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Simic, Charles    Poet's Biography
635 poems available by this author


A BOOK FULL OF PICTURES    Poem Text    
First Line: Father studied theology through the mail
Subject(s): Books; Reading


ABSENT SPIDER       
First Line: There's its web, but I never saw a spider here
Last Line: Appeared astonished, pink and naked beyond belief


ADDRESS WITH EXCLAMATION POINTS       
First Line: I accused history of gluttony
Last Line: We have only tears of happiness left


AGAINST WHATEVER IT IS THAT'S ENCROACHING    Poem Text    
First Line: Best of all is to be idle
Subject(s): Idleness; Laziness; Sloth; Indolence


AGAINST WHATEVER IT IS THAT'S ENCROACHING       
First Line: Best of all is to be idle
Subject(s): Idleness


AGAINST WINTER    Poem Text    
First Line: The truth is dark under your eyelids.
Subject(s): Winter


AGAINST WINTER       
First Line: The truth is dark under your eyelids
Last Line: You're crazier than the weather, charlie


ALL THESE MIRRORS       
First Line: And the one that's got it in for you
Last Line: Already reddening under your left eye


AMBIGUITY'S WEDDING       
First Line: Bride of awe, all that's left for us
Last Line: Abbreviate me thus, in marriage


AMOUR FOU       
First Line: Black sorrow tagging after you
Last Line: Think you're both crazy


ANCIENT AUTUMN       
First Line: Is that foolish youth, still sawing


ANCIENT ENGINES AND BEASTS       
First Line: A very old horse in an old people's home


ANIMAL ACTS    Poem Text    
First Line: A bear who eats with a silver spoon.
Subject(s): Animals


ANIMAL ACTS       
First Line: A bear who eats with a silver spoon
Last Line: When they all huddle in a cage, %smoking cheap cigars, lazily %marking the cards in the new deck


ANIMAL TRAINER       
First Line: I endured your gaze, master


ANNIVERSARY       
First Line: I'll walk the streets all day today
Last Line: With the wind gusting off the river


ANNIVERSARY       
First Line: I'll walk the streets all day today
Last Line: Just as your gloved hand reaches for mine


ANT AND THE BIRD       
First Line: In those far-off days they told time


ARE RUSSIAN CANNIBALS WORSE THAN THE ENGLISH       


ARTIST       
First Line: Do you remember the crazy guy
Last Line: Then going out one by one


AT THE COOKOUT    Poem Text    
First Line: The wives of my friends
Subject(s): Love


AT THE COOKOUT       
First Line: The wives of my friends
Last Line: Were crawling with snakes
Subject(s): Love


AT THE NIGHT COURT       
First Line: You've combed yourself carefully


AT THE VACANCY SIGN       
First Line: Past the sex shop
Last Line: His own inner monkeys %in a mystery procession. %and the day unknown ... %and the hour fugitive ...


AT THE VACANCY SIGN       
First Line: Past the butcher
Last Line: And the hour fugitive


AUSTERITIES       
First Line: From the heel
Last Line: You can grin, %you can eat, %spit the crumbs %into our faces


AUTUMN AIR       
First Line: Many years ago in china
Last Line: Among the dragon-tailed, %razor-studded kites, %on a day, let's say %just as cold and windy as today


AUTUMN SKY    Poem Text    
First Line: In my great grandmother's time
Subject(s): Sky; Stars; Time


AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS       
First Line: A cat and a mouse were lapping milk


AX       
First Line: Whoever swings an ax
Last Line: Which understands historical probabilities, %lacking itself,in its essence, a future


BABY PICTURES OF FAMOUS DICTATORS       
First Line: The epoch of a streetcar drawn by horses
Last Line: While the dogs remained behind: %pedigreed bitches pregnant with bloodhounds


BABYLON       
First Line: Every time I prayed


BACK AT THE CHICKEN SHACK    Poem Text    
First Line: What I need is a seraph and a pig
Subject(s): Pigs; Food & Eating; Boars; Hogs


BACK AT THE CHICKEN SHACK       
First Line: What I need is a seraph and a pig


BALLAD       
First Line: What's that approaching like dusk like poverty
Last Line: Glancing back under the dark trees %little girl skipping theowls' hushed way


BALLAD OF THE WHEEL       
First Line: So that's what it's like to be a wheel
Last Line: I have the impression %that it whispers to me %how all I have to do %to stop its turning %is to hold


BATTLING GRAYS       
First Line: Another grim-lipped day coming out way
Last Line: As you raise your saber to cut a spiderweb


BEAUTY       
First Line: I'm telling you, this was the real thing, the same
Last Line: The pink ham you sliced for me with your own hand


BED       
First Line: It's an old iron bed


BED MUSIC       
First Line: Our love was new
Last Line: They could've brought some hooch, %we told the cops


BEDTIME STORY       
First Line: When a tree falls in a forest
Last Line: Who, as you already know, all look like %little black ridinghoods


BEGGAR ON HOUSTON STREET       
First Line: He is prometheus, %he tells me
Last Line: Didn't appear to be in the least %surprised about that


BEGOTTEN OF THE SPLEEN    Poem Text    
First Line: The virgin mother walked barefoot
Subject(s): World War Ii; Second World War


BEGOTTEN OF THE SPLEEN       
First Line: The virgin mother walked barefoot
Last Line: Even when the lights came on-- %and the lights came on: %thefloodlights in the guard towers
Subject(s): World War Ii


BESTIARY FOR THE FINGERS OF MY RIGHT HAND    Poem Text    
First Line: Thumb, loose tooth of a horse
Subject(s): Fingers


BESTIARY FOR THE FINGERS OF MY RIGHT HAND       
First Line: Thumb, loose tooth of a horse
Last Line: His touch is gentle. %it weighs a tear. %it takes the mote out of the eye
Subject(s): Fingers


BETROTHAL       
First Line: I found a key


BIG MACHINE       
First Line: The garden of the machine at night


BIG WAR       
First Line: We played war during the war


BIRD       
First Line: You called out once, twice
Last Line: Or so we found ourselves imagining


BIRD       
First Line: A bird calls me
Last Line: And dreamt I had %the eyes and ears %of that bird %watching me sleep


BIRDS OF A FEATHER       
First Line: Cornell loved houdini who was famous for escaping from
Last Line: We don't really belive any of this, but it sure looks that way sometimes


BIRTHDAY STAR ATLAS       
First Line: Wildest dream, miss emily


BLINDMAN'S BLUFF       
First Line: Death's an early riser
Last Line: On the pavement already crowded %with schoolchildren


BLOOD ORANGE       
First Line: It looks so dark the end of the world may be near
Last Line: Lie cracked open on the floor


BOOK FULL OF PICTURES       
First Line: Father studied theology through the mail
Last Line: With my heart bleeding its branches
Subject(s): Books


BOSS HIRES       
First Line: I want a man who has nothing to gain
Last Line: That he shall stay on, that the pay will never be just


BREAD       
First Line: Stale hunk


BREAKFAST       
First Line: Sinister caterers


BREASTS    Poem Text    
First Line: I love breasts, hard
Subject(s): Breasts; Men


BREASTS       
First Line: I love breasts, hard
Last Line: I will tip each breast %like a dark heavy grape %into the hive %of my drowsy mouth
Subject(s): Breasts; Men


BRETHREN    Poem Text    
First Line: A woodpecker hammers
Subject(s): Woodpeckersl Nursing Homes; War


BROOMS       
First Line: Only brooms
Last Line: Into neat pyramids, %that have tombs in them, %already sacked by robbers, %once, long ago


BROOMS       
First Line: Only brooms %know the devil %still exists
Last Line: Already sacked by robbers %once long ago


BUTCHER SHOP    Poem Text    
First Line: Sometimes walking late at night
Subject(s): Butchers; World War Ii; Second World War


BUTCHER SHOP       
First Line: Sometimes walking late at night
Last Line: Scraped clean - a river dried to its bed %where I am fed, %where deep in the night I hear a voice
Subject(s): Butchers; World War Ii


CABBAGE       
First Line: She was about to chop the head


CACKLE       
First Line: Wee-hour world, insoluble world
Last Line: For some you-know-what


CAFE PARADISO       
First Line: My chicken soup thickened with pounded young almonds
Last Line: Then sleep in a macedoine of wild berries with cream


CAGED FORTUNETELLER       
First Line: Sleeplessness, you're like a pawnshop
Last Line: And the nun who carries morphine to the dying, %the black nun in soft, furry slippers


CAMEO APPEARANCE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: I had a small, nonspeaking part
Subject(s): War


CAMEO APPEARANCE       
First Line: I had a small, non-speaking part
Last Line: But, of course, they didn't film that


CARAVAN       
First Line: Geese know, over such wide plains


CHAIR       
First Line: This chair was once a studen of euclid
Last Line: But euclid kept quiet about that


CHARLES SIMIC       
First Line: Charles simic is a sentence
Last Line: Will they end with a period or a question mark? %they'll end with an exclamation point and an ink sp


CHARM SCHOOL       
First Line: Madame gabrielle, were you really french
Last Line: His three remaining hairs being combed


CHARON'S COSMOLOGY    Poem Text    
First Line: With only his dim lantern
Subject(s): Charon; Styx (river)


CHARON'S COSMOLOGY       
First Line: With only his dim lantern
Last Line: Once in a long while a mirror %or a book which he throws %overboard into the dark river %swift and c
Subject(s): Charon


CHESSBOARD OF THE SOUL       
First Line: Around the boxes I can still hear cornell mumble to himself. In the
Last Line: The black square and so did the other figures in the original places, %eternally, whenever I closed


CHICKEN WITHOUT A HEAD       
First Line: When two times two was three
Last Line: Ran, and is still running this good friday, %between raindrops, %hellfoxes on its trail


CHILD RUNNING WITH SCISSORS       
First Line: Someone's calling his name
Last Line: In the returning quiet


CHILDHOOD OF PARMENIDES       
First Line: For asking, why is there something
Last Line: And of course, philemon, who's about to die laughing %at the sight of an ass eating figs


