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Simpson, Louis    Poet's Biography
343 poems available by this author


A BOWER OF ROSES       
First Line: The mixture of smells
Last Line: Were real, and applied to you
Subject(s): World War Ii; Second World War


A CLEARING    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: I had come to australia
Subject(s): Australia


A FAREWELL TO HIS MUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: The floorboards creak
Subject(s): Old Age; Death; Poetry & Poets; Dead, The


A LETTER FROM BRAZIL    Poem Text    
First Line: An old friend from schooldays
Last Line: Have been damaged and have to be replaced
Subject(s): Friendship


A STORY ABOUT CHICKEN SOUP    Poem Text    
First Line: In my grandmother's house there was always chicken soup
Last Line: But to live in the tragic world forever.
Subject(s): Ethnic Groups - United States; Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Jews; Minorities - United States; United States - Race Relations; World War Ii; Shoah; Judaism; Second World War


A WANDERING LIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: Breathes there the man with soul so dead
Last Line: Or the one that permits us to live?
Subject(s): United States - Immigration & Emigration


ACADEMIC STORY       
First Line: One day during his office hour
Last Line: For a mind as romantic as henry's


ACCIDENT       
First Line: Why are the cars slowing up?
Last Line: It's either pointing at the sky %or falling off an edge into space
Subject(s): Automobile Accidents; Traffic


ADAM YANKEV       
First Line: Memory rising in the steppes


AEGEAN       
First Line: Where only flowers fret
Last Line: Of battles on the plain %and the bright oar and the oar spray
Subject(s): Aegean Sea; Trojan War


AFFAIR IN THE COUNTRY       
First Line: As he lived on east 82nd street


AFTER A LIGHT SNOWFALL       
First Line: On a day when snow has fallen
Last Line: And yet I see that he does


AFTER MIDNIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: The dark streets are deserted,
Subject(s): Night; City & Town Life; Bedtime


AFTER MIDNIGHT       
First Line: The dark streets are deserted
Last Line: Counting the singles carefully


AGAINST THE AGE       
First Line: Under broad banners and barbarian


AKHMATOVA'S HUSBAND    Poem Text    
First Line: Akhmatova's husband, gumilev / was a poet and an explorer
Subject(s): Akhmatova, Anna (1889-1966); Poetry & Poets


AKHMATOVA'S HUSBAND       
First Line: Akhmatova's husband, gumilev %was a poet and an explorer
Last Line: And let's get it over with
Subject(s): Akhmatova, Anna (1889-1966); Poetry And Poets


AL AND BETH    Poem Text    
First Line: My uncle al worked in a drugstore
Subject(s): Immigrants; Patriotism; Family Life; Emigrant; Emigration; Immigration; Relatives


AL AND BETH       
First Line: My uncle al worked in a drugstore
Last Line: Of such is the kingdom %of heaven. Say that I sent you


ALL SORTS OF THINGS    Poem Text    
First Line: He would stoop, pick up something
Last Line: The garden keeps me on my toes
Subject(s): Hobbies; Boredom


ALLAN FOX       
First Line: After the show the silver stars were out


AMERICAN CLASSIC       
First Line: It's a classic american scene
Last Line: That's why I say, an american classic


AMERICAN DREAMS       
First Line: In dreams my life came toward me


AMERICAN IN THE THIEVE'S MARKET       
First Line: In italy the dead have all the passion


AMERICAN POETRY    Poem Text    
First Line: Whatever it is, it must have
Last Line: Uttering cries that are almost human.
Subject(s): Language; Men; Poetry & Poets; Words; Vocabulary


AMERICAN PRELUDES       
First Line: This isle hath many goodly woods and deer


AN OLD BUILDING ON HUDSON STREET    Poem Text    
First Line: It was an old building
Last Line: Coming closer, trying to hear
Subject(s): New York City – Buildings


AN ORCHID    Poem Text    
First Line: I must have been asleep
Last Line: Fading through the pages
Subject(s): Orchids; Love – Complaints


ARM IN ARM       
First Line: Arm in arm in the dutch dyke


ARMIDALE       
First Line: It's a strange country
Variant Title(s): As A Man Walk


ART OF STORYTELLING       
First Line: Once upon a time there was a shocket


AS BIRDS ARE FITTED TO THE BOUGHS    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Love


AS BIRDS ARE FITTED TO THE BOUGHS       


ASH AND THE OAK       
First Line: When men discovered freedom first
Last Line: Oh, the ash and the oak and the willow tree %and that's an end of the infantry


ASSOCIATE       
First Line: I would read until I was sure
Last Line: He would day, 'about my life'
Subject(s): Publishing


AUGUST       
First Line: Gulls float on the sound
Last Line: Returned to the sea where it came


BACK IN THE STATES       
First Line: It was cold, and all they gave him to wear


BALLADE: WOMEN OF TIME PAST    Poem Text    
First Line: Tell me in what country is
Subject(s): Women


BARUCH       
First Line: There is an old folk saying


BATTLE       
First Line: Helmet and rifle, pack and overcoat
Last Line: Around a cigarette, and the bright ember %would pulse with all the life there was within
Subject(s): World War Ii


BAYMAN       
First Line: He walks backward across the deck
Last Line: How to make more money... %what for?


