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Stevens, Wallace    Poet's Biography
692 poems available by this author


(PROSE STATEMENT ON THE POETRY OF WAR)       
First Line: The immense poetry of war and the poetry of a work of the
Last Line: Nothing will ever appease this desire except a consciousness of %fact as everyone is at least satisf
Subject(s): World War Ii


A CLEAR DAY AND NO MEMORIES    Poem Text    
First Line: No soldiers in the scenery,
Subject(s): Nothingness; Nihilism; Voids


A DISH OF PEACHES IN RUSSIA    Poem Text    
First Line: With my whole body I taste these peaches
Subject(s): Fruit; Peaches


A HIGH-TONED OLD CHRISTIAN WOMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Poetry is the supreme fiction, madame
Last Line: Wink as they will. Wink most when widows wince.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


A PASTORAL NUN    Poem Text    
First Line: Finally, in the last year of her age
Subject(s): Nuns


A POSTCARD FROM THE VOLCANO    Poem Text    
First Line: Children picking up our bones
Subject(s): Bones


A RABBIT AS KING OF THE GHOSTS    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: The difficulty to think at the end of day
Subject(s): Animals; Cats; Rabbits; Hares


A ROOM ON A GARDEN    Poem Text    
First Line: O stagnant east-wind, palsied mare
Subject(s): Gardens & Gardening


A VALENTINE    Poem Text    
First Line: Willow soon, and vine
Subject(s): Holidays; Valentine's Day


A WINDOW IN THE SLUMS    Poem Text    
First Line: I think I hear beyond the walls
Subject(s): Slums; Tenements


ACADEMIC DISCOURSE AT HAVANA       
First Line: Canaries in the morning, orchestras
Last Line: In the grand decadence of the perished swans


ADD THIS TO RHETORIC       
First Line: It is posed and it is posed
Last Line: This is the figure and not %an evading metaphor %add this.Itit is to add


ADULT EPIGRAM       
First Line: The romance of the precise is not the elision
Last Line: It is the ever-never-changing same, %an appearance of again,the dive-dame


AGENDA    Poem Text    
First Line: Whipped creams and the blue danube
Last Line: Slowly and sweetly


AGENDA       
First Line: Whipped creams and the blue danube
Last Line: No doubt, the well-tuned birds are singing, %slowly and sweetly


ALL THINGS IMAGINED ARE OF EARTH COMPACT       
Last Line: But their old persons move again, and burn


AMERICAN SUBLIME       
First Line: How does one stand
Last Line: What bread does one eat


AMERICANA       
First Line: The first soothsayers of the land, a man
Last Line: Flaunts that first fortune, which he wanted so much


AN ORDINARY EVENING IN NEW HAVEN    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The eye's plain version is a thing apart
Variant Title(s): An Ordinary Evening In New Haven, Selection
Subject(s): New Haven, Connecticut


ANALYSIS OF A THEME       
First Line: How happy I was the day I told the young blandina of three-
Last Line: We enjoy the ithy oonts and long-haired %plomets, as the herr gott %enjoys his comets


ANATOMY OF MONOTONY       
First Line: If from the earth we came, it was an earth
Last Line: Falls from that fatal and that barer sky, %and this the spirit sees and is aggrieved


ANECDOTE OF CANNA       
First Line: Huge are the canna in the dreams of
Last Line: Observes the canna with a clinging eye, %observes and then continues to observe


ANECDOTE OF MEN BY THE THOUSAND       
First Line: The soul, he said, is composed %of the external world
Last Line: Is an invisible element of that place %made visible


ANECDOTE OF THE ABNORMAL       
First Line: He called hydrangeas purple. And they were
Last Line: Tuck in the straw, %and stalk the skies


ANECDOTE OF THE JAR    Poem Text    
First Line: I placed a jar in tennessee
Last Line: Like nothing else in tennessee.
Subject(s): Americans; Art & Artists; Bottles; Civilization; United States; America


ANECDOTE OF THE PRINCE OF PEACOCKS       
First Line: In the moonlight %I met berserk
Last Line: As sleep falls %in the innocent air


ANECDOTE OF THE PRINCE OF PEACOCKS       
First Line: In the land of the peacocks, the prince thereof
Last Line: The prince's frisson reached his fingers' tips


ANGEL SURROUNDED BY PAYSANS    Poem Text    
First Line: There is / a welcome at the door to which no one comes?
Subject(s): Reality


ANGEL SURROUNDED BY PAYSANS       
First Line: There is %a welcome at the door to which no one comes?
Last Line: Apparels of such lightest look that a turn %of my shoulder and quickly, too quickly, I am gone?
Subject(s): Reality


ANGLAIS MORT A FLORENCE       
First Line: A little less returned for him each spring
Last Line: Before the colors deepened and grew small


ANNUAL GAIETY       
First Line: In the morning in the blue snow
Last Line: And joy of snow and snow


ANOTHER WEEPING WOMAN       
First Line: Pour the unhappiness out
Last Line: And you are pierced by a death


ANYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL IF YOU SAY IT IS       
First Line: Under the eglantine %the fretful concubine
Last Line: The very will of the nerves, %the crack across the pane, %the dirt along the sill


APOSTROPHE TO VINCENTINE       
First Line: I figured you as nude between
Last Line: And that white animal, so lean, turned heavenly, heavenly vincentine


ARCADES OF PHILADELPHIA THE PAST    Poem Text    
First Line: Only the rich remember the past
Subject(s): Strawberries


ARCADES OF PHILADELPHIA THE PAST       
First Line: Only the rich remember the past
Last Line: They seem a little painted, now %the mountains are scratched and used, clear fakes
Subject(s): Strawberries


ARCHITECTURE    Poem Text    
First Line: What manner of building shall we build?
Subject(s): Architecture & Architects


ARCHITECTURE       
First Line: What manner of building shall we build?
Last Line: And the nut-shell esplanades
Subject(s): Architecture And Architects


ARRIVAL AT THE WALDORF       
First Line: Home from guatemala, back at the waldorf
Last Line: After that alien, point-blank, green and actual %guatemala


ARTIFICIAL POPULATIONS       
First Line: The centre that he sought was a state of mind
Last Line: And music that lasts long and lives the more


AS AT A THEATRE       
First Line: Another sunlight might make another world
Last Line: Philosophers' end...What a difference would it make, %so long as the mind, for once, fulfilled itsel


AS YOU LEAVE THE ROOM       
First Line: You speak. You say: today's character is not
Last Line: And yet nothing has been changed except whhat is %unreal, as if nothing had been changed at all


ASIDES ON THE OBOE       
First Line: The prologues are over. It is a question, now
Last Line: The glass man, without external reference


ATTEMPT TO DISCOVER LIFE       
First Line: At san miguel de los banos
Last Line: On the table near which they stood %two coins werw lying - dos centavos


AURORAS OF AUTUMN       
First Line: This is where the serpent lives, the bodiless
Last Line: Like a blaze of summer straw, in winter's nick


AUTUMN    Poem Text    
First Line: Long lines of coral light
Subject(s): Autumn; Seasons; Fall


AUTUMN       
First Line: Long lines of coral light
Last Line: In the calm above
Subject(s): Autumn; Seasons


AUTUMN REFRAIN       
First Line: The skreak and skritter of evening gone
Last Line: And the stillness if in the key, all of it is, %the stillness is all in the key of that desolate sou


BAGATELLES THE MADRIGALS       
First Line: Where do you think, serpent
Last Line: Out of all the minds, %one of the songs of that dominance


BALLADE OF THE PINK PARASOL    Poem Text    
First Line: I pray thee where is the old-time wig
Subject(s): Umbrellas


BALLADE OF THE PINK PARASOL       
First Line: I pray thee where is the old-time wig
Last Line: But where is the pink parasol?
Subject(s): Umbrellas


BANAL SOJOURN    Poem Text    
First Line: Two wooden tubs of blue hydrangeas stand at the foot of the stone steps
Subject(s): Summer; Boredom; Ennui


BANAL SOJOURN       
First Line: Two wooden tubs of blue hydrangeas stand at the foot of the
Last Line: One has a malady, here, a malady. One feels a malady


BANJO BOOMER    Poem Text    
First Line: The mulberry is a double tree
Subject(s): Mulberry Trees


BANJO BOOMER       
First Line: The mulberry is a double tree
Last Line: Mulberry, shade me, shade me awhile
Subject(s): Mulberry Trees


BANTAMS IN PINE-WOODS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Chieftain iffucan of azcan in caftan
Last Line: And fears not portly azcan nor his hoos.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


BED OF OLD JOHN ZELLER       
First Line: This structure of ideas, these ghostly sequences
Last Line: Of things at least that was thought of in the old peak of night


BEGINNING       
First Line: So summer comes in the end to hese few stains
Last Line: Now, the first tutoyers of tragedy %speak softly, to begin with, in the eaves
Subject(s): Love


BLANCHE MCCARTHY       
First Line: Look in the terrible mirror of the sky
Last Line: Upward, from unimagined coverts, fly


BLUE BUILDINGS IN THE SUMMER AIR       
First Line: Cotton mather died when I was a boy. The books
Last Line: You are one of the not-numberale mice %searching all day, all night, for the honey-comb
Subject(s): Mather, Cotton (1663-1728)


BOOK OF VERSES TO E.V.M.: 1       
First Line: One day more
Last Line: Oh, far hesperides!


BOOK OF VERSES TO E.V.M.: 10. SONG       
First Line: A month -- a year -- of idle work
Last Line: That calls me to it without choice, %alone


BOOK OF VERSES TO E.V.M.: 11. AFTER MUSIC       
First Line: The players pause
Last Line: The thought of all %you are to me


BOOK OF VERSES TO E.V.M.: 12. TWILIGHT       
First Line: Here the huge moth
Last Line: To giants, crouched in fear %of fearful night
Subject(s): Evening


BOOK OF VERSES TO E.V.M.: 13. ADAGIO       
First Line: Drone, dove, that rounded woe again
Last Line: And ghosts from gardens beckon


BOOK OF VERSES TO E.V.M.: 14       
First Line: There is my spectre
Last Line: I should never escape %that wild, starry tune


BOOK OF VERSES TO E.V.M.: 15. DAMASK       
First Line: You need not speak, if that be shame
Last Line: Now the enchanting measures fall -- %a spirit intervenes


BOOK OF VERSES TO E.V.M.: 16. REST       
First Line: Glimpses of eden for the tired mind
Last Line: You by my side are more than these


BOOK OF VERSES TO E.V.M.: 17. IN TOWN       
First Line: It's well enough to work there
Last Line: Thinking of a wood I know, %deep in fragrant gloom


BOOK OF VERSES TO E.V.M.: 18. MEDITATION       
First Line: There were feet upon the waters in the morning
Last Line: That vanish soon in the devouring ground


BOOK OF VERSES TO E.V.M.: 19. HOME AGAIN       
First Line: Back within the valley
Last Line: And the starry night!
Subject(s): Homecoming


BOOK OF VERSES TO E.V.M.: 2. NEW LIFE       
First Line: Noon, and a wind on the hill
Last Line: And the face of the world to be


BOOK OF VERSES TO E.V.M.: 20       
First Line: What have I to do with arras
Last Line: I sing to you?


BOOK OF VERSES TO E.V.M.: 3. AFIELD       
First Line: You give to brooks a tune
Last Line: Take up their airs again


BOOK OF VERSES TO E.V.M.: 4       
First Line: Hang up brave tapestries
Last Line: And shadows when I pray


BOOK OF VERSES TO E.V.M.: 5. IN A CROWD       
First Line: So much of man
Last Line: A song serene


BOOK OF VERSES TO E.V.M.: 6. ON THE FERRY       
First Line: Fog, now, and a bell
Last Line: Toll the stale brain dissolved %in images of storm
Subject(s): Ferry Boats


BOOK OF VERSES TO E.V.M.: 7. TIDES       
First Line: These infinite green motions
Last Line: Or hermit moon declining
Subject(s): Tides


BOOK OF VERSES TO E.V.M.: 8. WINTER MELODY       
First Line: I went into the dim wood
Last Line: These rose for me -- a second time -- %the pageant moon
Subject(s): Winter


BOOK OF VERSES TO E.V.M.: 9. SONNET       
First Line: Explain my spirit -- adding word to word
Last Line: Home to your heart, as to a hidden nest


BOTANIST ON ALP (NO. 1)       
First Line: Panoramas are not what they used to be
Last Line: Yet the panorama of despair %cannot be the specialty %of t is ecstatic air


BOTANIST ON ALP (NO. 2)       
First Line: The crosses on the convent roofs
Last Line: And merely of their glittering, %a mirror of a mere delight?


BOUQUET       
First Line: Of medium nature, this farouche extreme
Last Line: He walks through the house,looks round him and then leaves %the bouquet has slopped over the edge an


BOUQUET OF BELLE SCAVOIR       
First Line: It is she alone that matters
Last Line: It is she that he wants, to look at directly, %someone before him to see and to know


BOUQUET OF ROSES IN SUNLIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Say that it is a crude effect, black reds
Subject(s): Roses


BOUQUET OF ROSES IN SUNLIGHT       
First Line: Say that it is a crude effect, black reds
Last Line: In seeing them. This is what makes them seem %so far beyond the rhetorician's touch


BOWL    Poem Text    
First Line: For what emperor
Subject(s): Bowls


BOWL       
First Line: For what emperor
Last Line: I never tie %to think of this
Subject(s): Bowls


BRAVE MAN       
First Line: The sun, that brave man
Last Line: That brave man comes up %from below and walks without meditation, %that brave man


BURGHERS OF PETTY DEATH       
First Line: These two by the stone wall
Last Line: Propounds blank final music


CANDLE A SAINT       
First Line: Green is the night, green kindled and apparelled
Last Line: Moving and being, the image at its source, %the abstract, the archaic queen. Green is the night


CARLOS AMONG THE CANDLES    Poem Text    
First Line: How the solitude of this candle penetrates me
Subject(s): Candles


CARNET DE VOYAGE       
First Line: An odor comes from a star
Last Line: Such mockery away, %he nonino!