CHILDHOOD STORY       
First Line: The streets were wider, the houses bigger


CHORUS FOR ONE VOICE       
First Line: I'm going to lie down next to you
Last Line: Wanted: a needle swift enough %to sew this poem into a blanket


CITY       
First Line: At least one crucified at every corner
Last Line: Neither did the crucified on the next corner


CLASSIC BALLROOM DANCES    Poem Text    
First Line: Grandmothers who wring the necks
Subject(s): Human Behavior; Conduct Of Life; Human Nature


CLASSIC BALLROOM DANCES       
First Line: Grandmothers who wring the necks
Last Line: Where they also hold charity raffles %on rainy monday nights of an eternal november


CLEAR AND THE OBSCURE       
First Line: The translator is a close reader
Last Line: Turns obscure in the fading daylight


CLEO DE MERODE    Poem Text    
First Line: Joseph cornell could not draw, paint, or sculpt, and yet he was a
Subject(s): Cornell, Joseph (1903-1972)


CLEO DE MERODE       
First Line: Joseph cornell could not draw, paint, or sculpt, and yet he was a
Last Line: Cleo de merode, by the way, was a famous f\ballerina and femme %fatale of the 1890's
Subject(s): Cornell, Joseph (1903-1972)


CLOUDS GATHERING    Poem Text    
First Line: It seemed the kind of life we wanted.
Subject(s): Love


CLOUDS GATHERING       
First Line: It seemed the kind of life we wanted
Last Line: The dark pines and grasses strangely still


CLUB MIDNIGHT       
First Line: Are you the sole owner of a seedy nightclub
Last Line: In the dark, long after the joint closes


COAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Dismembered angel
Subject(s): Love


COCKROACH    Poem Text    
First Line: When I see a cockroach
Last Line: With my baby pictures
Subject(s): Cockroach


COLD       
First Line: As if in a presence of an intelligence
Last Line: A flicker of a light or two %far above and beyond the large cage


COLD BLUE TINGE       
First Line: The pink-cheeked jesus
Last Line: He'll have a long life, though, %catching mice for the baker, %and the undertaker


COLLARD GREENS AND BLACK-EYE PEAS       
First Line: To know the absolute


COLLECTOR'S TWEEZERS       
First Line: Who let these many bats loose
Last Line: The answer is still, no one


COME WINTER    Poem Text    
First Line: The mad and homeless take shelter
Subject(s): Winter


COME WINTER       
First Line: The mad and homeless take shelter
Last Line: Straining to catch a glimpse of them


CONCERNING MY NEIGHBORS, TGHE HITTITES    Poem Text    
First Line: Great are the hittites.
Subject(s): Hittites


CONCERNING MY NEIGHBORS, THE HITTITES       
First Line: Great are the hittites
Last Line: May all roads lead %out of a sow's ear %to what's worth %twoin the bush


CONEY ISLAND INSIDE EVERY HEAD       
First Line: Modernism in art and literature gave unparalleled freedom to the
Last Line: Explored the unknown as much as it is possible for any artist and poet %to do so


CONGRESS OF THE INSOMNIACS       
First Line: Mother of god, everyone is invited
Last Line: Sleeplessness is like metaphysics. %be there


CONQUERING HERO IS TIRED       
First Line: Often I sit at your window
Last Line: The little birds hopping and chirping on the sill %are all p


CONTRIBUTOR'S NOTE       
First Line: I pleaded with my death to at least allow me to nibble my pencil while
Last Line: Blurred the sight of her and made her vanish forever


CORNELL'S WHITE NIGHTS       
First Line: Insomnia is an all-night travel agency with posters advertising far
Last Line: In the meantime, silence and your shadow on the bare wall


COUNTRY FAIR    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: If you didn't see the six-legged dog
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs


COUNTRY FAIR       
First Line: If you didn't see the six-legged dog
Last Line: And that was the whole show
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs


COUNTRY LUNCH       
First Line: A feast in the time of plague
Last Line: Whose nose has started to bleed


CRAZY ABOUT HER SHRIMP    Poem Text    
First Line: We don't even take time
Subject(s): Love - Erotic


CRAZY ABOUT HER SHRIMP       
First Line: We don't even take time
Last Line: I shout to the gods above
Subject(s): Erotic Love


CREPUSCULE WITH NELLIE    Poem Text    
First Line: Monk at the five spot
Subject(s): Jazz; Monk, Thelonious (1917-1982); Music & Musicians


CREPUSCULE WITH NELLIE       
First Line: Monk at the five stop
Last Line: And where the hell was nellie?
Subject(s): Jazz; Monk, Thelonious (1917-1982); Music And Musicians


CROWS       
First Line: Just so that each stark
Last Line: Thus, wings half-open, %making two large algebraic x's %as if for emphasis, %or in the mockery of...


DANDELIONS       
First Line: We were fabulously lucky
Last Line: Snuggled together and looking glum


DARK CORNER       
First Line: Say, how'd you find me
Last Line: My pants need your finger to hold them up


DARK FARMHOUSES       
First Line: Windy evening %chinablue snow
Last Line: A shovel %and a spade


DARK TV SCREEN       
First Line: The memory of this day's evil
Last Line: My hands and sex bathed in the fires of the evening


DAY MARKED WITH A SMALL WHITE STONE       
First Line: The kindest of traps
Last Line: In a ring %of magnanimous coyotes, %in a ring of %dreamy, once-in-a-lifetime %something or other


DEAD IN PHOTOGRAPHS       
First Line: They were all mere beginners
Last Line: The little boy walked up to the camera %and stuck his tongue out at us


DEAR HELEN       
First Line: There's a thing in the world


DEAR ISAAC NEWTON       
First Line: You famous apple
Last Line: Into the unthinkable?


DEATH, THE PHILOSOPHER       
First Line: He gives excellent advice by example


DECEMBER       
First Line: It snows


DECEMBER TREES       
First Line: Dark woods, I give myself entirely over
Last Line: And reached among their branches for irons, %the black ones with night frost on


DEMONOLOGY (1)       
First Line: He's a devil while his mother's a saint
Last Line: Found in an old prayer book, %picked, someone claims, %by the young devil's father for his bride


DEMONOLOGY (2)       
First Line: The devil's got his finger in every pie
Last Line: A run of teeny black devils in my urine


DEPARTMENTS OF PUBLIC MONUMENTS       
First Line: If justice and liberty


DESCRIPTION       
First Line: That which brings it
Last Line: Where the grim doctor %won't use any anaesthetic %when he takes bread %out of their mouths


DISMANTLING THE SILENCE       
First Line: Take down its ears first
Last Line: Search for its heart. You will need %to crawl far into the empty heavens %to hear it beat


DIVINE COLLABORATOR       
First Line: He's the silent partner of everything we write; the father of all lan
Last Line: Remember, love, %this is god writing!


DIVINE KALEIDOSCOPE       
First Line: The quest for the lost and the beautiful, cornell-orpheus in the city
Last Line: Composure and tender (slow fade-out) glance rebuke regret as she fades %from view. %this is extraord


DOG ON A CHAIN       
First Line: So that's how it's going to be
Last Line: There's no moon, bark and growl %to keep yourself company


DOGS HEAR IT       
First Line: This machinery is very ancient
Last Line: Told me to rest my jaws


DON'T WAKE THE CARDS    Poem Text    
First Line: Since my chronic bad luck
Subject(s): Card Games; Love - Erotic; Playing Cards


DON'T WAKE THE CARDS       
First Line: Since my chronic bad luck
Last Line: Don't wake the damn cards


DRAWING THE TRIANGLE       
First Line: I reserve the triangle
Last Line: One hopes for tangents %surreptitiously in attendance %despite the rigors of the absolute


DRAWN TO PERSPECTIVE       
First Line: On a long block
Last Line: The warm summer evening; %the kid on roller skates; %the couple about to embrace %at the vanishing p


DREAMSVILLE       
First Line: He happened to find himself on the stairs of a
Last Line: Some bushes in the park


DUERE'S HARE HISSES AND FALLS       


EARLY EVENING ALGEBRA       
First Line: The madwoman went marking x's


EARLY MORNING IN JULY       
First Line: The streets were cool
Last Line: On eighth avenue


EAST EUROPEAN COOKING       
First Line: While marquis de sade had himself buggered
Last Line: Regarding whose excellence we were in complete %agreement %since he didn't forget the toothpicks wit


EL LIBRO DE LA SEXUALIDAD       
First Line: The pages of all the books are blank
Last Line: Is a long-tailed comet in the night sky


ELEGY       
First Line: I thought I heard my name
Last Line: Coming to put a finger %on my lips later


ELEGY       
First Line: Note %as it gets darker
Last Line: In the open air %at the end %of a dead-end %road %rarely traveled %o love


ELEMENTARY COSMOGONY       
First Line: How to the invisible
Last Line: For a long apprenticeship %that has as its last %and seventhrule: %the submission to chance


ELEVEN PROSE-POEMS, 11       
First Line: It's a store that specializes in antique porcelain


ELEVEN PROSE-POEMS: 1       
First Line: The old farmer in overalls hanging from a barn beam


ELEVEN PROSE-POEMS: 10       
First Line: She's pressing me gently with a hot steam iron


ELEVEN PROSE-POEMS: 2       
First Line: Things were not so black as somebody painted them


ELEVEN PROSE-POEMS: 3       
First Line: He calls one dog rimbaud and the other holderlin


ELEVEN PROSE-POEMS: 4       
First Line: My mother was a braid of black smoke


ELEVEN PROSE-POEMS: 5       
First Line: Margaret was copying a recipe for 'saints roasted with onions'


ELEVEN PROSE-POEMS: 6       
First Line: A poem about sitting on a new york rooftop on a chill autumn evening


ELEVEN PROSE-POEMS: 7       
First Line: A week-long holiday in a glass paperweight bought at coney island


ELEVEN PROSE-POEMS: 8       
First Line: My father loved the strange books of andre breton


ELEVEN PROSE-POEMS: 9       
First Line: Where ignorance is bliss, where one lies at night on


