my life cut out forever
Last Line: Till the walls of the tunnel cave in %and the black river walks on our faces
Variant Title(s): Ghazals (homage To Ghalib) 7/16/68:


GHAZALS: HOMAGE TO GHALIB (6)       
First Line: When they mow the fields, I see the world reformed
Last Line: The impartial scholar writes me from under house arrest. %I hope you are rotting in hell, montaigne
Variant Title(s): Ghazals (homage To Ghalib) 7/16/68: I


GHAZALS: HOMAGE TO GHALIB (7)       
First Line: Armitage of scrap-iron for the radiations of a moon
Last Line: At the aquarium that day, between the white whale's loneliness and the grouper's mass promiscuities,
Variant Title(s): Ghazals (homage To Ghalib) 7/17/6


GHAZALS: HOMAGE TO GHALIB (8)       
First Line: When your sperm enters me, it is altered
Last Line: What are y ou doing here at the edge of the death-camps, vivaldi
Variant Title(s): Ghazals (homage To Ghalib) 7/23/6


GHAZALS: HOMAGE TO GHALIB (9)       
First Line: The sapling springs, the milkweed blooms: obsolete nature
Last Line: More hotly than they later touched me with their lips
Variant Title(s): Ghazals (homage To Ghalib) 7/24/68:


GHOST OF A CHANCE       
First Line: You see a man %trying to think
Last Line: Pulls it back blind into the triumphant %sea


GRANDMOTHERS: 1. MARY GRAVELY JONES       
First Line: We had no petnames, no diminutives for you
Subject(s): Grandparents; Mothers & Daughters; Women; Grandmothers; Grandfathers; Great Grandfathers; Great Grandmothers


GRANDMOTHERS: 1. MARY GRAVELY JONES       
First Line: We had no petnames, no diminutives for you
Last Line: Reciting your unwritten novels to the children
Subject(s): Grandparents; Mothers And Daughters; Women


GRANDMOTHERS: 2. HATTIE RICE RICH       
First Line: Your sweetness of soul was a mystery to me
Subject(s): Grandparents; Grandmothers; Grandfathers; Great Grandfathers; Great Grandmothers


GRANDMOTHERS: 2. HATTIE RICE RICH       
First Line: Your sweetness of soul was a mystery to me
Last Line: Dispersed among the children and grandchildren
Subject(s): Grandparents


GRANDMOTHERS: 3. GRANDDAUGHTER       
First Line: Easier to encapsulate your lives
Last Line: The daughter of one of you - amnesia was the answer


GRATING       
First Line: Not having worn %the pearly choker
Last Line: The great rock shoulders overlook %in their immensity all decisions


HALFWAY       
First Line: In the field the air writhes, a heat-pocket
Last Line: My days lie open, listening, grandmother


HALFWAY       
First Line: In the fields the air writhes, a heat-pocket
Last Line: My days lie open, listening, grandmother


HANDS       
First Line: On the way, my hands


HARPERS FERRY       
First Line: Where do I get this landscape? Two river-roads


HE REMEMBERETH THAT WE ARE DUST       
First Line: And when was dust a thing so rash
Last Line: To build such anger, mould such woes


HEROINES       
First Line: Exceptional %even deviant you draw your long skirts
Last Line: That is not enough?


HOLDING OUT       
First Line: The hunters' shack will do
Last Line: And our love in our boots at first - %no matter


HOLIDAY       
First Line: Summer was another country, where the birds
Last Line: The long walk back to winter, leagues away


HOUSE AT THE CASCADES       
First Line: All changed now through neglect. The steps dismantled
Last Line: His yard despoiled, and out of innocent noon %the insect-cloud like thunder on the land


HUNGER       
First Line: A fogged hill-scene on an enormous continent
Last Line: Until we find each other, we are alone


I AM IN DANGER - SIR -'       
First Line: Half-cracked' to higginson, living
Last Line: Chose to have it out at last %on your own premises
Variant Title(s): 'i Am In Danger - Sir - '; "i Am In Danger-sir-
Subject(s): Dickinson, Emily (1830-1886)


I DREAM I'M THE DEATH OF ORPHEUS       
First Line: I am walkng rapidly through striations of light and dark thrown under an arcade
Last Line: Her dead poet learning to walk backward against the wind %onthe wrong side of the mirror


I HEARD A HERMIT SPEAK       
First Line: Upon the mountain of the young
Last Line: All walking out to die


IDEAL LANDSCAPE       
First Line: We had to take the world as it was given
Last Line: Those gilded trees, those statues green and white


IF YOUR NAME IS ON THE LIST       
First Line: If your name is on the list of judges
Last Line: Don't let me die do you forget %what we were to each other


IMAGES       
First Line: Close to your body, in the %pain of the city


IMAGES FOR GODARD: 1.       
First Line: Language as city: wittgenstein
Last Line: My face must have a meaning


IMAGES FOR GODARD: 2       
First Line: To know the extremes of light
Last Line: On a vinyl raincoat


IMAGES FOR GODARD: 3       
First Line: To love, to move perpetually
Last Line: To be stopped, to shoot the same scene %over & pver


IMAGES FOR GODARD: 4       
First Line: At the end of alphaville
Last Line: We leave the theatre %suffering from that


IMAGES FOR GODARD: 5       
First Line: Interior monologue of the poet
Last Line: The moment of change is the only poem


IMPLOSIONS       
First Line: The world's %not wanton
Last Line: I'll have nothing %even for you?


IN A CLASSROOM       
First Line: Talking of poetry, hauling the books


IN MEMORIAM: D.K.       
First Line: A man walking on the street
Last Line: No, not again %but still
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Sickness


IN THE EVENING       
First Line: Three hours chain-smoking words
Last Line: The moon, cracked every which-way %pushes steadily on


IN THE NORTH       
First Line: Mulish, unregenerate
Last Line: You are their king


IN THE WAKE OF HOME       
First Line: You sleep in a room with bluegreen curtains
Last Line: Who will number the grains of loss %and what would comfort be?


IN THE WOODS       
First Line: Difficult ordinary happiness
Last Line: Will melt me as I lie


IN THE WOODS       
First Line: Difficult ordinary happiness,' %no one nowadays believes in you
Last Line: Naked between the trees %will melt me as I lie


IN THOSE YEARS       
First Line: In those years, people will say, we lost track
Last Line: Where we stood, saying I


IN TIME OF CARNIVAL       
First Line: Those lights, that plaza -- I should know them all
Last Line: The songs that send those lovers wild to bed


INCIPIENCE       
First Line: To live, to lie awake
Last Line: Over the scarred volcanic rock


INNOCENTS       
First Line: They said to us, or tried to say, and failed:
Last Line: They knew what we would never have believed


INSCRIPTIONS (FIVE: VOICES)       
First Line: That year I began to understand the words burden of proof
Last Line: Swearing to the satellites it had been a natural death


INSCRIPTIONS (ONE: COMRADE)       
First Line: Little as I knew you I know you:
Last Line: How thickskinned peace is, and those who claim to promote it


INSCRIPTIONS (SIX: EDGELIT)       
First Line: Living under fire in the raincolored opal of your love
Last Line: Still roaring %into thinnest air


INSOMNIACS       
First Line: The mystic finishes in time
Last Line: Yet find a ritual to embrace %raw towns of man, the pockmark ed sun
Subject(s): Insomnia


INSUSCEPTIBLES       
First Line: Then the long sunlight lying on the sea
Last Line: To leave a light for them when they should come


INTEGRITY       
First Line: A wild patience has taken me this far
Last Line: Imperceptibly scalding %the skin these hands will also salve


IT DOES IT       
First Line: Dear d., the man has been rolling the grass


ITINERARY       
First Line: The guidebooks play deception
Last Line: And tails of mermaids glittering


JERUSALEM       
First Line: In my dream, children
Last Line: And hear the sirens screaming %and the carob-tree is bare
Subject(s): Jerusalem


JERUSALEM       
First Line: In my dream, children
Last Line: And the carob-tree is bare


JUVENILIA       
First Line: Your ibsen volumes, violet-spined
Last Line: Behind the two of us, thirsty spines %quiver in semi-shadow,huge leaves uncurl and thicken
Subject(s): Dramatists; Ibsen, Henrik (1828-1906); Plays And Playwrights


KEY       
First Line: Through a drain grating, something
Last Line: By the whole night


KNIGHT       
First Line: A knight rides into the noon
Last Line: His rags and wounds still hidden %under the great breastplate?