CELLE QUI FUT HEAULMIETTE       
First Line: Out of the first warmth of spring
Last Line: Of a mother with vague severed arms %and of a father bearded in his fire


CERTAIN PHENOMENA OF SOUND    Poem Text    
First Line: The cricket in the telephone is still
Subject(s): Language; Sound; Words; Vocabulary


CERTAIN PHENOMENA OF SOUND       
First Line: The cricket in the telephone is still
Last Line: I am and have a being and play a part %you are that white eulalia of the name


CHAOS IN MOTION AND NOT IN MOTION       
First Line: Oh, that this lashing wind was something more
Last Line: He knows he has nothing more to think about %like the wind that lashes everything at once


CHIAROSCURO       
First Line: The house-fronts flare
Last Line: A still-trembling hand %and its only bangle


CHILD ASLEEP IN ITS OWN LIFE       
First Line: Among the old men that you know life
Last Line: Distant, yet close enough to wake %the chords above your bedto-night


CHOCORUA TO ITS NEIGHBOR       
First Line: To speak quietly at such a distance, to speak
Last Line: Greater than mine, of his demanding, head %and, of human realizings, rugged roy...


CLEAR DAY AND NO MEMORIES       
First Line: No soldiers in the scenery
Last Line: And are not now: in this shallow spectacle, %this invisible activity, this sense


COLLOQUY WITH A POLISH AUNT    Poem Text    
First Line: Elle savait toutes les legendes du paradis et tous les contes
Subject(s): Imagination; Fancy


COLLOQUY WITH A POLISH AUNT       
First Line: How is it that my saints from voragine
Last Line: Holding their books toward the nearer stars, %to read, in secret, burning secrecies.....


COLORS    Poem Text    
First Line: Pale, orange, green and crimson, and
Subject(s): Colors


COLORS       
First Line: Pale, orange, green and crimson, and
Last Line: Faun-color, black and gold
Subject(s): Colors


COMEDIAN AS THE LETTER C: 1. THE WORLD WITHOUT IMAGINATION       
First Line: The world without imagination
Last Line: The ruses that were shattered by the large


COMEDIAN AS THE LETTER C: 2. CONCERNING THUNDERSTORMS OF YUCATAN       
First Line: In yucatan, the maya sonneteers
Last Line: Let down gigantic quavers of its voice, %for crispin to vociferate again


COMEDIAN AS THE LETTER C: 3. APPROACHING CAROLINA       
First Line: The book of moonlight is not written yet
Last Line: To which all poems were incident, unless %that prose should wear a poem's guise at last


COMEDIAN AS THE LETTER C: 4. THE IDEA OF A COLONY       
First Line: Nota: his soil is man's intelligence
Last Line: With crispin as the tiptoe cozener? %no, no: veracious page on page, exact


COMEDIAN AS THE LETTER C: 5. A NICE SHADY HOME       
First Line: Crispin as hermit, pure and capable
Last Line: For all it takes it gives a humped return %exchequering from piebald fiscs unkeyed


COMEDIAN AS THE LETTER C: 6. AND DAUGHTERS WITH CURLS       
First Line: Portentous enunciation, syllable
Last Line: The relation comes, benignly, to its end? %so may the relation of each man be clipped


COMMON LIFE       
First Line: That's the down-town frieze
Last Line: The men have no shadows %and the women have only one side


COMMUNICATIONS OF MEANING       
First Line: The parrot in its palmy boughs
Last Line: The petals flying through the air


COMPLETELY NEW SET OF OBJECTS       
First Line: From a schuylkill in mid-earth there came emerging
Last Line: Under tinicum or small cohansey %the fathers of the makers may lie and weather


CONNOISSEUR OF CHAOS    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: A violent order is disorder; and
Subject(s): Chaos


CONNOISSEUR OF CHAOS       
First Line: A violent order is disorder; and
Last Line: For which the intricate alps are a single nest
Subject(s): Chaos


CONTINUAL CONVERSATION WITH A SILENT MAN       
First Line: The old brown hen and the old blue sky
Last Line: Of things and their motion: the other man, %a turquoise monster moving round


CONVERSATION WITH THREE WOMEN OF NEW ENGLAND    Poem Text    
First Line: The mode of the person becomes the mode of the world
Subject(s): Human Behavior; Women; Conduct Of Life; Human Nature


CONVERSATION WITH THREE WOMEN OF NEW ENGLAND       
First Line: The mode of the person becomes the mode of the world
Last Line: That talk shifts the cycle of the scenes of kings?
Subject(s): Human Behavior; Women


CORTEGE FOR ROSENBLOOM    Poem Text    
First Line: Now, the wry rosenbloom is dead
Last Line: Rosenbloom is dead.
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


COUNTRY WORDS       
First Line: I sang a canto in a canton
Last Line: Of being, more than birht or death %it wants words virile with his breaht


COUNTRYMAN       
First Line: Swatara, swatara black river
Last Line: The place of a swarthy presence moving %slowly, to the look of a swarthy name


COURSE OF A PARTICULAR       
First Line: Today the leaves cry, hanging on branches swept by wind
Last Line: Than they are in the final finding of the ear, in the thing %itself, until, at last, the cry concern


COUSINE BOURGEOISE       
First Line: These days of disinheritance, we feast
Last Line: Is the table a mirror in which they sit and look? Are they men eating reflections of themselves?
Variant Title(s): Cuisine Bourgois


CREATIONS OF SOUND       
First Line: If the poetry of x was music
Last Line: We say ourselves in syllables that rise %from the floor, rising in speech we do not speak


CREDENCES OF SUMMER    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Now in midsummer come and all fools slaughtered
Subject(s): Summer


CREDENCES OF SUMMER       
First Line: Now in midsummer come and all fools slaughtered
Last Line: Their parts as in a youthful happiness
Subject(s): Summer


CRUDE FOYER       
First Line: Thought is false happiness: the idea
Last Line: Of the least, minor, vital metaphor, content, %at last, there, when it turns out to be here


CUBAN DOCTOR       
First Line: I went to egypt to escape
Last Line: I knew my enemy was near I, %drowsing in summer's sleepiest horn


CURTAINS IN THE HOUSE OF THE METAPHYSICIAN       
First Line: It comes about taht the drifting of these curtains
Last Line: Up-rising and down-falling, bares %the las largeness, bold to see


CY EST POURTRAICTE, MADAME STE URSULE, ET LES UNZE MILLE...       
First Line: Ursula, in a garden, found
Last Line: And he felt a subtle quiver, %that was not heavenly love, %or pity. %this is not writ %in any book


DANCE OF THE MACABRE MICE    Poem Text    
First Line: In the land of turkeys in turkey weather
Subject(s): Dancing & Dancers


DANCE OF THE MACABRE MICE       
First Line: In the land of turkeys in turkey weather
Last Line: What a beautiful tableau tinted and towering, %the arm of bronze outstretched against all evil!
Subject(s): Dancing And Dancers


DEATH OF A SOLDIER       
First Line: Life contracts and death is expected
Last Line: When the wind stops and, over the heavens, %the clouds go, nevertheless, %in their direction
Subject(s): Holidays; Soldiers; War


DEBRIS OF LIFE AND MIND       
First Line: There is so little that is close and warm
Last Line: The most gay and yet no so gay as it was %stay here. Speak of familiar things a while


DELIGHTFUL EVENING       
First Line: A very felicitous eve
Last Line: The spruces' outstreched hands; the twilight overfull %of wormy metaphors


DEPRESSION BEFORE SPRING       
First Line: The cock crows
Last Line: But no queen comes %in slipper green


DESCRIPTION WITHOUT PLACE    Poem Text    
First Line: Is it possible that to seem itis to be
Last Line: And very much more gaily
Subject(s): Language; Poetry & Poets; Earth; Imagination


DESCRIPTION WITHOUT PLACE       
First Line: It is possible that to seem it is to be
Last Line: Be alive with its own seemings, seeming to be %like rubies reddened by rubies reddening


DESIRE & THE OBJECT       
First Line: It is curious that I should have spoken of rael
Last Line: That I desire it to shine because it shines


DESIRE TO MAKE LOVE IN A PAGODA       
First Line: Among the second selves, sailor, observe
Last Line: An innocence approaching toward its peak
Subject(s): Desire


DEZEMBRUM       
First Line: Tonight there are only the winter stars
Last Line: The reason can give nothing at all %like the response to desire


DINNER BELL IN THE WOODS       
First Line: He was facing phantasma when the bell rang
Last Line: In the garden, outside the door of phantasma


DISCOVERY OF THOUGHT       
First Line: At the antipodes of poetry, dark winter
Last Line: Surviving being born, the event of life


DISH OF PEACHES IN RUSSIA       
First Line: With my whole body I taste these peaches
Last Line: That such ferocities could tear %one self from another, as these peaches do
Subject(s): Fruit; Peaches


DISILLUSIONMENT OF TEN O'CLOCK    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: The houses are haunted
Last Line: In red weather.
Subject(s): Conformity; Dreams; Nightmares


DOCTOR OF GENEVA       
First Line: The doctor of geneva stamped the sand
Last Line: In an unburgherly apocalypse. %the doctor used his handkerchief and sighed


DOLLS    Poem Text    
First Line: The thought of eve, within me, is a doll
Subject(s): Dolls; Toys


DOLLS       
First Line: The thought of eve, within me, is a doll
Last Line: And of another, whom I must not name
Subject(s): Dolls; Toys


DOMINATION OF BLACK    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: At night, by the fire
Subject(s): Birds


DOMINATION OF BLACK       
First Line: At night, by the fire
Last Line: Came striding like the color of the heavy hemlocks. %I felt afraid. %and I remembered the cry of the
Subject(s): Birds


DOVE IN SPRING       
First Line: Brooder, brooder, deep beneath its walls
Last Line: This howling at one's ear, too far %for daylight and too near for sleep
Subject(s): Doves


DOVE IN THE BELLY       
First Line: The whole of appearance is a toy. For this
Last Line: Within them right for terraces-oh, brave salut! %deep dove, placate you in your hiddenness


DRUM MAJORS IN THE LABOR DAY PARADE       
First Line: If each of them wasn't a prig
Last Line: Let's go home


DRY LOAF    Poem Text    
First Line: It is equal to living in a tragic land
Subject(s): Men; War


DRY LOAF       
First Line: It is equal to living in a tragic land
Last Line: No doubt that soldiers had to be marching %and that drums had to be rolling, rolling, rolling
Subject(s): Men; War


DUTCH GRAVES IN BUCKS COUNTY    Poem Text    
First Line: Angry men and furious machines
Subject(s): Bucks County, Pennsylvania; Graves; Tombs; Tombstones


DUTCH GRAVES IN BUCKS COUNTY       
First Line: Angry men and furious machines
Last Line: Time was not wasted in your subtle temples %no: nor divergennce made too steep to follow down
Subject(s): Bucks County, Pennsylvania; Graves


DWARF       
First Line: Now it is september and the web is woven
Last Line: Sitting beside your lamp, there citron to nibble %and coffeedribble...Frost is in the stubble


EARTHY ANECDOTE    Poem Text    
First Line: Every time the bucks went clattering
Subject(s): Deer


EARTHY ANECDOTE       
First Line: Every time the bucks went clattering
Last Line: Bristled in the way. %later, the firecat closed his bright eyes %and slept


ELSIE'S MIRROR ONLY SHOWS    Poem Text    


ELSIE'S MIRROR ONLY SHOWS       
Last Line: May I still be her mirror true
Subject(s): Mirrors; Transience


ESTHETIQUE DU MAL       
First Line: He was at naples writing letters home
Last Line: Merely in living as and where we live


EVENING WITHOUT ANGELS       
First Line: Why seraphim like lutanists arranged
Last Line: Where the voice that is great within us rises up, %as we stand gazing at the rounded moon


EXAMINATION OF THE HERO IN A TIME OF WAR    Poem Text    
First Line: Force is my lot and not pink-clustered
Subject(s): Heroism; War; Heroes; Heroines


EXAMINATION OF THE HERO IN A TIME OF WAR       
First Line: Force is my lot and not pink-clustered
Last Line: May truly bear its heroic fortunes %for the large, the solitary figure
Subject(s): Heroism; War


EXERCISE FOR PROFESSOR X       
First Line: I see a camel in my mind
Last Line: Is like moonlight on the pacific


EXPLANATION       
First Line: Ach, mutter
Last Line: Drifting through space %like a figure on the church-wall


EXPOSITION OF THE CONTENTS OF A CAB    Poem Text    
First Line: Victoria clementina, negress
Subject(s): African Americans - Women; Taxis


EXPOSITION OF THE CONTENTS OF A CAB       
First Line: Victoria clementina, negress
Last Line: Except linen, embroidered %by elderly women?
Subject(s): African Americans - Women; Taxis


EXTRACTS FROM ADDRESSES TO THE ACADEMY OF FINE IDEAS       
First Line: A crinkled paper makes a brilliant sound
Last Line: Behold the men in helmets borne on steel, %discolored, how they are going to defeat


EXTRAORDINARY REFERENCES       
First Line: The mother ties the hair-ribbons of the child
Last Line: The child's three ribbons are in her plaited hair


