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Author: SHAUGHNESSY, BRENDA
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Shaughnessy, Brenda    Poet's Biography
98 poems available by this author


A POET'S POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: If it takes me all day,
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


AFTERLIFE, HER EMPTY DRESS       
First Line: I lie quiet among my possible suits %feet to head, feet to head
Last Line: You in the night, that finer %edge, the old arc of your hand


ALL POSSIBLE PAIN    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Feelings seem like made-up things,
Subject(s): Pain; Relationships; Suffering; Misery


ARACHNOLESCENCE       
First Line: I see I have so quickly endeared you to my dazzled fray
Last Line: Before I poison my own sleep with the wanderlust %of this my stardom in the galaxy of worms and toxi


ARTLESS    Poem Text    
First Line: Is my heart. A stranger
Subject(s): Love


BIG GAME    Poem Text    
First Line: What began as wildfire ends up


BREASTED LANDSCAPE       
First Line: If not so cloaked with the desire
Last Line: But I brought you there


CALLING HER HOME       
First Line: She died before I was born but that didn't stop us
Last Line: Flying off, her mouth opening %in surprise to find herself there


CARD 19: THE SUN    Poem Text    
First Line: When you show yourself to the woman
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Love; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


CINEMA POISONING       
First Line: I will be your first, your thirst, your third
Last Line: The sex & chess & cello fever's gone %from your myopic trust, my avalon


DEAR GONGLYA    Poem Text    
First Line: The most inscrutable beautiful names in this world
Subject(s): Names; Gays & Lesbians; Desire; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


DEAR GONGLYA,       
First Line: The most inscrutable beautiful names in this world
Last Line: Love %your igor


DRIFT    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Travel; Love - Complaints; Disappointment; Absence; Journeys; Trips; Separation; Isolation


EMBARRASSEMNT: 5. DOCUMENTARY       
First Line: This clothing, a maladaptive wrapping
Last Line: To make flesh less various with others


EMBARRASSMENT    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Love


EMBARRASSMENT       
First Line: It's a wave, isn't it? Not a particle
Last Line: Why dirtier than before?


EMBARRASSMENT: 1. ETYMOLOGY       
First Line: On the subject of our names
Last Line: It is always spent


EMBARRASSMENT: 2. TELEOLOGY       
First Line: Sheer fabric trailing through 4 a.M.
Last Line: I thought it was opaque and earlier


EMBARRASSMENT: 3. MATHEMATICS       
First Line: I know you know I know
Last Line: Of what I now know twice


EMBARRASSMENT: 4. THE PRINCIPLE OF THE BORG       
First Line: Saying 'there's no one like me'
Last Line: In any way. Which should be enough for you


EMBARRASSMENT: 6. MEDICINE       
First Line: The cure for embarrassment
Last Line: Taking them smoother in the future


EMBARRASSMENT: 7. COSMOLOGY       
First Line: Things are less embarrassing
Last Line: Attract what we repel


EMBARRASSMENT: 8. APOLOGY       
First Line: Even the clumsiest fate is perfectly shaped
Last Line: With such an annihilating blush, %with such a stutter


EPITHALAMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: Other weddings are so shrewd on the sofa, short
Subject(s): Love - Unrquited; Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


EPITHALAMENT       
First Line: Other weddings are so shrewd on the sofa, short
Last Line: I can hear you's in your room. I hear mine %in another room.In another's


EVER       
First Line: Where, swift and wool in going
Last Line: Not leave and take me %nowhere, swift and wool in going


FETISH:THE HISTORICAL ORPHAN       
First Line: Czarina! Tell me your not giving up the rogue
Last Line: A fusing of the retinas, to see yourself as I see you


FORTUNE    Poem Text    
First Line: Luck today will be skill tomorrow. If only your fear
Subject(s): Fortune; Luck


FORTUNE       
First Line: Luck today will be skill tomorrow. If only your fear
Last Line: Fabric woven by apprentices whose fingers %are sad and large with the work of beginning
Subject(s): Fortune; Luck


GLISTEN       
First Line: I will not forgive you, but I will grow in your house
Last Line: Of nurseshark and trembling
Subject(s): Gardens And Gardening; Vegetables


GLOSSARY (OF THE BODY, PERFORMED IN ABSENTIA)       
First Line: Appendix a: irregular verbs
Last Line: Enormous language smears your place


HEAD HANDED    Poem Text    
First Line: Stop belonging to me so much, face-head.
Subject(s): Self


I WISH I HAD MORE SISTERS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Sisters; Conduct Of Life


I'M OVER THE MOON    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: I don't like what the moon is supposed to do.
Subject(s): Love - Unrequited; Moon; Love - Erotic


ILLUMINE       
First Line: I open her dark diary
Last Line: How light tears, sears %the body. And seals %in its impossible script


