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Author: RIVARD, DAVID
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Rivard, David    Poet's Biography
133 poems available by this author


1966       
First Line: Innocence? Soon as you try putting your finger on it
Last Line: Soon it does, soon %the fragrant and careless light streams in


30-JAN-94       
First Line: What is man that thou art mindful of him?
Last Line: He could talk a dog off a meat wagon, you bet


AFTER       
First Line: After the motorcycle lunged, past the intersection


AGAINST GRAVITY       
First Line: Blue sky, ungated, clouds, & on a sand-pitted
Last Line: Of gravity, & now we were to take his place


AGAINST RECOVERY       
First Line: It's true, my expectations did
Last Line: At the corner of your mouth. Your mouth %was always naked


AMERICA       
First Line: If it is late sunday in the brain & sunlight
Last Line: If you want to breathe, %my beautiful broom


AMERICA SPEAKING    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Speech; Immigrants; United States; Oratory; Orators; Emigrant; Emigration; Immigration; America


AND CONTINUING       
First Line: In his eyes & hands, brash assurance
Last Line: Even if eventually doomed


ANGER       
First Line: For a long time it would happen whenever
Last Line: I thought I hated


ANY WHERE OUT OF THE WORLD       
First Line: And then there are places
Last Line: While someone sharpens a blade


ARIADNE       
First Line: You, of the voice always teasing & throaty in asking


ARRIVAL SONG       
First Line: Here I am - on the eve of overtaking my thirty-third year


BABY VALLEJO       
First Line: Take the night myron stout shut his sure blind eyes
Last Line: Rivard against rivard
Subject(s): Jazz; Music And Musicians


BENEFIT       
First Line: Outside, snow on all %the bronzework & georgian museum cornices, inside
Last Line: With a frozen old oak leaf %impaled at its tip


BEWITCHED PLAYGROUND    Poem Text    
First Line: Each could picture probably
Subject(s): Daughters; Youth


BEWITCHED PLAYGROUND       
First Line: Each could picture probably
Last Line: Blond & blonder dear river


BIG MOOD SWING       
First Line: For the last few weeks I haven't refused any
Last Line: Waved their hands


BIRTHMARK       
First Line: Under orders not exactly
Last Line: From our daughter's neck - %(amulet!


C'E UN'ALTRA POSSIBILITA       
First Line: I refuse to accept
Last Line: Finally, how useless wisdom %is, &save itself %by being reborn


CHANGE MY EVIL WAYS       
First Line: Some days it is my one wish to live
Last Line: And -- a little %cautious at first -- I began to listen


CLARITY?       
First Line: So long as the self accuses itself
Last Line: Something or someone to serve


CONSOLATION       
First Line: There is none. And this means today
Last Line: I have to listen - like a heartbeat after an accident, %racing, racing
Subject(s): Music, Rock


CURES    Poem Text    
First Line: The part of the soul that doubts, again and again
Subject(s): Music, Rock; Rock & Roll


CURES       
First Line: The part of the soul that doubts, again and again
Last Line: Like stardom %in america, or now this silence between songs
Subject(s): Music, Rock


CURIOUS FORCES       
First Line: The party spills outside, & for a short time, overhead
Last Line: Sometimes I have wished to be %ink, black on white, & flung


DAYDREAM       
First Line: Wishes need %people
Last Line: Of all those his father sent him %while alive


DEBT       
First Line: Dignity exists I'm sure
Last Line: Abandons it to the waves


DOCUDRAMA       
First Line: Finally, the night did
Last Line: Can I be loved enough? That's my story


DOCUMENT PROCESSING       
First Line: Not the chilean debt restructuring
Last Line: You know the ones


DOUBLE INDEMNITY       
First Line: All day the rain


DREAM       
First Line: The thing is, it %so happened (trust me it's true)-
Last Line: With any %of the beautiful few %the gods call shoppers


EARTH TO TELL OF THE BEASTS       
First Line: Because it's summer a trellis of gulf air curves over the day
Last Line: To tell of the beasts & their escape


EMERGENCY EXIT       
First Line: We are only being human on a monday afternoon
Last Line: Who are you? Where do you live?