FABLIAU OF FLORIDA    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Barque of phosphor
Subject(s): Americans; Florida; United States; America


FABLIAU OF FLORIDA       
First Line: Barque of phosphor
Last Line: Fill yhour black hull %with white moonlight. %there will never be an end %to this droning of the sur
Subject(s): Americans; Florida; United States


FADING OF THE SUN       
First Line: Who can think of the sun costuming clouds
Last Line: The meat is sweet %and they will not die


FAREWELL TO FLORIDA    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Go on, high ship, since now, upon the shore
Subject(s): Florida


FAREWELL TO FLORIDA       
First Line: Go on, high ship, since now, upon the shore
Last Line: To the cold, go on, high ship, go on, plunge on
Subject(s): Florida


FAREWELL WITHOUT A GUITAR    Poem Text    
First Line: Spring's bright paradise has come to this
Subject(s): Mourning; Bereavement


FAREWELL WITHOUT A GUITAR       
First Line: Spring's bright paradise has come to this
Last Line: And of that other and her desire
Subject(s): Mourning


FINAL SOLILOQUY OF THE INTERIOR PARAMOUR    Poem Text    
First Line: Light the first light of evening, as in a room
Subject(s): Imagination; Fancy


FINAL SOLILOQUY OF THE INTERIOR PARAMOUR       
First Line: Light the first light of evening, as in a room
Last Line: In which being there together is enough


FIRST WARMTH       
First Line: I wonder, have I lived a skeleton's life
Last Line: And thus an elevation, as if I lived %with something I couldtouch, touch every way


FISH-SCALE SUNRISE       
First Line: Melodious skeletons, for all of last night's music
Last Line: The sun rises green and blue in the fields and in the heavens. %thee clouds foretell a swampy rain


FLORAL DECORATIONS FOR BANANAS    Poem Text    
First Line: Well, nuncle, this plainly won't do
Last Line: Their musky and tingling tongues.
Subject(s): Bananas


FLORIST WEARS KNEE-BREECHES       
First Line: My flowers are reflected
Last Line: And place them before you %in a white dish
Subject(s): Flowers


FLYER'S FALL       
First Line: This man escaped the dirty fates
Last Line: Profundum, physical thunder, dimension in which %we believe without belief, beyond belief


FOR AN OLD WOMAN IN A WIG       
First Line: There is a moment's flitter
Last Line: Sought out the unknown new in your surrounding?


FOR AN OLD WOMAN IN A WIG: 1       
First Line: ..There is a moment's flitter
Last Line: Of sounds returning, or the phantom leaven %of leaves so shaken in a water's tumble


FOR AN OLD WOMAN IN A WIG: 2       
First Line: Is deth in hell more death than death in heaven?
Last Line: Tarry, are you gone? ..Such spirits are the fellows, %in heaven, of those whom hell's illusions harr


FOR AN OLD WOMAN IN A WIG: 3       
First Line: When summer ends and changing autumn mellows
Last Line: If you, with irrepressible will, abounding %in.. Wish for revelation, %sought out the unknown new


FORCES, THE WILL & THE WEATHER       
First Line: At the time of nougats, the peer yellow
Last Line: The weather was like a waiter with a tray %one had come early to a crisp cafe


FROGS EAT BUTTERFLIES. SNAKES EAT FROGS. HOGS EAT SNAKES. MEN EAT HOGS       
First Line: It is true that the rivers went nosing like swine
Last Line: While they went seaward to the sea-mouths


FROM A JUNK       
First Line: A great fish plunges in the dark
Last Line: In wind and wave -- it is the moon


FROM A VAGABOND       
First Line: For us, these little books contain
Last Line: Once more whisper in the dark
Subject(s): Wanderers And Wandering


FROM THE MISERY OF DON JOOST    Poem Text    
First Line: I have finished my combat with the sun;
Subject(s): Mortality


FROM THE MISERY OF DON JOOST       
First Line: I have finished my combat with the sun
Last Line: And sight, and all there was of the storm, %knows nothing more


FROM THE PACKET OF ANACHARSIS       
First Line: In his packet anacharsis found the lines
Last Line: And flare and bloom with his vast accumulation %stands and regards and repeats the primitive lines


GALLANT CHATEAU    Poem Text    
First Line: Is it bad to have come here
Subject(s): Houses; Solitude; Loneliness


GALLANT CHATEAU       
First Line: Is it bad to have come here
Last Line: It is good. The bed is empty, %the curtains are stiff and prim and still


GHOSTS AS COCOONS       
First Line: The grass is in seed. The young birds are flying
Last Line: On dung. Come now, pearled and pasted, bloomy- %leafed, %while the domes resound with chant involvin


GIGANTOMACHIA       
First Line: They could not carry much, as soldiers
Last Line: A mask, a spirit, an accoutrement %for soldiers, the new moon stretches twenty feet


GIRL IN A NIGHTGOWN       
First Line: Lights out. Shades up
Last Line: It is shaken now. It will burst into flames, %either now or tomorrow or the day after that


GLASS OF WATER       
First Line: That the glass would melt in heat
Last Line: One would have still to discover. Among the dogs %and dung, %one would continue to contend with one'


GOD IS GOOD. IT IS A BEAUTIFUL NIGHT       
First Line: Look round, brown moon, brown bird, as you rise to fly
Last Line: The song of the great space of your age pierces %the fresh night


GOLDEN WOMAN IN A SILVER MIRROR       
First Line: Suppose this was the root of everything
Last Line: And mother. How long have you lived and looked, %ababba, expecting this king's queen to appear?


GOOD MAN HAS NO SHAPE       
First Line: Through centuries he lived in poverty
Last Line: Epitaphium to his death, which read, %the good man has no shape, as if they knew


GOOD MAN, BAD WOMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: You say that spite avails her nothing, that
Subject(s): Man-woman Relationships; Male-female Relations


GOOD MAN, BAD WOMAN       
First Line: You say that spite avails her nothing, that
Last Line: She can corrode your world, if never you


GRAY ROOM       
First Line: Although you sit in a room that is gray
Last Line: Beside you... %what is all this? %I know how furiously your heart is beating


GRAY STONES AND GRAY PIGEONS    Poem Text    
First Line: The archbishop is away. The church is gray
Subject(s): Clergy; Colors; Priests; Rabbis; Ministers; Bishops


GRAY STONES AND GRAY PIGEONS       
First Line: The archbishop is away. The church is gray
Last Line: Globed in today and tomorrow, %dressed in his colored robes


GREEN PLANT       
First Line: Silence is a shape that has passed
Last Line: Glares, outside of the legend, with the barbarous green %of the harsh reality of which it is part


GUBBINAL    Poem Text    
First Line: That strange flower, the sun,
Subject(s): Imagination; Fancy


GUBBINAL       
First Line: That strange flower, the sun
Last Line: That savage of fire, %that seed, %have it your way. %the world is ugly, %and the people are sad


HAND AS A BEING       
First Line: In the first canto of the final canticle
Last Line: Of her, of her alone, at last he knew %and lay beside her underneath the tree


HEADACHE    Poem Text    
First Line: The letters of the alphabet
Subject(s): Alphabets; Headaches


HEADACHE       
First Line: The letters of the alphabet
Last Line: The maker of the alphabet %had a headache
Subject(s): Alphabets; Headaches


HERMITAGE AT THE CENTRE       
First Line: The leaves on the macadam make a noise-
Last Line: And one last look at the ducks is a look %at lucent children round her in a ring


HIBISCUS ON SLEEPING SHORES    Poem Text    
First Line: I say now, fernando, that on that day
Subject(s): Seashore; Moths; Beach; Coast; Shore


HIBISCUS ON THE SLEEPING SHORES       
First Line: I say now, fernando, that on that day
Last Line: As the flag above the old cafe %and roamed there all the stupid afternoon


HIEROGLYPHICA       
First Line: People that live in the biggest houses
Last Line: Or poets with holy magic. %hey-di-do


HOLIDAY IN REALITY       
First Line: It was something to see that their white was different
Last Line: And I taste at the root of the tongue the unreal of what %isreal


HOME AGAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: Back within the valley
Subject(s): Homecoming


HOME AGAIN       
First Line: Back within the valley
Last Line: And the starry night
Subject(s): Homecoming


HOMUNCULUS ET LA BELLE ETOILE    Poem Text    
First Line: In the sea, biscayne, there prinks
Subject(s): Evening Star


HOMUNCULUS ET LA BELLE ETOILE       
First Line: In the sea, biscayne, there prinks
Last Line: That know the ultimate plato, %tranquillizing with this jewel %the torments of confusion


HOUSE WAS QUIET AND THE WORLD WAS CALM       
Last Line: Is the reader leaning late and reading there


HOW NOW, O, BRIGHTENER       
First Line: Something of the trouble of the mind
Last Line: And take from this restless unhappy happiness %their stunted looks


HOW TO LIVE. WHAT TO DO    Poem Text    
First Line: Last evening the moon rose above this rock
Subject(s): Human Behavior; Conduct Of Life; Human Nature


HOW TO LIVE. WHAT TO DO       
First Line: Last evening the moon rose above this rock
Last Line: That they had left, heroic sound %joyous and jubilant and sure
Subject(s): Human Behavior


HUMAN ARRANGEMENT       
First Line: Place-bound and time-bound in evening rain
Last Line: In a glitter that is a life, a gold %that is a being, a will, a fate


HYMN FROM A WATERMELON PAVILION    Poem Text    
First Line: You dweller in the dark cabin,
Subject(s): Relationships; Nature


HYMN FROM A WATERMELON PAVILION       
First Line: You dweller in the dark cabin
Last Line: You dweller in the dark cabin, %rise, since rising will not waken, %and hail, cry hail, cry hail


I HAVE LIVED SO LONG WITHOUT RHETORICIANS       
Last Line: Wear long black equali %when they are abroad


ICE CREAM       
First Line: The only emperor is the emperor of ice-cream
Subject(s): Language


IDEA OF ORDER AT KEY WEST       
First Line: She sang beyond the genius of the sea
Last Line: In ghostlier demarcations, keener sounds
Subject(s): Key West, Florida; Order; Perception; Sea; Singing And Singers


IDIOM OF THE HERO    Poem Text    
First Line: I heard two workers say, 'this chaos
Subject(s): Social Classes; Caste


IDIOM OF THE HERO       
First Line: I heard two workers say, this chaos
Last Line: Out of the clouds, pomp of the air, %by which at least I am befriended


IF I LOVE THEE, I AM THINE       
Last Line: And whisper, 'I am thine'


IMAGO       
First Line: Who can pick up the weight of britain
Last Line: Lightly and lightly, o my land, %move lightly through the air again


IMITATION OF SIDNEY: TO STELLA (MISS B?)    Poem Text    
First Line: Unnumbered thoughts my brain a captive holds
Subject(s): Sidney, Sir Philip (1554-1586)


IMITATION OF SIDNEY: TO STELLA (MISS B?)       
First Line: Unnumbered thoughts my brain a captive holds
Last Line: Yet these do all take flight at thought of thee
Subject(s): Sidney, Sir Philip (1554-1586)


IN A BAD TIME       
First Line: How mad would he have to be to say, he beheld
Last Line: Cry out, 'I am the purple muse.' make sure %the audience beholds you, not your gown


IN A GARDEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Oh, what soft wings shall rise above this place
Subject(s): Gardens & Gardening


IN A GARDEN       
First Line: Oh, what soft wings shall rise above this place
Last Line: Odor and dew of the familiar earth
Subject(s): Gardens And Gardening


IN APRIL    Poem Text    
First Line: Once more the long twilight
Subject(s): Spring


IN BATTLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Death's nobility again
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


IN BATTLE       
First Line: Death's nobility again
Subject(s): Death


IN THE CAROLINAS       
First Line: The lilacs wither in the carolinas
Last Line: For once vent honey? %the pine-tree sweetens my body. %the white iris beautifies me


IN THE CLEAR SEASON OF GRAPES       
First Line: The mountains between our lands and the sea
Last Line: Are overhung by the shadows of the rocks %and his nostrils blow out salt around each man


IN THE ELEMENT OF ANTAGONISMS       
First Line: If it is a world without a genius
Last Line: And the north wind's mighty buskin seems to fall %in an excessive corridor, alas!


INDIAN RIVER    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The trade-wind jingles the rings in the nets around the racks
Subject(s): Rivers


INDIAN RIVER       
First Line: The trade-wind jingles the rings in the nets around the racks
Last Line: Yet there is no spring in florida, neither in boskage perdu,nor on $the nunnery beaches


INDIGO GLASS IN THE GRASS       
First Line: Which is real
Last Line: Neither one, nor the two together


INFANTA MARINA    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Her terrace was the sand
Subject(s): Women; Sea; Ocean


INFANTA MARINA       
First Line: Her terrace was the sand
Last Line: Partaking of the sea, %and of the evening, %as they flowed around %and uttered their subsiding sound


INFERNALE       
First Line: A hour of night in middle earth cries out
Last Line: Soaring olympus glitters in the sun


INSCRIPTION FOR A MONUMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: To the imagined lives
Last Line: Stuttering dreams ...