KNOT       
First Line: In the heart of the queen anne's lace, a knot of blood
Last Line: Little wonder the eye, healing, sees %for a long time through a mist of blood


KURSAAL AT INTERLAKEN       
First Line: Here among tables lit with bottled tapers
Last Line: Consumes the mind with mingled snow and fire


LAG       
First Line: With you it is still the middle of the night
Last Line: Blurts knowledge you can't use


LANDSCAPE OF THE STAR       
First Line: The silence of the year. This hour the streets
Last Line: Where angels spring like starlight in the trees


LAST SONG       
First Line: All in the day that I was born
Last Line: Far from the caul in which I lie


LATELY IN MY DREAMS I HEAR LONG SENTENCES       
First Line: Lately in my dreams I hear long sentences
Last Line: You don't know how lonely I am.


LEAFLETS       
First Line: The big star, and that other
Subject(s): Modern Life; Poetry & Poets


LEAFLETS       
First Line: The big star, and that other
Last Line: To invent what we need
Subject(s): Life, Modern; Poetry And Poets


LETTER FROM THE LAND OF SINNERS       
First Line: I write you this out of another province
Last Line: Sweeter this year; our gates are falling down, %and need not be replaced


LETTERS IN THE FAMILY       
First Line: Dear parents: %I'm the daughter
Last Line: And we'll eat and tell our stories %together. That is my reason. %ma
Subject(s): Senesh, Hannah (1921-1944)


LETTERS TO A YOUNG POET: 1       
First Line: Your photograph won't do you justice
Last Line: Distract your thirst for closure %and quick escape


LETTERS TO A YOUNG POET: 2       
First Line: Let me turn you around in your frozen nightgown and say
Last Line: To say, you and I are caught in %a laboratory without a science


LETTERS TO A YOUNG POET: 3       
First Line: Would it gladden you to think %poetry could purely
Last Line: Would it relieve you to decide poetry %doesn't make this happen?


LETTERS TO A YOUNG POET: 4       
First Line: From the edges of your own distraction turn
Last Line: Look: with all my fear I'm here with you, trying what it %means, to stand fast; what it means to mov


LETTERS TO A YOUNG POET: 5       
First Line: Beneaped. Rowboat, pirogue, caught between the lowest
Last Line: You can be like this forever -- be as without movement


LETTERS TO A YOUNG POET: 6       
First Line: But this is how %I come, anyway, pushing up from below
Last Line: In films by sappho and artaud? %everyone. For a moment


LETTERS TO A YOUNG POET: 7       
First Line: It's not the deja vu that kills %it's the forseeing
Last Line: I wanted not to be %there so alone


LETTERS: MARCH 1969: 1       
First Line: Foreknown. The victor
Last Line: Outside along the railroad cut %they were singing for our death


LETTERS: MARCH 1969: 2       
First Line: Hopes sparkle like water in the clean carafe
Last Line: Of the other world


LETTERS: MARCH 1969: 3       
First Line: I am up at sunrise
Last Line: Laid open as on the desk %of an importer or a fence


LETTERS: MARCH 1969: 4       
First Line: Six months back
Last Line: On the cracked palm


LIFE AND LETTERS       
First Line: An old man's wasting brain; a ruined city
Last Line: The fallen architecture of the mind


LIKE A SIGN       
First Line: I almost let bastille day get away


LIKE THIS TOGETHER       
First Line: Wind rocks the car
Last Line: The whole length of a stem


LIKENESS       
First Line: A good man %is an odd thing
Last Line: And unprotected %by the protectors


LIONESS       
First Line: The scent of her beauty draws me to her place
Subject(s): Animals


LIVING IN SIN    Poem Text    
First Line: She had thought the studio would keep itself
Subject(s): Jews - Women; Love; Sin


LIVING IN SIN       
First Line: She had thought the studio would keep itself
Last Line: She woke sometimes to feel the daylight coming %like a relentless milkman up the stairs
Subject(s): Jews - Women; Love; Sin


LIVING MEMORY       
First Line: Open the book of tales you knew by heart
Subject(s): Nostalgia


LONG CONVERSATION       
First Line: -- warm bloom of blood in the child's arterial tree
Last Line: Charred, crumpled, ever-changing human language %is that still you?


LOOK: THIS IS JANUARY THE WORST ONSLAUGHT       
First Line: Look: this is january the worst onslaught
Last Line: This battering, blunt-edged life


LOSER       
First Line: I kissed you, bride and lost, and went
Last Line: You stagger against the wind
Subject(s): Love; Love - Loss Of; Memory


LOVE IN THE MUSEUM       
First Line: Now will you stand for me, in this cool light
Last Line: Lest one imperfect gesture make demands %as troubling as the touch of human hands
Subject(s): Love; Museums


LOVE POEM       
First Line: Tell me, bristler, where


LOVERS ARE LIKE CHILDREN       
First Line: Chagall's sweet lovers mounting into blue
Last Line: Now add this pebble to that early one


LUCIFER IN THE TRAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: Riding the black express from heaven to hell
Subject(s): Railroads; Railways; Trains


LUCIFER IN THE TRAIN       
First Line: Riding the black express from heaven to hell
Last Line: After our weary transit, find us rest
Subject(s): Railroads


MARGHANITA       
First Line: At the oak table under the ceiling fan
Last Line: Hating and loving come down %to a few columns of figures, %an aching stomach, a care taken, somethin


MARRIAGE IN THE 'SIXTIES       
First Line: As solid-seeming as antiquity
Last Line: Suspend its dance to hang %beside you like your twin


MARRIAGE PORTION       
First Line: From commissars of daylight
Last Line: When all the rest have gone


MATHILDE IN NORMANDY       
First Line: From the archaic ships the green and red
Last Line: And the sick strained farewells, too sharp for speech


MEDITATIONS FOR A SAVAGE CHILD       
First Line: In their own way, by their own lights
Last Line: Weep for the scientists %why
Subject(s): Children; Science


MERCED       
First Line: Fantasies of old age
Last Line: To hate, therefore to love


MERELY TO KNOW: 1       
First Line: Wedged in by earthworks
Last Line: In the dried brook-bed


MERELY TO KNOW: 2       
First Line: Let me take you by the hair
Last Line: Merely to know and let you go


MERELY TO KNOW: 3       
First Line: Spirit like water
Last Line: Asking to be read %in the dried brook-bed


MIDDLE-AGED       
First Line: Their faces, safe as an interior
Last Line: Upon what terms, with how much left unsaid
Subject(s): Middle Age


MIDNIGHT SALVAGE: 1       
First Line: Up skyward through a glazed rectangle I
Last Line: Friend an old figure an old trigonometry %still true to our story in orbits flaming or cold


MIDNIGHT SALVAGE: 2       
First Line: Under the conditions of my hiring %I could profess or declare anything at all
Last Line: Anything at all %in their hire


MIDNIGHT SALVAGE: 3       
First Line: Had never expected hope would form itself
Last Line: Making for warmer waters %where the new would be delivered : : though I would not see it


MIDNIGHT SALVAGE: 4       
First Line: But neither was expecting in my time %to witness this : : wasn't deep
Last Line: In nerve gas saying to them go for it %and to the girl get with it


MIDNIGHT SALVAGE: 5       
First Line: When I ate and drank liberation once I walked
Last Line: -- did you think I wore this city without pain? %did you think I had no family?


