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Author: SHINDER, JASON
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Shinder, Jason    Poet's Biography
74 poems available by this author


ABOUT A MAN       
First Line: To touch a woman was nothing %and less than nothing
Last Line: From nothing nothing could be taken


ALONE FOR THE FIFTH DAY    Poem Text    
First Line: When I look at the ocean for a long time, the blue
Subject(s): Sea; Loneliness; Ocean


AMONG MEN       
First Line: Even at the moment %of kissing a girl %because
Last Line: Why don't you %just get laid? %my father said


ANOTHER MAN       
First Line: I am afraid to look %at the beauty %in a man's face
Last Line: To bow my head %and kiss my sad, %skinny belly


ARROW BREAKNG APART    Poem Text    
First Line: While lovers sleep, I dig my nails into the earth
Subject(s): Mothers; Death; Grief; Dead, The; Sorrow; Sadness


ARS CINEMATICA       
First Line: The present is an awful mist
Last Line: The people out there who've loved us


AT SUNSET    Poem Text    
First Line: Your death must be loved this much.
Subject(s): Death; Grief; Dead, The; Sorrow; Sadness


BECAUSE ONE IS ALWAYS LEAVING       
First Line: Especially %in the afternoon, %when my nieces
Last Line: Not an insect %stirring %in the still grasses and ferns


BEGINNING OF LOVE       
First Line: I go to my love %the way I go to the ocean. %I lie down
Last Line: On the floor %in the shape %of an hourglass


BORDEAUX       
First Line: I was on my knees, pulling grapes, filling my basket
Subject(s): Alcoholics And Alcoholism; Bordeaux, France


CRIME    Poem Text    
First Line: Look another way
Subject(s): Desire; Truth


CROWD STANDS FOR ONE PERSON       
First Line: Here's a corny card I found in an old shop
Last Line: When the loves of the past walk from the fire


DOPPELGANGER       
First Line: At the end %of the highest balcony
Last Line: To jump, but we don't
Subject(s): Doppelgangers


END       
First Line: Always I am afraid
Last Line: Become two men talking spanish?


END OF LOVE       
First Line: When I go to sleep, %I'm afraid %to take off
Last Line: Asleep. It is trying %to tell me something


ESPECIALLY IN THE EVENING       
First Line: Night falls %and on its way %it takes its time
Last Line: That we can't see %as long %as we're in it?


ESPECIALLY IN THE LATE AFTERNOON       
First Line: The warm air makes us %different %from the way
Last Line: In the arms of someone %who wasn't lost %from the start?


ETERNITY    Poem Text    
First Line: A poem written three thousand years ago
Subject(s): Poetry & Poems; Imagination; Time; Fancy


EXCEPT WHEN YOU ENTER       
First Line: I notice my old love %walking with someone %and I gesture
Last Line: Where she remembers %nothing %but how I saved her


FATHER AND SON       
First Line: I was joking %(there was always %that)
Last Line: The water. %fuck you, I said, %and stood still


FEAR       
First Line: I waited for love %the way my dog waited %for someone
Last Line: And the house I grew up in %was burning


FOR LATER       
First Line: As it turns out, %I don't know %if I'll remember
Last Line: Not to keep %but to hold %long enough to change


FORTY YEARS GONE ONE NIGHT       
First Line: It wasn't so bad %being on the wrong side
Last Line: Made love more %and made it dark for a purpose


FRED OTT'S SNEEZE, 1891       
First Line: The hand-turning wheel of light moves the man
Last Line: The great light within the marble heart %of the century shines through his teeth


FROM MAGRITTE'S NOTEBOOKS       
First Line: I found myself alone in the middle of the night and discovered my
Last Line: Cradle. The world presented itself in the guise of a chest


FURNITURE OF MY OWN NEGLECT       
First Line: The sheets %you gave me %should have been changed
Last Line: In my sneakers, %broken before I was born


FUTURE       
First Line: Right now, somewhere, you are forgetting me
Last Line: What was it I was that should be remembered?


GETTING LAID       
First Line: What did I know of the way to share
Last Line: Without thinking of betrayal. Yet she was on my hand


GOOD NIGHT IRENE       
First Line: It's the last hour, %the very last hour. %and all the windows
Last Line: When they are laid out just so, irene


GROWING UP       
First Line: The trouble with me %is I don't know %if my penis
Last Line: Why don't you %save your money, he said


HOW I AM    Poem Text    
First Line: When I talk to my friends I pretend I am standing on the wings
Subject(s): Friendship; Illness


INTO AN OCCASION FOR CELEBRATION       
First Line: I'm afraid if I come
Last Line: Is this okay? It's so much better %when I don't ask


INVISIBLE BRIDE       
First Line: Is your face the wind that blows so hard %I have to shout? Well
Last Line: Jason, get up, I thought it was you


INVISIBLE GROOM       
First Line: To feel the intimacy %of my friends %is a good thing
Last Line: Their not-touching %has become the one thing %I lie down with


JACKSONVILLE, VERMONT    Poem Text    
First Line: Because I am not married, I have the skin of an orange
Subject(s): Single People; Bachelors; Unmarried People


LIVING MIRROR       
First Line: After the storm %the telephone poles, upright
Last Line: Clear, purple-edged


LOVE IS THE FATHER OF ALL BEGINNINGS    Poem Text    
First Line: I go to a woman
Subject(s): Love; Women


LOVE IS THE FATHER OF ALL BEGINNINGS       
First Line: I go to a woman
Last Line: In the shape of an hourglass
Subject(s): Love; Women