ENEMIES OF ENORMITY    Poem Text    
First Line: And thanks to a polymer the chemists jimmied-up in bern
Subject(s): Prostheses; Legs; Cosmetics; Conduct Of Life


FADO       
First Line: At some point in our lives, let's say someplace
Last Line: Do the same %for you


FALL RIVER    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Fathers & Sons; Basketball; Family Life; Anger; Relatives


FALL RIVER       
First Line: When I wake now it's below ocherous, saw-ridged
Last Line: While the wall above me claims now %nothing has changed & all is different


FAST LONG TIME       
First Line: He'd always be glancing around


FAVORED       
First Line: In the dream that repeats as certain
Last Line: Someone dares to tell our story


FIRESTONE       
First Line: Who would want to die defending firestone tire


FOR MICHAELA       
First Line: After this graveyard shift, the escape I want


FOREHEAD    Poem Text    
First Line: I love you
Subject(s): Foreheads; Love


FRIEND       
First Line: I can continue breathing, while you cannot
Last Line: With your permission, of course


GOD THE BROKEN LOCK    Poem Text    
First Line: I've died enough by now I trust
Subject(s): God; Jesus Christ; Sin; Singing & Singers; Songs


GOD THE BROKEN LOCK       
First Line: I've died enough by now I trust
Last Line: Though I couldn't know it then


GOING    Poem Text    
First Line: Sunlight fades / the storefront full of magazines.
Subject(s): Magazines


GOING       
First Line: Sunlight fades
Last Line: Is to be a visitor to this life


GOLDEN YEAR       
First Line: We believe in so much too
Last Line: And it begins. A new year. Don't rest, river


GUESTS OF THE WEDDING       
First Line: Does it ever end? Sure, hard to say where tho, & naturally
Last Line: The many things men & women wish to be?


HECATOMBIC BLUES       
First Line: Sounds, like, really loud down there, doesn't it'


HELLO, TRAVELER       
First Line: Bitter sadness splits each person
Last Line: Forgives those arrows %so easily


HOME       
First Line: Forced to say what living feels like
Last Line: Lo & behold, lo & behold


HOPE       
First Line: Hey hey, if I
Last Line: Gods, hard & jealous gods?


HOW IT WILL ALWAYS SEEM       
First Line: Last night in fall river in lafayette park
Last Line: While the day, swallow-delighting, already %humid, shimmers like a smudged, heavy coin


HUSH & TAUNT       
First Line: There %the story starts & ends, he & the woman
Last Line: It will always outlast the past & wanting %only


I AM A PILGRIM & A STRANGER       
First Line: In the one small clearing
Last Line: I have not let go of & only loved


INROAD    Poem Text    
First Line: The radiance that is always around us is incited
Subject(s): Baseball


IT    Poem Text    


IT COULD BE       
First Line: The same stale wind
Last Line: A band-aid wrapper


JIHAD       
First Line: I love the drops of rain that stammer down the fire escape
Last Line: Help me. I know you, & some silence has been broken


JUDGES IN US ALL       
First Line: Whenever we stop talking on the phone tonight


JUNG       
First Line: Sitting down at age eighty-one to record his life
Last Line: Blows from, the names of which are only names


KIDNAPPING, SOME MOOK MIGHT SAY       
First Line: Of that day in the museum
Last Line: The names mondale & ferraro


LATE       
First Line: Sometimes everything feels like a trick


LATE?    Poem Text    
First Line: Sometimes everything feels like a trick
Subject(s): Loss


LATER HISTORY       
First Line: No, it isn't so bad being
Last Line: But sorrow, sorrow will be unchanged. %so that we may recognize each other


LEAVING THE GATEWAY CINEMA       
First Line: While my wife & I watched the movie it rained outside


LIES       
First Line: I'm not surprised


LIKE AN ENORMOUS YES       
First Line: Even if there's no good day to die


LITTLE WING       
First Line: Of all the questions
Last Line: Protected %by everyone else's


LUCKY SLAVES       
First Line: In the city, meanwhile
Last Line: Be turned %to ash


