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Author: SHEPHERD, REGINALD
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Shepherd, Reginald    Poet's Biography
306 poems available by this author


A BRIEF MANUAL FOR SWIMMERS    Poem Text    
First Line: History has written its ritual runes and we
Subject(s): History; Writing & Writers; Swimming & Swimmers; Historians; Swimmers


A MAN NAMED TROY    Poem Text    
First Line: Here are the homeless black men begging small coins
Subject(s): Troy


A MUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: He winds through the party like wind, one of the just
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians


A PLAGUE FOR KIT MARLOWE; IN MEMORY OF DEREK JARMAN       
First Line: I don't trust beauty anymore, when will I stop
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Dramatists; Gays & Lesbians; Marlowe, Christopher (1564-1593); Plays & Playwrights; Sickness; Illness


ABBREVIATED HISTORY OF SIGNS       
First Line: And not to be removed
Last Line: Down to sight, the origins %of space in ruined shine
Subject(s): Language; Signs And Signboards


ABOUT A BOY    Poem Text    
First Line: Everything derives from wreckage, returns
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Mythology - Classical


ABOUT A BOY       
First Line: Everything derives from wreckage, returns
Last Line: To time. Eros is bitter, and bitterly proud
Subject(s): Homosexuality; Mythology - Classical


ABOUT THE BODY, BEAUTY       
First Line: Tattooed on the flesh, as deep as skin
Last Line: One said, and one said 'I can't even find my skin.'


ACMEIST NIGHT       
First Line: Morning unfurls its open vowel. This is the sky
Last Line: In its mouth, the willows burning
Subject(s): Homosexuality; Mythology - Classical; Night; Sky; Stars


AFTER CATULLUS: VARMEN CI    Poem Text    
First Line: Tramping shattered landscapes and astray


ALMANAC       
First Line: It comes to you when he's driving you home, the boy who doesn't touch you
Last Line: Hands, hold on tight. It's raining now, run after it. I did


ALMOST       
First Line: There was a poem that my sleep wrote
Last Line: A smoke of lilies and I am gone


ALONG WITH WHATEVER HAS NOT YET BEEN NAMED    Poem Text    
First Line: Take if you will this improbable boy
Subject(s): Boys


ALSO LOVE YOU    Poem Text    
First Line: I think of you when I am dead, the way rocks
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Mythology – Classical; Sun


ALSO LOVE YOU       
First Line: I think of you when I am dead, the way rocks
Last Line: All a summer's afternoon, and that's not all
Subject(s): Homosexuality; Mythology - Classical


AMANT MARINE       
First Line: Remembered limbs as a because
Last Line: Sided, phoenix-stride, white %throat rusted away


AN ABBREVIATED HISTORY OF SIGNS    Poem Text    
First Line: And not to be removed
Subject(s): Language; Signs & Signboards; Words; Vocabulary


ANGEL OF INTERRUPTIONS       
First Line: Here is the ruin of representation at rush hour
Last Line: Inside lightning whatever's not to be touched


ANOTHER CONVERSATION WITH THE MOON       
First Line: And you adrift with your satellite heart's
Last Line: Your blood-red stone, plucked out %my eye and placed you there
Subject(s): Homosexuality; Mythology - Classical


ANOTHER LETTER OF THE ALPHABET    Poem Text    
First Line: Here is your name, a stone on the tongue, here is
Subject(s): Love - Loss Of


ANOTHER MOVABLE FEAST       
First Line: Tawny skin the teeth want to leave marks on, down
Last Line: He doesn't get to keep it
Subject(s): Homosexuality; Mythology - Classical


ANOTHER UNCLASSICAL ECLOGUE    Poem Text    
First Line: Where were you when I was for sail
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Mythology - Classical


ANOTHER UNCLASSICAL ECLOGUE       
First Line: Where were you when I was for sail
Last Line: Sing me past music this time. I never %asked for anything
Subject(s): Homosexuality; Mythology - Classical


ANOTHER VERSION OF AN OCEAN       
First Line: You dreamed of drowning there, but couldn't read
Last Line: Swimming into evening light laid on the sea to dry


ANOTHER WINTER'S EFFIGY       
First Line: Astray amid the wilderness of bodies'
Last Line: Into the waste of winter epitaphs


ANTIBODY    Poem Text    
First Line: I've heard that blood will always tell
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Mythology - Classical


ANTIBODY       
First Line: I've heard that blood will always tell
Last Line: Which loves me anyway, I'm sure
Subject(s): Homosexuality; Mythology - Classical


APOLLO ON WHAT THE BOY GAVE       
First Line: Eyes the color of winter water
Last Line: (a bell-shaped nodding flower, %usually solitary)


APOLLO STEPS IN DAPHNE'S FOOTPRINTS       
First Line: Everywhere one turns %a god, someone turning into one
Last Line: (a crown of wintergreen) %and I am the sun


APPARENTLY       
First Line: I've required the world to describe itself. In bed by one
Last Line: To guide his blind hand, his fingertips fill me with braille


ARIADNE'S DANCING FLOOR       
First Line: How similar they become, divine or mortal
Last Line: I am alone among the cool bright stars %whose flames abide, for you


ART AND ILLUSION       
First Line: You in the afternoon cafe
Last Line: The calcimined days are yours


AT THE END OF OUTSIDE    Poem Text    
First Line: Summer opens its caesura
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Mythology - Classical


AT THE END OF OUTSIDE       
First Line: Summer opens its caesura
Last Line: Toward december, the trees also
Subject(s): Homosexuality; Mythology - Classical


AT THE GRAVE OF HART CRANE    Poem Text    
First Line: Mobile light paints me an undertow, trailing
Subject(s): Crane, Hart (1899-1932); Gays & Lesbians


AT THE GRAVE OF HART CRANE       
First Line: Mobile light paints me an undertow, trailing
Last Line: In his unsheltered sea, made my way %to cold fresh water, then lost heart
Subject(s): Crane, Hart (1899-1932); Homosexuality


