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Author: STEVENSON, ANNE
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Stevenson, Anne    Poet's Biography
379 poems available by this author


A LONDON LETTER    Poem Text    
First Line: Your letter arrived with its letters
Subject(s): Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


A MARRIAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: When my mother knew why her treatment wasn't working,
Subject(s): Marriage; Family Life; Weddings; Husbands; Wives; Relatives


A REPORT FROM THE BORDER    Poem Text    
First Line: Wars in peacetime don't behave like wars
Last Line: "drowned crops, charred hopes, fear, stupor, prayer.
Subject(s): Politics & Politicians; Social Commentaries


A RIVER    Poem Text    
First Line: The line between land and water
Subject(s): Rivers


A SURPRISE ON THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL    Poem Text    
First Line: They give you a desk with a lid, mother
Last Line: You read the words!
Subject(s): Schools


ABERDEEN       
First Line: Old daughter with a rich future
Last Line: Nobody who loves her wants to save her


AFTER FRANCIS BACON: 1. STUDY FOR PORTRAIT ON FOLDING BED       
First Line: Flesh squirms on the blue folding bed
Last Line: Greenlessness -- on that dead step


AFTER FRANCIS BACON: 2. STUDY OF A DOG       
First Line: The last dog
Last Line: Onto the burning turf


AFTER FRANCIS BACON: 3. THREE FIGURES AND PORTRAIT       
First Line: Personality, the flesh artist
Last Line: In her chittering skull


AFTER FRANCIS BACON: 4. SEATED FIGURE       
First Line: Self-placed
Last Line: And everything's lost


AFTER FRANCIS BACON: 5. PORTRAIT OF A LADY       
First Line: I did, of course, consent to it
Last Line: Pays for the height of my brow


AFTER FRANCIS BACON: 6. TRIPTYCH       
First Line: In hades
Last Line: Has almost %succeeded


AFTER FRANCIS BACON: 7. STUDY FOR A PORTRAIT OF VAN GOGH       
First Line: I paint the rich and the damned
Last Line: I lay the whole weight of my gift %on his stooped back


AFTER HER DEATH       
First Line: In the unbelievable days
Last Line: Oblivious to the deepening snow, %absorbed in its one story


AFTER THE END OF IT       
First Line: You gave and gave
Last Line: Gone in a few bitter minutes


AFTER THE FALL       
First Line: Lady %I've not had a moment's love
Last Line: Put me back


AH BABEL       
First Line: Your tower allures me
Last Line: All that is known


AILANTHUS WITH GHOSTS       
First Line: Their veins were white
Last Line: To be thatched with ghosts


ALAS       
First Line: The way you say the world is what you get
Last Line: The absolute's irrelevant. And yet


ALL CANAL BOAT CRUISES START HERE       
First Line: A musk of kittening
Last Line: Bowed the pleasure boats through


ALL THERE WAS       
First Line: Bursting into your study, %believing you were there
Last Line: Two plastic bags, a slipper- %all that was left of you


ALL THOSE ATTEMPTS IN THE CHANGING ROOM!    Poem Text    
First Line: Look for me
Subject(s): Ambition; Rembrandt Harmensz Van Riij (1606-1669)


ALMOST LIVES       
First Line: Despite the sharp, perforated edges of its calendars
Last Line: Left half a million when he, gently, died


AN APRIL EPITHALAMIUM; FOR JOHN AND ANNE HUGHES       
First Line: I meant to write a poem upon your wedding
Subject(s): Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


AND EVEN THEN       
First Line: There may be a language in which
Last Line: Pounding to salt the poisoned cities %of the suicides


AND EVEN THEN, THERE MAY BE A LANGUAGE       


ANGEL       
First Line: After a long drive west into wales, %as I lay on my bed, waiting
Last Line: And through that fluorescent manacle, %the road flowed on through wales


ANN ARBOR (A PROFILE)       
First Line: Neither city nor town, its location
Last Line: Is probably about the same


APOLOGY    Poem Text    
First Line: Mother, I have taken your boots
Subject(s): Mothers; Conduct Of Life


APOLOGY       
First Line: Mother, I have taken your boots
Last Line: I do what you say


APRIL EPITHALAMIUM; FOR JOHN AND ANNE HUGHES       
First Line: I meant to write a poem upon your wedding
Last Line: Off to your island now! Leave me my cleaning
Subject(s): Marriage


ARIOSO DOLENTE       
First Line: Mother, who read and thought and poured herself into me
Last Line: Let all the griefs of the world %find keys for that


AT THE GRAVE OF EZRA POUND       
First Line: Cimmerian? Anyway, a swart day
Last Line: Gather the dark against him?