INVECTIVE AGAINST SWANS       
First Line: The soul, o ganders, flies beyond the parks
Last Line: And the soul,o ganders, being lonely, flies %beyond your chilly chariots, to the skies


IRISH CLIFFS OF MOHER       
First Line: Who is my father in this world, in this house
Last Line: A likeness, one of the race of fathers: earth %and sea and air
Subject(s): Men


IT MUST BE ABSTRACT       
First Line: I am the spouse. She took her necklace off


JACK-RABBIT       
First Line: In the morning
Last Line: Look out, o caroller %the entrails of the buzzard %are rattling'


JASMINES'S BEAUTIFUL THOUGHTS UNDERNEATH THE WILLOW       
First Line: My titillations have no foot-notes
Last Line: In an interior ocean's rocking %of long, capricious fugues and chorals


JOUGA       
First Line: The physical world is meaningless tonight
Last Line: And after a while, when ha-ee-me has gone to sleep, %a great jaguar running will make a little sound


JULY MOUNTAIN       
First Line: We live in a constellation
Last Line: Vermont throws itself together


L'ESSOR SACCADE       
First Line: Swallows in the elderberry
Last Line: Fly over the pigeons %on the chimney


LACK OF REPOSE       
First Line: A young man seated at his table
Last Line: A few sounds of meaning, a momentary end %to the complication, is good, is a good


LANDSCAPE WITH BOAT       
First Line: An anti-master-man, floribund ascetic
Last Line: And say, 'the thing I hum appears to be %the rhythm of this celestial pantomime.'


LARGE RED MAN READING       
First Line: There were ghosts that returned to earth to hear his phrases
Last Line: And spoke the feeling for them, which was what they had lacked


LAST LOOKS AT THE LILACS    Poem Text    
First Line: To what good, in the alleys of the lilacs
Subject(s): Flowers; Lilacs


LAST LOOKS AT THE LILACS       
First Line: To what good, in the alleys of the lilacs
Last Line: Patron and imager of the gold don john %who will embrace her before summer comes
Subject(s): Flowers; Lilacs


LATE HYMN FROM THE MYRRH-MOUNTAIN       
First Line: Unsnack your snood, madanna, for the stars
Last Line: The deer-grass is thin. The timothy is brown %the shadow of an external world comes near


LATEST FREED MAN       
First Line: Tired of the old descriptions of the world
Last Line: The blue of the rug, the portrait of vidal %qui fait fi des joliesses banales, the chairs


LE MONOCLE DE MON ONCLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Mother of heaven, regina of the clouds,


LE MONOCLE DE MON ONCLE       
First Line: Mother of heaven, regina of the clouds
Last Line: That fluttering things have so distinct a shade


LEBENSWEISHEITSPIELEREI       
First Line: Weaker and weaker, the sunlight falls
Last Line: With what he is and as he is, %in the stale grandeur of annihilation


LES PLUS BELLES PAGES       
First Line: The milkman came in the moonlight and the moonlight
Last Line: Did several spirits assume a single shape? %theology after breakfast sticks to the eye


LESS AND LESS HUMAN, O SAVAGE SPIRIT    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: If there must be a god in the house, must be
Subject(s): Animals


LESS AND LESS HUMAN, O SAVAGE SPIRIT       
First Line: If there must be a god in the house, must be
Last Line: Of which we are too distantly a part
Subject(s): Animals


LETTRES D'UN SOLDAT (1914-1915)    Poem Text    
First Line: No introspective chaos -- I accept
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


LETTRES D'UN SOLDAT (1914-1915)       
First Line: No introspective chaos -- I accept
Last Line: You know the phrase
Subject(s): World War I


LETTRES D'UN SOLDAT: 5       
First Line: The palais de justice of chambermaids
Last Line: Make more awry our faulty human things
Subject(s): World War I


LETTRES D'UN SOLDAT: 6       
First Line: There is another mother whom I love
Last Line: And little will or wish, that day, for tears
Subject(s): World War I


LETTRES D'UN SOLDAT: 7       
First Line: Hi! The creator too is blind
Last Line: From that meticulous potter's thumb
Subject(s): World War I


LETTRES D'UN SOLDAT: 8       
First Line: John smith and his son, john smith
Last Line: And-a-runny-tummy-tum
Subject(s): World War I


LETTRES D'UN SOLDAT: 9       
First Line: Life contracts and death is expected
Last Line: The clouds go, nevertheless, %in their direction
Subject(s): World War I


LIFE IS MOTION    Poem Text    
First Line: In oklahoma, / bonnie and josie
Subject(s): Love - Marital; Marriage; Wedded Love; Marriage - Love; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


LIFE IS MOTION       
First Line: In oklahoma, %bonnie and josie
Last Line: They cried, %'ohoyahyo, %ohoo'... %celebrating the marriage %of flesh and air
Subject(s): Love - Marital; Marriage


LIFE ON A BATTLESHIP    Poem Text    
First Line: The rape of the bourgeoisie accomplished, the men
Subject(s): Battleships


LIFE ON A BATTLESHIP       
First Line: The rape of the bourgeoisie accomplished, the men
Last Line: To the final full, and end without rhetoric
Subject(s): Battleships


LIKE DECORATIONS IN A NIGGER CEMETERY    Poem Text    
First Line: In the far south the sun of autum is passing
Subject(s): African Americans; Cemeteries; Southern States; Negroes; American Blacks; Graveyards; South (u.s.)


LIKE DECORATIONS IN A NIGGER CEMETERY       
First Line: In the far south the sun of autum is passing
Last Line: One of the leaves that have fallen in autumn? %but the wise man avenges by building his city in snow
Subject(s): African Americans; Cemeteries; Southern States


LIKE DECORATIONS IN A NIGGER CEMETERY, SELS       
First Line: In the far south the sun of autumn is passing
Last Line: His beard is of fire and his staff is a leaping flame
Subject(s): Poetry And Poets; Whitman, Walt (1819-1891)


LILAC BUSH    Poem Text    
First Line: This is the lilac-bush


LIONS IN SWEDEN       
First Line: No more phrases, swenson: I was once
Last Line: To monsieur dufy's hamburg whence they came %the vegetation still abounds with forms


LITTLE JUNE BOOK TO E.V.M.: 1. MORNING SONG       
First Line: The blue convolvulus
Last Line: Flashes inglorious life %to glorious dream


LITTLE JUNE BOOK TO E.V.M.: 10       
First Line: Only to name again
Last Line: Falls at its ending %to sweet doom


LITTLE JUNE BOOK TO E.V.M.: 11. SHOWER       
First Line: Pink and purple
Last Line: And the robin's %ballad of the rain
Subject(s): Rain


LITTLE JUNE BOOK TO E.V.M.: 12. IN THE SUN       
First Line: Down the golden mountains
Last Line: There was no god's necessity, %nor any human doubt


LITTLE JUNE BOOK TO E.V.M.: 13. SONG       
First Line: This is the house of her
Last Line: And the wide door of it %opens to me


LITTLE JUNE BOOK TO E.V.M.: 14. IN APRIL       
First Line: Once more the long twilight
Last Line: Beyond the pleiades, %to vivid zion


LITTLE JUNE BOOK TO E.V.M.: 15. ECLOGUE       
First Line: Lying in the mint
Last Line: I heard a woman's voice %lying in the mint


LITTLE JUNE BOOK TO E.V.M.: 16       
First Line: He sang, and, in her heart, the sound
Last Line: Far off, in some relinquished vale


LITTLE JUNE BOOK TO E.V.M.: 17       
First Line: I am weary of the plum and of the cherry
Last Line: And settles on my lips the while I sing


LITTLE JUNE BOOK TO E.V.M.: 18       
First Line: An odorous bush I seek
Last Line: Once more, in songs of love


LITTLE JUNE BOOK TO E.V.M.: 19       
First Line: There, a rocked in the wain
Last Line: How calmly the white river flows


LITTLE JUNE BOOK TO E.V.M.: 2       
First Line: If only birds of sudden white
Last Line: Sighed in our summer-sounding trees!


LITTLE JUNE BOOK TO E.V.M.: 20. PIERROT       
First Line: I lie dreaming 'neath the moon
Last Line: Then, behold our empty star


LITTLE JUNE BOOK TO E.V.M.: 3. A CONCERT OF FISHES       
First Line: Here the grass grows
Last Line: And the wind blows


LITTLE JUNE BOOK TO E.V.M.: 4       
First Line: Life is long in the desert
Last Line: Under emerald poplars, %with round ivory paling


LITTLE JUNE BOOK TO E.V.M.: 5. VIGNETTE       
First Line: This, too, is part of our still world
Last Line: Sinking in darkness, all night long


LITTLE JUNE BOOK TO E.V.M.: 6       
First Line: This is the lilac-bush
Last Line: Soon again, the happy sound %will enchant the purple ground
Subject(s): Flowers; Lilacs


LITTLE JUNE BOOK TO E.V.M.: 7. NOON-CLEARING       
First Line: Now, the locust, tall and green
Last Line: Flash two-and-twenty back to me


LITTLE JUNE BOOK TO E.V.M.: 8       
First Line: Man from the waste evolved
Last Line: And roses to spring in


LITTLE JUNE BOOK TO E.V.M.: 9       
First Line: She that winked her sandal fan
Last Line: Hands folded, eyes too still to weep!


LOAD OF SUGAR-CANE       
First Line: The going of the glade-boat
Last Line: When they rise %at the red turban %of the boatman
Subject(s): Boats; Sugar


LOCAL OBJECTS       
First Line: He knew that he was a spirit without a foyer
Last Line: As toward an absolute foyer beyond romance


LONELINESS IN JERSEY CITY    Poem Text    
First Line: The deer and the dachshund are one
Subject(s): Solitude; Loneliness


LONELINESS IN JERSEY CITY       
First Line: The deer and the dachshund are one
Last Line: They think that things are all right, %since the deer and the dachshund are one
Subject(s): Solitude


LONG AND SLUGGISH LINES       
First Line: It makes so little difference, at so much more
Last Line: You were not born yet when the trees were crystal %nor are you now, in this wakefulness inside a sle


LOOKING ACROSS THE FIELDS AND WATCHING THE BIRDS FLY       
First Line: Among the more irritating minor ideas
Last Line: And there beca\ome a spirit's mannerism, %a glass aswarm with things going as far as they can


LOT OF PEOPLE BATHING IN A STREAM       
First Line: It was like passing a boundary to dive
Last Line: To prepare for bed, in the frame of the house, and move %round the rooms, which do not ever seem to


LUNAR PARAPHRASE    Poem Text    
First Line: The moon is the mother of pathos and pity
Subject(s): November


LUNAR PARAPHRASE       
First Line: The moon is the mother of pathos and pity
Last Line: And quieting dreams in the sleepers in darkness %the moon is the mother of pathos and pity
Subject(s): November


LYTTON STRACHEY, ALSO, ENTERS INTO HEAVEN    Poem Text    
First Line: I care for neither fugues nor feathers
Last Line: Dixhuitieme and georgian and serene
Subject(s): Strachey, Lytton (1880-1932)


LYTTON STRACHEY, ALSO, ENTERS INTO HEAVEN       
First Line: I care for neither fugues nor feathers
Last Line: Dixhuitieme and georgian and serene
Subject(s): Strachey, Lytton (1880-1932)


MADAME LA FLEURIE    Poem Text    
First Line: Weight him down, o side-stars, with the great weightings of the end.
Subject(s): Grief; Sorrow; Sadness


MADAME LA FLEURIE       
First Line: Weight him down, o side-stars, with the great weightings of
Last Line: In that distant chamber, a bearded queen, wicked in her dead%light


MAN AND BOTTLE       
First Line: The mind is the great poem of winter, the man
Last Line: Romantic tenements of rose and ice


MAN CARRYING THING    Poem Text    
First Line: The poem must resist the intelligence
Subject(s): Thought; Thinking


MAN CARRYING THING       
First Line: The poem must resist the intelligence
Last Line: We must endure our thoughts all night, until %the bright obvious stands motionless in cold


MAN ON THE DUMP       
First Line: Day creeps down. The moon is creeping up
Last Line: Where was it one first heard of the truth? The the
Subject(s): Refuse And Refuse Disposal


MAN WHOSE PHARYNX WAS BAD       
First Line: The time of year has grown indifferent
Last Line: One might. One might. But time will not relent


MAN WITH THE BLUE GUITAR       
First Line: The man bent over his guitar
Last Line: The imagined pine, the imagined jay
Subject(s): Human Rights; Music And Musicians


MAN WITH THE BLUE GUITAR, SELS.       
First Line: The man bent over his guitar
Last Line: Of a man that plays a blue guitar


MANDOLIN AND LIQUEURS       
First Line: La-la! The cat is in the violets
Last Line: Does not really matter %at all


MARTIAL CADENZA    Poem Text    
First Line: Only this evening I saw again low in the sky
Subject(s): World War Ii; Second World War


MARTIAL CADENZA       
First Line: Only this evening I saw again low in the sky
Last Line: Again, and lived and was again, and breathed again %and moved again and flashed again, time flashed
Subject(s): World War Ii


MEDITATION       
First Line: How long have I meditated, o prince
Last Line: Bossuet did not preach at the funerals %of puppets


MEDITATION CELESTIAL & TERRESTRIAL       
First Line: The wild warblers are warbling in the jungle
Last Line: To warblings early in the hilarious trees %of summer, the drunken mother?