MIDNIGHT SALVAGE: 6       
First Line: Past the curve where the old craftsman was run down
Last Line: Killed nobody left no trace %practiced in life as I am


MIDNIGHT SALVAGE: 7       
First Line: This horrible patience which is part of the work
Last Line: Submit to whatever poetry is %I accept no limits horrible patience


MIDNIGHT SALVAGE: 8       
First Line: You cannot eat an egg you don't know where it's been
Last Line: Scan its fissures for young stars %in the belt of orion


MIRACLE ICE CREAM       
First Line: Miracle's truck comes down the little avenue
Last Line: Late, you sit weighing the evening news, %fast-food miracles, ghostly revolutions, %the rest of your
Variant Title(s): Miracle, Ice Crea


MIRROR IN WHICH TWO ARE SEEN AS ONE       
First Line: She is the one you call sister
Last Line: Your nerves the nerves of a midwife %learning her trade


MISSING THE POINT       
First Line: There it was, all along
Last Line: Who's in the wrong? Who's in the wrong?


MODOTTI       
First Line: Your footprints of light on sensitive paper
Last Line: These %footsteps I'm following you with


MOTH HOUR       
First Line: Space mildews at our touch
Last Line: You are already reaching toward an empty space


MOTHER-IN-LAW       
First Line: Tell me something
Last Line: Ask me something
Subject(s): Mothers-in-law


MOTHER-RIGHT       
First Line: Woman and child - running
Last Line: Heart stopping - making for the open


MOURNING PICTURE (PAINTED BY EDWIN ROMANZO ELMER)       
First Line: They have carried the mahogany chair and the cane rocker
Variant Title(s): Mourning Picture
Subject(s): Elmer, Edwin Romanzo (1850-1923); Fathers & Daughters; Paintings & Painters


MOURNING PICTURE (PAINTED BY EDWIN ROMANZO ELMER)       
First Line: They have carried the mahogany chair and the cane rocker
Last Line: And leave this out? I am effie, you were my dream
Variant Title(s): Mourning Pictur
Subject(s): Elmer, Edwin Romanzo (1850-1923); Fathers And Daughters; Paintings And Painters


MOVING IN WINTER       
First Line: Their life, collapsed like unplayed cards
Last Line: Which, shaken out, take wing and breed %new altercations, the old silences


NATURAL RESOURCES       
First Line: The core of the strong hill: not understood
Last Line: With no extraordinary power, %reconstitute the world


NECESSITIES OF LIFE       
First Line: Piece by piece I seem %to re-enter the world
Last Line: Like old women knitting, breathless %to tell their tales


NEGOTIATIONS       
First Line: Someday if someday comes we will agree


NEW YEAR MORNING       
First Line: The bells have quit their clanging; there beneath
Last Line: Under the dying ornamental tree


NEW YEAR'S EVE IN TROY       
First Line: Out in the dark beyond my gates
Subject(s): Troy


NIGHT       
First Line: The motes that still disturbed her lidden calm
Last Line: Held in the vise of sense about to die


NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES': 1       
First Line: The taxi meter clicking up %loose change who can afford to pay
Last Line: The east side with its trinkets %the west side with its memories


NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES': 2       
First Line: Wherever you had to connect %question of passport, glances, bag
Last Line: Gathered you into your earth-craving %belly-self, that desire


NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES': 3       
First Line: Gaze through the sliced-glass window %nothing is foreign here
Last Line: Who can't afford to care if he lives or dies %you rode with him long ago


NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES': 4       
First Line: Between two silvered glass urns an expensive %textile is shouldered
Last Line: -- nothing you haven't seen on your palm %nothing your thumbnail doesn't know


NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES': 5       
First Line: After one stroke she looks at the river %remembers her name -- muriel
Last Line: In europe or the east %her mind on that water widening


NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES': 6       
First Line: Among five men walks a woman
Last Line: Julia de burgos, of herself, fallen %in puerto rican harlem


NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES': 7       
First Line: Sometime tonight you'll fall down %on a bed far from your heart's desire
Last Line: Back off! Don't ask! You will never meet those eyes %(none of them meeting


NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES': 8       
First Line: The wrapped candies from cleveland %the acclaim of east st. Louis
Last Line: As we don't say, of the night %as we don't say of the night
Subject(s): Eyes; Night


NIGHT IN THE KITCHEN       
First Line: The refrigerator falls silent
Last Line: Inside its pacific cave


NIGHT WATCH       
First Line: And now, outside, the walls
Last Line: How pure, how poster-like the colors of this dream


NIGHT-PIECES: FOR A CHILD       
First Line: You sleeping I bend to cover
Last Line: If milk flowed from my breast again -


NIGHTBREAK       
First Line: Something broken - something %I need
Last Line: Dumbly back %toward each other


NIGHTS AND DAYS       
First Line: The stars will come out over and over


NINTH SYMPHONY OF BEETHOVEN UNDERSTOOD .. SEXUAL MESSAGE       
First Line: A man in terror of impotence
Last Line: Beating of a bloody fist upon %a splintered table
Subject(s): Beethoven, Ludwig Van (1770-1827); Composers; Happiness; Music And Musicians


NO WATER       
First Line: Dear d., you know the picture in my room


NOON       
First Line: Light pulses through underground chambers
Last Line: Leap from the black grotto


NORA'S GAZE       
First Line: Clayton, we can't %have it both ways: %nora's art
Last Line: I a woman tell it %none of it lessens her


NORTH AMERICAN TIME       
First Line: When my dreams showed signs
Last Line: And I start to speak again


NOT SOMEWHERE ELSE, BUT HERE       
First Line: Courage - her face in the leaves - the polygons


NOV-68       
First Line: Stripped %you're beginning to float free
Last Line: Starting to give yourself away %to the wind


NOVEL       
First Line: All winter you went to bed early, drugging yourself on war and peace


NOVELLA       
First Line: Two people in a room, speaking harshly
Last Line: Outside, separate as minds, %the stars too come alight


OBSERVER       
First Line: Completely protected on all sides
Last Line: The camera-flash of her quiet %eye


ON EDGES       
First Line: When the ice starts to shiver
Last Line: With blunt scissors on dotted lines %like the teacher told


ONE LIFE       
First Line: A woman walking in a walker on the cliffs


OPEN-AIR MUSEUM       
First Line: Ailanthus, goldenrod, scrapiron, what makes you flower?
Last Line: At your heart burns on %a languid fire


ORIENT WHEAT       
First Line: Our fathers in their books and speech
Last Line: Can never grow again


ORIGINS AND HISTORY OF CONSCIOUSNESS       
First Line: Night-life. Letters, journals, bourbon
Last Line: Like a dumb beast, head on her paws, in the corner


