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Author: RYAN, MICHAEL
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Ryan, Michael    Poet's Biography
123 poems available by this author


A POSTHUMORIST POETICS    Poem Text    
First Line: From embarrassment, I made statements.
Subject(s): Man-woman Relationships; Male-female Relations


A SHAPE FOR IT    Poem Text    
First Line: Sometimes when time goes by
Subject(s): Time


A THANK-YOU NOTE    Poem Text    
First Line: My daughter made drawings with the pens you sent,
Subject(s): Children; Love; Childhood


AFTER    Poem Text    
First Line: The space we feel inside us
Subject(s): Self; Fortitude


AFTER       
First Line: The space we feel inside us


AGAINST SELF-TORMENT       
First Line: Grant nothing to the one
Last Line: Is taking out on you


AGAINST WHICH    Poem Text    
First Line: Habit smacks / its dull skull
Subject(s): Thought; Thinking


AN OLD STORY    Poem Text    
First Line: Like an old story's need for detail
Subject(s): Love - Nature Of


ASH PIT       
First Line: It thumped my sister's skull
Last Line: At what the furnace thought


BALLAD OF THE FOUR LAST THINGS       
First Line: I flew from dorm to dorm to dorm
Last Line: What was he going to do?


BIRTHDAY       
First Line: The years I've lost to selfishness
Last Line: And my face underneath


BLIND SWIMMER       
First Line: We know he's out there
Last Line: Light is terrible and fish see through their skin


BLUE CORRIDOR       
First Line: When I hung up, it was like
Last Line: No cars the length of it, no lights, %only tinged air, and you not here


BOY 'CARRYING-IN' BOTTLES IN GLASS WORKS       
First Line: What makes his face heartbreaking
Last Line: Such light they seem its only source, %and rods and chutes that criss-cross %like some malign, unnam


BUNNY       
First Line: In the scarred desk behind me
Last Line: One flashlight blink %at the bottom of a pit


BURGLARY       
First Line: It was only of my studio at yaddo
Last Line: Well, michael,' she said cheerily, 'tell me about the burglary.' %I couldn't tell her much, but I wa


CHRONIC SEVERE INCURABLE       
First Line: There's nothing more you can't learn from pain
Last Line: The being pain is being is you


COMPLETE SEMEN STUDY       
First Line: Laborious, stumpy, droopy, askew
Last Line: Deadpan female lab attendant


CONSIDER A MOVE       
First Line: The steady time of being unknown


CONTENTMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: Fragile, provisional, it comes unbidden
Subject(s): Contentment


COUNTRY FAIR    Poem Text    
First Line: Amost anyone, I guess, can rent booth space
Subject(s): Country Fairs; Hawks; Man-women Relationships; Dancing & Dancers; Girls


COUNTRY FAIR       
First Line: Almost anyone, I guess, can rent booth-space
Last Line: You forgot you free makeover,' %I said driving home, %and, smiling, you reached over and pinned my h


CROSSROADS INN       
First Line: Sitting on a rock
Last Line: Two hundred years from now %and the surging hills answered %nothing that you know


CROWN OF FROGS       
First Line: In bertolucci's 1900, half-brothers
Last Line: One crazy, and four adults: soft, pale people %in black elastic knee socks and plaid bermuda shorts


DICKHEAD    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Alienation (social); Human Behavior; Conduct Of Life; Human Nature


DISTANT FRIEND       
First Line: To have a friendship with a guy
Last Line: He will always be alone


DITCH       
First Line: In the ditch, half-ton sections of cast-iron molds
Subject(s): Industry; Labor And Laborers


ESCHATOLOGY       
First Line: The dead are too quick for us
Last Line: Always laughing uproariously, having a great time


EVERY SUNDAY       
First Line: Psychotic homeless boy %blocking our exit from the church
Last Line: And lead him to coffee and crullers. %but to be him


EXTENDED CARE       
First Line: I'm not ready to write my last poems
Last Line: Grateful this gorgeous world will be here for others when I am gone


FIRE       
First Line: I think of myself as dust of bones
Last Line: So cool and delicious on the tongue, %and all of it nothing by morning


FIRST EXERCISE       
First Line: I was swimming
Last Line: In that mountain lake for his daughter %and what came to hi m %when his hands %sank into the cold mu


FLIMSY       
First Line: Last night I got shot in the head
Last Line: The police, the ambulance, %these strangers in the house


GARBAGE TRUCK    Poem Text    
First Line: Once I had two strong young men hanging off my butt
Subject(s): Refuse & Refuse Removal; Garbage; Sanitation Collection; Trash; Sewers And Sewage; Street Cleaners


GIRLS' MIDDLE SCHOOL ORCHESTRA    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Girls; Schools; Music & Musicians; Students


GLADIATOR       
First Line: His cock is bigger than he is
Last Line: Or the defeat at the bottom of the self %exactly imagined, banished %by the sexual ritual of the bel


GOD HUNGER       
First Line: When the immutable accidents of birth--
Last Line: And I'll put on the wind like a gown of light linen %and go be a king in a field of weeds


