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Author: SADOFF, IRA
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Sadoff, Ira    Poet's Biography
217 poems available by this author


A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE CENTURY    Poem Text    
First Line: Personally I can't figure out the scale of things
Subject(s): Millenium


ABOVE THE CINEMA VERITE: AUGUST, 1968       
First Line: Troops stirred nightly under my window
Last Line: From far away, from someplace dark, %a place we used to call the world


AFTER A DISAPPOINTING VISIT WITH OLD FRIENDS       
First Line: Exhausted by excess, obsessions of our age


AFTER DREAMING       
First Line: My kitchen's steamier than eden


AFTER MY FATHER'S DEATH       
First Line: I intend to sleep many hours
Last Line: I will see the sculpted beauty. Myths, mistakes, %the diminished light of dusk will enter me


AGAINST WHITMAN       
First Line: Too many speak of whip-poor-wills
Last Line: I also wish the wall of skin %were just a bridge to cross


AN IMPROBABLE DELIRIUM    Poem Text    
First Line: An improbable delirium brings me
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


ANNUNCIATION       
First Line: Is everything we want shielded
Last Line: And burning: I was a furnace and every scrap went into it


AT THE CREEK CLUB       
First Line: The caramel hills, the chockablock houses
Last Line: Go ahead and make something of it, light a match to it: 1968


AT THE FRICK       
First Line: I'll never understand how shimmer
Last Line: And sullen too, that's what I most remember


AT THE GRAND CANYON       
First Line: We were fleeing from the tourists, german and japanese
Last Line: The other spoiled and civilized. As if it were the end of it


AT THE HALF NOTE CAFE (VERSION A)    Poem Text    
First Line: Once I heard him play
Subject(s): Ammons, Gene (1925-1974); Jazz; Music & Musicians


AT THE HALF NOTE CAFE (VERSION A)       
First Line: Once I heard him play
Last Line: I gasped for air, couldn't get enough of it
Subject(s): Ammons, Gene (1925-1974); Jazz; Music And Musicians


AT THE HALF NOTE CAFE (VERSION B)    Poem Text    
First Line: Once I heard him play
Subject(s): Ammons, Gene (1925-1974); Jazz; Music & Musicians; Restaurants; Cafes; Diners


AT THE HALF NOTE CAFE (VERSION B)       
First Line: Once I heard him play
Last Line: Put her stiffened nipple in my mouth
Subject(s): Ammons, Gene (1925-1974); Jazz; Music And Musicians; Restaurants


AT THE JAZZ CONCERT       
First Line: The sax shattered into eighth notes


AT THE MOVIES       
First Line: An october drive through the leaf parade
Last Line: And once gave me a place to grieve and rest my feet


AUGUST       
First Line: Under the yellow porch-light


BACK THEN       
First Line: I couldn't understand the sonic boom
Last Line: A fascist, we [or, and we] expect the moral of the story


BALLAD OF THE FAVORITE SON       
First Line: Like those who compose in spanish


BANGBUS       
First Line: The bangbus was battered and blazing
Last Line: How bad could it be, breaking down on the side of the road?


BANTER       
First Line: When someone says banter
Last Line: The silken net %from the carapace


BATH       
First Line: Mother might have drowned me
Last Line: A moon shines in every window, wanting. %each night I hold a different woman in my arms
Subject(s): Baths And Bathing; Skin


BEFORE AND AFTER    Poem Text    
First Line: I was too sick to leave the factory
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Sickness; Work; Workers; Illness


BEFORE AND AFTER       
First Line: I was too sick to leave the factory
Last Line: The bullet, arc and trajectory, the victim
Subject(s): Labor And Laborers; Sickness


BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH       
First Line: To say she was seductive, paranoid, agoraphobic, repressed
Last Line: Is to try to forget: she was guileless, frenzied, gone to waste


BIRCHES, REVISITED: OCTOBER    Poem Text    
First Line: At last the silver birches look like frost
Subject(s): Nature


BIRCHES, REVISITED: OCTOBER       
First Line: At last the silver birches look like frost
Last Line: That praises 'nature' like a long lost friend, %we who drive for groceries, shoes, and pens
Subject(s): Nature


BLEAK HOUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: Drunks in the courtyard, dung and driftwood
Subject(s): Human Behavior; Conduct Of Life; Human Nature