AT THIRTEEN       
First Line: Woodsmoke %and in those soft legal hollows
Last Line: Declaration of fear


ATTACKING THE WATERFALL       
First Line: Curlews long gone from the valley
Last Line: Or a fighter plane, maybe, testing the barriers


AUBADE       
First Line: Intervention of chairs at midnight
Last Line: That ached our darkness, rocked our weight


BALLAD FOR APOTHECARIES       
First Line: In sixteen-hundred-and-sixteen %(the year will shakespeare died)
Last Line: And a welfare state is a sick state %when the dumb are led by the blind


BALLAD OF THE MADE MAID       
First Line: My love is rich and talented
Last Line: In eighteen ninety-nine


BEACH KITES    Poem Text    
First Line: Is this a new way of being born?
Subject(s): Seashore; Kites; Beach; Coast; Shore


BINOCULARS IN ARDUDWY       
First Line: A lean season, march, for ewes
Last Line: Y llethr - foel ddu - foel wen


BLACK HOLE       
First Line: I have grown small
Last Line: About me left, child


BLOODY BLOODY       
First Line: Who I am? You tell me
Last Line: To hear I'm worse, much worse


BLUE POOL       
First Line: It is high summer by the blue pool
Last Line: She will think, she thinks, of something intelligent to say


BLUNDER RECTIFIED: REUBEN CHANDLER TO HIS RUNAWAY WIFE, 1855       
First Line: Nor do I wish to prolong this tired debate
Last Line: Now amen to this farce


BRANCH LINE       
First Line: The train is two cars linking
Last Line: But here it is


BRUEGHEL'S SNOW    Poem Text    
First Line: Here in the snow
Subject(s): Environment; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation


BRUEGHEL'S SNOW       
First Line: Here in the snow
Last Line: Four hundred winters ago
Subject(s): Environment


BURNING THE NEWS       
First Line: Burning last week's hot news %to kindle this cool night's fire
Last Line: No bribe to secede can prevail


BURNISHED (A RIDDLE)       
First Line: Walking out of hay in the rain, imagining blake
Last Line: Is a breast with a shrivelled nipple, like a dry wound


BUZZARD AND ALDER       
First Line: Buzzard that folds itself into and becomes nude
Last Line: Alder, silently glazing us, the dead


BY THE BOAT HOUSE, OXFORD       
First Line: They belong here in their own quenched country
Last Line: That living alone, or else lonely in pairs, impairs


CAIN       
First Line: Lord, have mercy upon the angry
Last Line: Stamp on small fires they might have seen by


CALENDAR    Poem Text    
First Line: The blank days
Subject(s): Time


CALENDAR       
First Line: The blank days
Last Line: As it dies in its puddle


CALL THEM POPPIES       
First Line: Imagine a reconciliation between
Last Line: That the mouth cries the shape of its store


CAROL OF THE BIRDS    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Birds


CAROL OF THE BIRDS       
First Line: Feet that could be clawed, but are not
Last Line: Stilled by our dazzling anthrocentric mills


CASHPOINT CHARLIE       
First Line: My office, my crouch, is by the piccadilly cashpoint where
Last Line: In a wall that spits out money, he'd be envious


CELEBRITY       
First Line: When at last I lie down to sleep
Last Line: Along with the cash, and my skilful %wasted art


CLAUDE GLASS       
First Line: Eyes are too close to nature to be nice
Last Line: Will recognize -- expensive, sweetened, sure


CLOVENHOOF'S S-BANE       
First Line: Nucleic crystals, pursed in the invisible
Last Line: And the love of gain


CLYDIE IS DEAD!       
First Line: Our lar, our little mammal
Last Line: Who said so much, yet never spoke a word, %requiescat


COLD    Poem Text    
First Line: Snow. No roofs this morning, alps, ominous message
Subject(s): Nature


COLD       
First Line: Snow. No roofs this morning, alps, ominous message
Last Line: Stealing the emergency away from us, %starving the animals eventually; first, the birds
Subject(s): Nature


COMET       
First Line: Bad days end just like good days
Last Line: Indelible vs grooved in salt water by wrecked prows


COMING BACK TO CAMBRIDGE       
First Line: Casual, almost unnoticeable
Last Line: Into which you never fall without the curious struggle back


CONDOLENCES OF A MINISTER TO HIS BEREAVED DAUGHTER, 1829       
First Line: My wretched daughter %I have studied your letter with exacting and impartial
Last Line: Give you peace, now and in the life everlasting


CONFEDERATE SOLDIER MATTHEW CHANDLER (AGE 18) TO MOTHER,1864       
First Line: Beloved mother %you have left me too long, all alone
Last Line: If I don't make my sweaty horse swim in it %yours from your


CRADLE OF FIST       
First Line: Solidity is a shifting desert
Last Line: The face that is mine in heaven'


CRAMOND       
First Line: Remember how in edinburgh
Last Line: And slow planes homing over the oil fields %like metal pigeo


DAUGHTER'S DIFFICULTIES AS WIFE: MRS REUBEN CHANDLER TO MAMA       
First Line: Sept. 1840 %ow that I've been married for almost four weeks, mama
Last Line: Oceans of hugs and kisses for you, too %and for precious papring and loving daughter


DEAR LADIES OF CINCINNATI       
First Line: Life is what you make it,' my half-italian
Last Line: While the city eats and breathes for them in the distance, %and the river grows ugly in their perpet


DEMOLITION       
First Line: They have blown up the old brick bridge
Last Line: Good job it's at home, not away on the telly


DIVORCING       
First Line: I am I because my little dog knows me
Last Line: Poor little dog. Poor little dog


DOCTOR       
First Line: I am the doctor
Last Line: He gets well. He decides to grow up
Subject(s): Physicians


DREAM OF STONES       
First Line: I dreamed a summer's labour
Last Line: Too alive to be left unburied %under common years


