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Author: SCHUYLER, JAMES
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Schuyler, James    Poet's Biography
305 poems available by this author


3/23/1966       
First Line: It's funny early spring weather, mild and washy
Last Line: And fled up the chimney


30-JUN-74       
First Line: Let me tell you
Last Line: Think I'll make more toast


5-OCT-81       
First Line: A chance of a few morning sprinkles'
Last Line: And love, leaves turning, that %scintillating sky


8/12/1970       
First Line: In early august among the spruce
Last Line: Fingertap, a gathering, a climax


A HEAD    Poem Text    
First Line: A dead boy living among men as a man
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


A MAN IN BLUE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Under the french horns of a november afternoon
Subject(s): Music & Musicians


A POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: Tags of songs, like salvaged buttons
Subject(s): Women


A VIEW        Recitation by Author
First Line: How come a thickish tree
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians


A WHITE CITY    Poem Text    
First Line: My thoughts turn south
Subject(s): Relationships


ADVENT       
First Line: Open my eyes on the welcome
Last Line: Looks warmer than it is


AFTER JOE WAS AT THE ISLAND       
First Line: A good while after, on the upstairs east sleeping porch
Last Line: Shingles; or, shakes


AFTERWARD       
First Line: Is much as before. Night
Last Line: This room needs flowers


AFTERWARD       
First Line: Then it snowed. I
Last Line: By alders and firs


AJACCIO VIOLETS       
First Line: Ahowered, shaved, splashed
Last Line: And those eyes %those eyes


ALICE FAYE AT RUBY FOO'S       
First Line: 1 from 9 is 8
Last Line: O taxi cabs. O ruby foo


ALMANAC       
First Line: Shops take down their awnings
Last Line: Storm windows are stacked on the beams of the garage


ALONG OVERGROWN PATHS       
First Line: The road crowds houses almost into the lake
Last Line: If they'd a mind to put out their hands


AMY LOWELL'S THOUGHTS       
First Line: The sea opened its lips
Variant Title(s): Amy Lowell Thoughts
Subject(s): Lowell, Amy (1874-1925)


AMY LOWELL'S THOUGHTS       
First Line: The sea opened its lips
Last Line: She strolls %in fog shoes
Variant Title(s): Amy Lowell Thought
Subject(s): Lowell, Amy (1874-1925)


ANDREW LORD POEMS       
First Line: The flattened shape
Last Line: Tries %to come through


APRIL    Poem Text    
First Line: The morning sky is clouding up
Subject(s): May (month)


APRIL AND ITS FORSYTHIA       
First Line: It's snowing on the unpedimented lions. On ventilator hoods
Last Line: Where branches of sunshine were in bloom on monday
Subject(s): Americans; United States


AT DARRAGH'S I       
First Line: Lie in bed and watch the night
Last Line: World of roses


AT THE BEACH       
First Line: On the fourth of july at the beach
Last Line: Rose, then went in ourselves


AUGUST FIRST, 1974       
First Line: Was yesterday. I went out in the yard
Last Line: More today. You see, I'm waiting


AUGUST NIGHT       
First Line: This week we
Last Line: August, 1972 %missing you


AUTUMN LEAVES       
First Line: Mountains and mountains and mountains
Last Line: All turning, turning, turning


AWAIT       
First Line: The scars upon the day
Last Line: Late yellow grapes


AWOKE       
First Line: Awoke to rain
Last Line: And then, you %said, he vanished


BEADED BALUSTRADE       
First Line: The balustrade along my balcony
Last Line: Got a beaded balustrade


BEAUTIFUL FUNERALS       
First Line: Who lives in the biggest, whitest house in town?
Last Line: Dignity %in dark glasses


BELATED BIRTHDAY POEM       
First Line: You are walking in the grounds
Last Line: Your moon last night was gibbous


BERNINI    Poem Text    
First Line: Not one of the first, the inventors, the wonder-workers,
Subject(s): Bernini, Gian Lorenzo (1598-1680)


BIRDS       
First Line: Start up in gray
Last Line: Three grays %sky, road, path


BLEEDING GUMS       
First Line: Have another helping of blue snow
Last Line: Happiness! Isn't that all that matters?