BEADED PEAR       
First Line: Dad in bermuda shorts, mom her hair in curlers


BEFORE THE POETRY READING    Poem Text    
First Line: This is the poetry reading
Subject(s): Poetry Readings


BEFORE THE POETRY READING       
First Line: This is the poetry reading


BELIEVER       
First Line: She comes once a week...And talks
Last Line: And I have to agree, it does


BERNIE       
First Line: Bernie was part lithuanian
Last Line: And we no longer keep in touch


BIG DREAM, LITTLE DREAM    Poem Text    
First Line: The elgonyi say, there are big dreams and little dreams
Subject(s): Men; War


BIG DREAM, LITTLE DREAM       
First Line: The elgonyi say, there are big dreams and little dreams
Last Line: And before you know there is war
Subject(s): Men; War


BIRCH    Poem Text    
First Line: Birch tree, you remind me
Subject(s): Love


BIRCH       
First Line: Birch tree, you remind me
Subject(s): Love


BIRD       
First Line: Sang heinrich, I would fly
Subject(s): Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Jews


BIRD       
First Line: Ich wunscht', ich ware ein voglein,' %sang heinrich...
Last Line: It makes his children cry
Subject(s): World War Ii


BLACK KETTLE RAISES THE STARS AND STRIPES       
First Line: Nits make lice, said chivington
Last Line: And it's no use playing the tuba to a dead indian


BOARDER       
First Line: The time is after dinner. Cigarettes


BOOK OF THE OPERA       
First Line: The victor book of the opera


BOWER OF ROSES       
First Line: The mixture of smells
Last Line: Were real, and applied to you
Subject(s): World War Ii


CABIN       
First Line: A woodpile and a fence
Last Line: Like a clashing of shields %and swords, and flights of arrows


CARENTAN O CARENTAN    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Trees in the old days used to stand / and shape a shady land
Subject(s): D Day (june 6, 1944); World War Ii; Normandy (france), Invasion Of; Second World War


CARENTAN O CARENTAN       
First Line: Trees in the old days used to stand %and shape a shady land
Last Line: We never yet had lost a man %or known what death could do
Subject(s): D Day (june 6, 1944); World War Ii


CAVIARE AT THE FUNERAL       
First Line: On the way back from the cemetery


CHAMPION SINGLE SCULLS       
First Line: Green leaves lit by the sun


CHANGE OF RAIMENT       
First Line: There was a room on the third floor
Last Line: And surely he will be glad to see me %and will meet me with loving kindness


CHOCOLATES    Poem Text    
First Line: Once some people were visiting chekhov
Last Line: Unusual conversation.
Subject(s): Chekhov, Anton (1860-1904); Chocolates; Conversation


CHOIR MASTER'S EVENING PARTY       
First Line: Mr. Cooper, the physics teacher
Last Line: In the wind from across the sea


CLEARING       
First Line: I had come to australia
Last Line: There's nothing that stands between me %and it, whatever it is


CLIMATE OF PARADISE       
First Line: A story about indians
Last Line: O even in paradise %the mind would make its own winter


COLONIAL EDUCATION       
First Line: Every sunday he takes us in his boat


COLUMBUS       
First Line: As I walked with my friend %my singular columbus
Last Line: An angel or a demon %and they rowed him from the land


CONSTANT LOVER       
First Line: I have continued to seek her
Last Line: And seems more beautiful as time passes
Subject(s): Fidelity


COTE D'AZUR       
First Line: Christian says, 'you know, it's paradise'


COUNTRY       
First Line: People drive on summer nights
Last Line: With light. A sense of rain


COUNTRY HOUSE       
First Line: You always know what to expect
Last Line: And I can't think or write


CRADLE TRAP       
First Line: A bell and rattle


DAMNED SUITCASE       
First Line: Her suitcase wasn't in the car


DAVE, ERNIE, EDOUARDO       
First Line: Dave climbs the tree
Last Line: He just drags brush and looks wise


DENTAL ASSISTANT       
First Line: She has a steady boyfriend
Last Line: Sex. It usually is


DINNER AT THE SEA-VIEW INN       
First Line: Peter said, 'I'd like some air'