DREAMING OF IMMORTALITY IN A THATCHED HUT       
First Line: Drowsing over his verses or drifting
Last Line: And the books stacked neatly out of the way of the rain


DREAMING OF THE DEAD       
First Line: I believe, but what is belief
Last Line: On my weaker grief


DRENCH    Poem Text    
First Line: You sleep with a dream of summer weather,
Subject(s): Rain


DROUGHT       
First Line: After the exhilaration of the peaks
Last Line: Gripping the green of live and rooted matters


EARLY RAIN       
First Line: Imagine a city rooted in its reflections
Last Line: But buried beneath the cornerstone all the same


EARTH STATION       
First Line: Tumuli, not hills. Cold earthheaps
Last Line: Purr goes the receiver %purr purr. Purr purr


EDEN ANN WHITLAW TO HER SISTER KAY BOYD IN LONDON       
First Line: Dear kay. So - a summer
Last Line: Come help me keep her alive a little longer


ELEGY    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Fathers; Aging


ELEGY       
First Line: Whenever my father was left with nothing to do
Last Line: His audible image returns to my humming ears


ELEGY: IN COHERENT LIGHT    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Death; Dead, The


END OF SUMMER'S DAY. FRM JOURNAL OF RUTH ARBEITER, 1968       
First Line: Dreaming or dying? The room as usual
Last Line: Usual earth strange to take leave of


ENGLAND       
First Line: Without nostalgia who could love england
Last Line: That the trees are only falling asleep


ENOUGH OF GREEN       
Last Line: To take my hand


EPILOGUE: KAY BOYD TO FATHER, PROFESSOR ARBEITER, 1972       
First Line: Dearest father %this is the anniversary of our loss
Last Line: Do justice to the living, to the dead


EPITAPH FOR A GOOD MOUSER       
First Line: Take, lord, this soul of furred unblemished worth
Last Line: I die into the mercy of thy claws


EROS       
First Line: I call for love
Last Line: Or left to rot


EXHIBITION       
First Line: The exhibition is of
Last Line: Changing things at all by making connections


EXPERIMENTAL       
First Line: Could be day
Last Line: Communication %does it work


FAIRY TALE       
First Line: The ladies sit at the table
Last Line: The children dream in their beds


FALSE FLOWERS    Poem Text    
First Line: They were to have been a love gift,
Subject(s): Gifts & Giving; Flowers, Artificial; Relationships


FALSE FLOWERS       
First Line: They were to have been a love gift, %but when she lit the paper funnel
Last Line: Everything that had to be was understood


FAMILY BLUNDER: ELIZABETH C. BOYD TO BROTHER REUBEN, 1838       
First Line: In truth, beloved brother
Last Line: For the pain you have brought to others %from your loving an


FEN PEOPLE       
First Line: They are already old when the fen makes them
Last Line: And leaves them glazed and lost in their houses


FICTION-MAKERS       
First Line: We were the wrecked elect
Last Line: We think we are laughing now, %but we are laughing then


FIGURE IN THE CARPET       
First Line: Might be human
Last Line: When I melt into the plan %without description


FIRE AND THE TIDE       
First Line: Fire struggles in the chimney like an animal
Last Line: You're pulled between now and the way you will not escape


FISH ARE ALL SICK       
First Line: The fish are all sick, the great whales dead
Last Line: And closing its grip, and closing its grip
Subject(s): Environment


FIVE POEMS OF INNOCENCE AND EXPERIENCE: OLD SCHOLARS       
First Line: They have written it
Last Line: The work of it


FIVE POEMS OF INNOCENCE AND EXPERIENCE: THE AFFAIR       
First Line: He moves off at dawn
Last Line: Of the night beneath them


FIVE POEMS OF INNOCENCE AND EXPERIENCE: THE CRUSH       
First Line: Handsome as d'artagnan
Last Line: Like a dangerous possession


FIVE POEMS OF INNOCENCE AND EXPERIENCE: THE DEMOLITION       
First Line: They have lived in each other so long
Last Line: She cries on his stairs


FIVE POEMS OF INNOCENCE AND EXPERIENCE: THE MARRIAGE       
First Line: They will fit, she thinks
Last Line: In the same direction


FORGOTTEN OF THE FOOT    Poem Text    
First Line: Equisetum, horsetail, railway weed
Subject(s): Coal Mines & Miners


FOUR AND A HALF DANCING MEN       
First Line: She knows how to fold
Last Line: Four blind men, and a half %unafraid, unafraid


FREEING LIZZIE       
First Line: Don't mistake it for a camera snapping day
Last Line: Who will have to be shown off, chuckled over, noisily passed around


FROM AN UNFINISHED POEM       
First Line: The idea of event is horizontal
Last Line: To a fiction of its having happened


FROM ASYLUM: KATHY CHATTLE TO MOTHER RUTH ARBEITER, 1954       
First Line: Mother %if I am where I am
Last Line: Mother, what more? What more?


