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Author: SHECK, LAURIE
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Sheck, Laurie    Poet's Biography
133 poems available by this author


A QUIET SKIN    Poem Text    
First Line: Thinking has a quiet skin. But I feel the break and fled of things inside it.
Subject(s): Thought; Thinking


AIRWAVES       
First Line: These voices cut off from flesh, from eyes
Last Line: Stiffens and shudders through the hours. Fear has no voice


ALMOND FLOWERS       
First Line: How beautiful, what is not made by fear
Last Line: Do you remember how we buried our toys %in the snow? When I touch the almond flowers %they are cold


ALTHOUGH IT IS DAYLIGHT       
First Line: Although it is daytime inside the parking garage it is dark
Last Line: Before it fled away


AMD WATER LIES PLAINLY    Poem Text    
First Line: Then I came to an edge of very calm


ANNUNCIATION       
First Line: This is the honest grace of her body
Last Line: To bend before the given, its arms that open %unexplained, and take us in


AT NIAUX       
First Line: Fists and wounds of light, battlements and ranks of light: we
Last Line: Our faces, anything, %the blackout singing, taking it all in


BLACK FIGURES       
First Line: In paiore's drawing of the creation
Last Line: And must rise slowly again and falter again %until it wavers on unsteady legs %there at the quiet ed


BLACK NIGHT       
First Line: Black night severe as a frock-coat or doctrine
Last Line: Look, they have escaped. Their mutinous wreathes are teeming in the sun


BLACK SERIES, SELS       
First Line: I didn't want to only dream in black and white
Last Line: Yellow loosestrife bright outside the window, then the stars


BLACK SERIES, SELS.       
First Line: On the crest of the far hill, the lone tree
Last Line: It is this my eyes will close on


BLACK SERIES, SELS.       
First Line: Night ministers to the trees - no, it just comes on
Last Line: And then a steepness breeding lilies, milkweed, thorns


BLACK SERIES, SELS.       
First Line: Think hands, think mouth, think eyes. Those pieces floating
Last Line: When no one can hear. When touched. When scattered. When hidden. %when watched
Subject(s): Bodies


BOND       
First Line: With his large gnarled hand
Last Line: His father's hand a lightness on his shoulder %as they slip back into the human world?


BOOK OF PERSEPHONE: 1       
First Line: This darkness. And what rises up out of this darkness
Last Line: Like the pressure of a hand


BOOK OF PERSEPHONE: 10       
First Line: Light like nervous laughter: I remember that quickness
Last Line: Before the serious, far stars


BOOK OF PERSEPHONE: 11       
First Line: The furious blackout lifts and splinters
Last Line: Because they cannot transgress what they are


BOOK OF PERSEPHONE: 12       
First Line: Strange light. Its fluency drifting and glittering as fields and hillsides
Last Line: And this geography of voices, burnings, change


BOOK OF PERSEPHONE: 2       
First Line: What song do the hills sing as they whiten?
Last Line: Of the hills. I listen to the way they have grown cold %and cannot wander


BOOK OF PERSEPHONE: 3       
First Line: White grove, white traces of dawn
Last Line: The frost gives up its wayward steps inside you


BOOK OF PERSEPHONE: 4       
First Line: The river is quiet now, and dark, as if inside it
Last Line: An eye that couldn't close, and couldn't ever be removed


BOOK OF PERSEPHONE: 5       
First Line: There is no wind in these trees at all
Last Line: As if to find some world to cling to


BOOK OF PERSEPHONE: 6       
First Line: Grass fronds, leaves in wind. The light smooth
Last Line: Where is its hiding place? Where is the ghost of its waking on my skin?


