Poetry Explorer

Search Classic and Contemporary Poetry

Search Results

Back to search

Searching...
Author: SEXTON, ANNE
Matches Found: 630


Sexton, Anne    Poet's Biography
630 poems available by this author


45 MERCY STREET    Poem Text    
First Line: In my dream, / drilling into the marrow
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


45 MERCY STREET       
First Line: In my dream, %drilling into the marrow
Last Line: And its hauled up %notebooks
Subject(s): God; Religion


A CURSE AGAINST ELEGIES    Poem Text    
First Line: Oh, love, why do we argue like this
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


A LITTLE UNCOMPLICATED HYMN    Poem Text    
First Line: Is what I wanted to write
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


A STORY FOR ROSE ON THE MIDNIGHT FLIGHT TO BOSTON    Poem Text    
First Line: Until tonight they were separate specialties
Subject(s): Air Travel; Theology


ABORTION       
First Line: Somebody who should have been born %is gone
Last Line: Or say what you meant %you coward - this baby I bleed
Subject(s): Abortion; God; Religion


ADDICT       
First Line: Sleepmonger %deathmonger
Last Line: Now I'm borrowed. %now I'm numb
Subject(s): Drugs And Drug Abuse; God; Religion; Suicide


ADMONITIONS TO A SPECIAL PERSON    Poem Text    
First Line: Watch out for power
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


ADMONITIONS TO A SPECIAL PERSON       
First Line: Watch out for power
Last Line: Like a happened balloon
Subject(s): God; Religion


AFTER AUSCHWITZ    Poem Text    
First Line: Anger, / as black as a hook
Subject(s): God; Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Jews; Religion; Shoah; Judaism; Theology


AFTER AUSCHWITZ       
First Line: Anger, %as black as a hook
Last Line: I beg the lord not to hear
Subject(s): God; Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Jews; Religion


AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: You said the anger would come back
Subject(s): Anger; Theology


AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN       
First Line: You said the anger would come back
Last Line: And you will die somewhat, %again and again
Subject(s): God; Religion


ALL MY PRETTY ONES    Poem Text    
First Line: Father, this year's jinx rides us apart
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters


ALL MY PRETTY ONES       
First Line: Father, this year's jinx rides us apart
Last Line: Whether you are pretty or not, I outlive you, %bend down my strange face to yours and forgive you
Subject(s): Fathers And Daughters; God; Religion


AMBITION BIRD       
First Line: So it has come to this
Last Line: There is folly enough inside this one
Subject(s): God; Religion


AN OBSESSIVE COMBINATION OF ONTOLOGICAL INSCAPE ...    Poem Text    
First Line: Busy, with an idea for a code, I write
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


AND ONE FOR MY DAME    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: A born salesman, / my father made all his dough
Subject(s): Americans; Fathers; United States; America


AND ONE FOR MY DAME       
First Line: A born salesman, %my father made all his dough
Last Line: Its highways built up like new loves, raw and speedy
Subject(s): Americans; Fathers; God; Religion; United States


ANGEL FOOD DOGS       
First Line: Leaping, leaping, leaping
Last Line: And fly off into my terrified years
Subject(s): God; Religion


ANGELS OF THE LOVE AFFAIR: 1. ANGEL OF FIRE AND GENITALS    Poem Text    
First Line: Angel of fire and genitals, do you know slime
Variant Title(s): Slime
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


ANGELS OF THE LOVE AFFAIR: 1. ANGEL OF FIRE AND GENITALS       
First Line: Angel of fire and genitals, do you know slime
Last Line: As the sun dies in your arms and you loosen its terrible weight
Variant Title(s): Slim
Subject(s): God; Religion


ANGELS OF THE LOVE AFFAIR: 2. ANGEL OF CLEAN SHEETS    Poem Text    
First Line: Angel of clean sheets, do you know bedbugs
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


ANGELS OF THE LOVE AFFAIR: 2. ANGEL OF CLEAN SHEETS       
First Line: Angel of clean sheets, do you know bedbugs
Last Line: But inside my hair waits the night I was defiled
Subject(s): God; Religion


ANGELS OF THE LOVE AFFAIR: 3. ANGEL OF FLIGHT AND SLEIGH BELS    Poem Text    
First Line: Angel of flight and sleigh bells, do you know paralysis
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


ANGELS OF THE LOVE AFFAIR: 3. ANGEL OF FLIGHT AND SLEIGH BELS       
First Line: Angel of flight and sleigh bells, do you know paralysis
Last Line: Where I stand in stone shoes as the world's bicycle goes by
Subject(s): God; Religion


ANGELS OF THE LOVE AFFAIR: 4. ANGEL OF HOPE AND CALENDARS    Poem Text    
First Line: Angel of hope and calendars, do you know despair
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


ANGELS OF THE LOVE AFFAIR: 4. ANGEL OF HOPE AND CALENDARS       
First Line: Angel of hope and calendars, do you know despair
Last Line: There are no prayers here. Here there is no change
Subject(s): God; Religion


ANGELS OF THE LOVE AFFAIR: 5. ANGEL OF BLIZZARDS AND BLACKB    Poem Text    
First Line: Angel of blizzards and blackouts, do you know raspberries
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


ANGELS OF THE LOVE AFFAIR: 5. ANGEL OF BLIZZARDS AND BLACKB       
First Line: Angel of blizzards and blackouts, do you know raspberries
Last Line: Take me back to that red mouth, that july 21st place
Subject(s): God; Religion


ANGELS OF THE LOVE AFFAIR: 6. ANGEL OF BEACH HOUSES AND PICNICS    Poem Text    
First Line: Angel of beach houses and picnics, do you know solitaire
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


ANGELS OF THE LOVE AFFAIR: 6. ANGEL OF BEACH HOUSES AND PICNICS       
First Line: Angel of beach houses and picnics, do you know solitaire
Last Line: And left hundreds of unmatched people out in the cold
Subject(s): God; Religion


ANNA WHO WAS MAD    Poem Text    
First Line: Anna who was mad, / I have a knife in my armpit
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


ANNA WHO WAS MAD       
First Line: Anna who was mad, %I have a knife in my armpit
Last Line: Pick up the parker pen I gave you. %write me. %write
Subject(s): God; Religion


AS IT WAS WRITTEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Earth, earth, / riding your merry-go-round
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


AS IT WAS WRITTEN       
First Line: Earth, earth, %riding your merry-go-round
Last Line: With its hungry red mouth %to suck at my scars
Subject(s): God; Religion


ASSASSIN       
First Line: The correct death is written in
Last Line: I will see him home
Subject(s): God; Religion


AUGUST 17TH    Poem Text    
First Line: Good for visiting hospitals or charitable work.
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


AUGUST 17TH       
First Line: Good for visiting hospitals or charitable work.
Last Line: And then stitched up again for the long voyage back
Subject(s): God; Religion


AUGUST 8TH    Poem Text    
First Line: And do not be indiscreet or unconventional. Play it safe
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


AUGUST 8TH       
First Line: And do not be indiscreet or unconventional. Play it safe
Last Line: Spooking my lonely hours, you were there, but pretend
Subject(s): God; Religion


BABY PICTURE       
First Line: It's the heart of the grape
Last Line: Merely a kid keeping alive
Subject(s): God; Religion


BALANCE WHEEL       
First Line: Where I waved at the sky
Subject(s): God; Religion


BALLAD OF THE LONELY MASTURBATOR       
First Line: The end of the affair is always death
Last Line: At night, alone, I marry the bed gone
Subject(s): God; Love; Religion


BAT    Poem Text    
First Line: His awful skin
Subject(s): Bats; Theology


BAT       
First Line: His awful skin
Last Line: Like a misshapen udder
Subject(s): God; Religion


BAYONET    Poem Text    
First Line: What can I do with this bayonet
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


BAYONET       
First Line: What can I do with this bayonet
Last Line: Vut with all the vibrations %of a crucifix
Subject(s): God; Religion


BEGINNING THE HEGIRA: FOOD    Poem Text    
First Line: I want mother's milk
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


BEGINNING THE HEGIRA: FOOD       
First Line: I want mother's milk
Last Line: And you walk away reading the paper
Subject(s): God; Religion


BEGINNING THE HEGIRA: THE MONEY SWING    Poem Text    
First Line: Mother, father, / I hold this snapshot of you
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


BEGINNING THE HEGIRA: THE MONEY SWING       
First Line: Mother, father, %I hold this snapshot of you
Last Line: If you don't want it to be snow %you just pay money
Subject(s): God; Religion


BELLS       
First Line: Today the circus poster
Last Line: All the trembling bells of you %were mine
Subject(s): God; Religion


BESTIARY U.S.A.: HORNET    Poem Text    
First Line: A red-hot needle
Subject(s): God; Hornets; Religion; Theology


BESTIARY U.S.A.: HORNET       
First Line: A red-hot needle
Last Line: He wants you to walk into him as into a dark fire
Subject(s): God; Hornets; Religion


BESTIARY U.S.A.: STAR-NOSED MOLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Mole, angel-dog of the pit
Subject(s): Moles; Religion; Theology


BESTIARY U.S.A.: STAR-NOSED MOLE       
First Line: Mole, angel-dog of the pit
Last Line: Wearing your cross on your nose
Subject(s): Animals; God; Moles; Religion


BESTIARY U.S.A.: WHALE    Poem Text    
First Line: Whale on the beach, you dinosaur
Subject(s): God; Religion; Whales; Theology


BESTIARY U.S.A.: WHALE       
First Line: Whale on the beach, you dinosaur
Last Line: Putting on our socks and working in the little boxes we call the office
Subject(s): God; Religion; Whales


BIG BOOTS OF PAIN       
First Line: There can be certain potions
Last Line: Of its greed for love %next thursday
Subject(s): God; Religion


BIG HEART       
First Line: Big heart, %wide as a watermelon
Last Line: Takes it all in -- %all in comes the fury of love
Subject(s): God; Religion


BLACK ART       
First Line: A woman who writes feels too much
Last Line: To eat up all the weird abundance her, father, I'm made of
Subject(s): God; Religion


BREAK       
First Line: It was also my violent heart that broke
Last Line: The zeal of my house doth eat me up
Subject(s): God; Religion


BREAK AWAY       
First Line: Your daisies have come
Last Line: No matter how often I sweep the floor
Subject(s): God; Religion


BREAST       
First Line: This is the key to it
Last Line: I burn the way money burns
Subject(s): God; Religion


BRIAR ROSE (SLEEPING BEAUTY)    Poem Text    
First Line: Consider / a girl who keeps slipping off
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


BRIAR ROSE (SLEEPING BEAUTY)       
First Line: Consider %a girl who keeps slipping off
Last Line: God help -- %this life after death up
Subject(s): God; Religion