DOCTOR GOODMAN'S THEATER       
First Line: It is cold,' says pa-feng
Last Line: Each man mad in his own way


DONKEY NAMED HANNIBAL       
First Line: At times I am visited by a donkey


DOOR       
First Line: They still talk about the wagners
Last Line: They say. Emily knows them all


DOUBTING       
First Line: I remember the day I arrived


DREAM OF GOVERNORS       
First Line: The knight from the world's end
Last Line: That creeps, begins to rise, %and spreads the dragon's wing


DVONYA    Poem Text    
First Line: In the town of odessa
Subject(s): Love; Odessa, Ukraine


DVONYA       
First Line: In the town of odessa
Last Line: All that passed long ago %on a summer night in odessa
Subject(s): Love; Odessa, Ukraine


EARLY IN THE MORNING       
Last Line: On the cold morning %of a cold day


ED    Poem Text    
First Line: Ed was in love with a cocktail waitress
Subject(s): Marriage; Disappointment; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


ED       
First Line: Ed was in love with a cocktail waitress
Last Line: Well,' they said, 'why didn't you?'


ELEGY FOR JAKE       
First Line: Taking off the old paint


ELEVENTH COMMANDMENT       
First Line: Do you know the eleventh commandment'


ENCOUNTER ON THE 7:07       
First Line: He got on at cold spring harbor


FAME       
First Line: What a thing to be in the mouth
Last Line: Leaving not a mark to show %that you ever lived. %so what?


FARM IN MINNESOTA       
First Line: The corn rows walk the earth


FINE DAY FOR STRAW HATS       
First Line: He bought an old ship's lifeboat


FLEET FOR TSUSHIMA       
First Line: Now we're at sea, like the russians


FLIGHT TO CYTHEREA       
First Line: There are designs in curtains that can kill


FOGGY LANE       
First Line: The houses seem to be floating


FRIEND OF THE FAMILY       
First Line: Once upon a time in california


FRIENDS    Poem Text    
First Line: Even after j.B. Left and went to a better house
Subject(s): Teaching & Teachers; Editors; Educators; Professors


FRIENDS       
First Line: Even after j.B. Left and went to a better house


FROGS    Poem Text    
First Line: The storm broke, and it rained,
Subject(s): Frogs; Longing; Conversation


FROGS       
First Line: The storm broke, and it rained
Last Line: In the country I long for conversation-- %our happy croaking


GARDENER       
First Line: She is on her knees pulling weeds


GENIUS IN THE FAMILY       
First Line: They still haven't stopped talking
Last Line: He said. 'it's commonsense.'


GOODNIGHT       
First Line: He stood still by her bed
Last Line: Each night as though the night %were always only good


GRADUATION    Poem Text    
First Line: My ex-wife comes over
Subject(s): Graduation & Graduates; Divorce; Parents; Parenthood


GRAND FORKS       
First Line: The old woman who still %bears some strong vestiges
Last Line: Is with us, and nowhere else


GREEN SHEPHERD       
First Line: Here sit a shepherd and a shepherdess
Last Line: For time was sympathetic all the while %and on the magic mountain nothing moved
Subject(s): Shepherds And Shepherdesses


HAWAII       
First Line: It's good to be back,'
Last Line: She said, 'and twenty-three cents.'


HE'S ASLEEP    Poem Text    
First Line: The phone was ringing
Last Line: In the room, except his wife
Subject(s): Sleep; Marriage; Man-woman Relationships


HER WEEKEND IN THE COUNTRY       
First Line: My wife's sister is visiting
Last Line: On grass and a child's swing


HEROES       
First Line: I dreamed of war-heroes, of wounded war-heroes
Last Line: And count the long night by the stroke of their hearts
Subject(s): War


HIS AND HERS       
First Line: We've a cook named gaston


HIS FUNNY VALENTINE       
First Line: He said, 'I'd like to be a beautiful woman'


HONEYMOON    Poem Text    
First Line: Uncle bob prayed over the groom:
Subject(s): Honeymoons


HONEYMOON       
First Line: Uncle bob prayed over the groom
Last Line: What makes you so superior?


