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Author: SCHWARTZ, LLOYD
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Schwartz, Lloyd    Poet's Biography
104 poems available by this author


78'S    Poem Text    
First Line: Breakable; heavy; clumsy; the end of a side
Subject(s): Sound Recordings; Phonograph Records; Recordings; Records; Audiodiscs; Discography


A PHILOSOPHICAL PROBLEM    Poem Text    
First Line: Hello? / 'oh, hi.'
Subject(s): Love - Complaints; Suicide


A TRUE POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: I'm working on a poem that's so true, I can't show it to anyone.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


ACCOMPLICE       
First Line: Getting out %after reading, or writing
Last Line: A hunting knife -- lying among the utensils %in a kitchen drawer


APPARITIONS    Poem Text    
First Line: On christmas eve, the 42nd street station
Subject(s): Life


BANQUET       
First Line: I thought I'd fetch a bone for my dog, spike
Last Line: Steaks, stews, cones, boxes, still lifes, a nude... %eat it,eat me-art is food


CAIRO TRAFFIC: 1. THE DESERT       
First Line: This is what's left after everything else
Last Line: If anything else is left, it's %under all that sand, %or has become sand


CAIRO TRAFFIC: 2. WHY?       
First Line: I never particularly wanted to visit the middle east. The art didn't interest
Last Line: Most like a place where a god would deliver his commandments to a moses. %(is there a difference bet


CAIRO TRAFFIC: 3. THE MONASTERY       
First Line: Behind red granite walls just above the foot
Last Line: Violet skull-cap ), keeps watch %over all the other bones


CAIRO TRAFFIC: 4. THE RIVER       
First Line: I'm all turned around. We're sailing up the nile--I.E., south. West is on our
Last Line: Embracing arms. Across the river is the embroidered shaft of the cairo tower; %beyond that the pyram


CAIRO TRAFFIC: 5. CAIRO TRAFFIC       
First Line: The most dangerous place in the middle east...Especially if you want to cross
Last Line: With the extra plate of pigeon. Later, we think how little it would have meant %to us to accept it


CAIRO TRAFFIC: 6. PYRAMIDS       
First Line: They look just like the postcards, yet they're not exactly what I expected. The
Last Line: Pointed angels--pointing the way to heaven?--which have just begun their %departure from this world


CAIRO TRAFFIC: 7. SPHINXY       
First Line: A limestone scarf wraps your sore throat; a blanket
Last Line: Have the answers to. Tell me your answer! %no...Don't


CAIRO TRAFFIC: 8. TEMPLES       
First Line: Luxor. Karnak
Last Line: Blue ceilings (the night sky) swarming with little five-branched stick-figure %stars, homunculi, eac


CAIRO TRAFFIC: 9. SO?       
First Line: New york. Temple of dendur, metropolitan museum of art. In that giant tem-
Last Line: The spirit wakes, struggling to remain in this world while the beautiful body %falls away


CHILDHOOD    Poem Text    
First Line: In the imaginary kingdom of my only-childhood, I played all the
Subject(s): Children; Childhood


CROSSING THE ROCKIES    Poem Text    
First Line: At fort morgan, colorado, six cars line up behind the flashing red lights
Subject(s): Rocky Mountain Range


CROSSING THE ROCKIES       
First Line: At fort morgan, colorado, six cars line up behind the flashing red lights
Last Line: A dark rumbling - we're over water now - then moving %fasterand even more quietly %further into it
Subject(s): Rocky Mountain Range


DEAD-BATTERY BLUES       
First Line: The phone keeps ringing
Last Line: It's starting to get light out. %it's still a little dark inside


DIGGER    Poem Text    
First Line: Would you believe I went to college? Yeah,
Subject(s): Bars & Bartenders; Drugs & Drug Abuse; Prisons & Prisoners; Pubs; Taverns; Saloons; Narcotics; Opium; Cocaine; Crack; Heroin; Convicts


DOUBLE LIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: My father was a fundamentalist minister.
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Conduct Of Life; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


DREAM DURING MY MOTHER'S RECUPERATION       
First Line: At 89, my mother is in the hospital, mysteriously losing blood, when suddenly
Last Line: What you hear from me, this is me. % let's live and tell these little stories.


