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Author: RUKEYSER, MURIEL
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Rukeyser, Muriel    Poet's Biography
584 poems available by this author


1/26/1939       
First Line: When barcelona fell, the darkened glass
Last Line: I meet it all the faces that I see
Subject(s): Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)


1/26/39    Poem Text    
First Line: When barcelona fell, the darkened glass
Subject(s): Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)


A BIRTH    Poem Text    
First Line: Lately having escaped three-kinded death
Subject(s): Birth; Child Birth; Midwifery


A CERTAIN MUJSIC    Poem Text    
First Line: Never to hear, I know I know in myself
Subject(s): Music & Musicians; Cantinflas (1911-1993)


A CHARM FOR CANTIFLAS    Poem Text    
First Line: After the lights and after the rumba and after the bourbon
Subject(s): Cantinflas


A LEG IN A PLASTER CAST    Poem Text    
First Line: When at last he was well enough to take the sun
Subject(s): Convalescence; Sin


ADVENTURE AT MIDNIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Watching, on piers, exuberant travelers
Subject(s): Sea; Ocean


AFTER MELVILLE       
First Line: The sea-coast looks at the sea, and the cities pour
Last Line: He is part of our look into each other's face


AFTER THE DEATH OF HER MOTHER    Poem Text    
First Line: A seacoast late at night, and a wheel of wind
Subject(s): Mothers; Death; Dead, The


AFTER THEIR QUARREL       
First Line: After the quarrel in the house I walked the grasses of the field
Last Line: Even there, the husband of the spring, who knows his time


AFTERWARDS       
First Line: We are the antlers of that white animal
Last Line: Speaks under all knowing: our lives burn


AIR       
First Line: Flowers of air
Last Line: Air in their mouths made %into live meanings


AJANTA: 1. THE JOURNEY    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Came in my full youth to the midnight cave
Subject(s): Ajanta, India; Caves; Caverns


AJANTA: 1. THE JOURNEY       
First Line: Came in my full youth to the midnight cave
Last Line: This cave where the myth enters the heart again
Subject(s): Ajanta, India; Caves


AJANTA: 2. THE CAVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Space to the mind, the painted cave of dream
Subject(s): Ajanta, India; Caves; Caverns


AJANTA: 2. THE CAVE       
First Line: Space to the mind, the painted cave of dream
Last Line: Great sensual shoulders in the web of time
Subject(s): Ajanta, India; Caves


AJANTA: 3. LES TENDRESS BESTIALES       
First Line: A procession of caresses alters the ancient sky
Last Line: I am plunged deep. Must find the midnight cave


AJANTA: 3. LES TENDRESSES BESTIALES    Poem Text    
First Line: A procession of caresses alters the ancient sky
Subject(s): Ajanta, India; Caves; Caverns


AJANTA: 3. LES TENDRESSES BESTIALES       
First Line: A procession of caresses alters the ancient sky
Last Line: I am plunged deep. Must find the midnight cave
Subject(s): Ajanta, India; Caves


AJANTA: 4. BLACK BLOOD    Poem Text    
First Line: A habit leading to murder, smoky laughter
Subject(s): Ajanta, India; Caves; Caverns


AJANTA: 4. BLACK BLOOD       
First Line: A habit leading to murder, smoky laughter
Last Line: Try to live as if there were a god
Subject(s): Ajanta, India; Caves


AJANTA: 4. BLACK BLOOD       
First Line: A habit leading to murder, smoky laughter
Last Line: Try to live as if there were a god'


AJANTA: 5. THE BROKEN WORLD    Poem Text    
First Line: Came to ajanta cave, the painted space of the breast
Subject(s): Ajanta, India; Caves; Caverns


AJANTA: 5. THE BROKEN WORLD       
First Line: Came to ajanta cave, the painted space of the breast
Last Line: The journey, and the struggles of the moon
Subject(s): Ajanta, India; Caves


AKIBA    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The night is covered with signs. The body and face of man
Subject(s): Jerusalem; Jews; Judaism


AKIBA       
First Line: The night is covered with signs. The body and face of man
Last Line: The signs, the journeys of the night, survive
Subject(s): Jerusalem; Jews


AKIBA: AKIBA MARTYR       
First Line: When his death confronted him, it had the face of his friend
Last Line: The death of akiba


AKIBA: FOR THE SONG OF SONGS       
First Line: However the voices rise
Last Line: Body of dreaming


AKIBA: THE BONDS       
First Line: In the wine country, poverty, they drink no wine
Last Line: More than the calf wants to suck, the cow wants to give suck


AKIBA: THE WAY OUT       
First Line: The night is covered with signs. The body and face of man
Last Line: Ways to discover. The song of the way in


AKIBA: THE WAY OUT       
First Line: The night is covered with signs. The body and face of man
Last Line: We hear the hoofs over the seethe of the sea


AKIBA: THE WITNESSR       
First Line: Who is the witness? What voice moves across time
Last Line: The signs, the journeys of the night, survive


ALL SOULS       
First Line: The day of life and death offers its flowers
Last Line: The strong drink running down the shoulder of the grave


ALL THE LITTLE ANIMALS    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Pregnancy; Sons; Truth


ALL THE LITTLE ANIMALS       
First Line: You are not pregnant, said the man
Last Line: And whatever streams from him


ALL THE WAY THROUGH THE FOREST       
First Line: All the way through the forest, a sound of birdsong
Last Line: Making, singing, bring the potential to day


ALONG HISTORY    Poem Text    
First Line: Along history, forever
Subject(s): Lust


ALONG HISTORY       
First Line: Along history, forever
Last Line: His penis erect with %fantasy
Subject(s): Lust


AMONG GRASS       
First Line: Lying here among grass, am I dead am I sleeping
Last Line: Did we not lie among roses


ANEMONE       
First Line: My eyes are closing, my eyes are opening
Last Line: My life is closing, my life is opening. %you are here


ANOTHER DAY. A GAME OF TOYS. PAUL, TELLING THE GAME:       
First Line: One shall be the mother and one shall be the father
Last Line: Here the game ends


ANOTHER DAY. FOR A MOMENT SLIPPPING BACK, AGAIN UNREAL KING       
First Line: Let's throw it. Let's throw ice at her face
Last Line: Whole, whole, whole, miss lorence - the world, the world


ANOTHER DAY. IN A FIELD OF PEACE THE CHILD, PLAYING       
First Line: Miss lorence, until I get to be somebody else -- big me
Last Line: They do. And morning. And all doorkeepers


ANOTHER DAY. PAUL IN THE MOUNTAINS OF FANTASY.       
First Line: I pulled him back
Last Line: He turned back to his own group with his whole life in his act of choice


ANOTHER DAY. THE CHILDREN ARE ALL EATING       
First Line: This dinner is too rich for you, paul
Last Line: Among our new-found powers


ARE YOU BORN? 1       
First Line: A man riding on the meaning of rivers
Last Line: I stood alive in the young cloud


ARE YOU BORN? 2       
First Line: A child riding the stormy mane of noon
Last Line: The starry form of love


ARTIFACT       
First Line: When this hand is gone to earth
Last Line: Can these dry pieces join? Again go bright? Speak to you then?


ASLEEP AND AWAKE    Poem Text    
First Line: Asleep and awake, I awake
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


ASLEEP AND AWAKE       
First Line: Asleep and awake, I wake
Last Line: Music of forms and desires


ASYLUM SONG       
First Line: As I went down the road to the water, the river to the sea
Last Line: As the long tides came in


BACK TOOTH       
First Line: My large back tooth, without a mate for years
Last Line: She is a little diminished but functioning, all night all day


BACKSIDE OF THE ACADEMY       
First Line: Five brick panels, three small windows, six lions' heads with
Last Line: I can see past the church the words of an ending line: %ive by bread alone


BALLAD OF ORANGE AND GRAPE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: After you finish your work
Subject(s): Cities; Harlem (new York City); Urban Life


BALLAD OF ORANGE AND GRAPE       
First Line: After you finish your work
Last Line: Pouring orange into grape and grape into orange forever
Subject(s): Cities; Harlem (new York City)


BALLAD THEME       
First Line: She tells
Last Line: Sing I chant I


BEAST IN VIEW       
First Line: Configurations of time and singing
Last Line: Know only that we run one path


BEER AND BACON       
First Line: When you see a woman riding the air
Last Line: That I need my beer and bacon too


BIRTH       
First Line: Lately having escaped three-kinded death
Last Line: My tearflesh beckoner who brought me to this place


BIRTH OF VENUS       
First Line: Risen in a %welter of waters
Last Line: The crisp delightful botticellian wave
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Venus (goddess)


BLOOD IS JUSTIFIED (1)       
First Line: Beat out continuance in the choking veins
Last Line: We turn from treasons, we shall accomplish these


BLOOD IS JUSTIFIED (2)       
First Line: Open with care the journal of those years
Last Line: Beneath what seas toll all those fallen dreams


BLUE FLOWER       
First Line: Stroke by stroke, in the country of the fragile
Last Line: Your blue flower


BLUE SPRUCE       
First Line: Of all green trees, I love a nevergreen
Last Line: A tree of light and a tree of darkness %blue spruce


BOOK OF THE DEAD: ABSALOM       
First Line: I first discovered what was killing these men
Last Line: I shall give a mouth to my son


BOOK OF THE DEAD: ALLOY       
First Line: This is the most audacious landscape. The gangster's
Last Line: Disintegrated angel on these hills


BOOK OF THE DEAD: ARTHUR PEYTON       
First Line: Consumed. Eaten away. And love across the street
Last Line: O love the stream of glass a stream of living fire


BOOK OF THE DEAD: GAULEY BRIDGE       
First Line: Camera at the crossing sees the city
Last Line: A foreland, sloped to sea and overgrown with roses? %these people live here


BOOK OF THE DEAD: GEORGE ROBINSON: BLUES       
First Line: Gauley bridge is a good town for negroes, they let us stand
Last Line: The dust had covered us both, and the dust was white


BOOK OF THE DEAD: JUANITA TINSLEY       
First Line: Even after the letters, there is work
Last Line: A tall boy who was never in a tunnel