HOT NIGHT ON WATER STREET       
First Line: A hot midsummer night on water street
Last Line: And bought the new york times, and went to bed.
Subject(s): Towns


HOUR OF FEELING       
First Line: A woman speaks


HOW TO LIVE ON LONG ISLAND       
First Line: Lilco, $75.17


I DREAMED THAT IN A CITY DARK AS PARIS    Poem Text    


I DREAMED THAT IN A CITY DARK AS PARIS       
Last Line: For dreams are licensed as they never were


ICE CUBE MAKER       
First Line: Once the ice was in a tray


IN A TIME OF PEACE       
First Line: He changes dollars into francs


IN CALIFORNIA    Poem Text    
First Line: Here I am, troubling the dream coast
Subject(s): California


IN CALIFORNIA       
First Line: Here I am, troubling the dream coast
Subject(s): California


IN OTTO'S BASEMENT       
First Line: At the meeting of the village board


IN THE SUBURBS    Poem Text    
First Line: There's no way out
Subject(s): Suburbs


IN THE SUBURBS       
First Line: There's no way out
Subject(s): Suburbs


INDIAN COUNTRY       
First Line: This prairie light ... I see


INDIAN STUDENT       
First Line: I said, I can' talk to you
Last Line: All those people in the street %who stay up all night long


INNER PART       
First Line: When they had won the war
Last Line: As black as death, emitting a strange odor
Subject(s): Men


INSPIRATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Thank you, jon! Your card
Last Line: We can get on with art. It's long
Subject(s): Inspiration; Poetry & Poets


INVITATION TO A QUIET LIFE       
First Line: Come, amaryllis, let us go


ISIDOR       
First Line: Isidor was always plotting


ISLAND       
First Line: Driven by the wind, black billows


ISLANDERS       
First Line: Poetry has no place, still you must choose


IT FIGURES       
First Line: I've been talking to our cleaning woman


IT WAS THE LAST OF THE PARADES       
Last Line: Another war? No thanks
Subject(s): Peace


IVERSON BOY       
First Line: I met the iverson boy
Last Line: Shows like jeopardy and wheel of fortune


JABEZ       
First Line: I am walking in a moonlit lane


JAMAICA       
First Line: Far from your crumbled mountains, plains that vultures ponder


JOHN THE BAPTIST       
First Line: The prophet, scourged by his own hand, progressed


LAERTES IN PARIS       
First Line: Decades of disaster, a deluge


LANDSCAPE WITH BARNS    Poem Text    
First Line: The barns like scarlet lungs are breathing in
Subject(s): United States; America


LAUREL TREE       
First Line: In the clear light that confuses everything


LAZARUS CONVALESCENT       
First Line: These are the evening hours and he walks


LEGEND OF SUCCESS, THE SALESMAN'S STORY       
Last Line: But each one to his taste, I always say
Subject(s): Success


LIBERATED CHARACTERS' BALL       
First Line: The street used to be full of carriages
Last Line: At the liberated characters' ball!


LIKE A GLASS OF TEA       
First Line: Life,' said joe butensky
Last Line: Why. Am I a philosopher?


LILIES OF THE FIELD    Poem Text    
First Line: The road is full of people
Last Line: And her english has much improved
Subject(s): United States - Immigration & Emigration


LINES WRITTEN NEAR SAN FRANCISCO    Poem Text    
First Line: I wake and feel the city trembling.
Subject(s): Caruso, Enrico (1873-1921); United States; Social Commentaries; America


LINES WRITTEN NEAR SAN FRANCISCO       
First Line: I wake and feel the city trembling


LITTLE COLORED FLAGS       
First Line: Lines of little colored flags


LORENZO       
First Line: In the mornings I would write, sitting on the veranda


LOVE AND POETRY    Poem Text    
First Line: My girl the voluptuous creature
Subject(s): Love


LOVE AND POETRY       
First Line: My girl the voluptuous creature
Subject(s): Love


LOVE, MY MACHINE       


LOVER'S GHOST       
First Line: I fear the headless man
Subject(s): Fantasy


LUMINOUS NIGHT       
First Line: I love the dark race of poets


MAGRITTE SHAVING       
First Line: How calm the torso of a woman


MAN SHE LOVED       
First Line: In the dusk


MAN WHO MARRIED MAGDALENE       
Subject(s): Prostitution


MANNEQUINS       
First Line: Whenever I passed saks fifth avenue


MARIA ROBERTS       
First Line: In the kingdom of heaven


MARRIAGE OF POCAHONTAS       
First Line: These episodes are taken
Subject(s): Native Americans; Pocahontas (1595-1617)


MASHKIN HILL       
First Line: When levin mowed mashkin hill
Subject(s): Labor And Laborers


MEMORIES OF A LOST WAR       
First Line: The guns know what is what, but underneath
Subject(s): World War Ii; Second World War


MEMORIES OF A LOST WAR       
First Line: The guns know what is what, but underneath
Last Line: They will be proud a while of something death %still needs to need
Subject(s): World War Ii


MEXICAN WOMAN       
First Line: All he needed was fifty cents


MEYER       
First Line: In russia there were three students


MIDDLEAGED MAN       
First Line: There is a middleaged man, tim flanagan
Subject(s): Middle Age


