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Author: RUEFLE, MARY
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Ruefle, Mary    Poet's Biography
63 poems available by this author


10-APR       
First Line: The young cherry tree is naked and alone
Last Line: And is deeply ashamed, but purified %like a well


A CERTAIN SWIRL    Poem Text    
First Line: The classroom was dark, all the desks were empty,
Subject(s): Schools; Language; Students; Words; Vocabulary


APPOINTMENT       
First Line: I wanted to walk in the snow
Last Line: Among the mullberry leaves


ASPIRANT       
First Line: Always when I glanced inwards she was there
Last Line: But nothing pointed %except the boat, away


BALLAD    Poem Text    
First Line: When the heel came off my shoe
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


BAVARIA    Poem Text    
First Line: The mountain skies were clear
Subject(s): Nature


BENCH       
First Line: My husband and I were arguing about a bench we wanted to buy
Last Line: Bench we eventually placed in the meadow which continued to %grow as if there were no bench at all
Subject(s): Chairs; Marriage; Quarrels


BLOOD SOUP    Poem Text    
First Line: The last time I saw father alive he was using
Subject(s): Fathers; Death; Soup; Dead, The


CARDAMOM BUDS       
First Line: High in the sky someone ate a peanut and accepted
Last Line: In my tea, certain the summons couldn't possibly apply to me


CONTINUA       
First Line: The frozen hills, the silver clouds
Last Line: & then I just lie there, unearthed, but more like a tree %supine, chopped down, its fresh yellow stu


COUNCIL OF AGDE       
First Line: Armed with a cotton-puff and a little sword


DEPICTED ON A SCREEN       
First Line: I hear over in china
Last Line: All of the heroes %you see falling down %were filmed trying to stand up


DO NOT DISTURB       
First Line: In a milk-white mist in the middle of the wood
Last Line: Speaking softly to one another for hours


ECCE HOMO       
First Line: Wasn't he always muttering to himself
Last Line: With his baby talk and a two-day-old beard, %entering the wilderness, inundating it %with out bright


EVANGELICAL       
First Line: Anything above a primer would split my head today
Last Line: With disbelief. That's why I love their feet


FIGMENT       
First Line: Outside the coffee shop the first snow
Last Line: The bronze hands of an old clock %and mailed them there


FOUR ANECDOTES FROM THE LIFE OF DANG YO-UNE    Poem Text    
First Line: He stood outside the gates of lhasa for four days
Subject(s): Life


FULL MOON       
First Line: The white spot to the upper left %which looks like the pith plug
Last Line: Is not an object of observation, %when it is


FUNNY STORY       
First Line: I don't remember where I was going
Last Line: I let it take my breath away. %that's ok I said %take my breath away. %and it was gone


FURTHERNESS       
First Line: An oak coffin covered with vines
Last Line: Furthermore, there are pies on the table waiting


HELIUM    Poem Text    
First Line: You are helium. You make everything rise
Subject(s): Gas; Death; Colors; Dead, The


INTERMITTENCE       
First Line: The anxiety of spring will come
Last Line: And the air be seriously entangled


KEEPING IT SIMPLE    Poem Text    
First Line: I take the bird on the woodpile,
Subject(s): Birds


LAST ON EARTH    Poem Text    
First Line: It is said that many have been cured of madness by drinking
Subject(s): Christianity; God; Drinks & Drinking; Insanity; Wine; Madness; Mental Illness


LAST SUPPER       
First Line: It made a dazzling display


LITTLE I SAW OF CUBA       
First Line: She regained her sight for five days and she said
Last Line: To alter my description of anything


MAGNIFICAT    Poem Text    
First Line: O lord, I did walk upon the earth
Subject(s): God


MARCH       
First Line: The sweet peas turn blue as they die. I guess
Last Line: In arguing. Could we hear that again? It perks a body up


MATHEW BRADY ARRANGING THE BODIES    Poem Text    
First Line: On a mountain flat with snow
Subject(s): War; Corpses; Cadavers


MERCY       
First Line: God have mercy on me. This is the diary of a lost soul
Last Line: If I only knew how and where and why


MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL       
First Line: How imaginary! Dull things often are
Last Line: I daresay the candle-snuff, too, leaves %a faint trace of gladness in the air


MIMOSA    Poem Text    
First Line: Pink dandruff of some tree
Subject(s): Time


MONUMENT       
First Line: A small war had ended. Like all wars, it was terrible. Things which
Last Line: Built, but remained for me an end to the war that had ended