INAPPROPRIATE DREAMS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Dreams; Nightmares


INTERIOR WITH SUDDEN JOY       
First Line: To come into my room is to strike strange
Last Line: Mercury, columbine. Come let us miss %another wintertime


JOUISSANCE       
First Line: Your phantoms hang neatly from skyhooks
Last Line: The description of this you hold under %like a genius in dark water


LACQUER       
First Line: I found my mother's diary
Last Line: An alien pox in the polished dark


LAMP GARDEN       
First Line: Neither electric nor flame, unimaginable sunlight or plagiarist moon
Last Line: Reading this book. It keeps my place, like love or a father, it gives %me away


LETTER TO THE CREVICE NOVICE    Poem Text    
First Line: I wanted nothing. I am not a stray mule
Subject(s): Letters


LETTER TO THE CREVICE NOVICE       
First Line: I wanted nothing. I am not a stray mule
Last Line: Good:tight no-love-you's in a tongue %thicker than water. Bluer too
Subject(s): Letters


LIQUID FLESH    Poem Text    
First Line: In a light chocolatine room
Subject(s): Babies; Parents; Relationships; Body, Human; Infants; Parenthood


LURE, LAPSE       
First Line: There is no style in sleep
Last Line: Our winter-slung bodies fooled %and necklaced with furious morning


MAGI    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Mothers


ME IN PARADISE    Poem Text    
First Line: Oh, to be ready for it, unfucked, ever-fucked
Subject(s): Love - Loss Of; Passion; Absence; Separation; Isolation


MIDDLE    Poem Text    
First Line: The last minutes of your life
Subject(s): Middle Age


MIDDLE       
First Line: The last minutes of your life
Last Line: Without this voice, you will spend all winter %blackening into bits
Subject(s): Middle Age


MISTRESS FORMIKA       
First Line: In temple city, in this tight lighthouse of rare women
Last Line: By the broken fence, firewood for a home too well built %for such arsonists of the flesh to resist


MUSEE       
First Line: I've been so lovingly breathed into it appears I can't move
Last Line: When you see a bust of ancient, broken personage, someone %without a name is running faster


OKINAWA, KISSED FROM WIVES       
First Line: The flies drink the soup and so do you
Last Line: Around delicate intestines in a birthday dish


ONE LOVE STORY, EIGHT TAKES    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Love - Loss Of


OUTFOXED    Poem Text    
First Line: Red foxes are not allowed
Last Line: All brought to by fox news
Subject(s): Foxes; Sex; Racism


PANOPTICON       
First Line: My bedroom window can be seen from the viewing deck
Last Line: Pair of binoculars, in the dark, watching whoever is %watching me, watch me


PARALLAX 1       
First Line: Excluding genitalia %what is a man
Last Line: Come closer, toward the light


PARALLAX 2       
First Line: Kitten, six-pack, magnolia
Last Line: First dangerous, then fragile, then repulsive %then repulsed


PARTHENOGENESIS    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Food & Eating; Body, Human


PERFECT ENDING    Poem Text    
First Line: Be anti-grandmother in your little black box
Subject(s): Grandparents; Grandmothers; Grandfathers; Great Grandfathers; Great Grandmothers


PERFECT ENDING       
First Line: Be anti-grandmother in your little black box
Last Line: Shut up, in everyear, in the negative mirror %in the absolute no light
Subject(s): Grandparents


PLURANOVA       
First Line: Our bodies are stunted with scarce %infinity. With our bodies
Last Line: Flint, then dropped it here. I missed %it. Yes, I killed it. I kissed you


POSTFEMINISM    Poem Text    
First Line: There are two kinds of people, soldiers and women
Subject(s): Survival; Women's Rights; Feminism


POSTFEMINISM       
First Line: There are two kinds of people, soldiers and women
Last Line: There are two kinds of people. Hot with mixed %light, drunk with insult. You and me
Subject(s): Survival; Women's Rights


PROJECT FOR A FAINTING    Poem Text    
First Line: Oh, yes, the rain is sorry. Unfemale, of course, the rain is
Subject(s): Love - Unrequited


PROJECT FOR A FAINTING       
First Line: Oh, yes, the rain is sorry. Unfemale, of course, the rain is
Last Line: Not all transparent, and the temperature %I felt that. What you say is not less than that


QUESTION AND ITS MARK       
First Line: May I cast a spell on the many swans of leda
Last Line: Leda possessed a pair of knees that also bent %in prayer. I ask of you only what she asked for there
Subject(s): Death; Memory; Wishes


RISE       
First Line: I can;t believe you've come back
Last Line: Once more, you lie with me, smelling %of almonds, as the poisoned do


ROSARIUM    Poem Text    
First Line: Ardent goodwife of a bad fisherman, I am blessed
Subject(s): Fish & Fishing