AT WEEP    Poem Text    
First Line: Can't move can't speak can't think to wonder
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Mythology - Classical; Night; Sky; Stars; Bedtime


AT WEEP       
First Line: Can't move can't speak can't think to wonder
Last Line: Too late for life in ancient rome


AVAIL       
First Line: The light through a monday window insists
Last Line: Take this world, it whispers, do you take %this world


BACCHUS       
First Line: I submit this scene for your approval, a bouquet of aporias
Last Line: For cigarettes. I'd love to kiss the ground


BEFORE       
First Line: Young men wait in their carnival bodies
Last Line: All the air, no notes, only rests
Subject(s): Homosexuality; Music And Musicians; Mythology - Classical


BELIEF IN ANTINOUS'       
First Line: Every ideal an ordeal, features forgotten
Last Line: When I am dead, will you kiss me, call me by name?


BLACK ICE ON GREEN DOLPHIN STREET       
First Line: Why worship whiteness always, what virtue
Last Line: Even historical weathers leave a trace


BLACK IS THE COLOR OF MY TRUE LOVE'S HAIR    Poem Text    
First Line: In the painting by guido reni of saint sebastian
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Sebastian, Saint (d. 288); Supermarkets


BLACK IS THE COLOR OF MY TRUE LOVE'S HAIR       
First Line: In the painting by guido reni of saint sebastian
Last Line: On where he stands. His face? Unverifiable
Subject(s): Homosexuality


BLACK MONEY       
First Line: A tarnished subway token and a few small coins
Last Line: For anything, till you said, give that up


BLAZON       
First Line: Owning only myself and air, the he
Last Line: A listening's wage, a weight


BLIND FAITH       
First Line: I spent the morning lolling yellowjackets
Last Line: Which eave they'd chosen for their nest


BLOOD OF ABRAHAM       
First Line: Who built grief's penetralium? Solomon
Last Line: The king hath brought me into his chamber


BLUE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: See my colors fall apart? Green
Subject(s): Colors; Landscape; Absence; Separation; Isolation


BLUE       
First Line: See my colors come apart? Green
Last Line: From childish fingers. Color me or leave me vacant


BOY CALLED RISK       
First Line: Winter wind that wears the ghost of light
Last Line: Out too far again, just for a glimpse


BRIEF MANUAL FOR SWIMMERS       
First Line: History has written its ritual runes and we
Last Line: Come soon, or not at all


BRIGHTENS       
First Line: All afternoon dust motes
Last Line: For you all of these things
Subject(s): Homosexuality; Mythology - Classical


BROTHERHOOD       
First Line: Deep in the nightmare of narrative, narrating
Last Line: The closed and listless faces pulling out


BURNT FROM THE NOTEBOOKS       
First Line: His boyhood loves him, clings %to his skin: pungent smell of lemons
Last Line: Of their resentments: rain %strips october bare


BY GREENWICH TIME       
First Line: You said, will you still talk to me
Last Line: Will break, and your watch reminds you of coffee


BY THE ENTRANCE TO CORDOVA HALL, I SAT DOWN AND WEPT    Poem Text    
First Line: Inside my overheated car, where no one
Subject(s): Songs; Memory; Grief; Driving; Sorrow; Sadness


CIGNUS    Poem Text    
First Line: Persons reminded me of birds, a boy
Subject(s): Birds


CITIES FOR CARTER       
First Line: My friend's city is filled with ghosts
Last Line: If I remember you. The pigeons are at war with air
Subject(s): Homosexuality; Mythology - Classical


CLAIR DE LUNE       
First Line: You play the scribbled-over paradise demanded of you
Last Line: For happiness: a carnival trick, a minor accomplishment


CLOSER       
First Line: Today I want to stay in just one room, forget
Last Line: Only, the trick that mirrors never learn


CREPUSCULAR       
First Line: To open those locked doors of language
Last Line: Underwater I almost understand
Subject(s): Homosexuality; Mythology - Classical


CROSSING COCYTUS       
First Line: Cross out the creased and crumpled days. Cross out
Last Line: Cross out the temples to the unmet needs. %choke on these dreams of mine


CRUSH       
First Line: On every corner there's a black man begging quarters
Last Line: What I missed most about the city


CYGNUS    Poem Text    
First Line: Persons reminded me of birds, a boy
Last Line: All that unripe, within reach
Subject(s): Constellations; Legends


CYGNUS       
First Line: Persons reminded me of birds, a boy
Last Line: You fly through me


DEAR BLACKBIRD       
First Line: Little light, unsong, this turnstile stopped
Last Line: Rumble of expectation: it's going on %everywhere, not at all
Subject(s): Blackbirds; Homosexuality; Mythology - Classical


DECEMBER       
First Line: White light seen through %the season's double window
Last Line: Of fixed clarity, wintrish eidolon %half patience, half in prayer


DEEP WATER       
First Line: I dreamed our drowning there, but couldn't spell
Last Line: Make myself glass, or tell the moon instead


DEEPEST OF THE GREAT LAKES, LARGEST TOO       
First Line: How is this explained? First there is nothing
Last Line: Clearly. Blue midnight, blue of noon
Subject(s): Homosexuality; Mythology - Classical


DEPTH OF FIELD       
First Line: Desire is not this road of light on water
Last Line: Desire, caught against the items of this world


DESIRE AND THE SLAVE TRADE       
First Line: Contempt, my old inquisitor, across
Last Line: Confessions. I could never be that man


DIFFICULT MUSIC       
First Line: T started to write a song about love, then I decided, no.
Last Line: The finely sifted light falls down.