MEMORANDUM       
First Line: The katy-dids at ephrata return
Last Line: Millions hold millions in their arms


MEN MADE OUT OF WORDS       
First Line: What should we be without the sexual myth
Last Line: The eccentric propositions of its fate d


MEN THAT ARE FALLING       
First Line: God and all angels sing the world to sleep
Last Line: The night wind blows upon the dreamer, bent %over words that are life's voluble utterance
Subject(s): Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)


METAPHOR AS DEGENERATION    Poem Text    
First Line: If there is a man white as marble
Subject(s): Metaphor; Similes


METAPHOR AS DEGENERATION       
First Line: If there is a man white as marble
Last Line: And the memorial mosses hang their green %upon it, as it flows ahead
Subject(s): Metaphor


METAPHORS OF A MAGNIFICO    Poem Text    
First Line: Twenty men crossing a bridge
Last Line: The fruit-trees . . .
Subject(s): Medici, Lorenzo De (1449-1492)


METAPHORS OF A MAGNIFICO       
First Line: Twenty men crossing a bridge
Last Line: So the meaning escapes. %the first white wall of the village... %the fruit-trees...
Subject(s): Medici, Lorenzo De (1449-1492)


METROPOLITAN MELANCHOLY       
First Line: A purple woman with a lavender tongue
Last Line: Are really much a million pities


MONTRACHET-LE-JARDIN       
First Line: What more is there to love than I have loved?
Last Line: I affirm and then at midnight the great cat %leaps quickly from the fireside and is gone


MOTIVE FOR METAPHOR       
First Line: You like it under the trees in autumn
Last Line: The vital, arrogant, fatal, dominant x


MOUNTAINS COVERED WITH CATS       
First Line: The sea full of fishes in shoals, the woods that let
Last Line: And quickly understand, without their flesh, %how truly they had not been what they were


MOZART, 1935    Poem Text    
First Line: Poet, be seated at the piano
Last Line: Be seated, thou.
Subject(s): Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus (1756-1791); Music & Musicians


MOZART, 1935       
First Line: Poet, be seated at the piano
Last Line: And the streets are full of cries. %be seated, thou
Subject(s): Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus (1756-1791); Music And Musicians


MRS. ALFRED URUGUAY       
First Line: So what said the others and the sun went down
Last Line: The ultimate elegance: the imagined land


MUD MASTER       
First Line: The muddy rivers of spring
Last Line: The peach-bud maker, %the mud master, %the masteer of the mind


MYTHOLOGY REFLECTS ITS REGION. HERE       
Last Line: Wood of his forests and stone out of his fields %or from under his mountains


NAKED EYE OF THE AUNT       
First Line: I peopled the dark park with gowns
Last Line: Black fact emerges from her swishing dreams


NEGATION       
First Line: Hi! The creator too is blind
Last Line: For this, then, we endure brief lives, the evanescent symmetries %from that meticulous potter's thum


NEW ENGLAND VERSES       
First Line: The whole world including the speaker
Last Line: A perfect fruit in perfect atmosphere %nature as pinakothek whist! Chanticleerr....


NEWS AND THE WEATHER       
First Line: The blue sun in his red cockade
Last Line: There's a moment in the year, solange %when the deep breath fetches another year of life


NIGHT-SONG       
First Line: I stand upon the hills to-night
Last Line: That sings a song all bold and free, %of glory and of joy
Subject(s): Night


NIGHT-WIND OF AUGUST       
Last Line: That it is only the night-wind
Subject(s): Wind


NO POSSUM, NO SOP, NO TATERS       
First Line: He is not here, the old sun
Last Line: One joins him there for company. %but at a distance, in another tree


NOMAD EXQUISITE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: As the immense dew of florida
Subject(s): Florida; Landscape


NOMAD EXQUISITE       
First Line: As the immense dew of florida
Last Line: So, in me, come flinging


NOT IDEAS ABOUT THE THING BUT THE THING ITSELF    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: At the earliest ending of winter
Last Line: A new knowledge of reality.
Subject(s): Reality


NOT IDEAS ABOUT THE THING BUT THE THING ITSELF       
First Line: At the earliest ending of winter
Last Line: A new knowledge of reality
Subject(s): Reality


NOTE ON MOONLIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: The one moonlight, in the simple-colored night
Last Line: Certain and ever more fresh. Ah! Certain, for sure
Subject(s): Moon


NOTES TOWARD A SUPREME FICTION: 4    Poem Text    
First Line: Two things of opposite natures seem to depend
Subject(s): Relationships


NOTES TOWARD A SUPREME FICTION: CONCLUSION    Poem Text    
First Line: Soldier, there is a war between the mind
Last Line: If he must, or lives on the bread of faithful speech
Variant Title(s): Another Kind Of War
Subject(s): War; Mind, The


NOTES TOWARD A SUPREME FICTION: CONCLUSION       
First Line: Soldier, there is a war between the mind
Last Line: How gladly with proper words the soldier dies, if he must, or lives on the bread of faithful speech
Variant Title(s): Another Kind Of Wa
Subject(s): War


NOTES TOWARD A SUPREME FICTION: DEDICATION    Poem Text    
First Line: And for what, except for you, do I feel love?
Subject(s): Love


NOTES TOWARD A SUPREME FICTION: IT MUST BE ABSTRACT       
First Line: Begin, ephebe, by perceiving the idea
Last Line: Nor sanctify, but plainly to propound


NOTES TOWARD A SUPREME FICTION: IT MUST CHANGE       
First Line: The old seraph, parcel-gilded, among violets
Last Line: The suitable amours. Time will write them down


NOTES TOWARD A SUPREME FICTION: IT MUST GIVE PLEASURE       
First Line: To sing jubilas at exact, accustomed times
Last Line: You will have stopped revolving except in crystal


NOTES TOWARD A SUPREME FICTION: PRELUDE       
First Line: And for what, except for you, do I feel love?
Last Line: The vivid transparence that you being is peace


NOVEL       
First Line: The crows are flying above the foyer of summer
Last Line: To understand, as if to know became %the fatality of seeing things too well


NUANCES OF A THEME BY WILLIAMS    Poem Text    
First Line: It's a strange courage
Last Line: Or an old horse
Subject(s): Williams, William Carlos (1883-1963)


NUANCES OF A THEME BY WILLIAMS       
First Line: It's a strange courage
Last Line: Be not an intelligence, %like a widow's bird %or an old horse
Subject(s): Williams, William Carlos (1883-1963)


NUDITY AT THE CAPITAL       
First Line: But nakedness, woolen massa, concerns an innermost atom
Last Line: If that remains concealed, what does the bottom matter?


NUDITY IN THE COLONIES       
First Line: Black man, bright nouveautes leave one, at best, pseudonymous
Last Line: Thus one is most disclosed when one is most anonymous


NUNS PAINTING WATER-LILIES    Poem Text    
First Line: These pods are part of the growth of life within life
Subject(s): Flowers; Lilies


NUNS PAINTING WATER-LILIES       
First Line: These pods are part of the growth of life within life
Last Line: Or accessible only in the most furtive fiction
Subject(s): Flowers; Lilies


O FLORIDA, VENEREAL SOIL    Poem Text    
First Line: A few things for themselves
Subject(s): Florida


O FLORIDA, VENEREAL SOIL       
First Line: A few things for themselves
Last Line: A hand that bears a thick-leaved fruit, %a pungent bloom against your shade
Subject(s): Florida


OAK LEAVES ARE HANDS       
First Line: In hydaspia, by howzen
Last Line: In glittering seven-colored changes, %by howzen, the chromatic lowzen


ODE       
First Line: A night in may!
Last Line: And a hail to the morning star


OF BRIGHT & BLUE BIRDS & THE GALA SUN       
First Line: Some things, nino, some things are like this
Last Line: The will to be and to be total in belief, %provoking a laughter, an agreement, by surprise


OF HARTFORD IN A PURPLE LIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: A long time you have been making the trip
Subject(s): Sun; Light; Colors; Hartford, Connecticut


OF HARTFORD IN A PURPLE LIGHT       
First Line: A long time you have been making the trip
Last Line: Of the ocean, ever-freshening, %on the irised hunks; the stone bouquet


OF HEAVEN CONSIDERED AS A TOMB       
First Line: What word have you, interpreters, of men
Last Line: For answer from their icy elysee


OF IDEAL TIME AND CHOICE       
First Line: Since thirty mornings are required to make
Last Line: Stand at the centre of ideal time, %the inhuman making choice of a human self


OF MERE BEING       
First Line: The palm at the end of the mind
Last Line: The bird's fire-fangled feathers dangle down


OF MODERN POETRY    Poem Text    
First Line: The poem of the mind in the act of finding
Last Line: Combing. The poem of the act of the mind
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Mind, The


OF MODERN POETRY       
First Line: The poem of the mind in the act of finding
Last Line: Combing. The poem of the act of the mind
Subject(s): Poetry And Poets


OF THE MANNER OF ADDRESSING CLOUDS    Poem Text    
First Line: Gloomy grammarians in golden gowns
Last Line: Than mute bare splendors of the sun and moon.
Subject(s): Clouds


OF THE SURFACE OF THINGS    Poem Text    
First Line: In my room, the world is beyond my understanding


OF THE SURFACE OF THINGS       
First Line: In my room, the world is beyond my understanding
Last Line: The singer has pulled his cloak over his head %the moon is in the folds of the cloak


OLD LUTHERAN BELLS AT HOME       
First Line: These are the voices of the pastors calling
Last Line: And the bells belong to the sextons, after all, %as they jangle and dangle and kick their feet


OLD MAN ASLEEP       
First Line: The two worlds are asleep, are sleeping, now
Last Line: The redness of your reddish chestnut trees, %the river motion, the drowsy motion of the river r


ON AN OLD HORN       
First Line: The bird kept saying that birds had once been men
Last Line: Flying like insects of fire in a cavern of night %pipperoo,pippera, pipperum...The rest is rot


ON THE ADEQUACY OF LANDSCAPE       
First Line: The little owl flew through the night
Last Line: The red bird most and the strongest sky %not the people in the air that hear %the little owl fly


ON THE ROAD HOME       
First Line: It was when I said
Last Line: The fragrance of the autumn warmest, %closest and strongest


ON THE WAY TO THE BUS       
First Line: A light snow, like frost, has fallen during the night
Last Line: A way of pronouncing the word inside of one's tongue %under the wintry trees of the terrace


ONE OF THE INHABITANTS OF THE WEST       
First Line: Our divinations
Last Line: Suppose it was a drop of blood...%so much guilt lies buried%beneath the innocence %of autumn days


ORDINARY EVENING IN NEW HAVEN       
First Line: The eye's plain version is a thing apart
Last Line: Is a solid. It may be a shade that traverses %a dust, a force that traverses a shade
Variant Title(s): An Ordinary Evening In New Haven, Sels
Subject(s): New Haven, Connecticut


ORDINARY WOMEN       
First Line: Then from their poverty they rose
Last Line: Then from their poverty they rose, %from dry guitars, and to catarrhs %they flitted %through the pal


OUR STARS COME FROM IRELAND    Poem Text    
First Line: Out of him that I loved
Subject(s): Ireland; Poetry & Poets; United States - Immigration & Emigtration; Irish


OUR STARS COME FROM IRELAND       
First Line: Out of him that I loved
Last Line: When the whole habit of the mind was changed, %the ocean breathed out morning in one breath
Subject(s): Ireland; Poetry And Poets; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


OUT OF THOSE HIBISCUSES OF DAMOZELS       
First Line: She was all of her airs and, for all of her airs
Last Line: And the cheeks like flower-pots under her hair


OUT OF WEDLOCK       
First Line: The strong music of hard times
Last Line: Saying we have forgot them, they never lived


OUTSIDE THE HOSPITAL       
First Line: See the blind and the lame at play
Last Line: Red roses, my princess, I ran to bring, %and be your knight


OWL IN THE SARCOPHAGUS       
First Line: Two forms move among the dead, high sleep
Last Line: The mind, among the creatures that it makes, %the people, those by which it lives and dies


OWL'S CLOVER: 1. THE OLD WOMAN & THE STATUE       
First Line: Another evening in another park
Last Line: Of night. How clearly that would be defined!


OWL'S CLOVER: 2. THE STATUE AT THE WORLD'S END       
First Line: The thing is dead -- everything is dead
Last Line: An abysmal migration into a possible blue?
Variant Title(s): Mr. Burnshaw And The Statu


OWL'S CLOVER: 3. THE GREENEST CONTINENT       
First Line: Large-leaved and many-footed shadowing
Last Line: Sultan of african sultans, starless crown


OWL'S CLOVER: 4. A DUCK FOR DINNER       
First Line: The bulgar said, 'after pineapple with fresh mint
Last Line: And daunt that old assassin, heart's desire?


