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Author: RORIPAUGH, LEE ANN
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Roripaugh, Lee Ann    Poet's Biography
79 poems available by this author


A DANCE OF WOODEN SHOES    Poem Text    
First Line: My mother's in geta shoes
Subject(s): Concentration Camps; Heart Mountain Relocation Center Wyoming; Japanese Americans - Internment; Wyoming


ANTELOPE JERKY       
First Line: That smell, something like wet dog, stayed
Last Line: Hand, my very own


BIOLUMINESCENCE: 1. CANDELA    Poem Text    
First Line: The eggs burn softly / in the earth, and when glow-worms
Subject(s): Fireflies; Hunger; Light; Glowworms


BIOLUMINESCENCE: 2. LAMBERT    Poem Text    
First Line: Sometimes at night, fire- / flies are startled by lightning
Subject(s): Fireflies; Rain; Sleep; Glowworms


BIOLUMINESCENCE: 3. LUMEN    Poem Text    
First Line: How vulnerable / we would all be if longing
Subject(s): Desire; Fireflies; Longing; Glowworms


BIOLUMINESCENCE: 4. LUCIFERIN    Poem Text    
First Line: You are a dusky / angel drawn to the gleaming
Subject(s): Fireflies; Light; Smoking; Glowworms; Tobacco; Pipes; Cigars; Cigarettes


CARPE DIEM       
First Line: There is something about the way roger
Last Line: A bullseye, our sun explodes, and therre is %only darkness, the damp scent of our skin


CHAMBERED NAUTILUS    Poem Text    
First Line: Today, the movers come
Subject(s): Moving & Movers


CHRYSANTHEMUMS    Poem Text    
First Line: Miss yamada knew if a girl was tall and thin, or short and
Subject(s): Concentration Camps; Heart Mountain Relocation Center Wyoming; Japanese Americans - Internment; Wyoming


CHRYSANTHEMUMS       
First Line: Miss yamada knew if a girl was tall and thin, or short and
Last Line: Sting. These chrysanthemums stolen, crossing an ocean to %return them
Subject(s): Concentration Camps; Heart Mountain Relocation Center Wyoming; Japanese Americans - Internment; Wyoming


COYOTE       
First Line: We spotted him scouting antelope along bison basin road
Last Line: Until the curve of his ribs began to cool beneath my fingers
Subject(s): Concentration Camps; Heart Mountain Relocation Center Wyoming; Japanese Americans - Internment; Wyoming


CROWS WHO TRY TO BE CORMORANTS DROWN    Poem Text    
First Line: Snails; peaches; bishop, elizabeth (1911-1979);
Last Line: Seeds inside a tangled nest of membrane, skin
Subject(s): Snails; Peaches; Bishop, Elizabeth (1911-1979)


DANCE OF WOODEN SHOES       
First Line: My mother's in geta shoes
Last Line: Shaped welts on yellow ivory
Subject(s): Concentration Camps; Heart Mountain Relocation Center Wyoming; Japanese Americans - Internment; Wyoming


DDT       
First Line: My parents learned to hear %the hollow crumple of gravel in the alley
Last Line: Fish with a third, wide eye


DREAM CARP    Poem Text    
First Line: People traveled from miles away to see
Subject(s): Paintings & Painters; Fish & Fishing; Anglers


DREAM CARP       
First Line: People traveled from miles away to see %my paintings of fish
Last Line: Swirl of color, motion, swimming away


FISH WIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: The sting of the hook in my lip
Subject(s): Concentration Camps; Heart Mountain Relocation Center Wyoming; Japanese Americans - Internment; Wyoming


FISH WIFE       
First Line: The sting of the hook in my lip
Last Line: And gleaming coils of fine, silk twine
Subject(s): Concentration Camps; Heart Mountain Relocation Center Wyoming; Japanese Americans - Internment; Wyoming


GIRL WITH A BOWL ON HER HEAD       
First Line: When I was a girl, my mother %always made me
Last Line: Down to the green, sweet creamy heart


HAPPY HOUR    Poem Text    
First Line: I always forget the name,
Subject(s): Hummingbirds; Flowers; Forgetfulness


HAPPY HOUR       
First Line: I always forget the name, %delphinium, %even though it was the flower
Last Line: At any time, I always wished %that I was some- %where, anywhere else, but here