DRAWING FROM LIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: Look: I am building absence
Subject(s): Loneliness


DRAWING FROM LIFE       
First Line: Look: I am building absence
Last Line: My submerged terrarium, and I am luck


ECLOGUE FOR THE FINAL SEASON       
First Line: This fear of common gods thaws like snow's
Last Line: Goodbye to the sting of steam and moke, %that blossoming of burning snow
Subject(s): Spring


EROS IN HIS STRIPED BLUE SHIRT    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: And green plaid shorts goes strolling
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians


EROS IN HIS STRIPED BLUE SHIRT       
First Line: And green plaid shorts goes strolling
Last Line: On either side, but miles from any dock
Subject(s): Homosexuality


EVEN THIS       
First Line: At that time I didn't understand
Last Line: Makes the shape of things. %and also in arcadia


EXPERIMENT V    Poem Text    
First Line: Somewhere a door to day is opening, and she
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


FAITHLESS       
First Line: Lily, marshwater, saint elmo's fire
Last Line: Always your smashed lamps, but never you


FALSE NOCTURNE       
First Line: Which wonder I believed in, wandering
Last Line: Marine, a sea at boil. Perhaps
Subject(s): Homosexuality; Mythology - Classical


FIRST FAREWELL TO ANTINOUS       
First Line: This blue to color it blue could only diminish, the sound
Last Line: In public, in the dark. This is the last poem about you


FIVE FEELINGS FOR ORPHEUS    Poem Text    
First Line: Orpheus sits on the strumming esplanade
Subject(s): Mythology – Classical; Orpheus


FIVE FEELINGS FOR ORPHEUS: 1       
First Line: Orpheus sits on the strumming esplanade
Last Line: Mineral, all emerald, tourmaline


FIVE FEELINGS FOR ORPHEUS: 2       
First Line: The song: I don't remember
Last Line: Delivers him unmothered, otherless


FIVE FEELINGS FOR ORPHEUS: 3       
First Line: There is a hell for every color
Last Line: Therefore I am: married to a map %of world, and he is not song


FIVE FEELINGS FOR ORPHEUS: 4       
First Line: Music has hollowed out a heart
Last Line: The door to the poem and steps aside


FIVE FEELINGS FOR ORPHEUS: 5       
First Line: Orpheus falls apart in hell, finds him
Last Line: As if to use up the distance between them


FOLLOW ME       
First Line: The day will come, some mountain, promised land
Last Line: The air's too thin to breathe, and nothing %has been proven


FOR MY MOTHER IN LIEU OF MOURNING    Poem Text    
First Line: It takes a thing so long to be true. I don't want
Last Line: All a summer’s afternoon, and that’s not all
Subject(s): Death – Mothers


FRAME       
First Line: Someone's smeared a dirty rag
Last Line: Wedded: a word to wood


FRIEND       
First Line: This recurring dream after the lethargies
Last Line: Who is it, I ask, but he won't tell me his name


FROM THE WORLD OF MATTER       
First Line: The given made here, the made, given
Last Line: The aperture of afternoon
Subject(s): Homosexuality; Mythology - Classical


GEOLOGY OF WATER    Poem Text    
First Line: Striated tides draw their lines
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Mythology - Classical


GEOLOGY OF WATER       
First Line: Striated tides draw their lines
Last Line: Ocean to ocean till there's no water left
Subject(s): Homosexuality; Mythology - Classical


GODS AT THREE A.M.       
First Line: The foolish gods are doing poppers while they sing along,
Last Line: Live for toning, and then the lights come on.


HE AND SLEEP WERE BROTHERS       
First Line: Night pays out her promenade in pallid goldenrod
Last Line: White shadow on a slowly darkening page


HERMES, THE TRICKSTER       
First Line: Wing born of bone, tear in my sky
Last Line: Ripped from my side, I hear your friends %call you little wing
Subject(s): Hermes (mythology); Homosexuality; Mythology - Classical


HESITATION THEORY    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: I drift into the sound of wind,
Subject(s): Nature; Se;f


HOMERIC INTERIM       
First Line: Distance is money just out of reach
Last Line: Run aground on shallow skin %the color of no event


HOW LONG HAS THIS BEEN GOING ON       
First Line: The guidebook says you're beautiful, but I
Last Line: I was light burned black on a late storm's waves


HOW PEOPLE DISAPPEAR    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: If this world were mine, the stereo
Subject(s): Death - Mothers; Dead, The


HOW PEOPLE DISAPPEAR       
First Line: If this world were mine, the stereo
Last Line: A crumpled poem in place of love


HYGIENE    Poem Text    
First Line: Some men wash their hands five times a day
Subject(s): Popular Culture - United States


HYGIENE       
First Line: Some men wash their hands five times a day
Last Line: In how to become someone else %who isn't moving anymore
Subject(s): Popular Culture - United States


I WAS AN HERDSMAN, AND A GATHERER OF SYCAMORE FRUIT       
First Line: Of a hand of a die in a quern
Last Line: The case: or if so, partly torn apart


ICARUS ON FIRE ISLAND    Poem Text    
First Line: Two loves I have, each one
Subject(s): Fire Island; Gays & Lesbians; Mythology - Classical


ICARUS ON FIRE ISLAND       
First Line: Two loves I have, each one
Last Line: Where light drains away
Subject(s): Fire Island; Homosexuality; Mythology - Classical


ICONOGRAPHY SAYS:       
First Line: In that year I was perfect
Last Line: Selfish, I keep all these for me


IN THE READING ROOM       
First Line: To float within the spirit like a mote
Last Line: And paring my life to nothing at all


INTERGLACIAL       
First Line: White of extinct god's etch and simmer
Last Line: Salt flats of lake bonneville %where water was slept away


INVENTION OF LONGITUDE       
First Line: Unsolved: frost clotting a broken
Last Line: Who has approached too close to motion
Subject(s): Inventions And Inventors; Maps; Travel


JOHNNY MINOTAUR       
First Line: This morning we can be kind to one another
Last Line: With your amazing voice, but don't wake up
Subject(s): Homosexuality