MISSISSIPPI       
First Line: When we went down the river on a raft


MORNING LIGHT       
First Line: In the morning light a line


MOVING THE WALLS       
First Line: The prince of monaco
Last Line: Are there any at sea? %if so, they have not whispered lately


MUSIC IN VENICE    Poem Text    
First Line: Dismiss the instruments that for your pleasure
Subject(s): Music & Musicians; Venice, Italy


MUSIC IN VENICE       
First Line: Dismiss the instruments that for your pleasure
Last Line: Even to envy, sharpening a knife, %his interest
Subject(s): Music And Musicians; Venice, Italy


MY FATHER IN THE NIGHT COMMANDING NO    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Family Life; Relatives


NEIGHBORS (1)       
First Line: The cold man
Subject(s): Neighbors


NEIGHBORS (2)       
First Line: Dick's bought an old boat
Subject(s): Neighbors


NEPTUNE'S DAUGHTER       
First Line: I like stories about america


NERO IN LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: G.L.B. Wiehen / w pronounec as v
Last Line: Into a life of crime
Subject(s): Teaching & Teachers; Nero, Roman Emperor (37-68 A.d.)


NEW LINES FOR CUSCUSCARAWAY AND MIZA MURAD ALI BEG       
First Line: O amiable prospect!
Last Line: I will sing unto the lord %in a voice that is cheerfully dry


NEW LOTS       
First Line: On the sabbath when darkness falls


NEWSPAPER NIGHTS       
First Line: After midnight when the presses were rolling


NIGHT FLOWERS       
First Line: Leaves, what are you?


NIGHT IN ODESSA       
First Line: Grandfather puts down his tea glass


NOT GUILTY       
First Line: When the verdict was announced
Last Line: A leader in his field, with a growing practice


O WHAT CAN AIL THEE, KNIGHT AT ARMS       
First Line: The day the students were arrested


O WHAT CAN AIL THEE, KNIGHT AT ARMS?    Poem Text    
First Line: The day the students were arrested
Subject(s): Antiwar Movements; Poetry & Poets; Love - Erotic; Anti-war Protests


OLD FIELD STORIES       
First Line: He is querulous and constipated
Last Line: For song, as far as I know


OLD GRAVEYARD AT HAUPPAUGE       
First Line: In adam's fall we sinned all


OLD SOLDIER       
First Line: A dream of battle on a windy night


ON A DISAPPEARANCE OF THE MOON       
First Line: And I, who used to lie with the moon


ON A PAINTING BY JIMMY ERNST       
First Line: A line of masked dancers


ON THE EVE       
First Line: There is something sad about property


ON THE LAWN AT THE VILLA    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Arms & Armor; Americans; Weapons; Ammunition


ON THE LAWN AT THE VILLA       
Last Line: So we sat there all afternoon


ON THE LEDGE       
First Line: I can see the coast coming near
Last Line: Watching an ant %climb a blade of grass and climb back down
Subject(s): World War Ii


ORPHEUS IN AMERICA       
First Line: Here are your meadows, love, as wide as heaven


ORPHEUS IN THE UNDERWORLD       
First Line: Night, dark night, night of my distress


OUT OF SEASON    Poem Text    
First Line: Once I stayed at the grand hotel
Subject(s): Hotels; Inns; Innskeepers; Motels; Boarding Houses


OUT OF SEASON       
First Line: Once I stayed at the grand hotel
Last Line: In one place rather than another
Subject(s): Hotels


OUTWARD       
First Line: The staff slips from the hand
Last Line: The metal of the plane is breathing; %sinuously it swims through the stars
Subject(s): Space And Space Travel


OUTWARD FORMS       
First Line: At lewisburg, where I am
Last Line: Perhaps, I'll make sense of it all


OWNER OF THE HOUSE       
First Line: The movers came, and took
Last Line: She'll have the run of it still


PACIFIC IDEAS-A LETTER TO WALT WHITMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: When the schooners were drifting
Last Line: O anything, to hold her in my arms!
Variant Title(s): Pacific Ideas - A Letter To Walt Whitman
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Whitman, Walt (1819-1891)


PACIFIC IDEAS-A LETTER TO WALT WHITMAN       
First Line: When the schooners were drifting
Last Line: O anything, to hold her in my arms!
Variant Title(s): Pacific Ideas - A Letter To Walt Whitma
Subject(s): Poetry And Poets; Whitman, Walt (1819-1891)


PATSY       
First Line: When the whip is still and the ferris wheel
Last Line: And crazy for loving you


PAWNSHOP       
First Line: The first time I saw a pawnshop


PEACE MARCH       
First Line: We are carrying lighted candles
Last Line: And more and more go wandering off %down cedar and livingston and buena vista