HEART MOUNTAIN, 1943: 1. KIMIKO OZAWA    Poem Text    
First Line: Oka-san keeps stuffing rags under
Subject(s): Concentration Camps; Heart Mountain Relocation Center Wyoming; Japanese Americans - Internment; Wyoming


HEART MOUNTAIN, 1943: 1. KIMIKO OZAWA       
First Line: Oka-san keeps stuffing rags under
Last Line: To keep from blowing away
Subject(s): Concentration Camps; Heart Mountain Relocation Center Wyoming; Japanese Americans - Internment; Wyoming


HEART MOUNTAIN, 1943: 10. MINORU SAITO       
First Line: When I shaved my head and became
Last Line: That made me say no
Subject(s): Concentration Camps; Heart Mountain Relocation Center Wyoming; Japanese Americans - Internment; Wyoming


HEART MOUNTAIN, 1943: 2. JIMMY YAMAMOTO    Poem Text    
First Line: Papa says we must tell the hospital
Subject(s): Concentration Camps; Heart Mountain Relocation Center Wyoming; Japanese Americans - Internment; Wyoming


HEART MOUNTAIN, 1943: 2. JIMMY YAMAMOTO       
First Line: Papa says we must tell the hospital
Last Line: I see the man-in-the-moon
Subject(s): Concentration Camps; Heart Mountain Relocation Center Wyoming; Japanese Americans - Internment; Wyoming


HEART MOUNTAIN, 1943: 3. MASA NAKAHARA       
First Line: I am thinking about the temple
Last Line: Serial number in its ear
Subject(s): Concentration Camps; Heart Mountain Relocation Center Wyoming; Japanese Americans - Internment; Wyoming


HEART MOUNTAIN, 1943: 4. CHESTER KOREMATSU    Poem Text    
First Line: Fish are heavier than coal
Last Line: Between flames and water
Subject(s): Fish & Fishing; Concentration Camps; Heart Mountain Relocation Center Wyoming; Japanese Americans - Internment; Wyoming


HEART MOUNTAIN, 1943: 4. CHESTER KOREMATSU       
First Line: Fish are heavier than coal
Last Line: Between flames and water
Subject(s): Concentration Camps; Heart Mountain Relocation Center Wyoming; Japanese Americans - Internment; Wyoming


HEART MOUNTAIN, 1943: 5. LILY IWASAKI       
First Line: Minoru, it's been over a month
Last Line: Full of rage and cunning
Subject(s): Concentration Camps; Heart Mountain Relocation Center Wyoming; Japanese Americans - Internment; Wyoming


HEART MOUNTAIN, 1943: 6. SAM TOYAMA       
First Line: Mother held up a wrinkled fashion
Last Line: Kicking me in the face inside her
Subject(s): Concentration Camps; Heart Mountain Relocation Center Wyoming; Japanese Americans - Internment; Wyoming


HEART MOUNTAIN, 1943: 7. NINA INOUE       
First Line: Since the shoe ration, I can't play
Last Line: I learned what it means to be kind
Subject(s): Concentration Camps; Heart Mountain Relocation Center Wyoming; Japanese Americans - Internment; Wyoming


HEART MOUNTAIN, 1943: 8. YOSHIO MIYAKE       
First Line: It sours my incense, disturbs the sleep
Last Line: Will suddenly wake, eyes spitting blood
Subject(s): Concentration Camps; Heart Mountain Relocation Center Wyoming; Japanese Americans - Internment; Wyoming


HEART MOUNTAIN, 1943: 9. CHIKAKO OKANO       
First Line: I know tweezing away dead skin
Last Line: The scars I leave behind
Subject(s): Concentration Camps; Heart Mountain Relocation Center Wyoming; Japanese Americans - Internment; Wyoming


HIROSHIMA MAIDEN    Poem Text    
First Line: My mother recognized / my feet and claimed me
Subject(s): Concentration Camps; Heart Mountain Relocation Center Wyoming; Japanese Americans - Internment; Wyoming


HIROSHIMA MAIDEN       
First Line: My mother recognized %my feet and claimed me
Last Line: Richly embroidered %by unfamiliar hands
Subject(s): Concentration Camps; Heart Mountain Relocation Center Wyoming; Japanese Americans - Internment; Wyoming


HIROSHIMA, MON AMOUR    Poem Text    
First Line: Spasmed pork and gutter ofhiroshma newsreels unwinding inside
Last Line: Into the black and white interior of the narrative's narrative
Subject(s): Into The Black And White Interior Of The Narrative's Narrativ