GOOD FATHER       
First Line: The cancer's eaten half his liver
Last Line: Across the river of fire


HALF MILE DOWN    Poem Text    
First Line: My sick heart and my sick soul
Subject(s): Sea; Ocean


HARD TIMES    Poem Text    
First Line: The lousy job my father lands
Subject(s): Family Life; Food & Eating; Relatives


HARD TIMES       
First Line: The hellish job my father lands
Last Line: I don't know how to feel, or who to hate


HER REPORT       
First Line: When the little three-note computer tune


HERE I AM    Poem Text    
First Line: On a subway station bench
Subject(s): Subways; Relationships


HOPELESS    Poem Text    
First Line: All this endless unconnected desire
Subject(s): Despair


HOUSEFLIES       
First Line: It's not them that make me crazy
Last Line: They are always there pressing on it, %the same eight thick black knots


I    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Self


I HAD A TAPEWORM    Poem Text    
First Line: I had a tapeworm, and imagined it
Subject(s): Unfaithfulness; Illness; Infidelity; Adultery; Inconstancy


IN THE SINK       
First Line: Tiny red spider, in your weird world
Last Line: I'd flick this faucet and be gone


IN WINTER    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Winter; Love - Loss Of


IN WINTER       
First Line: At four o'clock it's dark


LARKINESQUE    Poem Text    
First Line: Reading in the paper a summary
Subject(s): Beauty


LARKINESQUE       
First Line: Reading in the paper a summary
Last Line: Will all I've missed knock me senseless? %no. Of course not.It won't


LATE SUPPER       
First Line: Maybe there's despair
Last Line: Like a long, silk glove


LETTER FROM AN INSTITUTION    Poem Text    
First Line: The ward beds float like ghost ships
Subject(s): Psychiatric Hospitals; Dreams; Mad Houses; Insane Asylums; Nightmares


MEETING CHEEVER       
First Line: Above a half pizza and double gin
Last Line: Brilliant john cheever is a handful of ash. %I would be finished with what I was


MILK THE MOUSE       
First Line: He'll pinch my pinky until the mouse starts squeaking
Last Line: Be strong be tough? It is my father speaking


MOONLIGHT       
First Line: It silvers the lawn
Last Line: As I walk straight for it %praying for no more words between us %that are killing everything


MUSIC HOUSE       
First Line: Nobody's home in the music house
Last Line: But the house is so closed and silent it seems dead


MY DREAM BY HENRY JAMES       
First Line: In my dream by henry james there is a sentence
Last Line: Toward the cloud captured in the water %and everything I felt in the world was love for her


MY YOUNG MOTHER    Poem Text    
First Line: What she couldn't give me
Subject(s): Mothers


MYTH       
First Line: For a long time, nothing happened
Last Line: All we couldn't be for one another


NOT THE END OF THE WORLD       
First Line: What flew down the chimney
Last Line: And the circle they had made %now made a space so desolate %that for one moment I saw %the dead plan


ODD MOMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: Live your values said a voice
Subject(s): Mothers; Death; Dead, The


ONE       
First Line: A ten-year-old
Last Line: Stands somewhere amid %barbed wire and mud %her head being shaved


OTHERS       
First Line: They slept and ate, like us
Last Line: Slaughtered, it was so inviolate


OUTSIDE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The dead thing mashed into the street
Subject(s): Death; Love - Loss Of; Dead, The


OUTSIDE       
First Line: The dead thing mashed into the street
Last Line: Is just a neatly dressed polite old man


PALINODE       
First Line: There's a way it was because


PASSION       
First Line: Chilly early saturday, my study


PAST       
First Line: It shows up one summer in a greatcoat
Last Line: Kiss you loved ones. Night is coming. %there was no life without it anyway


PEDESTRIAN PASTORAL       
First Line: It's nothing to a squirrel


POEM AT THIRTY    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Aging


PORTRAIT OF A LADY       
First Line: Was it only the new old chemical stirrings
Last Line: She lived calmly with a husband and children %and her body locked around he like a cage


POSTCARD FROM ITALY       
First Line: I can't tell you how beautiful
Last Line: Just threw back her head to stretch %her palms toward the sun, %and I wish somehow you could see her


PROTHALAMION    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


REMINDER    Poem Text    
First Line: Torment by appetite
Subject(s): Love


REMINDER       
First Line: Torment by appetite
Last Line: Pulls so surely. Let it


ROOTING       
First Line: The crowd's a bully %with a bully's need
Last Line: Teach them the meaning of pain


SEA WORMS       
First Line: In sulfurous plumes of water


SEX    Poem Text    
First Line: After the earth finally touches the sun
Subject(s): Love - Erotic; Loneliness


SLEF-HELP    Poem Text    
First Line: What kind of delusion are you under?
Subject(s): Marriage; Disappointment; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