JOUISSANCE       
First Line: And then the sky separated into frayed parts, torn
Last Line: Of styroform crumbling between cold fingertips


KINDERTOTENLIEDER    Poem Text    
First Line: After midnight everything becomes musical
Last Line: To cold fresh water, then lost heart
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Sickness; Illness


KINDERTOTENLIEDER       
First Line: After midnight everything becomes musical
Last Line: Of your outstretched hand, its petals %white and black and falling fingers
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Sickness


KNEELING SELF-PORTRAIT    Poem Text    
First Line: Fluencies of light dally
Last Line: You fly through me
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Mythology - Classical


KNEELING SELF-PORTRAIT       
First Line: Fluencies of light dally
Last Line: Has no rights, no luck with bees
Subject(s): Homosexuality; Mythology - Classical


L'APRES-MIDI       
First Line: Would have perpetuated him. Should have
Last Line: Of slighted hands up to the wrists
Subject(s): Homosexuality; Mythology - Classical


L'ENLEVEMENT D'AMYMONE       
First Line: Where are you hiding? Come now, rain on the moss
Last Line: I call you, thief of sleep, but you won't come for me


LENS    Poem Text    
First Line: Where the blue meets blue, where sky
Last Line: On where he stands. His face? Unverifiable
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Mythology - Classical


LENS       
First Line: Where the blue meets blue, where sky
Last Line: Wander me, scattering glass
Subject(s): Homosexuality; Mythology - Classical


LES SEMBLABLES       
First Line: Stringent syntax of brick dust, cracked
Last Line: Qualifying, when isn't a god unlucky %for his lovers
Subject(s): Homosexuality


LIGHT SIEVES WHAT ESCAPES FROM ME       
First Line: The less I know of hands' resourcefulness
Last Line: He haunts the blinded atmosphere all year


LIMINAL       
First Line: The long year marches from march to march, and then
Last Line: The clock to some new season. The sky is clear


LITTLE HANDS       
First Line: Here actors estrange themselves
Last Line: Meet me under the whale
Subject(s): Homosexuality


LITTLE KNOWLEDGE       
First Line: Take me into night, but I'm already there: something dark
Last Line: As it strikes your hair, nothing to do with you


LITTLE MERMAID'S FORTUNE TELLER       
First Line: Refracted through your tide-washed hours, this prince
Last Line: In my feet and my mute tongue. Call me that foam
Subject(s): Homosexuality; Mythology - Classical


LITTLER SONNET       
First Line: Knot of the not forever becoming
Last Line: Corridor. Whither your wherewithal with words?
Subject(s): Homosexuality; Mythology - Classical


LOCALE       
First Line: Observe the snow: it changes
Last Line: To what it chooses to surrender to: %sleeping, pretending snow
Subject(s): Homosexuality; Mythology - Classical


LOVED       
First Line: Kept awake by your lucid skin, moon poured
Last Line: And hardly believing I could be


LUCKY ONE       
First Line: The middle-aged white man in a beat-up blue pinto
Last Line: The time of day, speaking french to myself, singing


MAN NAMED TROY       
First Line: Here are the homeless black men begging small coins
Last Line: Of this place soon to be called the new world
Subject(s): Troy


MAN OF REASON       
First Line: The weather fails once and for all. I care
Last Line: Comes striding up the sidewalk. Holding %a pearl, bearing a perfect shimmer, reason


MANIFEST    Poem Text    
First Line: Sir star, herr lenz, white season body
Subject(s): Nature; Body, Human


MARCH SNOW AS MEMORY    Poem Text    
First Line: We left our footprints on a night like this
Subject(s): Snow; Absence; Separation; Isolation


MARITIME; FOR JOCELYN EMERSON       
First Line: There's always been this dream that reason has, shearing off
Last Line: Anchor, answerer, or worse. Also, you figure


MICHAEL WHO WALKS BY NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: For his sake drifting away from the true
Last Line: She survived to die for good
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Mythology - Classical


MICHAEL WHO WALKS BY NIGHT       
First Line: For his sake drifting away from the true
Last Line: Mandolin. He knows I'd love
Subject(s): Homosexuality; Mythology - Classical


MILKY WAY       
First Line: Some stars, brightest early, falter
Last Line: You in a tissue-paper boat. Here I come
Subject(s): Astrology And Astrologers; Stars


MINE       
First Line: Never to touch, only to see. Having nothing
Last Line: Missing, who has no secrets anymore, and hopes %for less dev


MISCEGENATION       
First Line: Some dreams are better left
Last Line: Were yours, the fogged-up mirror %a mere alibi
Subject(s): Homosexuality; Mythology - Classical


MODERNISM       
First Line: And 'I' is a conjecture, %simile that's become science
Last Line: The same papyrus gives 'ear dripping blood'


MOON WITH ITS CARGO OF BULLION       
First Line: The moon outlasts endymion, outlasts
Last Line: All the unlit walk home


MOONLIGHT ON ENDYMION'S SLEEP       
First Line: My one wish was to see him
Last Line: One broken-off unending night
Subject(s): Homosexuality; Mythology - Classical


MOTIVE    Poem Text    
First Line: I'm a penny fallen from heaven's
Last Line: Flower face in no one's voice
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Mythology - Classical


MOTIVE       
First Line: I'm a penny fallen from heaven's
Last Line: In the always almost here, the whitedark justice of us.
Subject(s): Homosexuality; Mythology - Classical


MUSE       
First Line: He winds through the party like wind, one of the just
Last Line: And drowning is somewhere to be after a month of drought
Subject(s): Homosexuality


MY BROTHER THE RAIN       
First Line: Some sleep away the years until the headlands
Last Line: Wake to regret the morning, drifts like waves


MY FOOLISH FRIEND       
First Line: These are the things laid out on the table
Last Line: With naked leaves, and when you call his name %I turn


MY MOTHER DATED OTIS REDDING       
First Line: My mother is laughing in the hallway with her friends
Last Line: With a paper cup of tanqueray, or lying %in the hallway in a pool of her own shit


