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Author: SHAPIRO, KARL
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Shapiro, Karl    Poet's Biography
275 poems available by this author


1-OCT       
First Line: That season when the leaf deserts the bole
Last Line: What shall uproot a house and bring this care into his eye


151ST PSALM       
First Line: Are you looking for us? We are here
Last Line: Follow us


151ST PSALM       
First Line: Are you looking for us? We are here
Last Line: Youth of all youth, ancient of days %follow us


7-JUL-78       
First Line: You marked the day
Last Line: Wholly unbidden from your inner day


A CUT FLOWER    Poem Text    
First Line: I stand on slenderness all fresh and fair
Subject(s): Nature


A GARDEN IN CHICAGO    Poem Text    
First Line: In the mid-city, under an oiled sky
Subject(s): Chicago; Gardens & Gardening


A MODEST FUNERAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Death passed by on fervid rubber wheels
Subject(s): Funerals; Burials


A ROBBERY    Poem Text    
First Line: By day I had dispraised their life
Subject(s): Crime & Criminals


A ROOM IN ROME    Poem Text    
First Line: The water-poet lay down with flowers
Subject(s): Rome, Italy; Keats, John (1795-1821)


ADAM AND EVE       
First Line: In the beginning, at every step, he turned
Last Line: And it was autumn, the present world


ADULT BOOKSTORE       
First Line: Round the green fountain thick with women


AFTER THE SURRENDER       
First Line: After the surrender of japan %when hundreds of thousands of americans
Last Line: It was then I knew we had lost the war


AFTER THE WAR       
First Line: After a war the boys play soldier with real weapons. This is a real
Last Line: In the war his communiques always mentioned god. We hated him
Subject(s): World War Ii


ALPHABET       
First Line: The letters of the jews as strict as flames
Last Line: And all is rolled back in the book of days
Subject(s): Jews


AMERICANS ARE AFRAID OF LIZARDS    Poem Text    
First Line: My american host in madras in his moist air-conditioned apartment
Subject(s): Lizards


AN ANNIVERSARY FOR F. O. MATTHIESSEN    Poem Text    
First Line: To learn the meaning of his leap to death
Subject(s): Matthiessen, F. O. (1902-1950); Suicide


AND NOW, THE WEATHER       
First Line: The rain that ripens oranges


ANTI-VALENTINE       
First Line: How do you get from the sacrifice of a goat
Last Line: To be either, and so here's my bottom line: %I love you: please don't be my valentine


ASIDE    Poem Text    
First Line: Mail-day, and over the world in a thousand drag-nets
Subject(s): War; Letters


AT AUDEN'S GRAVE       
First Line: From vienna it's picture postcard all the way


ATTENTION OF HYMEN    Poem Text    
First Line: The atheist bride is dressed in blue
Subject(s): Marriage; Jews; Weddings; Husbands; Wives; Judaism


AUBADE       
First Line: What dawn is it?
Last Line: And this is the end for which we are together


AUTO WRECK    Poem Text    
First Line: Its quick soft silver bell beating, beating
Subject(s): Automobile Accidents


AUTO WRECK       
First Line: Its quick soft silver bell beating, beating
Last Line: And spatters all we knew of denouement %across the expedient and wicked stones
Subject(s): Automobile Accidents


BACK       
First Line: One of the foremost organs of beauty


BAD TASTE, INC.       
First Line: There is a shop in paris called bad taste
Last Line: On to the waste pipe, the cloaca americana


BALLADE OF THE SECOND-BEST BED    Poem Text    
First Line: In the name of the almighty god, amen
Variant Title(s): The Second-best Bed
Subject(s): Wills; Beds; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)


BALLADE OF THE SECOND-BEST BED       
First Line: In the name of the almighty god, amen
Variant Title(s): The Second-best Be


BATHERS       
First Line: Man and woman, they enter the sea
Subject(s): Sports


BEAUTIFUL THING       
First Line: Autumn reminds me that you bit my lips, excellent nurse of the most famous
Last Line: Darling you whisper (with such conviction) you worm


BED       
First Line: Your clothes of snow and satin and pure blood
Last Line: And let your gown be fresh as april grass, %and let your prothalamium be sweet
Subject(s): Marriage


BOUQUET       
First Line: All tropic places smell of mold. A letter from karachi smells of mold. A
Last Line: Earliest recollection. Rome, the armpit of the universe


BOURGEOIS POET       
First Line: The bourgeois poet closes the door of his study and lights his pipe. Why
Last Line: Whose hands to pick it up


BOURGEOIS POET, SELS.       