BLOSSOMING OAKWOOD       
First Line: Dead-ends at 19th one
Last Line: Death begins, and life


BLUE       
First Line: Beautiful new %york sky harder
Last Line: Two glazed %clay clouds


BLUE TOWEL       
First Line: Went with us to the beach
Last Line: On sand beside the sea


BLUET       
First Line: And is it stamina
Last Line: Late, late in dour october


BUILDINGS       
First Line: Buildings embankment parkway grass and river
Last Line: All those millions of windows


BURIED AT SPRINGS    Poem Text    
First Line: There is a hornet in the room
Subject(s): O'hara, Frank (1926-1966)


BURIED AT SPRINGS       
First Line: There is a hornet in the room
Last Line: The harsh russet of dried blood


BUTTERED GREENS       
First Line: Sunshine %makes shade
Last Line: Bone it is %much the %same


CAN I TEMPT YOU TO A POND WALK?    Poem Text    
First Line: Tender fingers ran up my ankle
Subject(s): Walking; Time


CARDINAL IN THE BRANCHES       
Last Line: In his springtime yard
Variant Title(s): A Cardina


CENOTAPH: 1. MONESES UNIFLORA       
First Line: Rain falls on the trash burning in an old oil drum and does not put it out
Last Line: It is the smell left by a hot day


CENOTAPH: 2. WE SEE SEALS. BOATS GO BY       
First Line: We see seals
Last Line: A herculanean task


CHAPEL       
First Line: Small, just %a room
Last Line: He imposes %the ashes


CLOSED GENTIAN DISTANCES       
First Line: A nothing day full of
Last Line: By, a river in water


COMING NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: It darkens brother
Subject(s): Time


CORNFLOWERS       
First Line: After the stormy night
Last Line: Tattered tales of my life


CROCUS NIGHT       
First Line: The heavy umbrellas %aren't worth their weight
Last Line: Then the moon goes crocus


CRYSTAL LITHIUM       
First Line: The smell of snow, stinging in nostrils as the wind lifts it from a beach
Last Line: Look,' the ocean said (it was tumbled, like our sheets), 'look %in my eyes'


DAY       
First Line: The day is gray
Last Line: Frantic with life


DAY       
First Line: Because of a coolness in the air
Last Line: While I dig the moonstruck bay %o bay


DAYLIGHT       
First Line: And when I thought
Last Line: Went right on shining


DEAR JOE       
First Line: I can easily believe that I
Last Line: I love you since long


DEC. 28, 1974       
First Line: The plants against the light
Last Line: Beyond the dunes, an ocean on fire


DEC. 28. 1974    Poem Text    
First Line: The plants against the light
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


DECEMBER       
First Line: The giant norway spruce from podunk, its lower branches bound
Last Line: Grow warm next to your own in hushed dark familial december


DEEP WINTER    Poem Text    
First Line: A starling drops
Subject(s): Winter


DEEP WINTER       
First Line: A starling drops
Last Line: Yet still alike %in waiting weather


DESTITUTE PERU    Poem Text    
First Line: We pullmaned to peoria. Was
Subject(s): Railroads; Railways; Trains


DINING OUT WITH DOUG AND FRANK (FOR FRANK POLACH)       
First Line: Not quite yet. First
Last Line: Doug is the tall one


DISTRACTION: AN ODE    Poem Text    
First Line: Http://sienese-shredder.Com/2/james_schuyler-poems.Html
Subject(s): Leopardi, Giacomo (1798-1837)


DOG WANTS HIS DINNER       
First Line: The sky is pitiless. I beg
Last Line: Asleep too, o magic root


DORA'BELLA'S NAPLES WATERCOLOR       
First Line: Lamped in a postered arch, her settecento name
Last Line: Black grapes on naples


DREAMS       
First Line: You can't remember, giving a day
Last Line: If not laughing, smiling


EARTH'S HOLOCAUST       
First Line: It's time again
Last Line: Have no sense of time, at all


EAST WINDOW ON ELIZABETH STREET       
First Line: Among the silvery, the dulled sparkling mica lights of tar roofs
Last Line: Plainly is a child running


EDGE IN THE MORNING       
First Line: Walking to the edge with a cup of coffee


ELIZABETHANS CALLED IT DYING'       
First Line: Beyond nagel's funeral parlor
Last Line: I can't remember what it was like %it must've been lousy


EMPATHY AND NEW YEAR       
First Line: Whitman took the cars
Last Line: In ropes like roots


EMPATHY AND THE NEW YEAR    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Whitman took the cars


EN ROUTE TO SOUTHAMPTON       
First Line: In a corner of a parlor-car
Last Line: Eternal promise %of a new moon


EVENING       
First Line: The black marble mantelpiece
Last Line: Like missing someone, and a long goodbye