EMILY'S THEME       
First Line: My dear trees, I no longer recognize you
Last Line: Their faces demonic in its flames


EMPEROR       
First Line: Wears a pig mask %over his face
Last Line: He is playing with a million broken toys


EMPIRE OF DREAMS    Poem Text    
First Line: On the first page of my dreambook
Subject(s): Dreams; War; Nightmares


EMPIRE OF DREAMS       
First Line: On the first page of my dreambook
Last Line: Which I am afraid to put on


ENTERTAINING THE CANARY       
First Line: Yellow feathers, %is it true
Last Line: Or I'll throw her black slip %over your gilded cage


ERASER       
First Line: A summons because the marvelous prey is fleeing
Last Line: As my mother shakes her apron full of little erasers %for me to peck like breadcrumbs


ERRATA    Poem Text    
First Line: Where it says snow
Subject(s): Language; Words; Vocabulary


ERRATA       
First Line: Where it says snow
Last Line: That beer-bottle my greatest mistake %the word I allowed to be written %when I should have shouted %


EUCLID AVENUE       
First Line: All my dark thoughts
Last Line: A place known %as infinity, %its screendoor screeching, %endlessly screeching


EUPHEMIA GRAY'S PUBIS       
First Line: As for me, I like them with plenty of hair, mr. Ruskin. I remember
Last Line: Stroll on, like fish in a fishtank we'll be having for late dinner tonight


EVENING       
First Line: The snail gives off stillness
Last Line: The grass knows a word or two. %it is not much. It repeats the same word %again and again, but not t


EVENING CHESS       
First Line: The black queen raised high
Last Line: In my father's angry hand


EVENING WALK    Poem Text    
First Line: You give the appearance of listening
Subject(s): Night; Trees; Walking; Bedtime


EVENING WALK       
First Line: You give the appearance of listening
Last Line: Who won't come to dinner. %lost children singing to themselves


EVENING WITH THE MASTER       
First Line: With a tiny bird-whistle
Last Line: A soul with a falcon's hood %bent over a school slate %whichscreeches and bleeds darkly %as it lets


EVER SO TRAGIC       
First Line: Heart - as in latin popsongs


EVERYBODY KNOWS THE STORY ABOUT ME AND DR. FREUD       
Last Line: We glared at each other before going our separate ways, never to meet %again'


EVERYTHING'S FORESEEABLE. EVERYTHING'S FORESEEN       


EXPLAINING A FEW THINGS       
First Line: Every worm is a martyr
Last Line: If it clears, scratch on the door


EXPLORERS    Poem Text    
First Line: They arfrive inside
Subject(s): Togetherness


EXPLORERS       
First Line: They arrive inside
Last Line: It says: 'I'm happy %we are finally all here... %let's make this our home.'


EYES FASTENED WITH PINS    Poem Text    
First Line: How much death works
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


EYES FASTENED WITH PINS       
First Line: How much death works
Last Line: Undressing slowly, sleepily, %and stretching naked %on death's side of the bed


FABULOUS SPECIES       
First Line: That which consists
Last Line: That dimmed-out movie theater


FALL DAY       
First Line: As gray as that slumped
Last Line: Grim and earnest %unlettered and benighted %I believe hieroglyphically


FATHER OF LIES       
First Line: I have a garden with nothing
Last Line: And their eyes are closed


FEAR    Poem Text    
First Line: Fear passes from man to man
Subject(s): Fear


FEAR       
First Line: Fear passes from man to man
Last Line: All at once the whole tree is trembling %and there is no sign of the wind


FEBRUARY       
First Line: The one who lights the wood stove
Last Line: Gaunt, wide-eyed; %her lips saying the stark headlines %going up in flames


FIGURE IN THE LANDSCAPE       
First Line: The vision of heaven
Last Line: As if never to close them again


FIGURING       
First Line: A zero burped by
Last Line: A zero. Write it kid! %and he writes it. %the dumb-looking one %at the blackboard


FIRST DAY OF SUMMER       
First Line: Birds shit while they sing
Last Line: And I'm looking for my toy trumpet


FIRST FROST       
First Line: The time of the year for the mystics


FLY       
First Line: Gesticulating fly, frightened away
Last Line: The blind man tapping his cane


FLY       
First Line: He was writing the history of optimism


FOLK SONGS       
First Line: Sausage-makers of history
Last Line: White butterflies, and white chickens


FOR THE LOVERS OF THE ABSOLUTE       
First Line: A skinny arm thrown under


FOR THE SAKE OF AMELIA    Poem Text    
First Line: Tending a cliff-hanging grand hotel
Subject(s): Hotels; Inns; Innskeepers; Motels; Boarding Houses


FOR THE SAKE OF AMELIA       
First Line: Tending a cliff-hanging grand hotel
Last Line: And the mask of tragedy over her pubic hair
Subject(s): Hotels


FOR THE VERY SOUL OF ME       
First Line: At the close of a sweltering night
Last Line: For something to cover him with


FORCE ILLEGIBLE       
First Line: Did cornell know what he was doing? %yes, but mostly no. Does
Last Line: Religious madness, it converts them all. A force illegible


FOREST BIRDS       
First Line: It! It! %that's what the unknown bird said
Last Line: Last half-note, %half-twig. %I'm very anxious, %they're very anxious %to have it remain %like that


FOREST WALK       
First Line: Today we took a long walk in the forest
Last Line: We could see the plane's landing lights


FORK    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: This strange thing must have crept
Subject(s): Tableware; Cutlery; Forks; Plates


FORK       
First Line: This strange thing must have crept
Last Line: Its head which like your fist %is large, bald, beakless and blind
Subject(s): Tableware


FREE THE GOLDFISH    Poem Text    
First Line: A pet store window / with an aquarium
Subject(s): Goldfish


FREE THE GOLDFISH       
First Line: A pet store window %with an aquarium
Last Line: As if not to make a sound
Subject(s): Goldfish


FRESH NOTIONS & CO.       
First Line: They didn't answer to repeated knocks
Last Line: In the moment before the match is lilt, %and then the elevator took me down


FRIENDS OF HERACLITUS       
First Line: Your friend has died, with whom
Last Line: Speeding by on roller skates


FURNITURE MOVER    Poem Text    
First Line: Ah the great
Subject(s): Furniture; Moving & Movers


FURNITURE MOVER       
First Line: Ah the great
Last Line: And me behind the door %in the gloom %I think I would %let you do %what you must


GALLOWS ETIQUETTE       
First Line: Our sainted great-great
Last Line: Confirmed pessimists %and other party-poopers %categoricallyreject %such far fetched notions %of gal


GAME       
First Line: A child played being a gravedigger
Last Line: They ought to call him in by now: %the carrot-haired girl in the hen house; %her sister at the salt-


GAZE WE KNEW AS A CHILD       
First Line: People who look for symbolic meaning fail to grasp the inherent
Last Line: At cross purposes. Neither one by itself is sufficient. It's that mingling of %the two that makes up


GHOST STORIES WRITTEN       
First Line: Ghost stories written as algebraic equations.
Last Line: Signs, and then it's quiet again.


GHOSTS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: It's mr. Brown looking much better
Subject(s): Ghosts


GHOSTS       
First Line: It's mr. Brown looking much better
Last Line: Without one of us breaking the silence


GRANDMOTHER LOGIC       
First Line: The great nietzche supposedly %once shaved a horse in turin
Last Line: After the shave


GRAVEYARD ON A HILL       
First Line: Let those who so desire continue to dream
Last Line: Right up t the branch they fell from


GRAVITY       
First Line: I'd like to see it once
Last Line: Still swaying under its weight, %like beasts of burden, %going home over the freshly fallen snow


GREAT HORNED OWL       
First Line: One morning the grand seigneur
Last Line: Studies the empty woodshed, %the old red chevy on blocks. %alas! He's got to be going


GREAT INFIRMITIES       
First Line: Everyone has only one leg
Last Line: Coming so close and giving up


GREAT PICNIC       
First Line: Brain lazy as the muddy river over yonder
Last Line: Under your new beach blanket


GREEN LAMPSHADE    Poem Text    
First Line: All the page of all the books
Subject(s): Books; Reading


GRIM CONTINGENCIES       
First Line: If the wicked didn't get such kicks
Last Line: Making everybody howl with laughter


GROCERY       
First Line: Figure or figures unknown
Last Line: One of its pans %for their innards %the other one for yours-- %and yours heavier


HAPPINESS       
First Line: Do not flatter yourself
Last Line: A lost ant going the wrong way, perhaps, %under your black shoe?


HAPPY END       
First Line: And then they pressed the melon
Last Line: And even a stick used in childbeating %blossomed by the little crooked road %my hunch told me to fol


HAPPY HARD TIMES       
First Line: The baby jesus asleep in your arms
Last Line: In the heart-shaped mirror you kept there


HARSH CLIMATE    Poem Text    
First Line: The brain itself in its skull
Subject(s): Mind, The; Cold


HARSH CLIMATE       
First Line: The brain itself in its skull
Last Line: A large ocean liner caught in the ice. %a few lights still burning on the deck. %silence and fierce


HAVE YOU MET MISS JONES       
First Line: I have. At the funeral
Last Line: Miss jones, the guest book proclaimed


HAVE YOU MET MISS JONES?    Poem Text    
First Line: I have. At the funeral
Subject(s): Funerals; Beauty; Burials


HEALER       
First Line: In a rundown tenement
Last Line: In his hallway there are %many wheelchairs, on the stairs %the long howl of the idiot %led on his mo


HEARING STEPS       
First Line: Someone is walking through the snow
Last Line: Until the last word and the last sound %of this language I am speaking is forgotten


HEIGHTS OF FOLLY    Poem Text    
First Line: O crows circling over my head and cawing!
Subject(s): Happiness; Joy; Delight


HEIGHTS OF FOLLY       
First Line: All you crows out there


HELP WANTED       
First Line: They ask for a knife
Last Line: It's one of my many talents %(I assure them) %chirping and whistling like an aviary %spreading the c