FROM MAURA CHANDLER BOYD TO DAUGHTER RUTH ARBEITER, 1930       
First Line: Dear ruth %with the wedding six weeks behind
Last Line: And be proud you're a free american


FROM MAURA CHANDLER JOURNAL ON EVE OF MARRIAGE, 1900       
First Line: Without false pride
Last Line: This new year. My life in marriage


FROM MY STUDY       
First Line: With the hot sun palming my back
Last Line: People call their lives


FROM THE MEN OF LETTERS       
First Line: How lucky we are
Last Line: Forgive our tall books


FROM THE MOTORWAY       
First Line: Everywhere up and down the island
Last Line: Nowhere anyone would like to get to


GALES       
First Line: Weather buffets our houses in armour all night
Last Line: And no roof that is not between light and light


GANNETS DIVING       
First Line: The sea is dark
Last Line: To you in the speared fish


GARDEN       
First Line: She feeds it like a shoulder of hair
Last Line: In the gored, delicate, perfectly balanced skeleton


GARDEN OF INTELLECT       
First Line: It's too big to begin with
Last Line: For having neither name nor substance


GENERATIONS       
First Line: Know this mother by her three smiles
Last Line: By the fabulous lies she cooks


GIVING RABBIT TO MY CAT BONNIE    Poem Text    
First Line: Pretty bonnie, you are quick as a rabbit
Subject(s): Animals; Cats


GIVING RABBIT TO MY CAT BONNIE       
First Line: Pretty bonnie, you are quick as a rabbit
Last Line: Bonnie. What are you eating? Dear bonnie, consider
Subject(s): Animals; Cats


GOING BACK       
First Line: It hazes over, %blurred by forty years
Last Line: Foundering in sadness I crossed %to get away from, mister blake?


GOING BACK TO ANN ARBOR       
First Line: It hazes over
Last Line: Foundering in unhappiness I used to be %so scared of, dr. Blake


GRANNY SCARECROW       
First Line: Tears flowed at the chapel funeral
Last Line: With the farm sold, none found a cross to fit their clothes when %emily and marjorie died


GRANNY'S SCARECROW    Poem Text    
First Line: Tears flowed at the chapel funeral
Last Line: "with the farm sold, none found a cross to fit their clothes when /
Subject(s): Scarecrows


GREEN MOUNTAIN, BLACK MOUNTAIN       
First Line: White pine, sifter of sunlight
Last Line: Blackbirds are the cellos of the deep farms


GREY LAND       
First Line: I must have been there
Last Line: What to regret or forgive %in what they show


HANDS       
First Line: Made up in death as never in life
Last Line: White bone under raw thin skin


HANS MEMLING'S SIBYLLA SAMBETHA (1480)       
First Line: I had forgotten the weight of her
Last Line: Makes visible innocence or venom


HARVARD       
First Line: We have seen ghosts of the once green peacocks
Last Line: Of their sickly feathers, of their dim beaks


HAUNTED       
First Line: It's not when you walk through my sleep
Last Line: And my own ghost


HE AND IT       
First Line: This world is not it, he felt
Last Line: He likes their eyes


HEARING WITH MY FINGERS       
First Line: A house with a six-foot rosewood piano, too grand
Last Line: Growing from staves my clumsy fingers read


HIMALAYAN BALSAM       
First Line: Orchid-lipped, loose-jointed, purplish, indolent flowers
Last Line: That says 'yes' to the coming winter and summoning odour of balsam


HOLLY AND THE IVY       
First Line: Where have you been? She said
Last Line: How do you know


HOT NIGHT IN NEW YORK       
First Line: Midnight air's unbreathing steam
Last Line: From sibilant liquorice and light


HOT WIND, HARD RAIN       
First Line: The joy of the rowan is to redden
Last Line: Who sifts the saving from the killing terrors %o my dear


HOUSEHOLD GODS       
First Line: The room is silent except for the two hearth spirits
Last Line: In hell, nothing you have done will be not watched


ICON    Poem Text    
First Line: The scene they play
Subject(s): Birth; Child Birth; Midwifery


ICON       
First Line: The scene they play
Last Line: That claws her face %catches her tear


IF I COULD PAINT ESSENCES       
First Line: Another day in march. Late
Last Line: On the other side of the window


IN MARCH       
First Line: The snow melts
Last Line: Yellow mackintoshes %for the mud


IN MEMORY    Poem Text    
First Line: Long summer shadows calm the grass
Variant Title(s): The White Room
Subject(s): Family Life; Past; Relatives


IN MIDDLE ENGLAND       
First Line: For bungalows
Last Line: The desolate neatness? The despair


IN PASSING       
First Line: Suppose I had paused a few seconds
Last Line: It has lost itself in common day


IN THE HOUSE       
First Line: Among others it is the same. It is repeated
Last Line: There is neither an exit nor a reason for getting out


IN THE NURSERY       
First Line: I lift the seven months baby from his crib
Last Line: He's blossoming in a bowl of arms


IN THE ORCHARD    Poem Text    
First Line: Black bird, black voice
Last Line: You can never choose away from
Subject(s): Blackbirds; Orchards


IN THE ORCHARD       
First Line: Black bird, black voice
Last Line: You can never choose away from


IN THE TUNNEL OF SUMMERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Moving from day into day
Subject(s): Life; Summer; Mortality


IN THE TUNNEL OF SUMMERS       
First Line: Moving from day into day
Last Line: Where my granddaughter's daughter has been born and buried


IN WINTER       
First Line: The sooner ends the old man's day
Last Line: And hide their heads


INCIDENT       
First Line: She must have been about %twelve in 1942
Last Line: Nowhere to go. %nothing to do


INHERITING MY GRANDMOTHER'S NIGHTMARE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Consider the adhesiveness of things
Subject(s): Grandparents; Conduct Of Life; Grandmothers; Grandfathers; Great Grandfathers; Great Grandmothers


INN       
First Line: It appeared to be an inn for actors, so our boss
Last Line: Of seasoned faith and uncorrupted trust


INNOCENCE AND EXPERIENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: I laid myself down as a woman
Subject(s): War; Childhood Memories; Death; Dead, The


INNOCENCE AND EXPERIENCE       
First Line: I laid myself down as a woman
Last Line: Dead, you're dead, wherever you are!