MY MOTHER WAS NO WHITE DOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: No dove at all, coo-rooing through the dusk
Subject(s): Mothers


NARCISSUS AND THE NAMESAKE RIVER       
First Line: It was a lie they told about narcissus, a libel
Last Line: It only wants to be picked, cut and placed in cool still wat


NARCISSUS AS GNOSTIC       
First Line: I knelt for generations by an algae-clotted lake
Last Line: Light, and all the bodies left behind


NARCISSUS AT THE ADONIS THEATER       
First Line: Since you don't understand, let me explain
Last Line: Give your white skin to me


NARCISSUS EXPLAINS       
First Line: What I loved was the way noon drowned itself there
Last Line: Most, blue cups filled with overflowing light


NARCISSUS IN PLATO'S CAVE       
First Line: The eye of the lake is on fire. Pluck it out
Last Line: And drenched red petals, a cloud in bloom


NARCISSUS LEARNING THE WORDS TO THIS SONG       
First Line: I enter this moment in retrospect, already
Last Line: My allegory. Send me forget-me-nots


NARCISSUS LOVED RIVERS BEST       
First Line: Those foaming horses never change, their manes
Last Line: And morning fog the same as anyone


NARCISSUS ON ECHO BEACH       
First Line: I find myself alone again
Last Line: For reply: a sheet of cloud's been hung out on a line


NARCISSUS POETICA       
First Line: Wishing well, inordinate display
Last Line: Idea of you, sepal, petal, stamen, pistil
Subject(s): Homosexuality; Mythology - Classical


NARCISSUS TO ECHO       
First Line: That summer was remarkable
Last Line: I heard every word you said


NARCISSUS WAS A SAD BOY, BUT A HEAVENLY       
First Line: Oxalis, goldenrod, jonquil and flag
Last Line: And drowning in a lake of light


NATURALISM       
First Line: The error was the inspiration
Last Line: First come flowers, first come leaves %not the same tree at all


NEW WORLD       
First Line: This is the paradise of emptiness, I said
Last Line: There is no new world


NIGHTS AND DAYS OF NINETEEN-SOMETHING       
First Line: Midsummer with other men's lovers, fumbles
Last Line: Come again for me. Take me to the boy
Subject(s): Homosexuality; Mythology - Classical; Relationships; Sex; Summer


NORTH PEARL       
First Line: What is called thinking (not my words), what is called
Last Line: The soul left to your keeping stripped of wings


NOTES FROM ARIADNE AT SEA       
First Line: For love I would walk into high tide
Last Line: I dream of you, the water hidden under rock


NOTHING       
First Line: Dreams the shape of music heard asleep
Last Line: Like clouds without the rain, wax paper rolled over waxed sky
Subject(s): Dreams


NOVEMBER       
First Line: Williwaw, brawl in air, %shunt or sinew of wind shear
Last Line: Snow stammers against sidewalks


NUAGES       
First Line: And would it be wrong to define this day
Last Line: Before it darkens into sleep. The metaphors are planets, similes %like stars


OCCURRENCES ACROSS THE CHROMATIC SCALE    Poem Text    
First Line: The way air is at the same time
Subject(s): Nature


OCTOBER       
First Line: Doorway, flutter, moth %or leaf in flight, in fall
Last Line: Crumpled, crushed, %falter, fall, a tread


ODYSSEUS BECALMED       
First Line: To turn toward morning when morning comes
Last Line: Night's tarp sown with imaginary stars


ONE OF THEIR GODS    Poem Text    
First Line: Was he lightning poured from a smashed flute,
Subject(s): Love


ORDER OF THE DAY       
First Line: How wise we thought our bodies were
Last Line: Those were ghosts, famished, clamoring for more


ORION       
First Line: Well, he was a hero, wasn't he? And now
Last Line: Maybe. They sing well there, I hear
Subject(s): Orion (mythology)


ORPHEUS AND EROS BY GEORGE PLATT LYNES       
First Line: The god is shrouded because his marble blinds. Fortune's
Last Line: On paper, where nothing can be touched just once


ORPHEUS PLAYS THE BRONX    Poem Text    
First Line: When I was ten (no longer
Subject(s): Mothers; Substance Abuse; Childhood Memories


ORPHEUS PLAYS THE BRONX       
First Line: When I was ten (no, younger %than that), my mother tried
Last Line: She survived to die for good


OTHER AUGUST       
First Line: It wasn't kindness, no. More a contempt
Last Line: Will you breathe in me now


PAGES FROM MY WINTER, 1982       
First Line: It's not the salt that surprised me, but the bitter
Last Line: Of nothing in my mouth


PARADISE       
First Line: I don't know the names of flowers, or the various
Last Line: The blackened ruins of my song


PARK APOCRYPHA    Poem Text    
First Line: Listened but couldn't hear
Last Line: As if to use up the distance between them
Subject(s): Rain


PEAR TREE, BARTLETT, QUOTATIONS    Poem Text    
First Line: Unswim the sky, clouds row across
Subject(s): Mothers; Despair


PERFECT       
First Line: There's too much light this morning, proof
Last Line: Softly in the corner: a glimpse is worse


PERICLES, PRINCE OF TYRE: A COMMENTARY       
First Line: What makes a man? Ruby, carbuncle, beryl
Last Line: The woman he weeps to lose and find alike


PERSEPHONE'S CELESTIAL SPHERE    Poem Text    
First Line: Moonlight pools in her hollow bones
Last Line: Too late for life in ancient rome
Subject(s): Persephone; Mythology - Classical


PHENOMENOLOGY    Poem Text    
First Line: These weeks wide as a wave and white
Subject(s): Sea; Sirens (mythology); Drowning; Ocean


PHENOMENOLOGY       
First Line: These weeks wide as a wave and white
Last Line: Are open; the waters close over my head