BLEAK HOUSE       
First Line: Drunks in the courtyard, dung and driftwood


BLUE GUM       
First Line: The blue gum stood for nothing
Last Line: Which must have been green long before I got there


BLUE LIGHTS       
First Line: I was seven. I took the train to ossining


BRIEF AFTERNOONS    Poem Text    
First Line: In the brief afternoons of february,
Subject(s): Gods; Jehovah's Witnesses


BRIEF AFTERNOONS       
First Line: In the brief afternoons of february


BRIEF HISTORY OF THE CENTURY       
First Line: Personally I can't figure out the scale of things
Last Line: In the sunlight before the century turns on them
Subject(s): Millenium


BRIGHTNESS       
First Line: I'm no longer drawn
Last Line: Then we prayed to the same maker


BUD POWELL AT THE CLUB MONTMARTE, 1961       
First Line: All of paris was a hospital. / doctors stocked revolvers, smoked cigars\
Subject(s): Paris, France; Powell, Bud (earl) (1924-1966)


BUD POWELL AT THE CLUB MONTMARTE, 1961       
First Line: All of paris was a hospital. %doctors stocked revolvers, smoked cigars\
Last Line: Show me your hands,' %he said. 'your ordinary hands'
Subject(s): Paris, France; Powell, Bud (earl) (1924-1966)


BUS BOY       
First Line: It was a smarmy restaurant, serving the tied
Last Line: A dead-pan matre d', our napolean, our saint peter
Subject(s): Restaurants


CENTRAL AVENUE BREAKDOWN       
First Line: Stars are out but the sky glows yellow and red with


CHARISMATIC       
First Line: Unshaven, his head shorn
Last Line: Carving the naked boy nowhere, never


CHECKS AND BALANCES: OAKLAND, MAINE       
First Line: Though this town's falling down


CHILDISH       
First Line: A child might cure me of my misery
Last Line: The ceiling I myself had painted black


CIVIL RIGHTS       
First Line: Mississippi steamed in july


COLD WAR       
First Line: The russians lied because they couldn't be trusted
Last Line: So when no one's looking she stuffs it in her pockets


DELIRIOUS       
First Line: It's all savagery and appropriation
Last Line: To see how we behave, and yet, and yet, and yet


DEPRESSION       
First Line: A critical mass came over me
Last Line: Unprepared for the stillness that accompanies happiness
Subject(s): Depressions, Economic


DID YOU EVER GET A PHONE CALL    Poem Text    
Last Line: Dear gods, they say, you wouldn't pilfer a shadow, would you?
Subject(s): Telephones; Love; Past; Memory


DID YOU EVER GET A PHONE CALL       
First Line: Did you ever get a phone call from the past, pleading with you
Last Line: Dear gods, they say, you wouldn't pilfer a shadow, would you?


DON'T CRY FOR ME, ARGENTINA       
First Line: Where I've never been, my head is full
Last Line: Brings, in writing, the earring back: his neck %will break for it


DURSU UZALA       
First Line: Morning. The plane rises


EMOTIONAL TRAFFIC       
First Line: A pretty woman in a cape passes by my window


ETERNITY    Poem Text    
First Line: You can almost taste it
Subject(s): Future Life; Retribution; Eternity; After Life


ETERNITY       
First Line: You can almost taste it
Last Line: In the shape of a butte, air surrounding it, whistling in the sockets
Subject(s): Future Life


EX-HUSBAND       
First Line: I'm pure shrapnel, stored-up venom, a shred of a man
Last Line: Is sparking, alternating current: all self, no self, all self


EXCEPTIONAL JOY       
First Line: Many chickadees circle and cheep
Last Line: I think they're silently waving goodbye. %mother, I can't tell you how they please me


FAMILY POEM       
First Line: Two brothers wrestle by the railroad tracks
Last Line: You hit reverse and back back over the body


FEBRUARY    Poem Text    
First Line: A mist appalls the windshield.
Subject(s): Faces; Winter


FEBRUARY       
First Line: A mist appalls the windshield
Last Line: Blood on nail, too much arrow, too much quiver


FOR ONCE       
First Line: I welcome the calm of early march
Last Line: By cruelty and circumstance. They bring back spring %before it starts to chill, before it enters us