EVENING WIND       
First Line: October hangs in grape
Last Line: Cool as water, through it


EVENINGS IN VERMONT       
First Line: After two rainy days, a sunny one
Last Line: Lies in the west, over the ridge


EYES       
First Line: Seta cangiante %eyes that change
Last Line: Di seta cangiante %mi segue


EYES AT THE WINDOW       
First Line: The eyes at the window are norma shearer's
Last Line: Though is walter scott's


FABERGE       
First Line: I keep my diamond necklace in a pond of sparkling water
Last Line: Fuzz -- blue -- is not a tear. I have nothing to cry atout now I have you


FAURE BALLADE       
First Line: Pyramids, arches, obelisks, were but the irregularity of vainglory
Last Line: L'azur est plus profond


FAURE'S SECOND PIANO QUARTET       
First Line: On a day like this the rain comes
Last Line: More slowly still, fat rain falls


FEBRUARY    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: A chimney, breathing a little smoke
Subject(s): Winter; New York City; Manhattan; New York, New York; The Big Apple


FEBRUARY       
First Line: A chimney, breathing a little smoke
Last Line: It's a day like any other


FEELING NO PAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: Bless the ear doc
Subject(s): Illness; Ears; Medicine; Drugs, Prescription


FEW DAYS       
First Line: Are all we have. So count them as they pass. They pass too quickly
Last Line: The weary journey done


FIREPROOF FLOORS OF WITLEY COURT, SELS.       


FLASHES       
First Line: Dark day %hard, swarming
Last Line: In puddles %on a tar roof


FOOTNOTE       
First Line: The bluet is a small flower, creamy-throated, that grows in patches in
Last Line: With beauty. Though I need reject none. Bluet. 'bloo-ay'


FOR BOB DASH       
First Line: The first three roses
Last Line: Harmony in all you make and do


FOREIGN PARTS    Poem Text    
First Line: Meat-eater, salt-licker, piped spring


FOUR POEMS       
First Line: It's 4:30 in cambridge
Last Line: Over cambridge, over the charles %green bank, goodbye


FREELY ESPOUSING    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: A commingling sky
Subject(s): Popular Culture - United States; Social Commentaries; New York City; Manhattan; New York, New York; The Big Apple


FREELY ESPOUSING       
First Line: A commingling sky %a semi-tropic night
Last Line: When they fold each other up %well, thrill. That's their story


FROM THE NEXT       
First Line: From the next room
Last Line: The buzz of dying


GOING       
First Line: In the month when the kamchatka bugbane
Last Line: October would look no different than it looks


GOOD MORNING       
First Line: Morning, or heartache. In
Last Line: How shall I polish you


GRAND DUO       
First Line: The seine %'transcend, be real'
Last Line: Schubert %franz schubert


GRAVE       
First Line: While we who wished to help stood helplessly by
Last Line: In what the screw of our ship set in motion


GRAY DAY       
First Line: There is a cloud'
Last Line: And a window %full of leaves


GRAY THOUGHT       
First Line: In the sky a gray thought


GRAY, INTERMITTENTLY BLUE, EYED HERO       
First Line: Woolly-cheeked wink flasher
Last Line: And fly blueward through blue


GREEN DOOR       
First Line: We could try it
Last Line: Only the plane, only the hammer


GREENWICH AVENUE       
First Line: In the evening of a brightly
Last Line: Nods and speaks of a further bleeding


GREETINGS FROM THE CHATEAU       
First Line: Why did massenet compose thais
Last Line: Delighting another dusk, and the canal to the sky


GROWING DARK    Poem Text    
First Line: The grass shakes
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians


GROWING DARK       
First Line: The grass shakes
Last Line: I got my sleep
Subject(s): Homosexuality


GULLS       
First Line: Gulls %loudly insist on indefensible rights
Last Line: Bunchberries %trotting about


HAVING MY SAY SO    Poem Text    
First Line: What a sweet dear good boy he is, I said aloud to the empty room.
Subject(s): Gays 7 Lesbians; Poetry & Poets


HAZE    Poem Text    
First Line: Hangs heavy / down into trees: dawn
Subject(s): Fog; Haze


HAZE       
First Line: Hangs heavy %down into trees: dawn
Last Line: We may grow to love
Subject(s): Fog


HAZE HANGS HEAVY       


HEAD       
First Line: A dead boy living among men as a man
Last Line: For his beauty. So what %if it fades and dies?
Subject(s): Homosexuality