BOOK OF THE DEAD: MEARL BLANKENSHIP       
First Line: He stood against the stove %facing the fire
Last Line: If you can do anything for me %let me know soon


BOOK OF THE DEAD: POWER       
First Line: The quick sun brings, exciting mountains warm
Last Line: The root of the tower and the tunnel's core, %this is the end


BOOK OF THE DEAD: PRAISE OF THE COMMITTEE       
First Line: These are the lines on which a committee is formed
Last Line: Their hands touched mastery: now they %demand an answer


BOOK OF THE DEAD: STATEMENT: PHILIPPA ALLEN       
First Line: You like the state of west virginia very much, do your not?
Last Line: Later, but I shall try to give you a general history of %this condition first


BOOK OF THE DEAD: THE BILL       
First Line: The subcommittee submits
Last Line: To break the armored and concluded mind


BOOK OF THE DEAD: THE BOOK OF THE DEAD       
First Line: These roads will take you into your own country
Last Line: As epilogue, seeds of unending love


BOOK OF THE DEAD: THE CORNFIELD       
First Line: Error, disease, snow, sudden weather
Last Line: They want to live as long as they can


BOOK OF THE DEAD: THE DAM       
First Line: All power is saved, having no end. Rises
Last Line: It changes. It does not die


BOOK OF THE DEAD: THE DISEASE       
First Line: This is a lung disease. Silicate dust makes it
Last Line: Does silicosis cause death? %yes sir


BOOK OF THE DEAD: THE DISEASE: AFTER-EFFECTS       
First Line: This is the life of a congressman
Last Line: Five hundred thousand stand


BOOK OF THE DEAD: THE DOCTORS       
First Line: Tell the jury your name
Last Line: We object. %objection overruled. %they were


BOOK OF THE DEAD: THE FACE OF THE DAM: VIVIAN JONES       
First Line: On the hour he shuts the door and walks out of town
Last Line: And on the hour walks again through town


BOOK OF THE DEAD: THE ROAD       
First Line: These are roads to take when you think of your country
Last Line: Cutting fast and direct into the town


BOOK OF THE DEAD: WEST VIRGINIA       
First Line: They saw rivers flow west and hoped again
Last Line: Like valleys, opening mines, %coming to life


BORN IN DECEMBER       
First Line: You are like me born at the end of the year
Last Line: A little younger than they think we are


BOY WITH HIS HAIR CUT SHORT    Poem Text    
First Line: Sunday shuts down on this twentieth-century evening
Subject(s): Hair


BOY WITH HIS HAIR CUT SHORT       
First Line: Sunday shuts down on this twentieth-century evening
Last Line: The blue vein, bright on her temple, pitifully beating
Subject(s): Hair


BOYS IN THE BRANCHES       
First Line: Blue in the green trees, what are they climbing
Last Line: Forgive me, mother. I am alive


BOYS OF THESE MEN FULL SPEED       
First Line: Boys of these men
Last Line: Woman of that girl


BREAKING OPEN    Poem Text    
First Line: I come into the room. The room stands waiting
Last Line: "to discover the country of our waking
Subject(s): Civil Rights Movement; Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Jews; Prisons & Prisoners; Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975; Shoah; Judaism


BREAKING OPEN       
First Line: I come into the room. The room stands waiting
Last Line: To discover the country our waking %breaking open
Subject(s): Civil Rights Movement; Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Jews; Prisons And Prisoners; Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975


BREAKING THE NETS OF THE WORLD       
First Line: Breaking the nets of the world, in glimpses going
Last Line: Linked, given, and in glimpses going


BREATHING LANDSCAPE    Poem Text    
First Line: Lying in the sun
Subject(s): Landscape


BREATHING LANDSCAPE       
First Line: Lying in the sun
Last Line: Of certain rivers continuing underground


BRINGING       
First Line: Bringing their life these young
Last Line: Bringing ltheir life entire they come to this place


BUBBLE OF AIR       
First Line: The bubbles in the blood sprang free
Last Line: Answer the silence of the weak %speak


BUBBLE OF AIR       
First Line: The bubbles in the blood sprang free
Last Line: Answer the silence of the weak: speak!


BUNK JOHNSON BLOWING    Poem Text    
First Line: They found him in the fields and called him back to music
Last Line: We three slid down that san francisco hill
Subject(s): Jazz; Johnson, Bunk (1889-1949); Ledbetter, Huddie [leadbelly] (1888-1949; Music & Musicians; Leadbelly


BUNK JOHNSON BLOWING       
First Line: They found him in the fields and called him back to music
Last Line: We three slid down that san francisco hill
Subject(s): Jazz; Johnson, Bunk (1889-1949); Ledbetter, Huddie [leadbelly] (1888-1949; Music And Musicians


BURLESQUE       
First Line: Up in the second balcony
Last Line: The clutching loins and intolerable kiss


BURNING BUSH       
First Line: Faced with furnace demands during its education
Last Line: Training a flame upward along its vine


BURNISHING, OAKLAND       
First Line: Near the waterfront
Last Line: One masked man %working alone %burnishing


CAMPAIGN: SUN ON THE FACES    Poem Text    
First Line: Sun on the faces. On the knotted rocks
Subject(s): Railroads; Railways; Trains


CAMPAIGN: SUN ON THE FACES       
First Line: Sun on the faces. On the knotted rocks
Last Line: Will go to washington
Subject(s): Railroads


CAMPAIGN: THE YOUNG MEN       
First Line: The surface shine, the inner steel of track
Last Line: In my net of growth, my words are unreal to me
Subject(s): Railroads


CANAL       
First Line: Sea-shouldering ithaca
Last Line: Captained through light


CANNIBAL BRATUSCHA       
First Line: Have you heard about mr. Bratuscha
Last Line: To live out our own lives to make our own freedom to make the world


CATS AND A COCK       
First Line: What hill can ever hold us?
Last Line: Mayday moment, forever provoking new %belief and blooming


CERTAIN MUSIC       
First Line: Never to hear, I know in myself complete
Last Line: And have been saved and hardly know the cold


CHAPULTEPEC PARK: 1       
First Line: The calling and the melody all night long
Last Line: A young horse runs into the sunlight


CHAPULTEPEC PARK: 2       
First Line: The city of the heart
Last Line: But most, a deepened hope, sunlight and memory


CHARLES IVES, SELS.       
First Line: This is charles ives
Last Line: Naming the instruments we all must hold
Subject(s): Ives, Charles (1874-1954); Music And Musicians


CHARM FOR CANTINFLAS       
First Line: After the lights and after the rumba and after the bourbon
Last Line: Marshmallow, myrtle, peppermint, pumpkin, sesame, sesame %squills


CHILD AND MOTHER       
First Line: Revolution shall be a toy of peace to you
Last Line: Prows of revolt launched among barbarous seas


CHILD IN THE GREAT WOOD       
First Line: It is all much worse than I dreamed
Last Line: But the night seems very long


CHILDREN'S ORCHARD       
First Line: In the full sun. In the fruitfall season
Last Line: Blue, full summer, strong sun. I tell you harvest


CHILDREN, THE SANDBAR, THAT SUMMER    Poem Text    
First Line: Sunlight the tall women may never have seen
Subject(s): Seashore; Children; Beach; Coast; Shore; Childhood


CHILDREN, THE SANDBAR, THAT SUMMER       
First Line: Sunlight the tall women may never have seen
Last Line: Where men and women give each other children


CHRISTMAS EVE       
First Line: The secret child walks down the street
Last Line: Did the child weep? No the child did not weep


CITATION FOR HORACE GREGORY    Poem Text    
First Line: These are our brave, these with their hands in on the work
Subject(s): Gregory, Horace (1898-1982)


CITATION FOR HORACE GREGORY       
First Line: These are our brave, these with their hands in on the work
Last Line: On rich particular beauty for their heirs
Subject(s): Gregory, Horace (1898-1982)


CITY OF MONUMENTS (WASHINGTON 1934)       
First Line: Be proud you people of these graves
Last Line: Stone cedes to blossom everywhere


CLOUDS, AIRS, CARRIED ME AWAY       
First Line: Clouds, airs, carried me away
Last Line: Here are their songs


CLUES       
First Line: How will you catch these clues at the moment of waking
Last Line: We took our dreams into our bodies


COLLEGE RADICALS       
First Line: College radicals, a term meaning, in the united states, the young
Last Line: A faint drumming, in the walls of the room. For the rest of their lives


COLLEGE SPECIAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Plush lines the metal train, making the steel
Subject(s): Railroad Stations; New York City; Manhattan; New York, New York; The Big Apple


CONEY ISLAND       
First Line: Coney island, coney island
Last Line: Let me know what is real, %let me bel- %ieve


CONJUGATION OF THE PARAMECIUM       
First Line: This has nothing
Last Line: This is called %the conjugation of the paramecium


CORRESPONDENCES: CORRESPONDENCES       
First Line: Wars between wars, laughter behind the lines
Last Line: And the sky turning over, and the wind turning the stars


CORRESPONDENCES: DEMOCRITUS LAUGHED       
First Line: Democritus laughed when he
Last Line: The war on peace


CORRESPONDENCES: TREE OF DAYS       
First Line: I was born in winter when
Last Line: And the war goes on


COURSE       
First Line: Years before action when the wish alone
Last Line: The fever voice of death working against the wish


CRAYON HOUSE       
First Line: Two or three lines across; the black ones, down
Last Line: And the beginning was real. The drawing of a child
Subject(s): Crayons; Houses


CRIES FROM CHIAPAS       
First Line: Hunger
Last Line: To you %across the air


DARKNESS MUSIC       
First Line: The days grow and the stars cross over


DEEP IN THE CENTURY OF OPPOSITES       
Last Line: Worse than all rommel's guns, that my young darling should prove false %and a liar


DELTA POEMS    Poem Text    
First Line: Among leaf-green


DELTA POEMS       
First Line: Among leaf-green
Last Line: A girl and a young man walk near the water


DESDICHADA    Poem Text    
First Line: For that you never acknowledged me, I acknowledge
Subject(s): Life; Death; Dead, The