HOPE    Poem Text    
First Line: There are nights I dream of goldfish
Last Line: With their strange and mournful cries
Subject(s): Fish & Fishing


HOPE       
First Line: There are nights I dream of goldfish
Last Line: With their strange and mournful cries


KAKITSUBATA    Poem Text    
First Line: Come to the place of eight bridges
Last Line: The song of sparrows will always tell you otherwise
Subject(s): Concentration Camps; Heart Mountain Relocation Center Wyoming; Japanese Americans - Internment; Wyoming; Dreams


KAKITSUBATA       
First Line: Come to the place of eight bridges
Last Line: The song of sparrows will always tell %you otherwise
Subject(s): Concentration Camps; Heart Mountain Relocation Center Wyoming; Japanese Americans - Internment; Wyoming


KWANNON     Poem Text    
First Line: Her hypervigilance such that
Last Line: In her terrible estuary of lamentations?
Subject(s): Women; Activity


LONELINESS    Poem Text    
First Line: My father made me keep
Subject(s): Family Life; Relatives


MARVELOUS THINGS    Poem Text    
First Line: A hairy caterpillar, silvery-
Subject(s): Nature


MITTEN SPRINGS: 1. BENNY'S PLACE       
First Line: We made camp %by the springs
Last Line: Flung from the snow
Subject(s): Concentration Camps; Heart Mountain Relocation Center Wyoming; Japanese Americans - Internment; Wyoming


MITTEN SPRINGS: 2. ANTELOPE HUNTING       
First Line: Stirring up grouse
Last Line: Of dust and hoofbeats
Subject(s): Concentration Camps; Heart Mountain Relocation Center Wyoming; Japanese Americans - Internment; Wyoming


MITTEN SPRINGS: 3. GUTTING       
First Line: Sawing the ribcage %was hard work
Last Line: The spicy sage taste %run through me
Subject(s): Concentration Camps; Heart Mountain Relocation Center Wyoming; Japanese Americans - Internment; Wyoming


NANKING CHERRY JAM       
First Line: The robins squabbled over the berries
Last Line: I still could taste the fragrant blood-red fruit


NINGYO    Poem Text    
First Line: She took me everywhere
Subject(s): Concentration Camps; Heart Mountain Relocation Center Wyoming; Japanese Americans - Internment; Wyoming


NINGYO       
First Line: She took me everywhere
Last Line: Opening the sky
Subject(s): Concentration Camps; Heart Mountain Relocation Center Wyoming; Japanese Americans - Internment; Wyoming


OCTOPUS IN THE FREEZER       
First Line: What could you possibly have been dreaming of
Last Line: And resurrect me back into the living again


ODE TO SHUSHI       
First Line: The gleaming arc / of knife
Subject(s): Concentration Camps; Heart Mountain Relocation Center Wyoming; Japanese Americans - Internment; Wyoming


ODE TO SHUSHI       
First Line: The gleaming arc %of knife
Last Line: A white moon
Subject(s): Concentration Camps; Heart Mountain Relocation Center Wyoming; Japanese Americans - Internment; Wyoming


OYURUSHI    Poem Text    
First Line: We danced hopscotch squares
Subject(s): Concentration Camps; Heart Mountain Relocation Center Wyoming; Japanese Americans - Internment; Wyoming


OYURUSHI       
First Line: We danced hopscotch squares
Last Line: I am your sister
Subject(s): Concentration Camps; Heart Mountain Relocation Center Wyoming; Japanese Americans - Internment; Wyoming


PEACH GIRL       
First Line: Apprehended by snow
Last Line: And you will spit it out
Subject(s): Concentration Camps; Heart Mountain Relocation Center Wyoming; Japanese Americans - Internment; Wyoming


PEARLS    Poem Text    
First Line: Mother eats seaweed and plum pickles
Subject(s): Concentration Camps; Heart Mountain Relocation Center Wyoming; Japanese Americans - Internment; Wyoming


PEARLS       
First Line: Mother eats seaweed and plum pickles
Last Line: It hurts. And the more it hurts, %the bigger the pearl
Subject(s): Concentration Camps; Heart Mountain Relocation Center Wyoming; Japanese Americans - Internment; Wyoming


PEONY LANTERN       
First Line: Do not forget me
Last Line: Her own limbs, one by one
Subject(s): Concentration Camps; Heart Mountain Relocation Center Wyoming; Japanese Americans - Internment; Wyoming