BUYING THE WHORE    Poem Text    
First Line: You are the roast beef I have purchased
Subject(s): Whores; Theology


BUYING THE WHORE       
First Line: You are the roast beef I have purchased
Last Line: Its cold hard quarters
Subject(s): God; Religion


CHILD BEARERS       
First Line: Jean, death comes close to us all
Last Line: In the worry festering inside us, %let our children go so fast %they go
Subject(s): God; Religion


CHILDREN       
First Line: The childen are all crying in their pens
Last Line: In the private holiness %of my hands
Subject(s): God; Religion


CHRISTMAS EVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Oh sharp diamond, my mother
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


CHRISTMAS EVE       
First Line: Oh sharp diamond, my mother
Last Line: Somehow, it were one of yours
Subject(s): God; Religion


CIGARETTES AND WHISKEY AND WILD, WILD WOMEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Perhaps I was born kneeling
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


CIGARETTES AND WHISKEY AND WILD, WILD WOMEN       
First Line: Perhaps I was born kneeling
Last Line: In case mercy should come %in the nick of time
Subject(s): God; Religion


CINDERELLA    Poem Text    
First Line: You always read about it
Subject(s): Cinderella


CINDERELLA       
First Line: You always read about it
Last Line: Regular bobbsey twins. %that story
Subject(s): God; Religion


CINQUAINS    Poem Text    
First Line: Evil / beware!
Subject(s): Evil; Mothers; Spring


CIVIL WAR       
First Line: I am torn in two
Last Line: And sing an anthem %a song of myself
Subject(s): God; Religion


CLOTHES    Poem Text    
First Line: Put on a clean shirt
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


CLOTHES       
First Line: Put on a clean shirt
Last Line: I would die full of questions trousseau
Subject(s): God; Religion


COCKROACH       
First Line: Roch, foulest of creatures
Last Line: And held up to the light like a glass of water
Subject(s): God; Religion


CONSORTING WITH ANGELS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: I was tired of being a woman
Subject(s): Women


CONSORTING WITH ANGELS       
First Line: I was tired of being a woman
Last Line: I'm no more a woman %than christ was a man
Subject(s): God; Religion; Women


COURAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: It is in the small things we see it
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


COURAGE       
First Line: It is in the small things we see it
Last Line: You'll put on your carpet slippers %and stride out
Subject(s): God; Religion


CRIPPLES AND OTHER STORIES    Poem Text    
First Line: My doctor, the comedian
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


CRIPPLES AND OTHER STORIES       
First Line: My doctor, the comedian
Last Line: As you prod me with your rib dog's neck
Subject(s): God; Religion


CROSSING THE ATLANTIC    Poem Text    
First Line: We sail out of season into an oyster-gray wind
Subject(s): Atlantic Ocean; God; Religion; Sea; Sea Voyages; Theology; Ocean


CROSSING THE ATLANTIC       
First Line: We sail out of season into an oyster-gray wind
Last Line: This dead street never stops
Subject(s): Atlantic Ocean; God; Religion; Sea; Sea Voyages


CURSE AGAINST ELEGIES       
First Line: Oh, love, why do we argue like this
Last Line: Talk back to your old bad dreams
Subject(s): God; Religion


DADDY WARBUCKS       
First Line: What's missing is the eyeballs
Last Line: As we board our velvet train
Subject(s): God; Religion


DADDY WARBUCKS    Poem Text    
First Line: What's missing is the eyeballs
Subject(s): Fictional Characters; Fathers & Daughters; Incest; Death


DEAD HEART       
First Line: It is not a turtle
Last Line: It kills %without drawing blood
Subject(s): God; Religion


DEATH BABY       
First Line: I was an ice baby. %I turned to sky blue
Last Line: And there will be %that final rocking
Subject(s): God; Religion


DEATH KING       
First Line: I hired a carpenter
Last Line: His tyranny, his absolute kingdom, %with my aphrodisiac
Subject(s): God; Religion


DEATH OF THE FATHERS: 1. OYSTERS       
First Line: Oysters we ate, %sweet blue babies
Last Line: And the child was defeated. %the woman won
Subject(s): God; Religion


DEATH OF THE FATHERS: 2. HOW WE DANCED       
First Line: The night of my cousin's wedding
Last Line: Like a great god and we bent together %like two lonely swans
Subject(s): God; Religion


DEATH OF THE FATHERS: 3. THE BOAT       
First Line: Father %(he calls himself 'old sea dog')
Last Line: The cold wing that has clasped us %this bright august day
Subject(s): God; Religion


DEATH OF THE FATHERS: 4. SANTA       
First Line: Father, %the santa claus suit
Last Line: For the train that comes no more
Subject(s): God; Religion


DEATH OF THE FATHERS: 5. FRIENDS       
First Line: Father, %who were all those friends
Last Line: Oh god, %he was a stranger, %was he not
Subject(s): God; Religion


DEATH OF THE FATHERS: 6. BEGAT       
First Line: Father me not
Last Line: We are two birds on fire
Subject(s): God; Religion


DEMON    Poem Text    
First Line: I mentioned my demon to a friend
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


DEMON       
First Line: I mentioned my demon to a friend
Last Line: At that anonymous altar
Subject(s): God; Religion


DESPAIR    Poem Text    
First Line: Who is he? / a railroad track toward hell
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


DESPAIR       
First Line: Who is he? %a railroad track toward hell
Last Line: My arms have been speechless
Subject(s): God; Religion


DIDN'T KNOW       
First Line: Mother, I said, %when hardly five, %where do we live
Last Line: And found me afraid. %he didn't know %didn't know
Subject(s): God; Religion


DIVISION OF PARTS       
First Line: Mother, my mary gray
Last Line: To make me your inheritor
Subject(s): God; Religion


DIVORCE    Poem Text    
First Line: I have killed our lives together
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


DIVORCE       
First Line: I have killed our lives together
Last Line: But there is no one to cover me -- %not even god
Subject(s): God; Religion


DIVORCE PAPERS, SELS.       
Subject(s): God; Religion


DOCTOR OF THE HEART       
First Line: Take away your knowledge, doktor
Last Line: To spite you, you wallowing %seasick grounded man
Subject(s): God; Religion


DOCTORS    Poem Text    
First Line: They work with herbs
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


DOCTORS       
First Line: They work with herbs
Last Line: But god returns them on foot
Subject(s): God; Religion


DOORS, DOORS, DOORS: 1. OLD MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Old man, it's four flights up and for what
Subject(s): Old Age; Theology


DOORS, DOORS, DOORS: 1. OLD MAN       
First Line: Old man, it's four flights up and for what
Last Line: With no new land to make for and no new stories to swap
Subject(s): God; Religion


DOORS, DOORS, DOORS: 2. SEAMSTRESS    Poem Text    
First Line: I'm at pains to know what else I could have done
Subject(s): Mothers & Sons; Theology


DOORS, DOORS, DOORS: 2. SEAMSTRESS       
First Line: I'm at pains to know what else I could have done
Last Line: But pack up and move in here, him being my son
Subject(s): God; Religion


DOORS, DOORS, DOORS: 3. YOUNG GIRL    Poem Text    
First Line: Dear love, as simple as some distant call
Subject(s): Family Life; Love; Theology


DOORS, DOORS, DOORS: 3. YOUNG GIRL       
First Line: Dear love, as simple as some distant call
Last Line: Tell them I remake and smooth your bed and am your wife
Subject(s): God; Religion


DOUBLE IMAGE       
First Line: I am thirty this november
Last Line: Not soothe it. I made you to find me
Subject(s): God; Religion


DREAMING THE BREASTS    Poem Text    
First Line: Mother, / strange goddess face
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


DREAMING THE BREASTS       
First Line: Mother, %strange goddess face
Last Line: Can go galloping, galloping, %wherever you are
Subject(s): God; Religion


DREAMING THE BREASTS       
First Line: Mother %strange goddess face
Subject(s): God; Religion


EARTH       
First Line: God loafs around heaven
Last Line: And come down %and give it a bath %now and then
Subject(s): God; Religion


EARTH FALLS DOWN       
First Line: If I could blame it all on the weather
Last Line: That no one can reach, %even for a wedding. %perhaps for a death
Subject(s): God; Religion


EARTHWORM    Poem Text    
First Line: Slim inquirer, while the old fathers sleep
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


EARTHWORM       
First Line: Slim inquirer, while the old fathers sleep
Last Line: Be severed and rise from the dead like a gargoyle %with two heads
Subject(s): God; Religion


EATING THE LEFTOVERS: DIVORCE, THY NAME IS WOMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: I am divorcing daddy - dybbuk! Dybbuk
Subject(s): Divorce; God; Religion; Theology


EATING THE LEFTOVERS: DIVORCE, THY NAME IS WOMAN       
First Line: I am divorcing daddy - dybbuk! Dybbuk
Last Line: That I turn invisible, but married, at last
Subject(s): Divorce; God; Religion


EATING THE LEFTOVERS: THE CONSECRATING MOTHER    Poem Text    
First Line: I stand before the sea
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


EATING THE LEFTOVERS: THE CONSECRATING MOTHER       
First Line: I stand before the sea
Last Line: Like the song of solomon
Subject(s): God; Religion


EIGHTEEN DAYS WITHOUT YOU, SELS.       
First Line: As we kissed good-bye
Last Line: And we will take a supper together and that will be that
Subject(s): God; Religion


EIGHTEEN DAYS WITHOUT YOU: DECEMBER 1ST    Poem Text    
First Line: As we kissed good-bye


EIGHTEEN DAYS WITHOUT YOU: DECEMBER 2ND    Poem Text    
First Line: I slept last night
Subject(s): Sleep; Dreams; Mothers; Death; Nightmares; Dead, The


ELEGY IN THE CLASSROOM    Poem Text    
First Line: In the thin classroom, where your face
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


ELEGY IN THE CLASSROOM       
First Line: In the thin classroom, where your face
Last Line: Who was wise, wise, wise
Subject(s): God; Religion


ELIZABETH GONE    Poem Text    
First Line: You lay in the nest of your real death
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


ELIZABETH GONE       
First Line: You lay in the nest of your real death
Last Line: Elizabeth, until you were gone
Subject(s): God; Religion


END, MIDDLE, BEGINNING    Poem Text    
First Line: There was an unwanted child
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


END, MIDDLE, BEGINNING       
First Line: There was an unwanted child
Last Line: Let him drill you into no one
Subject(s): God; Religion


ERRAND       
First Line: I've been going right on, page by page
Last Line: Like moth wings for a short while in a small place
Subject(s): God; Religion


EVIL EYE       
First Line: It comes oozing %out of flowers at night
Last Line: Giving up one life %for one life
Subject(s): God; Religion