FOUR VARIATIONS ON THE HISTORY OF SPEECH    Poem Text    
First Line: I have seen the sabotage of the body
Subject(s): Speech; Language; Oratory; Orators; Words; Vocabulary


FOX CROSSING A FIELD       
First Line: I'm no st. Francis, I can't decide who the devil is
Last Line: The window: how calm the eye is. It's a monastery


FROM A MYTH       
First Line: The asters are tenacious


GOLD II       
First Line: Perhaps you'd prefer a stroll through the rolling hills
Last Line: Who wants to be one of many, truths or otherwise


GRAZING    Poem Text    
First Line: Sometimes the rapid-fire channel switching is like eye music
Subject(s): Music & Musicians


GRAZING       
First Line: Sometimes the rapid-fire channel switching is like eye music
Last Line: Canting and retracting, as the blood rushes in
Subject(s): Music And Musicians


HALF-MOON BAY       
First Line: We came to watch the gray whales spawn


HASSIDS ON THE SUBWAY       
First Line: Shameful and humble, the bearded hassids
Last Line: And flesh-defending dresses. No, for now the diamonds will suffice


HONDURAS       
First Line: The landing strip swarms with light


HONEYMOON IN FLORENCE       
First Line: As they putty up their frescos
Last Line: Oh, I've been saved by love, but privately


HOPPER'S 'NIGHTHAWKS' (1942)       
First Line: Imagine a town where no one walks the streets. Where the sidewalks
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Hopper, Edward (1882-1967)


HOPPER'S 'NIGHTHAWKS' (1942)       
First Line: Imagine a town where no one walks the streets. Where the sidewalks
Last Line: Would be no change in the weather
Subject(s): Art And Artists; Hopper, Edward (1882-1967)


HORSE WANTED SUGAR       
First Line: Sascha shivered where the mare'd licked her hand
Last Line: The horse wanted sugar,' sascha said. 'but we fed him a leaf.'


I FORGET WHO COMPARED THE SOUL       
First Line: To steam misting off a bowl of soup
Last Line: Could we turn but to the dense interior?


I JOIN THE SPARROWS    Poem Text    
First Line: Let me join the sparrows
Subject(s): Nature


I JOIN THE SPARROWS       
First Line: Let me join the sparrows
Last Line: I'd sing awhile, a high, faint trill
Subject(s): Nature


I LIKE IKE    Poem Text    
First Line: Ike was whispering to his shadow cabinet
Subject(s): Eisenhower, Dwight David (1890-1969)


I LIKE IKE       
First Line: Ike was whispering to his shadow cabinet
Last Line: And we were disappointed when the danger passed
Subject(s): Eisenhower, Dwight David (1890-1969)


I LIKE WAKING UP       
First Line: I like waking up by the lake %frozen over, the frosty meadow
Last Line: We make of things


I'VE ALWAYS DESPISED THE WETLANDS       
Last Line: How wings are always attached to the singing


IMPROBABLE DELIRIUM       
First Line: An improbable delirium brings me
Last Line: Until the end, when we're indecipherable, %composed, seraphic, speechless
Subject(s): Death


IN SIENA       
First Line: There's a replica of him writhing on the cross
Last Line: Wheels around the heart chamber, mingling, flooding to a stop


IN SWITZERLAND; FATHR AND DAUGHTER       
First Line: Together they climb, to be taken
Last Line: Speech is boundless and sexless. Useless and breathless. %each mountain, mirror to the mountain befo


IN THE BOG BEHIND MY HOUSE       
First Line: The crows have come back for april
Last Line: For being crows, to care for those %the crows won't spare, without becoming them
Subject(s): Nature


IN THE DREAM       
First Line: We launch from a city wharf an old canoe
Last Line: The year before, from centuries before my birth


IN THE EMERALD ISLE       
First Line: Skydivers curl and wisp: they forget
Last Line: In bed providing the sense of an ending, %even a false ending


IN THE HOUSE OF THE CHILD       
First Line: If you hear the chatter of water


IN THE JEWISH MYSTICAL TRADITION    Poem Text    
First Line: In the jewish mystical religion, the bodies flying
Subject(s): Mysticism Judaism; Jews


IN THE JEWISH MYSTICAL TRADITION       
First Line: In the jewish mystical tradition, the body flying
Last Line: Stack the wood, powder the face, the face of all that stillness