PEONY LOVER    Poem Text    
First Line: A thinnest sliver of moon, and caterpillars
Subject(s): Concentration Camps; Heart Mountain Relocation Center Wyoming; Japanese Americans - Internment; Wyoming


PEONY LOVER       
First Line: A thinnest sliver of moon, and caterpillars
Last Line: Of peony petals crumpling in my fists
Subject(s): Concentration Camps; Heart Mountain Relocation Center Wyoming; Japanese Americans - Internment; Wyoming


SLEEPLESS GRAFFITI    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life; Insomnia; Sleeplessness


SNAKE WIFE       
First Line: From the very start, you were charmed %by the uncoiling
Last Line: Bright in snow and steam, grooming each %other with soft paws


SONGS FOR AN APPROACHING RAINY SEASON    Poem Text    
First Line: Today the tomatoes will blush
Subject(s): Concentration Camps; Heart Mountain Relocation Center Wyoming; Japanese Americans - Internment; Wyoming


SONGS FOR AN APPROACHING RAINY SEASON       
First Line: Today the tomatoes will blush
Last Line: And pry each of my petals loose
Subject(s): Concentration Camps; Heart Mountain Relocation Center Wyoming; Japanese Americans - Internment; Wyoming


SQUID       
First Line: Purplish pink, their bodies were mottled with black dots, like
Last Line: Water, and when I held them up to my nose they smelled like %another country
Subject(s): Concentration Camps; Heart Mountain Relocation Center Wyoming; Japanese Americans - Internment; Wyoming


STAR FESTIVAL: 1. SUMIDA RIVER       
First Line: Rice-paper lanterns bob
Last Line: The sides of the boats %in judgment
Subject(s): Concentration Camps; Heart Mountain Relocation Center Wyoming; Japanese Americans - Internment; Wyoming


STAR FESTIVAL: 2. ORIHIME'S SONG       
First Line: I came from mulberry trees
Last Line: To have you inside me again
Subject(s): Concentration Camps; Heart Mountain Relocation Center Wyoming; Japanese Americans - Internment; Wyoming


STAR FESTIVAL: 3. A THOUSAND CRANES       
First Line: I go to the bamboo grove
Last Line: I am selfish
Subject(s): Concentration Camps; Heart Mountain Relocation Center Wyoming; Japanese Americans - Internment; Wyoming


THE DESIRE FOR SPACE TRAVEL IS A METAPHOR FOR ESCAPE    Poem Text    
First Line: Christmas eve, and how deliciously soft-shell crab
Subject(s): Homecoming; Food & Eating; Love - Erotic; Christmas; Nativity, The


THE WOMAN WHO LOVES INSECTS    Poem Text    
First Line: If you stand outside my gate
Subject(s): Concentration Camps; Heart Mountain Relocation Center Wyoming; Japanese Americans - Internment; Wyoming


THINGS I WOULD DO FOR YOU    Poem Text    
First Line: Let me gather together a radiant cache
Last Line: And hold you, my mouth in the nape of your neck
Subject(s): Love


TOOTHPICK WARRIORS       
First Line: Night sweats %to the rattle %and clink
Last Line: I'll use to cleave %delusion's head %clean off


TRANSPLANTING    Poem Text    
First Line: My mother carried the chest x-ray
Subject(s): Mothers & Daughters; Sneezing; Food & Eating; X-rays; Pigs; Boars; Hogs


TROMPE D'OEIL: THE ANNOTATED VERSION    Poem Text    


TSUNAMI IN LOVE: KINTSUKUROI / GOLDEN JOINERY    Poem Text    
First Line: Safe is just another empty signifier
Last Line: Gilding together what’s broken no more
Subject(s): Love – Erotic


UTOYASUKATA       
First Line: My heart's a black bird
Last Line: And you'll say yasukata
Subject(s): Concentration Camps; Heart Mountain Relocation Center Wyoming; Japanese Americans - Internment; Wyoming


WOMAN WHO LOVES INSECTS       
First Line: If you stand outside my gate
Last Line: My honeybee. %my centipede
Subject(s): Concentration Camps; Heart Mountain Relocation Center Wyoming; Japanese Americans - Internment; Wyoming


YEAR OF THE SNAKE       
First Line: I was born in the year of the snake
Last Line: Up like tiny dragon kites spiraling %higher, higher...Higher