EVIL SEEKERS       
First Line: We are born with luck
Last Line: And then tear it from its roots %and bury it, %bury it
Subject(s): God; Religion


EXPATRIATES       
First Line: My dear, it was a moment
Last Line: Mouths calling mine, mine, mine
Subject(s): God; Religion


FALLEN ANGELS       
First Line: They come on to my clean
Last Line: Before you pinch me %into the grave
Subject(s): God; Religion


FALLING DOLLS       
First Line: Dolls, %by the thousands
Last Line: Born but never fed
Subject(s): God; Religion


FARMER'S WIFE       
First Line: From the hodge porridge
Last Line: Better, my lover, dead
Subject(s): Despair; Farm Life; God; Marriage; Religion


FAUSTUS AND I    Poem Text    
First Line: I went to the opera and god was not there
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


FAUSTUS AND I       
First Line: I went to the opera and god was not there
Last Line: I am not immortal. Faustus and I are the also-ran
Subject(s): God; Religion


FEBRUARY 11TH       
First Line: The day is favorable for real-estate affairs
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


FEBRUARY 11TH       
First Line: The day is favorable for real-estate affairs
Last Line: Part swiss watch, part indian head
Subject(s): God; Religion


FEBRUARY 17TH       
First Line: Take nothing for granted
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


FEBRUARY 17TH       
First Line: Take nothing for granted
Last Line: That all's certain and good, that the marriage won't end
Subject(s): God; Religion


FEBRUARY 20TH       
First Line: Concentration should be easier
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


FEBRUARY 20TH       
First Line: Concentration should be easier
Last Line: Hurry up somebody's dead we're still alive
Subject(s): God; Religion


FEBRUARY 21ST       
First Line: The day is favorable for teamwork
Last Line: As we dance the karate, the mad burlesque
Subject(s): God; Religion


FEBRUARY 3RD       
First Line: Your own ideas may be too fanciful to be practical
Last Line: Useful, graceful, sturdy and with no caper, no plan
Subject(s): God; Religion


FEBRUARY 4TH       
First Line: The day is good for attempts to advance a secret hope or dream
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


FEBRUARY 4TH       
First Line: The day is good for attempts to advance a secret hope or dream
Last Line: All from the room I pray to when I am dreaming and devout
Subject(s): God; Religion


FIERCENESS OF FEMALE       
First Line: I am spinning, %I am spinning on the lips
Last Line: Flowers smash through the long winter
Subject(s): God; Religion


FIRE THIEF       
First Line: It began with begging
Last Line: Its mother, %to forgive, %to forgive
Subject(s): God; Religion


FIREBOMBERS       
First Line: We are america
Last Line: America, %where are your credentials
Subject(s): God; Religion


FISH THAT WALKED       
First Line: Up from oysters %and the confused weeds
Last Line: What you can only visit
Subject(s): God; Religion


FLEE ON YOUR DONKEY    Poem Text    
First Line: Because there was no other place
Subject(s): God; Insanity; Religion; Madness; Mental Illness; Theology


FLEE ON YOUR DONKEY       
First Line: Because there was no other place
Last Line: Those I loved best died of it - %the fool's disease
Subject(s): God; Insanity; Religion


FLIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Thinking that I would find you
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


FLIGHT       
First Line: Thinking that I would find you
Last Line: Had nowhere else to go
Subject(s): God; Religion


FOR ELEANOR BOYLAN TALKING WITH GOD    Poem Text    
First Line: God has a brown voice
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


FOR ELEANOR BOYLAN TALKING WITH GOD       
First Line: God has a brown voice
Last Line: Oh eleanor, eleanor, %tell him before death uses you up her, father, I'm made of
Subject(s): God; Religion


FOR GOD WHILE SLEEPING    Poem Text    
First Line: Sleeping in fever, I am unfit
Subject(s): Illness; Theology


FOR GOD WHILE SLEEPING       
First Line: Sleeping in fever, I am unfit
Last Line: On your own breathing, poor old convict her, father, I'm made of
Subject(s): God; Religion


FOR JOHN, WHO BEGS ME NOT TO ENQUIRE FURTHER    Poem Text    
First Line: Not that it was beautiful
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


FOR JOHN, WHO BEGS ME NOT TO ENQUIRE FURTHER       
First Line: Not that it was beautiful
Last Line: My kitchen, your kitchen, %my face, your face
Subject(s): God; Religion


FOR JOHNNY POLE ON THE FORGOTTEN BEACH    Poem Text    
First Line: In his tenth july some instinct
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


FOR JOHNNY POLE ON THE FORGOTTEN BEACH       
First Line: In his tenth july some instinct
Last Line: Johnny, each summer that moves inside my mind
Subject(s): God; Religion


FOR MR. DEATH WHO STANDS WITH HIS DOOR OPEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Time grows dim. Time that was so long
Subject(s): Death; Theology


FOR MR. DEATH WHO STANDS WITH HIS DOOR OPEN       
First Line: Time grows dim. Time that was so long
Last Line: So that I may sqat at the edge trying on %my black necessary trousseau
Subject(s): God; Religion


FOR MY LOVER, RETURNING TO HIS WIFE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: She is all there
Subject(s): Unfaithfulness; Infidelity; Adultery; Inconstancy


FOR MY LOVER, RETURNING TO HIS WIFE       
First Line: She is all there
Last Line: As for me, I am a watercolor. %I wash off
Subject(s): God; Religion; Unfaithfulness


FOR THE YEAR OF THE INSANE    Poem Text    
First Line: O mary, fragile mother
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


FOR THE YEAR OF THE INSANE       
First Line: O mary, fragile mother
Last Line: I am locked in the wrong house
Subject(s): God; Religion


FORTRESS       
First Line: Under the pink quilted covers
Last Line: I promise you love. Time will not take that away her, father, I'm made of
Subject(s): God; Religion


FRENZY    Poem Text    
First Line: I am not lazy
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


FRENZY       
First Line: I am not lazy
Last Line: Wide as an english bathtub
Subject(s): God; Religion


FROG PRINCE       
First Line: Frau doktor %mama brundig
Last Line: That blind poppy, that innocent globe, %that madonna womb up
Subject(s): Fairy Tales; God; Religion


FROM THE GARDEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Come, my beloved
Subject(s): Gardens & Gardening


FUNNEL    Poem Text    
First Line: The family story tells, and it was told true
Subject(s): Family Life; Ancestors & Ancestry; Religion; Theology


FUNNEL       
First Line: The family story tells, and it was told true
Last Line: Of childen their careful slice of suburban cake
Subject(s): God; Religion


FURY OF BEAUTIFUL BONES       
First Line: Sing me a thrush, bone
Subject(s): God; Religion


FURY OF COCKS       
First Line: There they are
Subject(s): God; Religion; Sex


FURY OF COOKS       
First Line: Herbs, garlic
Subject(s): God; Religion


FURY OF FLOWERS AND WORMS       
First Line: Let the flowers make a journey
Last Line: They slide into the ear of a corpse %and listen to his great sigh
Subject(s): God; Religion


FURY OF GUITARS ...       
First Line: This singing
Subject(s): God; Religion


FURY OF HATING EYES       
First Line: I would like to bury
Last Line: Mice are watching you %from behind the kind bars
Subject(s): God; Hate; Religion


FURY OF OVERSHOES       
First Line: They sit in a row %outside the kindergarten
Last Line: And thinking %nothing of it?
Subject(s): Children; God; Kindergarten; Religion; Shoes


FURY OF SUNRISES       
First Line: Darkness %as black as your eyelid
Subject(s): God; Religion


FURY OF SUNSETS       
First Line: Something %cold is in the air
Subject(s): God; Religion


GHOSS       
First Line: Some ghosts are women
Last Line: Showing their innocent bottoms, wailing for lucifer
Subject(s): God; Religion


GHOSTS    Poem Text    
First Line: Some ghosts are women
Subject(s): Women


GOD'S BACKSIDE    Poem Text    
First Line: Cold / like grandfather's icehouse
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


GOD'S BACKSIDE       
First Line: Cold %like grandfather's icehouse
Last Line: And plan their wedding
Subject(s): God; Religion


GOD-MONGER       
First Line: With all my questions
Last Line: Who am I to reject the naming of foods %in a time of famine
Subject(s): God; Religion


GODFATHER DEATH    Poem Text    
First Line: Hurry, godfather death
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


GODFATHER DEATH       
First Line: Hurry, godfather death
Last Line: Put a finger on his back %for the big blackout, %the big no
Subject(s): God; Religion


GODS    Poem Text    
First Line: Mrs. Sexxton went out looking for the gods
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


GODS       
First Line: Mrs. Sexxton went out looking for the gods
Last Line: At last! %she cried out, %and locked the door
Subject(s): God; Religion


GOING GONE    Poem Text    
First Line: Over stone walls and barns
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


GOING GONE       
First Line: Over stone walls and barns
Last Line: Them to this one for she too %is making a trip
Subject(s): God; Religion


GOLD KEY       
First Line: The speaker on this case
Last Line: As if an enlarged paper clip %could be a piece of sculpture. %(and it could.)
Subject(s): God; Religion


GRANDFATHER, YOUR WOUND    Poem Text    
First Line: The wound is open
Last Line: Your head is what I remember
Subject(s): God; Grandparents


GRANDFATHER, YOUR WOUND       
First Line: The wound is open
Last Line: Blinking its dry wings over us all, %over my wound %and yours
Subject(s): God; Religion


GULL       
First Line: You with your wings like spatulas
Last Line: Is crooked and vain and has been cut from a book
Subject(s): God; Religion


HANSEL AND GRETEL    Poem Text    
First Line: Little plum, said the mother to her son
Last Line: And I would be a cannibal
Subject(s): Cannibalism & Cannibals; Theology


HANSEL AND GRETEL       
First Line: Little plum, said the mother to her son
Last Line: And fine white linen %like something religious up
Subject(s): God; Religion


HER KIND    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: I have gone out, a possessed witch
Subject(s): Women


HER KIND       
First Line: I have gone out, a possessed witch
Last Line: A woman like that is not ashamed to die. %I have been her kind
Subject(s): God; Religion; Women


HEX       
First Line: Every time I get happy
Last Line: But book my double
Subject(s): God; Religion


HOARDER       
First Line: There is something there
Last Line: I am not an idler %am I
Subject(s): God; Religion


HOG    Poem Text    
First Line: Oh you brown bacon machine
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


HOG       
First Line: Oh you brown bacon machine
Last Line: For its own little death
Subject(s): God; Religion


HORSE       
First Line: Hore, you flame thrower
Last Line: Into its own body
Subject(s): God; Religion


HOUSE       
First Line: In dreams %the same bad dream goes on
Last Line: Those people who stand at the open windows like objects waiting to topple
Subject(s): God; Religion


HOUSEWIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: Some women marry houses
Subject(s): Housewives


HOUSEWIFE       
First Line: Some women marry houses
Last Line: A woman is her mother. %that's the main thing
Subject(s): God; Housewives; Religion; Women


HURRY UP PLEASE IT'S TIME    Poem Text    
First Line: What is death, I ask
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


HURRY UP PLEASE IT'S TIME       
First Line: What is death, I ask
Last Line: Until the kingdom, %however queer, %will come
Subject(s): God; Religion


I CALLED HIM COMFORT, FR. LETTERS TO DR. Y       
Subject(s): God; Religion


I REMEMBER    Poem Text    
First Line: By the first of august
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


I REMEMBER       
First Line: By the first of august
Last Line: The door to your room was %the door to mine her, father, I'm made of
Subject(s): God; Religion


I'M DREAMING THE MY LAI SOLDIER..., FR. LETTERS TO DR. Y       
Subject(s): God; Religion


IMITATIONS OF DROWNING    Poem Text    
First Line: Fear / of drowning / fear of being that alone
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


IMITATIONS OF DROWNING       
First Line: Fear %of drowning %fear of being that alone
Last Line: But in the end it's fear %that drowns you
Subject(s): God; Religion


IN CELEBRATION OF MY UTERUS    Poem Text    
First Line: Everyone in me is a bird
Subject(s): Women; Body, Human; Birth; Child Birth; Midwifery


IN CELEBRATION OF MY UTERUS       
First Line: Everyone in me is a bird
Last Line: Let me sing %for the supper, %for the kissing, %for the correct %yes
Subject(s): God; Religion; Women


IN EXCELSIS    Poem Text    
First Line: It is half winter, half spring
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


IN EXCELSIS       
First Line: It is half winter, half spring
Last Line: To suck at my scars
Subject(s): God; Religion


IN THE BEACH HOUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: The doors open
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


IN THE BEACH HOUSE       
First Line: The doors open
Last Line: Over and over, %in their room dog's neck
Subject(s): God; Religion


IN THE DEEP MUSEUM    Poem Text    
First Line: My god, my god, what queer corner am I in
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


IN THE DEEP MUSEUM       
First Line: My god, my god, what queer corner am I in
Last Line: Far below the cross, I correct its flaws. %we have kept the miracle. I will not be here
Subject(s): God; Religion


INTERROGATION OF THE MAN OF MANY HEARTS       
First Line: Who's she, %that one in your arms
Last Line: Not by morality or law, %but by time
Subject(s): God; Religion


INVENTORY OF GOODBYE       
First Line: I have a pack of letters
Last Line: Making it dangerous with its red
Subject(s): God; Religion


IRON HANS    Poem Text    
First Line: Take a lunatic
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


IRON HANS       
First Line: Take a lunatic
Last Line: From the awful babble %of that calling
Subject(s): God; Religion


IS IT TRUE?       
First Line: Once more %the sun roaming on the carpenter's back
Last Line: The wings go on flapping %despite it all, %despite it all
Subject(s): God; Religion


IT IS A SPRING AFTERNOON    Poem Text    
First Line: Everything here is yellow and green
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


IT IS A SPRING AFTERNOON       
First Line: Everything here is yellow and green
Last Line: And the blind men can also see
Subject(s): God; Religion


IT'S MUSIC YOU'VE NEVER HEARD, FR. LETTERS TO DR. Y       
Subject(s): God; Religion


JANUARY 19TH       
First Line: Your home can be helpful to your health through rest
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


JANUARY 19TH       
First Line: Your home can be helpful to your health through rest
Last Line: The sweet cereal, the sweet thumb
Subject(s): God; Religion


JANUARY 1ST       
First Line: Today is favorable for joint financial affairs but do not
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


JANUARY 1ST       
First Line: My daddy played the market
Last Line: I will not speculate today %with poems that think they're money
Subject(s): God; Religion


JANUARY 1ST       
First Line: Today is favorable for joint financial affairs but do not
Last Line: With poems that think they're money
Subject(s): God; Religion


JANUARY 24TH       
First Line: Originality is important
Last Line: Bewginning, she of the riddle, she keeps me here, %toiling and toiling
Subject(s): God; Religion


JESUS PAPERS, SELS.       
Subject(s): God; Religion


JESUS WALKING    Poem Text    
First Line: When jesus walked into the wilderness
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


JESUS WALKING       
First Line: When jesus walked into the wilderness
Last Line: Is to be a man carrying a man
Subject(s): God; Religion


JESUS, THE ACTOR, PLAYS THE HOLY GHOST    Poem Text    
First Line: Oh, mother, / virgin mother
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


JESUS, THE ACTOR, PLAYS THE HOLY GHOST       
First Line: Oh, mother, %virgin mother
Last Line: But let me be born again %into something true
Subject(s): God; Religion


JUNE BUG    Poem Text    
First Line: June bug came on the first of june
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


JUNE BUG       
First Line: June bug came on the first of june
Last Line: Like shoes after a wedding car
Subject(s): God; Religion


JUST ONCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Just once I knew what life was for
Subject(s): God; Love; Religion; Theology


JUST ONCE       
First Line: Just once I knew what life was for
Last Line: And hoarded these constants into morning %only to find them gone
Subject(s): God; Love; Religion


KE 6-8018    Poem Text    
First Line: Black lady, / two eyes
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


KE 6-8018       
First Line: Black lady, %two eyes
Last Line: Although I will wait, %unleashed and unheard
Subject(s): God; Religion


KEEPING THE CITY       
First Line: Once, %in august %head on your chest
Last Line: Who knows what he keepeth
Subject(s): God; Religion


KILLING THE LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: I am the love killer
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


KILLING THE LOVE       
First Line: I am the love killer
Last Line: Dancing alone %as the cars go by
Subject(s): God; Religion


KILLING THE SPRING    Poem Text    
First Line: Spring had been bulldozed under
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


KILLING THE SPRING       
First Line: Spring had been bulldozed under
Last Line: Once upon a time a young person %died for no reason. %I was the same
Subject(s): God; Religion


KIND SIR: THESE WOODS    Poem Text    
First Line: Kind sir: this is an old game
Subject(s): Children; Games; Self; Childhood; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


KIND SIR: THESE WOODS       
First Line: Kind sir: this is an old game
Last Line: Still, I search in these woods and find nothing worse %than myself, caught between the grapes and th
Subject(s): God; Religion


KISS       
First Line: My mouth blooms like a cut
Last Line: Pure genius at work. Darling, the composer has stepped into fire
Subject(s): God; Religion


KITE       
First Line: Here, in front of the summer hotel
Last Line: Maybe, after all, he knew something more and was right
Subject(s): God; Religion


KNEE SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: Being kissed on the back
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


KNEE SONG       
First Line: Being kissed on the back
Last Line: Striking yes yes yes small %and me maker
Subject(s): God; Religion


LAMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: Someone is dead
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


LAMENT       
First Line: Someone is dead
Last Line: Unaccustomed to anything else %goes all the way down
Subject(s): God; Religion


LANDSCAPE IN WINTER       
First Line: Snow, out over the elephant's rump
Last Line: As the night waits for its breakfast
Subject(s): God; Religion


LEAVES THAT TALK       
First Line: Yes. %it's may 20th and the leaves
Last Line: And faithless to the summer
Subject(s): God; Religion


LEGEND OF THE ONE-EYED MAN       
First Line: Like oedipus I am losing my sight
Subject(s): God; Religion


LESSONS IN HUNGER    Poem Text    
First Line: Do you like me?'
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


LESSONS IN HUNGER       
First Line: Do you like me?'
Last Line: Riddled with what his silence said
Subject(s): God; Religion


LETTER WRITTEN DURING A JANUARY NORTHEASTER    Poem Text    
First Line: Monday / dearest, / it is snowing, grotesquely snowing
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


LETTER WRITTEN DURING A JANUARY NORTHEASTER       
First Line: Monday %dearest, %it is snowing, grotesquely snowing
Last Line: But he belongs to me like lost baggage
Subject(s): God; Religion


LETTER WRITTEN ON A FERRY WHILE CROSSING LONG ISLAND SOUND    Poem Text    
First Line: I am surprised to see / that the ocean is still going on
Subject(s): Ferry Boats; God; Long Island Sound; Nuns; Religion; Theology


LETTER WRITTEN ON A FERRY WHILE CROSSING LONG ISLAND SOUND       
First Line: I am surprised to see %that the ocean is still going on
Last Line: They call back to us %from the gauzy edge of paradise, %good news, good news
Subject(s): Ferry Boats; God; Long Island Sound; Nuns; Religion


LETTERS TO DR. Y.       
First Line: Dr. Y. %I need a thin hot wire
Last Line: So this is happiness, %that journeyman
Subject(s): God; Religion


LITTLE GIRL, MY STRING BEAN, MY LOVELY WOMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: My daughter, at eleven (almost twelve), is like a garden
Subject(s): Daughters


LITTLE GIRL, MY STRING BEAN, MY LOVELY WOMAN       
First Line: My daughter, at eleven (almost twelve), is like a garden
Last Line: You will strike fire, %that new thing
Subject(s): Daughters; God; Religion


LITTLE PEASANT       
First Line: Oh how the women
Last Line: In his deep pants pocket. %krr. Krr
Subject(s): God; Religion


LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD    Poem Text    
First Line: Many are the deceivers
Subject(s): Fairy Tales; God; Religion; Theology


LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD       
First Line: Many are the deceivers
Last Line: That little birth, %from their going down %and their lifting up
Subject(s): Fairy Tales; God; Religion


LITTLE UNCOMPLICATED HYMN       
First Line: Is what I wanted to write
Last Line: I look for uncomplicated hymns %but love has none
Subject(s): God; Religion


LIVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Well, death's been here
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


LIVE       
First Line: Well, death's been here
Last Line: I say live, live because of the sun, %the dream, the excitable gift
Subject(s): God; Religion


LOBSTER    Poem Text    
First Line: A shoe with legs
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


LOBSTER       
First Line: A shoe with legs
Last Line: And paint it red
Subject(s): God; Religion


LOCKED DOORS    Poem Text    
First Line: For the angels who inhabit this town
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


LOCKED DOORS       
First Line: For the angels who inhabit this town
Last Line: I can only sit here on earth %at my place at the table
Subject(s): God; Religion


LOST INGREDIENT       
First Line: Almost yesterday, those gentle ladies stole
Last Line: Would keep us calm and prove us whole at last
Subject(s): God; Religion


LOST LIE       
First Line: There is rust in my mouth
Last Line: That your dear curly head %was, was, was, was
Subject(s): God; Religion


LOVE LETTER WRITTEN IN A BURNING BUILDING    Poem Text    
First Line: Dearest foxy, / I am in a crate
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