IN THE MOUNTAINS       
First Line: I see the woods as threads


IN THE OLD DAYS    Poem Text    
First Line: Sometimes I lose track of my happiness
Subject(s): Change; Past


IN THE OLD DAYS       
First Line: Sometimes I lose track of my happiness
Last Line: Of happiness later, far from that dump we call governance
Subject(s): Change; Past


IN THE VILLAGE: THE ETERNAL TRIANGLE       
First Line: These were the days
Last Line: Waiting to be seen, admired or appraised


INCEST    Poem Text    
First Line: Indeed. Inscribed. Interred. In my house
Subject(s): Incest; Hate


INCEST       
First Line: Inbred. Inscribed. Interred. In my house


INNER LIFE       
First Line: I'm jittery, sleepless, I hover over a chair
Last Line: Silk crinolines, just when our eyes adjust to the darkness
Subject(s): Insomnia; Life


INTERIM REPORT    Poem Text    
First Line: The schoolhouse closet was my favorite house of prayer
Subject(s): Memory; Schools; Students


INTERIM REPORT       
First Line: The schoolhouse closet was my favorite house of prayer
Last Line: Yes it could have been her face I turned away from
Subject(s): Memory; Schools


INTIMACY AT FIRST LIGHT: BATH, MAINE, SHIPYARD       
First Line: Not to speak when we're so close


IRAN/IRAQ       
First Line: Sensuous traffic paraded over the cobblestones
Last Line: We draw from in the ashram?


IZZY       
First Line: The prettiest shadows were impalpable, so I stored them
Last Line: The curtain was closing, no sign of how I'd carry on


JANUARY: FIRST LIGHT       
First Line: I retrace the path


JAZZ       
First Line: The slippery elms were statuesque
Last Line: To have once towered over everyone in green


KINDERTOTENLIEDER       
First Line: In my head it's always the spontaneous trash
Last Line: You'd swear on your life they're perfectly still


LAMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: While I was gone, I lost my finches.
Subject(s): Birds; Lament


LAMENT AT POINT REYES       
First Line: I take the boy to see the tule elk
Last Line: By tidepools, rich in algae, near the sea


LANGUAGE       
First Line: It's all talk isn't it, emblem
Last Line: Probative and salacious: lustrous too, if I say so


LETHAL TRAUMAS       
First Line: Now the lethal traumas
Last Line: The bedpan, the prescription, years of bad advice...
Subject(s): Change; Children


LETHAL TRAUMAS       
First Line: Back there, yes back there, the bicycles
Last Line: The glass that shakes as he's drinking it


LIKE ANGELS       
First Line: Like angels, we live many lives at once
Last Line: Not what we whisper when we want her


LONG ISLAND    Poem Text    
First Line: I've spent the last few years with an eraser
Subject(s): Long Island (n.y.)


LONG ISLAND       
First Line: I've spent the last few years with an eraser
Last Line: That looked like jewels were really roaches
Subject(s): Long Island (n.y.)


MAHLER    Poem Text    
First Line: Mahler endlessly repeats himself
Last Line: We'll sing again. My theory is no one
Subject(s): Jews; Mahler, Gustav (1860-1911); Judaism


MAHLER       
First Line: I forgive the jew who wants to serve
Subject(s): Jews; Mahler, Gustav (1860-1911)


MAHLER       
First Line: Mahler endlessly repeats himself
Last Line: We'll sing again. My theory is no one
Subject(s): Mahler, Gustav (1860-1911); Relationships


MARTYRS       
First Line: They were so sick and tired %they hardly knew they were fucking
Last Line: Just so, they hovered above their combustible bodies


MATERIAL       
First Line: Sometimes the whistling parts of the story
Last Line: It's an angel, a human angel, sitting next to you %wiping your chin with a napkin


MATHEMATICIAN'S DISCLAIMER       
First Line: What I would give for a clear field
Last Line: Between moment, the measure left unmeasured.


MEDITATION    Poem Text    
First Line: One event stands out from childhood
Subject(s): Farewell; Parting


MEMORIAL DAYS       
First Line: Whirlwind with a vacuum at four a.M.