MASKS       
First Line: If tonight tells me to make my first & last choice


MERCY, MERCY       
First Line: No denying all the tenements & precincts
Last Line: Will always feed them


MICHAEL MAZUR    Poem Text    
First Line: Did you really
Subject(s): Mazur, Michael (1935-2009); Paintings & Painters


MISSION       
First Line: Look, I'm like everyone else


MY CLIFF       
First Line: My cliff, my cliffside, my oceanside cliff
Last Line: I cannot get over alone


MY EDUCATION ON EARTH       
First Line: It's not snowing but it snows
Last Line: Steam, I say, smarten up - %get over it


NAIVE INVOCATION       
First Line: We weave up a switchback gully & out to sloping pasture
Last Line: Belly & nipples breaking into warm sand


NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT       
First Line: Spending her days oh yeah waking in my head
Last Line: I could change her life forever


NIGHTLY       
First Line: Nightly in sleep those usually
Last Line: I would be as cruel as they are


NOT GUILTY    Poem Text    
First Line: The days are dog-eared, the edges torn,
Subject(s): Johnson, Robert (1913-1938); Music & Musicians; Vallejo, Cesar (1892-1917); Poetry & Poets


NOT GUILTY       
First Line: The days are dog-eared, the edges torn
Last Line: Split open by a meat cleaver


NOTE TO MYSELF    Poem Text    
First Line: Having survived self- / esteem (both low & high), like
Subject(s): Self


ONE DARKENING MOOD MADE OUT OF THREE MONTHS INTERMITTENTLY OVERHEARD       
First Line: A smell came over the street, lion-bright, %but sissified, somehow
Last Line: No one catches fire by a treacherous boiler


ONE REASON       
First Line: If early one winter morning


ONE TOO MANY MORNINGS       
First Line: After working the midtown ambulance night slot
Last Line: Ways to soften failure. And no one wrong or close %enough, no one as far as he is


OTHERWISE ELSEWHERE    Poem Text    
First Line: Somewhere over there the lawyer with a yellowish leaf in his hair;
Subject(s): Human Behavior; Relationships; Social Commentaries; Conduct Of Life; Human Nature


PARADISIAC       
First Line: Stammering across the ceiling that spider
Last Line: I forgive him. As you forgive me


PASTORAL ZONE       
First Line: As if all day a child had penciled & erased
Last Line: And the other like a stalk, bending, bending


PILGRIM LAKE / JOHN LOGAN       
First Line: Now you are just a wavering figure projected at no one's wall
Last Line: A bit shy perhaps %but clearly amazed


PLURAL HAPPINESS    Poem Text    
First Line: A curtain bellying like a pregnant cloud, warm white
Subject(s): Happiness; Joy; Delight


QUESTION FOR THE BRIDE    Poem Text    
First Line: Now that everything seems so persuasive
Subject(s): Brides


QUESTION FOR THE BRIDE       
First Line: Now that everything seems so persuasive
Last Line: What answer can you give?


QUESTION FOR THE MAGIC HOUR       
First Line: Out of pocket & just before dark
Last Line: I plan to hug it & hide it from my neighbors


QUESTION FOR THE STUDENT       
First Line: No rose deludes itself by thinking
Last Line: Aren't those flowers lucky?
Subject(s): Flowers; Roses


QUESTIONS FOR A MARCH WHOSE FLAME IS ASCENSION       
First Line: It took no longer
Last Line: To the tarmac, a day's heat


QUESTIONS FOR THE OFFICE OF RECYCLING       
First Line: Do not, it said. Do not recycle any
Last Line: Careful don't they, don't they, how far?'


QUESTIONS FOR THE TEACHER       
First Line: A big jaw, george oppen, you had a big jaw
Last Line: It cannot be understood, and I believe that fact is lethal.'