DESDICHADA       
First Line: For that you never acknowledged me, I acknowledge
Last Line: In my own body %at last in the dance


DESPISALS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: In the human cities, never again to
Subject(s): Americans; United States; America


DESPISALS       
First Line: In the human cities, never again to
Last Line: With the it : to know that I am it
Subject(s): Americans; United States


DESTRUCTION OF GRIEF       
First Line: Today I asked aileen
Last Line: Can you tell me their names, aileen


DIVINING WATER       
First Line: We stood around the raw new-planted garden
Last Line: Now waters divine men we all know what he was


DOCTORS, SELECTIONS       
First Line: Dear sir: due to illness of my wife and urgent professional duties
Last Line: Made out of it nothing less than a racket


DON BATY, THE DRAFT RESISTER       
First Line: I muriel stood at the altar-table
Last Line: The newborn are with us singing


DOUBLE DIALOGUE: HOMAGE TO ROBERT FROST       
First Line: In agony saying : the last night of his life
Last Line: Arguing life for life even at your life's cost


DOUBLE ODE       
First Line: Wine and oil gleaming within their heads
Last Line: Do I move toward form, do I use all my fears


DOWN FROM CHICAGO BRYAN CAME       
Last Line: All torn apart by the mask of men


DREAM-DRUMMING       
First Line: I braced the drum to my arm, a flat drum, and began to play
Last Line: Drumming my dream


DREAMING WE WERE AWAKE, WE HEARD THE RIVERS       
Last Line: Of revelation; your story and your song


DRIVEWAY       
First Line: Speeding from city, feeling day
Last Line: The caretaker's flashlight sending his shadow up ahead


DROWNING YOUNG MAN       
First Line: The drowning young man lifted his face from the river
Last Line: His face in the boiling river, and is surrendered down


DRUNKEN GIRL       
First Line: Do you know the name of the average animal
Last Line: We'll come to averages by and by


DRUNKEN GIRL: SONG       
First Line: The world is full of loss; bring, wind, my love
Last Line: Freedom to find to find to find %that nakedness
Variant Title(s): Son


DURING THE JOURNEY THERE COME MOMENTS OF WAKING       
Last Line: The song is song, it sings, and it is real


EASTER EVE, 1945.       
First Line: Wary of time o it seizes the soul tonight
Last Line: What fire survive forever %myself is for my time


ECCENTRIC MOTION       
First Line: Dashing in glass we race
Last Line: New york to mexico


EEL       
First Line: We started to walk but it was wading-slow
Last Line: To change it. To mature. To find. To be these


EFFORT AT SPEECH BETWEEN TWO PEOPLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Speak to me. Take my hand. What are you now?
Subject(s): Relationships


EFFORT AT SPEECH BETWEEN TWO PEOPLE       
First Line: Speak to me. Take my hand. What are you now?
Last Line: Everyone silent, moving - take my hand. Speak to me
Subject(s): Jews - Women


EIGHTH ELEGY: CHILDREN'S ELEGY       
First Line: Yes, I have seen their eyes. In peaceful gardens
Last Line: Saying farewell, goodbye; goodbye, farewell


ELEGIES: FIFTH ELEGY: A TURNING WIND       
First Line: Knowing the shape of the country. Knowing the midway to
Last Line: Lie down again together face to face


ELEGIES: FOURTH ELEGY. THE REFUGEES    Poem Text    
First Line: And the child sitting alone planning her hope
Subject(s): Refugees


ELEGIES: FOURTH ELEGY. THE REFUGEES       
First Line: And the child sitting alone planning her hope
Last Line: To say and to remember and avenge. A lullaby for a believing child
Subject(s): Refugees


ELEGIES: SECOND ELEGY: AGE OF MAGICIANS       
First Line: A baroque night advances in its clouds
Last Line: Seer son of sight, hearer, of ear, at last


ELEGIES: THIRD ELEGY: THE FEAR OF FORM       
First Line: Tyranny of method! The outrageous smile
Last Line: To fuse it straight


EMPIRE STATE TOWER    Poem Text    
First Line: The far lands melt to orange and to grey
Subject(s): Empire State Building, New York City


ENDLESS    Poem Text    
First Line: Under the tall black sky you look out of your body
Subject(s): War


ENDLESS       
First Line: Under the tall black sky you look out of your body
Last Line: The broken and their children born and unborn %of the endless war
Subject(s): War


EVENING PLAZA, SAN MIGUEL       
First Line: No one will ever understand that evening
Last Line: And said, I must go home


EXILE OF MUSIC       
First Line: In the last bus last night that dead musician
Last Line: From the water-maze reaching out his hand and one green leaf


EYES OF NIGHT-TIME       
First Line: On the roads at night I saw the glitter of eyes
Last Line: Giving us gifts at hand, the glitter of all their eyes


F. O. M. (THE DEATH OF MATTHIESSEN)       
First Line: It was much stronger than they said. Noisier
Last Line: Defend us from doing what he had to do %who threw himself away


FABLE       
First Line: Yet it was the prince's kiss
Last Line: Something never perceived till now, the taproot


FACING SENTENCING       
First Line: Children remembering sadness grieve, they grieve
Last Line: And say among silence we will help stop this war


FIGHTING FOR ROSES    Poem Text    
First Line: After the last freeze, in easy air
Subject(s): Flowers; Gardens & Gardening


FIGHTING FOR ROSES       
First Line: After the last freeze, in easy air
Last Line: A moment of light achieved, deep in the air of roses
Subject(s): Flowers; Gardens And Gardening


FLYING RED HORSE       
First Line: On all the street corners the children are standing
Last Line: The flying red horse


FLYING TO HANOI       
First Line: I thought I was going to the poets, but I am going to the
Last Line: My life is flying to your life


FOGHORN IN HORROR    Poem Text    
First Line: I know that behind these walls is the city, over these rooftops in the sun
Subject(s): City & Town Life; Fog; Haze


FOGHORN IN HORROR       
First Line: I know that behind these walls is the city, over these rooftops is the sun
Last Line: The white clothes of the fog beyond me, beautiful, and the shadows. %blu-aa! Blu-aa! Ao


FOR A MEXICAN PAINTER       
First Line: Carlos, your art is embryos
Last Line: Carlos, your art is embryos


FOR FUN       
First Line: It was long before the national performance
Last Line: Let's dance a little before we go home to hell


FOR KAY BOYLE       
First Line: What is the skill of this waking? Heard the singing
Last Line: Light, streamings of the courage of the sources, %the sun and the moon that stand at your ears


FOR MY SON    Poem Text    
First Line: You come from poets, kings, bankrupts, preachers,
Subject(s): Sons; Ancestors & Ancestry; Heritage; Heredity


FOR MY SON       
First Line: You come from poets, kings, bankrupts, preachers
Last Line: And in your self made whole, whole with yourself and whole with others, %the stars your ancestors
Subject(s): Children; Mothers


FOR MY SON       
First Line: You come from poets, kings, bankrupts, preachers
Last Line: The stars your ancestors


FORERUNNERS       
First Line: Forerunners of images
Last Line: In our own time


FORMOSA       
First Line: The sand's still blue with receding water, sky topples
Last Line: Resting, blue-flooded, rests, delicately, the sea


FOUR IN A FAMILY       
First Line: The father and mother sat, and the sister beside her
Last Line: How shall I prosper home


FROM A PLAY : PUBLISHER'S SONG       
First Line: I lie in the bath and I contemplate the toilet-paper
Last Line: All the poems of shelley and keats


FROM LETTER TO THE FRONT       
First Line: Coming to spain on the first day of the fighting
Last Line: Whose mouth is bread and wine, whose flesh is home
Subject(s): Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)


FROM THE DUCK-POND TO THE CAROUSEL       
First Line: Playing a phonograph record of a windy morning
Last Line: Mademoiselle in cinnamon zoo, %hello, hello


FULL MOON    Poem Text    
First Line: During these nights
Subject(s): Night; Moon; Bedtime


GAME OF BALL       
First Line: On a ground beaten gold by running and


GAME OF DARTS AT THE CHESTERFIELD ARMS       
First Line: But they are accurate. That is a target
Last Line: And your message, tonight? Scattered on germany


GATES       
First Line: Waiting to leave all day I hear the words
Last Line: How shall we speak to the infant beginning to run? %all those beginning to run?


GIBBS    Poem Text    
First Line: It was much later in his life he rose
Subject(s): Gibbs, J. Willard (1839-1903)


GIFT       
First Line: The child, the poems, the child, the poems, the journeys
Last Line: Impossible complete time %gift be forgiven


GIFT-POEM (1)       
First Line: December steel done, flowers open color
Last Line: Past wandering arrived at open spring


GIFT-POEM (2)       
First Line: The year in its cold beginning
Last Line: In conflict with its love


GIRL AT THE PLAY       
First Line: Long after you beat down the powerful hand
Last Line: Fever, now that it's past and the swify play's ahead


GOLD LEAF       
First Line: A shadowy arch calling the clouds of the sun
Last Line: Bells raise their circles of truth and find the cloud


GRADUS AD PARNASSUM       
First Line: Oh I know %if I'd practised the piano
Last Line: Ad parnassum -- she %feels fine. I know


GRAND CENTRAL STATION       
First Line: All the way to the city a crying in the air
Last Line: Hell, mother, says willkie. We'll take this town


GREEN LIMITS       
First Line: My limits crowd around me
Last Line: Over and under me


HANDCLAP       
First Line: The body cannot lie, but its betrayals
Last Line: Blood groans forever love


HAYING BEFORE STORM       
First Line: This sky is unmistakable. Not lurid, not low, not black
Last Line: Or time to tell again what power shines past storm


HE HAD A QUALITY OF GROWTH       
First Line: No one ever walking this our only earth, various, very clouded
Last Line: As air is given to the mouth of all


HERO SPEECH    Poem Text    
First Line: When the hero of the threshold enters our lives and our houses
Subject(s): Heroism; Heroes; Heroines


HERO SPEECH       
First Line: When the hero of the threshold enters our lives and our houses
Last Line: But here the nearest: this moment, this hero