BOY-MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: England's lads are miniature men
Subject(s): England; English


BOY-MAN       
First Line: England's lads are miniature men
Last Line: Forgive the europeans for their sins, %establish work, that values may go on
Subject(s): England


BUICK    Poem Text    
First Line: As a sloop with a sweep of immaculate wing on her delicate spine
Subject(s): Automobiles; Love - Erotic; Cars


BUICK       
First Line: As a sloop with a sweep of immaculate wing on her delicate spine
Last Line: And I touch you again as you tick in the silence and settle in sleep
Subject(s): Automobiles; Erotic Love


BURLESK       
First Line: Hart crane, though handicpped, did well with the burlesk: all but her belly
Last Line: Our faces light up with intelligence


CALDER       
First Line: To raise an iron tree


CALIFORNIA PETRARCHAN       
First Line: I hear the sunset ambulances surround


CALIFORNIA WINTER       
First Line: It is winter in california, and outside
Last Line: Flooding the daylong valleys like the nile


CALLING THE CHILD    Poem Text    
First Line: From the third floor I beckon to the child
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters


CALLING THE CHILD       
First Line: From the third floor I beckon to the child
Last Line: And wags her head at last and makes a start %and starts her humorous marching up the stairs
Subject(s): Fathers And Daughters


CATHEDRAL BELLS       
First Line: All day the yellow elevator cage


CHILD WHO IS SILENT       
First Line: The child who is silent stands against his father, lovingly looking up at him
Last Line: Mozart. On the very top, legs crossed, at ease, sits the blue-eyed boy who holds his peace


CHRISTMAS EVE: AUSTRALIA    Poem Text    
First Line: The wind blows hot. English and foreign birds
Subject(s): Australia; Christmas; Nativity, The


CHRISTMAS EVE: AUSTRALIA       
First Line: The wind blows hot. English and foreign birds
Last Line: Curse lightly and pronounce your serious name
Subject(s): Australia; Christmas


CHRISTMAS TREE    Poem Text    
First Line: Because the tree is joyous and as a child
Subject(s): Christmas Trees


CONFIRMATION       
First Line: When mothers weep and fathers richly proud
Last Line: And woke the hidden boy


CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTOR       
First Line: The gates clanged and they walked you into jail
Subject(s): Conscientious Objectors


CONSCRIPTION CAMP    Poem Text    
First Line: Your landscape sickens with a dry disease
Subject(s): Virginia (state)


CONSCRIPTION CAMP       
First Line: Your landscape sickens with a dry disease
Last Line: To his determined hungry burst of joy


CONTRABAND       
First Line: I dreamed I held a poem and knew
Last Line: And swiftly punishes the heart


CONVERT       
First Line: Deep in the shadowy bethal of the tired mind
Last Line: In the hour of many significant conversions


CRACKING-PLANT       
First Line: From the top floor of the tulsa hotel I gaze at the night beauty of the crackin
Last Line: On through the delicate oklahoma night, flying the thousand hot flags of laputa


CROSSING LINCOLN PARK       
First Line: Car locked, I started home across the grass
Last Line: Your face whiter than chalk


CRUCIFIX IN THE FILING CABINET       
First Line: Out of the filing cabinet of true steel


CURIOSITY       
First Line: Tiny bees come to see what I am
Last Line: And a bee necks with a rose


CUT FLOWER       
First Line: I stand on slenderness all fresh and fair
Last Line: Must I die now? Is this a part of life?


D.C.    Poem Text    
First Line: The bad breed of the natives with their hates
Subject(s): Confederate States Of America; Georgia (state); Lee, Robert Edward (1807-1870); Confederacy


D.C.       
First Line: The bad breed of the natives with their hates
Last Line: The ways of lee, who, having lost the slaves, died farther south, a general in the wrong
Subject(s): Confederate States Of America; Georgia (state); Lee, Robert Edward (1807-1870)


DEATH OF EMMA GOLDMAN       
First Line: Triumphant of the final breath
Last Line: And showed up grass a mortmain property


DIRTY WORD       
First Line: The dirty word hops in the cage of the mind like the pondi-cherry culture
Last Line: For I have outlived the bird, and I have murdered it in my early manhood


DOME OF SUNDAY       
First Line: With focus sharp as flemish-painted face
Last Line: Clean in the eye of one who stands transfixed %in fascination of her brightness
Subject(s): Bourgeoisie; War


DRUG STORE    Poem Text    
First Line: It baffles the foreigner like an idiom
Subject(s): Pharmacy & Pharmacists; Drug Store; Apothecary


DRUG STORE       
First Line: It baffles the foreigner like an idiom
Last Line: They slump in booths like rags, not even drunk
Subject(s): Pharmacy And Pharmacists


EDEN RETOLD: 1. THE SICKNESS OF ADAM    Poem Text    
First Line: In the beginning, at every step, he turned
Subject(s): Adam & Eve; Longing; Anger; God; Eve


EDEN RETOLD: 2. THE RECOGNITION OF EVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Whatever it was she had so fiercely fought