PHOTO OF THE BERBERINI FAUN       
First Line: Lucidity, you hold light
Last Line: But I've forgotten what
Subject(s): Homosexuality; Mythology - Classical


PHOTOGRAM: SUBMERED ROCKS       
First Line: The sea is a collector of bodies
Last Line: Scrotum to perineum, he bares %white buttocks to the page


PHOTOKINESIS       
First Line: Like this: I've been asleep too long, been sorry
Last Line: Again. A touch, another kiss, I will wake up, my love


PHOTOTROPE       
First Line: Nights ago, when I was younger, I went down
Last Line: With my fist and calling your name over and over


PICTURE THEORY       
First Line: Must pools in cluttered rain %gutters, mutters in rust
Last Line: Being seen, finished with seeing too


PINDARIC ODE TO YET ANOTHER WHITE MAN AS APOLLO       
First Line: There's no freedom in particulars. I've never owned
Last Line: Into a moment's paradise, free from particulars


PLACET FUTILE    Poem Text    
First Line: Rise up, my love. This is the unasked-for morning
Last Line: Or perhaps it's just a plastic grocery bag
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Mythology - Classical


PLACET FUTILE       
First Line: Rise up, my love. This is the unasked-for morning
Last Line: When you wake among mirrors you'll ask more than harm
Subject(s): Homosexuality; Mythology - Classical


PLAGUE FOR KIT MARLOWE; IN MEMORY OF DEREK JARMAN       
First Line: I don't trust beauty anymore, when will I stop
Last Line: I'd call a song. This happens every time I try to say good-bye
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Dramatists; Homosexuality; Marlowe, Christopher (1564-1593); Plays And Playwrights; Sickness


POPULAR BEAUTY       
First Line: Paris is burning in his bed for helen
Last Line: Next door. If you see them, kiss them for me


POPULAR MUSIC OF THE FORTIES       
First Line: I heard cold air kiss someone's
Last Line: Any excuse for a song
Subject(s): Homosexuality; Mythology - Classical


POWERS       
First Line: This was the kind of day you had hoped you'd wake to
Last Line: You still have the power to call your own


PRIMER OF SMALL STARS       
First Line: Go to the depths of willing blind
Last Line: Where no man was his own


PRINCES       
First Line: That was the flaw, forgetful attachments
Last Line: Our treasure is the breath's flame held in trust
Subject(s): Homosexuality; Mythology - Classical


PROPRIOCEPTION       
First Line: Surveying the moral landscape
Last Line: Misplaced, then lost his place
Subject(s): Homosexuality; Mythology - Classical


PROVISIONAL       
First Line: The prospect seen as false: the listening
Last Line: Days given away willingly, the bruised %and fallen apples only fruit.


PSYCHE'S LANTERN       
First Line: A task, a task, and then another task
Last Line: What she thought of what she saw


REASONS FOR LIVING       
First Line: I was walking with the backward
Last Line: Epidermis, leaf blade and sheath
Subject(s): Life; Nature


RECKLESS       
First Line: Watch the train round the hill's steep curve
Last Line: The reticent moon retiring


REDEMPTION       
First Line: In his eye the gate closed, barred
Last Line: Here is the angel with coals in his palms


RESPITE    Poem Text    
First Line: A quick wind weeding the sky
Subject(s): Nature; Relationships


RESPITE       
First Line: A quick wind weeding the sky
Last Line: You would still be waiting


RHIZOME       
First Line: Here is what I have for you: a handful
Last Line: Folded over yours. It wants nothing from you


ROMAN YEAR    Poem Text    
First Line: The corrugated iron gates are
Subject(s): Roman Empire


ROMAN YEAR: APRILIS       
First Line: Light scrolls across an unmade bed
Last Line: You thought of bees as summer


ROMAN YEAR: JUNIIUS       
First Line: Beside the shale pigeons a dove
Last Line: And wick, silver water shattering %like backed glass


ROMAN YEAR: MAIUS       
First Line: Heliotrope gaze has fixed me
Last Line: Survives light's inquisitions


ROMAN YEAR: MARTIUS       
First Line: The corrugated iron gates %are rolling down storefronts
Last Line: For me. Months sometimes it takes


ROMAN YEAR: QUINTILIS       
First Line: When I was in egypt, light fell
Last Line: Triangular, aslant, touched the colossus %to song


S'IL MEURT       
First Line: If it die intestate, airless
Last Line: If not the first person then the last
Subject(s): Homosexuality; Mythology - Classical


SALT POINT    Poem Text    
First Line: While grieving I went down, I was only
Last Line: The brother in the broken-bottle eden
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Mythology - Classical


SALT POINT       
First Line: While grieving I went down, I was only
Last Line: Afternoon deep or cold enough
Subject(s): Homosexuality; Mythology - Classical


SAM COOKE WOULD BE SIXTY-ONE THIS YEAR       
First Line: It's always too late for the october revolutions
Last Line: I saw it twice, but couldn't tell you when


SAPPHO'S FRAGMENT THIRTY-ONE REVISED       
First Line: What does the white page learn? And the words
Last Line: Him, walk into this unlit page he'll never read


SEBASTIAN'S SUMMER POEM       
First Line: It seems it's always winter
Last Line: I wouldn't ask you what you meant


SELF-PORTRAIT AS FIRST SNOW       
First Line: Every perspective fails, blotted in blank mist
Last Line: Perfect sphere beside the half-inflated moon


SELF-PORTRAIT AS SHARDS OF MIRROR       
First Line: You're the handful of reasons I know
Last Line: Half a city, where your hands mean more %than promises, a simple household task


SELF-PORTRAIT SURVIVING SPRING       
First Line: He went down to the dock to watch the boats
Last Line: Particularly concerned where they might land


SEMANTICS AT FOUR P.M.       
First Line: He smiles, says what's happening?
Last Line: Dinner, someone says sure looks like rain
Subject(s): Homosexuality