INQUIT DEUS       
First Line: The world is the world
Last Line: And its love is blind
Variant Title(s): Wound


INVERKIRKAIG       
First Line: Bloodshed cries ai ai
Last Line: A late rain erases in pitiless mercy %home, story, arterial berry


INVOCATION AND INTERRUPTION [IN MEMORIAM TED HUGHES]    Poem Text    
First Line: Gigantic iron hawk
Subject(s): Death; Future Life; Life; Poetry & Poets; Dead, The; Retribution; Eternity; After Life


INVOCATION AND INTERRUPTION [IN MEMORIAM TED HUGHES]       
First Line: Gigantic iron hawk
Last Line: I had the last word first remember %I'm going to keep things like this
Subject(s): Death; Future Life; Life; Poetry And Poets


JACOB CHANDLER TO FATHER REUBEN CHANDLER, COLORADO, 18K67       
First Line: So we struck across the mountains, travelling for two days
Last Line: Set of proper english china


JARROW       
First Line: Would want to paint them
Last Line: Be a brushstroke. Talis vita in terris


JOHN KEATS, 1821-1950       
First Line: Keats was miss mckinney's class, 12th grade english
Last Line: And how the fierce gnats' wailing was oracular


JOURNAL ENTRY: IMPROMPTU IN C MINOR       
First Line: After weeks of october drench
Last Line: With a helix, a hinge of survival


KOSOVO SURPRISED BY MOZART       
First Line: Lovely chromatic mozart, talk to me %in your language of intimate, arithmetical
Last Line: Simplified, rarefied, perfectionist as ever, %punish us in the key of f major


LATE       
First Line: Hauntng me at midnight
Last Line: In the knot that's now the harvested fly


LEAVING       
First Line: Habits the hands have, reaching for this and that
Last Line: Home in its shadowy silence and stone space


LETTER TO GOD FROM ETHAN AMOS BOYD, TROY, NY, 1929       
First Line: Dear lord / I am ill, I know
Subject(s): Troy


LETTER TO GOD FROM ETHAN AMOS BOYD, TROY, NY, 1929       
First Line: Dear lord %I am ill, I know
Last Line: To keep one from the strength of the other
Subject(s): Troy


LETTER TO SYLVIA PLATH       
First Line: They are great healers, english springs
Last Line: In accents of a private rage


LEVEL CAMBRIDGESHIRE       
First Line: Its islands of england
Last Line: God pleased to make %the city safe again for commerce %and superior minds
Variant Title(s): A Tourists' Guide To The Fen
Subject(s): Nature


LITTLE PAUL AND THE SEA       
First Line: Hi yi hee yippee
Last Line: Stamping on the sea


LIVING IN AMERICA    Poem Text    
First Line: Living in america,' / the intelligent people at harvard say,
Subject(s): United States; America


LIVING IN AMERICA       
Last Line: Pray to the mountains and deserts to keep them apart


LOCKKEEPER'S ISLAND       
First Line: It is late, but as usual
Last Line: To the sacrament of sleep


LONDON LETTER. KEY BOYD TO SISTER IN CLEARFIELD, 1968       
First Line: Your letter arrived with its letters
Last Line: Where at last she sleeps %plentifully


LOSS       
First Line: Alive in the slippery moonlight
Last Line: Your image which lives in my mind


LOST       
First Line: Stone-age, stone-grey eyes
Last Line: She stuns our pity, even


LOVE       
First Line: If not necessary, is essential
Last Line: Is fact. And tomorrow the fair will be gone


LOVE LETTER: RUTH ARBEITER TO MAJ. PAUL MAXWELL, 1945       
First Line: Dearest %you must know that I think of you continually
Last Line: Where, as you know, I am waiting for you continually


LOVE SEQUENCE       
First Line: All day, all night
Last Line: What are they trying to tell us %about thaw


LOVE STORIES AND A BED OF SAND'       
First Line: In flood, familiar footpaths and %childhood cycle ways, heel-trodden mud
Last Line: By flood, by fire, by straining human hand, %love stories and a bed of sand


LUXURY       
First Line: No, trilobites didn't %discuss %the future of fossils
Last Line: The cerebral mix %that makes us great %tells nature to undo us


MAKING POETRY    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: You have to inhabit poetry
Subject(s): Human Rights; Poetry & Poets


MAKING POETRY       
First Line: You have to inhabit poetry
Last Line: One of those haunted, undefendable, unpoetic %crosses we have to find
Subject(s): Human Rights; Poetry And Poets