LOVE LETTER WRITTEN IN A BURNING BUILDING       
First Line: Dearest foxy, %I am in a crate
Last Line: Straight from united fruit, inc
Subject(s): God; Religion


LOVE PLANT       
First Line: A freak moist flower
Last Line: A pink doll with her frantic green stuffing
Subject(s): God; Religion


LOVE SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: I was / the girl of the chain letter
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


LOVE SONG       
First Line: I was %the girl of the chain letter
Last Line: That music, %that theater, %that field of ponies
Subject(s): God; Religion


LOVE SONG FOR K. OWYNE       
First Line: I washed lobster and stale gin
Last Line: Like pale acrobats or gently drunken flowers
Subject(s): God; Religion


LOVING THE KILLER    Poem Text    
First Line: Today is the day they shipped
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


LOVING THE KILLER       
First Line: Today is the day they shipped
Last Line: Even though the killer in you %has gotten out
Subject(s): God; Religion


LULLABY    Poem Text    
First Line: It is a summer evening
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


LULLABY       
First Line: It is a summer evening
Last Line: While the goat calls hush-a-bye
Subject(s): God; Religion


MADAME ARRIVES IN THE MAIL       
First Line: Madame, I have a confusion
Last Line: With the awful black words pushing me around
Subject(s): God; Religion


MAIDEN WITHOUT HANDS       
First Line: Is it possible %he marries a cripple
Last Line: A kind of purple heart, %a talisman, %a yellow star
Subject(s): God; Religion


MAKING A LIVING    Poem Text    
First Line: Jonah made his living
Last Line: Mine comes from th exact same place
Subject(s): Bellies


MAKING A LIVING       
First Line: Jonah made his living
Last Line: My death the same
Subject(s): God; Religion


MAN AND WIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: We are not lovers
Last Line: It is a kind of beathing
Subject(s): Marriage


MAN AND WIFE       
First Line: We are not lovers
Last Line: If they could only fly the distance her, father, I'm made of
Subject(s): God; Religion


MARCH 4TH       
First Line: The high ones, berryman said, die, die, die
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


MARCH 4TH       
First Line: The high ones, berryman said, die, die, die
Last Line: And the cat. Love rises like bread as we go bust
Subject(s): God; Religion


MARCH 7TH       
First Line: The day is favorable for creative work
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


MARCH 7TH       
First Line: The day is favorable for creative work
Last Line: A fat asthmatic asia, a mother-in-law
Subject(s): God; Religion


MARY'S SONG       
First Line: Out of egypt %with its pearls and honey
Last Line: And each will wave good-bye
Subject(s): God; Religion


MAY 30TH    Poem Text    
First Line: Don't look now, god, we're all right
Last Line: Donít send death in his fat red suit and his ho-ho baritone
Subject(s): God; Religion; Death; Theology


MAY 30TH       
First Line: Don't look now, god, we're all right
Last Line: Don't send io his fat red suit and his ho-ho baritone
Subject(s): God; Religion


MENSTRUATION AT FORTY    Poem Text    
First Line: I was thinking of a son
Subject(s): God; Menstruation; Middle Age; Religion; Theology


MENSTRUATION AT FORTY       
First Line: I was thinking of a son
Last Line: I would have possessed you before all women, %calling your name, %calling you mine
Subject(s): God; Menstruation; Middle Age; Religion


MOOSE    Poem Text    
First Line: American archangel you are going
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


MOOSE       
First Line: American archangel you are going
Last Line: And keep your proud body past your mystery and mine
Subject(s): God; Religion


MOSS OF HIS SKIN       
First Line: It was only important
Last Line: How I hold my daddy %like an old stone tree
Subject(s): Fathers And Daughters; God; Religion


MOTHER AND DAUGHTER    Poem Text    
First Line: Linda, you are leaving
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


MOTHER AND DAUGHTER       
First Line: Linda, you are leaving
Last Line: Fruit and pass the time of day
Subject(s): God; Religion


MOTHER AND JACK AND THE RAIN       
First Line: I have a room of my own
Last Line: Up my daily bread, to endure, %somehow to endure
Subject(s): God; Religion


MOTHERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Oh mother / here in your lap
Subject(s): Family Life; God; Religion; Relatives; Theology


MOTHERS       
First Line: Oh mother %here in your lap
Last Line: When someone else %is as empty as a shoe
Subject(s): Family Life; God; Religion


MR. MINE    Poem Text    
First Line: Notice how he has numbered the blue veins
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


MR. MINE       
First Line: Notice how he has numbered the blue veins
Last Line: Yet in my heart I am go children slow gone
Subject(s): God; Religion


MUSIC SWIMS BACK TO ME    Poem Text    
First Line: Wait mister. Which way is home?
Subject(s): Music & Musicians


MUSIC SWIMS BACK TO ME       
First Line: Wait mister. Which way is home?
Last Line: The night I came I danced a circle %and was not afraid. %mister
Subject(s): God; Music And Musicians; Religion


MY FRIEND, MY FRIEND    Poem Text    
First Line: Who will forgive me for the things I do?
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


MY FRIEND, MY FRIEND       
First Line: Who will forgive me for the things I do?
Last Line: With no special legend or god to refer to, %I think it would be better to be a jew
Subject(s): God; Religion


NOON WALK ON THE ASYLUM LAWN    Poem Text    
First Line: The summer sun ray
Subject(s): Depression, Mental; God; Religion; Mentally Depressed; Mental Distress; Theology


NOON WALK ON THE ASYLUM LAWN       
First Line: The summer sun ray
Last Line: There is no safe place
Subject(s): Depression, Mental; God; Religion


NOT SO. NOT SO    Poem Text    
First Line: I cannot walk an inch
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


NOT SO. NOT SO       
First Line: I cannot walk an inch
Last Line: You have a thousand prayers %but god has one
Subject(s): God; Religion


NUDE SWIM       
First Line: On the southwest side of capri
Last Line: Shut down as if they were %suddenly ashamed
Subject(s): God; Religion; Sports


O YE TONGUES    Poem Text    
First Line: Let there be a god as large as a sunlamp to laugh his heat at you
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


O YE TONGUES       
First Line: Let there be a god as large as a sunlamp to laugh his heat at you
Last Line: For god was as large as a sunlamp and laughed his heat at us %and therefore we did not cringe at the
Subject(s): God; Religion


OBSESSIVE COMBINATION OF ONTOLOGICAL INSCAPE ...       
First Line: Busy, with an idea for a code, I write
Last Line: I touched and a miracle I really wrote
Subject(s): God; Religion


OH    Poem Text    
First Line: It is snowing and death bugs me
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


OH       
First Line: It is snowing and death bugs me
Last Line: Oh, my dear, not why
Subject(s): God; Religion


OLD    Poem Text    
First Line: I'm afraid of needles
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


OLD       
First Line: I'm afraid of needles
Last Line: In a dream you are never eighty her, father, I'm made of
Subject(s): God; Religion


OLD DWARF HEART    Poem Text    
First Line: When I lie down to love
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


OLD DWARF HEART       
First Line: When I lie down to love
Last Line: Even if I put on seventy coats I could not cover you... %mother, father, I'm made of
Subject(s): God; Religion


ON THE DUNES    Poem Text    
First Line: If there there is any life when death is over
Subject(s): Seashore; Future Life; Beach; Coast; Shore; Retribution; Eternity; After Life


ONE-EYE, TWO-EYES, THREE-EYES    Poem Text    
First Line: Even in the pink crib
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


ONE-EYE, TWO-EYES, THREE-EYES       
First Line: Even in the pink crib
Last Line: So they took root in her heart %with their religious hunger t into her mouth
Subject(s): God; Religion


ONE-LEGGED MAN       
First Line: Once there was blood
Last Line: I wanted only to watch her quietly %as she worked
Subject(s): God; Religion


OPERATION       
First Line: After the sweet promise
Last Line: My stomach laced up like a football %for the game her, father, I'm made of
Subject(s): God; Religion


OTHER       
First Line: Under my bowels, yellow with smoke, it waits
Last Line: Then I can sleep. %maybe
Subject(s): God; Religion


OYSTERS       
First Line: Oysters we are
Subject(s): God; Religion


PAIN FOR A DAUGHTER    Poem Text    
First Line: Blind with love, my daughter
Subject(s): Horses; Mothers & Daughters


PAIN FOR A DAUGHTER       
First Line: Blind with love, my daughter
Last Line: And I saw her, at that moment, %in her own death and I knew that she knew
Subject(s): Animals; God; Horses; Mothers And Daughters; Religion


PAPA AND MAMA DANCE       
First Line: Taking into consideration all your loveliness
Last Line: Papa and mama did so. Can we do less gone
Subject(s): God; Religion


PASSION OF THE MAD RABBIT       
First Line: While the carrots sang arias into the holy earth
Last Line: I whispered, %a fool has risen
Subject(s): God; Religion


PLAY       
First Line: I am the only actor
Last Line: Will make an interesting play. %don't you agree
Subject(s): God; Religion


POET OF IGNORANCE       
First Line: Perhaps the earth is floating
Last Line: But who am I to believe in dreams
Subject(s): God; Religion


PORCUPINE       
First Line: Spine hog, %how do you grow
Last Line: And why not, old %spine hog u.S.A
Subject(s): God; Religion


PORTRAIT OF AN OLD WOMAN ON THE COLLEGE TAVERN WALL    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Oh down at the tavern
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


PORTRAIT OF AN OLD WOMAN ON THE COLLEGE TAVERN WALL       
First Line: Oh down at the tavern
Last Line: Around their round table %until they are still
Subject(s): God; Religion


PRAYING ON A 707    Poem Text    
First Line: Mother, / each time I talk to god
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


PRAYING ON A 707       
First Line: Mother, %each time I talk to god
Last Line: Mother, %you and god %float with the same belly %up
Subject(s): God; Religion


PRAYING TO BIG JACK    Poem Text    
First Line: God, jack of all trades
Last Line: And you banish all the world
Subject(s): God; Religion; Prayer; Theology


PRAYING TO BIG JACK       
First Line: God, jack of all trades
Last Line: And you banish all the world
Subject(s): God; Religion


PROTESTANT EASTER    Poem Text    
First Line: When he was a little boy
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


PROTESTANT EASTER       
First Line: When he was a little boy
Last Line: Those are the people that sing %when they aren't quite %sure
Subject(s): God; Religion


RACCOON    Poem Text    
First Line: Coon, why did you come to this dance
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


RACCOON       
First Line: Coon, why did you come to this dance
Last Line: Clanging the garbage pail like great silver bells
Subject(s): God; Religion


RAPUNZEL    Poem Text    
First Line: A woman / who loves a woman
Subject(s): Fairy Tales; God; Religion; Theology