HIS HEAD IS FULL OF FACES       
First Line: Now he has become one who upon that coast
Last Line: And now he knows how many wars there are


HOLY FAMILY       
First Line: A long road and a village
Last Line: Born, born, we know how it goes


HOMAGE TO LITERATURE    Poem Text    
First Line: When you imagine trumpet-faced musicians
Subject(s): Jazz; Music & Musicians; Poetry & Poets


HOMAGE TO LITERATURE       
First Line: When you imagine trumpet-faced musicians
Last Line: Think: poems fixed this landscape: blake, donne, keats
Subject(s): Jazz; Music And Musicians; Poetry And Poets


HOW WE DID IT    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: We all traveled into that big room,
Last Line: Waiting for morning
Subject(s): Antiwar Movement; Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975


HOW WE DID IT       
First Line: We all traveled into that big room
Last Line: Waiting for morning


I MAKE MY MAGIC       
First Line: I make my magic %of forgotten things
Last Line: I come to a sunlight magic, %yours


IN A DARK HOUSE       
First Line: Two on the stairs in a house where they had loved
Last Line: Steps mount. The brown treads rise. Stairs. Rise %up. Stairs


IN HADES, ORPHEUS       
First Line: Look! He said, all green! But she
Last Line: Mechanical white walls


IN HER BURNING       
First Line: The randy old
Last Line: The sun %is shining


IN OUR TIME       
First Line: In our period, they say there is free speech
Last Line: They say this. This is the penalty


IN THE NIGHT THE SOUND WOKE US    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Ships & Shipping; Death; Dead, The


IN THE NIGHT THE SOUND WOKE US       
Last Line: I see it in the air


IN THE UNDERWORLD       
First Line: I go a road
Last Line: Think you are immortal!


IRIS       
First Line: Middle of may, when the iris blows
Last Line: (among mortal petals-and-leaves) %light


IRIS-EATERS       
First Line: It was like everything else, like everything
Last Line: With music, with a %complex %smile


ISLANDS    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Islands


ISLANDS       
First Line: O for god's sake
Last Line: Islands are separate like them


IT IS THERE       
First Line: Yes, it is there, the city full of music
Last Line: Under the %skies of war


JETTY. DOVER       
First Line: Whipping the face. Europe, with all her winds
Last Line: And at his back there is nothing but the future


JOHN GRUMLIE       
First Line: John grumlie swore by the light o' the moon
Subject(s): Labor And Laborers


JUDITH       
First Line: This is a dark woman at a telephone
Last Line: In persecution of the whitened moon


JUNK-HEAP AT MURANO       
First Line: You told me: they all went in and saw the glass
Last Line: Behind your eyes the seasons, the times %assemble; dazzle; are here


KATHE KOLLWITZ    Poem Text    
First Line: Held between wars
Subject(s): Women; Germany; Wars; Death; Children; Art & Artists; Germans; Dead, The; Childhood


KATHE KOLLWITZ       
First Line: Held between wars
Last Line: Hand over the mouth forever %hand over one eye now %the other great eye %closed
Subject(s): Kollwitz, Kathe (1867-1945); War; Women


KEY       
First Line: I hold a key in my hand
Subject(s): Keys


KING'S MOUNTAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: In all the cities of this year
Subject(s): Mountains; Hills; Downs (great Britain)


KING'S MOUNTAIN       
First Line: In all the cities of this year
Last Line: Long-crested dissolve to the future, a new form


KNOWLEDGE MY NAKEDNESS       
Last Line: Locking me now to voyage and to air


LANDSCAPE WITH WAVE APPROACHING       
First Line: All of the people of the play were there
Last Line: Carmel, california


LAT. 10 NORTH, LONG. 45 WEST       
First Line: Roundabout hours of air, slanting past massachusetts above the
Last Line: Beyond our fury and our silences


LEG IN A PLASTER CAST       
First Line: When at last he was well enough to take the sun
Last Line: For there, the air, everywhere full of planes


LETTER TO THE FRONT       
First Line: Women and poets see the truth arrive
Last Line: As I now send you, for a beginning, praise
Subject(s): War


LETTER TO THE FRONT: 1    Poem Text    
First Line: Women and poets see the truth arrive


LETTER TO THE FRONT: 10    Poem Text    
First Line: Surely it is time for the true grace of women
Subject(s): Women & War


LETTER TO THE FRONT: 2    Poem Text    
First Line: Even during war, moments of delicate peace
Subject(s): War; Death; Dead, The


LETTER TO THE FRONT: 3    Poem Text    
First Line: They called us to a change of heart
Subject(s): War


LETTER TO THE FRONT: 4. SESTINA    Poem Text    
First Line: Coming to spain on the first day of the fighting


LETTER TO THE FRONT: 5    Poem Text    
First Line: Much later, I lie in a white seaport night
Subject(s): Dreams; Peace; Nightmares


LETTER TO THE FRONT: 6    Poem Text    
First Line: Home thoughts from home; we read you every day,
Subject(s): War - Home Front


LETTER TO THE FRONT: 7    Poem Text    
First Line: To be a jew in the twentieth century
Subject(s): Jews; Freedom; Judaism; Liberty


LETTER TO THE FRONT: 8    Poem Text    
First Line: Evening bringing me out of the government building,
Subject(s): War; Freedom; United States; Liberty; America


LETTER TO THE FRONT: 9    Poem Text    
First Line: Among all the waste there are the intense stories
Subject(s): United States - Politics & Government; Women & War


LETTER, UNPOSTED       
First Line: If I could write: summer waits your coming
Last Line: (and sometimes secretly watch for wrinkles, in my glass)


LITTLE STONE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD, IN FLORIDA       
First Line: My son as a child saying
Last Line: No, what? %anything


LIVES: ANN BURLAK       
First Line: Let her be seen, a voice on a platform, heard
Last Line: Saying, who owns the world? And waiting for the cry


LIVES: CHAPMAN       
First Line: Returns to punishment as we all return, in agonized initiation
Last Line: The long remorseless logic of their love


LIVES: GIBBS       
First Line: It was much later in his life he rose
Last Line: Time makes more random, into its unity


LIVES: IVES       
First Line: Knowing the voices of the country, gathering
Last Line: Naming the instruments we all must hold


LIVES: RYDER       
First Line: Call himself unbegun, for the sea made him; assemblages of
Last Line: His boulders that were eyes washed by the drift of ocean


LIVES: THE RISEN IMAGE SHINES       
First Line: The risen image shines, its force escapes, we are all named
Last Line: Promises of the mind


LOAN       
First Line: You told me resurrection in images of roots
Last Line: His live ideas of innocence


LONG ENOUGH       
First Line: Long enough. Long enough
Last Line: And to say my own name


LONG PAST MONCADA    Poem Text    
First Line: Nothing was less than it seemed, my darling
Subject(s): Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)


LONG PAST MONCADA       
First Line: Nothing was less than it seemed, my darling
Last Line: Survive as a lifetime sound
Subject(s): Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)


LOOKING       
First Line: Battles whose names I do not know
Last Line: As I stare over the hudson river


LOOKING AT EACH OTHER    Poem Text    
First Line: Yes, we were looking at each other
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians


LOOKING AT EACH OTHER       
First Line: Yes, we were looking at each other
Last Line: Yes, there it was for both entire %yes, we were looking at each other
Subject(s): Homosexuality


LOST ROMANS       
First Line: Where are they, not those young men, not those
Last Line: For we need you, sisters, far brothers, poems %of our lost rome


LOUIS SONNET       
First Line: The jokes, the feuds, the puns, the punishments
Last Line: The jokes of job and heine's anecdotes


LOVE AND ITS DOORS AND WINDOWS       
First Line: History melts my houses
Last Line: The faint clear-colored walls %are not forever down


LOVER AS FOX       
First Line: Driven, at midnight, to growth, the city's wistful turnings


M-DAY'S CHILD IS FAIR OF FACE    Poem Text    


M-DAY'S CHILD IS FAIR OF FACE       
Last Line: Is blithe and bonny and rotted away


M-DAY'S CHILD IS FAIR OF FACE       
Last Line: Is blithe and and bonny and rotted away
Subject(s): War


MADBOY'S SONG       
First Line: Fly down, death: call me:
Last Line: Fly down death


MAKE AND BE EATEN       
First Line: Make and be eaten, the poet says
Last Line: Wherever burn my fantasies


MARTIN LUTHER KING, MALCOLM X       
First Line: Bleeding of the mountains
Last Line: My black voice bleeding


MARY SLEETH       
First Line: So going slowly now
Last Line: Related to finding, whether or not we are found


MEDITERRANEAN: 1    Poem Text    
First Line: At the end of july, exile. We watched the gangplank go
Subject(s): Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)


MEDITERRANEAN: 1       
First Line: At the end of july, exile. We watched the gangplank go
Last Line: Through a garden of gunboats, margin of the port, %entered: mediterranean
Subject(s): Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)


MEDITERRANEAN: 2    Poem Text    
First Line: Frontier of europe, the tideless sea, a field of power
Subject(s): Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)


MEDITERRANEAN: 2       
First Line: Frontier of europe, the tideless sea, a field of power
Last Line: The face on the dock that turned to find the war
Subject(s): Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)


MEDITERRANEAN: 3    Poem Text    
First Line: Seething, and falling back, a sea of stars
Subject(s): Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)


MEDITERRANEAN: 3       
First Line: Seething, and falling back, a sea of stars
Last Line: The faces in those hills
Subject(s): Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)


MEDITERRANEAN: 4    Poem Text    
First Line: Near the end now, morning. Sleepers cover the decks
Subject(s): Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)


MEDITERRANEAN: 4       
First Line: Near the end now, morning. Sleepers cover the decks
Last Line: Welcome the islands with a sense of loss
Subject(s): Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)


MEDITERRANEAN: 5    Poem Text    
First Line: The wheel in the water, green, behind my head
Subject(s): Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)


MEDITERRANEAN: 5       
First Line: The wheel in the water, green, behind my head
Last Line: Before this war the age must win
Subject(s): Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)