BOOK OF PERSEPHONE: 7       
First Line: As if the binding had broken, the binding of the beautiful book
Last Line: Like a lost language that has no word for harm


BOOK OF PERSEPHONE: 8       
First Line: The willows shed their brittle seeds
Last Line: And then the long withdrawal, the retreat into the waiting hive


BOOK OF PERSEPHONE: 9       
First Line: I walk out into the buzzing field whose sky is like a book
Last Line: Of that burning, there is the rapture of its watching eyes


BRIDAL VEIL    Poem Text    
First Line: On the crest of the far hill, the one tree


BROKEN STATUE       
First Line: The broken face of the kore
Last Line: How beautiful she is, incapable of shame, %incapable of lying


CAVE       
First Line: There is a hollowness in remembrance
Last Line: When the soul was not divided, %when it did not punish itself, %not yet, for what it felt %and what


CELL, SAN MARCO       
First Line: She must not touch him
Last Line: And the clear unperjured space between their bodies %like something breathing, being born


CHILDHOOD       
First Line: The diamond-patterned store gates screech open as my father unlocks them
Last Line: Could listen and protect them, encircling them with kindness as they sleep


CHILDHOOD POND       
First Line: You lay among the cold stone statues
Last Line: What she must live with from now on is the long echo %of that silence, %that echo is her house, her


CURRICULUM VITAE       
First Line: It is 1973, in rome, late summer
Last Line: The bird's feathers are quite lovely %in the moonlight, whatever comes to pass


CYPRESSES       
First Line: So much is hidden by lies. Is that why the cypresses are beautiful
Last Line: As they shine green-black and pure where she can't touch them


DEER       
First Line: The deer is patience
Last Line: To not belong in the world, %as if it were this easy


DISTANCE       
First Line: It is the body's loneliness which is its ardor
Last Line: Because she did not touch them %all night she dreams of deer


DRIVING HOME    Poem Text    
First Line: Here in this decentered light, this sizzling, reeling hum
Last Line: Their blameless light so far from here, so wordless, unconstrained
Subject(s): Automobile Drivers


EURYDICE       
First Line: It was the journey back toward memory that hurt her
Last Line: Into the blackness, the slow freezing of her legs and arms) %she still felt the world waiting. She o


EURYDICE IN THE UNDERWORLD       
First Line: What's that sound now growing louder? What swiftness
Last Line: Into the river, letting go of the rootstalks, %letting go of the rock


EVENING WALK       
First Line: The sky's the color of an x-ray pinned to the viewing light
Last Line: Not having sensed it yet-the broken world


FEBRUARY MORNING       
First Line: Low fog. Snow-melt. Pines. Then the things of this world brightening
Last Line: To make a path where earthly love might enter


FILMING JOCASTAA       
First Line: You must not show her face. Only the hands
Last Line: And the hands cannot cover them


FRIEZE OF LITTLE HORSES, LASCAUX       
First Line: How calm they are
Last Line: But nothing has harmed them. %nothing has changed %their watchfulness to dread


FROM BLACK SERIES       
First Line: Even the mannequins change %as the headlights pass over them, swathing them in
Last Line: Over the envious %silver, prisoned glass


HAPPINESS       
First Line: On liu li chang street, in beijing
Last Line: He has his patience and his gifts. The mild sun shines. %he watches the doorway. He waits


HARBOUR BOATS       
First Line: The harbour boats are taciturn. The bells echo down from the hills
Last Line: Like secrets released, bit by bit, into a waiting ear


HEADLIGHTS       
First Line: Night, and I watched from the side
Last Line: Over the riven vanished earth


IN SPRING       
First Line: I carried the baby on my back over the steep flagstone streets
Last Line: But a part like the ripped corner of one beautiful illuminated page


IN THE BASILICA OF SAN FRANCESCO       
First Line: In the quiet chamber that holds us
Last Line: And thorny vines, pressing hard into the forest's %haunted promise, deep into the mangled beauty of


IN THE CITY OF GOLD DOMES       
First Line: Once the dream might have spoken
Last Line: And the streets where miners tread slowly in their heavy chains


INCIPIENCE       
First Line: Before I missed the banished verbs
Last Line: Within the room's hushed dimness %as if it had sought long to find us %and stroked our icy hair


INN       
First Line: The air darkens in gradations like a xeroxed page
Last Line: Floats in a small stillness. There will be no photos to take back