HENRI ROUSSEAU'S BED    Poem Text    
First Line: I took my bed into the forest
Subject(s): Rousseau, Henri (1844-1910); Beds; Forests; Woods


HENRI ROUSSEAU'S BED       
First Line: I took my bed into the forest


HEROIC MOMENT       
First Line: I went bare-assed into the battle. The president himself heard of
Last Line: Dirty witch-and she, so pretty, chopping the onions, laughing and cry- %ing over the stew pot


HISTORY       
First Line: Men and woman with kick-me signs on their


HISTORY       
First Line: On a gray evening
Last Line: Said to myself %why not close my eyes now %before the late %world news and weather


HISTORY BOOK       
First Line: A kid found its loose pages
Last Line: And the barge passes, %the one they named 'victory' %from which a cripple waves


HISTORY OF COSTUMES       
First Line: Top hats and double-breasted black suits
Last Line: Among the ballroom mirrors on page 1944


HITCHHIKERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Hard times brought them out early
Subject(s): Hitchhikers; Misfortune


HITCHHIKERS       
First Line: Hard times brought them out early %on this dreary stretch of road
Last Line: Not forgetting to stop for you, mister, %if you are down on your luck yourself


HOT NIGHT       
First Line: Langhaired jesus, %arms outstretched
Last Line: The palm trees converging %and parting up ahead


HOTEL INSOMNIA    Poem Text    
First Line: I liked my little hole
Subject(s): Hotels; Inns; Innskeepers; Motels; Boarding Houses


HOTEL INSOMNIA       
First Line: I liked my little hole
Last Line: For a moment, I was sobbing myself
Subject(s): Hotels


HOTEL STARRY SKY       
First Line: Millions of empty rooms with tv sets turned on
Last Line: Is the new madonna and her infant child


HOUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: My house has grown smaller
Subject(s): Houses


HOW TO PSALMODIZE    Poem Text    
First Line: Someone awake when others are sleeping,
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


HURRICANE SEASON       
First Line: Just as the world was ending
Last Line: Rainblurred %with its couple of fake %egyptian stone lions


I'M CHARLES    Poem Text    
First Line: Swaying handcuffed
Subject(s): Self


IMMORTAL       
First Line: You're shivering my memory


IMPLEMENTS OF AUGURY       
First Line: Something like an empty chair and table


IN A FOREST OF QUESTION MARKS YOU WERE NO BIGGER       


IN A FOREST OF WHISPERS       
First Line: There is a blind hen
Last Line: Just raised on his back %a charred straw


IN ECSTASY OF SURRENDER       
First Line: My father steps out
Last Line: While being unwilling to %just then


IN MIDSUMMER QUIET       
First Line: Ariadne's bird
Last Line: Bird! %dreaming of my own puzzles %and mazes


IN PITTSFIELD       
First Line: A rat came on stage
Last Line: Which didn't figure in the play
Subject(s): Rats


IN STRANGE CITIES       
First Line: The way a curving street
Last Line: In all his terror %and royal splendor


IN THE ALLEY       
First Line: You, with an earring, who diligently


IN THE COURTHOUSE       
First Line: It was morning outdoors, %while here it's evening
Last Line: In a hurry swarming everywhere


IN THE LIBRARY    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: There's a book called
Subject(s): Books; Angels; Reading


IN THE LIBRARY       
First Line: There's a book called
Last Line: The books are whispering. %I hear nothing, but she does


IN THE RATHOLE       
First Line: A street of madhouses
Last Line: The house always wins, %the madhouse made of cards.'
Subject(s): Card Games


IN TIMES OF WIDESPREAD EVIL       
First Line: What a pretty madhouse on top of that hill


INANIMATE OBJECT       
First Line: In my long late night talks with the jailers, I raised
Last Line: Long night talks with my jailers


INEXPLICABLE       
First Line: How quickly it made itself at home %in our living room
Last Line: Have its say, lover-like, in your eat


INFINITE       
First Line: On a long shot, I went searching
Last Line: With love screaming bloody murder


INHERITANCE       
First Line: This is my father's gray blanket
Last Line: Prisoners! I believe one covers one's head %because the lights are left on %in cells throughout the


INITIATE       
First Line: St. John of the cross wore dark glasses
Last Line: The drunk who followed me whispered, %while appraoising me from head to foot


INNER MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: It isn't the body
Subject(s): Self


INNER MAN       
First Line: It isn't the body
Last Line: Though you utter %every one of my words, %you are a stranger. %it's time you spoke.'
Subject(s): Alienation (social Psychology); Dissenters; Exiles; Marginality, Social


INSOMNIACS' DEBATING SOCIETY       
First Line: Our heads like stacks
Last Line: It's just our imagination. %imagine that


INTERLUDE       
First Line: A worm
Last Line: She was an old woman %who forgot things easily. %dear me, %she whispered


INVENTION OF NOTHING       
First Line: I didn't notice
Last Line: I climb on the table %(the chair is gone already) %I sing through the throat %of an empty beer-bottl


IT WAS THE EPOCH OF THE MASTERS OF LEVITATION       
Last Line: Their empty sleeves on the blind woman's clothesline


IT'LL BURST INTO FLAMES       
First Line: Mama was beginning to worry about me
Last Line: As she walked the parapet again the sunset
Subject(s): Family Life; Mothers


KITCHEN HELPER       
First Line: I'm your choppping board
Last Line: And seasonings %only you know the name of


KNIFE       
First Line: Father-confessor
Last Line: If it's a poem %you want, %take a knife; %a star of solitude, %it will rise and set in your hand


LANDSCAPE WITH CRUTCHES       
First Line: So many crutches. Now even the daylight
Last Line: And my mother, mind you, using %two knives for crutches as she squats to pee


LATE ARRIVAL       
First Line: The world was already here
Last Line: For you to wonder at %before resuming your walk


LATE CALL       
First Line: A message for you, %mouse turd
Last Line: A wrong number, surely? %a slipup? %an erratum


LATE SEPTEMBER    Poem Text    
First Line: The mail truck goes down the coast
Subject(s): Omens


LATE TRAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: A few couples walking off into the dark
Subject(s): Railroads; Railways; Trains


LATE TRAIN       
First Line: A few couples walking off into the dark
Last Line: While I stretched my neck to hear the tick
Subject(s): Railroads


LE DAME E I CAVALIERI       
First Line: Considering our resources, it was a staggering sum
Last Line: Looks good but tastes something awful


LEAVES       
First Line: Lovers who take pleasure
Last Line: With that one leaf twittering %now darkly, now luminously


LEAVING AN UNKNOWN CITY    Poem Text    
First Line: That mutt with ribs showing
Subject(s): Farewell; Travel; Parting; Journeys; Trips


LESSON       
First Line: It occurs to me now
Last Line: At the memory of my uncle %charging a barricade %with a homemade bomb, %I burst out laughing
Subject(s): World War Ii


LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC    Poem Text    
First Line: Of neighbors' voices and dishes
Subject(s): Relationships


LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC       
First Line: Of neighbors' voices and dishes %being cleared away
Last Line: The music over, the night cold


LITTLE TEAR-GLAND THAT SAYS       
First Line: Then there was johann
Last Line: Meant to increase the imagination %of the homo sapiens. %and then...The viennese waltz


LITTLE UNWRITTEN BOOK    Poem Text    
First Line: Rocky was a regular guy, a loyal friend
Subject(s): Animals; Cats


LITTLE UNWRITTEN BOOK       
First Line: Rocky was a regular guy, a loyal friend
Last Line: And now the bird is silent too
Subject(s): Animals; Cats


LIVE AT CLUB MOZAMBIQUE       
First Line: Our nation's future is coming into view
Last Line: A bit of fresh roadkill in his beak


LONE TREE       
First Line: A tree spooked %by its own evening whispers
Last Line: Bare twig: %a finger of suspicion


LOST GLOVE       
First Line: Here's a woman's black glove
Last Line: And the homeless sleep standing up


LOVE POEM       
First Line: Feather duster
Last Line: The little bell on the nanny goat


LOVE TALK    Poem Text    
First Line: The truth is, we are nearer to heaven


LOVE WORKER       
First Line: Diligent solely in what concerns love
Last Line: Like the clouds, the white clouds


MADONNAS TOUCHED UP WITH A GOATEE       
First Line: Most ancient metaphysics, (poor metaphysics!)
Last Line: They all looked like they'd read darwin and that madman %pavlov, %and were about to ask us for a lig


MAGIC STUDY OF HAPPINESS       
First Line: In the smaller theater in the world the bread crumbs speak. It's a mystery
Last Line: Are like illicit lovers when they're exceeding and unaccountably %happy


MAKE YOURSELF INVISIBLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Drew islands with palm trees
Subject(s): Seashore; Family Life; Beach; Coast; Shore; Relatives


MAKE YOURSELF INVISIBLE       
First Line: Drew islands with palm trees
Last Line: Where the little red birds %had just fallen silent


MAKERS OF LABYRINTHS       
First Line: I must be absolutely alone when I think
Last Line: Made giddy by our youth and our love


MAN       
First Line: Some power company employee
Last Line: Sorry and all that... %standing here on the corner, %smokingbutts, whispering. %stargazing a bit too


MAN ON THE DUMP       
First Line: He looked the way I imagine melville's bartleby to have looked the
Last Line: Hero was gerard de nerval, famous for promenading teh streets of paris %with a live lobster on a lea
Subject(s): Labrunie, Gerard (1808-1855)


MANY ZEROS       
First Line: The teacher rises voiceless before a class
Last Line: The stars like teeth marks on children's pencils. %listen toit, he says happily


MARCHING       
First Line: After I forgot about the horses
Last Line: Like boats looking for survivors at sea %but no son of yours will rise from the deep


MARCHING MUSIC       
First Line: Our history is both tragic and comic


MARINA'S EPIC       
First Line: The eskimos were ravaging peru
Last Line: And nod in our direction


MARKED PLAYING CARDS    Poem Text    
First Line: I took my tv and bass fiddle to the pawnshop