SEPTEMBER       
First Line: Sudden storm, then sudden sun. Give me
Last Line: Will wash it out. I wear it for weeks


SEVEN LITTLE SONGS ABOUT THE MOON: 1       
First Line: The new moon makes an art of disappearance
Last Line: Nothing I'd choose for my medium, nothing %chooses the moon
Subject(s): Homosexuality; Mythology - Classical


SEVEN LITTLE SONGS ABOUT THE MOON: 2       
First Line: Black spider scuttling across the blackout
Last Line: Till day breaks over you
Subject(s): Homosexuality; Mythology - Classical


SEVEN LITTLE SONGS ABOUT THE MOON: 3       
First Line: The bone-white light, the desiccated moon, dead
Last Line: Night dies all light long, long night
Subject(s): Homosexuality; Mythology - Classical


SEVEN LITTLE SONGS ABOUT THE MOON: 4       
First Line: Night changes nothing, nothing is never
Last Line: Color and depth all cut-out chiaroscuro
Subject(s): Homosexuality; Mythology - Classical


SEVEN LITTLE SONGS ABOUT THE MOON: 5       
First Line: A moon unfolds across its painted
Last Line: But your night, no moon but yours
Subject(s): Homosexuality; Mythology - Classical


SEVEN LITTLE SONGS ABOUT THE MOON: 6       
First Line: The moon as much a myth as anything
Last Line: Crises, and tranquility, nectar and fertility
Subject(s): Homosexuality; Mythology - Classical


SEVEN LITTLE SONGS ABOUT THE MOON: 7       
First Line: There is no moon unless you say there is
Subject(s): Homosexuality; Mythology - Classical


SEXTILIS       
First Line: Wanting to understand, not wanting
Last Line: And turning back to look at traffic


SHALLOWS       
First Line: Aral-denghiz, 'sea of islands' %strewn across saltwater surfaces
Last Line: Come up for air, half your %volume shrugged shut


SHIPBUILDING       
First Line: There was a boy, you began, who didn't look
Last Line: I'll take myself back, the boat for burning only


SHIPWRECK AND DRIFT       
First Line: White utopia, windless nowhere, sail; you
Last Line: Part for white ophelia too
Subject(s): Homosexuality; Mythology - Classical


SHORTER HISTORY OF DECEMBER: I: NOSTALGIA       
First Line: How small the world becomes when seen through glass
Last Line: The panes of glass, become as cold, as deep


SHORTER HISTORY OF DECEMBER: II: ONE OR TWO ABSENCES       
First Line: I'm taken by the sorrow proper to
Last Line: As teach the waking how to do without


SKIN TRADE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: And then I said, that's what it means
Subject(s): Rivers; Longing; African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


SKIN TRADE       
First Line: And then I said, that's what it means
Last Line: Black man. I'm still awake


SLAVES       
First Line: These are the years of the empty hands. And what
Last Line: Can see it now, and every third or fourth wave is clear


SNOWDROPS AND SUMMER SNOWFLAKES, DROOPING       
First Line: The river is silted with sentiments, ophelia
Last Line: Walk out of sullen water open-eyed


SOLSTICE AS DEMON LOVER    Poem Text    
First Line: You disappear again, december sun
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Love; Mythology - Classical; Sun


SOLSTICE AS DEMON LOVER       
First Line: You disappear again, december sun
Last Line: By renown. I need some music now
Subject(s): Homosexuality; Love; Mythology - Classical; Sun


SOME MAPS    Poem Text    
First Line: Which it watches, where it waits
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Mythology - Classical


SOME MAPS       
First Line: Which it watches, where it waits
Last Line: The weather of its being when
Subject(s): Homosexuality; Mythology - Classical


SOMEWHERE OFF THE COAST OF CYPRESS    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Shipwrecks


SONG TO THE SIREN       
First Line: The hulks lie on their sides amid the breakers
Last Line: I count myself a suitor


SOUL MUSIC       
First Line: It is never the thing but the version
Last Line: Walks into a crowded room again %to wait his turn


SPERM KIT       
First Line: Stars hold haptic night %in place, half-moon has me
Last Line: Lips, how far away %from words we were


SUNDAY       
First Line: I made myself a myth to keep the century
Last Line: To a cricket in a wicker cage


SURFACE EFFECTS IN SUMMER WIND    Poem Text    
First Line: I'm learning to remember the sound
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Mythology - Classical


SURFACE EFFECTS IN SUMMER WIND       
First Line: I'm learning to remember the sound
Last Line: In an idle man's hands, and summer ends
Subject(s): Homosexuality; Mythology - Classical


SUTURE    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Blackbirds; Gays & Lesbians; Mythology - Classical


SYNTAX    Poem Text    
First Line: Occasionally a god speaks to you,
Subject(s): Driving


SYNTAX       
First Line: Occasionally a god speaks to you %rutted tollway a flint knife breaching
Last Line: By now, dimming, diminishing. The road %says to perspective, wait


TANTALUS IN MAY       
First Line: When I look down, I see the season's blinding flowers
Last Line: Stolid air. I hate every lovely thing about them


TELEMACHUS ON THE WATERFRONT    Poem Text    
First Line: I listened to the utterance of an owl, I took
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Mythology - Classical


TELEMACHUS ON THE WATERFRONT       
First Line: I listened to the utterance of an owl, I took
Last Line: Or white flag. I didn't want him to come home
Subject(s): Homosexuality; Mythology - Classical


TENDENCY OF DROPPED OBJECTS TO FALL       
First Line: The air is thick with gods, croweded streets
Last Line: Still thinking and


THAT MAN       
First Line: In the green fleece shorts is taking off
Last Line: The poem doesn't think of him
Subject(s): Homosexuality; Mythology - Classical


THE BEAUTIFUL    Poem Text    
First Line: Incertitudes are buying shirts
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Mythology - Classical; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