HELD BREATH       
First Line: Dense dark day, two sun chairs
Last Line: To fill the air with falling


HORSE-CHESTNUT TREES AND ROSES       
First Line: Twenty-some years ago, I read graham stuart thomas's
Last Line: It's the horse-chestnut trees I mind


HUDSON FERRY       
First Line: April what an ice-cold promise
Last Line: Gleams like silver like the magnolias in the moonlight


HYMN TO LIFE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The wind rests its cheek upon the ground and feels the cool damp
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


HYMN TO LIFE       
First Line: The wind rests its cheek upon the ground and feels the cool damp
Last Line: Ask questions? Or, what are the questions you wish to ask?


I AM KEENLY DISAPPOINTED. I EAGERLY AWAIT    Poem Text    
First Line: Zug. / zumph. These words
Subject(s): Farm Life; Comic Strips; Agriculture; Farmers


I SIT DOWN TO TYPE       
First Line: And arise whatever for
Last Line: A catholic, secure in his %all-forgiving love


I THINK    Poem Text    
First Line: I will write you a letter
Subject(s): Spring


I THINK       
First Line: I will write you a letter
Last Line: Stick around %a while
Subject(s): Spring


ILFORD ROSE BOOK       
First Line: Thank you for your letter
Last Line: Back in the watch fob days


IN EARLIEST MORNING       
First Line: An orange devours
Last Line: Behind a morning %times of cloud


IN JANUARY       
First Line: The yard has sopped into its green-grizzled self its new year
Last Line: Steps pecking at their shadows


IN THE ROUND       
First Line: Bed the inter %loping grass
Last Line: Good %morning %what's- %your-name


IN WHITE CITY    Poem Text    
First Line: My thoughts turn south
Variant Title(s): A White City
Subject(s): Dreams; Snow; Nightmares


IN WHITE CITY       
First Line: My thoughts turn south
Last Line: And find it has snowed
Variant Title(s): A White Cit
Subject(s): Dreams; Snow


IN WIRY WINTER    Poem Text    
First Line: The shadow of a bird
Subject(s): Winter; Birds


IN WIRY WINTER       
First Line: The shadow of a bird
Last Line: Goodnight granny %so truly good


INDUSTRIAL ARCHAEOLOGY       
First Line: Early may (a late spring) a field
Last Line: The negative expression of a wish


JANIS JOPLIN'S DEAD: LONG LIVE PEARL       
First Line: You call: %guarded voices. O
Last Line: Body %next to %mine


JELLY JELLY       
First Line: Summer apples, showy and sugary, mealy and touchy
Last Line: Under the lid of an elderberry pie


JOINT       
First Line: Veal and mushrooms, wine, a too pungent salad
Last Line: That coats the cup if good and strong


JULY SIXTH    Poem Text    
First Line: The window looks over an arbor. The grape leaves, bluish-green on one
Subject(s): Nature


JUST BEFORE FALL       
First Line: In the quiet spaces between equinoctial gales
Last Line: Running down, winding up, going on


KOREAN MUMS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Beside me in this garden
Subject(s): Chrysanthemums


KOREAN MUMS       
First Line: Beside me in this garden
Last Line: In stillness, even %the words, korean mums


LABOR DAY       
First Line: Not what I think
Last Line: I think of death


LET'S ALL HEAR IT FOR MILDRED BAILEY    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The men's can at cafe society uptown
Last Line: In a world gone wrong.
Subject(s): Bailey, Mildred [rinker] (1907-1951); Jazz; Music & Musicians


LETTER POEM #2       
First Line: Riding along in the beautiful day (there go two
Last Line: That rises, stiffening these trees


LETTER POEM #3       
First Line: The night is quiet
Last Line: Other self, my bet %ter half, my one


LETTER TO A FRIEND: WHO IS NANCY DAUM?        Recitation by Author
First Line: All things are real
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


LETTER TO A FRIEND: WHO IS NANCY DAUM?       
First Line: All things are real
Last Line: Who is nancy daum?
Subject(s): Homosexuality


LIGHT BLUE ABOVE       
Last Line: Upon a dust speck %in bubble air


LIGHT FROM CANADA       
First Line: A wonderful freshness, sir
Last Line: On fish that swim up to do same


LIGHT NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: A tree, enamel needles,
Subject(s): Night; Bedtime


LIGHT WITHIN       
First Line: And the light without: the shade
Last Line: The luminous dark within