MAN IN THE WIND       
Last Line: That will not end after the end


MARKET       
First Line: I am your host
Last Line: I turn flesh into cash


MARRIAGE       
First Line: When my mother knew why her treatment wasn't working
Last Line: For all his philosophy and all her common sense


MASS       
First Line: The hydra in his ruff of heads
Last Line: More must never be enough


MAXIMS OF CHRISTIAN BUSINESSMAN: FROM JACOB CHANDLER, 1895       
First Line: Work is next to godliness; a man should keep books
Last Line: Smiles are roses along the way


MAY BLUEBELLS, COED ABER ARTRO       
First Line: No greek self-pitying hetairos
Last Line: One more summer out of hazy veins


MEDIA       
First Line: The decent into hades
Last Line: Everything's real


MENISCUS       
First Line: The moon at its two extremes
Last Line: From the necessity of falling


MINISTER       
First Line: We're going to need the minister
Last Line: Without anywhere to rest


MINISTER'S WIFE TO BELOVED SISTER, JANUARY STORM, 1830       
First Line: My dear eliza %your letter came to hand in good time
Last Line: Keep well and god bless you


MIRACLE OF CAMP 60       
First Line: Amici d'arti, amici dei fiori, amici d' amore
Last Line: Where there is darkness, light, %where there is sadness...Gioia, la gioia


MOONRISE       
First Line: While my anxiety stood phoning you last evening
Last Line: As no one else had seen her. Or might see that


MORDEN ANGEL       
First Line: My sideways smile
Last Line: If only my smile could talk


MORNING       
First Line: You lie in sleep
Last Line: As smoke swept into the air


MORNING EXERCISE       
First Line: Like? Like what, that rare morning mist %peeling off the morfa?
Last Line: Slipping a vein of cloud over iron brown peat


MOTHER       
First Line: Of course I love them, they are my children
Last Line: It has never been used. Keep it safe, pass it on


MRS LILLIAN CULICK, DIVORCEE, TO DR FRANK CHATTLE, 1954       
First Line: Darling %or may I still frank
Last Line: Let's try to meet soon. Ok?


MRS. REUBEN CHANDLER TO HUSBAND, CHOLERA EPIDEMIC, 1849    Poem Text    
First Line: Two weeks aboard the general wayne
Subject(s): Cholera; Epidemics


MRS. REUBEN CHANDLER TO HUSBAND, CHOLERA EPIDEMIC, 1849       
First Line: Two weeks aboard the general wayne
Last Line: Why you have left me without support
Subject(s): Cholera; Epidemics


MUDTOWER       
First Line: And again, without snow, a new year
Last Line: Now high flocks of sandpipers, wings made of sunlight, %flicker as snow flickers, blown from those I


MUSICIAN'S WIDOW       
First Line: Plants she loved, all growing things
Last Line: The life behind her gaping like a seed


NAME OF THE WORM       
First Line: Oh, hallo, good of you to come. Sorry I can't get up
Last Line: Then in bewilderment, do you not also long to be a soldier?


NAMING THE FLOWERS       
First Line: Makes no difference to the flowers
Last Line: Names, all alone, are seeds


NEGATIVES       
First Line: Condensed stillness lit meanly
Last Line: Now we must learn to swim in their oily rainbows


NEW YORK       
First Line: This addiction
Last Line: Is the only green in the jungle


NEW YORK IS CRYING       
First Line: Halfmast new york is crying for her children
Last Line: Those ragged children scuttling here and there %are very small and far away, but crying


NICK ARBEITER WRITES POEMS ON ROAD TO WYOMING, 1968       
First Line: West, man, west
Last Line: So that there be peace among the animals


NIGHT THOUGHTS AND FALSE CONFESSIONS       
First Line: How uneasily I live
Last Line: On the gourmet's plate


NIGHT WALKING WITH SHADOWS       
First Line: Night walking the dog through the hollow village
Last Line: The moon cuts a dead black track


NIGHT WIND, DUNDEE       
First Line: At sundown, a seaforce that gulls rode or fell through
Last Line: Barbarian orion crucified in god's heaven


NIGHTMARE IN NORTH CAROLINA       
First Line: Arriving in north carolina after midnight
Last Line: Shuffling behind the counter with the keys


NIGHTMARES, DAYMOTHS    Poem Text    
First Line: A glass jar rattles its split peas and pasta
Subject(s): Plath, Sylvia (1932-1963)


NIGHTMARES, DAYMOTHS       
First Line: A glass jar rattles its split peas and pasta
Last Line: Xyz, not to infinity


NORTH EASTER: APRIL, 1986       
First Line: That daffodil trumpets its gaudia
Last Line: Jewels also five drowned black tyres


NORTH SEA OFF CARNOUSTIE (FOR JAN RUBENS)       
First Line: You know it by the northern look of the shore
Last Line: But to anyone returning from the planet ocean, %candles in the windows of a safe earth


NOVEMBER       
First Line: All saints and all souls
Last Line: Where the coke works were


NUNS       
First Line: With their transparent black veils
Last Line: What is renounced, what is decided upon


OLD WIFE'S TALE       
First Line: Well then, goodbye,' she said coldly, %'hot men must mate'
Last Line: But the energy of injury- %oh, it hurts like hate