IO       
First Line: I am watched by the eyes in a peacock's tail


IO AT NIGHT       
First Line: How gray the earth is now, how still
Last Line: That dream whose body was much purer than my own, %like the cold cliffs %at the farthest reaches of


IO IN THE WIND ONGOING       
First Line: This texture of unknowing, texture of undulence, of fear
Last Line: Like the soul that knows it can do nothing %but set out like a child's dream into the dark


IO SEES TOWERS IN THE DISTANCE       
First Line: In the distance -- is it a city? How the manifest
Last Line: In the wind. Fear moves through the human body %teaching it the world


LEARNING TO READ       
First Line: I know there is something that mocks us, and it is cold and distant and
Last Line: Gravestones in snow. A mouth obsessively unnaming what is known


LEPER COLONY       
First Line: Dearest sisters, today a man in a brown suit arrived to visit us
Last Line: Safe and cool in the deceiving air


LIVING COLOR       
First Line: At first there's greenish flesh until the knob's
Last Line: There is no way to shut them off


LOVE POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: After the flesh is stripped and cut for meat
Subject(s): Whales


LOVERS       
First Line: He looked out his window, while beside him the woman slept
Last Line: How small they looked in their flayed nocturnal boat. %how far from the green beginnings of the eart


MADWOMAN IN THE ATTIC       
First Line: All things journey back into absence. Your hands, this night
Last Line: And my white dress is the night sky, its sleeves are blown %to nothing by the wind


MAETERLINCK'S BEES       
First Line: Coming and going from the hive, they are black lines of a lie detector
Last Line: They have nothing to hide


MAIN STREET       
First Line: Night-hushed, the rows of brittle windows
Last Line: And a tomcat's cry %cuts like a baby's scream through the alley. %their shadows never change


MANNEQUINS       
First Line: Rifle-thin, they stand in their angelic armor
Last Line: Tomb and the eyes it left there, open, as they froze


MARIONETTES       
First Line: From behind the painted cardboard village
Last Line: But can speak it only to themselves


MEDUSA    Poem Text    
First Line: I can almost taste the glassy air. Where are the birds in it,
Subject(s): Medusa


MORNING WALK       
First Line: The clouds thin, dismantling their muffled kingdom
Last Line: Wormy and moist and sworming with torn roots


MUMMY       
First Line: Mummy girl, unearthed now, your wrappings fraying, gray
Last Line: That is saying: here I am torn, here I am broken off in mid-sentence


NEW ENGLAND GRAVEYARD       
First Line: This is the city of staring, tireless eyes
Last Line: Have hunger for, why the earth %grows more beautiful %the more she cannot touch it


NIOBE, ALSO, OF THE BEAUTIFUL HAIR, THOUGHT OF EATING       
First Line: And for one moment
Last Line: Her grief-palled body hardened also %beyond longing or remembrance, %a white and rain-struck stone


NO SUMMER AS YET    Poem Text    
First Line: And no summer as yet, but it will come with its bright pieces of whatever
Subject(s): Disability; Speech; Body, Human; Oratory; Orators


NOCTURNE: BLUE WAVES       
First Line: There are times when the mind
Last Line: How beautiful the earth %might seem again from that distance. %how possible love


NOCTURNE: FLOATING WINDOWS       
First Line: Shunless black air and gray where the windows float
Last Line: And that, as if in time they could cohere into a wholeness %and beckon and follow and be seen


NOCTURNE: MANNEQUINS, FULL MOON       
First Line: Tonight the moon hangs pocked
Last Line: She will never be changeless; %with her skull-face of longing, %with her mouth that is open and brui


ONE DAY       
First Line: One day long after we are dead
Last Line: To hold it as we'd hold a frightened child %who had woken, without language, in the dark


PARKING LOT AT NIGHT       
First Line: Bluish light of the deserted parking lot at night
Last Line: From their living room, in winter, %the snow softly falling,as if he had never spoken, never lived


PERSEPHONE       
First Line: She sits in the underworld among ghosts with outstretched arms
Last Line: Who knelt on the muddy ground in the moonlight %smearing dirt on her naked face %and singing to the