PEAT-BOG MAN       
First Line: He was one of the consorts of the moon


PEOPLE NEXT DOOR       
First Line: He isn't a religious man


PERIODONTICS       
First Line: Am I hurting you?' says eubie


PETER       
First Line: At the end of the lane a van moving slowly


PHOTOGRAPHER       
First Line: A bearded man seated on a camp-stool


PHYSICAL UNIVERSE    Poem Text    
First Line: He woke at five and, unable
Last Line: From the depths of sleep.
Subject(s): Family Life; Relatives


PIHIS       
First Line: Since I first read in zone


PLUMBER PRESENTS HIS BILL       
First Line: Shortened bathtub spout connection
Last Line: It's impossible to make poetry out of money


POET'S PIPE       
First Line: I am a poet's pipe
Last Line: And then his light goes out


PORT JEFFERSON    Poem Text    
First Line: My whole life coming to this place
Subject(s): Long Island (n.y.)


PORT JEFFERSON       
First Line: My whole life coming to this place
Subject(s): Long Island (n.y.)


PREVIOUS TENANT       
First Line: All that winter it snowed


PROTESTANT       
First Line: The gray roof of saint germain


PSYCHE OF RIVERSIDE DRIVE       
First Line: The wind was packed with cold


QUIET DESPERATION       
First Line: At the post office he sees joe mcinnes
Subject(s): Modern Man


RED-AVOIDING PICTURES       
First Line: In japan many years ago


REDWOODS       
First Line: Mountains are moving, rivers are hurrying
Last Line: Turning in our heads the stars and clouds, %considering whom to please
Subject(s): Sequoia Trees


REFLECTIONS IN A SPA       
First Line: The walls are lined with mirrors


REMEMBERING THE SIXTIES       
First Line: If I close my eyes I can hear
Last Line: Down side streets, and went out


REMEMBRANCE OF THINGS PAST       
First Line: For a long time I stayed in bed


RESISTANCE       
First Line: On the winding road under the white alp


RETURNING TO PARIS       
First Line: Paris changes, said baudelaire
Last Line: With miriam, waiting to cross
Subject(s): Paris, France


RIDERS HELD BACK       
First Line: One morning, as we travelled in the fields
Last Line: Were strewn like leaves; and there were many slain %in the dark fields


RISE       
First Line: I fished out in the middle


RIVER RUNNING BY       
First Line: The air was aglimmer, thousands of snowflakes


RIVERSIDE DRIVE       
First Line: I have been staring at a sentence


ROLL       
First Line: What, my friends! Dead only two years and already dumb


ROOM AND BOARD       
First Line: The curtained windows of new york


RUNNER       
First Line: And the condemned man ate a hearty meal'
Last Line: For the other to see him off. And set off %in what seemed to be the right direction
Subject(s): Bulge, Battle Of The; World War Ii


SACRED OBJECTS    Poem Text    
First Line: I am taking part in a great experiment
Subject(s): Suburbs; Writing & Writers


SACRED OBJECTS       
First Line: I am taking part in a great experiment
Subject(s): Suburbs; Writing And Writers


SAILORS       
First Line: When the last star breathes like a rose
Last Line: Face the day heat, with blades of anger %threshing the salt green sea
Subject(s): Sailors And Sailing


SAUDI ARABIA       
First Line: He worked for an oil company
Last Line: And he showed me a golden ring


SEA AND THE FOREST       
First Line: A woman appears on deck


SEARCHING FOR THE OX       
First Line: I have a friend who works in a mental hospital


SHOO-FLY PIE       
First Line: The plain-faced mennonite woman
Last Line: What am I doing here?


SILENT GENERATION       
First Line: When hitler was the devil


SILENT LOVER       
First Line: She sighs. What shall I say?


SILENT PIANO       
First Line: We have lived like civilized people


SIMPLICITY       
First Line: Climbing the staircase
Last Line: Write me a poem


SOCIETY NOTES       
First Line: This year there's a belly dancer
Last Line: Why are you calling me sam?