ESTELLE'S TESTIMONY    Poem Text    
First Line: They said I was 'promiscuous'
Subject(s): Love - Erotic; Love - Age Differences; Death; Old Age; Dead, The


FOURTEEN PEOPLE: ARTIE MATTEOSIAN       
First Line: This one's my favorite. It's so loving: the generous pink dress
Last Line: Anything. Why would anyone want to paint me? Who'd want to look


FOURTEEN PEOPLE: DANNY AND MARY KELLEHER       
First Line: Your intimidating teacher -- bald; birdlike; bell-bottomed;
Last Line: Merciless annunciations to his sullen, empty-eyed madonna


FOURTEEN PEOPLE: FRANK BIDART       
First Line: I look like I've had a spike driven down the back
Last Line: Monster, stumbling forward with his monstrous grief


FOURTEEN PEOPLE: GAIL MAZUR       
First Line: The knowing eye, barely perceptible under dark shadows
Last Line: Into the dark, sees a dark her own beams can't reach


FOURTEEN PEOPLE: JANE STRUSS       
First Line: Now the sun rises, rises so bright
Last Line: See what I have seen; see what I see. Listen


FOURTEEN PEOPLE: JOYCE PESEROFF       
First Line: Look at that yellow shirt!' 'banana.' 'no...Canary
Last Line: Not about to fall though.' 'no, unassailable.' scary...


FOURTEEN PEOPLE: LLOYD SCHWARTZ       
First Line: Something behind the philosophical glasses' glass
Last Line: Something in the eyes has nothing to do with weather


FOURTEEN PEOPLE: MARGO LOCKWOOD       
First Line: The melancholy life-of-the-party,' her familiar rosy flush
Last Line: Bowing out with this week's latest, un-secret word: 'fuckoleum!'


FOURTEEN PEOPLE: MR. AND MRS. HAMILTON       
First Line: They're quite a pair. He's the quiet one
Last Line: Now all our portraits have the same shadow


FOURTEEN PEOPLE: RALPH HAMILTON       
First Line: It's all in the eyes. The broad, smudged
Last Line: With holes poked out only for the eyes


FOURTEEN PEOPLE: ROBERT PINSKY       
First Line: That rarest category of talents, a poet-critic.'
Last Line: The competitor maintains, to protect his skill, his sanity, and his art


FOURTEEN PEOPLE: TOM JOANIDES       
First Line: Which of these statements is true
Last Line: Everything changes -- give me a minute; (n) none of this is true


FRIENDLY SONG       
First Line: I'm working on a song
Last Line: That wakes men up %and lets children sleep


GISELA BRUNING       
First Line: Why shoud I remember now? %more than 20 years ... The paris
Last Line: Why can't I picture what it looked like? Why should this %particular gap in my %memory distrub me so


GOODNIGHT, GRACIE    Poem Text    
First Line: Home very late from a hollywood party, george and gracie
Last Line: Of the author.
Subject(s): Acting And Actors; Actors & Actresses; Allen, Gracie (1906-1964); Television; Tv


GRIEF    Poem Text    
First Line: My mother is mad at the sun
Subject(s): Grief; Sorrow; Sadness


GRIEF       
First Line: My mother is mad at the sun
Last Line: No room left in my house. %what am I going to do with my grief?
Subject(s): Grief


HANNAH    Poem Text    
First Line: I walk on hooked rugs; my beds are covered with
Subject(s): Homecoming; Family Life; Conduct Of Life; Relatives


HE TELLS HIS MOTHER WHAT HE'S WORKING ON       
First Line: I'm writing a poem about you
Last Line: Well, you're my tree. %yes, I'm your tree--you're an apple, I'm a tree


HER WALTZ       
First Line: This is my dream. I'm dancing!
Last Line: Once knew how to waltz. %and now I shall bid you goodnight.


HOUSE HUNTING       
First Line: First ad. 2 fam. 10+4 house off
Last Line: Awful to have to move -- awful to move away


HOUSE HUNTING       
First Line: Fixed it all myself. Tore out some walls ...'


HOW'LL I LEARN MY LINES IF THERE ISN'T ANY SCRIPT?       
Last Line: How'll I get to heaven?