MARKED PLAYING CARDS       
First Line: I took my tv and bass fiddle to the pawnshop
Last Line: I was ready to be the rest of my clothes on her


MARKED PLAYING CARDS       
First Line: I took my tv and bass fiddle to the pawnshop
Last Line: I was ready to bet the rest of my clothes on her
Subject(s): Love


MARVELS OF THE CITY       
First Line: I went down the tree-lined street of false gods
Last Line: Just took our orders and said nothing


MASSACRE OF THE INNOCENTS       
First Line: The poets of the late tang dynasty
Last Line: Back and forth, searching for something %for that bloody crow to read


MASTER OF CEREMONIES       
First Line: He's shouting again from the rooftop
Last Line: Pastry chef, I believe, you're next


MATCHES       
First Line: Very dark when I step
Last Line: Great loves that go out %in a puff


MEANING       
First Line: Hidden like that small boy


MEDICI SLOT MACHINE 1942-1952       
First Line: The name enchants, and so does the idea - the juxtaposition of the
Last Line: Deserted platform with its freshly wiped mirror is the new wonder-working %icon of the holy virgin


MEDITATION IN THE GUTTER       
First Line: Of things undescribable! %things unspeakable
Last Line: By which its life, too, is being held


MEMORY       
First Line: With all the dead friends and loved ones
Last Line: And finding no words in one's mouth


MEN DEIFIED BECAUSE OF THEIR CRUELTY       
First Line: Is it true tyrants have long fingers?
Last Line: Because, of course, his hands are bloody


MIDPOINT       
First Line: No sooner had I left a
Last Line: Knowing that on the day %of my departure %it will vanish forever %just as a. Did


MINDS ROAMING       
First Line: My neighbor was telling me
Last Line: And the little mouse that cat caught


MIRRORS AT 4 A.M.    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: You must come to them sideways
Subject(s): Mirrors; Self


MIRRORS AT 4 A.M.       
First Line: You must come to them sideways
Last Line: To wipe your brow surreptitiously


MISFORTUNE ON THE WAY       
First Line: And not even a cloud in the sky


MISS NOSTRADAMUS       
First Line: Once I adored a seeress, a long-legged one. We
Last Line: Babe is being thrown out of a high window by a %woman in flames


MISSING CHILD       
First Line: You of the dusty, sun-yellowed picture
Last Line: With its poster of a firemen's ball


MUMMY'S CURSE    Poem Text    
First Line: Befriending an eccentric young woman


MUTTERING PERHAPS, OR HUMMING       
First Line: I avidly read the classics


MY DARLING PREMONITION       
First Line: She's got something important to tell me
Last Line: But what about? %she wouldn't say


MY FATHER'S DREAM       
First Line: He's writing the history of silence


MY FRIEND SOMEONE       
First Line: By the sudden draft of cool air
Last Line: Of white petals and shadows


MY MAGICIAN       
First Line: Someone pulled me out of a tux sleeve
Last Line: Where the white clouds float and sheep graze


MY PROGRESS ON STILTS       
First Line: Old-timer, third-rate orpheus
Last Line: And thinking they deepen the silence


MY QUARREL WITH THE INFINITE       
First Line: I preferred the fleeting
Last Line: Of crows and their shadows


MY SHOES    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Shoes, secret face of my inner life
Subject(s): Shoes; Boots; Sneakers; Shoemakers


MY SHOES       
First Line: Shoes, secret face of my inner life
Last Line: With your mute patience, forming %the only true likeness of myself
Subject(s): Shoes


MY WEARINESS OF EPIC PROPORTIONS       
First Line: I like it when
Last Line: And of course she can %by that lovely little path %that winds through %the olive orchard


MY WIFE LIFTS A FINGER TO HER LIPS       
First Line: Night is coming
Last Line: No, he can't see the fleas


MYSTERY WRITER       
First Line: I figured, well, since I can't sleep
Last Line: And I had no one specific in mind


MYSTIC LIFE       
First Line: It's like fishing in the dark
Last Line: White shirt-tails and all -- %I'll be damned


NANCY JANE    Poem Text    
First Line: Grandma laughing on her deathbed.
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


NAVIGATOR       
First Line: I summoned columbus %at four in the morning
Last Line: As if it knew %where it's going where it's been


NAVIGATOR       
First Line: I summoned christopher columbus
Last Line: Only the wind rushing off with a screech %as if it just remembered %where it's going, where it's bee


NEAREST NAMELESS       
First Line: So damn familiar
Last Line: And I felt myself tremble


NEW YORK POEMS       
First Line: In new york on 14th street
Last Line: By a woman in flames


NIGHT IN THE HOUSE OF CARDS       
First Line: A lot of dust has settled today
Last Line: The girl on the back of the card wore


NIGHT PICNIC       
First Line: There was the sky, starless and vast
Last Line: And then finally, she moistened her lips


NORTH       
First Line: The ancients knew the sorrows of exile
Subject(s): Exiles; North, The


NORTHERN EXPOSURE       
First Line: When old women say, it smells of snow
Last Line: As if someone is scribbling over them %with a piece of charcoal found in the cold stove


NOTE    Poem Text    
First Line: A rat came on stage
Subject(s): Rats


NOTE       
First Line: A rat came on stage
Last Line: Where someone hit him, %in earnest, %once, and then twice more, %with a heavy object
Subject(s): Rats


NOTE SLIPPED UNDER A DOOR    Poem Text    
First Line: I saw a high window struck blind
Subject(s): Houses


NOTE SLIPPED UNDER A DOOR       
First Line: I saw a high window struck blind
Last Line: I saw stones that had come %from a great purple distance %huddle around the front door


NURSERY RHYME       
First Line: The little pig goes to market
Last Line: I see a blur, a speck, meager, receding, %our lives trailing in its wake


O FADING MEMORY!       
First Line: In my childhood, toy shops still sold miniature theaters made of
Last Line: War was just over. There was little to do but imagine


OBSCURE BEGINNINGS       
First Line: I was a winter fly on the ceiling
Last Line: The red parrot screaming in the parrot house


OCTOBER ARRIVING       
First Line: I only have a measly ant


OCTOBER LIGHT       
First Line: That same light by which I saw her last
Last Line: And lay still around her two feet


ODD SYMPATHIES       
First Line: Your continuous yawning makes
Last Line: Previously secreted %till this rash epidemic


OFFICIAL INQUIRY AMONG THE GRAINS OF SAND       
First Line: You're wholly anonymous. %you believe yourself living incognita
Last Line: The indistinguishable you


OLD COUPLE    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Old Age; Togetherness; Mortality


OLD COUPLE       
First Line: They're waiting to be murdered
Last Line: I know his hand has reached hers %just as she was about to turn on the lights


OLD MOUNTAIN ROAD       
First Line: In the dusk of the evening
Last Line: Child! I though of calling out, %knowing myself a born doubter


OLD POSTCARD OF 42ND STREET AT NIGHT       
First Line: I'm looking for the mechanical chess player with a red turban. I hear
Last Line: Five-headed cerberus, and two eyes opened wide in astonishment


OLD WORLD       
First Line: I believe in the soul; so far
Last Line: Oh to be one of them, the wine whispered to me


ON PRETEXT       
First Line: A child was taught


ON THE ROAD TO SOMEWHERE ELSE       
First Line: The leaves made us think
Last Line: In the quick flare of a match


ON THE SAGGING PORCH       
First Line: Sits the grim-looking president
Last Line: And growl at you a little, %is called judas


ON THIS VERY STREET IN BELGRADE    Poem Text    
First Line: Your mother carried you
Subject(s): Belgrade, Serbia; Balkan Conflicts (yugoslavia)


ON THURSDAY       
First Line: I met the mortician on the street


ONCE-OVER       
First Line: Slaves of fatality, at times you remember
Last Line: With the grainy old film noir over


ONE TO WORRY ABOUT       
First Line: I failed miserably at imagining nothing
Last Line: As if all along she knew what I was thinking


ORACULO ASTRAL       
First Line: A bamboo cage on the sidewalk
Last Line: Lying blank on the table between us


OUR ANGELIC ANCESTOR       
First Line: Rimbaud should have gone to america instead of lad chad. He'd
Last Line: Poetry: three mismatched shoes at the entrance of a dark alley


OUTSIDE A DIRTROAD TRAILER       
First Line: O exegetes, somber hermeneuts


OUTSIDE BIAGGI'S FUNERAL HOME       
First Line: Three old women sat knitting
Last Line: After a long, long while


PAIN       
First Line: I was doing nothing in particular
Last Line: I sometimes used as a mirror


PAINTERS OF ANGELS AND SERAPHIM       
First Line: After a long lunch of roast lamb


PARADISE MOTEL    Poem Text    
First Line: Millions were dead; everybody was innocent
Subject(s): Hotels; Inns; Innskeepers; Motels; Boarding Houses


PARADISE MOTEL       
First Line: Millions were dead; everybody was innocent
Last Line: Had too much red in it, too much pink
Subject(s): Hotels


PART OF THE MISSING WHOLE       
First Line: Empty space and silence. The city like a chessboard in which the
Last Line: In a bare, whitewashed room %with a quiet sign


PARTIAL EXPLANATION       
First Line: Seems like a long time
Last Line: On the conversation %of cooks
Subject(s): Restaurants


PAST THE ANIMAL HOSPITAL       
First Line: Maria, the lovebug, perez
Last Line: And she said nothing


PAST-LIVES THERAPY    Poem Text    
First Line: They explained to me the bloody bandages
Subject(s): Farm Life; Birth; War; Agriculture; Farmers; Child Birth; Midwifery


PASTORAL       
First Line: I came to a meadow
Last Line: Spat in the palms of my hands %to catch stars in them %like fireflies %and light her way to me


PASTORAL HARPSICHORD       
First Line: A house with a sagging porch
Last Line: I went out to make chamber music %against the sunflowers in the yard


PEACEFUL KINGDOM       
First Line: The bird who watches me
Last Line: My sister says if I drink %of that water I will die... %that's why the heart beats: %to waken the wa


PEACEFUL TREES       
First Line: All shivers
Last Line: Whispering %to the master-whisperers %of their own %early evening silences


PIECES OF THE CLOCK LIE SCATTERED       
First Line: So, hurry up!


