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Author: STANFORD, FRANK
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Stanford, Frank    Poet's Biography
97 poems available by this author


ALBINO       
First Line: I am afraid of you, macculduff,'
Last Line: The point of a knife, twenty years old, %began working its way out of his knee


ALLEGORY OF DEATH AND NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: When he comes home from work
Subject(s): Family Life; Relatives


ALLEGORY OF DEATH AND NIGHT       
First Line: When he comes home from work
Last Line: She turns a flashlight on %the man's body, looking for seed %ticks that have been there since dawn


BASS       
First Line: He jumps up high
Last Line: The indian says %he is like a goose %passing in front %of the moon


BETWEEN LOVE AND DEATH       
First Line: I watched the woman in the room
Last Line: Asking did I know the woman, %and I said no, not I


BLOOD BROTHERS       
First Line: There was born in the camp with six toes
Last Line: It was the summer of the chinese daughter %I danced on the levee


BLUE YODEL       
First Line: The girl in the black sweater
Last Line: When I passed them asleep in their boathouse %her sweater dried in the air %like a black flag


BLUE YODEL OF THE DESPERADO       
First Line: I went to new york to leave you
Last Line: And when I got to where I was going %the place I came from %I needed a knife to clean my fingernails


BRAKE       
First Line: I saw them coming down the back road
Last Line: Born in the camp with six toes lewis says


BROTHERS ON SUNDAY NIGHT       
First Line: We'd been dreaming
Last Line: Then we heard %shouting that tore out the light


BURIAL SHIP       
First Line: Jimmy's wolf died
Last Line: It kept on going towards the heavens %it was a shooting star


CEMETERY NEAR THE SEA    Poem Text    
First Line: The word has no luck
Subject(s): Sea; Graves; Ocean; Tombs; Tombstones


CHIMERA       
First Line: I dream I am asleep in a boat
Last Line: I am afraid a woman %will burn my hair


CIRCLE OF LORCA    Poem Text    
First Line: When you take the lost road
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life; Relationships


CREST    Poem Text    
First Line: The night was a bad one.
Subject(s): Driving; Ferry Boats; Night; Rain; Relationships; Bedtime


DEAD ORCHARD    Poem Text    
First Line: Like seven birds sleeping on the plateau
Subject(s): Grief; Sorrow; Sadness


DEATH AND MEMORY    Poem Text    
First Line: When poor women died
Subject(s): Funerals; Poverty; Women; Hair; Burials


DEATH AND MEMORY       
First Line: When poor women died
Last Line: Living and wearing the beautiful hair of the dead. %I knew what to do, %I knew


DEATH AND THE ARKANSAS RIVER       
First Line: Walking from the killing place
Last Line: Fighting with pillows, so quiet %not a soul is wakened


EVERYBODY WHO IS DEAD    Poem Text    
First Line: When a man knows another man
Subject(s): Death; Barbers; Dead, The


EVERYBODY WHO IS DEAD       
First Line: When a man knows another man
Last Line: The old men line up by the chair %and the barber pours a little %in each of their hands


FAITH, DOGMA, AND HERESY    Poem Text    
First Line: It was sunday, before dinner.
Subject(s): Murder


FAREWELL       
First Line: Is a word
Last Line: Like a sword %that has worn out %the scabbard


FIRE LEFT BY TRAVELLERS       
First Line: Before in our lives we have all gone down
Last Line: I looked down the steep slope of those days %a skier getting ready for a jump %I had things to say


FLIES ON SHIT    Poem Text    
First Line: To the gentlemen from the south
Subject(s): Southern States; Flies; South (u.s.)


FREEDOM, REVOLT, AND LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: They caught them.
Subject(s): Love; Murder


FREEDOM, REVOLT, AND LOVE       
First Line: They caught them
Last Line: She died on the table like that, %smoke coming out of his mouth


FRIEND OF THE ENEMY    Poem Text    
First Line: The yolk went down my leg
Subject(s): Eggs; Nature


GETTING TO SLEEP       
First Line: The two sisters come home for the holidays
Last Line: Like a man with long sideburns %climbing the pine stairs in sock feet, %a man the both of them are I


GOSPEL BIRD: 1: SUPERMAN       
First Line: Dressed in a superman suit
Last Line: In a copper-wired co-cola bottle. %he says, 'I'll tend to you boy, I'll tend to you.'