SON OF THE ROMANOVS       
First Line: This is avram the cello-mender


SONG       
First Line: Rough winds do shake


SONG       
First Line: Let's sing a song together once %of spring
Last Line: And when it snows we'll sleep


SPOT ON THE KITCHEN FLOOR       
First Line: A spot was moving slowly
Last Line: Here. We might have talked


SQUEAL       
First Line: I saw the best minds of my generation


STAIRS       
First Line: He talked about his son
Last Line: With a great deal on his mind


STEVENSON POSTER       
First Line: Talking to someone your own age


STREET       
First Line: Here comes the subway grating fisher
Subject(s): Streets


STUMPFOOT ON 42ND STREET    Poem Text    
First Line: A negro sprouts from the pavement like an asparagus
Subject(s): Physical Disabilities; Handicapped; Handicaps; Physically Challenged; Cripples


STUMPFOOT ON 42ND STREET       
First Line: A negro sprouts from the pavement like an asparagus
Subject(s): Physical Disabilities


SUDDENLY    Poem Text    
First Line: The truck came at me,
Subject(s): Accidents; Driving


SUDDENLY       
First Line: Nipkow and cosulich %exported 'seconds,' merchandise
Last Line: And looking down again %to write, as I am now


SUMMER MORNING       
First Line: There are whole blocks in new york
Last Line: My life that I hold in secret


SUMMER STORM       
First Line: In that so sudden summer storm they tried


SUN AND THE MOON       
First Line: If the sun and moon should doubt ...'


SUN IS SHINING       


SWAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Everyone at lake kearney had a nickname:
Subject(s): Music & Musicians; Women


SWAY       
First Line: Everyone at lake kearney had a nickname


THE APPOINTMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: Genaro was standing
Last Line: You can all go to hell
Subject(s): Boxing & Boxers; Physicians


THE ART OF STORYTELLING    Poem Text    
First Line: Once upon a time there was a shocket,
Subject(s): Story-telling


THE ASSOCIATE    Poem Text    
First Line: I would read until I was sure
Subject(s): Publishing; Publishers


THE BATTLE    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Helmet and rifle, pack and overcoat
Subject(s): World War Ii; Second World War


THE BIRD    Poem Text    
First Line: Sang heinrich, I would fly
Subject(s): Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Jews; Shoah; Judaism


THE BLUE COAST    Poem Text    
First Line: Peter sat in the garden
Last Line: Had given him for his journey: / sentimental education
Subject(s): Travel; Friendship; Relationships


THE BOARDER    Poem Text    
First Line: The time is after dinner. Cigarettes
Subject(s): Family Life; Relatives


THE FLOOR LAMP    Poem Text    
First Line: He threw his belongings
Last Line: And the suitcase, and turned back
Subject(s): Lamps


THE GOODNIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: He stood still by her bed
Subject(s): Children; Anxiety; Parents; Childhood; Parenthood


THE GREEN SHEPHERD    Poem Text    
First Line: Here sit a shepherd and a shepherdess
Subject(s): Shepherds & Shepherdesses


THE HEROES       
First Line: I dreamed of war-heroes, of wounded war-heroes
Subject(s): War


THE INNER PART    Poem Text    
First Line: When they had won the war
Subject(s): Men


THE LAUREL TREE    Poem Text    
First Line: In the clear light that confuses everything
Subject(s): Trees; Korean War, 1950-1953


THE LISTENERS    Poem Text    
First Line: I walked down the street
Last Line: In the distance going away
Subject(s): Home; Childhood Memories; Nostalgia


THE LONG AFTERNOON    Poem Text    
First Line: Behind the glass door
Last Line: Dear brother, I do!
Subject(s): Dolls; Time; Play


THE LOVER'S GHOST    Poem Text    
First Line: I fear the headless man
Subject(s): Fantasy


THE MAGIC CARPET    Poem Text    
First Line: Every american is a movie critic
Last Line: "and ""siponelle,"" large worm."
Subject(s): Motion Pictures; Paris, France; Writing & Writers; Movies; Cinema


THE MAN WHO MARRIED MAGDALENE    Poem Text    


THE MARRIAGE OF POCAHONTAS    Poem Text    
First Line: These episodes are taken
Last Line: Uttering cries that are almost human
Subject(s): Native Americans; Pocahontas (1595-1617); Indians Of America; American Indians; Indians Of South America


THE MIDDLEAGED MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: There is a middleaged man, tim flanagan
Last Line: Running from his eye to his ear
Subject(s): Middle Age


THE PEOPLE NEXT DOOR    Poem Text    
First Line: He isn't a religious man
Subject(s): Neighbors; Family Life; Fatners; Transience; Mortality; Happiness; Relatives; Impermanence; Joy; Delight


THE REDWOODS    Poem Text    
First Line: Mountains are moving, rivers are hurrying
Subject(s): Sequoia Trees; Redwoods


THE RUNNER    Poem Text    
First Line: And the condemned man ate a hearty meal'
Subject(s): Bulge, Battle Of The; World War Ii; Second World War


THE STREET    Poem Text    
First Line: Here comes the subway grating fisher
Subject(s): Streets; Avenues


THE UNWRITTEN POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: You will never write the poem about italy.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


THE WILLIES    Poem Text    
First Line: I asked johan why he left home
Subject(s): Immigrants