MEDITERRANEAN: 6    Poem Text    
First Line: The sea produced that town: sete, which the boat turns to
Subject(s): Sea


MEDITERRANEAN: 7       
First Line: The sea produced that town: sete, which the boat turns to
Last Line: Atlantis buried outside %to be won
Subject(s): Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)


MEETING       
First Line: One o'clock in the letter-box
Last Line: And all the birds fly out of my scene


MENDINGS    Poem Text    
First Line: You made healing as you wanted us to make bread and poems
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


MENDINGS       
First Line: You made healing as you wanted us to make bread and poems
Subject(s): Labor And Laborers


METAPHOR TO ACTION    Poem Text    
First Line: Whether it is a speaker, taut on a platform,
Subject(s): Activity; Exercise


METAPHOR TO ACTION       
First Line: Whether it is a speaker, taut on a platform
Last Line: To weld and prepare for action our minds' intensity


MIDDLE OF THE AIR: SPEECH OF THE MOTHER (ACT I, SC. 4)       
First Line: A year passes behind me. Shadows grow larger.
Last Line: Among the accusations, all things glow


MINOTAUR       
First Line: Trapped, blinded, led; and in the end betrayed
Last Line: Deserted at the middle of the maze


MORE CLUES       
First Line: Mother, because you never spoke to me
Last Line: Can they reach me now, or inside out in a universe, %of touch, of speech is it? Somewhere in me, clu
Subject(s): Self


MORE OF A CORPSE THAN A WOMAN       
First Line: Give them my regards when you go to the school renuion
Subject(s): Women's Rights; Feminism


MORE OF A CORPSE THAN A WOMAN       
First Line: Give them my regards when you go to the school renuion
Last Line: When your women are ready and rich in their wish for the world, %destroy the leaden heart, %we've a
Subject(s): Women's Rights


MORTAL GIRL       
First Line: The girl being chosen stood in her naked room
Last Line: To sing again the entrance of the god


MOTHER GARDEN'S ROUND       
First Line: The year was river-throated, with the stare of legend
Last Line: Death death may my green grow


MOTHER GARDENS' ROUND    Poem Text    
First Line: The year was river-throated, with the stare of legend
Subject(s): Gardebs & Gardening; Death; Dead, The


MOTIVE    Poem Text    
First Line: The motive of all of it was loneliness
Subject(s): Loneliness; Lenin, Vladimir Ilyich (1870-1924)


MOTIVE OF ALL OF IT       
First Line: The motive of all of it was loneliness
Last Line: Or lenin with his cry of dare we win


MOUNTAIN: ONE FROM BRYANT       
First Line: Wildflowers withering with the same death
Last Line: Face nature in harmony, lovely, and face it! Wild


MOVIE       
First Line: Spotlight her face her face has no light in it
Last Line: Destroying the sets, the flat faces, the mock skies


MRS. WALPURGA    Poem Text    
First Line: In wet green midspring, midnight and the wind


MRS. WALPURGA       
First Line: In wet green midspring, midnight and the wind
Last Line: And mrs. Walpurga and we may wake


MS. LOT       
First Line: Well, if he treats me like a young girl still
Last Line: Some normal man will come along and need you


MURMURS FROM THE EARTH OF THIS LAND    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Aging; Nature


MYTH    Poem Text    
First Line: Long afterward, oedipus, old and blinded, walked the
Subject(s): Oedipus


MYTH       
First Line: Long afterward, oedipus, old and blinded, walked the
Last Line: Too. Everyone knows that.' - she said, 'that's what you think
Subject(s): Mothers; Mythology - Classical; Oedipus


MYTH       
First Line: Long afterward, oedipus, old and blinded, walked the
Last Line: Too. Everyone knows that.' she said, 'that's what %you think'


NERUDA, THE WINE    Poem Text    
First Line: We are the seas through whom the great fish passed
Subject(s): Sea


NERUDA, THE WINE       
First Line: We are the seas through whom the great fish passed
Last Line: Lightning struck at me from behind my eyes


NERUDA, THE WINE       
First Line: We are the seas through whom the great fish passed
Last Line: The poems of the wine
Subject(s): Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)


NEVERTHELESS THE MOON       
Last Line: Light my love's dream tonight


NIGHT FEEDING    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Deeper than sleep but not so deep as death
Subject(s): Breast Feeding; Nursing (infants)


NIGHT FEEDING       
First Line: Deeper than sleep but not so deep as death
Last Line: Found in the leaves, in clouds and dark, in dream, %deep as this hour, ready again to sleep
Subject(s): Mothers And Daughters; Sleep; Women


NIGHT-MUSIC    Poem Text    
First Line: When those who can never again forgive themselves
Subject(s): Night; Music & Musicians; Human Behavior; Bedtime; Conduct Of Life; Human Nature


NIGHT-MUSIC       
First Line: When the exposed spirit, busy in daytime
Last Line: Make music out of night will change the night


NIGHT-MUSIC       
First Line: Spinning on his heel, the traveller
Last Line: And love. You are all rivers


NINE POEMS (FOR THE UNBORN CHILD)       


NINTH ELEGY: THE ANTAGONISTS       
First Line: Pieces of animals, pieces of all my friends
Last Line: Resolves the doom %and the deliverance


NIOBE NOW       
First Line: Niobe %wild
Last Line: To start %the world again


NOGUCHI       
First Line: Since very soon it is required of you
Last Line: Until the world is done


NOT TO BE PRINTED, NOT TO BE SAID, NOT TO BE THOUGHT       
First Line: I'd rather be muriel


NOT YET       
First Line: A time of destruction. Of the most rigid powers in ascendance
Last Line: The face of a child


NOTES FOR A POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: Here are the long fields inviolate of thought,
Subject(s): Landscape; Thought; Thinking


NOTES FOR A POEM       
First Line: Here are the long fields inviolate of thought
Last Line: A plough of thought to break this stubborn ground


NUNS IN THE WIND       
First Line: As I came out of the new york public library
Last Line: Calendars tear, and their clothes blow. O yes


O CITY    Poem Text    
First Line: City / o my delilght! Nourishment to the fat
Subject(s): New York City; Manhattan; New York, New York; The Big Apple


OF MONEY AND THE PAST       
First Line: These coins and calendars stood for the moon, strong boys
Last Line: When the black voices turn brilliant and call: here!


ON THE DEATH OF HER MOTHER       
First Line: A seacoast late at night and a wheel of wind
Last Line: Dead, and here is your gift: my life which is my home


ONE MONTH       
First Line: All this time
Last Line: It is true


ONE SOLDIER    Poem Text    
First Line: When I think of him, midnight
Subject(s): Soldiers


ORGY       
First Line: There were three of them that night
Last Line: The second one took off her belt ...


ORPHEUS       
First Line: The mountaintop stands in silence a minute after the murder
Last Line: Days and voices, sing creation not yet come


OTHERWORLD. LANDING AT LIVERPOOL       
First Line: This is the dream-journal, knowing the earth slips under
Last Line: After fierce water come to blessed end


OTHERWORLD: OTHERWORLD       
First Line: Coming among the living
Last Line: Everybody knows who lost the war


OTHERWORLD: THE ISLAND       
First Line: Land; and only to stand on the ground, stand on the brick of
Last Line: See the island see the island see the faces of the sky


OUTER BANKS       
First Line: Horizon of islands shifting
Last Line: On the edge of the moment that is now the center. %from the open sea
Subject(s): Americans; United States


OUTPOST       
First Line: After the last cold mountain
Last Line: Slave and slavedriver


OVERTHROW OF ONE O'CLOCK AT NIGHT       
First Line: Is my concern. That's this moment
Last Line: The deep rhythms of your experience


PAINTERS    Poem Text    
First Line: N the cave with a long-ago flare
Subject(s): Paintings & Painters; Women


PAINTERS       
First Line: In the cave with a long-ago flare
Last Line: A woman among them, painting
Subject(s): Paintings And Painters; Women


PALOS VERDES CLIFFS       
First Line: And if the cliffs themselves produced the major illusion
Last Line: Obsessions of sight cliff-hung, as movie, as peace


PANACEA       
First Line: Make me well, I said. -- and the delighted touch
Last Line: The sun, I say, sincere, the sun, the sun


PAPER ANNIVERSARY    Poem Text    
First Line: The concert-hall was crowded the night of the crash
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters; Symphonies; Concerts


PAPER ANNIVERSARY       
First Line: The concert-hall was crowded the night of the crash
Last Line: And see that startled face
Subject(s): Fathers And Daughters; Symphonies


PARALLEL INVENTION       
First Line: We in our season like progress and inventions
Last Line: Of me, of you, of love the inventor


PHANERON    Poem Text    
First Line: Whatever roams the air is traveling
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


PHANERON       
First Line: Whatever roams the air is traveling
Last Line: Beyond our fury and our silences


PIECES OF ORPHEUS    Poem Text    
First Line: The mountaintop stands in silence a minute after the murder
Subject(s): Orpheus


PLACE AT ALERT BAY       
First Line: Standing high on the shoulders of all things, all things
Last Line: Identified. Resumed in god


PLACE-RITUALS    Poem Text    
First Line: This is the word our lips caress, our teeth bite
Subject(s): Prayer; Infinity; Christianity


PLACE-RITUALS       
First Line: This is the word our lips caress, our teeth bite
Last Line: World without end %amen


POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: I lived in the first century of world wars.
Subject(s): World War I; World War Ii; Conduct Of Life; War - Home Front; First World War; Second World War


POEM       
First Line: Green going through the jungle of those years
Last Line: See through these hours, faces of what we are


POEM       
First Line: I lived in the first century of world wars
Last Line: I lived in the century of these wars


POEM OUT OF CHILDHOOD    Poem Text    
First Line: Breathe-in experience, breathe-out poetry :
Subject(s): Children; Youth; Comng Of Age; Human Behavior; Childhood; Conduct Of Life; Human Nature


POEM OUT OF CHILDHOOD       
First Line: Breathe in experience, breathe out poetry
Last Line: Ricochetting from thought to thought among %the childhood, the gestures, the rigid travellers
Subject(s): Adolescence; Children; World War I