LIKE LORRAINE ELLISON       
First Line: Zephyrine drouhin %lines out her
Last Line: To %a rose %give


LILACS       
First Line: Helena brought me
Last Line: There is, for instance %helena


LOOKING FORWARD TO SEE JANE REAL SOON       
First Line: May drew in its breath and smelled june's roses
Last Line: In which wind moves. And it was all for her


LOVE'S PHOTOGRAPH (OR FATHER AND SON)    Poem Text    
First Line: Detected little things: a peach-pit
Subject(s): Fathers & Sons; Photography & Photographs


MAN IN BLUE       
First Line: Under the french horns of a november afternoon
Last Line: On a sideboard where the sun falls


MARCH HERE       
First Line: Wet %the tide out
Last Line: Exhales a soft wet smell %of march


MARK       
First Line: My father was ribald
Last Line: Enrapt, an arrow in my heart


MASTER OF THE GOLDEN GLOW       
First Line: An irregular rattle (shutters) and
Last Line: More litter, less clutter


MAY 24TH OR SO       
First Line: Among white lilac trusses, green-gold spaces of sunlit grass
Last Line: Dashed off, like the easiest thing


MAY, 1972    Poem Text    
First Line: Soft may mists are here again
Subject(s): Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975


MAY, 1972       
First Line: Soft may mists are here again
Last Line: Must end. It goes on


MIKE       
First Line: Carly simon
Last Line: Great -- hey %tree %right -- %guy


MILK       
First Line: Milk used to come in tall glass, heavy and uncrystalline as frozen melted snow
Last Line: Trembling, milk is coming into its own


MONEY MUSK       
First Line: Hamlin garland rose up from the oaklahoma powwow and declared with spirit
Last Line: Small purpose and with less effect


MOOD INDIGO       
First Line: And the curtain rose in that theatre so long ago
Last Line: We will meet again %in harlem


MOON       
First Line: Last night there was
Last Line: And now the sun shines %down in silent brightness, %on me and my possessions, %which I have named, %


MORNING       
First Line: Breaks in splendor on
Last Line: Is well begun. So %be it, morning


MORNING OF THE POEM       
First Line: July 8 or july 9, the eight surely, certainly
Last Line: Tomorrow: new york: in blue, in green, in white, east aurora goodbye


NAME DAY       
First Line: You know da vinci's painting of
Last Line: You a new brunswick lobster


NEW YORKER       
First Line: The way eyes turn
Last Line: The larger types of private room accommodations


NIGHT IS FILLED WITH INDECISIONS       
Last Line: We do we %love each %other so
Variant Title(s): The Nigh


NOON OFFICE       
First Line: A snowy curtain
Last Line: Erect dead trees


NOVEMBER       
First Line: Is a nice month to be
Last Line: Birthday, many and %many and many


NOW AND THEN    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Up from the valley
Subject(s): Surgery, Plastic; Social Commentaries; Human Behavior; Social Classes; Cosmetic Sugery; Face Lifts; Conduct Of Life; Human Nature; Caste


NOW AND THEN       
First Line: Up from the valley
Last Line: Clear and beautiful %remain at home


O SLEEPLESS NIGHT       
First Line: I lie down and spread my legs and arms
Last Line: Give me the knife


OCTOBER       
First Line: Books litter the bed
Last Line: Of fall litter the bed


ON THE DRESSER       
First Line: That had a swivel
Last Line: Wrote %'in childbirth'


ORIANE       
First Line: My name is oriane
Last Line: Its name is %oriane


OUR FATHER       
First Line: This mountain view


OVER THE HILLS       
First Line: The jersey hills
Last Line: Some enchanted evening


OVERCAST, HOT       
First Line: It's a hot day
Last Line: It sure is hot, muggy %july


PAYNE WHITNEY POEMS: ARCHES       
First Line: Of buildings, this building
Last Line: A gray in which some smoke stands


PAYNE WHITNEY POEMS: BACK       
First Line: From the frick. The weather
Last Line: Why? That was only thirty years ago


PAYNE WHITNEY POEMS: BLIZZARD       
First Line: Tearing and tearing
Last Line: Through driving snow


PAYNE WHITNEY POEMS: FEBRUARY 13, 1975       
First Line: Tomorrow is st. Valentine's
Last Line: Snowflakes in a book like flowers


PAYNE WHITNEY POEMS: HEATHER AND CALENDULAS       
First Line: A violet hush: and sunbursts
Last Line: Die, and you die alone