PERSEPHONE TO DEMETER       
First Line: My pillow is cold, mother, and my little bed so neat
Last Line: As it glides between the earth above my cave %and the silent, cloud-masked sky
Subject(s): Demeter; Persephone


PICTURE FOR SALE ABOVE A CASH REGISTER       
First Line: Inside the fake gold frame
Last Line: Remembering when they were children, %when even the countertops floated %above them, mysterious and


POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: I am sorry not to have written you sooner.
Subject(s): Writing & Writers


POEM       
First Line: The mind is a thing deeply marked. I have bound myself to this damage
Last Line: Grows intricate where the stresses fall


POEM       
First Line: Such hidden mutinies inside the mind
Last Line: On my face a most splintery destroy


POEM       
First Line: And no summer as yet, but it will come with its bright pieces of whatever
Last Line: Sharply upon the air and always


POEM       
First Line: All the more rare and wilder
Last Line: It is hard to seize what is


POEM BEGINNING WITH A LINE FROM SAPPHO       
First Line: O aphrodite, despise not my doll's little purple neckerchief
Last Line: Helplessly enslaved as your own shadow %despise not the empty basket in her hands


POPPIES       
First Line: Red poppies, you do not open onto treachery or possession
Last Line: Before sleep, before the windows fully blacken


PROMETHEUS'S WRIST       
First Line: More and more she thought of it
Last Line: Against which he must mold himself, %lifting his eyes into the distances


RAIN       
First Line: I can hear the rain now, its vanishing
Last Line: Where over and over it shatters itself to be made whole


RED COW AT LASCAUX       
First Line: This is the claustral beauty of the body
Last Line: Curled at its side. But like an unhealed %wound, its red flesh goes on %burning, its red flesh %cann


RED DEER AT LASCAUX       
First Line: And then the guide's narrow light
Last Line: And the sinews and the flesh came upon them %and the skin covered them %and breath came into them an


RESURRECTION OF THE BODY       
First Line: How they want to be whole again. They believe in wholeness
Last Line: This flawed world is more beautiful than anything %and we have it for so brief a time


RETURN       
First Line: And then he entered the city: in the old stories
Last Line: I touch each faceless face, like frost
Subject(s): Cities


RIVER, CLIFF-FACE, STONE       
First Line: Their softness frightened them
Last Line: Its eyes gazing deep into their faces, %this child that could not heal them


RUSH HOUR       
First Line: These are the objects, the touchable -- table, regrigerator, chair
Last Line: Claimed her, %and one day she will name it, calling it her body and her soul


SEA       
First Line: I watched the water-the stilled bay. I thought I heard it speaking
Last Line: Can eradicate or alter, nor naming nor misnaming harm


SEAWEEDS       
First Line: Before we touched medusa's head we felt the soft wreckage
Last Line: We think: cloisters of envy threshold shooting star


SHE SEES THE DARK BIRDS       
First Line: Here in the darkened room is her face on the pillow
Last Line: She sees the dark-winged birds %rising without sound off the water %as if no human voice could touch


SLEEPING BEAUTY       
First Line: A dark narrow stairway
Subject(s): Fairy Tales


SO FAR AWAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Think hands, think mouth, think eyes. Those pieces floating
Last Line: When / watched
Subject(s): Body, Human


SO FAST AWAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Think hands, think mouth, think eyes. Those pieces floating


SOUL REVISITING THE BODY       
First Line: Why do you return?
Last Line: Now I am inanimate. %your longing a flame %that cannot woundme. %your wings embrace %an emptiness li


STAIRWAYS       
First Line: To say 'once' is to begin
Last Line: Not finite and not destroyed


STOCKROOM       
First Line: I watch the boy shoot up
Last Line: Of earthly terror, earthly place?