POEM WHITE PAGE WHITE PAGE POEM       
Last Line: Something like light stands up and is alive


PORTRAIT OF A MAN WITH A BACKGROUND OF HOLDINGS       
First Line: Standing against the gorge, he sees the slides of light
Last Line: I am wheat dormant in the seedman's hand


POURING MILK AWAY       
First Line: Here, again. A smell of dying in the milk-pale carton
Last Line: You will know why when you have lived alone


POWER OF SUICIDE       
First Line: The potflower on the windowsill says to me
Last Line: Today for the sake of all the dead burst into flower
Subject(s): Suicide


PRIVATE LIFE OF THE SPHINX       
First Line: Simply because of a question, my life is implicated
Last Line: Stronger almost than question, almost than song


QUESTION       
First Line: Mother and listener she is, but she does not listen
Last Line: I come with my word alive
Subject(s): Mothers And Daughters


READING TIME: 1 MINUTE 26 SECONDS    Poem Text    
First Line: The fear of poetry is the
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Love


READING TIME: 1 MINUTE 26 SECONDS       
First Line: The fear of poetry is the %fear: mystery and fury of a midnight street
Last Line: The yellow joy after the song of the sun, %aftermath proof, extended radiance
Subject(s): Fear; Poetry And Poets


RECOVERING    Poem Text    
First Line: Dream of the world
Subject(s): Night; Bedtime


RECOVERING       
First Line: Dream of the world
Last Line: A dance is %dancing in me %I wake in the dark
Subject(s): Night


RESURRECTION OF THE RIGHT SIDE       
First Line: When the half-body dies its frightful death
Last Line: The power of eyesight is very slowly arriving %in this late impossible daybreak %all the blue flower


RETURN       
First Line: An idea ran about the world
Last Line: The child goes alive, asking his questions


RINGLING       
First Line: Lattice of his back grows, the dolphin-arching
Last Line: The calm eye at the core of the hurricane


RITE       
First Line: My father groaned; my mother wept
Last Line: Now you will never be alone


ROCK FLOW, RIVER MIX       
First Line: Flickering
Last Line: Sound track %image track


RONDEL    Poem Text    
First Line: Now that I am fifty-six
Subject(s): Middle Age


RONDEL       
First Line: Now that I am fifty-six
Last Line: Come and celebrate with me
Subject(s): Middle Age


ROTTEN LAKE ELEGY       
First Line: As I went down to rotten lake I remembered
Last Line: The ride to survival of that consuminf bird %beating, up from dead lakes, ascents of fire


RUNE       
First Line: The word in the bread feeds me
Last Line: The word in the word wakes me


RUNNING OF THE GRUNION       
First Line: Launching themselves
Last Line: People with pails


SACRED LAKE       
First Line: Some flushed-earth-color pueblo
Last Line: And holding blue lake lup


SALAMANDER       
First Line: Red leaf. And beside it, a red leaf alive
Last Line: While a bird falls safely through his mile of air


SAND-QUARRY    Poem Text    
First Line: Father and I drove to the sand-quarry across the wined marshlands
Subject(s): Quarries; Fathers & Daughters; Environment; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation


SAND-QUARRY WITH MOVING FIGURES    Poem Text    
First Line: Father and I drove to the sand-quarry across the ruined
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters


SAND-QUARRY WITH MOVING FIGURES       
First Line: Father and I drove to the sand-quarry across the ruined
Last Line: He caught my hand as I cried, %and smiling, entered the pit,ran laughing down its side
Subject(s): Fathers And Daughters


SEA MERCY    Poem Text    
First Line: The sea dances in the morning
Subject(s): Sea; Ocean


SEA MERCY       
First Line: The sea dances its morning
Last Line: Who cries there is no death


SEARCHING / NOT SEARCHING: 1       
First Line: What kind of woman goes searching and searching
Last Line: I see all the colors in your look


SEARCHING / NOT SEARCHING: 10. THE PRESIDENT AND LASER BOMB       
First Line: He speaks in a big voice through all the air
Last Line: Finding inevitably a narros footbridge in asia


SEARCHING / NOT SEARCHING: 11. NOT SEARCHING       
First Line: What did I miss as I went searching
Last Line: I come to you searching and searching


SEARCHING / NOT SEARCHING: 12. THE QUESTION       
First Line: After this crisis
Last Line: And not from the moment %of sleep before it


SEARCHING / NOT SEARCHING: 13       
First Line: Searching/not searching. To make closeness
Last Line: Searching/not searching


SEARCHING / NOT SEARCHING: 14       
First Line: What did I see? What did I not see?
Last Line: On our mouths, inner greet %in our eyes


SEARCHING / NOT SEARCHING: 2: MIRIAM. THE RED SEA       
First Line: High above shores and times
Last Line: Sing to each other


SEARCHING / NOT SEARCHING: 3. FOR DOLCI       
First Line: Angel of declaring, you opened before us walls
Last Line: We are each other's sources


SEARCHING / NOT SEARCHING: 4. CONCRETE       
First Line: They are pouring the city
Last Line: I am pouring my poems


SEARCHING / NOT SEARCHING: 5. BRECHT'S GALILEO       
First Line: Brecht saying: galileo talking astronomy
Last Line: Particularly on the shore of a new era


SEARCHING / NOT SEARCHING: 6. READING THE KIEU       
First Line: There was always a murder within another murder
Last Line: And we find everything in another way


SEARCHING / NOT SEARCHING: 7. THE FLOOR OF OCEAN. SISTINE CH       
First Line: Climbing the air, prophet beyond prophet
Last Line: Continual creation and the daily touch


SEARCHING / NOT SEARCHING: 8. H.F.D.       
First Line: From you I learned the dark potential
Last Line: Meet at last, hallie, in infinity


SEARCHING / NOT SEARCHING: 9. THE ARTIST AS SOCIAL CRITIC       
First Line: They have asked me to speak in public
Last Line: In that strong voice


SEARCHING/NOT SEARCHING    Poem Text    
First Line: What kind of woman goes searching and searching?
Subject(s): Women; Guests; Visiting


SECRETS OF AMERICAN CIVILIZATION       
First Line: Jefferson spoke of freedom but he held slaves
Last Line: Refusing to be either slave or slaveholder


SEEMING       
First Line: Between the illuminations of great mornings
Last Line: The opening of a door


SEGRE SONG       
First Line: Your song where you lie long dead on the shore of a spanish
Last Line: Sing to the moon over my face


SEVENTH AVENUE       
First Line: This is the cripples' hour on seventh avenue


SEVENTH ELEGY: DREAM-SINGING ELEGY       
First Line: Darkness, giving us dream's black unity
Last Line: Dreaming together


SHOOTING GALLERY       
First Line: These images will parade until the morning
Last Line: Of the sacred hunter assume his own identity


SHORTEST WAY HOME       
First Line: There was no place on that plain for a city
Last Line: A natural sleep, a place for people and peace


SILENCE OF VOLCANOES       
First Line: The mountains and the shadows move away
Last Line: The cheap tin trumpet that is the voice of god %mexico


SIMPLE EXPERIMENT       
First Line: When a magnet is
Last Line: Always in the same direction %of course


SIX CANONS       
First Line: Seize structure
Last Line: Moving the constellations of all things


SIXTH ELEGY: RIVER ELEGY       
First Line: In burning summer I saw a season of betrayal
Last Line: The sure magnificent music of the defeated heart


SIXTH NIGHT: WAKING       
First Line: That first green night of their dreaming
Last Line: God said, let meanings move, and there was poetry


SLOW DEATH OF THE DRAGON       
First Line: The sickness poured through the roads
Last Line: O love. Make the song start


SLOW DIALOGUE BETWEEN PAIN AND ROOSEVELT       
First Line: Warm in the pool the wasted man
Last Line: Are men who have come to help hurt that my river done


SONG    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: The world is full of loss; bring, wind, my love,
Subject(s): Love


SONG       
First Line: A voice flew out of the river as morning flew
Last Line: Smoke of the poems voices


SONG FOR DEAD CHILDREN    Poem Text    
First Line: We set wreaths of brightness on the graves of the passionate
Subject(s): Death - Children; Death - Babies


SONG FOR DEAD CHILDREN       
First Line: We set great wreaths of brightness on the graves of the
Last Line: Loud in defiance of death, the helpless lie


SONG FROM 'MR. AMAZEEN ON THE RIVER'       
First Line: Over the water, where I lie alive
Last Line: They say to me at last 'I am your home'


SONG FROM PUCK FAIR       
First Line: Torrent that rushes down
Last Line: My woman's name


SONG OF ANOTHER TRIBE       
First Line: Cuilt said the bony man
Last Line: I will put an end to the black delay


SONG, THE BRAIN-CORAL       
First Line: Lie still, be still, love, be thou not shaken
Last Line: A world's white seeming


SONG: LOVE IN WHOSE RICH HONOR       
First Line: Love %in whose rich honor
Last Line: Death and madness


SONG: LYING IN DAYLIGHT       
First Line: Lying in daylight, in the strong
Last Line: Sound under sound


SONG: REMEMBERING MOVIES       
First Line: Remembering movies - love
Last Line: I sing the songs


SONG: THE STAR IN THE NETS OF HEAVEN       
First Line: The star in the nets of heaven blazed past your breastbone
Last Line: The bonds of your dreams


SONNET    Poem Text    
First Line: My thoughts through yours refracted into speech
Subject(s): Relationships


SONNET       
First Line: My thoughts through yours refracted into speech
Last Line: Nor petrify live miracle by our indifference


SOUL AND BODY OF JOHN BROWN       
First Line: His life is in the body of the living
Last Line: Part of our nation of our fanatic sun


SPEAKING TREE       
First Line: Great alexander sailing was from his true course turned
Last Line: It calls your name. It tells what we mean
Subject(s): Alexander The Great (356-323 B.c.); Identity; Trees


SPEECH FOR THE ASSISTANT, FROM HOUDINI       
First Line: And for the man with one nightmare, the student of clouds
Last Line: The solo lark goes mad for song


SPEED OF DARKNESS       
First Line: Whoever despises the clitoris despises the penis
Last Line: Who will speak these days, if not I %if not you?
Subject(s): Homosexuality


SPEED OF DARKNESS: 1       
First Line: Whoever despises the clitoris despises the penis
Last Line: Resurrection music, silence, and surf


SPEED OF DARKNESS: 10       
First Line: Lying %blazing beside me
Last Line: Colors lights the world thinking and reaching


SPEED OF DARKNESS: 11       
First Line: The river flows past the city
Last Line: I am working out the vocabulary of my silence


SPEED OF DARKNESS: 12       
First Line: Big-boned man young and of my dream
Last Line: Bird emerges wet being born %begins to sing


SPEED OF DARKNESS: 13       
First Line: My night awake %staring at the broad rough jewel
Last Line: If not I, %if not you?