RAPUNZEL       
First Line: A woman %who loves a woman
Last Line: And only as she dreamt of the yellow hair %did moonlight sift into her mouth
Subject(s): Fairy Tales; God; Religion


RATS LIVE ON NO EVIL STAR    Poem Text    
First Line: After adam broke his rib in two
Last Line: Like a watermelon
Subject(s): God; Religion; Rats; Theology


RATS LIVE ON NO EVIL STAR       
First Line: After adam broke his rib in two
Last Line: Deserve to smile in eternity %like a watermelon
Subject(s): God; Religion


RED DANCE       
First Line: There was a girl
Last Line: Going down with god's first creature %dancing all the way
Subject(s): God; Religion


RED ROSES    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Tommy is three and when he's bad
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


RED ROSES       
First Line: Tommy is three and when he's bad
Last Line: Of red red roses he gives her
Subject(s): God; Religion


RED SHOES       
First Line: I stand in the ring
Last Line: What they did would do them in
Subject(s): God; Religion


RIDING THE ELEVATOR INTO THE SKY    Poem Text    
First Line: As the fireman said
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


RIDING THE ELEVATOR INTO THE SKY       
First Line: As the fireman said
Last Line: Some useful door -- %somewhere -- %up there
Subject(s): God; Religion


RINGING THE BELLS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: And this is the way they ring
Subject(s): Bells; Depression, Mental; Insanity; Mentally Depressed; Mental Distress; Madness; Mental Illness


RINGING THE BELLS       
First Line: And this is the way they ring
Last Line: They tell you to go. And you do
Subject(s): Bells; Depression, Mental; God; Insanity; Religion


RISK       
First Line: When a daughter tries suicide
Last Line: And the mother lies down on her marriage bed %and eats up her heart like two eggs
Subject(s): God; Religion


ROAD BACK       
First Line: The car is heavy with children
Last Line: Like a persistent rumor %that will get us yet
Subject(s): God; Religion; Vacation


ROOM OF MY LIFE       
First Line: Here, %in the room of my life
Last Line: And the sea that bangs in my throat
Subject(s): God; Religion


ROWING    Poem Text    
First Line: A story, a story!
Subject(s): God; Rowing


ROWING       
First Line: A story, a story!
Last Line: This story ends with me still rowing
Subject(s): God; Religion


ROWING ENDETH       
First Line: I'm mooring my rowboat
Last Line: That untamable, eternal, gut-driven ha-ha %and lucky love
Subject(s): God; Religion


RUMPELSTILTSKIN    Poem Text    
First Line: Inside many of us
Subject(s): Doppelgangers; Fairy Tales; God; Religion; Theology


RUMPELSTILTSKIN       
First Line: Inside many of us
Last Line: One part a barbed hook, %one part papa, %one part doppelganger
Subject(s): Doppelgangers; Fairy Tales; God; Religion


SAID THE POET TO THE ANALYST    Poem Text    
First Line: My business is words. Words are like labels
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


SAID THE POET TO THE ANALYST       
First Line: My business is words. Words are like labels
Last Line: And ridiculous and crowded with all %the believing money
Subject(s): God; Religion


SAINTS COME MARCHING IN       
First Line: The saints come, %as human as a mouth
Last Line: Onto the surgical andiron %of god
Subject(s): God; Religion


SCORPIO, BAD SPIDER, DIE:, SELS.       
Subject(s): God; Religion


SEA CORPSE       
First Line: The beach was crowded
Last Line: It must be necessary
Subject(s): God; Religion


SEAL       
First Line: I dreamt of a seal
Last Line: As he lets out his blood
Subject(s): God; Religion


SELF IN 1958    Poem Text    
First Line: What is reality
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


SELF IN 1958       
First Line: What is reality
Last Line: If I could remember how %and if I had the tears
Subject(s): God; Religion


SERMON OF THE TWELVE ACKNOWLEDGMENTS       
First Line: January? %the month is dumb
Last Line: But he never dies, never dies
Subject(s): God; Religion


SHEEP       
First Line: Little oily fuzzbear
Last Line: Choking on its green alphabet
Subject(s): God; Religion


SHOUT       
First Line: Are you in eden again, america
Last Line: Only that it was hungry
Subject(s): God; Religion


SICKNESS UNTO DEATH       
First Line: God went out of me
Last Line: To the crazy woman in the next bed
Subject(s): God; Religion


SILENCE       
First Line: My room is whitewashed
Last Line: And the vibrating red muscle %of my mouth
Subject(s): God; Religion


SIXTH PSALM    Poem Text    
First Line: For america is a lady rocking on a porch in an unpainted house
Last Line: Activity. / for america only your dolls are cheerful
Subject(s): United States; Social Commentaries


SIXTH PSALM       
First Line: For america is a lady rocking on a porch in an unpainted house
Last Line: For america only your dolls are cheerful
Subject(s): God; Religion


SMALL WIRE    Poem Text    
First Line: My faith / is a great weight
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


SMALL WIRE       
First Line: My faith %is a great weight
Last Line: As easily as ten cents used to %bring forth a coke
Subject(s): God; Religion


SNAIL    Poem Text    
First Line: The snail in his museum
Last Line: They swallow the rest
Subject(s): Snails; Food & Eating; Theology


SNAIL       
First Line: The snail in his museum
Last Line: They swallow the rest
Subject(s): God; Religion


SNAKE       
First Line: Made of old rags of tongues
Last Line: And allow all our body hair to turn green with envy
Subject(s): Animals; God; Religion; Snakes


SNOW    Poem Text    
First Line: Snow, / blessed snow, / comes out of the sky
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


SNOW       
First Line: Snow%blessed snow
Subject(s): God; Religion


SNOW       
First Line: Snow, %blessed snow, %comes out of the sky
Last Line: Today god gives milk %and I have the pail
Subject(s): God; Religion


SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: No matter what life you lead
Subject(s): Fairy Tales


SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS       
First Line: No matter what life you lead
Last Line: And sometimes referring to her mirror %as women do
Subject(s): Fairy Tales; God; Religion


SO    Poem Text    
First Line: I search within
Subject(s): Self


SOME FOREIGN LETTERS    Poem Text    
First Line: I knew you forever and you were always old
Subject(s): God; Religion; Spinsters; Theology; Old Maids


SOME FOREIGN LETTERS       
First Line: I knew you forever and you were always old
Last Line: To mumble your guilty love while your ears die
Subject(s): God; Religion; Spinsters


SOMEWHERE IN AFRICA    Poem Text    
First Line: Must you leave, john holmes, with the prayers and psalms
Subject(s): Holmes, John (1904-1962); Poetry & Poets; Religion; Theology


SOMEWHERE IN AFRICA       
First Line: Must you leave, john holmes, with the prayers and psalms
Last Line: And go down that river with the ivory, the copra and the golher, father, I'm made of
Subject(s): God; Holmes, John (1904-1962); Poetry And Poets; Religion


SONG FOR A LADY    Poem Text    
First Line: On the day of breasts and small hips
Subject(s): Love - Erotic; God; Religion; Theology


SONG FOR A LADY       
First Line: On the day of breasts and small hips
Last Line: As you knead me and I rise like bread
Subject(s): Erotic Love; God; Religion


SONG FOR A RED NIGHTGOWN    Poem Text    
First Line: No. Not really red
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


SONG FOR A RED NIGHTGOWN       
First Line: No. Not really red
Last Line: How the moon floats through her %and in between
Subject(s): God; Religion


SPEAKING BITTERNESS       
First Line: Born like a dwarf
Last Line: For when I die there'll be no one to say: oh no! %oh dear
Subject(s): God; Religion


STAND-INS       
First Line: In the dream %the swastika is neon
Last Line: And went back to sleep %and another start
Subject(s): God; Religion


STARRY NIGHT       
First Line: The town does not exist
Last Line: From my life with no flag, %no belly, %no cry
Subject(s): Depression, Mental; God; Religion; Van Gogh, Vincent (1853-1890)


STORY FOR ROSE ON THE MIDNIGHT FLIGHT TO BOSTON       
First Line: Until tonight they were separate specialties
Last Line: I am almost someone going home. The story has ended
Subject(s): God; Religion


SUICIDE NOTE    Poem Text    
First Line: Better, / despite the worms talking to
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


SUICIDE NOTE       
First Line: Better, %despite the worms talking to
Last Line: Seeing what they sensed all day
Subject(s): God; Religion


SUN       
First Line: I have heard of fish
Last Line: Until I am laid away forever, %a thin gray banner
Subject(s): God; Religion


SURGEON       
First Line: Jack, oh big jack
Last Line: The memory of my bones flying %up into your hands
Subject(s): God; Religion


SWEENEY       
First Line: My sweeney, mr. Eliot, %is that australian who came
Last Line: Surely the words will continue, for that's what's let that's true
Subject(s): God; Religion


SYLVIA'S DEATH    Poem Text    
First Line: O sylvia, sylvia / with a dead box of stones and spoons
Subject(s): Plath, Sylvia (1932-1963)


SYLVIA'S DEATH       
First Line: O sylvia, sylvia %with a dead box of stones and spoons
Last Line: O funny duchess! %o blond thing
Subject(s): God; Plath, Sylvia (1932-1963); Religion


TAKER       
First Line: While the house was away
Last Line: As best she could, %limb to limb
Subject(s): God; Religion


TALKING TO SHEEP       
First Line: My life %has appeared unclothed in court
Last Line: To the black sheep I am. %baa. Baa. Baa
Subject(s): God; Religion


TELEPHONE       
First Line: Take a red book called telephone
Last Line: As I knife out your name and all your dead kind
Subject(s): God; Religion


THAT DAY    Poem Text    
First Line: This is the desk I sit at
Subject(s): God; Love; Religion; Theology


THAT DAY       
First Line: This is the desk I sit at
Last Line: But this is the typewriter that sits before me %and love is where yesterday is at
Subject(s): God; Love; Religion


THE ABORTION    Poem Text    
First Line: Somebody who should have been born / is gone
Last Line: Yoiu coward Ė this baby that I bleed
Subject(s): Abortion


THE ADDICT    Poem Text    
First Line: Sleepmonger / deathmonger
Subject(s): Drugs & Drug Abuse; God; Religion; Suicide; Theology


THE AMBITION BIRD    Poem Text    
First Line: So it has come to this
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE ANGEL FOOD DOGS    Poem Text    
First Line: Leaping, leaping, leaping
Subject(s): Christianity; Women; Theology


THE ASSASSIN    Poem Text    
First Line: The correct death is written in
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE AUTHOR OF THE JESUS PAPERS SPEAKS    Poem Text    
First Line: In my dream
Subject(s): Christmas; God; Women; Nativity, The