EDEN RETOLD: 3. THE KISS    Poem Text    
First Line: The first kiss was with stumbling fingertips
Subject(s): Adam & Eve; Kisses; Eve


EDEN RETOLD: 4. THE TREE OF GUILT    Poem Text    
First Line: Why, on her way to the oracle of love
Subject(s): Adam & Eve; Trees; Guilt; Eve


EDEN RETOLD: 5. THE CONFESSION    Poem Text    
First Line: As on the first day her first word was thou
Subject(s): Adam & Eve; Sin; Trees; Food & Eating; Eve


EDEN RETOLD: 6. SHAME    Poem Text    
First Line: The hard blood falls back in the manly fount
Subject(s): Adam & Eve; Shame; Eve


EDEN RETOLD: 7. EXILE    Poem Text    
First Line: The one who gave the warning with his wings
Subject(s): Adam & Eve; Exiles; Eve


EDITING POETRY       
First Line: Next to my office where I edit poems ( can poems be edited? ) there is the
Last Line: The mail is heavy this morning


ELEGY FOR A DEAD SOLDIER    Poem Text    
First Line: A white sheet on the tail-gate of a truck
Subject(s): Death; Soldiers; World War Ii; Dead, The; Second World War


ELEGY FOR A DEAD SOLDIER       
First Line: A white sheet on the tail-gate of a truck
Last Line: Upon a peace kept by a human creed %know that one soldier has not died in vain
Subject(s): Death; Soldiers; World War Ii


ELEGY FOR TWO BANJOS    Poem Text    
First Line: Haul up the flag, you mourners
Subject(s): War


ELEGY FOR TWO BANJOS       
First Line: Haul up the flag, you mourners
Subject(s): War


ELEGY WRITTEN ON A FRONTPORCH       
First Line: The sun burns on its sultry wick
Last Line: She turned her back upon the day %but will not lie at night alone
Subject(s): Life


EMILY DICKINSON AND KATHERINE ANNE PORTER    Poem Text    
First Line: Emily dickson's father yanked on the baptist bell
Subject(s): Dickinson, Emily (1830-1886); Baptists; Porter, Katherine Anne (1890-1980)


EMILY DICKINSON AND KATHERINE ANNE PORTER       
First Line: Emily dickinson's father yanked on the baptist bell
Last Line: To hold her to the light like a plucked flower


EMPORIUM       
First Line: He must have read aladdin who rubbed his head
Last Line: Time shall have time, and he his impotent revenge


EPITAPH FOR JOHN AND RICHARD       
First Line: There goes the clock; there goes the sun
Last Line: Once born, once married, and once dead


ESSAY ON CHESS       
First Line: There are only a few games played by a pair


FAME       
First Line: What kind of notation is in my time file for my life, especially my death
Last Line: Only for fun. He'll tear up the punch cards and think for a minute


FIGUREHEAD       
First Line: Watching my paralytic friend
Subject(s): Healing


FIREWORKS       
First Line: In midsummer darkness when primeval silences close
Last Line: The volcanoes subside; we are given our liberty gratis


FIRST TIME       
First Line: Behind shut doors, in shadowy quarantine
Last Line: And almost gently asks: are you a jew?
Subject(s): Sex


FLY       
First Line: O hideous little bat, the size of snot
Last Line: And dies between three cannibals
Subject(s): Flies; Hate


FRANKLIN       
First Line: The star of reason, ben, reposed in you
Last Line: And curtis beats the independence bell


FRENCH POETRY       
First Line: French poetry that always goes itself one better
Last Line: Gloire, vrai, et cetera


FULL MOON: NEW GUINEA       
First Line: These nights we fear the aspects of the moon
Last Line: The bombs are falling darkly for our fate


FUNERAL OF POETRY       
First Line: The password of the twentieth centry: communications (as if we had to
Last Line: Home and watched it on television


FUNERAL OF POETRY       
First Line: The password of the twentieth century: communications (as
Last Line: Watched it on television


FUTURE-PRESENT       
First Line: Remember the old days when the luxury liners
Last Line: Into the blue-gray morning of the future-present


GARAGE SALE       
First Line: Two ladies sit in the spotless driveway
Last Line: As flat as the wallpaper of matise %strikes one as a cultural masterpiece %in this scene nothing ser
Subject(s): Poetry And Poets


GIRLS FIGHTING, BROADWAY       
First Line: How beautiful it is


GLASS POEM       
First Line: The afternoon lies glazed upon the wall


GLUTTON       
First Line: The jowls of his belly crawl and swell like the sea
Last Line: And leave of his volume only the mould of his girth
Subject(s): Gluttony


GOING TO SCHOOL       
First Line: What shall I teach in the vivid afternoon
Last Line: The sun touches its image to the ground