STONE COUNTENANCE       
First Line: Carved into the chapel's cold stone pavement
Last Line: Cutting it and cutting it, and then the small %hushed act ofhealing, and then the cutting, %the betr


STREETS       
First Line: The child sleeps in her crib
Last Line: Where it will float as if lifted away from her forever %and divided over and over


SURFACE OF EARTH       
First Line: She thought of them
Last Line: While the earth continued in its strangeness %like a promise entering their bodies as they slept


SYCAMORE       
First Line: Each day on my morning walk I see you
Last Line: In my sleep I see you burning


THE DEER    Poem Text    
First Line: The deer is patience
Subject(s): Deer


THE MANNEQUINS    Poem Text    
First Line: How can they know uncertainty, the mannequins
Last Line: That shijne like computer screens, incarnate and withheld
Subject(s): Mannequins


THE RETURN    Poem Text    
First Line: And then he entered the city: in the old stories
Subject(s): Cities; Urban Life


THE SOUL REVISITING THE BODY    Poem Text    
First Line: Why do youj return?
Subject(s): Soul; Body, Human; Future Life; Retribution; Eternity; After Life


THINKING OF THE WHITE LAMB AT SAN APOLLINARE EN CLASSE       
First Line: She stands where danger cannot find her, where danger doesn't have a face
Last Line: For a moment cannot find %the sleeping child


TO IO, AFTERWARDS       
First Line: I suppose you are weary now of remembering
Last Line: And for the first time you saw it. You who watched it %with longing from a distance unbridgeable as


TO SOFTNESS       
First Line: Under junk heaps and stripped and burning cars
Last Line: Breath at the door, something in need of protection, %something capable of feeling harm


TRACKS    Poem Text    
First Line: Someone's been getting at these subway cars at night
Subject(s): Night; Paintings And Painters; Subways; Bedtime


TRACKS       
First Line: Someone's been painting these subway cars at night
Last Line: They catch and glitter in her tangled hair
Subject(s): Night; Paintings And Painters; Subways


UNDRESSING    Poem Text    
First Line: He dreams she is a room
Subject(s): Transience; Clothing & Dress; Impermanence


UNFINISHED       
First Line: We were characters in a story
Last Line: As we held to the earth and didn't understand the earth


UNTITLED    Poem Text    
First Line: There are times when the mind
Subject(s): Mind, The


VIEW OF THE ASYLUM GARDEN       
First Line: These trees feed on the stars. There is such a strong willingness in their bodi
Last Line: Like sentences whispering, wandering, threading themseleves into the dark


VISIT       
First Line: From its bed of hay
Last Line: Imprisonment that claims us


VOLTAGE       
First Line: So it goes on, this waking to static
Last Line: As they channel their invisible voltage through the air


WALKING       
First Line: And now, inside the walkman, the tape turns
Last Line: How it wants to be not still-anything but that-not still


WATCHING TELEVISION       
First Line: All night the small gray figures walk and walk. Their bodies
Last Line: The red pulse of the columbine does not touch them. %nor the ticking of the clock. Nor the cry of a


WATER       
First Line: What was it that troubled
Last Line: Even as I fell asleep %I knew my other face still drifted there, %my other hands


WHITE LIGHT       
First Line: Seizure of light, white noise
Last Line: As you close austerely over us


WHITE NOISE    Poem Text    
First Line: The faces are lifted up into the jumpy light
Subject(s): Cities; Urban Life


WHITE NOISE       
First Line: The faces are lifted up into the jumpy light
Last Line: When I suffer, I cannot forget that I am, nor fail to know that I am nothing
Subject(s): Cities


WINTER 1881       
First Line: Mary, in her blindness, waits for me
Last Line: And I will lie and tell her mary, yes, %of course I'll be your eyes


WINTER TREES       
First Line: The plenty is a lie, isn't it
Last Line: They clung to such wavery skeletons, %looking in, looking in. %black paths, my sisters, %rivers of I


WOOD LILY, ETC.       
First Line: A hiddenness sang to me, lured me in. I heard it even in daylight
Last Line: From his sickbead to touch the curious redeeming braille


WOUNDED WHALE       
First Line: What has not been touched is the deep black
Last Line: This brutal, slow acceptance %by one more living creature %that only it %is permanent