THE BALANCE WHEEL    Poem Text    
First Line: Where I waved at the sky
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE BALLAD OF THE LONELY MASTURBATOR    Poem Text    
First Line: The end of the affair is always death
Subject(s): God; Love; Religion; Theology


THE BELLS    Poem Text    
First Line: Today the circus poster
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE BIG BOOTS OF PAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: There can be certain potions
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE BIG HEART    Poem Text    
First Line: Big heart, / wide as a watermelon
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE BLACK ART    Poem Text    
First Line: A woman who writes feels too much
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE BREAK    Poem Text    
First Line: It was also my violent heart that broke
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE BREAK AWAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Your daisies have come
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE BREAST    Poem Text    
First Line: This is the key to it
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE CHILD BEARERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Jean, death comes close to us all
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE CHILDREN    Poem Text    
First Line: The childen are all crying in their pens
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE CIVIL WAR    Poem Text    
First Line: I am torn in two
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE DEAD HEART    Poem Text    
First Line: It is not a turtle
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE DEATH BABY    Poem Text    
First Line: I was an ice baby. / I turned to sky blue
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE DEATH KING    Poem Text    
First Line: I hired a carpenter
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE DEATH OF THE FATHERS: 1. OYSTERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Oysters we ate, / sweet blue babies
Last Line: The woman won
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters; Oysters; Food & Eating; Coming Of Age


THE DEATH OF THE FATHERS: 2. HOW WE DANCED    Poem Text    
First Line: The night of my cousin's wedding
Last Line: Like two lonely swans
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters; Marriage; Dancing & Dancers


THE DEATH OF THE FATHERS: 3. THE BOAT    Poem Text    
First Line: Father / (he calls himself 'old sea dog')
Last Line: Bailing the boat
Subject(s): Fathers; Boats


THE DEATH OF THE FATHERS: 4. SANTA    Poem Text    
First Line: Father, / the santa claus suit
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE DIVISION OF PARTS    Poem Text    
First Line: Mother, my mary gray
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE DOCTOR OF THE HEART    Poem Text    
First Line: Take away your knowledge, doktor
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE DOUBLE IMAGE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: I am thirty this november
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE EARTH    Poem Text    
First Line: God loafs around heaven
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE EARTH FALLS DOWN    Poem Text    
First Line: If I could blame it all on the weather
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE ERRAND    Poem Text    
First Line: I've been going right on, page by page
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE EVIL EYE    Poem Text    
First Line: It comes oozing / out of flowers at night
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE EVIL SEEKERS    Poem Text    
First Line: We are born with luck
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE EXORCISTS    Poem Text    
First Line: And I solemnly swear


THE EXPATRIATES    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: My dear, it was a moment
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE FALLEN ANGELS    Poem Text    
First Line: They come on to my clean
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE FALLING DOLLS    Poem Text    
First Line: Dolls, / by the thousands
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE FARMER'S WIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: From the hodge porridge
Subject(s): Despair; Farm Life; Marriage; Agriculture; Farmers; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


THE FIERCENESS OF FEMALE    Poem Text    
First Line: I am spinning, / I am spinning on the lips
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE FIREBOMBERS    Poem Text    
First Line: We are america
Subject(s): United States; Theology


THE FISH THAT WALKED    Poem Text    
First Line: Up from oysters / and the confused weeds
Last Line: In this country of dirt
Subject(s): Fish & Fishing


THE FORTRESS    Poem Text    
First Line: Under the pink quilted covers
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE FROG PRINCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Frau doktor / mama brundig
Subject(s): Fairy Tales; God; Religion; Theology


THE FURY OF ABANDONMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: Someone lives in a cave
Subject(s): Abandonment; Desertion


THE FURY OF BEAUTIFUL BONES    Poem Text    
First Line: Sing me a thrush, bone
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE FURY OF COCKS    Poem Text    
First Line: There they are
Subject(s): God; Religion; Sex; Theology


THE FURY OF COOKS    Poem Text    
First Line: Herbs, garlic
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE FURY OF EARTH    Poem Text    
First Line: The day of fire is coming, the thrush,
Subject(s): Environmental Abuse; God


THE FURY OF FLOWERS AND WORMS    Poem Text    
First Line: Let the flowers make a journey
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE FURY OF GOD'S GOOD-BYE    Poem Text    
First Line: One day he
Subject(s): God


THE FURY OF GUITARS AND SOPRANOS    Poem Text    
First Line: This singing
Subject(s): Singing & Singers


THE FURY OF HATING EYES    Poem Text    
First Line: I would like to bury
Subject(s): God; Hate; Religion; Theology


THE FURY OF OVERSHOES    Poem Text    
First Line: They sit in a row / outside the kindergarten
Subject(s): Children; God; Kindergarten; Religion; Shoes; Childhood; Theology; Boots; Sneakers; Shoemakers


THE FURY OF RAINSTORMS    Poem Text    
First Line: The rain drums down like red ants,
Subject(s): Rain


THE FURY OF SUNDAYS    Poem Text    
First Line: Moist, moist, / the heat leaking through the hinges,
Subject(s): Sabbath; Conduct Of Life; Sunday


THE FURY OF SUNRISES    Poem Text    
First Line: Darkness / as black as your eyelid
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE FURY OF SUNSETS    Poem Text    
First Line: Something / cold is in the air
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE GOD-MONGER    Poem Text    
First Line: With all my questions
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE GOLD KEY    Poem Text    
First Line: The speaker on this case
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE HOARDER    Poem Text    
First Line: There is something there
Last Line: "I am not an idler
Subject(s): Family Life; Dolls


THE HOROSCOPE POEMS: FEBRUARY 11TH    Poem Text    
First Line: The day is favorable for real-estate affairs
Last Line: As we dance the karate, and mad burlesque
Subject(s): Divorce


THE HOROSCOPE POEMS: FEBRUARY 21ST    Poem Text    
First Line: The day is favorable for teamwork


THE HOROSCOPE POEMS: FEBRUARY 3RD    Poem Text    
First Line: Your own ideas may be too fanciful to be practical


THE HOROSCOPE POEMS: FEBRUARY3RD    Poem Text    
First Line: Your own ideas may be too fanciful to be practical
Last Line: Useful, graceful, sturdy, and with no caper no plan
Subject(s): Ideas; Books; Reading


THE HOROSCOPE POEMS: JANUARY 1ST    Poem Text    
First Line: My daddy played the market
Last Line: With poems that think they're money
Subject(s): Familylife; Stock Exchange; Money; Speculation


THE HOROSCOPE POEMS: JANUARY 24TH    Poem Text    
First Line: Originality is important


THE HOROSCOPE POEMS: JANUARY24TH    Poem Text    
First Line: Originality is important
Last Line: Or maybe you did
Subject(s): Women; Dreams; Hope


THE HOUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: In dreams / the same bad dream goes on
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE INTERROGATION OF THE MAN OF MANY HEARTS    Poem Text    
First Line: Who's she, / that one in your arms
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE INVENTORY OF GOODBYE    Poem Text    
First Line: I have a pack of letters
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE KISS    Poem Text    
First Line: My mouth blooms like a cut
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE KITE    Poem Text    
First Line: Here, in front of the summer hotel
Last Line: "maybe, after all, he knew something more
Subject(s): Seashore


THE LEGEND OF THE ONE-EYED MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Like oedipus I am losing my sight
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE LITTLE PEASANT    Poem Text    
First Line: Oh how the women
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE LOST INGREDIENT    Poem Text    
First Line: Almost yesterday, those gentle ladies stole
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE MAIDEN WITHOUT HANDS    Poem Text    
First Line: Is it possible / he marries a cripple
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE MOSS OF HIS SKIN    Poem Text    
First Line: It was only important
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters


THE NUDE SWIM    Poem Text    
First Line: On the southwest side of capri
Subject(s): God; Religion; Sports; Theology


THE OPERATION    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: After the sweet promise
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE OTHER    Poem Text    
First Line: Under my bowels, yellow with smoke, it waits
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE PAPA AND MAMA DANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Taking into consideration all your loveliness
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE PASSION OF THE MAD RABBIT    Poem Text    
First Line: While the carrots sang arias into the holy earth
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE PLAY    Poem Text    
First Line: I am the only actor
Last Line: Donít you agree?
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE POET OF IGNORANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Perhaps the earth is floating
Last Line: But who am I to believe in dreams?
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE RED DANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: There was a girl
Last Line: Dancing all the way
Subject(s): Charles River, Massachusetts


THE RED SHOES    Poem Text    
First Line: I stand in the ring
Last Line: What they did would do them in
Subject(s): Women; Shoes; Theology


THE RISK    Poem Text    
First Line: When a daughter tries suicide
Last Line: And eats up her heart like two eggs
Subject(s): Mothers & Daughters; Suicide


THE ROAD BACK    Poem Text    
First Line: The car is heavy with children
Subject(s): God; Religion; Vacation; Theology


THE ROOM OF MY LIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: Here, / in the room of my life
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE ROWING ENDETH    Poem Text    
First Line: I'm mooring my rowboat
Last Line: That untamable, eternal, gut-driven ha-ha and lucky love
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE SERMON OF THE TWELVE ACKNOWLEDGMENTS    Poem Text    
First Line: January? / the month is dumb
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE SICKNESS UNTO DEATH    Poem Text    
First Line: God went out of me
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE SILENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: My room is whitewashed
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE STAND-INS    Poem Text    
First Line: In the dream / the swastika is neon
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE STARRY NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: The town does not exist
Subject(s): Depression, Mental; God; Religion; Van Gogh, Vincent (1853-1890); Mentally Depressed; Mental Distress; Theology


THE SUN    Poem Text    
First Line: I have heard of fish
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE SURGEON    Poem Text    
First Line: Jack, oh big jack
Last Line: Up into your hands
Subject(s): Surgery


THE TAKER    Poem Text    
First Line: While the house was away
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE TOUCH    Poem Text    
First Line: For months my hand had been sealed off
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE TRUTH THE DEAD KNOW    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Gone, I say and walk from church
Subject(s): Death; God; Parents; Religion; Dead, The; Parenthood; Theology


THE TWELVE DANCING PRINCESSES    Poem Text    
First Line: If you danced from midnight
Last Line: With their lucifer kicking
Subject(s): Dancing & Dancers; Air Travel


THE WALL    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Nature is full of teeth
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE WEDDING NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: There was this time in boston
Last Line: And before it was time
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE WEDDING RING DANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: I dance in circles holding
Last Line: Waiting for a magnet
Subject(s): Dancing & Dancers; Marriage


THE WHITE SNAKE    Poem Text    
First Line: There was a day
Last Line: A cold sweat broke out on his upper lip for now he was wise
Subject(s): Charms (magic); Snakes; Wisdom