GOING TO WAR    Poem Text    
First Line: Tell me not, evelyn, I fail
Subject(s): War


GRANT'S TOMB REVISITED       
First Line: Something unkempt about it


GUN       
First Line: You were angry and manly to shatter the sleep of your throat
Last Line: Which is savage to punish the dead for the sake of my sin


HAIR       
First Line: One by one my troops desert. A hair at a time. One by one and there is no
Last Line: The other day. This plot would tickle rabelais. A pubic hair turned silver grey


HAIRCUT    Poem Text    
First Line: O wonderful nonsense of lotions of lucky tiger
Subject(s): Barbers; Hair


HAIRCUT       
First Line: O wonderful nonsense of lotions of lucky tiger
Last Line: And lie on the flat of my temples as proud as a wreath
Subject(s): Barbers; Hair


HIGH SCHOOL       
First Line: Waiting in front of the columnar high school (the old ones look like banks
Last Line: Felt ashamed and grave. The horror of their years stoned me to death


HOMECOMING    Poem Text    
First Line: Lost in the vastness of the void pacific
Subject(s): World War Ii; Second World War


HOMECOMING       
First Line: Lost in the vastness of the void pacific
Last Line: And liberate in that high burst of love %the imprisoned souls of soldiers and of me
Subject(s): World War Ii


HOMEWRECK       
First Line: By and large there is no blood


HOSPITAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Inside or out, the key is pain. It holds
Subject(s): Hospitals; Pain; Suffering; Misery


HOSPITAL       
First Line: Inside or out, the key is pain. It holds
Last Line: Are, for the most part, human but unbandaged


HUMAN NATURE    Poem Text    
First Line: For months and years in a forgotten war
Subject(s): World War Ii; Second World War


HUMAN NATURE       
First Line: For months and years in a forgotten war
Last Line: I am homesick for war
Subject(s): World War Ii


HUMANITIES BUILDING       
First Line: All the bad bauhaus comes to a head


I AM AN ATHEIST WHO SAYS HIS PRAYERS    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Atheism; Social Commentaries


I AM AN ATHEIST WHO SAYS HIS PRAYERS       
Last Line: Plants on the cocktail table


IMPACT       
First Line: High up on the patio window, centered exactly


IN INDIA       
First Line: In india, the people form among the trees
Last Line: Lay a revolver, knelt and, in good faith, %received his blessing and then shot him dead
Subject(s): India


IN THE WAXWORKS       
First Line: At midday when the light rebukes the world
Last Line: Our sons and daughters, fallen apes


INK! INK!       
First Line: Ballpoint pens are dead except they work
Last Line: How come our poems have all turned into doilies?


INTELLECTUAL       
First Line: The man behind the book may not be man
Last Line: I laugh, I fight; and you, l'homme qui rit, %swallow your stale saliva, and still sit
Subject(s): Reason


INTERLUDE       
First Line: Much of the transfiguration that we hear
Last Line: So small I could have drowned it with a tear


ISRAEL    Poem Text    
First Line: When I think of the liberation of palestine
Subject(s): Israel (state)


ISRAEL       
First Line: When I think of the liberation of palestine
Last Line: Speak the name only of the living land
Subject(s): Israel (state)


ISRAFEL    Poem Text    
First Line: Picture the grave in his diabolical dream
Subject(s): Poe, Edgar Allan (1809-1849); Poetry & Poets


ISRAFEL       
First Line: Picture the grave in his diabolical dream
Subject(s): Poe, Edgar Allan (1809-1849); Poetry And Poets


JAZZ       
First Line: August saturday night on the negro street the trolleys clang and break sweet
Last Line: In the half-serious bazaar of the jew-store


JEFFERSON    Poem Text    
First Line: If vision can dilate, my noble lord
Subject(s): Jefferson, Thomas (1743-1826)


JEFFERSON       
First Line: If vision can dilate, my noble lord
Last Line: Like saints and salem devils


JEW    Poem Text    
First Line: The name is immortal but only the name, for the rest
Subject(s): Jews; Judaism


JEW       
First Line: The name is immortal but only the name, for the rest
Last Line: Whether we suffer to die by the hands of ourselves, and to kill


LANDSCAPE       
First Line: Twice as high as the beautiful street standard
Last Line: Far to the southwest marches a cloud-wall %tainted with smog


LEG       
First Line: Among the iodoform, in twilight-sleep
Last Line: That if thou take me angrily in hand %and hurl me to the shark, I shall not die!
Subject(s): Amputees; Healing; War


LINES FOR A UNITARIAN CHURCH       
First Line: Little church of simple steel I-beams
Last Line: Beautiful in the world, inside and out


LIVING ROOMS OF MY NEIGHBORS       
First Line: The living rooms of my neighbors are like beauty parlors, like night-club
Last Line: Neighborhood with a sky
Subject(s): Neighbors