OWL'S CLOVER: 5. SOMBRE FIGURATION       
First Line: There is a man whom rhapsodies of change
Last Line: Night and the imagination being one


PAGE FROM A TALE       
First Line: In the hard brightness of that winter day
Last Line: They would march single file, with electric lamps, alert %for a tidal undulation underneath


PAISANT CHRONICLE       
First Line: What are the major men? All men are brave
Last Line: A cafe. There may be a dish of country cheese %and a piineapple on the table. It must be so


PALACE OF THE BABIES    Poem Text    
First Line: The disbeliever walked the moonlit place
Subject(s): Night; Loneliness; Babies; Bedtime; Infants


PALACE OF THE BABIES       
First Line: The disbeliever walked the moonlit place
Last Line: His broad-brimmed hat came close upon his eyes


PALTRY NUDE STARTS ON A SPRING VOYAGE       
First Line: But not on a shell, she starts
Last Line: Scullion of fate, %across the spick torrent, ceaselessly, %upon her irretrievable way


PAROCHIAL THEME       
First Line: Long-tailed ponies go nosing the pine-lands
Last Line: Of the guillotine or of any glamorous hanging. %piece the world together, boys, but not with your ha


PASTOR CABALLERO       
First Line: The importance of its hat to a form becomes
Last Line: These two go well together, the sinuous brim %and the green flauntings of the hours of peace


PASTORAL NUN       
First Line: Finally, in the last year of her age
Last Line: The two things compared their tight resemblances:%each matteers only in that which it conceives
Subject(s): Nuns


PEDIMENT OF APPEARANCE       
First Line: Young men go walking in the woods
Last Line: The month of understanding. The pediment %lifts up its heavy scowl before them


PETER PARASOL       
First Line: Aux taureaux dieu cornes donne


PETER PARASOL       
First Line: Why are not women fair
Last Line: With parasols, in the afternoon air


PETER QUINCE AT THE CLAVIER    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Just as my fingers on these keys
Last Line: And makes a constant sacrament of praise.
Subject(s): Beauty; Lust; Music & Musicians; Susanna (bible); Women In The Bible


PHASES    Poem Text    
First Line: There's a little square in paris


PHASES       
First Line: There was heaven
Last Line: Look deep, and let the truth be known


PHASES       
First Line: There's a little square in paris
Last Line: To that short, triumphant sting?
Subject(s): World War I


PIANO PRACTICE AT THE ACADEMY OF THE HOLY ANGELS       
First Line: The time will come for these children
Last Line: And these long, black instruments will be so little to them that will be needing so much, seeking so


PIECES       
First Line: Tinsel in february, tinsel in august
Last Line: That lives in space. It is a person at night %a member of the family, a tie %an ethereal cousin, ano


PLACE OF THE SOLITAIRES       
First Line: Let the place of the solitaires
Last Line: In the place of the solitaires, %which is to be a place of perpetual undulation


PLAIN SENSE OF THINGS       
First Line: After the leaves have fallen, we return
Last Line: Had to be imagined as an inevitable knowledge, %required, as a necessity requires


PLANET ON THE TABLE       
First Line: Ariel was glad he had written his poems
Last Line: In the poverty of their words, %of the planet of which they were apart


PLEASURES OF MERELY CIRCULATING       
First Line: The garden flew round with the angel
Last Line: Has rather a classical sound


PLOT AGAINST THE GIANT       
First Line: When this yokel comes maundering
Last Line: I shall whisper %heavenly labials in a world of gutturals. %it will undo him


PLOUGHING ON SUNDAY    Poem Text    
First Line: The white cock's tail
Subject(s): Plowing & Plowmen; Sabbath; Sunday


PLOUGHING ON SUNDAY       
First Line: The white cock's tail
Last Line: The wind pours down
Subject(s): Plowing And Plowmen; Sabbath


POEM THAT TOOK THE PLACE OF A MOUNTAIN       
First Line: There it was, word for word
Last Line: Where he could lie and, gazing down at the sea, %recognize his unique and solitary home


POEM WITH RHYTHMS       
First Line: The hand between the candle and the wall
Last Line: Not as in air, bright-blue-resembling air, %but as in the powerful mirror of my wish and will


POEM WRITTEN AT MORNING       
First Line: A sunny day's complete poussiniana
Last Line: To the total thing, a shapeless giant forced %upward %green were the curls upon that head


POEMS OF OUR CLIMATE       
First Line: Clear water in a brilliant bowl
Last Line: Lies in flawed words and stubborn sounds


POESIE ABRUTIE       
First Line: The brooks are bristling in the field
Last Line: Is brighter than the sun itself %cinerarias have a speaking sheen
Variant Title(s): Retur


POETRY IS A DESTRUCTIVE FORCE    Poem Text    
First Line: That's what misery is
Last Line: It can kill a man
Subject(s): Language; Men; Poetry & Poets; Words; Vocabulary


POETRY IS A DESTRUCTIVE FORCE       
First Line: That's what misery is
Last Line: Its nose is on its paws. %it can kill a man
Subject(s): Language; Men; Poetry And Poets


POLO PONIES PRACTICING    Poem Text    
First Line: The constant cry against an old order
Subject(s): Sports


POLO PONIES PRACTICING       
First Line: The constant cry against an old order
Last Line: On the shapes of the mind
Subject(s): Sports


POSTCARD FROM THE VOLCANO       
First Line: Children picking up our bones
Last Line: Smeared with the gold of the opulent sun
Subject(s): Bones


PREJUDICE AGAINST THE PAST       
First Line: Day is the children's friend
Last Line: The philosopher's hat to be part of the mind, %the swedish cart to be part of the heart


PRELUDE TO OBJECTS       
First Line: If he will be heaven after death
Last Line: Of parents, lewdest of ancestors %we are conceived in your conceits


PRIMITIVE LIKE AND ORB       
First Line: The essential poem at the centre of things
Last Line: Of color, the giant of nothingness, each one %and the giant ever changing, living in change


PRIMORDIA IN THE NORTHWEST    Poem Text    
First Line: All over minnesota
Subject(s): Minnesota


PRIMORDIA IN THE NORTHWEST       
First Line: All over minnesota
Last Line: Are you two boatmen %different from each other?
Subject(s): Minnesota


PRIMORDIA IN THE SOUTH    Poem Text    
First Line: Unctuous furrows / the ploughman portrays in you
Subject(s): Southern States; South (u.s.)


PRIMORDIA IN THE SOUTH       
First Line: Unctuous furrows %the ploughman portrays in you
Last Line: In the distances of sleep? %speak it
Subject(s): Southern States


PROLOGUES TO WHAT IS POSSIBLE       
First Line: There was an ease of mind that was like being alone in %a boat at sea
Last Line: The way a look or a touch reveals its unexpected %magnitudes


PUBLIC SQUARE       
First Line: A slash of angular blacks
Last Line: The bijou of atlas, the moon %was last with its porcelain leer


PUELLA PARVULA       
First Line: Every thread of summer is at last unwoven
Last Line: Flame, sound, fury composed...Hear what he says, %the dauntless master, as he stars the human tale


PURE GOOD OF THEORY       
First Line: It is time that beats in the breast and it is time
Last Line: For a moment, a moment in which we read and repeat %the eloquences of light's faculties


QUATRAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: Go not, young cloud, too boldly through the sky
Last Line: For eastward lies the night.
Subject(s): Transience; Impermanence


QUATRAIN       
First Line: He sought the music of the distant spheres
Last Line: Within the keeping of his human heart


QUESTIONS ARE REMARKS       
First Line: In the weed of summer comes this green sprout why
Last Line: He does not say, 'mother, my mother, who are you,' %the way the drowsy, infant, old men do


QUIET NORMAL LIFE       
First Line: His place, as he sat and as he thought, was not
Last Line: There was no fury in transcendent forms. %but his actual candle blazed with artifice


RABBIT AS KING OF THE GHOSTS       
First Line: The difficulty to think at the end of day
Last Line: You sit with your head like a carving in space %and the little green cat is a bug in the grass
Subject(s): Animals; Cats; Rabbits


RE-STATEMENT OF ROMANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: The night knows nothing of the chants of night
Last Line: In the pale light that each upon the other throws
Subject(s): Love - Marital; Wedded Love; Marriage - Love


RE-STATEMENT OF ROMANCE       
First Line: The night knows nothing of the chants of night
Last Line: Supremely true each to its separate self, %in the pale light that each upon the other throws
Subject(s): Love - Marital


READER       
First Line: All night I sat reading a book
Last Line: The sombre pages bore no print %except the trace of burning stars %in the frosty heaven


REALITY IS AN ACTIVITY OF THE MOST AUGUST IMAGINATION       
First Line: Last friday, in the big light of last friday night
Last Line: There was an insolid billowing of the solid. %night's moonlight lake was neither water nor air


RED FERN       
First Line: The large-leaved day grows rapidly
Last Line: Until sight wakens the sleepy eye %and pierces tha physical fix of things
Subject(s): Ferns


RED LOVES KIT       
First Line: Your yes her no, your no her yes. The words
Last Line: It will be fecund in rapt curios


REGION NOVEMBER       
First Line: It is hard to hear the north wind again
Last Line: The trees are swaying, swaying, swaying
Subject(s): November


REPETITIONS OF A YOUNG CAPTAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: A tempest cracked on the theatre. Quickly
Last Line: Walked toward him on the stage and they embraced
Subject(s): War


REPETITIONS OF A YOUNG CAPTAIN       
First Line: A tempest cracked on the theatre. Quickly
Last Line: The precisions of fate, nothing fobbed off, nor changed %in a beau language without a drop of blood
Subject(s): War


REPLY TO PAPINI    Poem Text    
First Line: It is time that beats in the breast and it is time
Subject(s): Papini, Giovanni (1881-1956)


REPLY TO PAPINI       
First Line: Poor procurator, why do you ask someone else
Last Line: The satisfaction underneath the sense, %the conception sparkling in still obstinate thought
Subject(s): Papini, Giovanni (1881-1956)


REVOLUTIONIST STOP FOR ORANGEADE       
First Line: Capitan profundo, capitan geloso
Last Line: Deeper than a truer ditty %of the real that wrenches, %of the quick that's wry


RIVER OF RIVERS IN CONNECTICUT       
First Line: There is a great river this side of stygia
Last Line: Of each of the senses; call it, again and again, %the river that flows nowhere, like a sea
Subject(s): Connecticut; Rivers


ROCK       
First Line: It is an illusion that we were ever alive
Last Line: Night's hymn of the rock, as in a vivid sleep


ROLE OF THE IDEA IN POETRY       
First Line: Ask of the philosopher why he philosophizes
Last Line: I am the greatness of the new-found night
Subject(s): Poetry And Poets


ROMANCE FOR A DEMOISELLE LYING IN THE GRASS       
First Line: It is grass
Last Line: Delicatest machine


ROOM ON A GARDEN       
First Line: O stagnant east-wind, palsied mare
Last Line: Of lilies rusted, rotting, wet %with rain
Subject(s): Gardens And Gardening


SAD STRAINS OF A GAY WALTZ       
First Line: The truth is that there comes a time
Last Line: Will glisten again with motion, the music %will be motion and full of shadows


SAIL OF ULYSSES       
First Line: Under the shape of his sail, ulysses
Last Line: Straight forward through another night %and clumped stars dangled all the way
Variant Title(s): Presence Of An External Master Of Knowledg
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Ulysses


SAILING AFTER LUNCH       
First Line: It is the word pejorative that hurts
Last Line: And then rush brightly through the summer air


SAINT JOHN AND THE BACK-ACHE       
First Line: The mind is the terriblest force in the world, father
Last Line: Presence lies far too deep, for me to know %its irrational reaction, as from pain


SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE CHIROPODIST'S; HISTOIRE       
First Line: For simple pleasure, he beheld
Last Line: The rotting man was first to sing


SEA SURFACE FULL OF CLOUDS    Poem Text    
First Line: In that november off tehuantepec
Last Line: Came fresh transfigurings of freshest blue
Subject(s): Sea; Ocean


SEA SURFACE FULL OF CLOUDS       
First Line: In that november off tehuantepec
Last Line: And heaven rolled as one and from the two %came fresh transfigurings of freshest blue
Subject(s): Sea


SECRET MAN       
First Line: The sounds of rain on the roof
Last Line: Will shout from the tower's rim


SENSE OF THE SLEIGHT-OF-HAND MAN       
First Line: One's grand flights, one's sunday baths
Last Line: That is fluent in even the wintriest bronze


SHOWER    Poem Text    
First Line: Pink and purple


SICK MAN       
First Line: Bands of black men seem to be drifting in air
Last Line: The peaceful, blissful words, well-tuned, well-sung, well-spoken
Subject(s): African Americans - Song And Music; Blues (music); Jazz; Music And Musicians


SILVER PLOUGH-BOY       
First Line: A black figure dances in a black field
Last Line: Slips from the wrinkled sheet! How softly the sheet falls %to the ground!
Subject(s): Plowing And Plowmen


SIX DISCORDANT SONGS: CONTRARY THESES (1)       
First Line: Now grapes are plush upon the vines
Last Line: Before, before. Blood smears the oaks %a soldier stalks before my door


SIX DISCORDANT SONGS: CONTRARY THESES (2)       
First Line: One chemical afternoon in mid-autumn
Last Line: The noble, alexandrine verve. The flies %and the bees still sought the chrysanthemums' odor


SIX DISCORDANT SONGS: JUMBO       
First Line: The trees were plucked like iron bars
Last Line: Of the secondary men. There are no rocks %and stones, only this imager


SIX DISCORDANT SONGS: METAMORPHOSIS       
First Line: Yillow, yillow, yillow
Last Line: Dangling in an illogical %to and to and fro %fro niz - nil -imbo


SIX DISCORDANT SONGS: PHOSPHOR READING BY HIS OWN LIGHT       
First Line: It is difficult to read. The page is dark
Last Line: The elemental parent, the green night, %teaching a fusky alphabet


SIX DISCORDANT SONGS: THE SEARCH FOR SOUND FREE FROM MOTION       
First Line: All afternoon the gramophone
Last Line: The syllable of a syllable


SIX SIGNIFICANT LANDSCAPES       
First Line: An old man sits
Last Line: As, for example, the ellipse of the half-moon %rationalists would wear sombreros


SKETCH OF THE ULTIMATE POLITICIAN       
First Line: He is the final builder of the total building
Last Line: A dream interrupted out of the past, %from beside us, from where we have yet to live


SNOW AND STARS    Poem Text    
First Line: The grackles sing avant the spring
Subject(s): Grackles; Snow; Stars


SNOW AND STARS       
First Line: The grackles sing avant the spring
Last Line: And fill the hill and fill it full %of ding, ding, dong


SO-AND-SO RECLINING ON HER COUCH       
First Line: On her side, reclining on her elbow
Last Line: As anything but sculpture. Good-bye, %mrs. Pappadopoulos, and thanks


SOLITAIRE UNDER THE OAKS    Poem Text    
First Line: In the oblivion of cards
Subject(s): Card Games; Playing Cards


SOLITAIRE UNDER THE OAKS       
First Line: In the oblivion of cards
Last Line: Under the oak trees, completely released
Subject(s): Card Games