PAYNE WHITNEY POEMS: LINEN       
First Line: Is this the moment?
Last Line: I'm glad I have %fresh linen


PAYNE WHITNEY POEMS: PASTIME       
First Line: I pick up a loaded pen and twiddle it
Last Line: A desert kind of life


PAYNE WHITNEY POEMS: SLEEP       
First Line: The friends who come to see you
Last Line: Give my love to, oh, anybody
Subject(s): Homosexuality


PAYNE WHITNEY POEMS: TRIP       
First Line: Wigging in, wigging out
Last Line: Deeply, that I think %is a miracle


PAYNE WHITNEY POEMS: WE WALK       
First Line: In the garden. Sun
Last Line: The wind whistles %curious


PAYNE WHITNEY POEMS: WHAT       
First Line: What's in those pills?
Last Line: And the wolf of gubbio


PENOBSCOT       
First Line: Open water facing bradbury snags fog in its spruce
Last Line: Where the breakers roll stones to cannon balls


PEOPLE WHO SEE BUBBLES RISE       
First Line: May be swimming, not drowning
Last Line: Who, open-eyed, sees bubbles rise


PERHAPS       
First Line: Perhaps there's time to write a poem
Last Line: Now I think I'll wash my hair. G'bye


PHOTOGRAPH       
First Line: Shows you in a london
Last Line: Wears his nose awry


PICNIC CANTATA       
First Line: I feel funny today
Last Line: Good-bye, toodle-oo, so long, good-bye


POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: Your enchantment
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians


POEM       
First Line: Your enchantment
Last Line: Sink down beside you
Subject(s): Homosexuality


POEM       
First Line: I do not always understand what you say
Last Line: What is, is by its nature, on display


POEM       
First Line: How about an oak leaf
Last Line: Damp and wooly. You lack charm


POEM       
First Line: This beauty that I see
Last Line: It goes, it goes


POEM       
First Line: I got my hair cut
Last Line: And it rains


POEM       
First Line: The wind tears up the sun
Last Line: And its flakes, not less %though shorter lived


PRINCESS DI       
First Line: Intricacies of a devious mind
Last Line: And I thought, beautiful %princess, farewell


QUICK, HENRY, THE FLIT       
First Line: The rain is raining all around
Last Line: Slap. Drat the mosquitoes


RACHMANINOFF'S THIRD       
First Line: A mement and %over and with
Last Line: Before they build that dam


RAIN       
First Line: Quilts the pond and
Last Line: Accepts the world's shampoo


RED BRICK AND BROWN STONE       
First Line: He arises. Oriane
Last Line: Passes in black chiffon


RESERVED SACRAMENT       
First Line: Mid-morning %the light, what light
Last Line: And purple %and gold
Variant Title(s): This Soft Octobe


REUNION       
First Line: You will like their upstairs
Last Line: You may get to like them


ROOF GARDEN       
First Line: Tubs of %memory
Last Line: Adorable, sticky flower


ROSE OF MARION       
First Line: Is pink and many-petalled
Last Line: Perhaps one day I will


ROXY       
First Line: You are ever %in my thoughts
Last Line: Inside, outside %the nut house gate


ROYALS       
First Line: Called dog men
Last Line: Or wherever we pass them, or a roof


RUNNING FOOTSTEPS    Poem Text    
First Line: A thin brown stain
Subject(s): Rain; Fear


RUNNING FOOTSTEPS       
First Line: A thin brown stain
Last Line: Rain-chilled %to be alive


SALUTE    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Past is past, and if one
Subject(s): Past


SALUTE       
First Line: Past is past, and if one


SATURDAY NIGHT       
First Line: A little drunk
Last Line: He needs and wants


SCARLATTI    Poem Text    
First Line: Last night / locked in
Subject(s): Music & Musicians; Scarlatti, Domenico (1685-1757)


SCARLET TANAGER       
First Line: In the big maple %behind the willow'
Last Line: Happy children's song %drums -- drums


SEEKING    Poem Text    
First Line: For old new england
Subject(s): New England


SEEKING       
First Line: For old new england
Last Line: Like the wonderful fish and terrible food %at glad's lunch


SELF-PITY IS A KIND OF LYING, TOO       
First Line: It's %snowing defective
Last Line: Just have snow %to wear too


SEPTEMBER       
First Line: Swimming in the memorial %park pond smells of a dog
Last Line: Two of its legs are like -- you %know. Arms


SHADOWY ROOM       
First Line: Tall buildings swayed ...'
Last Line: The hands of god