ON GOING DEAF    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: I've lost a sense. Why should I care?
Subject(s): Deafness; Hearing Aids


ON GOING DEAF       
First Line: I've lost a sense. Why should I care?
Last Line: And set it deftly, like a snare


ON NOT BEING ABLE TO LOOK AT THE MOON       
First Line: There may be a moon
Last Line: Painted on the sky


ON REFLECTION    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Fire; Reality


ON THE EDGE OF THE ISLAND       
First Line: Wherever there is land breaking and an ocean begins
Last Line: White birds without names call and call


ON WATCHING A COLD WOMAN WADE INTO A COLD SEA       
First Line: The way that wintry woman
Last Line: Is as kindness to hers


OPERA PIECE       
First Line: Why %do these
Last Line: Huge, plumed %bosoms


ORCOP    Poem Text    
First Line: Driving south from hereford one day in march
Subject(s): Horovitz, Frances (1938-1983)


OTHER HOUSE       
First Line: In the house of childhood
Last Line: I tell my children all I know %of the word gone


OYSTERS       
First Line: The fat man laughed because %the restaurant told him to
Last Line: Steamy tureen %of barely detectable %radioactive garbage?


PAINTING IT IN    Poem Text    
First Line: Wake up at six o'clock. We're out to sea
Subject(s): Nature


PAINTING IT IN       
First Line: Wake up at six o'clock. We're out to sea
Last Line: And when things are unmade, being also feels less alone
Subject(s): Nature


PARABLE FOR NORMAN       
First Line: Three vast unavoidable ladies, %time, fate and boredom
Last Line: But she's gone. Or she just doesn't answer


PARSON AND THE ROMANY       
First Line: A parson went out one stormy day
Last Line: They danced in the weather of the sun


PASSIFLORACEAE       
First Line: And then gordon was so beautiful
Last Line: Esoteric and erect amid wild, predictable %filaments of glory


PASSING HER HOUSE       
First Line: The house she nested in
Last Line: Before I pass %forgetting to remember?


PATH       
First Line: Aged by rains
Last Line: Rise up and swarm


PENNINE       
First Line: Hills? Or a high plateau scissored by rivers
Last Line: Stonefalls crossing in their long decline


PEOPLE AROUND       
First Line: Well, they're gone, long gone
Last Line: Bedrooms they'll lie in


PHOENICURUS PHOENICURUS       
First Line: Phu-eet! Phu-eet! Mr unresting redstart has something to be
Last Line: Why did we ever say birds should sound sweet, sweet?


PIGEONS IN GEORGE SQUARE    Poem Text    
First Line: Pigeons, pee-gulls
Subject(s): Glasgow, Scotland; Pigeons


PIGEONS IN GEORGE SQUARE       
First Line: Pigeons, pee-gulls
Last Line: Citizens of glasgow
Subject(s): Glasgow, Scotland; Pigeons


PITY THE BIRDS       
First Line: Pity %the persistent clamour of a song thrush
Last Line: Not one of them gened to protest %against the world


POEM FOR A DAUGHTER    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: I think I'm going to have it
Subject(s): Mothers & Daughters; Birth; Women; Child Birth; Midwifery


POEM FOR A DAUGHTER       
First Line: I think I'm going to have it
Last Line: We become what we are


POEM FOR HARRY FAINLIGHT       
First Line: Tree, a silence %voiced by wind
Last Line: They were always %transforming your wrong life %into her live silence


POEMS; REJECTION SLIP FRM NOTEBOOKS OF RUTH B. ARBEITER 1936       
First Line: We have come to the end of a summer in this gold season
Last Line: Impossible for him to write a personal letter


POLITESSE       
First Line: A memory kissed my mind
Last Line: And then, cat-like, kissed me


PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST IN AN ORTHOPAEDIC HALO CROWNED WITH FLOWERS       
First Line: She lives next door to dying
Last Line: But he will pass


POST THALAMIUM       
First Line: Ye learned teachers, parents, sons and friends
Last Line: As love to bacchus answers, and the echoes ring


POSTED       
First Line: Instead of your letter
Last Line: Tear open, study, scarcely believe %I see


POSTSCRIPTUM       
First Line: Now I am dead, %no words, %just a wine %of my choosing
Last Line: Remorseless, %forgiving ascent


PRAYER TO LIVE WITH REAL PEOPLE       
First Line: Let me not live, ever, without fat people
Last Line: Save me from habitat, and snobbery and too damn much %litera


PRESENT       
First Line: A grey undecided morning. %no wind. %it's cold, so get dressed quickly
Last Line: The story in the marsh was a long memory %retelling itself in a shower of gold


PRICE       
First Line: The fear of loneliness, the wish
Last Line: Words, their furtive kiss %illicit gold


PRODIGAL SON: REUBEN CHANDLER STRICKEN WITH GUILT, 1832       
First Line: My dear father %that I write, sick
Last Line: I remain your undeserving and most unhappy son


PROFESSOR ARBEITER TO HIS DEAD WIFE, 1968       
First Line: The worst time is waking
Last Line: As if the night could never be over


PROFESSOR'S TALE       
First Line: It's best, if you can, to love your children
Last Line: Smiling from the grand piano, at appealing ages