THE WIFEBEATER    Poem Text    
First Line: There will be mud on the carpet tonight
Last Line: And the wife and daughter knit into each other / until they are killed
Subject(s): Women Ė Abused; Family Life; Theology


THE WITCH'S LIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: When I was a child
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THE WONDERFUL MUSICIAN    Poem Text    
First Line: My sisters, / do you remember the fiddlers
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


THERE YOU WERE       
Last Line: Who admire my ocean view
Subject(s): God; Religion


THOSE TIMES    Poem Text    
First Line: At six / I lived in a graveyard full of dolls
Subject(s): Childhood Memories; Dolls


THOSE TIMES       
First Line: At six %I lived in a graveyard full of dolls
Last Line: So that I might hear %the unsaid more clearly
Subject(s): God; Religion


THREE GREEN WINDOWS    Poem Text    
First Line: Half awake in my sunday nap
Last Line: It is a time of water, a time of trees
Subject(s): Childhood Memories


THREE GREEN WINDOWS       
First Line: Half awake in my sunday nap
Last Line: It is a time of water, a time of trees
Subject(s): God; Religion


TO A FRIEND WHOSE WORK HAS COME TO TRIUMPH    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Consider icarus, pasting those sticking wings on
Subject(s): Icarus; Man-woman Relationships; Mythology - Classical; Snodgrass, William Dewitt (1926-2009); Women's Rights; Male-female Relations; Feminism


TO A FRIEND WHOSE WORK HAS COME TO TRIUMPH       
First Line: Consider icarus, pasting those sticking wings on
Last Line: See him acclaiming the sun and come plunging down %while his sensible daddy goes straight into town
Subject(s): God; Icarus; Man-woman Relationships; Mythology - Classical; Religion; Snodgrass, William Dewitt (b. 1926); Women's Rights


TO LIKE, TO LOVE       
First Line: Aphrodite, %my cape town lady
Last Line: As I love america, you might mutter, %before you fall asleep
Subject(s): God; Religion


TO LOSE THE EARTH       
First Line: The wreckage of europe or the birth of africa
Last Line: You were fed -- %and then you knew
Subject(s): God; Religion


TORN DOWN FROM GLORY DAILY    Poem Text    
First Line: All day we watched the gulls
Subject(s): Birds; God; Theology


TORN DOWN FROM GLORY DAILY       
First Line: All day we watched the gulls
Last Line: They cushion their fishy bellies %with a brother's crumb
Subject(s): God; Religion


TOUCH       
First Line: For months my hand had been sealed off
Last Line: Nothing will stop it, for this is the kingdom %and the kingdom come
Subject(s): God; Religion


TRUTH THE DEAD KNOW       
First Line: Gone, I say and walk from church
Last Line: To be blessed, throat, eye and knucklebone
Subject(s): Death; God; Parents; Religion


TWELVE DANCING PRINCESSES       
First Line: If you danced from midnight
Last Line: To let them climb in after %with their lucifer kicking
Subject(s): God; Religion


TWELVE-THOUSAND-DAY HONEYMOON       
First Line: The twelve-thousand-day honeymoon is over
Last Line: In the little highways %where you remain
Subject(s): God; Religion


TWO HANDS    Poem Text    
First Line: From the sea came a hand
Subject(s): Hands


TWO HANDS       
First Line: From the sea came a hand
Last Line: And applaud, world, %applaud
Subject(s): God; Religion


TWO SONS       
First Line: Where and to whom
Last Line: Like cut flowers and ask how you are and where you've been
Subject(s): God; Religion


UNKNOWN GIRL IN THE MATERNITY WARD    Poem Text    
First Line: Child, the current of your breath is six days long
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


UNKNOWN GIRL IN THE MATERNITY WARD       
First Line: Child, the current of your breath is six days long
Last Line: Go child, who is my sin and nothing more
Subject(s): God; Religion


US    Poem Text    
First Line: I was wrapped in black
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


US       
First Line: I was wrapped in black
Last Line: And we harvested, %we harvested gone
Subject(s): God; Religion


VENUS AND THE ARK    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The missile to launch a missile
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


VENUS AND THE ARK       
First Line: The missile to launch a missle
Last Line: And from the planet park %they heard the new fruit drop
Subject(s): God; Religion


WAITING HEAD       
First Line: If I am really walking with ordinary habit
Last Line: But no one came no one came
Subject(s): God; Religion


WAKING ALONE       
First Line: Skull, %museum object
Last Line: I hold up my hand and see %only nails
Subject(s): God; Religion


WALKING IN PARIS    Poem Text    
First Line: I come back to your youth, my nana
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


WALKING IN PARIS       
First Line: I come back to your youth, my nana
Last Line: Our lives once more perfected %and unused
Subject(s): God; Religion


WALL       
First Line: Nature is full of teeth
Last Line: That separates you from god
Subject(s): God; Religion


WALLFLOWER    Poem Text    
First Line: Come friend, / I have an old story to tell you
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


WALLFLOWER       
First Line: Come friend, %I have an old story to tell you
Last Line: The blissful pastimes of the parlor -- %I'll never know
Subject(s): God; Religion


WANTING TO DIE    Poem Text    
First Line: Since you ask, most days I cannot remember
Subject(s): Suicide


WANTING TO DIE       
First Line: Since you ask, most days I cannot remember
Last Line: And the love, whatever it was, an infection
Subject(s): God; Religion; Suicide


WATER    Poem Text    
First Line: We are fishermen in a flat scene
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


WATER       
First Line: We are fishermen in a flat scene
Last Line: Holding a lady's wornout shoe
Subject(s): God; Religion


WEDDING NIGHT       
First Line: There was this time in boston
Last Line: And before it was time
Subject(s): God; Religion


WEDDING RING DANCE       
First Line: I dance in circles holding
Last Line: Waiting for a magnet
Subject(s): God; Religion


WEDLOCK       
First Line: My breast waited
Last Line: Like two frozen paintings in a field of poppies
Subject(s): God; Religion


WELCOME MORNING    Poem Text    
First Line: There is joy / in all
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


WELCOME MORNING       
First Line: There is joy %in all
Last Line: The joy that isn't shared, I've heard, %dies young
Subject(s): God; Religion


WHAT HAS IT COME TO, DR. Y, FR. LETTERS TO DR. Y       
Subject(s): God; Religion


WHAT THE BIRD WITH THE HUMAN HEAD KNEW    Poem Text    
First Line: I went to the bird
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


WHAT THE BIRD WITH THE HUMAN HEAD KNEW       
First Line: I went to the bird
Last Line: Yet abundance reamins. %then I knew
Subject(s): God; Religion


WHAT'S THAT    Poem Text    
First Line: Before it came inside / I had watched it from my kitchen window
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


WHAT'S THAT       
First Line: Before it came inside %I had watched it from my kitchen window
Last Line: What else is this, this intricate shape of air? %calling me , calling you
Subject(s): God; Religion


WHEN MAN ENTERS WOMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: When man / enters woman / like the surf biting the shore
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


WHEN MAN ENTERS WOMAN       
First Line: When man %enters woman %like the surf biting the shore
Last Line: Though god %in his perversity %unties the knot
Subject(s): God; Religion


WHEN THE GLASS OF MY BODY BROKE    Poem Text    
First Line: Oh mother of sex, / lady of the staggering cuddle
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


WHEN THE GLASS OF MY BODY BROKE       
First Line: Oh mother of sex, %lady of the staggering cuddle
Last Line: And I sink softly into %the heartland
Subject(s): God; Religion


WHERE I LIVE IN THIS HONORABLE HOUSE OF THE LAUREL TREE    Poem Text    
First Line: I live in my wooden legs and o
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


WHERE I LIVE IN THIS HONORABLE HOUSE OF THE LAUREL TREE       
First Line: I live in my wooden legs and o
Last Line: My green green hands
Subject(s): God; Religion


WHERE IT WAS AT BACK THEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Husband, / last night I dreamt
Subject(s): Marriage; Dreams; Weddings; Husbands; Wives; Nightmares


WHITE SNAKE       
First Line: There was a day
Last Line: A kind of blue funk. %is it not
Subject(s): God; Religion


WIFEBEATER       
First Line: There will be mud on the carpet tonight
Last Line: And the wife and daughter knit into each other until they are killed
Subject(s): God; Religion


WITCH'S LIFE       
First Line: When I was a child
Last Line: Then sitting there %holding a basket of fire
Subject(s): God; Religion


WITH MERCY FOR THE GREEDY    Poem Text    
First Line: Concerning your letter in which you ask
Subject(s): Confessions; God; Greed; Religion; Avarice; Cupidity; Theology


WITH MERCY FOR THE GREEDY       
First Line: Concerning your letter in which you ask
Last Line: The world's pottage, the rat's star
Subject(s): Confessions; God; Greed; Religion


WOMAN WITH GIRDLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Your midriff sags toward your knees
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


WOMAN WITH GIRDLE       
First Line: Your midriff sags toward your knees
Last Line: Into your redeeming skin
Subject(s): God; Religion


WONDERFUL MUSICIAN       
First Line: My sisters, %do you remember the fiddlers
Last Line: Little eichm;anns, %little mothers -- %I'd say
Subject(s): God; Religion


WORDS    Poem Text    
First Line: Be careful of words
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


WORDS       
First Line: Be careful of words
Last Line: Once broken they are impossible %things to repair
Subject(s): God; Religion


YELLOW    Poem Text    
First Line: When they turn the sun
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


YELLOW       
First Line: When they turn the sun
Last Line: Never die, not one of us, we'll go on won't we
Subject(s): God; Religion


YOU ALL KNOW THE STORY OF THE OTHER WOMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: It's a little walden
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


YOU ALL KNOW THE STORY OF THE OTHER WOMAN       
First Line: It's a little walden
Last Line: Headquarters of an area, %house of a dream gone
Subject(s): God; Religion


YOU, DOCTOR MARTIN    Poem Text    
First Line: You, doctor martin, walk
Subject(s): God; Insanity; Religion; Madness; Mental Illness; Theology


YOU, DOCTOR MARTIN       
First Line: You, doctor martin, walk
Last Line: Waiting on the silent shelf
Subject(s): God; Insanity; Religion


YOUNG    Poem Text    
First Line: A thousand doors ago
Subject(s): Childhood Memories; Family Life; Relatives


YOUNG       
First Line: A thousand doors ago
Last Line: Elbows, knees, dreams, goodnight
Subject(s): God; Religion


YOUR FACE ON THE DOG'S NECK       
First Line: It is early afternoon
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


YOUR FACE ON THE DOG'S NECK       
First Line: It is early afternoon
Last Line: Letting my face rest in an assembled tenderness %on the old dog's neck
Subject(s): God; Religion