ROAD OUT       
First Line: There's an infinity of choices
Last Line: Let me, let me become, let me become the name of the road ou
Subject(s): Bars And Bartenders


SECURED TOWN       
First Line: I don't have to tell this


SELF-PORTRAIT       
First Line: I live my life
Last Line: Not to give the feeling a name


SHY       
First Line: We even breathed shyly, envying everybody
Last Line: Just a while longer


SIMON SAYS       
First Line: At the end of a long dank trail cut by spring rains


SOMETIMES       
First Line: If it is neither a day when our love


SPEECH TO BE MADE BY X IN THE NEXT LIFE, WHENEVER HE GETS THE CHANCE       
First Line: That slapstick you saw me as
Last Line: Dream us. Why?'


STOWAWAYS    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Ancestors & Ancestry; Immigrants; Conduct Of Life; Heritage; Heredity; Emigrant; Emigration; Immigration


STRANGERS       
First Line: Women at rows of seamstress tables
Last Line: And for a moment it was swallowed by fog, the tenacious %diffuse sky
Subject(s): Industry; Labor And Laborers


SUMMONS       
First Line: Suppose I can convince myself this
Subject(s): Alienation (social Psychology); Dissenters; Exiles; Marginality, Social; Estrangement; Outcasts


SUMMONS       
First Line: Suppose I can convince myself this
Last Line: And skittering over one another's backs
Subject(s): Alienation (social Psychology); Dissenters; Exiles; Marginality, Social


TEMPTATION       
First Line: Tho we sit there smiling with wet hair
Last Line: The only - trying to wait it out


TEMPTATIONS       
First Line: Beyond, in a dusty lot


THE MOON IN TIME LAPSE    Poem Text    
First Line: The moon in time lapse sliding over skyline
Subject(s): Moon; Time


THERE       
First Line: Instead of the winter swallows, brown-gray


THIN BONE & STRIPED FEATHERS       
First Line: Even if it were rock
Last Line: Thin bone & striped feathers


TO MY WIFE       
First Line: The bumper sticker says it out straight - 'vegetarians taste good.'
Last Line: I am only a starving sacred cow, love, but I beg to undress for you


TO THE GOD       
First Line: Eminence, blessed one - who always pretends


TORQUE    Poem Text    
First Line: After his ham & cheese in the drape factory cafeteria
Subject(s): Industry; Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


TORQUE       
First Line: After his ham & cheese in the drape factory cafeteria
Last Line: Through lace. As it always has, as it does. %that bright. That stunned
Subject(s): Industry; Labor And Laborers


VAPOR LOCK       
First Line: She leaves through the smoked-glass doors, the automatic


VENICE OF THE NORTH       
First Line: For a while then I lived near the old


VENICE OF THE NORTH       
First Line: I used to walk for two or three hours
Last Line: Being memory, the punishment for all questions


VERSACE       
First Line: Perfume off the pages of a magazine inexplicable
Last Line: Whatever new fashion has taken him up - %fine, fine!


VERSION TUCSON       
First Line: Above a cloud of stick-spears a stabbed ibis darts
Last Line: And thinking myself lucky


VOICE-OVER       
First Line: So I never got clearheaded
Last Line: That was progress!


WALKING BY       
First Line: They are all sleepy, & live around the block


WELCOME, FEAR       
First Line: For one thing I'm glad
Last Line: To alarm, unable to find the right one. Even if it's like that


WHAT I KNOW       
First Line: I don't know the happiness felt
Last Line: I know %happiness %squealing


WHAT KIND OF TIMES?       
First Line: What kind of times? When we still seem to want %what we've already gotten
Last Line: Now. In the praxis of attainables. American


WHAT WE CALL CHILDHOOD    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Children; Childhood


WHEEL OF THE HUNGRY IS TURNING       
First Line: But no one in this bar hears
Last Line: Angry that it can't break us
Subject(s): Bars And Bartenders


WORKING BLACK    Poem Text    
First Line: The part of stockholm I saw at 22, I saw as an employee & thief
Subject(s): Restaurants; Jobs; Immigrants; Cafes; Diners; Emigrant; Emigration; Immigration


ZEUS AND APOLLO    Poem Text    
First Line: Written on clapboard or asbestos siding, the cartoony
Subject(s): Goddesses & Gods


ZEUS AND APOLLO       
First Line: Written on clapboard or asbestos siding, the cartoony