SPEED OF DARKNESS: 2       
First Line: No longer speaking
Last Line: With the speed of darkness


SPEED OF DARKNESS: 3       
First Line: Stillness during war, the lake
Last Line: I am the tree that trembles and trembles


SPEED OF DARKNESS: 4       
First Line: After the lifting of the mist
Last Line: My words are air


SPEED OF DARKNESS: 5       
First Line: Between between %the man: act exact
Last Line: Shape of the body speaking its evidence


SPEED OF DARKNESS: 6       
First Line: I look across at the real
Last Line: The world of its history leading to this moment


SPEED OF DARKNESS: 7       
First Line: Life the announcer. %I assure you
Last Line: They all come forth %in their own grace


SPEED OF DARKNESS: 8       
First Line: Ends of the earth join tonight
Last Line: Fall burning into asia


SPEED OF DARKNESS: 9       
First Line: Time comes into it
Last Line: The universe is made of stories %not of atoms


SPEED, WE SAY       
First Line: Speed, we say of our time: racing my writing word
Last Line: Light running before light


SPIRALS AND FUGUES       
First Line: Spirals and fugues, the power most like music
Last Line: Moving the constellations of all things


ST. ROACH    Poem Text    
First Line: For that I never knew you, I only learned to dread you
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians


ST. ROACH       
First Line: For that I never knew you, I only learned to dread you
Last Line: I reach, I touch, I begin to know you
Subject(s): Homosexuality


STATEMENT BY WILLKIE AFTER RETURNING FROM ENGLAND       
First Line: It is not only the present that is at stake
Last Line: But they lead to the great prospect -- of peace


STORY       
First Line: Look, look %yes, I'm looking
Last Line: The meanings as they move


STUDY IN A LATE SUBWAY    Poem Text    
First Line: The moon revovles outside; possibly black air
Subject(s): Social Commentaries


STUDY IN A LATE SUBWAY       
First Line: The moon revolves outside; possibly, black air
Last Line: Sleep will happen. We must give them morning


SUBMIT YOUR OWN ANSWER       
First Line: Q: why should anyone seek to assume the burden of the presidency?
Last Line: Write an essay of not more than 200 words on any of the following: (a) new england and the south ...


SUICIDE BLUES    Poem Text    
First Line: I want to speak in my voice!
Subject(s): Suicide


SUICIDE BLUES       
First Line: I want to speak in my voice
Last Line: Too many flowers, a too-knowing sun, %too much life to kill


SUITE FOR LORD TIMOTHY DEXTER       
First Line: They face us in sea-non sun, just as he saw them waiting
Last Line: Sea-music and the sea


SUMMER, THE SACRAMENTO       
First Line: To this bridge the pale river and flickers away in images of blue
Last Line: Stream slow like wishes continuing toward those snows


SUN-ARTIST       
First Line: The opening of the doors. Dark.
Last Line: What is an artist? I bear the song of the sun


SUNDAYS, THEY SLEEP LATE       
First Line: The days are incestuous, each with its yesterday
Last Line: Sleep too long, they dissolve in sleep their remembering bones


SURROUNDED       
First Line: They escape before, but their shadows walk behind
Last Line: More plausible than love


TENTH ELEGY: ELEGY IN JOY       
First Line: Now green, now burning, I make a way for peace
Last Line: And the unknown world. One life, or the faring stars


THE BIRTH OF VENUS        Recitation by Author
First Line: Risen in a / welter of waters
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Venus (goddess)


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD: ABSALOM    Poem Text    
First Line: I first discovered what was killing these men.
Subject(s): Family Life; Labor & Laborers; Death; Relatives; Work; Workers; Dead, The


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD: ALLOY    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Furnaces; Landscape; Labor & Laborers; Kilns; Work; Workers


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD: ARTHUR PEYTON    Poem Text    
First Line: Consumed. Eaten away. And love across the street
Subject(s): Physicians; Death; Doctors; Dead, The


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD: GAULEY BRIDGE    Poem Text    
First Line: Camera at the crossing sees the city
Subject(s): City & Town Life


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD: GEORGE ROBINSON: BLUES    Poem Text    
First Line: Gauley bridge is a good town for negroes, they let us stand
Subject(s): African Americans; Labor & Laborers; Illness; Dust; Negroes; American Blacks; Work; Workers


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD: JUANITA TINSLEY    Poem Text    
First Line: Even after the letters, there is work,
Subject(s): Hope; Freedom; Optimism; Liberty


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD: MEARL BLANKENSHIP    Poem Text    
First Line: He stood against the stove
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Illness; Death; Work; Workers; Dead, The


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD: POWER    Poem Text    
First Line: The quick sun brings, exciting mountains warm,
Subject(s): Machinery & Machinists; Death; Dead, The


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD: PRAISE OF THE COMMITTEE    Poem Text    
First Line: These are the lines on which a committee is formed.
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Illness; Law & Lawyers; Work; Workers; Attorneys


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD: STATEMENT: PHILLIPA ALLEN    Poem Text    
First Line: You like the state of west virginia very much, do you not?
Subject(s): West Virginia


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD: THE BILL    Poem Text    
First Line: The subcommittee submits:
Subject(s): United States - Congress; Minerals; Disease; Labor & Laborers; Legislation; Work; Workers


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD: THE BOOK OF THE DEAD    Poem Text    
First Line: These roads will take you into your own country.
Subject(s): Home; Progress; United States; Death; America; Dead, The


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD: THE CORNFIELD    Poem Text    
First Line: Error, disease, snow, sudden weather.
Subject(s): Corn; Disease; Death; Dead, The


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD: THE DAM    Poem Text    
First Line: All power is saved, having no end. Rises
Subject(s): Dams; Rivers; Business; Businessmen; Businesswomen


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD: THE DISEASE    Poem Text    
First Line: This is a lung disease. Silicate dust makes it.
Subject(s): Lungs; Disease


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD: THE DISEASE: THE AFTER-EFFECTS    Poem Text    
First Line: This is the life of a congressman.
Subject(s): United States - Congress; Minerals; Disease; Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD: THE DOCTORS    Poem Text    
First Line: Tell the jury your name.
Subject(s): Trials; Physicians; Labor & Laborers; Death; Doctors; Work; Workers; Dead, The


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD: THE FACE OF THE DAM: VIVIAN JONES    Poem Text    
First Line: On the hour he shuts the door and walks out of town;
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Snow; Dams; Work; Workers


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD: THE ROAD    Poem Text    
First Line: These are roads to take when you think of your country
Subject(s): Driving & Drivers; Travel; Roads; Journeys; Trips; Paths; Trails


THE BOOK OF THE DEAD: WEST VIRGINIA    Poem Text    
First Line: They saw rivers flow east and hoped again.
Subject(s): West Virginia


THE CHILD ASLEEP    Poem Text    
First Line: What's over england? A cloud. What's over france? A flame
Subject(s): War; Night; Sleep; Bedtime


THE CHILD IN THE GREAT WOOD    Poem Text    
First Line: It is all much worse than I dreamed
Subject(s): Forests; Dreams; War; Woods; Nightmares


THE CHILDREN'S ELEGY    Poem Text    
First Line: Yes, I have seen their eyes. In peaceful gardens
Subject(s): Children; War; Childhood


THE CONJUGATION OF THE PARAMECIUM    Poem Text    
First Line: This has nothing
Subject(s): Reproduction; Mating


THE KEY    Poem Text    
First Line: I hold a key in my hand
Last Line: Guiltless turn to that mouth
Subject(s): Keys; Houses


THE OUTER BANKS    Poem Text    
First Line: Horizon of islands shifting


THE OVERTHROW OF ONE O'CLOCK AT NIGHT    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Night; Experience; Bedtime


THE PLACE AT ALERT BAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Standing high on the shoulders of all things, all things
Subject(s): God


THE POEM AS MASK    Poem Text    
First Line: When I wrote of the women in their dances and
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Self


THE POWER OF SUICIDE    Poem Text    
First Line: The potflower on the windowsill says to me
Subject(s): Suicide


THE RETURN    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: An idea ran around the world
Subject(s): Life


THE SOUL AND BODY OF JOHN BROWN    Poem Text    
First Line: His life is in the body of the living.
Subject(s): Brown, John (1800-1859)


THE SPEAKING TREE    Poem Text    
First Line: Great alexander sailing was from his true course turned
Subject(s): Alexander The Great (356-323 B.c.); Identity; Trees


THE SPEED OF DARKNESS    Poem Text    
First Line: Whoever despises the clitoris despises the penis
Subject(s): Sex; Reproduction; Love - Erotic; Mating


THE SUROUNDED    Poem Text    
First Line: They escape before, but their shadows walk behind
Subject(s): Social Commentaries


THEN    Poem Text    
First Line: When I am dead, even then / I will still love you, I will wait in these poems
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians


THEN       
First Line: When I am dead, even then %I will still love you, I will wait in these poems
Last Line: It is building music
Subject(s): Homosexuality


THEN I SAW WHAT THE CALLING WAS       
First Line: All the voices of the wood called 'muriel'
Last Line: And then I arrived at the powerful green hill


THEORY OF FLIGHT: NIGHT FLIGHT: NEW YORK       
First Line: Lucid at dusk the city lies revealed
Last Line: Believe that we bloom upon this stalk of time