ORION    Poem Text    
First Line: Far back when I went zig-zagging
Subject(s): Orion (constellation)


ORION       
First Line: Far back when I went zig-zagging
Last Line: Out here in the cold with you %you with your back to the wall
Subject(s): Orion (constellation)


OUR WHOLE LIFE       
First Line: Our whole life a translation
Last Line: And there are no words for this %except himself


PAINTER'S HOUSE       
First Line: Nineteen-thirties midwestern
Last Line: No sex no face


PARTING       
First Line: The ocean twanging away there
Last Line: Every knot is a knife %where two strands tangle to rust


PARTING: 2       
First Line: White morning flows into the mirror
Last Line: Hidden in all that tangle %there is a way
Subject(s): Love


PASSING ON       
First Line: The landlord's hammer in the yard
Last Line: Minces, catwise, waiting for an in


PAULA BECKER TO CLARA WESTHOFF       
First Line: The autumn feels slowed down
Last Line: Will hear all I say and cannot say
Subject(s): Art And Artists; Becker, Paula (1876-1907); Modersohn, Otto; Rilke, Rainer Maria (1875-1926); Westhoff, Clara (1878-1954); Women


PEACE       
First Line: Lashes of white light
Last Line: Of the cattle in their kingdom


PEELING ONIONS    Poem Text    
First Line: Only to have a grief
Subject(s): Onions; Tears


PEELING ONIONS       
First Line: Only to have a grief
Last Line: These old tears in the chopping bowl
Subject(s): Onions; Tears


PERENNIAL ANSWER       
First Line: The way the world came swinging around my ears
Last Line: My debt is paid: the rest is on your head


PHANTASIA FOR ELVIRA SHATAYEV       
First Line: The cold felt cold until our blood
Last Line: To settle for less. We have dreamed of this %all of our lives
Subject(s): Mountain Climbing; Women


PHENOMENOLOGY OF ANGER       
First Line: The freedom of the wholly mad
Last Line: Is an unnatural act
Subject(s): Anger; Women's Rights


PHOTOGRAPH OF AN UNMADE BED       
First Line: Cruelty is rarely conscious
Last Line: This feather held to lips %that still breathe and are warm


PICNIC       
First Line: Sunday in inwood park
Last Line: What kind of sunlight is it %that leaves the rocks so cold?
Subject(s): Picnics


PICTURES BY VUILLARD       
First Line: Now we remember all: the wild pear-tree
Last Line: Air that we should have known, and cannot know


PIECES: 1. BREAKPOINT       
First Line: The music of words
Last Line: And still to love but simply %as one of those faces on the street


PIECES: 2. RELEVANCE       
First Line: That erudition %how to confront it
Last Line: All night like the moon


PIECES: 3. MEMORY       
First Line: Plugged-in to her body
Last Line: And each other


PIECES: 4. TIME AND PLACE       
First Line: Liquid mist burning off
Last Line: Hard, cream-colored, unbreakable %even in our travels


PIECES: 5. REVELATION       
First Line: This morning: read simone weil
Last Line: Who are the faithful of this world


PIERCED DARKNESS, SELS.       
First Line: Taking the least griefcrusted avenue the last worst bridge away
Last Line: Again, we will surely %hear of it %again


PIERROT LE FOU       
First Line: Suppose you stood facing %a wall of photographs
Last Line: This is my way of coming back


PLANETARIUM    Poem Text    
First Line: A woman in the shape of a monster
Subject(s): Astronomy & Astronomers; Constellations; Herschel, Caroline (1750-1848); Herschel, William (1738-1822); Women


PLANETARIUM       
First Line: A woman in the shape of a monster
Last Line: And the reconstruction of the mind
Subject(s): Astronomy And Astronomers; Constellations; Herschel, Caroline (1750-1848); Herschel, William (1738-1822); Women


PLATFORM       
First Line: The railway stations of our daily plight
Last Line: We know the heart beyond the transient face


PLAZA STREET AND FLATBUSH: 1       
First Line: On a notepad on a table %tagged for the goodwill
Last Line: Of light unseen %till now, in brooklyn


PLAZA STREET AND FLATBUSH: 2       
First Line: If you had been required %to make inventory
Last Line: And tend their work %art is register of light


PLAZA STREET AND FLATBUSH: 3       
First Line: The painter taking her moment %-- a rift in the clouds
Last Line: Giving it back to its creatures %headed under the earth


POSTCARD       
First Line: Rodin's orpheus, floodlit, hacked
Last Line: The paralysis of his floodlit lips


POWER       
First Line: Loving in the earth-deposits of our history
Subject(s): Curie, Marie (1867-1934); Women


POWER       
First Line: Loving in the earth-deposits of our history
Last Line: Her wounds came from the same source as her power
Subject(s): Curie, Marie (1867-1934); Women


PRIMARY GROUND       
First Line: And this is how you live: a woman, children


PRISONERS       
First Line: Enclosed in this disturbing mutual wood
Last Line: The unpurged ghosts of passion bound by pride %who wake in isolation, side by side


PROBLEM, UNSTATED TILL NOW, IS HOW       
First Line: The problem, unstated till now, is how
Last Line: Walking her boundaries never counting the cost


PROSPECT       
First Line: You promise me when certain things are done
Last Line: Those unapportioned clusters overhead


PROSPECT       
First Line: You promise me certain things are done


PROSPECTIVE IMMIGRANTS PLEASE NOTE    Poem Text    
First Line: Either you will
Subject(s): Americans; Immigrants; United States; Emigrant; Emigration; Immigration; America


PROSPECTIVE IMMIGRANTS PLEASE NOTE       
First Line: Either you will
Last Line: Makes no promises %it is only a door
Subject(s): Americans; Immigrants; United States


PURELY LOCAL       
First Line: Beside this door a january tree
Last Line: Why are we scarred with winter's thrust today


RACHEL       
First Line: There's a girl born in abrupt august light
Last Line: She was born one of them?


RAFTS       
First Line: Down the river, on rafts you came
Last Line: Homemade inventions %danced %along


RAIN OF BLOOD       
First Line: In that dark year an angry rain came down
Last Line: The guilty roofs on which the rain came down


RAPE    Poem Text    
First Line: There is a cop who is both prowler and father
Subject(s): Police; Rape


RAPE       
First Line: There is a cop who is both prowler and father
Last Line: Will you swallow, you will deny them, will you lie your way home?
Subject(s): Police; Rape


RAVEN       
First Line: If, antique hateful bird
Last Line: Even as you prime your feathers and set sail


RE-FORMING THE CRYSTAL       
First Line: I am trying to imagine
Last Line: Scribes upon the ribs of the volcano the name of the one she has chosen
Subject(s): Desire


READINGS OF HISTORY       


RECORDERS IN ITALY       
First Line: It was amusing on that antique grass
Last Line: There were four recorders sweet upon the wind
Subject(s): Musical Instruments


RELIQUARY       
First Line: The bones of saints are praised above their flesh
Last Line: Find symbols traced, and freeze them into stone


RETURN OF THE EVENING GROSBEAKS       
First Line: The birds about the house pretend to be
Last Line: Remembering what has changed since last they came


REVIVALIST IN BOSTON       
First Line: Going home by lamplight across boston common
Last Line: Treading to glory's throne up tremont street


RIFT       
First Line: I have in my head some images of you


RIGHT THERE IN THE PARKING LOT       
First Line: The choppy voices in the coffee shop


ROADWAY       
First Line: When the footbridge washes away
Last Line: The wild grass still grows wild