PIETY    Poem Text    
First Line: A plain black cotton dress
Last Line: With eyes closed
Subject(s): Piety


PIETY       
First Line: A plain black cotton dress
Last Line: If you close your eyes, %there's even a tiny rip %on the level of thighs, %the curlicue of blackest
Subject(s): Piety


PIGEONS AT DAWN    Poem Text    
First Line: Extraordinary efforts are being made
Subject(s): Morning; City & Town Life; Pigeons


PIGEONS AT DAWN       
First Line: Extraordinary efforts are being made
Last Line: All but invisible, but for her slender arm


PILLOW       
First Line: Are we still travelling?
Last Line: For those who grit their teeth in sleep %to lay down their heads


PLACE       
First Line: They were talking about the war


PLACE AT THE OUTSKIRTS       
First Line: Gods trying different costumes
Last Line: Waiting to take your order


PLACE IN THE COUNTRY       
First Line: How well these dogs and their fleas


POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: Every morning I forget how it is
Subject(s): Shoes; Boots; Sneakers; Shoemakers


POEM       
First Line: Those happy days when I climbed
Last Line: They lay squeezed like the poor in their beds, %and I was the captain in the crow's nest


POEM       
First Line: My father writes all day, all night
Last Line: When the bottle empties %his great dark hand %bigger than the earth %feels for the moon's spigot


POEM       
First Line: Every morning I forget how it is
Last Line: How I have to put them on, %how bending over to tie them up %I will look into the earth


POEM WITHOUT A TITLE    Poem Text    
First Line: I say to the lead
Subject(s): Lead (metal)


POEM WITHOUT A TITLE       
First Line: I say to the lead
Last Line: Nobody answers. %lead. Bullet. %with names like that %the sleep is deep and long


POINT       
First Line: This is the story
Last Line: Inside the tongue %a loose hair. %inside the hair, %they found %whatever %is destroyed %each time %I


POLICE DOGS IN A DOG-GROOMER'S WINDOW       


POPULAR MECHANICS       
First Line: The enormous engineering problems


POSITION WITHOUT A MAGNITUDE       
First Line: As when someone
Last Line: And you shudder %as you realize it's only you %on your way %to the blinding sunlight %of the street


POVERTY       
First Line: When I looked at my poverty


PRIMER       
First Line: This kid got so dirty
Last Line: To make you sleepy, %and make you grow strong


PRISONER       
First Line: He is thinking of us
Last Line: It's been so long. He has trouble %deciding what else is there. %and all along the suspicion %that w


PRIVATE EYE    Poem Text    
First Line: To find clues where there are none
Subject(s): Detective Stories


PRIVATE EYE       
First Line: To find clues where there are none
Last Line: I'm not closing up till he breaks
Subject(s): Detective Stories


PRODIGAL       
First Line: Dark morning rain
Last Line: Knocking at the front door


PRODIGY    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: I grew up bent over
Subject(s): Children; Games; World War Ii; Childhood; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements; Second World War


PRODIGY       
First Line: I grew up bent over
Last Line: In chess, too, the professor told me, %the masters play blindfolded, %the great ones on several boar
Subject(s): Children; Games; World War Ii


PROMISES OF LENIENCY AND FORGIVENESS    Poem Text    
First Line: Orphanage in the rain


PROMISES OF LENIENCY AND FORGIVENESS       
First Line: Orphanage in the rain
Last Line: Like wigs, fright wigs for the infinite


PROMPTER       
First Line: The one who had been whispering
Last Line: And not this great sweep of nothing


PROSE POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: I was stolen by the gypsies. My parents stole me right back. Then the


PSALM       
First Line: Old ones to the side
Last Line: The forest is old, older than sleep, %older than this psalm I'm making up as I go


PUPPET SHOW: HEROIC AGE       
First Line: Icarus wore bright red sneakers
Last Line: Ulysses was the name of a three-legged dog


PUPPET SHOW: IN THE NIGHT       
First Line: The winds are making soup
Last Line: Weathervane soup


PUPPET SHOW: PUPPET       
First Line: The infinite number of lines
Last Line: Looks like a child's scribble


PUPPET SHOW: QUICK EATS       
First Line: The deaf and dumb waiter
Last Line: To a blind old woman


PUPPET SHOW: STOREFRONT CHURCH       
First Line: A scar-faced preacher
Last Line: A condom with spikes


PUPPET SHOW: THE MYSTIC HOUR       
First Line: God liks to dress himself as the devil
Last Line: Full of children at play


PUPPET-MAKER    Poem Text    
First Line: In his fear of solitude, he made us.
Subject(s): City & Town Life; Solitude; Night; Loneliness; Bedtime


PYRAMIDS AND SPHINXES       
First Line: There's a street in paris
Last Line: With the head of a sphinx staring at me


QUALITY OF LIGHT       
First Line: You worship a few oblique truths


QUICK EATS       
First Line: Trees like evangelists
Last Line: Storm-threatening west


QUIET TALK WITH ONESELF       
First Line: As spring flowers are promised by
Last Line: Eyes on the lookout for some angelic customer to serve - %some daisy picking poppies instead of dais


RASKILNIKOV       
First Line: Philosophical murderer, times are propitious
Last Line: Speeding through the red light?


READ YOUR FATE    Poem Text    
First Line: A world's disappearing.
Subject(s): Fate; Destiny


READ YOUR FATE       
First Line: A world's disappearing
Last Line: As if after a rooster %with its head chopped off


READING HISTORY       
First Line: At times, reading here
Last Line: And thinks of me as god, %as devil


RELAXING IN A MADHOUSE       
First Line: They had already attached the evening's tears to the windowpanes
Last Line: In the white pavilion the nurse was turning water into wine. Cloud


RIDDLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Hangs by a thread
Subject(s): Riddles


ROACH MOTEL       
First Line: The fears of my mother
Last Line: Because I keep lying all the time


ROAD IN THE CLOUDS       
First Line: Your undergarments and mine
Last Line: Down a steep winding road %to the blue sea


ROADSIDE STAND       
First Line: In the watermelon and corn season
Last Line: Straightening crumpled bills in a cigar box


ROMANTIC LANDSCAPE    Poem Text    
First Line: To gireve, always to suffer
Subject(s): Grief; Transience; Sorrow; Sadness; Impermanence


ROMANTIC LANDSCAPE       
First Line: To grieve, always to suffer
Last Line: And its dumb tongue begins to move darkly


ROMANTIC SONNET    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Family Life; Childhood Memories; Relatives


ROMANTIC SONNET       
First Line: Evenings of sovereign clarity
Last Line: O time, I keep chewing and chewing


ROSALIA       
First Line: An especially forlorn human specimen
Last Line: White snowflakes falling for rosalia rissi %but as many lampblack ones!


ROUGH OUTLINE       
First Line: The famous torturer takes a walk
Last Line: Down by the slaughterhouse a dog-like creature howled %then the snow started to fall again


RURAL DELIVERY       
First Line: I never thought we'd end up
Last Line: Homeward lit by the same fuel %as the snow glinting in the gloom %of the early nightfall


RUSTY KEY       
First Line: From a cigar box full of rusty keys %in a roadside junk shop
Last Line: And someone sobbing bitterly %causing all that rust


SCARECROW       
First Line: God's refuted, but the devil's not


SCHOOL FOR DARK THOUGHTS       
First Line: At daybreak
Last Line: There are windows %and blackboards, %one can only see through %with eyes closed


SCHOOL OF METAPHYSICS       
First Line: Executioner happy to explain
Last Line: He wanted me to understand %right then and there
Subject(s): Education; Metaphysics


SECRET       
First Line: I have my excuse, mr. Death
Last Line: On her lips, and held it there


SECRET HISTORY    Poem Text    
First Line: Of the light in my room:
Subject(s): Time


SECRET OF THE YELLOW ROOM       
First Line: Sloth's best. Lolling on a sofa
Last Line: To click on the yellow table lamp


SELF-PORTRAIT IN BED       
First Line: For imaginary visitors, I had a chair
Last Line: Worrying about my soul, I'm sure


SERVING TIME    Poem Text    
First Line: Another dreary day in time's invisible
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Time; Convicts


SEVERE FIGURES       
First Line: If death and liberty


SHADOW PUBLISHING COMPANY       
First Line: This couple strolling arm in arm
Last Line: Only the scent of the lilacs on the pillow


SHAVING AT NIGHT       
First Line: The profile of a man who waits
Last Line: There's still the upper-lip to examine, %the trembling chin,the throat %with its large adam's apple


SHELLEY    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Poet of the dead leaves driven like ghosts
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Shelley, Percy Bysshe (1792-1822)


SHELLEY       
First Line: Poet of the dead leaves driven like ghosts
Last Line: Afraid of my small windowless room %cold as a tomb of an infant emperor
Subject(s): Poetry And Poets; Shelley, Percy Bysshe (1792-1822)


SHIP OF FOOLS       
First Line: I'm a stowaway in the crow's nest
Last Line: Coming to deliver pink roses to the nun


SHIRT       
First Line: To get into it
Last Line: Doubling back now %through a knotted sleeve


SILENT CHILD       
First Line: He steals a hair


SIX PROSE POEMS       
First Line: The clouds told him their names in the quiet of the summer ...