SMOKE       
First Line: There was a woman whose husband had died


SPIDER PLANT       
First Line: When I opened my eyes this morning


SPLINTER       
First Line: A twinge forgotten by the body


STONE PAPERWEIGHT       
First Line: I was napping as usual


STONES    Poem Text    
First Line: They don't change, or change so slowlhy
Subject(s): Stones; Death; Granite; Rocks; Dead, The


STRICKEN       
First Line: How does it happen
Last Line: That darkens the eye
Subject(s): Masculinity (psychology)


SWITCHBLADE    Poem Text    
First Line: Most of the past is lost
Subject(s): Nostalgia


SWITCHBLADE       
First Line: Most of the past is lost
Last Line: That sounds now like just a tsk of disappointment, %it has become so sweet and quiet
Subject(s): Nostalgia


TALKING ABOUT THINGS       
First Line: For a moment, the idiot inside me who shouts death constantly
Last Line: Yes I'll still call him man with a past which is not his


TANGLEWOOD    Poem Text    
First Line: We were trying to talk about love
Subject(s): Music & Musicians; Man-woman Relationships; Male-female Relations


TANGLEWOOD       
First Line: We were trying to talk about love
Last Line: To float if only a minute with the music %over touches useless, and tender, and electric


THE BLACK HOLE    Poem Text    
First Line: The black hole from which nothing comes
Subject(s): Nothingness; Relationships; Nihilism; Voids


THE DITCH    Poem Text    
First Line: In the ditch, half-ton sections of cast-iron molds
Subject(s): Industry; Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


THE DOG    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Dogs


THE GREAT DARK    Poem Text    
First Line: Before anything else


THE OTHERS    Poem Text    
First Line: They slept and ate like us.
Subject(s): War; Social Commentaries


THE PAST    Poem Text    
First Line: It shows up one summer in a greatcoat,
Subject(s): Past


THE PURE LONELINESS    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Loneliness; Jesus Christ


THE USE OF POETRY    Poem Text    
First Line: On the day a fourteen year old disappaered in ojai, california
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


THIS IS A POEM FOR THE DEAD       
First Line: Fathers: naked, you stand for their big faces
Last Line: Calling to you honey I'm home


THIS IS WHY       
First Line: He will never be given to wonder much
Last Line: And this is why the guests have left %and she screams as he comes near her


THROUGH A CRACK       
First Line: That bird's odd chirp behind the fence


TO TELL YOU THE TRUTH    Poem Text    
First Line: Like a thin rock spinning across the lake
Subject(s): Truth


TOURISTS ON PAROS       
First Line: If I die or something happens to us
Last Line: Was like an explosion from a dark doorway %of a wild, high-pitched laugh


TRIBUTE       
First Line: I can't give the king %nothing but eggs, I thought
Last Line: If only he'd spare your life


TUTELARY    Poem Text    
First Line: What a fuckup you are
Subject(s): Conscience; Death; Skulls; Dead, The


TUTELARY       
First Line: What a fuckup you are
Last Line: Praise for your skill
Subject(s): Conscience; Death; Skulls


TV ROOM AT THE CHILDREN'S HOSPICE       
First Line: Red-and-green leathered-helmeted
Last Line: With micowaved popcorn %blooming like a huge %cauliflower from its tin
Subject(s): Cancer (disease)


TWO RIDES ON A BIKE       
First Line: A seventy-degree day in february!
Last Line: It was just the wild raspberries %snug in their lusciousness
Subject(s): Bicycles


TWO-YEAR OLD GIRL IN A RESTAURANT       
First Line: Your delight, which is contagious
Last Line: And smile or do not smile


USE OF POETRY       
First Line: On the day a fourteen year old disappaered in ojai, california
Last Line: And what happens to other people doesn't matter
Subject(s): Poetry And Poets


VERY HOT DAY    Poem Text    
First Line: I know what's going to happen
Subject(s): Ice; Heat


WAKING AT NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: I won't die in my sleep
Subject(s): Night; Loss; Bedtime


WHEN I WAS CONCEIVED    Poem Text    
First Line: It was 1945, and it was may
Subject(s): Birth; Conception; Child Birth; Midwifery


WHEN I WAS CONCEIVED       
First Line: It was 1945, and it was may
Subject(s): Birth; Conception


WHERE I'LL BE GOOD    Poem Text    
First Line: Wanting leads to worse than oddity.
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life; Middle Age


WHERE I'LL BE GOOD       
First Line: Wanting leads to worse than oddity


WHY       
First Line: I wish I could walk deep into a field


WINGS OF THE MORNING       
First Line: She says her heart is ripped
Last Line: Shaping the breeze they caught


WINTER DROUGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: First you cut your wrists and throat
Subject(s): Suicide; Friendship


WINTER DROUGHT       
First Line: First you cut your wrists and throut
Last Line: Dust and splintered stalks %about to become dust? %tell me what you want


YOUR OWN IMAGE       
First Line: When by mistake you miss
Last Line: You are dark and handsome



Williams, Ryan Michael   
1 poems available by this author


SOUL SONG       
First Line: Slowly the flowers unfurls