LORD, I HAVE SEEN TOO MUCH       
First Line: Lord, I have seen too much for one who sat
Last Line: The lust of godhead hideously exposed


LOVE FOR A HAND    Poem Text    
First Line: Two hands lie still, the hairy and the white,
Subject(s): Marriage; Hands; Love; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


LOVE FOR A HAND       
First Line: Two hands lie still, the hairy and the white
Last Line: And breaks it open gently. Now he can see %the sweetness of the fruit, his hand eats hers


LOVE POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: Attempted suicide was your tour de force
Subject(s): Suicide; Conduct Of Life


LOWER THE STANDARD: THAT'S MY MOTTO       


MAGICIAN       
First Line: Tall in his top hat, tall and alone in the room
Last Line: But only wait for till his dying year


MANHOLE COVERS    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: The beauty of manhole covers - what of that?
Subject(s): Streets; Avenues


MANHOLE COVERS       
First Line: The beauty of manhole covers - what of that?
Last Line: Strong with its cryptic american %its dated beauty
Subject(s): Streets


MESSIAS       
First Line: Alone in the darkling apartment the boy


MIDNIGHT SHOW    Poem Text    
First Line: The year is done, the last act of the vaudeville
Subject(s): New Year


MIDNIGHT SHOW       
First Line: The year is done, the last act of the vaudeville


MINUTE       
First Line: The office building treads the marble dark
Last Line: Rise and sweep past me, spinning threads of fear


MOMA       
First Line: If it's an ism, give it a wide berth
Last Line: As fools who come to pray remain to mock. %no, moma, do not close your glitzy front


MONGOLIAN IDIOT    Poem Text    
First Line: A dog that spoke, a monster born of sheep
Subject(s): Disability


MONGOLIAN IDIOT       
First Line: A dog that spoke, a monster born of sheep
Last Line: Come from all life and for all life


MOVIE ACTRESS    Poem Text    
First Line: I shal sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow
Subject(s): Motion Pictures; Actors & Actresses; Movies; Cinema; Actresses


MOVING IN    Poem Text    
First Line: May roses bloom beside the bloomberg windows
Subject(s): Houses; Furniture


MOVING IN       
First Line: I wish you for your birthday as you are
Last Line: And bless one another


MOZART'S JEW       
First Line: Much as I enjoy your minor immortality, da pone, I marvel where you
Last Line: All of you don giovannis I like, and you especially, mozart's jew, da ponte


MURDER OF MOSES       
First Line: By reason of despair we set forth behind you
Last Line: Taught us all early justice, made us a race


MY CENTURY       
First Line: All things remain to be simplified. I find I must break free of the poetry trap
Last Line: Time, the human wolf pack and the killing light


MY FATHER'S FUNERAL       
First Line: Lurching from gloomy limousines we slip


MY GRANDMOTHER    Poem Text    
First Line: My grandmother moves to my mind in context of sorrow
Subject(s): Grandparents; Grandmothers; Grandfathers; Great Grandfathers; Great Grandmothers


MY GRANDMOTHER       
First Line: My grandmother moves to my mind in context of sorrow
Last Line: The tongues and tasks of her children's children
Subject(s): Grandparents


NATURE OF BELIEF       
First Line: When suffering is everywhere, that is of the nature of belief. When the leaders
Last Line: In our veins. Now it floats in the clouds


NEBRASKA       
First Line: I love nowhere where the factories die of malnutrition


NECROPOLIS    Poem Text    
First Line: Even in death they prosper; even in the death
Subject(s): Wealth; Poverty; Death; Social Commentaries; Riches; Fortunes; Dead, The


NECROPOLIS       
First Line: Even in death they prosper; even in the death


NEW RING       
First Line: The new ring oppresses the finger, embarrasses the hand, encumbers


NEWSBOY    Poem Text    
First Line: Bearing his way through the traffic, under his arm
Subject(s): Newspapers; Boys; Journalism; Journalists


NEWSBOY       
First Line: Beating his way through the traffic, under his arm


NIGGER    Poem Text    
First Line: And did ever a man go black with sun n a belgian swamp
Subject(s): Blacks


NIGGER       
First Line: And did ever a man go black with sun in a belgian swamp


NOSTALGIA    Poem Text    
First Line: My soul stands at the window of my room
Subject(s): Memory; Nostalgia


NOSTALGIA       
First Line: My soul stands at the window of my room
Last Line: Let the wind blow, for many a man shall die
Subject(s): Memory; Nostalgia


OFFICE LOVE       
First Line: Office love, love of money and fight, love of calculated sex. The offices reek
Last Line: Word of mouth like gangsters. There the power lies and is sexless


OLD HORSEFLY       
First Line: Unseasonable weather, says the commentator
Last Line: Did I get it? I feel a pang - of what


OLD POET       
First Line: Coming to the end of his dated poems in the complete edition, knowing what
Last Line: With poetry remember him. Cities without poetry


OLIVE TREE       
First Line: Save for a lusterless honing-stone of moon


ON BEING YANKED FROM A FAVORITE ANTHOLOGY    Poem Text    
First Line: Fame gave me a wrench and I cried ouch
Subject(s): Fame; Poetry & Poets; Reputation


ON BEING YANKED FROM A FAVORITE ANTHOLOGY       
First Line: Fame gave me a wrench and I cried ouch!