SLAUGHTERHOUSE FLIES       
First Line: Evenings, they ran their bloody feet
Last Line: Just as the blade drops down on them


SLEEP       
First Line: The woodpecker goes beating a little drum
Last Line: Every beast shall see its track and wonder


SLURRED WORDS       
First Line: Taking cover in the closet
Last Line: At the end of his long stick


SOAP BUBBLE SET (1936)       
First Line: A soap bubble went to meet infinity
Last Line: World is beautiful but not sayable. That's why we need art


SOLITUDE       
First Line: There now, where the first crumb
Last Line: The ants are putting on %their quakers' hats %and setting out to visit you


SOLVING THE RIDDLE       
First Line: The cloud's a clue. O cloud!
Last Line: Inside my wine bottle %I was constructing a lighthouse %while all the others %were making sailing sh


SOME NIGHTS       
First Line: Many fine pastries line the shelves
Last Line: Filled with almonds of heaven and hell


SOMETHING       
First Line: Here come my night thoughts
Last Line: So you don't go off muttering %I saw something


SPOON       
First Line: An old spoon
Last Line: Ready to scratch %today's date %and your name %on the bare wall


SPOONS WITH REALISTIC DEAD FLIES ON THEM       
First Line: I cause great many worries to my mother
Last Line: Looks both ways crossing the street %at two gusts of nothing and nothing


SPRING       
First Line: That is what I saw -- old snow on the ground
Last Line: And have a good laugh, while covering herself


SQUINTING SUSPICIOUSLY       
First Line: I am watching time crawl roachlike
Last Line: A blanket over you, and so do I


ST. THOMAS AQUINAS       
First Line: I left parts of myself everywhere
Last Line: And I could see nothing but overflowing ashtrays %the human-faced flies were busy examining


STONE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Go inside a stone
Subject(s): Stones; Granite; Rocks


STONE       
First Line: Go inside a stone
Last Line: Just enough light to make out %the strange writings, the star-charts %on the inner walls


STORY OF HAPPINESS       
First Line: Happiness, unknown woman, %there's a childhood picture
Last Line: Over the nevada desert, when


STORY OF MY LUCK       
First Line: Thre was a famous palm reader
Last Line: And all I could do was scratch my head


STREAM       
First Line: The ear threading
Last Line: All night meditating %on what she asks of me %when she doesn't %when I hear myself say %she doesn't


STREET       
First Line: Heavy mirror carried
Last Line: By someone I can't even see, %to whom, too, I'm bowing


STREET CORNER THEOLOGY       
First Line: It ought to be clear that cornell is a religious artist. Vision is his
Last Line: Making art in america is about saving one's soul


STREET OF JEWELERS       
First Line: What each one of these hundreds
Last Line: Specks of dust in the dying sunlight


STREET PREACHER       
First Line: Regiments of the damned, halt!
Last Line: Its orange lights flashing all by themselves %all night long
Variant Title(s): The Preacher Say


STREET SCENE       
First Line: A blind little boy
Last Line: The two of them grinning at me


STREET VENTRILOQUIST       
First Line: The bearded old man on the corner
Last Line: That already had that seen-a-ghost look


STRICTLY BUCOLIC       
First Line: Are these mellifluous sheep
Last Line: Plus the cauldrons of stinking cabbage and boiled turnips %which don't figure in this idyll


STRONG BOY       
First Line: Lifting dumbbells for all to see


STUB ON A RED PENCIL       
First Line: You were sharpened to a fine point
Last Line: Stub on a red pencil


SUFFERING    Poem Text    
First Line: Shall I sell it door to door?
Subject(s): Doppeldoppelgangers


SUITCASE STRAPPED WITH A ROPE       
First Line: They made themselves so tiny
Last Line: Unless, of course, it was a burglar %and he knew another way to go


SUMMER IN THE COUNTRY       
First Line: One shows me how to lie down in a field of clover
Last Line: Having the nerve to ask me to go get her a whip


SUMMER MORNING    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: I love to stay in bed
Subject(s): Morning


SUMMER MORNING       
First Line: I love to stay in bed
Last Line: And all of a sudden! %in the midst of that quiet, %it seems possible %to live simply on this earth
Subject(s): Morning


SUMMONS       
First Line: The robes of the judges are magnificent
Last Line: And the old cleaning women who sweep them, %knowing each flake by its suffering and name


SUNDAY PAPERS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The butchery of the innocent
Subject(s): War; Sabbath; Religion; Innocence; Sunday; Theology


SUNSET'S COLORING BOOK       
First Line: The blue trees argue with the red wind
Last Line: The golden mountain touches the black sky


TALKING TO LITTLE BIRDIES    Poem Text    
First Line: Not a peep out of you now
Subject(s): Birds


TALKING TO LITTLE BIRDIES       
First Line: Not a peep out of you now
Last Line: As you watch me go to speak to them


TALKING TO THE CEILING       
First Line: The moths rustle the pages of the evening papers
Last Line: Little rain, keep on falling softly


TAPESTRY    Poem Text    
First Line: It hangs from heaven to earth
Subject(s): Tapestries


TAPESTRY       
First Line: It hangs from heaven to earth
Last Line: They'll shave his beard, nose, ears and hair, %to make him look like everyone else
Subject(s): Tapestries


TATTOOED CITY    Poem Text    
First Line: I, who am only an incomprehensible
Subject(s): Self; City & Town Life


TATTOOED CITY       
First Line: I, who am only an incomprehensible
Last Line: With other unknown divinities %in an underpass with rain falling


TERMS       
First Line: A child crying in the night
Last Line: Listening to a child crying in the night %with a hope, %it will go on crying a little longer


TERRA INCOGNITA       
First Line: America still waits to be discovered. Its tramps and poets resemble
Last Line: On the street again, the man in the white suit turning the corner %could be the ghost of the dead po


THAT SLANT OF LIGHT       
First Line: My trees, I no longer recognize you
Last Line: Still fussing to tuck her dreaming children %into her dark garments


THE ALTAR    Poem Text    
First Line: The plastic statue of the virgin


THE BATHER    Poem Text    
First Line: Where the path to the lake twists out of sigh
Subject(s): Swimming & Swimmers


THE BODY    Poem Text    
First Line: This last continent
Subject(s): Body, Human


THE CLOCKS OF THE DEAD    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: One night I went to keep the clock company
Subject(s): Clocks; Time; Silence


THE ELUSIVE SOMETHING    Poem Text    
First Line: Is it in some crack in the pavement
Subject(s): Longing


THE FLIES    Poem Text    
First Line: Here are the baits, the hooks
Subject(s): Flies


THE FRIENDS OF HERACLITUS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Your friend has died, with whom
Subject(s): Death; Friendship; Imaginary Conversations; City & Town Life; Philosophy & Philosophers; Dead, The


THE GRASS    Poem Text    
First Line: It all hangs now on a blade of grass
Subject(s): Grass; Longing


THE IMMORTAL    Poem Text    
First Line: You're shivering my memory
Subject(s): Teaching & Teachers; Memory; Time; Memory; Educators; Professors


THE INITIATE    Poem Text    
First Line: St. John of the cross wore dark glasses
Subject(s): City & Town Life


THE INNER MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: It isn't the body
Subject(s): Alienation (social Psychology); Dissenters; Exiles; Marginality, Social; Estrangement; Outcasts


THE INVITATION    Poem Text    
First Line: We are going to serve a late lunch
Subject(s): Food & Eating


THE LESSON    Poem Text    
First Line: It occurs to me now
Subject(s): World War Ii; Second World War


THE MAN ON THE DUMP    Poem Text    
First Line: He looked the way I imagine melville's bartleby to have looked the
Subject(s): Labrunie, Gerard (1808-1855); Nerval, Gerard De (188-1855)


THE MELON    Poem Text    
First Line: There was a melon fresh from the garden
Subject(s): Melons; Death; Hornets; Family Life; Dead, The; Relatives


THE NORTH    Poem Text    
First Line: The ancients knew the sorrows of exile
Subject(s): Exiles; North, The


THE OLDEST CHILD    Poem Text    
First Line: The night still frightens you.
Subject(s): Night; Children; Bedtime; Childhood


THE PARTIAL EXPLANATION    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Seems like a long time
Subject(s): Restaurants; Cafes; Diners


THE PILLOW    Poem Text    
First Line: Are we still travelling?
Subject(s): Absence; Separation; Isolation


THE PROMPTER    Poem Text    
First Line: The one who had been whispering
Subject(s): Nothingness; Nihilism; Voids


THE SCHOOL OF METAPHYSICS    Poem Text    
First Line: Executioner happy to explain
Subject(s): Education; Metaphysics


THE SOMETHING    Poem Text    
First Line: Here come my night thoughts
Subject(s): Thought; Thinking


THE SUPRFEME MOMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: As an ant is powerless
Subject(s): Ants; Death; Dead, The


THE VICES OF THE EVENING    Poem Text    
First Line: The way the light and shadow
Subject(s): Evening; Shadows; Sunset; Twilight


THE WHITE ROOM    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The obvious is difficult
Subject(s): Summer; Trees; Mind, The


THE WOODEN TOY    Poem Text    
First Line: The brightly-painted horse
Subject(s): Toys; Childhood Memories


THEATRICAL COSTUMES       
First Line: A present from neighborly burglars
Last Line: And blowing the smoke out his mouth


THEORY       
First Line: If a cuckoo comes into the village
Last Line: Of cuckoos to cuckoo must cuckoo alone
Variant Title(s): The Way It I


THESE ARE POETS WHO SERVICE CHURCH CLOCKS       
First Line: Many people have already speculated about the relationship
Last Line: Cosmic church in which we always stand aloe. Silence is the only %language god speaks


THESE HOMEMADE DOLLS ARE NO GOOD       
First Line: Philosophers practicing their scissor-clips


THESEUS AND ARIADNE       
First Line: I shall go about with my eyes closed. The streets will no longer be
Last Line: There! Up and down broadway where I play my game


THIS MORNING    Poem Text    
First Line: Enter without knocking, hard-working ant.
Subject(s): Ants; Longing


THIS MORNING       
First Line: Enter without knocking, hard-working ant
Last Line: Muting each drop in her wild-beating heart


THOUSAND YEARS WITH SOLITUDE       
First Line: Toward evening %when it stops snowing


THUS       
First Line: Blue devils'
Last Line: The kind storefront gypsies make %when they sit staring at the rain, %their lips just barely moving


TIDBIT       
First Line: He stuck his nose


TIGER       
First Line: In san francisco, that winter
Last Line: The gritty winds, he once wrote


TO ALL HOG-RAISERS, MY ANCESTORS       
First Line: When I eat pork, it's solemn business