SHAKER       
First Line: There was simply
Last Line: At sabbathday lake


SHIMMER       
First Line: The pear tree that last year
Last Line: Here at my right hand


SIMONE SIGNORET       
First Line: Look, mitterrand baby, your telegram
Last Line: And I truly miss you %simone signoret


SIX SOMETHING       
First Line: On june 5th, '90
Last Line: In bell-like blue


SKY EATS UP THE TREES       
First Line: The newspaper comes. It
Last Line: Lines I read at night


SLEEP       
First Line: With its burden of dreams
Last Line: With its burden of dreams


SLEEP-GUMMED EYES       
First Line: With sleep-crowned eyes I
Last Line: Freezing. So be it


SNOW       
First Line: That fell and iced
Last Line: Only for the ice and snow


SNOWDROP       
First Line: The sheath pierces the turf
Last Line: A pale green testicle
Subject(s): Snowdrops (plants)


SO GOOD    Poem Text    
First Line: Sing to me
Subject(s): Weather; Birds; Grandparents; Grandmothers; Grandfathers; Great Grandfathers; Great Grandmothers


SO GOOD       
First Line: Sing to me


SOMETIMES    Poem Text    
First Line: I remember the synagogue at amsterdam
Last Line: Came into the world
Subject(s): Amsterdam, Netherlands; Synagogues


SOMETIMES       
First Line: I remember the synagogue at amsterdam
Last Line: Came into the world
Subject(s): Amsterdam, Netherlands; Synagogues


SONG       
First Line: The light lies layered in the leaves
Last Line: In light no longer layered


SONG       
First Line: I'm about to go shopping
Last Line: Remember the ivory snow


SONNET       
First Line: August, tasting of ripe grapes and afternoon sleep
Last Line: Bathing its light in water, find its white coolness


SORTING, WRAPPING, PACKING, STUFFING       
First Line: Dirty socks in dirty sneakers
Last Line: They never began and great hunks of the world will fit


SPARKS       
First Line: A light rain stands
Last Line: But, unlike sparks, fly back


SPRING       
First Line: Snow thick and wet, porous
Last Line: The east %glows %rose. No %willow


STANDING AND WATCHING       
Last Line: Drained, not quite of color there


STEAMING TIES, CUTTING RUE       
Last Line: Out silk ties, they bind
Variant Title(s): Steaming Tie


STONE KNIFE       
First Line: Dear kenward %what a pearl
Last Line: Center still in stone


STUN       
First Line: If you've ever been in a car
Last Line: In prickle-green, speed-lashed %massachusetts


SUDDENLY       
First Line: It's night and tom
Last Line: Raindrop fragments


SUN CAB       
First Line: Goes by below
Last Line: Unheard unseen %a fluent presence


SUNDAY    Poem Text    
First Line: The mint bed is in


SUNDAY       
First Line: Pears hang on the tree by stems
Last Line: On braking down the incline


SUNDAY       
First Line: The mint bed is in
Last Line: I scribble your name
Subject(s): Love


SUNSET       
First Line: The sun just
Last Line: Ledge to ledge


SWEET ROUMANIAN TONGUE    Poem Text    
First Line: Drew down the curse of heaven on her umbrella
Subject(s): Rain; Wasps; Yellow Jackets


TABLE OF GREEN FIELDS       
First Line: On which to shoot pool
Last Line: I do not know, abloom, again


TEARS, OILY TEARS ...    Poem Text    
First Line: Crying is a habit with me.
Subject(s): Crying


THE CRYSTAL LITHIUM    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: The smell of snow, stinging in nostrils as the wind lifts it from a beach
Subject(s): Chemical Elements; Snow


THE EDGE IN THE MORNING    Poem Text    
First Line: Walking to the edge with a cup of coffee
Subject(s): Morning


THE PAYNE WHITNEY POEMS: SLEEP    Poem Text    
First Line: The friends who come to see you
Last Line: Give my love to, oh, anybody
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians


THE VILLAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: Hate greenwich village like vachel lindsay said
Subject(s): Greenwich Village, New York City; Ginsberg, Allen (1926-1997)


THINGS TO DO       
First Line: Balance checkbook
Last Line: And lead 'a full and active life'


THINNESS       
First Line: (like, her cardboard lover)
Last Line: And other nascent what-have-yous


THIS DARK APARTMENT       
First Line: Coming from the deli
Last Line: You were. You said so