ROOFWALKER       
First Line: Over the half-finished houses
Last Line: Fleeing across the roofs


ROOTS       
First Line: Evenings seem endless, now
Subject(s): Flowers; Gardens & Gardening


ROOTS       
First Line: Evenings seem endless, now
Last Line: And all the gardens %to dig again?
Subject(s): Flowers; Gardens And Gardening


RURAL REFLECTIONS    Poem Text    
First Line: This is the grass your feet are planted on
Subject(s): Nature


RURAL REFLECTIONS       
First Line: This is the grass your feet are planted on
Last Line: It is the cloud that swallows up the sky
Subject(s): Nature


RUSTED LEGACY       
First Line: Imagine a city where nothing's %forgiven your deed adheres
Last Line: Yet leaching down from her eyesockets tears %-- for one self only? Each encysts a city


RUSTICATION       
First Line: In a gigantic pot de chambre, scrolled
Last Line: Should you seem infamous to me


SALVAGERS       
First Line: We children of our fathers signed in anger
Last Line: The damnable is mixed with all we bless


SCHOOL AMONG THE RUINS       
First Line: Teaching the first lesson and the last
Last Line: Some had forgotten how'
Subject(s): Politics; War


SEVEN SKINS: 1       
First Line: Walk along back of the library %in 1952
Last Line: A woman has to answer %you don't even think


SEVEN SKINS: 2       
First Line: What a girl I was then what a body
Last Line: Eager to sink to be found %to disembody what a mass of swimmy legs


SEVEN SKINS: 3       
First Line: Vic into what shoulder could I have pushed your face
Last Line: Linen-service %sheets?


SHATTERED HEAD       
First Line: A life hauls itself uphill %through hoar-mist steaming
Last Line: I believed I was loved, I believed I loved %who did this to us?


SHOOTING SCRIPT. PART I 11/69-2/70: 1       
First Line: We were bound on the wheel of an endless conversation
Last Line: A shell penetrated by meaning


SHOOTING SCRIPT. PART I 11/69-2/70: 2. ADAPTED FROM MIRZA GHALIB       
First Line: Even when I thought I prayed, I was talking to myself; when I
Subject(s): Ghalib, Mirza (1797-1869)


SHOOTING SCRIPT. PART I 11/69-2/70: 2. ADAPTED FROM MIRZA GHALIB       
First Line: Even when I thought I prayed, I was talking to myself; when I
Last Line: Games with me, or you never cared to learn the structure of my language
Subject(s): Ghalib, Mirza (1797-1869)


SHOOTING SCRIPT. PART I 11/69-2/70: 3       
First Line: The old blanket. The crumbs of rubbed wool turning up
Last Line: Over and over the point is missed and still the blind will %turns for its target


SHOOTING SCRIPT. PART I 11/69-2/70: 4       
First Line: In my imagination I was the pivot of a fresh beginning
Last Line: Humans lived here once; it became sacred only when they wentaway


SHOOTING SCRIPT. PART I 11/69-2/70: 5       
First Line: Of simple choice they are the villagers
Last Line: The wet clay, the rhythms of choice, the lost methods away


SHOOTING SCRIPT. PART I 11/69-2/70: 6       
First Line: You are beside me like a wall; I touch you with my fingers and
Last Line: Keep trying to move through the bad light


SHOOTING SCRIPT. PART I 11/69-2/70: 7       
First Line: Picking the wax to crumbs in the iron lip of the candelabrum
Last Line: And handed them over


SHOOTING SCRIPT. PART II 3-7/70: 10       
First Line: They come to you with their descriptions of your soul
Last Line: You are a letter written, folded, burnt to ash, and mailed in an envelope to another continent


SHOOTING SCRIPT. PART II 3-7/70: 11       
First Line: The mare's skeleton in the clearing: another sign of life
Last Line: Speech of noble savages, of the fathers of our country, bursting %into the full sun of the uncut fie


SHOOTING SCRIPT. PART II 3-7/70: 12       
First Line: I was looking for a way out of a lifetime's consolations
Last Line: These descriptions at the cost of missing every other point


SHOOTING SCRIPT. PART II 3-7/70: 13       
First Line: We are driven to odd attempts; once it would not have occured to
Last Line: It seemed to me, was a light I might have lit, in the old days


SHOOTING SCRIPT. PART II 3-7/70: 14       
First Line: Whatever it was: the grains of the glacier caked in boot-cleats
Last Line: Your old neighborhood


SHOOTING SCRIPT. PART II 3-7/70: 8       
First Line: A woman waking behind grimed blinds slatted across a courtyard
Last Line: Of the lumps of snow gritted and melting in the unloved corners of the courtyard


SHOOTING SCRIPT. PART II 3-7/70: 9. NEWSREEL       
First Line: This would not be the war we fought in. See, the foliage is
Subject(s): World War Ii; Second World War


SHOOTING SCRIPT. PART II 3-7/70: 9. NEWSREEL       
First Line: This would not be the war we fought in. See, the foliage is
Last Line: This would not be the war I fought in
Subject(s): World War Ii


SIBLING MYSTERIES       
First Line: Remind me how we walked


SIDE BY SIDE       
First Line: Ho! In the dawn
Last Line: To ascertain how we are coming on


SIGNATURES       
First Line: That was no country for old women... Someone from d-day
Last Line: To the steep with the small soft claws gripping her back?


SISTERS       
First Line: Can I easily say
Last Line: Her I should recognize %years later, anywhere
Subject(s): Women


SIX NARRATIVES       
First Line: You drew up the story of your life - I was in that story
Last Line: Had not been calculated from the first into the mighty scaffold


SLEEPWALKING NEXT TO DEATH       
First Line: Sleep horns of a snail
Last Line: Like two snails %our four horns erect


SLIDES       
First Line: Three dozen squares of light-inflicted glass


SNAPSHOTS OF A DAUGHTER-IN-LAW    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: You, once a belle in shreveport
Subject(s): Daughters-in-law; Sexism; Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


SNAPSHOTS OF A DAUGHTER-IN-LAW       
First Line: You, once a belle in shreveport
Last Line: But her cargo %no promise then: %delivered %palpable %ours
Subject(s): Daughters-in-law; Sexism; Women; Women's Rights


SNOW       
First Line: When it comes down turning
Last Line: With these diagrams of loss


SNOW QUEEN       
First Line: Child with a chip of mirror in his eye
Last Line: Only this frozen spear that drives through me


SOLFEGGIETTO       
First Line: Your windfall at fifteen your steinway grand


SONG       
First Line: You're wondering it I'm lonely
Last Line: Ice nor mud nor winter light %but wood, with a gift for burning


SOURCES: I       
First Line: Sixteen years. The narrow, rough-gullied backroads
Last Line: Bladder-campion veined with purple. %multifoliate heal-all


SOURCES: II       
First Line: I refuse to become a seeker for cures
Last Line: Even when it turns on me %like a violent master


SOURCES: III       
First Line: From where? The voice asks coldly
Last Line: The realms of touch-me-not fiery with tiny tongues %cover the wild ground of the woods


SOURCES: IV       
First Line: With whom do you believe your lot is cast?
Last Line: In the beginning we grasp whatever we can %to survive


SOURCES: IX       
First Line: Why has my imagination stayed
Last Line: There being no distance, no space around %to experiment withlife?