THEORY OF FLIGHT: PREAMBLE       
First Line: Earth, bind us close, and time; nor, sky, deride
Last Line: In past in future in motility


THEORY OF FLIGHT: THE GYROSCOPE       
First Line: But this is our desire, and of its worth
Last Line: Maintaining the soul's polarity; be: fly


THEORY OF FLIGHT: THE LYNCHINGS OF JESUS       
First Line: Passage to godhead, fitfully glared upon
Last Line: The wind %shout to us %fly


THEORY OF FLIGHT: THE STRUCTURE OF THE PLANE       
First Line: Kitty hawk is a caesar among monuments
Subject(s): Aviation & Aviators


THEORY OF FLIGHT: THE STRUCTURE OF THE PLANE       
First Line: Kitty hawk is a caesar among monuments
Last Line: Go answering -- answering -- fly
Subject(s): Aviation And Aviators


THEORY OF FLIGHT: THE TUNNEL       
First Line: No work is master of the mine today
Last Line: Time and our dividend of history


THEORY OF FLIGHT: THEORY OF FLIGHT       
First Line: You dynamiting the structure of our loves
Last Line: Say yes, people %say yes %yes


THIS HOUSE, THIS COUNTRY       
First Line: Always I travelled farther
Last Line: But reckon with their struggle and their seasons


THIS IS GOING TO BE ABOUT SMOKE       
Last Line: The wheeled gates sealed


THIS MORNING    Poem Text    
First Line: Waking this morning, / a violent woman in the violent day
Variant Title(s): Waking This Morning
Subject(s): Violence


THIS MORNING       
First Line: Waking this morning, %a violent woman in the violent day
Last Line: This morning, waking the world away %in the violent day
Variant Title(s): Waking This Mornin
Subject(s): Violence


THIS PLACE IN THE WAYS    Poem Text    
First Line: Having come to this place
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


THIS PLACE IN THE WAYS       
First Line: Having come to this place
Last Line: Poems in throat and hand, asleep, %and my storm beating strong!
Subject(s): Poetry And Poets


THOUSANDS OF DAYS       
First Line: Morning cried by the bed
Last Line: And speak another breath


THREE BLACK WOMEN       
First Line: Invading nightmare, spinning up through sleep
Last Line: Fire, black women, nightmare, dances, sleep


THREE SIDES OF A COIN       
First Line: Am I in your light
Last Line: The straight beautiful children the coins the clocks %tick tick


TIME EXPOSURES    Poem Text    
First Line: When the exposed spirit, busy in daytime
Subject(s): Time


TIME HINDER NOT ME; HIS ARMS REACH HERE AND THERE       
First Line: I will not care for time. Forbidding me
Last Line: This I deeply believe


TO BE A JEW IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY    Poem Text    
First Line: Mother and listener she is, but she does not listen
Last Line: Daring to live for the impossible
Subject(s): Jews; Twentieth Century


TO ENTER THAT RHYTHM WHERE THE SELF IS LOST       
Last Line: Writing the poem; in love making; bringing to birth


TO KEEP THE WEAKNESS SECRET       
Last Line: Fear; smell of the city of pain %his wife


TRADITIONAL TUNE       
First Line: After the revolution came the fuehrer
Last Line: The saced dangerous harbor, jerusalem


TRADITIONAL TUNE       
First Line: After the revolution came the fuehrer
Last Line: The sacred dangerous harbor, jerusalem


TRANSGRESS       
First Line: That summer midnight under her aurora
Last Line: Branch lifted green from the dead shock of stone


TREE       
First Line: It seemed at the time like a slow road and late afternoon
Last Line: For images: of process, or death, or flame; of love, or seeming, or speed


TRINITY CHURCHYARD (FOR MY MOTHER & HER ANCESTOR, AKIBA)       
First Line: Wherever I walked I went green among young growing
Last Line: To you, mother, I walk, making our poems


TROPHIES       
First Line: The choice proposed: ascends, the nervy conductor
Last Line: And all our heroes are afraid


TWO ILLUMINATIONS       
First Line: Storm and disorder and the giant emotions
Last Line: Contract like a cloud of birds about a tree


TWO VOYAGES: MEDITERRANEAN       
First Line: On the evening of july 25, 1936, five days after the outbreak
Last Line: Atlantis buried outside %to be won


TWO VOYAGES: THE CRUISE       
First Line: Goodbye! Called the stockholders as the ship pulled out from
Last Line: Saner than angels, promise of safety, harbor


TWO YEARS       
First Line: Two years of my sister's bitter illness
Last Line: I have burned the beans again


UNBORN SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: Rabbits breed, flies breed, said the virgin lady
Subject(s): Reproduction; Mating


UNBORN SONG       
First Line: Rabbits breed, flies breed, said the virgin lady
Last Line: The womb saying welcome, the sun saying dare


VICTIMS, A PLAY FOR THE HOME       
First Line: And if the curtain lifts, it is a window-shade
Last Line: I know a way to start! Laughs, and slams out the door


VOICES       
First Line: Voices of all our voices, running past an imagined race
Last Line: The child's look at the world. In all its voices


VOICES OF WAKING       
First Line: Whenever you wake, you will find journeying
Last Line: The vision of the body of the soul


WAITING FOR ICARUS    Poem Text    
First Line: He said he would be back and we'd drink wine together
Subject(s): Icarus; Waitiing; Promises; Inventions & Inventors


WAITING FOR ICARUS       
First Line: He said he would be back and we'd drink wine together
Last Line: It would have been better than this


WAKE ISLAND    Poem Text    
First Line: Proof of america! A fire on the sea,
Subject(s): Wake Island; World War Ii; Second World War


WAKING THIS MORNING       
Last Line: In the violent day


WALTZ    Poem Text    
First Line: In the night-snow, the floating snow
Subject(s): Relationships; Snow; Dancing & Dancers


WARDS. ST. GEORGE'S HOSPITAL, HYDE PARK CORNER       
First Line: Lying in the moment, she climbs white snows
Last Line: Walking into our life


WATCHER       
First Line: She said to me, he lay there sleeping
Last Line: And though I weep in my dream, %when I wake I will not weep


WATER NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: The sky behind the farthest shore
Subject(s): Sleep


WATER NIGHT       
First Line: The sky behind the farthest shore
Last Line: To make a lake of dream


WATERLILY FIRE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Girl grown woman ... Fire... Mother of fire
Subject(s): New York City; Fire; Life; Change; Manhattan; New York, New York; The Big Apple


WATERLILY FIRE (FOR RICHARD GRIFFITH)       
First Line: Girl grown woman fire mother of fire
Last Line: The city of endless cycles of the sun. %I speak to you you speak to me


WEDDING PRESENTS       
First Line: Griefs
Last Line: Award themselves in love, most perfect wreath


WELCOME FROM WAR       
First Line: The woman to the man
Last Line: I will kiss, I will bless %all the beginnings


WHAT DO I GIVE YOU       
First Line: What do I give you? This memory
Last Line: The sacred body of thirst


WHAT DO WE SEE?       
First Line: When they're decent about women, they're frightful about children
Last Line: Will we never see? Will we ever know?


WHAT HAVE YOU BROUGHT HOME FROM THE WARS       
First Line: What have you brought
Last Line: Of our century %each face killed


WHAT I SEE       
First Line: Lie there, in sweat and dream, I do, and 'there'
Last Line: Whatever is locked into you now while I sweat and dream


WHAT THE KING SAID       
First Line: Today your ambassador said in fun
Last Line: Do do do it to me


WHAT THEY SAID       
First Line: After I am dead, darling
Last Line: You will love everyone


WHEN HE BEGAN TO WITNESS       
First Line: When he began to witness, it was not to a journey
Last Line: Going through the same course: the meanings and knowings


WHEREVER       
Last Line: I will make


WHO IN ONE LIFETIME       
First Line: Who in one lifetime sees all causes lost
Last Line: Life in her own defeat, stands, though her whole world burn,%a childless goddess of fertility


WILLKIE -- STOPLESS FALLING THROUGH AIR       
First Line: For the first time today
Last Line: The national officers handle the big accounts: general motors %or bethlehem steel


WILLKIE IN THE GULLIVER       
First Line: When after the screens of the evening of defeat
Last Line: My voice, my life, he knows; my life, my home


WILLKIE: WORDS FROM RUSSIA       
First Line: When I flew into russia I said to my friend
Last Line: Night-sound in the country of the opposites


WIND ARROW, WIND ROSE       
First Line: Wind arrow, wind rose, the wind currents in air
Last Line: The pilot, speaking: it was a marvelous flight. Fantastic! Not %a single coincidence!


WOMAN AND EMBLEMS       
First Line: A bird flew out of a cloud
Last Line: To blinding music, the deliberate strings


WOMAN AS MARKET       
First Line: What was it? What was it?


WOODEN SPRING    Poem Text    
First Line: How horrible late spring is, with the full death of the frozen tight bulbs
Subject(s): Spring


WOODEN SPRING       
First Line: How horrible late sprng is, with the full death of the frozen
Last Line: Life in this lack of death, comfort on this wide ground


WORD OF MOUTH: I / THE RETURN    Poem Text    
First Line: Westward from sete
Last Line: They wake
Subject(s): Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)


WORD OF MOUTH: I / THE RETURN    Poem Text    
First Line: Westward from sete


WORD OF MOUTH: I / THE RETURN       
First Line: Westward from sete
Last Line: Amor, pena, desig
Subject(s): Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)


WORK, FOR THE DAY IS COMING       
First Line: It is the poem, yes
Last Line: Inviting you through states of being %poem


WREATH OF WOMEN       
First Line: Raging from every quarter
Last Line: Among her fountains


WRITER       
First Line: His tears fell from his veins
Last Line: No one spoke this language


YES       
First Line: It's like a tap-dance
Last Line: Your biggest surprise %comes after yes


YOUNG GIRL OF THE MISSISSIPPI VALLEY       
First Line: Stallions go leap, and rimfire knows
Last Line: All indiana crystal in my tears