THIS NOTEBOOK       
First Line: Is small and stamped
Last Line: Who gave me you


THREE GARDENS: 4404 STANFORD       
First Line: On the steep slope by the drive he
Last Line: A garden of rocks, but not %kyoto style


THREE GARDENS: CHELSEA       
First Line: Petunias, this year
Last Line: Of morning glory


THREE GARDENS: ERTA CANINA       
First Line: Any place else it
Last Line: At last %the nightingale


THURSDAY       
First Line: A summer dawn breaks over the city
Last Line: To keep it that way. Yes, my secret


TO FRANK O'HARA       
First Line: And now the splendor of your work is here
Last Line: But it was my dream


TODAY       
First Line: The bay today breaks
Last Line: And the sun smites


TOM       
First Line: A key. The door. Open
Subject(s): Desire; Gays & Lesbians; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


TOM       
First Line: A key. The door. Open
Last Line: Is only and always beautiful
Subject(s): Desire; Homosexuality


TOM'S ATTEMPT TO SEDUCE BIG BROTHER STEVE       
First Line: I went'
Last Line: Said %let's %wrestle


TOM'S DREAM       
First Line: Tom dreamed he was visiting
Last Line: Alka-seltzer plus cold remedy


TOMORROW       
First Line: Is helena's birthday
Last Line: Bodhisattva of tomorrow


TRASH BOOK       
First Line: Then I do not know what
Last Line: And sipped her miller's


TWO       
First Line: Men in arab robes
Last Line: And all run together


TWO MEDITATIONS       
First Line: Gladioli slant in the border as though stuck not growing there and
Last Line: Of shot grouse curving into a november wet match stick field. Burrs, %unfinished houses


UNDER THE HANGER       
First Line: Wood lark whistles. Hogs carry straw
Last Line: Men wash their sheep


UNLIKE JOUBERT       
First Line: Lying on the bed in the afternoon
Last Line: Sinks down in the presence of an absence


UNNUMBERED WARD    Poem Text    
First Line: And accustomed ungentle hands of two blue-uniformed attendants
Subject(s): Hospitals


UP       
First Line: It's a sunday kind
Last Line: I can't wait. Til %thursday, love


USED HANDKERCHIEFS 5 CENTS'       
First Line: Clean used ones, of course. Also a dresser scarf, woven with a pattern
Last Line: Hand towel of today, embroidered forty some maybe years ago


VELVET ROSES       
First Line: Katie is making
Last Line: Sleeping again %dreaming again


VERGE       
First Line: A man cuts brush


VERMONT DIARY       
First Line: Slowly %the dried up pond
Last Line: A big birthday party (mine)
Subject(s): Diaries


VIEW       
First Line: How come a thickish tree
Last Line: Cat on a green hummock
Subject(s): Homosexuality


VIRGINIA WOOLF       
First Line: I wish I had been at rodmell
Last Line: Like clouded yellows over the downs


VOYAGE AUTOUR DE MES CARTES POSTALES       
First Line: A man of words and not of deeds
Last Line: To whom shall I scribble you


WALK       
First Line: Out of shape %my legs ache
Last Line: Bound away %deer at horseplay


WALTER SCOTT       
First Line: Assured by many
Last Line: Speaking of the incessant rain


WAS IT       
First Line: Was it a quarrel that barred
Last Line: Smile down on me


WATCHING YOU       
First Line: Watching you sleep
Last Line: And more, my days


WE ARE LEAVES       
First Line: There are leaves
Last Line: Here among leaves


WHITE       
First Line: I came back from cape cod
Last Line: In my snowdrop-colored bathroom


WHITE BOAT, BLUE BOAT       
First Line: Two boats parked
Last Line: And endless mystery


WITH FRANK AND GEORGE AT LEXINGTON       
First Line: Polly red top thermos is with us
Last Line: It feels good here


WONDERFUL WORLD       
First Line: I,' I mused, 'yes, I,' and turned to the fenestrations of the night
Last Line: The empire state building rears its pearly height


WYSTAN AUDEN       
First Line: I went to his fortieth birthday
Last Line: Wystan, kind man and great poet %goodbye


YELLOW FLOWERS        Recitation by Author
First Line: Pie-wedge petals
Subject(s): Flowers; Gardens & Gardening


YELLOW FLOWERS       
First Line: Pie-wedge petals
Last Line: It begins with a 'c' %yes: coreopsis
Subject(s): Flowers; Gardens And Gardening


YOU'RE       
First Line: On vacation. Well
Last Line: Slower, for him