THE FRIEND    Poem Text    
First Line: This recurring dream after the lethargies
Subject(s): Doppelgangers


THE LITTLE MERMAID'S FORTUNE TELLER    Poem Text    
First Line: Refracted through your tide-washed hours, this prince
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical


THINGS WAITING TO BE DANGEROUS    Poem Text    
First Line: Something gets tired fo beingn said
Subject(s): Love – Loss Of


THINGS WAITING TO BE DANGEROUS       
First Line: Something gets tired of being said
Last Line: Smell lingers all week, I'd love to %go down again


THIS HISTORY OF HIS BODY       
First Line: The soul absents itself into a stranger's
Last Line: So long, the youth of trees concealed
Subject(s): Homosexuality; Mythology - Classical


THREE A.M. ETERNAL       
First Line: You go to my head, the song says; I wouldn't take
Last Line: A door, someone, or just to breathe


TO THE SOUTHERN CROSS AS IT DISAPPEARS       
First Line: Lantern, antipode strung from a foreign
Last Line: Whose first star is the last star that I see
Subject(s): Death; Homosexuality; Mythology - Classical; Night; Southern Cross; Stars


TORNADO WATCH       
First Line: Who was it I was saving my white kisses for
Last Line: On the pane, nothing like real weather
Subject(s): Tornadoes


TRANSITIONAL OBJECTS: 1       
First Line: Five senses lead to sense, %black fruit tethered to fact
Last Line: Some day I could be danger


TRANSITIONAL OBJECTS: 2       
First Line: A man should have something %of tree, of horse, of ship billowing
Last Line: I made that afternoon museum mine


TRICK OF THE LIGHT       
First Line: I'm left with stumbling pavements and the contempt
Last Line: Where lungfish wait out the ice, warming %as the feeling drains away


TWO BOYS GLIMPSED IN LATE NIGHT       
First Line: I'm finally tired of innocence, the old world
Last Line: And wish for him, I write these lines %for him. (and the broken glass, another skin?)


TWO OR THREE THINGS I KNOW ABOUT HIM       
First Line: He is in the car, he is asleep, he doesn't want
Last Line: I've murdered him. I know he's not asleep


TWO VERSIONS OF MIDSUMMER       
First Line: The grass is a description but a description
Last Line: Privacy. The day's all description and what is he now?


UNDER GEMINI: 1: AND ONE DOESN'T STIR WITHOUT THE OTHER       
First Line: That is no star to wish upon its light
Last Line: Which was untouchable, and which was touch
Subject(s): Night; Stars


UNDER GEMINI: 2: A BOY'S ATLAS OF THE HEAVENS       
First Line: I call these constellations by their fames
Last Line: Or to be fooling anyone but you
Subject(s): Constellations; Maps; Names; Stars


UNDER THE MILKY WAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Some stars, brightest early, falter


UNTIL SHE RETURNS       
First Line: This is how I say it ends, bronx county, 1978
Last Line: Here I go, singing low


VAMPIRES       
First Line: Nevertheless, I've been asked to write about vampires
Last Line: And for snow: a song, like every song, for the dead
Subject(s): Homosexuality; Mythology - Classical


WEST WILLOW       
First Line: Morning traffic murmurs like an ocean
Last Line: Half cracked open), my hands are strained with it


WHAT CANNOT BE KEPT       
First Line: He was dreaming of the factories across the water's fog
Last Line: The waste of fruitfulness sanded down %to almost-morning mis


WHAT IS SEIZED       
First Line: Reader, this happened a long time ago
Last Line: Out of clouds. Now I know how to touch them only once


WHATEVER WANTS TO BE SEEN MUST BE TOUCHED       
First Line: Let me compose the scene, shelter
Last Line: To walk into the no, I-will-not-bless-thee, %with my slight


WHERE IT PASSES, UNTOUCHABLE       
First Line: Shadow of my unfinished days, left undone
Last Line: Was fog peeled from an august ocean
Subject(s): Homosexuality; Mythology - Classical


WHERE WHEN WAS       
First Line: Abolished, and its weeks spent walking aimlessly
Last Line: Behind sheet glass, a remainder of the love %abolished, white as spring rain, what was


WHERE WINTER BODIES WEATHER       
First Line: The skaters get nowhere eventually
Last Line: Sun underwater, glow from below


WHITE DAYS       
First Line: I do my best to smile at spring, small flowers
Last Line: Into their harsh green maturity


WHO OWNS THE NIGHT AND LEASES STARS       
First Line: I wanted to be touched, so I went walking
Last Line: I went out walking, waiting to be touched
Subject(s): Homosexuality; Mythology - Classical


WIDE SARGASSO SEA       
First Line: The bodies of the black men smolder
Last Line: And now as have survived my memory? %or let them lie where they have fallen?


WITH THE WIND BLOWING THROUGH IT    Poem Text    
First Line: Special instructions / to the spinner of webs, the knotter


WORLD    Poem Text    
First Line: The man in my dream said, let me live, but that
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Mythology - Classical


WORLD       
First Line: The man in my dream said, let me live, but that
Last Line: Man? I was then. I won't forgive you, world %I won't survive
Subject(s): Homosexuality; Mythology - Classical


WROTE FOR LUCK       
First Line: When I stepped onto the platform
Last Line: Leads me astray, my best friend said that %in the city there'd be work


YOU ALSO, NIGHTINGALE    Poem Text    
First Line: Petrarch dreams of pebbles
Subject(s): Petrarch (1304-1374); Homecoming; Nature; Francesco Petrarca


YOU ALSO, NIGHTINGALE       
First Line: Petrarch dreams of pebbles %on the tongue, he loves me
Last Line: (attempt), he wants to own his music


YOU, THEREFORE       
First Line: You are like me, you will die too, but not today
Last Line: And free of any eden we can name


YOU. THEREFORE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: You are like me, you will die too, but not today:
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Mortality; Love; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men