MIGRATION    Poem Text    
First Line: This is our last day together
Subject(s): Farewell; Parting


MINGUS: LAST SPEECH       
First Line: When eric left, we played


MISSED OPPORTUNITY       
First Line: If christ slept with the sparrows
Last Line: Till a clerk swept them off the sidewalk with a broom


MOOD INDIGO    Poem Text    
First Line: I've tried to trace the reverie
Subject(s): Blues (mood); Music & Musicians


MOOD INDIGO       
First Line: I've tried to trace the reverie
Subject(s): Blues (mood); Music And Musicians


MY COUNTRY       
First Line: I can't tell if it's a syndrome or a trajectory
Last Line: It's buried in, the person we love inside it


MY FATHER'S LEAVING    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: When I came back, he was gone.
Subject(s): Fathers; Mothers; Abandonment; Family Life; Desertion; Relatives


MY FIRST ROSES    Poem Text    
First Line: My first roses brought me to my senses.
Subject(s): Roses


MY MOTHER'S FUNERAL    Poem Text    
First Line: The rabbi doesn't say she was sly and peevish,
Subject(s): Mothers; Death; Dead, The


MY MOTHER'S FUNERAL       
First Line: The rabbi doesn't say she was sly and peevish
Last Line: Polished to a glaze, one the wind blew off a shelf


MY WIFE'S UPSTAIRS    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


MY WIFE'S UPSTAIRS       


MYELOGRAM       
First Line: The purple dye in the needle makes the spine shiver
Last Line: I came back to put a stop to it, to delete a little history


NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE    Poem Text    
First Line: The woods are thick today
Subject(s): Forests; Woods


NATURE    Poem Text    
First Line: In the old days there were characters
Last Line: They are soon after you clip them
Subject(s): Nature


NATURE       
First Line: In the old days there were characters
Last Line: They are soon after you clip them


NAZIS    Poem Text    
First Line: Thank god they're all gone
Subject(s): Alienation (social Psychology); Dissenters; Exiles; Marginality, Social; Estrangement; Outcasts


NAZIS       
First Line: Thank god they're all gone
Last Line: I can see he's not one of us
Subject(s): Alienation (social Psychology); Dissenters; Exiles; Marginality, Social


NEAR VAN CORTLAND PARK       
First Line: Even the stop lights have their tribulations
Last Line: The incomparaable architecture, the knockout with the pan flute


NEFARIOUS       
First Line: The literal poppies seem so paper-thin
Last Line: The prosaic foot-tapping that pays for everything


NEW RUSSIA       
First Line: Now in moscow they have opinions
Last Line: Coming to me, dreaming of my night at the copacabana


NORTH PLATTE: AUGUST, 1968       
First Line: We were numb to nebraska


NORTHERN CALENDAR       
First Line: I pick up the fallen branches


NOTRE DAME (1909)       
First Line: The padre's in a quandary, in sight of notre dame, god's


NOW       
First Line: Now that I'm past my prime


ODE TO EXPERIENCE       
First Line: You make nothng possible


OKLAHOMA CITY: THE AFTERMATH    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Sometimes I'm so lachrymose I forget I was there
Subject(s): Oklahoma City Tragedy (1995); Conduct Of Life; Oklahoma City Bombings (1995)


ON THE DAY OF NIXON'S FUNERAL    Poem Text    
First Line: It's time to put the aside the old resentments; lies
Subject(s): Nixon, Richard (1913-1996); Death; Dead, The


ON THE DAY OF NIXON'S FUNERAL       
First Line: It's time to put aside the old resentments; lies
Last Line: Whose life I have no reverence for, which is why I'm singing now


ON THE JOB    Poem Text    
First Line: I support the animals' urge to survive
Subject(s): Nature


ON THE JOB       
First Line: I support the animals' urge to survive
Last Line: Of antlers, all are real enough. I keep the hunters out
Subject(s): Nature


ONCE I COULD SAY    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Wrens


ONE WE KNEW       
First Line: No one wants to hear the same old story
Last Line: From the screen--is still attached to me


OVERHEARD       
First Line: The shadowy cormorants came from someone else's voice
Last Line: Of a horse's hoof on macadam, who tapped my shoe with his billy club


PALM ENDING IN WINTER    Poem Text    
First Line: Something simple, something clear
Subject(s): Winter; Family Life; Relatives