ON READING KEATS IN WAR TIME       
First Line: As one long lost in no-man's-land of war
Subject(s): Keats, John (1795-1821); Poetry & Poets


ON READING KEATS IN WAR TIME       
First Line: As one long lost in no-man's-land of war
Subject(s): Keats, John (1795-1821); Poetry And Poets


PARIS    Poem Text    
First Line: City of man
Subject(s): Paris, France


PHARMACY    Poem Text    
First Line: It baffles the foreigner like an idiom
Subject(s): Pharmacy & Pharmacists; Drug Store; Apothecary


PHENOMENON       
First Line: How lovely it was, after the official fright
Last Line: Her faulty snowfall brilliantly denied
Subject(s): Death


PHILOMELA. PROCNE. TEREUS    Poem Text    
First Line: Procne said, it happened at my wedding
Subject(s): Mythology; Marriage; Rape; Sisters; Revenge; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


PIANO       
First Line: The perfect ice of the thin keys must break
Last Line: Bursts into voice forever calling


PIANO TUNER'S WIFE       
First Line: That note comes clear, like water running clear


PIGEONS       
First Line: In the denouement of the beautiful storm


POET    Poem Text    
First Line: Left leg flung out, head cocked to the right
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


POET       
First Line: Left leg flung out, head cocked to the right
Last Line: Shall list and flounder in the troughs of grass %and none shall speak his name
Subject(s): Poetry And Poets


POET IN RESIDENCE       
First Line: To some it's a jewel in the belt of alma mater


POETS OF HELL       
First Line: Poe, a very sick man in baltimore
Last Line: And spits into the constellated skies
Subject(s): Baudelaire, Charles (1821-1867); French Poetry - Symbolism; Poe, Edgar Allan (1809-1849); Poetry And Poets; Rimbaud, Arthur (1854-1891)


POETS' CORNER       
First Line: As richly documented as the hell of priests, yes, there is a hell, the hell of
Last Line: Faultless sermons. Some succumb to pageantry, some to algolagnia


POTOMAC       
First Line: The thin potomac scarcely moves
Last Line: The money fade like leaves from green to brown, %and embassies dissolve to molecules
Subject(s): Potomac River; Rivers; Washington, D.c.


PREMISES       
First Line: Moving must be in out nature


PROGRESS OF FAUST       
First Line: He was born in deutschland, as you would suspect
Last Line: In an american desert at war's end %where, at his back, a dome of atoms rose
Subject(s): Faust


RANDALL JARRELL    Poem Text    
First Line: Randall, I like your poetry terribly, yet I'm afraid to say so. Not that my
Subject(s): Jarrell, Randall (1914-1965)


RANDALL JARRELL       
First Line: Randall, I like your poetry terribly, yet I'm afraid to say so. Not that my
Last Line: Who wouldn't be. But I rush to read you, whatever you print. That's news
Subject(s): Jarrell, Randall (1914-1965)


RECAPITULATIONS    Poem Text    
First Line: I was born downtown on a wintry day
Subject(s): Birth; Family Life; Jews; World War Ii; Coming Of Age; Youth; Blacks; Divorce; Christianity; Conduct Of Life; Child Birth; Midwifery; Relatives; Judaism; Second World War


RECAPITULATIONS       
First Line: I was born downtown on a wintry day
Last Line: With ' a most victorian jew.'


RECOGNITION OF EVE       
First Line: Whatever it was she had so fiercely fought
Last Line: She was already turning beautiful
Subject(s): Bible; Religion


RED INDIAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Purest of breed of all the tribes
Subject(s): Native Americans; Indians Of America; American Indians; Indians Of South America


RED INDIAN       
First Line: Purest of breed of all the tribes
Last Line: And moves their mournful quest


RETIREMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: Something tells him he is off-limits
Subject(s): Retirement


RETIREMENT       
First Line: Something tells him he is off-limits


ROETHKE       
First Line: Glottal as a bottle, everybody loves you, only you don't believe it. Hulk
Last Line: The flukes splash, ha-ha baby


ROOM IN ROME       
First Line: The water-poet lay down with flowers above


SCARLET FEVER       
First Line: Across the somber areaway the next apartment is almost close