SOURCES: V       
First Line: All during world war ii
Last Line: Whose lives must have been strategies no less %than the vixen's on route 5


SOURCES: VI       
First Line: If they had played the flute, or chess
Last Line: We were the chosen people %in the beginning we grasp whatever we can


SOURCES: VII       
First Line: For years I struggled with you: your categories
Last Line: That I can decipher your suffering and %deny no part of my own


SOURCES: VIII       
First Line: Back there in maryland the stars
Last Line: I thought I was following a track of freedom %and for awhile it was


SOURCES: X       
First Line: These upland farms are the farms
Last Line: Is this a law of history %or simply, what must change?


SOURCES: XI       
First Line: If I try to conjure their lives
Last Line: So quick, fierce, unconditional %short growing season is no explanation


SOURCES: XIII       
First Line: Coming back after sixteen years
Last Line: I will never %let you know


SOURCES: XIV       
First Line: And if my look becomes the bomb that rips
Last Line: -but I can't stop seeing like this %more and more I see like this everywhere


SOURCES: XIX       
First Line: They say such things are stored
Last Line: Shall want an end to suffering %zion by itself is not enough


SOURCES: XV       
First Line: It's an oldfashioned, an outrageous thing
Last Line: Of ordering hunger, weather, death, desire, %and the nearness of chaos


SOURCES: XVI       
First Line: The jews I've felt rooted among
Last Line: Wearing the star of david %on a thin chain at my breastbone


SOURCES: XVII       
First Line: Bvut there was also the other jew. The one you most
Last Line: Humor, a turn of phrase, a gesture of the hands: %there is something more


SOURCES: XVIII       
First Line: There is something more than self-hatred. That still outlives
Last Line: Terrible, threadbare %strained familiar on-going


SOURCES: XX       
First Line: The faithful drudging child
Last Line: A desert absolute: dragged by the roots of her own will %into another scene of choices


SOURCES: XXI       
First Line: Yerushalayim: a vault of golden heat
Last Line: And broken promises %this promised land


SOURCES: XXII       
First Line: I have resisted this for years, writing to you as if you
Last Line: Who want to change the laws of history, if %we are not to give ourselves away


SOURCES: XXII       
First Line: And has any of this to do with how
Last Line: Of the people who kept their promises %as a way of life?


SOURCES: XXIII       
First Line: Sixteen years ago I sat in this northeast kingdom
Last Line: Write the words in their fullness: %powerful; womanly


SPIRIT OF PLACE       
First Line: Over the hills in shutesbury, leverett
Last Line: They are pieces of us that lies out there %knowing - knowing- knowing


SPLITTINGS       
First Line: My body opens over san francisco like the day
Last Line: I choose to love this time for once %with all my intelligence


SPRING THUNDER       
First Line: Thunder is all it is, and yet
Last Line: And the old, affective clouds


SPRINGBOARD       
First Line: Like divers, we ourselves must make the jump
Last Line: Swifter, more sure than any will of ours
Subject(s): Sports


STAND UP       
First Line: Stand up in my nightgown at the window
Last Line: And blank sheets of paper, bare


STELAE       
First Line: Last night I met you in my sister's house
Last Line: I never knew you had them %I wonder if you are giving them away


STEPPING BACKWARD       
First Line: Good-by to you whom I shall see tomorrow
Last Line: The flaws that make you both yourself and human


STEPPING BACKWARD       
First Line: Good-bye to you whom I shall see tomorrow
Last Line: The flaws that make you both yourself and human


STORM WARNINGS       
First Line: The glass has been falling all the afternoon
Last Line: Who live in troubled regions


STORY       
First Line: Absence is homesick. Absence wants a home


STRANGER       
First Line: Fond credos, plaster ecstasies
Last Line: Blaze of his wide pure eye


STRANGER       
First Line: Looking as I've looked before
Last Line: The letters of my name are written under the lids %of the newborn child
Subject(s): Identity


STRAYED VILLAGE       
First Line: He had come nearly half a thousand miles
Last Line: And all that walking was to do again


STUDY OF HISTORY       
First Line: Out there. - the mind of the river
Last Line: In your upturned %defenseless %face


STUDY OF HISTORY       
First Line: Out there. The mind of the river
Last Line: What rockface leaned to stare %in your upturned %defenseless%face
Subject(s): Nature


SUNDAY EVENING       
First Line: We are two acquaintances on a train
Last Line: Where weekend half-acquaintances say good-by


SURVIVORS       
First Line: Quite rightly, we remained among the living
Last Line: Yet we can pay our tax and see the sun. %what else could we,what else could you, have done?
Subject(s): Survival


TEAR GAS       
First Line: This is how it feels to do something you are afraid of
Last Line: It's not the worst way to live
Subject(s): Social Protest


THE DEMON LOVER    Poem Text    
First Line: Fatigue, regrets. The lights
Subject(s): Love


THE LOSER    Poem Text    
First Line: I kissed you, bride and lost, and went
Subject(s): Love; Love - Loss Of; Memory


THE MIDDLE-AGED    Poem Text    
First Line: Their faces, safe as an interior
Subject(s): Middle Age


THE NINTH SYMPHONY OF BEETHOVEN UNDERSTOOD .. SEXUAL MESSAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: A man in terror of impotence
Subject(s): Beethoven, Ludwig Van (1770-1827); Composers; Happiness; Music & Musicians; Joy; Delight


THE PARTING: 2       
First Line: White morning flows into the mirror
Subject(s): Love


THE TOURIST AND THE TOWN (SAN MINIATO AL MONTE)    Poem Text    
First Line: Those clarities detached us, gave us form
Subject(s): Tourists


THE TREES       
First Line: The trees inside are moving out into the forest
Subject(s): Trees


THEN OR NOW: AND NOW       
First Line: And now as you read these poems
Last Line: Was declared obsolete


THEN OR NOW: DEPORTATIONS       
First Line: It's happened already while we were still
Last Line: As if I were practising for something %yet to come


THEN OR NOW: FOOD PACKAGES: 1947       
First Line: Powdered milk, chocate bars, canned fruit, tea
Last Line: I am no longer german. I am a jew and the german language %was once my home


THEN OR NOW: INNOCENCE: 1945       
First Line: The beauty of it was the guilt
Last Line: Guilt after all was a feeling


THEN OR NOW: SUNSET, DECEMBER, 1993       
First Line: Dangerous of course to draw
Last Line: While the chimneys shuddered with the first dischargements


THIS       
First Line: Face flashing free -- child-arms
Last Line: I wanted this from you
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs


THIS BEAST, THIS ANGEL       
First Line: No: this, my love, is neither you nor I
Last Line: This beast, this angel is both you and I


THROUGH CORRALITOS UNDER ROLLS OF CLOUD : 1       
Last Line: The pruners freeing up the boughs %in the unsearched faith these strange stiff shapes will bear


THROUGH CORRALITOS UNDER ROLLS OF CLOUD: 2       
First Line: Showering after 'flu; stripping the bed
Last Line: Covered you as you lay freezing, she survived %uncertain who she is or will be without you


THROUGH CORRALITOS UNDER ROLLS OF CLOUD: 3       
First Line: If you know who died in that bed, do you know
Last Line: Until you take the mirrors and turn them outward %and read your own face in their outraged light?


THROUGH CORRALITOS UNDER ROLLS OF CLOUD: 4       
First Line: That light of outrage is the light of history
Last Line: Is that? To what kind of god? What kind of wish?