GOSPEL BIRD: 2: FIRE       
First Line: Chitum's cripple nigger carpenter
Last Line: And drug him deep into the diamond woods. %my hand and chitum's store burned that night


GOSPEL BIRD: 3: FLY AWAY, FLY AWAY       
First Line: My father talked like he was singing
Last Line: Fly away, fly away, gospel bird,' I cried


HIDDEN WATER    Poem Text    


HIDDEN WATER       
First Line: A girl was in a wheelchair on her porch
Last Line: And walking off with a stranger %to lie down and drink in the dark


I'D BEEN WALKING FOR EVER SO LONG       
First Line: I'd been walking for ever so long thirteen miles I bet
Last Line: I know snatch wasn't looking and he was asleep %so I kissed sonny liston on his black neck


IN ANOTHER ROOM I AM DRINKING EGGS FROM A BOOT    Poem Text    
First Line: What if the moon was essence of quinine
Subject(s): Richter, Hans (1888-1976)


INSTEAD    Poem Text    
First Line: Death is a good word
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


INSTEAD       
First Line: Death is a good word
Last Line: You'll have to say it %soon, you know. To your %wife, your child, yourself


INTRUDER       
First Line: In the evenings they listen to the same
Last Line: As long as I live nobody %touches my dogs my friends


INVENTORY    Poem Text    
First Line: A man came into the store
Subject(s): Knives; Daggers


INVENTORY       
First Line: A man came into the store
Last Line: Stealing a little jam %by god if I didn't hear someone %hit the bedrock again
Subject(s): Knives


ISLAND       
First Line: Lord it was dark up yonder
Last Line: That was because he had keys you could send back %and many pillows %whoa back boys oh goddamn


ISLAND FUNERAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Mama julinda is let down in a hole
Subject(s): Funerals; Burials


ISLAND FUNERAL       
First Line: Mama julinda is let down into a hole
Last Line: An island funeral %where days passed like a barge, %around us many stars sinking in their light


KITE       
First Line: Before he stole mr. Charlie's sedan
Last Line: He thought, one more time, he wanted to be: %flatweeding, rocking dead easy


LAP       
First Line: She pours sweetmilk over me before the sun comes up
Last Line: She mosaics the lord's mysteries %with scales and egg yolks %emma is a humming


LIES       
First Line: There are ships leaving tonight but I don't know where
Last Line: I'll look at the moon like a bleeding toenail %the dancers will pass by


LIGHT BLUE    Poem Text    
First Line: The white clothes on the line put the man to sleep.
Subject(s): Dreams; Relationships; Nightmares


LIGHT THE DEAD SEE       
First Line: There are many people who come back
Last Line: The dead have told these stories %to the living


LINGER       
First Line: The moon wanders through my barn
Last Line: The wind blows through the trees %like a woman on a raft


LIVING    Poem Text    
First Line: I had my quiet time early in the morning
Subject(s): Childhood Memories; Family Life; Country Life; Relatives


LIVING       
First Line: I had my quiet time early in the morning
Last Line: Jimmy liked 'take out some insurance on me baby' by %jimmy reed


LIVING WITH DEATH       
First Line: Long ago a man came to our place
Last Line: She said death won't dare %touch a hair on our heads


MAN IS SO AFRAID    Poem Text    
First Line: Man is so afraid, he look down at cock, long ago many
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


MAN IS SO AFRAID, HE LOOK DOWN AT COCK, LONG AGO MANY       


MEMORY IS LIKE A SHOTGUN KICKING YOU NEAR THE HEART       
First Line: I get up, walk around the weeds
Last Line: She gets up, comes into the room naked %with her split pillow, %says what's wrong, %I say an eyelash


MILK TRUCK RUNNING INTO A CRAZY MAID ...       
First Line: They pull a coat over an old woman's eyes
Last Line: An old woman holding them %taking them down into water


MINNOW       
First Line: If I press
Last Line: The ripples %it makes %can move %the moon


NARCISSUS TO ACHILLES       
First Line: Yesterday, I passed over a bridge
Last Line: Such thoughts I had, %I cannot tell you


NOCTURNAL SHIPS OF THE PAST       
First Line: There was always a great darkness
Last Line: Like a sleeping knife that runs deep %through the belly %thetomb ships come


PICTURE SHOW NEXT DOOR TO THE STAMP STORE ...       
First Line: The movie has not begun
Last Line: The movie is beginning. %the lid on the machine %comes down like a guillotine


PITS    Poem Text    
First Line: We go on and we tremble.
Subject(s): God; Relationships; Conduct Of Life


PLACE ON A GRAVE       
First Line: It's not hard to forget what they ate
Last Line: Like a wooden figure on the prow %of a ship with no horizon


PLANNING THE DISAPPEARANCE OF THOSE WHO HAVE GONE    Poem Text    
First Line: Soon I will make my appearance
Subject(s): Mortality


PLAY IN WHICH DARKNESS FALLS    Poem Text    
First Line: Two girls runaway from the home. They have a revolver
Subject(s): Roussel, Raymond (1877-1933); Girls; Escapes; Death; Fugitives; Dead, The


POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: I am afraid a woman
Subject(s): Fear


PUMP       
First Line: There was always a lizard
Last Line: I liked bathing buck naked %under the pump, %not in a goddamn washtub


RIVERLIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: My father and I lie down together.
Subject(s): Fathers & Sons; Death; Dead, The


ROOMS       
First Line: A boy sits on the mantle with a piece of string
Last Line: The fat woman rocking near the door %laughs at the boy with the sleeve over his eyes


SINGING KNIVES       
First Line: The dogs woke me up
Last Line: Blowing a jug %with a string full of crappie %and the cotton making every day


SNAKE DOCTORS: 1: PIG       
First Line: I was in the outhouse
Last Line: He was bleeding on my foot I said %'midget, I got friends on that river'


SNAKE DOCTORS: 2: THE ACOLYTE       
First Line: The men rode by
Last Line: The boat drifted away %a man said 'shadrach, meshach, and abednego'


SNAKE DOCTORS: 3: HAMBONE       
First Line: They tied his hind legs together
Last Line: I saw a knife in the moonlight %'sweet jesus' I said %born in the camp with six toes cut me down


SNAKE DOCTORS: 4: CHAINSAW       
First Line: The man cut his hand off at dawn
Last Line: When the flies got bad %I kept the hand in the smokehouse


SNAKE DOCTORS: 5: SWIMMING AT NIGHT       
First Line: The midget ran his finger across his neck
Last Line: Baby gauge sucked the poison out %oh sweet jesus the levees that break in my heart


SUN GO DOWN       
First Line: I spent many afternoons
Last Line: One of them wiped his nose %'step back boy %a dead man here'


TALE       
First Line: The maid used to pull the drapes
Last Line: The girls waited in the orchards %there was no need to lie


TERRORISM       
First Line: While my mother is washing the black socks
Last Line: And I will work that dark loose %from the backbone with my thumb. %mother, the sad dance on fire


THE ARKANSAS PRISON SYSTEM    Poem Text    
First Line: Is like a lyric poem
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Arkansas; Convicts


THE INTRUDER    Poem Text    
First Line: In the evenings they listen to the same
Subject(s): Friendship; Dogs


THE LIGHT THE DEAD SEE    Poem Text    
First Line: There are many people who come back
Subject(s): Death, Return From


THE SINGING KNIVES    Poem Text    
First Line: The dogs woke me up
Subject(s): Knives; Hunting; Fish & Fishing; Daggers; Hunters; Anglers


THE SNAKE DOCTORS    Poem Text    
First Line: I was in the outhouse
Subject(s): Fish & Fishing; Crime & Criminals; Pigs; Anglers; Boars; Hogs


THE TRUTH    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Truth; Poetry & Poets; Ali, Muhammad (cassius Clay)


THE WOLVES    Poem Text    
First Line: At night while the dogs
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs


THEIR NAMES ARE SPOKEN       
First Line: Where the saplings come up
Last Line: Now night a cool moss %on the undersides of the cold ground %keeps growing on the stones


THERE IS NO WHERE IN YOU A PARADISE THAT IS NO PLACE       
First Line: One day when it rained and no one was for working


THEY WERE SOCIETY PEOPLE       
First Line: I was a cook in the army so when I got out
Last Line: I learned in vietnam one year. I fixed %a dinner none of her friends will ever forget


TRANSCENDENCE OF JANUS    Poem Text    
First Line: I am not asleep, but I see
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


WANTED    Poem Text    
First Line: A white bull, a cassock, an antique mirror
Subject(s): Motion Pictures; Movies; Cinema


WEARINESS OF MEN    Poem Text    
First Line: My grandmother said when she was young
Subject(s): Grandparents; Farm Life; Grandmothers; Grandfathers; Great Grandfathers; Great Grandmothers; Agriculture; Farmers


WHAT ABOUT THIS    Poem Text    
First Line: A guy comes walking out of the garden
Subject(s): Shooting; Drinks & Drinking; Music & Musicians; Strangers; Wine


WIND BLOWING ON A SICK MAN       
First Line: Men with no headlights drive up in front of a whorehouse
Last Line: The further they drive down the road %the closer their voices get


WISHING MY WIFE HAD ONE LEG       
First Line: Caryatid with eyes of nails
Last Line: Caryatid with the heart of a feather


WOLVES       
First Line: At night while the dogs
Last Line: With their hearts eat out
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs


YOU    Poem Text    
First Line: Sometimes in our sleep we touch
Subject(s): Man-woman Relationships; Male-female Relations


YOU       
First Line: Sometimes in our sleep we touch
Last Line: The darkest hair being brushed %in front of the darkest mirror %in the darkest room