TO HELEN       
First Line: Tomorrow early I'm going to the doctor


TO THE ONE TUNNELLING       
First Line: Penitentiaries secured for the night
Last Line: Through a small crack in our door


TO THE ONE UPSTAIRS    Poem Text    
First Line: Boss of all bosses of the universe
Subject(s): God


TO THE ONE UPSTAIRS       
First Line: Boss of all bosss of the infinite universe
Last Line: As I scribble this note to you in the dark


TO THINK CLEARLY       
First Line: What I need is a pig and an angel
Last Line: As he struts across the yard


TOAD'S POOLHALL       
First Line: I'm tired of all this, I said
Last Line: And then I missed the shot


TOMB OF STEPHANE MALLARME       
First Line: Beginning to know
Last Line: Death's great amateur %night %the childhood of parmenides %oh yeah


TOWARD NIGHTFALL       
First Line: The weight of tragic events


TOY FACTORY    Poem Text    
First Line: My mother works here
Subject(s): Toys; World War Ii; Second World War


TOY FACTORY       
First Line: My mother works [or, is] here
Last Line: Their spades are heavy, %their spades are much too heavy. %perhaps that's how %it's supposed to be?
Subject(s): Toys; World War Ii


TRAGIC ARCHITECTURE       
First Line: School, prison, trees in the wind
Last Line: Lashed by the driving wind


TRAGIC SENSE OF LIFE       
First Line: Because few here recall the old wars
Last Line: Dark woods everywhere, closing in on me


TRAVELER IN A STRANGE LAND       
First Line: A white pigeon pecking on the marble steps of the library watched
Last Line: Next, it p[erched on the shoulder of a black man riding a bicycle at %daybreak down sixth avenue


TRAVELLING       
First Line: I turn myself into a sack
Last Line: But I say nothing, what can a sack %stuffed to its throat say?


TRAVELLING SLAUGHTERHOUSE       
First Line: Durer, I like that horse of yours
Last Line: He says, we are a travelling slaughterhouse. %ah the poor horse, he lets me eat his heart out!


TREE OF SUBTLETIES       
First Line: The leaves of that tree in the yard, %if you ask me, are hinting
Last Line: Was whispering his verses %to the white chickens pecking the corn


TREES AT NIGHT       
First Line: Putting out the light
Last Line: To which death attaches %a fluttering handkerchief. %and the wind makes %a big deal out of it


TREES IN THE OPEN COUNTRY       
First Line: Like those who were eyewitnesses


TROUBLE WITH POETRY       
First Line: The only thing poetry has always been good for is to make children
Last Line: My grandfather I can't sleep at night


TRUE HISTORY       
First Line: Which cannot be put into words
Last Line: With a sheet draped over his head


TRUTH OF POETRY       
First Line: A toy is a trap for dreamers. The true toy is a poetic object
Last Line: Revery, an object that would enrich the imagination of the viewer and %keep him company forever


TURN ON THE LIGHTS       
First Line: A tiny, no-see fly, %buzzing, pestering us
Last Line: And bitten raw in the dark


TWO DOGS       
First Line: An old dog afraid of his own shadow


TWO RIDDLES       
First Line: Hangs by a thread
Last Line: All that's known about it, %is that it goes goes %without saying


UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT       
First Line: The tunnel of love at the fair
Last Line: Moonlit and deserted parking lots


UNSEEN HAND       
First Line: It goes about its business, %catching flies
Last Line: This short breathe, %before the final snatch


UNTITLED (PINK PALACE) C. 1946-48       
First Line: Another oneiric play house. A phantom palace in a forest of bare
Last Line: Microscopic figures one images were strolling the day the artist drew %the scene


UNTITLED (WHITE BALLS IN COTS) MID 1950       
First Line: This box has the appearance of a game board, a puzzle, or perhaps
Last Line: How's this terrifying game to be played?


UTOPIA CUISINE       
First Line: It's raining on utopia parkway. The invalid brother is playing with
Last Line: Forges of antiquities, lovers of times past, employ the same method


VARIANT       
First Line: A police dog eating grass
Last Line: Obviously, what the poor mutt needs %is a mean old stepmother %to tap him on the back %quickly %not


VAUDEVILLE DE LUXE       
First Line: My baby's got a black dat bone.'
Last Line: In the meantime, you've got to whisper to the black cat bone if you %want to do its thing


VIA DEL TRITONE       
First Line: In rome, on the street of that name
Last Line: In that monstrous heat that gives birth %to false memories and tritons


VOICE FROM THE CAGE       
First Line: Mr. Zoo keeper, will you be making your rounds today? We are
Last Line: Ors is a circus of quick, terrified glances


VOYAGE TO CYTHERIA       
First Line: I'll go to the island of cythera
Last Line: In the evening darkness


VOYAHE TO CYTHERA    Poem Text    
First Line: I'll go the island of cythera
Subject(s): Love - Unrequited


WALL       
First Line: That's the only image
Last Line: And nothing else; and nowhere %to go back to; %and no one else %as far as I know to verify


WANTED POSTER       
First Line: From off a closed, block-long post office
Last Line: To go around grinning at every woman you meet?


WAR       
First Line: The trembling finger of a woman


WATCH REPAIR    Poem Text    
First Line: A small wheel
Subject(s): Watches


WATCH REPAIR       
First Line: A small wheel
Last Line: We raise it %to the lips %of the nearest %ear
Subject(s): Watches


WATCHING THE HEARSE       
First Line: Your hearse pulled by deep summer twilight
Last Line: Saying, of course, the whole thing is a joke


WATER       
First Line: Not only a fear. She exists. %I swear it. I see her often
Last Line: One must practice to become her equal


WATERMELONS    Poem Text    
First Line: Green buddhas / on the fruit stand
Subject(s): Watermelons


WATERMELONS       
First Line: Green buddhas %on the fruit stand
Last Line: And spit out the teeth
Subject(s): Watermelons


WE COMPREHEND BY AWE       
First Line: Whiteman, too, saw poetry everywhere. In 1913 appolinaire spoke
Last Line: Stones of the pavement, the hidden signs of the new melancholy


WE WERE SO POOR       
Last Line: Fur collar which she stroked until its sparks lit up the cellar


WEATHER OF THE SOUL       
First Line: It's raining, it's pouring


WHAT MOZART SAW ON MULBERRY STREET       
First Line: If you love watching movies from the middle on, cornell is your
Last Line: Surrealist. He believes in charms and good luck


WHAT THE GYPSIES TOLD MY GRANDMOTHER WHILE SHE WAS STILL A       
First Line: War, illness and famine will make you their favorite grandchild
Last Line: Question no further, that's all I know


WHAT THE WHITE HAD TO SAY       
First Line: Because I am the bullet
Last Line: At the speed of night. That milk tooth %you left under the pillow, it's grinning


WHERE CHANCE MEETS NECESSITY       
First Line: Somewhere in the city of new york thereare four or five still
Last Line: An infinite number of interesting objects in an infinite number of unlikely %places


WHEREIN OBSCURELY    Poem Text    
First Line: On the road with billowing poplars
Subject(s): Togetherness


WHEREIN OBSCURELY       
First Line: On the road with billowing poplars


WHISPERS IN THE NEXT ROOM       
First Line: The hospital barber, for instance
Last Line: No one, not even myself, %bent as I was, intently, over the razor


WHITE    Poem Text    
First Line: Out of poverty
Subject(s): White (color); Conduct Of Life


WHITE ROOM       
First Line: The obvious is diicult
Last Line: In that bright light - %and trees waiting for the night


WHITE: 1       
First Line: Out of poverty
Last Line: It touched you once, twice, %and tore like a stitch %out of a new wound


WHITE: 2       
First Line: What are you up to son of a gun?
Last Line: Does anyone still say a prayer %before going to bed? %white sleeplessness. %no one knows its weight


WHOSE EYES TO CATCH, WHOSE EYES TO AVOID       
First Line: She has just walked by


WILLIAM AND CYNTHIA       
First Line: Says she'll take him to the museum


WINDOW       
First Line: Serious-looking %nearsighted old woman


WINDOW DECORATOR       
First Line: I see you put christmas lights
Last Line: A solitary flake freshly fallen %on her flushed cheek


WINDOW WASHER       
First Line: And again the screech of the scaffold
Last Line: Before these dark offices, %and their anonymous multitudes %bent over this day's wondrously useless


WINDY EVENING    Poem Text    
First Line: This old world needs propping up
Subject(s): Wind


WINDY EVENING       
First Line: This old world needs propping up


WINTER EVENING       
First Line: These hunches I get, cold shivers
Last Line: Their tragic robes, %and so did the night


WINTER NIGHT       
First Line: The church is an iceberg
Last Line: An iceberg, the book says, is a large drifting %piece of ice, broken off a glacier


WINTER SUNSET       
First Line: Such skies were seen on the eve of great battles


WITH CHARLES AND HOLLY AT GIUBBE ROSSE IN FLORENCE       
First Line: He's a wise man who conquers hope
Last Line: Saying nothing just then %about the few of us thus engaged


WITH EYES VEILED       
First Line: First they dream about it


WITH HEART RACING       
First Line: Give yourself over to the moment
Last Line: As they give ear to the rain


WITHOUT A SOUGH OF WIND       
First Line: Against the backdrop


WOMAN AT THE BAR       
First Line: She watched men turn into animals


WOODEN TOY       
First Line: The brightly-painted horse
Last Line: Psst, someone said behind my back


WORLD       
First Line: As if I were a shade tree


WORLD DOESN'T END, SELS.       


WORLD DOESN'T END, SELS.       
First Line: I was stolen by the gypsies. My parents stole me right back. Then the
Last Line: Dish, the even more absurd vanity mirror, and the faintly sounding sil %ver bell
Subject(s): Future Life


WORM OF CONSCIENCE       
First Line: Nightcrawler, is it time?


WRITINGS OF THE MYSTICS       
First Line: On the counter among many
Last Line: Since it must be long past dinner, the one they ate quickly %happy that your small portion %went to