MADNESS FREQUENTLY DISCOVERS ITSELF IN LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: In august the salt-spray of the sea-town
Variant Title(s): Madness Frequently Discovers Itself
Subject(s): Insanity; Summer; Madness; Mental Illness


MADNESS FREQUENTLY DISCOVERS ITSELF IN LOVE       
First Line: In august the salt-spray of the sea-town
Last Line: Do not move me. I buy some tea and cookies, %talk to no one
Variant Title(s): Madness Frequently Discovers Itsel
Subject(s): Insanity; Summer


MAN DRESSING       
First Line: When I am dressing %I sit a long time %looking at my shirts
Last Line: I am %the only one %who could have found it


MAN DYING       
First Line: I had no idea that in the middle of my life
Last Line: And I say, this, this way


MAN ON BED       
First Line: When irene lay %under the sheets, %late morning
Last Line: And then I'd know %what it was %and wake her?


MAN UNDRESSING       
First Line: The dye in the hair will go on for a while
Last Line: And I'll lean my shoulder into your shoulder %into whatever comes


MASTURBATION       
First Line: I saw a woman coming near %and thought, this is the center of my life
Last Line: Against the screen door of my father's house


MIDDLE AGE    Poem Text    
First Line: Many of my friends are alone
Subject(s): Single People; Middle Age; Bachelors; Unmarried People


MORNING       
First Line: There are stones on the beach
Last Line: To see what kind of day it is


MY FATHER'S HOUSE       
First Line: My father worked %behind a counter %of meats
Last Line: I only appeared %to be among women. %I was already his


MY MOTHER'S HOUSE       
First Line: My mother sat %by the window %waiting
Last Line: How are you? %she asked. %I don't know, he said


NIGHT, NOW       
First Line: At the end %of the evening, %when you would come
Last Line: I'd wake and wonder %whose problem am I, %whose son?


OCEAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Goodbye again. Say there is a little song in my head
Subject(s): Sea; Loneliness; Death; Ocean; Dead, The


OF NO CHANGE, AND WORSE, CHANGE       
First Line: Irene asks %for money. %I come up
Last Line: Her belly hanging out %above her panties


ON COLORIZATION       
First Line: If god could he'd make fields
Last Line: Not even with a son


ONE DAY I WILL DIE       
First Line: How proud I am %to be the center %of a tragedy
Last Line: Thank you. %what more could I, %a dying man, want?


ONE DAY I WILL LOVE       
First Line: It will be late %the stars %will help me
Last Line: No animals %on the front steps


ONE SECRET THAT HAS CARRIED       
First Line: Irene loves a man %who is afraid of sex: she's attended
Last Line: Would say it was somebody else's
Subject(s): Alienation (social Psychology); Dissenters; Exiles; Marginality, Social


PART OF THE BODY       
First Line: It's not that her blouse %isn't opening
Last Line: At a time, %the fear the fear and the fear


PAST       
First Line: All the waves want to come in at once
Last Line: What is the past if I can change?


PRAYER       
First Line: After jack paces in circles, head down, decides to say
Last Line: After bobbie is drawn so close to murder it holds her before she speaks
Subject(s): Cities


PRESENCE OF SOMEONE       
First Line: Where %have you been? %she whispered
Last Line: Of a vault %the wind suddenly lifted


THE GOOD SON    Poem Text    
First Line: If god had come to me and said,
Subject(s): Forgiveness; Mothers & Sons; Death; Clemency; Dead, The


THE ONE SECRET THAT HAS CARRIED    Poem Text    
First Line: Irene loves a man / who is afraid of sex: she's attended
Subject(s): Alienation (social Psychology); Dissenters; Exiles; Marginality, Social; Estrangement; Outcasts


THE PARTY    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Parties; Friendships; Relationships; Farewell; Parting


THE VISIT    Poem Text    
First Line: My only mother, who lost sixty pounds, tried to stand up in the bathroom
Subject(s): Mothers; Illness


VERSION OF THE FUTURE       
First Line: Irene is sick %of having to work as a proofreader
Last Line: No. %but every time %I say yes


WAITRESS    Poem Text    
First Line: There is a table in the back where she opens
Last Line: Not to keep it, but holdit long enough to change
Subject(s): Popular Culture - United States; Restaurants; Cafes; Diners


WAITRESS       
First Line: There is a table in the back where she opens
Last Line: Not to keep it, but to hold it long enough to change
Subject(s): Popular Culture - United States; Restaurants


WATER THAT MOVES THE RIVER ALONG       
First Line: In the middle of my life %a little girl %runs toward me
Last Line: The curious gathering %in a circle %I'm in the middle of


WHAT GETS IN THE WAY OF LOVE IS LOVE       
First Line: Irene was on her knees %filling her mouth %with my penis
Last Line: I was almost her son, %my eyes looking back %with the barest of color


WHAT KIND OF DARK IT IS       
First Line: When she wants %to make love %I find myself
Last Line: The face I am looking into


WHAT KIND OF DAY IT IS       
First Line: Birds turning their wings %but look again %they are gone
Last Line: Set the big blue boat %on the water


WOMAN UNDRESSING       
First Line: Sometimes I will stand up and leave
Last Line: A glint of light lying down in a field


WOMAN'S COMPANY       
First Line: My desire %was this terrible thing %inside of me
Last Line: To see if the ghosts %of anyone I knew %were watching


YOU       
First Line: Stand close, %inhale my breath. %you're my shadow
Last Line: You've known, %let's invite them all %to dinner