SOME FRIENDS FROM PASCAGOULA    Poem Text    
First Line: Tell me more of the eagle, cotton,
Subject(s): Eagles


SOME FRIENDS FROM PASCAGOULA       
First Line: Tell me more of the eagle, cotton
Last Line: Dropping in sovereign rings %out of his fiery lair %speak off the dazzling wings


SOMEONE PUTS A PINEAPPLE TOGETHER: 1       
First Line: O juventes, o filii, he contemplates
Last Line: Concourse of planetary originals, %yet, as it seems, of human residence


SOMEONE PUTS A PINEAPPLE TOGETHER: 2       
First Line: He must say nothing of the fruit that is
Last Line: Its invitation to false metaphor. %the incredible gave him a purpose to believe


SOMEONE PUTS A PINEAPPLE TOGETHER: 3       
First Line: How thick this gobbet is with overlays
Last Line: The eye, a geometric glitter, tiltings %as of sections collecting toward the greenest cone


SOMNAMBULISMA       
First Line: On an old shore, the vulgar ocean rolls
Last Line: Poured forth the fine fins, the gawky beaks, the personalia,%which, as a man feeling everything, wer


SONATINA TO HANS CHRISTIAN    Poem Text    
First Line: If any duck in any brook
Subject(s): Andersen, Hans Christian (1805-1875); Writing & Writers


SONATINA TO HANS CHRISTIAN       
First Line: If any duck in any brook
Last Line: Do you know, hans christian %now that you see the night?
Subject(s): Andersen, Hans Christian (1805-1875); Writing And Writers


SONG       
First Line: She loves me or loves me not
Last Line: The green of the woods is just as fair, %and fair the sky


SONG       
First Line: Ah yes! Beyond these barren walls
Last Line: And find him looking in her eyes


SONG       
First Line: There are great things doing
Last Line: Tell that to your mother


SONG OF FIXED ACCORD    Poem Text    
First Line: Rou-cou spoke the dove
Subject(s): Doves


SONG OF FIXED ACCORD       
First Line: Rou-cou spoke the dove
Last Line: The lord of love and of sooth sorrow, %lay on the roof %and made much within her


SONNET       
First Line: Build up the walls about me; close each door
Last Line: And pass immortal mornings by the sea


SONNET: 1       
First Line: I strode along my beaches like a sea
Last Line: In mystery beneath the evening star


SONNET: 10       
First Line: Yet mystery is better than the light
Last Line: Passing with ardor through the happy earth


SONNET: 11       
First Line: I found it flaming in the scarlet rose
Last Line: Not point to things in greater mystery hid


SONNET: 12       
First Line: I sang an idle song of happy youth
Last Line: My weary eyes were filled with bitter tears


SONNET: 13       
First Line: How sweet it is to find an asphodel
Last Line: Roll the huge waters of an endless main


SONNET: 14       
First Line: And even as I passed beside the booth
Last Line: Soft as a song heard far in paradise


SONNET: 2       
First Line: Come, said the world, thy youth is not all play
Last Line: And if you steal them from me I shall die


SONNET: 3       
First Line: When I think of all the centuries long dead
Last Line: But not -- if strength of will abides -- not I


SONNET: 4       
First Line: Through dreary winter had my soul endured
Last Line: Sweet-startling from her heavy-laden breast


SONNET: 5       
First Line: The rivers flow on idly in their light
Last Line: With eyes undimmed and youth both pure and strong


SONNET: 6       
First Line: If we are leaves that fall upon the ground
Last Line: Streamed forth a wild perfume into the light


SONNET: 7       
First Line: There shines the morning star! Through the forlorn
Last Line: All bright and lovely on the hosts of rome


SONNET: 8       
First Line: The soul of the happy youth is never lost
Last Line: To keep sweet tryst with still-eyed guenevere


SONNET: 9       
First Line: Cathedrals are not built by the sea
Last Line: The low and splendid rising of the moon


SOULS OF WOMEN AT NIGHT       
First Line: Now, being invisible, I walk without mantilla
Last Line: Not one of the five, and keep a rendezvous, %of the loftiest amour, in a human midnight?


ST. ARMORER'S CHURCH FROM THE OUTSIDE    Poem Text    
First Line: St. Armorer's was once a great success
Subject(s): Churches; Christianity; Cathedrals


ST. ARMORER'S CHURCH FROM THE OUTSIDE       
First Line: St. Armorer's was once an immense success
Last Line: The origin and keep of its health and his own %and there he walks and does as he lives and likes


STANZAS FOR 'EXAMINATION OF THE HERO IN TIME OF WAR'    Poem Text    
First Line: An immense drum rolls through a clamor of people
Last Line: A challenge to a final solution
Subject(s): War; Heroism


STARS AT TALLAPOOSA    Poem Text    
First Line: The lines are straight and swift between the stars.
Subject(s): Stars


STARS AT TALLAPOOSA       
First Line: The lines are straight and swift between the stars
Last Line: Making recoveries of young nakedness %and the lost vehemence the midnights hold


STREET SONGS: 1. THE PIGEONS    Poem Text    
First Line: Over the houses and into the sky
Subject(s): Cities; Pigeons; Urban Life


STREET SONGS: 1. THE PIGEONS       
First Line: Over the houses and into the sky
Last Line: And into their airy home
Subject(s): Cities; Pigeons


STREET SONGS: 2. THE BEGGAR       
First Line: Yet in this morn there is a darkest night
Subject(s): Begging & Beggars; Cities; Urban Life


STREET SONGS: 2. THE BEGGAR       
First Line: Yet in this morn there is a darkest night
Last Line: The place, pass on. It is a place to beg
Subject(s): Begging And Beggars; Cities


STREET SONGS: 3. STATUARY    Poem Text    
First Line: The windy morn has set their feet to dancing
Subject(s): Cities; Statues; Urban Life


STREET SONGS: 3. STATUARY       
First Line: The windy morn has set their feet to dancing
Last Line: Then goes his way with all his fancy free
Subject(s): Cities; Statues


STREET SONGS: 3. THE MINSTREL       
First Line: The streets lead out into a mist
Last Line: From out among the heather bells
Subject(s): Cities; Minstrels


STREET SONGS: 4. THE MINSTREL    Poem Text    
First Line: The streets lead out into a mist


STUDY OF IMAGES 1       
First Line: It does no good to speak of the big, blue bush
Last Line: They can be no more faded than ourselves %the blood refreshes with its stale demands


STUDY OF IMAGES 2       
First Line: The frequency of images of the moon
Last Line: And breeding and bearing birth of harmony, %the final relation, the marriage of the rest


STUDY OF TWO PEARS    Poem Text    
First Line: Opusculum paedagogum / the pears are not viols
Last Line: As the observer wills
Subject(s): Pear Trees; Trees; Pears


STUDY OF TWO PEARS       
First Line: Opusculum paedagogum %the pears are not viols
Last Line: The pears are not seen %as the observer wills
Subject(s): Pear Trees; Trees


SUN THIS MARCH       
First Line: The exceeding brightness of this early sun
Last Line: Oh! Rabbi, rabbi, fend my soul for me %and true savant of this dark nature be


SUNDAY MORNING    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Complacencies of the peignoir, and late / coffee and oranges in a sunny chair
Last Line: Downward to darkness, on extended wings.
Subject(s): Christianity; Death; God; Life; Nature; Religion; Dead, The; Theology


SURPRISES OF THE SUPERHUMAN       
First Line: The palais de justice of chambermaids
Last Line: For somehow the brave dicta of its kings %make more awry our faulty human things


TABLE TALK    Poem Text    
First Line: Granted, we die for good
Last Line: Of the way things happen to fall
Subject(s): Life


TABLE TALK       
First Line: Granted, we die for good
Last Line: Happens to like is one %of the ways things happen to fall


TATTOO    Poem Text    
First Line: The light is like a spider
Subject(s): Light


TATTOO       
First Line: The light is like a spider
Last Line: On the surface of the water %and in the edges of the snow


TEA    Poem Text    
First Line: When the elephant's-ear in the park
Last Line: Ike umbrellas in java.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


TEA       
First Line: When the elephant's-ear in the park
Last Line: On shining pillows, %of sea-shades and sky-shades, %like umbrellas in java
Subject(s): Poetry And Poets


TEA AT THE PALAZ OF HOON    Poem Text    
First Line: Not less because in purple I descended
Last Line: And there I found myself more truly and more strange.


TEA THE PALAZ OF HOON    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Not less because in purple I descended
Subject(s): Travel; Journeys; Trips


TESTAMENTUM       
First Line: Plant the tea-plant on my grave
Last Line: That young persephone will not resist


THE AMERICAN SUBLIME    Poem Text    
First Line: How does one stand


THE BEGINNING    Poem Text    
First Line: So summer comes in the end to hese few stains
Last Line: Speak softly, to begin with, in the eaves
Subject(s): Love


THE BIRD WITH THE COPPERY, KEEN CLAWS    Poem Text    
First Line: Above the forest of the parakeets
Last Line: To flare, in the sun-pallor of his rock.
Subject(s): Birds


THE BLUE BUILDINGS IN THE SUMMER AIR    Poem Text    
First Line: Cotton mather died when I was a boy. The books
Subject(s): Mather, Cotton (1663-1728)


THE CANDLE A SAINT    Poem Text    
First Line: Green is the night, green kindled and appareled
Subject(s): Green (color); Candles; Saints


THE COMEDIAN AS THE LETTER C    Poem Text    
First Line: Nota: man is the intelligence of his soil,
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Se;f; Travel; Pilgrimages & Pilgrims; Imagination; Journeys; Trips; Fancy


THE COMMON LIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: That's the downtown frieze
Subject(s): Life


THE CREATIONS OF SOUND    Poem Text    
First Line: If the poetry of x was music,
Subject(s): Sound


THE CUBAN DOCTOR    Poem Text    
First Line: I went to egypt to escape
Subject(s): Enemies


THE CURTAINS IN THE HOUSE OF THE METAPHYSICIAN    Poem Text    
First Line: It comes about that the drifting of these curtains
Subject(s): Metaphysics


THE DEATH OF A SOLDIER    Poem Text    
First Line: Life contracts and death is expected
Last Line: In their direction
Subject(s): Holidays; Soldiers; War


THE DESIRE TO MAKE LOVE IN A PAGODA    Poem Text    
First Line: Among the second selves, sailor, observe
Subject(s): Desire


THE DOVE IN SPRING    Poem Text    
First Line: Brooder, brooder, deep beneath its walls
Subject(s): Doves


THE DWARF    Poem Text    
First Line: Now it is september and the web is woven
Subject(s): Winter


THE EMPEROR OF ICE-CREAM    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Call the roller of big cigars
Last Line: The only emperor is the emperor of ice-cream.
Subject(s): Ice Cream


THE FLORIST WEARS KNEE-BREECHES    Poem Text    
First Line: My flowers are reflected
Subject(s): Flowers


THE GOOD MAN HAS NO SHAPE    Poem Text    
First Line: Through centuries he lived in poverty
Subject(s): Morality; Ethics


THE HAND AS A BEING    Poem Text    
First Line: In the first canto of the final canticle
Subject(s): Poetry & Poems; Hands; Man-woman Relationships; Male-female Relations


THE HIGH-TONED OLD CHRISTIAN WOMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Poetry is the supreme fiction, madame.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Women - Old Age


THE IDEA OF ORDER AT KEY WEST    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: She sang beyond the genius of the sea
Last Line: In ghostlier demarcations, keener sounds
Subject(s): Key West, Florida; Order; Perception; Sea; Singing & Singers; Ocean; Songs


THE IRISH CLIFFS OF MOHER    Poem Text    
First Line: Who is my father in this world, in this house
Last Line: And sea and air.
Subject(s): Men


THE LOAD OF SUGAR-CANE    Poem Text    
First Line: The going of the glade-boat
Subject(s): Boats; Sugar


THE MAN ON THE DUMP    Poem Text    
First Line: Day creeps down. The moon is creeping up
Last Line: Where was it one first heard of the truth? The the
Subject(s): Refuse & Refuse Disposal


THE MAN WITH THE BLUE GUITAR: 1-6    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: The man bent over his guitar
Last Line: A composing of senses of the guitar
Subject(s): Human Rights; Music & Musicians


THE MAN WITH THE BLUE GUITAR: 25    Poem Text    
First Line: He held the world upon his nose


THE MEN THAT ARE FALLING    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: God and all angels sing the world to sleep
Subject(s): Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)


THE NIGHT-WIND OF AUGUST    Poem Text    


THE OLD LUTHERAN BELLS AT HOME    Poem Text    
First Line: These are the voices of the pastors calling
Subject(s): Bells; Religion; Theology


THE PALTRY NUDE STARTS ON A SPRING VOYAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: But not on a shell, she starts,
Subject(s): Sea Voyages


THE PASTOR CABALLERO    Poem Text    
First Line: The importance of its hat to a form becomes
Subject(s): Hats


THE PLACE OF THE SOLITAIRES    Poem Text    
First Line: Let the place of the solitaires


THE PLAIN SENSE OF THINGS    Poem Text    
First Line: After the leaves have fallen, we return
Subject(s): Imagination; Reality; Fancy


THE PLANET ON THE TABLE    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Ariel was glad he had written his poems
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Sun


THE READER    Poem Text    
First Line: All night I sat reading a book
Subject(s): Books; Reading


THE RED FERN    Poem Text    
First Line: The large-leaved day grows rapidly
Subject(s): Ferns


THE REGION NOVEMBER    Poem Text    
First Line: It is hard to hear the north wind again
Subject(s): November