IN THE JEWISH CEMETERY IN QUEENS    Poem Text    
First Line: A stone's throw from my uncle's grave
Subject(s): Cemeteries; Jews; Graveyards; Judaism


IN THE JEWISH CEMETERY IN QUEENS       
First Line: A stone's throw from my uncle's grave
Last Line: On my father's fresh stone, I leave a stone
Subject(s): Cemeteries; Jews


IN THE MIST       
First Line: On cool, damp evenings
Last Line: Toward the house with the light %left in the window


INTERIOR MONOLOGUE    Poem Text    
First Line: These rooms . . ./ if I could see them again
Subject(s): Home


INTERVIEW    Poem Text    
First Line: I thought once I'd like to be a kleptomaniac,
Subject(s): Divorce; Gays & Lesbians; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


LEAVES    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Every october it becomes important, no, necessary
Subject(s): Autumn; Leaves; Transience; Renewal; Fall; Impermanence


LEAVES       
First Line: Every october it becomes important, no necessary
Last Line: Or something you've felt that also didn't last


LITTLE KISSES       
First Line: My mother is mad at the sun
Last Line: See, I know all the words! %(I probably won't remember them tomorrow)


LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Why live? I never really thought
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life; Death; Falure; Dead, The


LOVE       
First Line: Why live? I never really thought
Last Line: I don't remember, now.'


MENTAL CASES    Poem Text    
First Line: --and the second is like unto it, thou shalt love
Subject(s): Insanity; Nursing Homes; Voices; Madness; Mental Illness; Old Age Homes; Assisted Living


MUG SHOTS    Poem Text    
First Line: In business you have to know people . . . Try selling
Subject(s): Social Commentaries


NO ORPHEUS       
First Line: Don't look back!...
Last Line: Do we--don't we--have more %(he wishes he knew) %than what we look back to?


NOSTALGIA (THE LAKE AT NIGHT)       
First Line: The black water
Last Line: Another light going out (you must have just undressed for bed). %my bare feet on the splintery pier
Variant Title(s): Nostalgi


ON THE RECENT DEATHS OF HIS FRIEND COLONNA AND HIS LADY LAURA    Poem Text    
First Line: Broken. The high column. The green laurel
Subject(s): Petrarch (1304-1374); Death; Francesco Petrarca; Dead, The


PORNOGRAPHY    Poem Text    
First Line: On his knees, his back to us; the pale honeydew melons of his bare buttocks
Subject(s): Love - Erotic


PORNOGRAPHY       
First Line: On his knees, his back to us; the pale honeydew melons of his bare buttocks
Last Line: In whatever pleasure they %receive, or give
Subject(s): Erotic Love


PROVERBS FROM PURGATORY       
First Line: It was deja vu all over again
Last Line: Include me out. %it was deja vu all over again


PSEUDODOXIA EPIDEMICA       
First Line: Hi.' %'hi' %'you ok?'
Last Line: The more I need you, the further away you get


RECITAL       
First Line: He sits there, staring into the keyboard


RENATO'S DREAM       
First Line: Such a sweet dream. I dreamed
Last Line: Tired, hungry, and cold, I said. %and drummond answered, I too.


REPORTS OF MY DEATH: 1. HEROIC MEASURES       
First Line: My friend deals with each new wrinkle in his illness as if it weren't
Last Line: Then he can't write


REPORTS OF MY DEATH: 2. A SCARE (1969)       
First Line: A lump the size of a small walnut appears suddenly under my collar
Last Line: I remember thinking: 'a few more days, it would've probably just gone away!'


REPORTS OF MY DEATH: 3. REPORTS OF MY DEATH       
First Line: I'm at a concert, listening to schubert's last quartet. The chilling
Last Line: How can I make my comeback from the grave


SATIE: TROIS MELODIES    Poem Text    
First Line: The frog on the tumbler-game in the park
Subject(s): Trees; Statues; Time


SELF-PORTRAIT    Poem Text    
First Line: I was sitting in her living room
Subject(s): Paintings & Painters; Family Life; Relatives


SHE FORGETS       
First Line: The one who told me about the holocaust, who taught me moral distinctions
Last Line: Why can't I go home? % what's wrong with me, honey? % why am I here?