THROUGH CORRALITOS UNDER ROLLS OF CLOUD: 5       
First Line: She who died on that bed sees it her way
Last Line: Further and further, calling her all the while: %she who went under summons her other still


TO A POET       
First Line: Ice splits under the metal


TO FRANTZ FANON       
First Line: I don't see your head
Last Line: On the mass grave %of revolt


TO JUDITH, TAKING LEAVE       
First Line: Dull-headed, with dull fingers
Last Line: Receiving at one moment %the rainbow of the world


TO THE AIRPORT       
First Line: Death's taxi crackles through the mist.
Last Line: To see all we were promised, never knew


TO THE DAYS    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: From you I want more than I've ever asked
Subject(s): Luxemburg, Rosa (1871-1919)


TO THE DAYS       
First Line: From you I want more than I've ever asked
Last Line: Shortening days, strawberry fields in ferment %with tossed-aside, bruised fruit
Subject(s): Luxemburg, Rosa (1871-1919)


TOURIST AND THE TOWN (SAN MINIATO AL MONTE)       
First Line: Those clarities detached us, gave us form
Last Line: And you are theirs and of their mystery
Subject(s): Tourists


TOWARD THE SOLSTICE       
First Line: The thirtieth of november %snow is starting to fall
Last Line: As if above a letter %I long and dread to close


TRACKING POEMS, SELS.       


TRANSCENDENTAL ETUDE       
First Line: This august evening I've been driving
Last Line: Forming underneath everything that grows


TRANSIT       
First Line: When I meet the skier she is always
Last Line: And the cripple must decide %to recognize each other?
Subject(s): Skiing


TRANSLATIONS       
First Line: You show me the poems of some woman
Last Line: Is shared, unnecessary %and political


TREE       
First Line: Long ago I found a seed
Last Line: Hanged by the hair upon that tree


TREES       
First Line: The trees inside are moving out into the forest
Last Line: Its pieces flash now in the crown %of the tallest oak
Subject(s): Trees


TRYING TO TALK WITH A MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Out in this desert we are testing bombs
Last Line: As if we were testing anything else.
Subject(s): Antinuclear Movement; Atomic Bomb - Testing; Men; Nuclear Freeze


TRYST IN BROBDINGNAC       
First Line: My glumdalclitch, come here and sit with me
Last Line: Held ministers in my palm and, laughing, blew %confusion on the fleets of blefuscu!


TURNING       
First Line: Deadstillness over droughtlands


TURNING THE WHEEL: 1. LOCATION       
First Line: No room for nostalgia here. What would it look like?
Last Line: And seeming to give the finger to it all


TURNING THE WHEEL: 2. BURDEN BASKETS       
First Line: False history gets made all day, any day
Last Line: Goes on to explain a different method of weaving


TURNING THE WHEEL: 3. HOHOKAM       
First Line: Nostalgia is only amnesia turned around
Last Line: The shamaness could well have withdrawn her ghost


TURNING THE WHEEL: 4. SELF-HATRED       
First Line: In colcha embroidery, I learn
Last Line: The past as your steadying and corrective lens


TURNING THE WHEEL: 5. PARTICULARITY       
First Line: In search of the desert witch, the shamaness
Last Line: She stifles in unspeakable loneliness


TURNING THE WHEEL: 6. APPARITION       
First Line: If she appears, hands ringed with rings
Last Line: Or those eye-sockets; or that still-bristling hair


TURNING THE WHEEL: 7. MARY JANE COLTER, 1904       
First Line: My dear mother and sister: %I have been asked
Last Line: Daughter and sister, %mary


TURNING THE WHEEL: 8. TURNING THE WHEEL       
First Line: The road to the great canyon always feels
Last Line: As I talk to you all day - whatever day


TWENTY-ONE LOVE POEMS: 1    Poem Text    
First Line: Wherever in this city, screens flicker
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


TWENTY-ONE LOVE POEMS: 1       
First Line: Wherever in this city, screens flicker
Last Line: Our animal passion rooted in the city
Subject(s): Homosexuality


TWENTY-ONE LOVE POEMS: 10       
First Line: Your dog, tranquil and innocent, dozes through
Last Line: One creature-traveler clear to the end; %that without tenderness, we are in hell


TWENTY-ONE LOVE POEMS: 11    Poem Text    
First Line: Every peak is a crater. This is the law of volcanoes
Subject(s): Love


TWENTY-ONE LOVE POEMS: 11       
First Line: Every peak is a crater. This is the law of volcanoes
Last Line: Was here before us, knew we would come, and sees beyond us
Subject(s): Love


TWENTY-ONE LOVE POEMS: 12    Poem Text    
First Line: Sleeping, turning in turn like planets
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


TWENTY-ONE LOVE POEMS: 12       
First Line: Sleeping, turning in turn like planets
Last Line: We were two women of one generation
Subject(s): Homosexuality


TWENTY-ONE LOVE POEMS: 13       
First Line: The rules break like a thermometer
Last Line: Plucked and fingered by women outside the law


TWENTY-ONE LOVE POEMS: 14       
First Line: It was your vision of the pilot
Last Line: Vomiting their private pain %as if all suffering were physical


TWENTY-ONE LOVE POEMS: 15       
First Line: If I lay on that beach with you
Last Line: Not responsible. Only she who says %she did not choose, is the loser in the end


TWENTY-ONE LOVE POEMS: 16    Poem Text    
First Line: Across a city from you, I'm with you
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


TWENTY-ONE LOVE POEMS: 16       
First Line: Across a city from you, I'm with you
Last Line: Where grief and laughter sleep together
Subject(s): Homosexuality


TWENTY-ONE LOVE POEMS: 17       
First Line: No one's fated or doomed to love anyone
Last Line: Within us and against us, against us and within us


TWENTY-ONE LOVE POEMS: 18       
First Line: Rain on the west side highway
Last Line: Where I am adrienne alone. And growing colder


TWENTY-ONE LOVE POEMS: 19       
First Line: Can it be growing colder when I begin
Last Line: Look at the faces of those who have chosen it


TWENTY-ONE LOVE POEMS: 2       
First Line: I wake up in your bed. I know I have been dreaming
Last Line: Which carries the feathered grass a long way down the upbreathing air


TWENTY-ONE LOVE POEMS: 20       
First Line: That conversation we were always on the edge
Last Line: Where it cannot hear me, %and soon I shall know I was talking to my own soul


TWENTY-ONE LOVE POEMS: 21    Poem Text    
First Line: The dark lintels, the blue and foreign stones
Subject(s): Love


TWENTY-ONE LOVE POEMS: 21       
First Line: The dark lintels, the blue and foreign stones
Last Line: Greeting the moon, yet more than stone: %a woman. I choose to walk here. And to draw this circle
Subject(s): Love


TWENTY-ONE LOVE POEMS: 3       
First Line: Since we're not young, weeks have to do time
Last Line: And somewhere, each of us must help the other die


TWENTY-ONE LOVE POEMS: 4       
First Line: I come home from you through the early light of spring
Last Line: And they still control the world, and you are not in my arms


TWENTY-ONE LOVE POEMS: 5       
First Line: This apartment full of books could crack open
Last Line: To our life - this still unexcavated hole %called civilization, this act of translation, this half-w


TWENTY-ONE LOVE POEMS: 6       
First Line: Your small hands, precisely equal to my own
Last Line: Of the range and limits of violence %that violence ever would be obsolete


TWENTY-ONE LOVE POEMS: 7       
First Line: What kind of beast would turn its life into words?
Last Line: So that blighted elms, sick rivers, massacres would seem %mere emblems of that desecration of oursel


TWENTY-ONE LOVE POEMS: 8       
First Line: I can see myself years back at sunion
Last Line: But I want to go on from here with you %fighting the temptation to make a career of pain