MY BEAUTIFUL SPIDER BITE       
First Line: You kissed me in front of the whole regime
Last Line: One grows stupid with sorrow %that's insupportable


MY HAPPINESS    Poem Text    
First Line: I laid my happiness in a field
Subject(s): Happiness; Porcupines; Joy; Delight


NAKED LADIES    Poem Text    
First Line: Jean-jacques wanted: a cottage on the swiss shore
Last Line: Who wanted to stand up? Who felt like walking?
Subject(s): Hollins College, Virginia


NAKED LADIES       
First Line: Jean-jacques wanted: a cottage on the swiss shore
Last Line: Who wanted to stand up? Who felt like walking?
Subject(s): Hollins College, Virginia


NUTSHELL       
First Line: I lay back like a canoe
Last Line: For it is all that is made


PERPETUALLY ATTEMPTING TO SOAR    Poem Text    
First Line: A boy from brooklyn used to cruise on summer nights.
Subject(s): Likes & Dislikes; Wind; Breasts; Aging


PHILOSOPHY OF THE ASTONISHED       
First Line: I don't know how the astonished can have
Last Line: And seemed to say %potatoes would go great with that


PROSCENIUM ARCH       
First Line: I lived like a god
Last Line: So I can shut up early %and later act dead


QUICK NOTE ABOUT THE THINK SOURCE       
First Line: My dreams are not worth a half-penny
Last Line: The next day an infant is born without feet


RAIN EFFECT    Poem Text    
First Line: A bride and a groom sitting in an open buggy
Subject(s): Hokusai Katsushika (1760-1849); Rain; Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


SENTIMENTAL EDUCATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Ann galbraith / loves barry soyers
Subject(s): Schools; Students


SEVEN POSTCARDS FROM DOVER    Poem Text    
First Line: The teacher said inner truth
Subject(s): Chalk


SHALIMAR    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: God put his finger on my sacrum


STORM WINDOW    Poem Text    
First Line: She sat writing little poems of mist


SWAMP MAPLES       
First Line: Some hundred mallards flying prone


THE ART OF HAPPINESS    Poem Text    
First Line: I am too weak to speak,
Last Line: What’s a phone call or two?
Subject(s): Happiness; Water; Joy; Delight


THE BENCH    Poem Text    
First Line: My husband and I were arguing about a bench we wanted to buy
Last Line: Bench we eventually placed in the meadow which continued to grow as if there were no bench at all
Subject(s): Chairs; Marriage; Quarrels; Weddings; Husbands; Wives; Arguments; Disagreements


THE BUNNY GIVES US A LESSON IN ETERNITY    Poem Text    
First Line: We are a sad people, without hats.
Subject(s): Rabbits; Hares


THE DAZE    Poem Text    
First Line: It was one of those mornings the earth seemed
Subject(s): Morning


THE HAND    Poem Text    
First Line: The teacher asks a question.
Subject(s): Hands; Schools; Students


THE LETTER    Poem Text    
First Line: Beloved, men in thick green coats came crunching
Subject(s): Absence; Separation; Isolation


THE WIFE OF MISSION ROCK    Poem Text    
First Line: Nothing curves at sea,
Subject(s): Sea; Ocean


TIMBERLAND       
First Line: Paul's fish fry in bennington, vermont, is no longer
Last Line: The logs, with my head thrown back and then pitched %forward%in tears. And the litchi! It's like swa


TOPOPHILIA       
First Line: I was going to ardently pursue this day
Last Line: That word has kept me company all my life


UNACCOMPANIED BRAIN       
First Line: A bedbug born in 1852


WHITE BUTTONS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Having been blown away
Subject(s): Books; Parents; Reading; Parenthood


WHY I AM NOT A GOOD KISSER       
First Line: Because I open my mouth too wide
Last Line: Over moccasin stitch #3, %which is required for my release


WOMEN IN LABOR    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Women who lie alone at midnight
Subject(s): Women


XINGANG ZHONG LU       
First Line: The pig's lungs
Last Line: I give him more money for his lungs %than his lungs are worth


ZORRO & THE BATS       
First Line: Leaf-chinned, fringed-lipped, hammer-headed, tubenosed
Last Line: Over our heads where the attic vaults, an inverted ark %you've built for yourselves in the dark