PANORAMA       
First Line: I want the blossoms on the plum restored


PEMAQUID POINT       
First Line: The lighthouse as an image


PINK GARDENIA       
First Line: Almost forty, and just today


POEM AGAINST THE INVASION OF SMALL COUNTRIES       
First Line: I can't pretend to come to verdue honestly


PORTRAIT OF MY RUSSIAN GRANDMOTHER AS WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS       
First Line: Once I saw her reach into a stranger's pocket
Last Line: Privately, they made startling animal music


PROCESS    Poem Text    
First Line: We were floating downstream for hours
Subject(s): Boats; Rivers


QUAKE       
First Line: The quake struck down my father's condo
Last Line: In a cavern, the low growl and rumble of the earth


RAPTURE       
First Line: The tongue wagging, mumbling and moaning
Last Line: A sensation dimly lit, scored like film and fluttering
Subject(s): Animals


RED TAIL SONNET       
First Line: No more soaring,' said the hawk with a gunshot wound
Last Line: We project misery best. The hawk, with flies %all around it,the pearl of his beak pursed to speak
Subject(s): Nature


REFLECTION OF A YOUNG WOMAN BY A LAKE    Poem Text    
First Line: Disease was spreading on the lawn
Subject(s): Loss


REMEMBRANCE OF A FALL WALK    Poem Text    
First Line: Once we were tangled in the branches
Subject(s): Walking; Childhood Memories; Home


REVISION    Poem Text    
First Line: Someting stutters, falls out of a tree
Subject(s): Trees


ROMANCE OF THE RACER       
First Line: The race car driver was different. He made love with all his clothes on
Last Line: No matter how many cars were filled with whistling men
Subject(s): Love; Romance


SAME OLD STORY       
First Line: Moher still calls from our front door
Last Line: To the local bully drilled into his mind. %the father he desires waiting for the child


SCENARIO    Poem Text    
First Line: The restricted clubs were sticky with ardor.
Subject(s): Birth; Child Birth; Midwifery


SCENARIO       
First Line: The restricted clubs were sticky witha rdor
Last Line: Outside: the traffic and trafficking, clamping a hand over your mouth


SELF-PORTRAIT    Poem Text    
First Line: I sniff after the sparrow and the spaniel, flitting around
Subject(s): Self


SELF-PORTRAIT WITH CRITIC       
First Line: One idiot took me for a vietnam vet
Last Line: The artful, the second-hand, once-removed


SELMA       
First Line: In the sanitary woolworth's luncheonette
Last Line: I bask in it. The bloodbath, a steamy pot above the meal
Subject(s): Civil Rights Movement; Selma, Alabama


SEURAT    Poem Text    
First Line: It is sunday afternoon on the grand canal
Subject(s): Art & Artists


SEURAT       
First Line: It is sunday afternoon on the grand canal
Last Line: Carefully placed together without touching
Subject(s): Art And Artists


SHADOW       
First Line: The shadow figures, slippery eels, sutured to the dream
Last Line: Watching fog roll over the historic seaside resort, %waitingfor his mum to take him home


SOLITUDE ETUDE       
First Line: I spent years on my knees while she
Last Line: Mounatin range: jagged, treacherous, too slick to climb


SONG       
First Line: How sleepy the melody
Last Line: That sends out its thrush-like message


SOUL       
First Line: The shaft of narrative peers down
Last Line: So I could watch what was inside his face hover and scatter


STANDARD TIME       
First Line: Winter was a vestibule, storing brooms
Last Line: A few snapped twigs and canvas sling of logs, was useless now


SUMMER SOLSTICE IN PRAISE OF THE BOURGEOIS       
First Line: A few humbling things


SUNRISE: TWO ARTICHOKES AND AN ONION       
First Line: This is for those who flower


THE BATH    Poem Text    
First Line: Mother might have drowned me
Subject(s): Baths & Bathing; Skin; Showers & Showering


THE DEPRESSION    Poem Text    
First Line: A critical mass came over me
Subject(s): Depressions, Economic; Recessions


THE HORSE WANTED SUGAR    Poem Text    
First Line: Sascha shivered where the mare'd licked her hand
Subject(s): Horses


THE INNER LIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: I'm jittery, sleepless, I hover over a chair
Subject(s): Insomnia; Life; Sleeplessness