THE RIVER OF RIVERS IN CONNECTICUT    Poem Text    
First Line: There is a great river this side of stygia
Last Line: The river that flows nowhere, like a sea
Subject(s): Connecticut; Rivers


THE ROLE OF THE IDEA IN POETRY    Poem Text    
First Line: Ask of the philosopher why he philosophizes
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


THE SAIL OF ULYSSES    Poem Text    
First Line: Under the shape of his sail, ulysses
Variant Title(s): Presence Of An External Master Of Knowledge
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Ulysses; Odysseus


THE SENSE OF THE SLEIGHT-OF-HAND MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: One's grand flights, one's sunday baths
Subject(s): Life


THE SHAPE OF THE CORONER    Poem Text    
First Line: It was the morn
Last Line: In a parlor of day.
Subject(s): Corpses; Embalming; Cadavers


THE SILVER PLOUGH-BOY    Poem Text    
First Line: A black figure dances in a black field
Subject(s): Plowing & Plowmen


THE SNOW MAN    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: One must have a mind of winter
Last Line: Nothing that is not there and the nothing that is.
Subject(s): God; Nature; Perception; Religion; Theology


THE ULTIMATE POEM IS ABSTRACT    Poem Text    
First Line: This day writhes with what? The lecturer
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


THE WELL DRESSED MAN WITH A BEARD    Poem Text    
First Line: After the final no there comes a yes
Subject(s): Mind, Tne


THE WIND SHIFTS    Poem Text    
First Line: This is how the wind shifts
Subject(s): Wind


THE WORLD AS MEDITATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Is it ulysses that approaches from the east
Last Line: Never forgetting him that kept coming constantly so near
Subject(s): Love - Marital; Marriage; Mythology - Classical; Penelope (mythology); Ulysses; Wedded Love; Marriage - Love; Weddings; Husbands; Wives; Odysseus


THE WORMS AT HEAVEN'S GATE    Poem Text    
First Line: Out of the tomb, we bring badroulbadour
Last Line: Out of the tomb we bring badroulbadour.
Subject(s): Cemeteries; Graveyards


THEORY       
First Line: I am what is around me
Last Line: A high bed sheltered by curtains %these are merely instances


THINGS OF AUGUST    Poem Text    
First Line: These locusts by day, these crickets by night


THINGS OF AUGUST       
First Line: These locusts by day, these crickets by night
Last Line: And willed. She has given too much, but not enough %she is exhausted and a little old


THINKING OF A RELATION BETWEEN THE IMAGES OF METHAPHORS    Poem Text    
First Line: The wood-doves are singing along the perkiomen
Subject(s): Metaphor; Similes


THINKING OF A RELATION BETWEEN THE IMAGES OF METHAPHORS       
First Line: The wood-doves are singing along the perkiomen
Last Line: The fisherman might be the single man %in whose breast, the dove, alighting, would grow still
Subject(s): Metaphor


THIRTEEN WAYS OF LOOKING AT A BLACKBIRD    Poem Text    
First Line: Among twenty snowy mountains
Last Line: In the cedar-limbs.
Subject(s): Birds; Blackbirds; Perception


THIS AS INCLUDING THAT    Poem Text    
First Line: It is true that you live on this rock
Subject(s): Thought; Thinking


THIS AS INCLUDING THAT       
First Line: This rock and the dry birds
Last Line: A fly crawls on the balustrades


THIS SOLITUDE OF CATARACTS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: He never felt twice the same about the flecked river
Last Line: Breathing his bronzen breath at the azury center of time
Subject(s): Nature


THIS SOLITUDE OF CATARACTS       
First Line: He never felt twice the same about the flecked river
Last Line: Without the oscillations of planetary pass-pass, %breathing his bronzen breath at the azury centre o
Subject(s): Nature


THOUGH VALENTINE BRINGS LOVE    Poem Text    
Last Line: And very much more gaily
Subject(s): Valentine's Day; Spring; Inspiration


THOUGH VALENTINE BRINGS LOVE       
Last Line: And very much more gaily
Subject(s): Holidays; Valentine's Day


THOUGHT REVOLVED       
First Line: A lady dying of diabetes
Last Line: Sat alone, his great toe like a horn, %the central flaw in the solar morn
Variant Title(s): The Mechanical Optimis


THREE TRAVELERS WATCH A SIJNRISE    Poem Text    
First Line: All you need, / to find poetry


THUNDER BY THE MUSICIAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Sure enough, moving, the thunder became men
Subject(s): Music & Musicians


THUNDER BY THE MUSICIAN       
First Line: Sure enough, moving, the thunder became men
Last Line: Of one wilder than the rest (like music blunted, yet the sound of that)
Subject(s): Music And Musicians


TO AN OLD PHILOSOPHER IN ROME    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: On the threshold of heaven, the figures in the street
Last Line: And frame from thinking and is realized
Subject(s): Philosophy & Philosophers; Religion; Theology


TO AN OLD PHILOSOPHER IN ROME       
First Line: On the threshold of heaven, the figures in the street
Last Line: And frame from thinking and is realized
Subject(s): Philosophy And Philosophers; Religion


TO HIS WIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: Though valentine brings love
Subject(s): Marriage


TO MADAME ALDA, SINGING A SONG, IN A WHITE GOWN    Poem Text    
First Line: So much sorrow comes to me out of your singing
Subject(s): Singing & Singers


TO MADAME ALDA, SINGING A SONG, IN A WHITE GOWN       
First Line: So much sorrow comes to me out of your singing
Last Line: It drifts from sight
Subject(s): Singing And Singers


TO MISS GAGE       
First Line: Froebel be hanged! And pestalozzi - pooh!
Last Line: Where fearful futures of the real live


TO THE MORN       
First Line: If this be night, break softly, blessed day
Last Line: And drop, all blasted, at the sovereign sight
Subject(s): Morning


TO THE ONE OF FICTIVE MUSIC    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Sister and mother and diviner love
Last Line: The imagination that we spurned and crave.
Subject(s): Music & Musicians


TO THE ROARING WIND    Poem Text    
First Line: What syllable are you seeking,
Subject(s): Wind


TO THE ROARING WIND       
First Line: What syllable are you seeking
Last Line: Vocalissimus, %in the distances of sleep? %speak it


TRADITION    Poem Text    
First Line: A poem about tradition could easily be
Subject(s): Tradition


TRADITION       
First Line: A poem about tradition could easily be
Last Line: Made eminent in a reflected seeming-so
Subject(s): Tradition


TWO AT NORFOLK    Poem Text    
First Line: Mow the grass in the cemetery, darkies,
Subject(s): Cemeteries; Graveyards


TWO AT NORFOLK       
First Line: Mow the grass in the cemetery, darkies
Last Line: Without an escape in the lapses of their kisses %make a bed and leave thee iris in it


TWO FIGURES IN DENSE VIOLET LIGHT       
First Line: I had as lief be embraced by the porter at the hotel
Last Line: Are clear and are obscure; that it is night; %that the moon shines


TWO ILLUSTRATIONS THAT THE WORLD IS WHAT YOU MAKE OF IT: 1       
First Line: The sky seemed so small that winter day
Last Line: In a sunday's violent idleness


TWO ILLUSTRATIONS THAT THE WORLD IS WHAT YOU MAKE OF IT: 2       
First Line: He left half a shoulder and half a head
Last Line: Left only the fragments found in the grass %from his project, as finally magnified


TWO LETTERS    Poem Text    
First Line: In a secrecy of words


TWO LETTERS: 1. A LETTER FROM       
First Line: Even if there had been a crescent moon
Last Line: What we heard and the light, though little, was enough


TWO LETTERS: 2. A LETTER TO       
First Line: She wanted a holiday
Last Line: From everything would end. It would all meet


TWO TALES OF LIADOFF       
First Line: Do you remember how the rocket went on
Last Line: The sounds that soon become a voluble speech %voluble but archaic and hard to hear


TWO VERSIONS OF THE SAME POEM, THAT WHICH CANNOT BE FIXED: 1       
First Line: Once more he turned to that which could not be fixed
Last Line: Which was realized, like reason's constant ruin. %sleep deep, good eel, in your perverse marine


TWO VERSIONS OF THE SAME POEM, THAT WHICH CANNOT BE FIXED: 2       
First Line: The human ocean beats against this rock
Last Line: Perhaps these forms are seeking to escape %cadaverous undulations. Rest, old mould...


ULTIMATE POEM IS ABSTRACT       
First Line: This day writhes with what? The lecturer
Last Line: Complete, because at the middle, if only in sense, %and in that enormous sense, merely enjoy


UNITED DAMES OF AMERICA       
First Line: There are not leaves enough to cover the face
Last Line: To cover, to crown, to cover-let it go- %the actor that will at last declaim our end


VACANCY IN THE PARK       
First Line: March - someone has walked across the snow
Last Line: The four winds blow through the rustic arbor %under its mat tresses of vines


VALENTINE       
First Line: Willow soon, and vine
Last Line: Her pierrot -- amen!
Subject(s): Holidays; Valentine's Day


VALLEY CANDLE    Poem Text    
First Line: My candle burned alone in the immense valley
Subject(s): Candles


VALLEY CANDLE       
First Line: My candle burned alone in an immense valley
Last Line: Converged upon its image, %until the wind blew


VARIATIONS ON A SUMMER DAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Say of the gulls that they are flying
Subject(s): Summer


VARIATIONS ON A SUMMER DAY       
First Line: Say of the gulls that they are flying
Last Line: The beads on her rails seemed to grasp at transparence %it was not yet the hour to be dauntlessly le
Subject(s): Summer


VIRGIN CARRYING A LANTERN       
First Line: There are no bears among the roses
Last Line: The pity that her pious egress %shoudl fill the vigil of a negress %with heat so strong!


VITA MEA       
First Line: With fear I trembled in the house of life
Last Line: First gleamed upon the prison of unrest


WAVING ADIEU, ADIEU, ADIEU    Poem Text    
First Line: That would be waving and that would be crying
Last Line: Have I except it comes from the sun?
Subject(s): Absence; Separation; Isolation


WAVING ADIEU, ADIEU, ADIEU       
First Line: That would be waving and that would be crying
Last Line: Have I except it comes from the sun
Subject(s): Absence


WEAK MIND IN THE MOUNTAINS       
First Line: There was the butcher's hand
Last Line: Bent and broken them down, %could have stood up sharply in he sky


WEEPING BURGHER       
First Line: It is with a strange malice
Last Line: I, weeping in a calcined heart, %my hands such sharp, imagined things


WELL DRESSED MAN WITH A BEARD       
First Line: After the final no there comes a yes
Last Line: It can never be satisfied, the mind, never


WHAT IS DIVINITY    Poem Text    
First Line: What is divinity if it can come
Subject(s): God


WHAT THEY CALL RED CHERRY PIE       
First Line: Meyer is a bum. He eats his pie
Last Line: And that's red cherry pie


WHAT WE SEE IS WHAT WE THINK       
First Line: At twelve, the disintegration of afternoon
Last Line: Another thought, the paramount ado...%since what we think is never what we see


WHO LIES DEAD?       
First Line: Who lies dead in the sea?
Last Line: The sweep of a myriad band?


WIDOW       
First Line: The cold wife lay with her husband after his death
Last Line: Under her pillow, on which he had never slept


WILD DUCKS, PEOPLE AND DISTANCES       
First Line: The life of the world depends on that he is
Last Line: Held off the final, fatal distances, %between us and the place in which we stood


WIND SHIFTS       
First Line: This is how the wind shifts
Last Line: Like a human, heavy and heavy, %who does not care


WINDOW IN THE SLUMS       
First Line: I think I hear beyond the walls
Last Line: The voice of the children still %upon my window rise
Subject(s): Slums


WINTER BELLS       
First Line: The jew did not go to his synagogue
Last Line: Of the sea there, to give this further thought


WOMAN IN SUNSHINE       
First Line: It is only that this warmth and movement are like
Last Line: Confessing the taciturn and yet indifferent, invisibly clearr, the only love


WOMAN LOOKING AT A VASE OF FLOWERS       
First Line: It was as if thunder took form upon
Last Line: Became the form and the fragance of things %without clairvoyance, close to her


WOMAN SINGS A SONG FOR A SOLDIER COME HOME       
First Line: The wound kills that does not bleed
Last Line: Just ouut of the village, at its edge, %in the quiet there


WOMAN THAT HAD MORE BABIES THAN THAT       
First Line: An acrobat on the border of the sea
Last Line: Of an elevation, an elixir of the whole


WOMAN WHO BLAMED LIFE ON A SPANIARD       
First Line: You do not understand her evil mood
Last Line: Sinks into likeness blessedly beknown


WORD IS THE MAKING OF THE WORLD       
Subject(s): Language


WORD WITH JOSE RODRIGUEZ-FEO       
First Line: As one of the secretaries of the moon
Last Line: Of that simplified geography, in which %the sun comes up like news from africa


WORLD AS MEDITATION       
First Line: Is it ulysses that approaches from the east
Last Line: Never forgetting him that kept coming constantly so %near
Subject(s): Love - Marital; Marriage; Mythology - Classical; Penelope (mythology); Ulysses


WORLD WITHOUT PECULIARITY       
First Line: The day is great and strong
Last Line: The hating woman, the meaningless place, %become a single being, sure and true


YELLOW AFTERNOON       
First Line: It was in the earth only
Last Line: To lie on one's bed in the dark, close to a face %without eyes or mouth, that looks at one and speak


YOU SAY THIS IS THE IRIS?       


YOU SAY THIS IS THE IRIS?       
Last Line: Their wonders nameless go
Subject(s): Iris (flower)