SHUT-EYE    Poem Text    
First Line: He dreams he's shooting himself in the eye his left eye the
Subject(s): Dreams; Suicide; Eyes; Nightmares


SHUT-EYE       
First Line: He dreams he's shooting himself in the eye his left eye the barrel right up
Last Line: His trembling finger squeezing the trigger till he almost hears the shot that %opens that blasts ope


SIMPLE QUESTION       
First Line: Can you hear me? Do you / understand
Last Line: Of the author.
Subject(s): Fathers; Sickness; Illness


SIX WORDS    Poem Text    
First Line: Yes / no
Subject(s): Language; Words; Vocabulary


SIX WORDS       
First Line: Yes %no %maybe %sometimes %always %never
Last Line: Yes no %maybe sometimes %always never


SOME NOTES ON MY FATHER    Poem Text    
First Line: Maybe he was happy in paris. He remembers a few french words,
Subject(s): Fathers


SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: Rain on the lake


SONG       
First Line: Rain on the lake
Last Line: The muse amazed %amused -- aroused


SONG       
First Line: Rain on the lake
Last Line: The muse amazed %amused aroused


SONG OF THE SELF-STIMULATOR    Poem Text    
First Line: Johnny had a steamboat
Subject(s): Self-gratification; Sex


THE DREAM DURING MY MOTHER'S RECUPERATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Take it out - thirsty - put my teeth in my mouth
Last Line: From boulevard
Subject(s): Mothers; Old Age; Sickness; Women; Illness


THE RECITAL    Poem Text    
First Line: He sits there, staring into the keyboard--
Subject(s): Music & Musicians; Poetry & Poets; Cancer (disease); Death; Dead, The


THE WANDERER    Poem Text    
First Line: I'm talking about what isn't there anymore,
Subject(s): Friendship; Family Life; City & Town Life; Farewell; Love; Relatives; Parting


THEOCRITUS SCHWARTZ    Poem Text    
First Line: Theo . . . / no one would have to know his real name
Subject(s): Children; Names; Childhood


TRUE POEM       
First Line: I'm working on a poem that's so true, I can't show it to anyone
Last Line: I keep working on it even though I can never show it to anybody. %I keep working on it even though s


TWO CHURCHES (A DREAM)       
First Line: In the main square, there are two churches, not just one--two
Last Line: Yet magnificent. Almost identical, except that one %is locked, and the door to the other is wide ope


TWO HORSES (A MEMORY)       
First Line: You said you had lunch in pittsfield, was it on north street?
Last Line: What's there to cry about? %such an old, old memory, why should it make me cry?


VERMEERS       
First Line: When I moved to my new house, I thought I'd lost all my
Last Line: Holland). I've never lived in a city without a vermeer


VERMEERS: 1. POWER       
First Line: When I moved to my new house, I thought I'd lost all my vermeer
Last Line: Going to ask of me now


VERMEERS: 1. THE CONCERT       
First Line: Three figures: %a girl in silver folds of satin
Last Line: One breast exposed; her fingers strumming a lute


VERMEERS: 2. PERSONAL REASONS       
First Line: The women in the paintings -- opening a window, reading a letter
Last Line: Certain people I love; especially (this gets more complicated), especially my mother


VERMEERS: 2. YOUNG WOMAN PUTTING ON PEARLS       
First Line: What do we see first
Last Line: This is one of the few vermeer painings in perfect condition


VERMEERS: 3. OFFICER AND LAUGHING GIRL       
First Line: Who is this man? I can barely
Last Line: Yet doesn't cease to smile


VERMEERS: 3. PROFANITY       
First Line: Their network of contradictions (clarity and mystery: reticence and
Last Line: Why must one choose either over the other


VERMEERS: 4. RARITY       
First Line: So few survive (thirty-six, fewer than the number of shakespeare
Last Line: Each one -- taken in, loved for itself -- calls into mine each of the others


VERMEERS: 4. THE ARTIST IN HIS STUDIO       
First Line: In the museum of the history of art
Last Line: To paint the laurel wreath


VERMEERS: 5. INACCESSIBILITY       
First Line: The summer of the great retrospctive in europe (including all the
Last Line: Into a closed museum. At what wouldn't I stop


VERMEERS: 5. WOMAN HOLDING A BALANCE       
First Line: What is she weighing? Gold
Last Line: The light: %the resurrection and the life


WE REAL COOL       
First Line: We real cool. We %left school. We
Last Line: Die soon


WHO'S ON FIRST    Poem Text    
First Line: You can be so inconsiderate.'
Subject(s): Man-woman Relationships; Male-female Relations


WHO'S ON FIRST       
First Line: You can be so inconsiderate'