SCYROS    Poem Text    
First Line: The doctor punched my vein
Subject(s): War


SCYROS       
First Line: The doctor punched my vein
Last Line: And war began next wednesday on the danes
Subject(s): War


SHYLOCK    Poem Text    
First Line: Home from the court he locked the door and sat
Subject(s): Hate; Despair; Conduct Of Life


SHYLOCK       
First Line: Home from the court he locked the door and sat
Last Line: And lights them with a taper and sits down


SNOB    Poem Text    
First Line: At what time in its little history
Subject(s): Snobs & Snobbery


SOUTHERNER       
First Line: He entered with the authority of politeness
Last Line: Who know how to conform, how to compel, %and how from the best bush to receive a flower
Subject(s): Southern States


SPIDER MUMS       
First Line: The spider mums are yellow


STATUE OF LIBERTY       
First Line: To the poor (aux pauvres) crime alone (le crime seul) opens


SUNDAY: NEW GUINEA    Poem Text    
First Line: The bugle sounds the measured call to prayers
Subject(s): New Guinea; Sabbath; Soldiers; Sunday


SUNDAY: NEW GUINEA       
First Line: The bugle sounds the measured call to prayers
Last Line: And your love's presence, snowy, beautiful, and kind
Subject(s): New Guinea; Sabbath; Soldiers


SURROUNDED    Poem Text    
First Line: Suddenly my suburb is surrounded by churches
Subject(s): Suburbs; Christianity; Churches; Cathedrals


SYNAGOGUE       
First Line: The synagogue dispirits the deep street
Last Line: That storms the falling altar of the world


TABLEAU       
First Line: Early in the morning in the office in the army I am on duty


TEASING THE NUNS    Poem Text    
First Line: Up in the elevator went the nuns
Subject(s): Nuns


TENNYSON       
First Line: Like many of us he was rather disgusting
Subject(s): Tennyson, Alfred (1809-1892); Tennyson, Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron


TENNYSON       
First Line: Like many of us he was rather disgusting
Subject(s): Tennyson, Alfred (1809-1892)


TERMINAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Over us stands the broad electric dace
Subject(s): Railroads; Travel; Railways; Trains; Journeys; Trips


TERMINAL       
First Line: Over us stands the broad electric dace
Last Line: Distance is dead and light can only die
Subject(s): Railroads; Travel


THE ALPHABET    Poem Text    
First Line: The letters of the jews as strict as flames
Subject(s): Jews; Judaism


THE CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTOR    Poem Text    
First Line: The gates clanged and they walked you into jail
Subject(s): Conscientious Objectors


THE CONTRABAND    Poem Text    
First Line: I dreamed I held a poem and knew
Subject(s): Dreams; Nightmares


THE CROSS-TREE    Poem Text    
First Line: Doctor, doctor, a little of your love
Subject(s): Soldiers; War; Army Life; Suicide; Drills & Minor Tactics


THE CRUCIFIX IN THE FILING CABINET    Poem Text    
First Line: Out of the filing cabinet of true steel
Subject(s): Cross, The; Jews; Judaism


THE DIRTY WORD    Poem Text    
First Line: The dirty word hops into the cage of the mind
Subject(s): Jews; Birds; Survival; Judaism


THE DOME OF SUNDAY    Poem Text    
First Line: With focus sharp as flemish-painted face
Subject(s): Bourgeoisie; War; Middle Class


THE FIGUREHEAD    Poem Text    
First Line: Watching my paralytic friend
Last Line: With rosy clouds of sediment
Subject(s): Healing; Cures


THE FIRST TIME    Poem Text    
First Line: Behind shut doors, in shadowy quarantine
Subject(s): Sex


THE FLY    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: O hideous little bat, the size of snot
Subject(s): Flies; Hate


THE INTELLECTUAL    Poem Text    
First Line: The man behind the book may not be man
Subject(s): Reason; Intellect; Rationalism; Brain; Mind; Intellectuals


THE INTERLUDE    Poem Text    
First Line: Much of transfiguration that we hear
Subject(s): Insects; Death; Religion; Transfiguration; Bugs; Dead, The; Theology


THE LEG    Poem Text    
First Line: Among the iodoform, in twilight-sleep
Subject(s): Amputees; Healing; War; Cures


THE OLD HORSEFLY    Poem Text    
First Line: Unseasonable weather, says the commentator
Last Line: Did I get it? I feel a pang of what?


THE OLIVE TREE    Poem Text    
First Line: Save for a lusterless honing-stone of moon
Subject(s): Jews; Olive Trees & Olives; Judaism


THE POETS OF HELL    Poem Text    
First Line: Poe, a very sick man in baltimore
Subject(s): Baudelaire, Charles (1821-1867); French Poetry - Symbolism; Poe, Edgar Allan (1809-1849); Poetry & Poets; Rimbaud, Arthur (1854-1891)


THE POTOMAC       
First Line: The thin potomac scarcely moves
Subject(s): Potomac River; Rivers; Washington, D.c.