THERE IS    Poem Text    
Subject(s): City & Town Life


THERE IS       
First Line: Look! From my window there's a view
Last Line: O syllables of light...O dark cathedral


THERE YOU ARE       
First Line: The concierge climbed five flights
Last Line: I shout, 'where are you going?' %'to the station!' they shout back


THINGS    Poem Text    
First Line: A man stood in the laurel tree
Subject(s): Religion; Materialism; Theology


THINGS       
First Line: A man stood in the laurel tree


TO A RUSSIAN POET       
First Line: The yoke of communism
Last Line: What's the sound of one hand clapping


TO THE WESTERN WORLD    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: A siren sang, and europe turned away
Subject(s): United States; America


TO THE WESTERN WORLD       
First Line: A siren sang, and europe turned away
Last Line: And grave by grave we civilize the ground


TODAY       
First Line: On days like this I rush to the pencil sharpener


TOM PRINGLE       
First Line: The may moon rises bright and clear


TRASIMENO       
First Line: When hannibal defeated the roman army


TREE SEAT       
First Line: They are sitting outdoors
Last Line: On the water a long way off


TROIKA       
First Line: Troika, troika! The snow moon
Last Line: Is flying through the world, across the sea


TROUBLE       
First Line: I went to see my old friend


TRUE WEATHER FOR WOMEN       
First Line: Young women in their april moodiness
Last Line: How punctual death is, or else how slow


TWO FRIENDS       
First Line: His wife came from new hampshire
Last Line: And give my regards to the white horse. %as ever %mike %your friend'


TYPHUS    Poem Text    
First Line: The whole earth was covered with snow,
Last Line: We were poor—a box was worth something
Subject(s): Epidemics; Plums; Death; Plum Trees; Dead, The


TYPHUS       
First Line: The whole earth was covered with snow ...'


UNFINISHED LIFE       
First Line: The ' villages' begin further out


UNION BARGE ON STATEN ISLAND       
First Line: The crazy pier, a roof of splinters


UNWRITTEN POEM       
First Line: You will never write the poem about italy


VANDERGAST AND THE GIRL    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Extramarital Affairs; Divorce; Middle Age


VANDERGAST AND THE GIRL       
First Line: Vandergast to his neighbors


VENUS IN THE TROPICS       
First Line: One morning when I went over to bournemouth


VIET-CONG       
First Line: One moonlit night in quinhon
Last Line: Like cats from roof to roof


VILLA ROSALINDA       
First Line: She took the clipper to new york


VOLKSGRENADIERS       
First Line: A tank comes jingling up


WALKER ON MAIN STREET       
First Line: He would be wearing an overcoat
Last Line: Always in the same direction %for a reason only known to him


WALL TEST       
First Line: When they say 'to the wall'
Last Line: In every case %you find yourself standing against the wall


WALT WHITMAN AT BEAR MOUNTAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: Neither on horseback nor seated
Last Line: Dances like italy, imagining red.
Subject(s): Bear Mountain, New York; Poetry & Poets; Whitman, Walt (1819-1891)


WARRIOR'S RETURN       
First Line: Oh strict society, bright town


WEST       
First Line: On us 101


WHITE OXEN    Poem Text    
First Line: A man walks beside them
Subject(s): Oxen


WHITE OXEN       
First Line: A man walks beside them


WHY DO YOU WRITE ABOUT RUSSIA       
First Line: When I was a child


WHY DON'T YOU GET TRANSFERRED, DAD?    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Family Life; Likes & Dislikes; Moving; Relatives


WHY THIS       


WILLIES       
First Line: I asked johan why he left home %and came to america
Last Line: But wedding with the wind and snow


WIND, CLOUDS, AND THE DELICATE CURVE OF THE WORLD       


WIND, CLOUDS, AND THE DELICATE CURVE OF THE WORLD       


WINDOW       
First Line: These are the houses of the poor


WITTY WAR       
First Line: Oh, we loved long and happily, god knows


WOMAN TOO WELL REMEMBERED       
First Line: Having put on new fashions, she demands


WORKING LATE    Poem Text    
First Line: A light is on in my father's study
Subject(s): Fathers & Sons; Law & Lawyers


WORKING LATE       
First Line: A light is on in my father's study
Last Line: At night in my father's study %now shines as late as mine
Subject(s): Fathers And Sons; Law And Lawyers


WORKING OUT       
First Line: A middleaged man named doherty
Last Line: As though it were he or they %in a struggle to the death


YARDMAN'S STORY       
First Line: Matt the yardman is here
Last Line: And the hell out of new york


YEN YU       
First Line: Talking about the avant-garde in china


YES YES       
First Line: The sun hangs from a crag