TWENTY-ONE LOVE POEMS: 9       
First Line: Your silence today is a pond where drowned things live
Last Line: For you, who have often made the unnameable %nameable for others, even for me


TWENTY-ONE LOVE POEMS: THE FLOATING POEM, UNNUMBERED    Poem Text    
First Line: Whatever happens with us, your body
Subject(s): Love


TWENTY-ONE LOVE POEMS: THE FLOATING POEM, UNNUMBERED       
First Line: Whatever happens with us, your body
Last Line: Reaching where I had been waiting years for you %in my rose-wet cave - whatever happens, this is
Subject(s): Love


TWO ARTS: 1       
First Line: I've redone you by daylight
Last Line: I brush you off my apron, %the charged filings crunch like cinders on the floor


TWO ARTS: 2       
First Line: Raise it up there and it will
Last Line: But you have to raide it up there, you %have a brutal thing to do


TWO POEMS (ADAPTED FROM ANNA AKHMATOVA)       
First Line: There's a secret boundary hidden in the waving grasses
Last Line: With the man you love


TWO SONGS    Poem Text    
First Line: Sex, as they harshly call it
Subject(s): Desire; Love - Erotic; Metaphor; Similes


TWO SONGS       
First Line: Sex, as they harshly call it
Last Line: We murmur the first moonwords: %spasibo. Thanks. O.K
Subject(s): Desire; Erotic Love; Metaphor


TWO SONGS: 2       
First Line: That 'old last act'!
Last Line: We murmur the first moonwords: %spasibo. Thanks. O.K


UNCLE SPEAKS IN THE DRAWING ROOM       
First Line: I have seen the mob of late
Last Line: And murmurings of missile-throwers


UNSAID WORD       
First Line: She who has power to call her man
Last Line: Knows this the hardest thing to learn


UNSOUNDED       
First Line: Mariner unpracticed %in this chartless zone
Last Line: These are latitudes revealed %separate to each


UPCOUNTRY       
First Line: The silver shadow - where the line falls grey
Last Line: Her love means danger


UPPER BROADWAY    Poem Text    
First Line: The leafbud straggles forth
Subject(s): Women


UPPER BROADWAY       
First Line: The leafbud straggles forth
Last Line: I look at my face in the glass - and see %a halfborn woman
Subject(s): Women


USONIAN JOURNALS 2000       
First Line: A country I was born and lived in undergoes rapid and flagrant
Last Line: Against human speech


VALEDICTION FORBIDDING MOURNING       
First Line: My swirling wants. Your frozen lips
Last Line: To do something very common, in my own way
Subject(s): Donne, John (1572-1631); Pain; Poetry And Poets


VERSAILLES       
First Line: Merely the landscape of a vanished whim
Last Line: Where each has back his old restricted face


VERTIGO       
First Line: As for me, I distrust the commonplace
Last Line: Or at the burning bush in harvard square


VICTORY       
First Line: Something spreading underground won't speak to us
Last Line: Victory %indented in disaster striding %at the head of stairs


VIEW OF MERTON COLLEGE       
First Line: An interval: the view across the fields
Last Line: Not to be littered or presumed upon


VIEW OF THE TERRACE       
First Line: Under the green umbrellas
Last Line: Impervious to surprise


VILLA ADRIANA       
First Line: When the coloussus of the will's dominion
Last Line: Whose hadrian has given the slip, and gone


VIOLENCE       
First Line: No one knows yet
Last Line: Fuses in a blown-up field


VISION (THINKING OF SIMONE WEIL)       
First Line: You. There, with your gazing eyes


WAITING FOR YOU AT THE MYSTERY SPOT       
First Line: I sat down facing the steep place where
Last Line: In late day warmth and odor and odd wonder


WAKING IN THE DARK       
First Line: The thing that arrests me is
Last Line: Looking at the earth, the wildwood %where the split began


WALDEN 1950       
First Line: Thoreau, lank ghost, comes back to visit concord
Last Line: Merely to set them wondering again


WALK BY THE CHARLES       
First Line: Finality broods upon the things that pass
Last Line: Past innocence, beyond these aging bricks, %to where the charles flows in to join the styx
Subject(s): Charles River, Massachusetts


WALKING DOWN THE ROAD       
First Line: On a clear night in live oak you can see
Last Line: Flashing their angry tears, here in live oak
Subject(s): California; Mexico


WAVE       
First Line: To give you back this wave
Last Line: And how, miraculously, we failed


WELL       
First Line: Down this old well
Last Line: Sail up into my hands


WHAT GHOSTS CAN SAY       
First Line: When harry wylie saw his father's ghost
Last Line: What if the terror stays without the meaning


WHAT IS POSSIBLE       
First Line: A clear night if the mind were clear


WHAT KIND OF TIMES ARE THESE WHAT KIND OF TIMES ARE THESE       
First Line: There's a place between two stands of trees where the grass grows uphill
Last Line: To have you listen at all, it's necessary %to talk about trees
Variant Title(s): What Kind Of Times Are Thes


WHEN THIS CLANGOR IN THE BRAIN       
First Line: Say a master of the track
Last Line: I claim till then, and nothing less


WHEN WE DEAD AWAKEN       
First Line: Trying to tell you how
Last Line: Flowering in tar, a blue energy piercing %the massed atoms of a bedrock disbelief


WHEN/THEN       
First Line: Tell us %how we'll be together
Last Line: Floor, bad dreams, a torn newspaper, someone's blood in a scarped basin


WHITE NIGHT       
First Line: Light at a window. Someone up


WHY ELSE BUT TO FORESTALL THIS HOUR, I STAYED       
Last Line: I am too full of years to reason why


WILD SKY       
First Line: Here from the corridor of an english train
Last Line: And I remember I am native there


WILL TO CHANGE: 1.       
First Line: That chinese restaurant was a joke
Last Line: And all whose murders accrue %past your death


WILL TO CHANGE: 2.       
First Line: Knocked down in the canefield
Last Line: Defaced by the gag


WILL TO CHANGE: 3       
First Line: Beardless again, phoning
Last Line: For one american weekend


WILL TO CHANGE: 4       
First Line: At the wings of the mirror, peacock plumes
Last Line: As the trains tear us apart


WILL TO CHANGE: 5       
First Line: The cabdriver from the bronx
Last Line: The artists talking of freedom %in their chains


WINTER       
First Line: Dead, dead, dead, dead %a beast of the middle ages
Last Line: Sea-zones away, and the meaning grows colder


WOMAN DEAD IN HER FORTIES       
First Line: Your breasts - sliced-off - the scars
Last Line: To where your breasts had been %but we never did such things
Subject(s): Cancer, Breast


WOMAN MOURNED BY DAUGHTERS       
First Line: Now, not a tear begun
Last Line: Anywhere, save exactly %as you would wish it done
Subject(s): Mothers And Daughters


WOMEN    Poem Text    
First Line: My three sisters are sitting
Subject(s): Women


WOMEN       
First Line: My three sisters are sitting
Last Line: Her stockings are torn but she is beautiful
Subject(s): Women


YOM KIPPUR 1984    Poem Text    
First Line: What is a jew in solitude?
Subject(s): Fasts & Feasts; Jews; Yom Kippur; Judaism


YOM KIPPUR 1984       
First Line: What is a jew in solitude?
Last Line: In that world as it may be, newborn and haunted, what will solitude mean?
Subject(s): Fasts And Feasts; Jews; Yom Kippur


YOUR LETTER       
First Line: Blinds me %like the light of that surf
Last Line: Was steady, smogged & tame