THE PROGRESS OF FAUST    Poem Text    
First Line: He was born in deutschland, as you would suspect
Subject(s): Faust


THE PURITAN    Poem Text    
First Line: In tender may when the sweet laugh of christ
Subject(s): Puritans


THE RECOGNITION OF EVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Whatever it was she had so fiercely fought
Last Line: She was already turning beautiful
Subject(s): Adam & Eve


THE SICKNESS OF ADAM    Poem Text    
First Line: He entered with the authority of politeness
Last Line: On earth. Sadly the angel watched them go
Subject(s): Adam & Eve


THE TWINS    Poem Text    
First Line: Likeness mas made them animal and shy
Subject(s): Twins


THERE WAS THAT ROMAN POET       
First Line: There was that roman poet who fell in love at fifty-odd
Last Line: And went her way in a wild odor of roses and garlic


TINGLING BACK       
First Line: Sometimes deeply immured in white-washed tower


TORNADO WARNING       
First Line: It is a beauteous morning but the air turns sick
Subject(s): Tornadoes


TORNADO WARNING       
First Line: It is a beauteous morning but the air turns sick
Subject(s): Tornadoes


TOURISTS       
First Line: Except for a lone electric wire trailing up the mountain to the


TRAVELOGUE FOR EXILES    Poem Text    
First Line: Look and remember. Look upon this sky
Subject(s): Exiles


TRAVELOGUE FOR EXILES       
First Line: Look and remember. Look upon this sky
Subject(s): Exiles


TROOP TRAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: It stops the town we come through. Workers raise
Subject(s): Army Life; World War Ii; Drills & Minor Tactics; Second World War


TROOP TRAIN       
First Line: It stops the town we come through. Workers raise
Last Line: The place of life found after trains and death - %nightfall of nations brilliant after war
Subject(s): Army Life; World War Ii


TWINS       
First Line: Likeness has made them animal and shy
Last Line: The old indignity of esau's race %and dromio's denouement of tragic mirth


UNIVERSITY    Poem Text    
First Line: To hurt the negro and avoid the jew
Subject(s): Universities & Colleges


UNIVERSITY       
First Line: To hurt the negro and avoid the jew
Last Line: And show us, rotted and endowed, %its senile pleasure
Subject(s): Universities & Colleges


V-LETTER    Poem Text    
First Line: I love you first because your face is fair
Variant Title(s): Love Letter (by V-mail From Australia)
Subject(s): Love; War


V-LETTER       
First Line: I love you first because your face is fair
Last Line: Whether I live or fail
Variant Title(s): Love Letter (by V-mail From Australia
Subject(s): Love; War


VIETNAM MEMORIAL       
First Line: It lies on its side on the grassy mall


VIRGINIA CHILD       
First Line: Aunt lucy was an actual slave. She held me in her arms. I have


W.H.A.       
First Line: Without him many of us would have never happened
Last Line: God bless the live poets whom his death enhances


WAITING FOR THE POPE    Poem Text    
First Line: We have stood for hours in front of the yellow palace
Subject(s): Pius Xii, Pope (1876-1958)


WAITRESS    Poem Text    
First Line: Whoever with the compasses of his eyes
Subject(s): Restaurants; Waiters & Waitresses; Women; Cafes; Diners


WAITRESS       
First Line: Whoever with the compasses of his eyes
Last Line: Reddens and blazes - 'english spoken here


WASHINGTON CATHEDRAL    Poem Text    
First Line: From summer and the wheel-shaped city
Last Line: He's only a good alien, nominally happy
Subject(s): Washington National Cathedral, Washington, D.c


WASHINGTON CATHEDRAL       
First Line: From summer and the wheel-shaped city
Last Line: He is only a good alien, nominally happy


WESTERN TOWN       
First Line: Strange western town at the round edge of night
Last Line: At rest now on a sketchy chart. Tomorrow, %somewhere, a city will take the train apart


WHITE NEGRESS       
First Line: Who has not seen brancusi's white negress


WHITMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Like queen victoria, he used the regal we
Last Line: Messiah!, muse of the modern, mother!
Subject(s): Whitman, Walt (1819-1891)


WHITMAN       
First Line: Like queen victoria, he used the regal we
Last Line: Messiah, muse of the modern, mother


WOOD       
First Line: Wood for the fireplace, wood for the floor, what is the life span? Sometimes
Last Line: Among the blinding stucco, soft among the cool and stony facings, the marbly infinitude


YOU CALL THESE POEMS?       
First Line: In hyderabad, city of blinding marble palaces
Last Line: And lots of allusions from other people's books