THE LETHAL TRAUMAS    Poem Text    
First Line: Now the lethal traumas
Subject(s): Change; Children; Childhood


THE MCCARTHY HEARINGS    Poem Text    
First Line: Everything's under suspicion
Subject(s): Army-mccarthy Hearings (1954); Family Life; Relatives


THE RAPTURE    Poem Text    
First Line: The tongue wagging, mumbling and moaning
Subject(s): Animals


THE ROMANCE OF THE RACER    Poem Text    
First Line: The race car driver was different. He made love with all his clothes on
Subject(s): Love; Romance


THE ROMANCE OF THE RORSCHACH    Poem Text    
First Line: The psychiatrist was the dullest, the man with the least imagination
Subject(s): Psychiatry; Psychiatrists


THE SOUL    Poem Text    
First Line: The shaft of narrative peers down
Subject(s): Soul


THE SUBJECT MATTER    Poem Text    
First Line: How elusive - what we want
Subject(s): Family Life; Childhood Memories; Relatives


THE TRANSCENDENTALIST    Poem Text    
First Line: I remember that day in brewster, mass.
Subject(s): Childhood Memories; Nature


THERE'S NO RIGOR LIKE THE OLD RIGOR    Poem Text    
First Line: Was it something uncleaved, clean-cut you wanted?
Subject(s): Life


THERE'S NO RIGOR LIKE THE OLD RIGOR       
First Line: Was it something uncleaved, clean-cut you wanted?
Last Line: The time before the the. %the first time. The first wife
Subject(s): Life


THREE DREAMS OF AN AMBITIOUS MAN       
First Line: At first you feel safe in the middle of a crowd. Then the magician calls
Last Line: You that it is useless to go on
Subject(s): Dreams; Sleep


TIME AND SPACE       
First Line: I made her cry in public. They were singing, uproariously
Last Line: Spared me the news. Years later, a thoughtless stranger told me
Subject(s): Divorce


UPLIFTING STORY       
First Line: Some wrong turns argue for necessity
Last Line: I'd never thought to ask for


VACATION IN MIAMI: JULY, 1954       
First Line: In his yellow swimsuit, in the heat of july


VENEER       
First Line: When I think of veneer, a surface or facade
Last Line: Hauling on her back a hardback chair, a vanity of oak veneer


VESUVIUS       
First Line: Frenzied, scatterbrained, worried
Last Line: An autodidact, an old snail coated with char


VIVALDI    Poem Text    
First Line: This terrified, castrated parasite
Subject(s): Vivaldi, Antonio (1678-1741)


VIVALDI       
First Line: This terrified, castrated parasite
Last Line: Envious and penniless in topeka, or better yet, vienna?
Subject(s): Insects


WALKING DOWN CASTRO STREET AFTER FRANK O'HARA       
First Line: The streets of san francisco


WAY OF ALL FLESH       
First Line: All those sultry kisses


WHAT KIND OF MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: What kind of man hides in the duck blinds?


WHATEVER IT IS       
First Line: Whatever it is you call the freshness of dawn
Last Line: A little missile crisis, then sambas resumed in the ballroom


WHEN I COME HOME       
First Line: In cincinnati the river is the color of nausea
Last Line: Attention span, when a helicopter wheels him off to heaven


WHERE WE LIE DOWN IN HEAVEN       
First Line: Because it's a dry season, starlings
Last Line: So it won't settle on the shiny and available


WHILE WATCHING 'YOUNG AND INNOCENT' I THINK OF MY MOTHER    Poem Text    
First Line: Pull down the shades. Those waifs
Subject(s): Mothers; Fathers; Absence; Abandonment; Separation; Isolation; Desertion


WHY IT'S IMPOSSIBLE TO CROSS THE SAME OCEAN TWICE       
First Line: I lived, as a child, near the ocean


WHY WE ALWAYS TAKE VACATIONS BY THE WATER       
First Line: For too long I've watched the ski boat scan


WRITING POETRY    Poem Text    
First Line: I bear no grudge against the andes
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Writing & Writers


WRITING POETRY       
First Line: I bear no grudge against the andes
Last Line: We pirate the settings to keep them private
Subject(s): Poetry And Poets; Writing And Writers


ZINFANDEL       
First Line: Intense, peppery, spicy