ROSARIUM       
First Line: Ardent goodwife of a bad fisherman, I am blessed
Last Line: The mirror, strong as a tapestry needle, and thorugh %this eye I fit, smaller, deeper, inside
Subject(s): Fishing And Fishermen


SIMULACRA       
First Line: Having no effect on myself %a mirror erases me. My own touch
Last Line: This is what I used to see the feel


SLEPTEMBER       
First Line: I love the quiet but I carve out its motives
Last Line: Silencer on the future perfect literature smuggled %forever out of your implicit country


STARTING HERE AND GOING BACK       
First Line: Stranded so well in easy %failure. Rose hung
Last Line: Nothing but slow %brings light. By accident


STILL LIFE, WITH GLOXINIA    Poem Text    
First Line: I will make something of you both pigment
Subject(s): Paintings & Painters


STILL LIFE, WITH GLOXINIA       
First Line: I will make something of you both pigment
Last Line: As suspected. I am cold now and I cannot %paint or move you


SWELL       
First Line: Svelte with eventual sex, who could help
Last Line: This strumpet muscle under your breast describing %you minutely, volupt, volupt


TEN JENNIES       
First Line: My house is just big enough to fit most
Last Line: Ourselves to the outer rim of summer %and now never any jennies


THE POETRY OF DANGER    Poem Text    


THE QUESTION AND ITS MARK    Poem Text    
First Line: May I cast a spell on the many swans of leda
Subject(s): Death; Memory; Wishes; Dead, The


THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS OF (AND NECESSARY STEPS TOWARD) MAKING ART    Poem Text    
First Line: Pure art is, in a sense, pure innocence.
Subject(s): Art & Artists


THE WORLD'S ARM    Poem Text    
First Line: A strong, pale wind on the thighs,
Subject(s): Natujre


THIRTEENTH SUMMER    Poem Text    
First Line: Who is twelve? Not you, in absolute skirt
Subject(s): Aging; Children; Summer; Childhood


THIRTEENTH SUMMER       
First Line: Who is twelve? Not you, in absolute skirt
Last Line: Heat, from your round body as you cross into sleep
Subject(s): Aging; Children; Summer


THIS PERSON-SIZED SKY WITH BRUISE    Poem Text    
First Line: Simultaneously orange and violet,


TORN PATCH NEAR NIGHT       
First Line: I will not forgive you, but I will grow in your house %sweet as corn
Last Line: Where nurse shark tremble in the nighthole, %with the blindness we had, too


TRANSPASSIONAL       
First Line: Perfection is the campsite for those who have stopped halfway
Last Line: Do I fell abandoned. Belonging is invisible:I, on the other hand %am merely shielding


VAPOR THROUGH VARIOUS SATINS       
First Line: I have been so dirty %in each place you've looked
Last Line: Silhouette etched, rising %more visible, more liquid


VESSEL       
First Line: The woman wore tall, thin heels in a snowstorm, shined, curvy
Last Line: Too have felt such creature pleasures. The pull of surprise in tak %ing, half-empty, the half-full


VISITOR    Poem Text    
First Line: I am dreaming of a house just like this one
Subject(s): Hope; Desire; Optimism


VOLUPTUARY       
First Line: Normal love begs for kink. Loving wrong
Last Line: When the darker sun inside feeds %the silence of starker stars


WHAT'S UNCANNY       
First Line: Is the body's wiry edge singed & dried
Last Line: This loss of breathing. Listen for it


WHY IS THE COLOR OF SNOW?    Poem Text    
First Line: Let's ask a poet with no way of knowing.
Subject(s): Snow; Loneliness; Immortality


WRONGBODIED       
First Line: Like this baby boy standing there on the corner
Last Line: Next corner, god, me


YOU LOVE, YOU WONDER    Poem Text    
First Line: You love a woman and you wonder where she goes all night
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Love - Nature Of; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


YOU LOVE, YOU WONDER       
First Line: You love a woman and you wonder where she goes out all night in
Last Line: Everything about love. If she's leaving you now, you already know %it


YOU'RE NOT HOME, IT'S PROBABLY BETTER       
First Line: I am calling to wish you well. I am calling because I want to
Last Line: And so dear when ruined


YOUR NAME ON IT    Poem Text    
First Line: Let this one clear square of thought be just
Subject(s): Names; Rooms


YOUR NAME ON IT       
First Line: Let this one clear square of thought be just
Last Line: There's always the window, your signature
Subject(s): Names; Rooms


YOUR ONE GOOD DRESS    Poem Text    
First Line: Should never be light. That kind of thing feels
Subject(s): Love - Erotic


YOUR ONE GOOD DRESS       
First Line: Should never be light. That kind of thing feels
Last Line: Taking it off never matters. That just wears you down
Subject(s): Erotic Love