PROPHYLACTIC SONNETS       
First Line: Eyes fall in love before their users dare
Last Line: Verse conquers love, ten syllables a line


QUEST       
First Line: Precocious, in the news at nine or ten
Last Line: Is recommended reading for gay men


QUESTIONABLE       
First Line: When she laid a light hand on his elbow saying
Last Line: Maybe it was not. She never knew


RAGWORT       
First Line: They won't let railways alone, these ragged flowers
Last Line: Taking what's left and making a song of it


RE-READING JANE       
First Line: To women in contemporary voice and dislocation
Last Line: Enjoy it completely, she spoke for you


RED HOT SEX       
First Line: Miranda hoists her lips in a grimace
Last Line: Choosing to paint, I'm chosen. That's my game


REPORT FROM THE BORDER       
First Line: Wars in peacetime don't behave like wars
Last Line: Drowned crops, charred hopes, fear, stupor, prayer %and literature


RESPECTABLE HOUSE       
First Line: Worth keeping your foot in the door
Last Line: You see what the gun on the table has to be used for


RESURRECTION       
First Line: Surprised by spring
Last Line: And you have to start living again when it wakes you


RETURN       
First Line: I have been long
Last Line: You could pluck with your thumb


REVERSALS       
First Line: Clouds -- plainmen's mountains
Last Line: Full furrows harvested, a completed sky


RIVER       
First Line: The line between land and water
Last Line: Ceaselessly, without thought
Subject(s): Rivers


SALTER'S GATE    Poem Text    
First Line: There, in that lost
Subject(s): Nature


SALTER'S GATE       
First Line: There, in that lost
Last Line: A reservoir, ruins of the lead mines, new %forestry pushing from the right, the curlew
Subject(s): Nature


SARAJEVO, JUNE 28, 1914       
First Line: Cramped under plumes of slaughtered cock
Last Line: To luncheon they will never reach


SEPIA GARDEN       
First Line: Though you won't look at it
Last Line: When they throw us away with our clothes


SHALE       
First Line: That comes to pieces in your hand
Last Line: Low flying phantoms - this flowing anemone


SIERRA NEVADA       
First Line: Landscape without regrets whose weakest junipers
Last Line: The thousand colours of water, brilliances, blues


SIGNS       
First Line: A green cross on the trumpet lip of the snowdrop
Last Line: Sharp, clean, chill to the astonished nostril


SIRENS ARE VIRTUOUS       
First Line: They are not what you think
Last Line: Whey-faced fellows of feverish concern


SISKIN       
First Line: Small bird with green plumage
Last Line: To the next second when he was gone


SKILLS       
First Line: Like threading a needle by computer, to align
Last Line: A crawling speck on the unfolding map


SKIN DEEP       
First Line: What a strange animal that has to get dressed
Last Line: Skin wearing skin has been allowed %outside of art


SMALL PHILOSOPHICAL POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: Dr animus, whose philosophy is a table
Last Line: She fills the room with love. And fear. And fear
Subject(s): Tables; Family Life


SMALL PHILOSOPHICAL POEM       
First Line: Dr animus, whose philosophy is a table
Last Line: She fills the room with love. And fear. And fear


SONNETS FOR FIVE SEASONS: BETWEEN    Poem Text    
First Line: The wet and weight of this half-born english winter
Subject(s): Winter


SONNETS FOR FIVE SEASONS: BETWEEN       
First Line: The wet and weight of this half-born english winger
Last Line: Real' is what water is imagining


SONNETS FOR FIVE SEASONS: COMPLAINT    Poem Text    
First Line: Dear god,' they write, 'that was a selfish winter
Subject(s): Seasons; Weather; God


SONNETS FOR FIVE SEASONS: COMPLAINT       
First Line: Dear god, they write, that was a selfish winter
Last Line: Thunder. Lightning. He can do anything


SONNETS FOR FIVE SEASONS: STASIS    Poem Text    
First Line: Before the leaves change, light transforms these lucid
Subject(s): August; September; Weather


SONNETS FOR FIVE SEASONS: STASIS       
First Line: Before the leaves change, light transforms these lucid
Last Line: Whatever these voices are that hate the dust


SONNETS FOR FIVE SEASONS: THE CIRCLE    Poem Text    
First Line: It is imagination's white face remembers
Subject(s): March (month); Death; Dead, The


SONNETS FOR FIVE SEASONS: THE CIRCLE       
First Line: It is imagination's white face remembers
Last Line: Granite and ice are colours of the heart


SONNETS FOR FIVE SEASONS: THIS HOUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: Which represents you, as my bones do, waits,
Subject(s): Home; Absence; Separation; Isolation


SONNETS FOR FIVE SEASONS: THIS HOUSE       
First Line: Which represents you, as my bones do, waits
Last Line: Returning to last year's nest in the crook of the porchlight


SOUS-ENTENDU       
First Line: Don't think %that I don't know
Last Line: Everything I say %is a garment


SPIRIT IS TOO BLUNT AN INSTRUMENT       
Last Line: Love and despair and anxiety %and their pain


SPRING POEM       
First Line: Language raked tribute from her screen all winter
Last Line: Give up newfangledness for nourishment


SPRING SONG       
First Line: The sun is warm
Last Line: Of these filthy things


STABILITIES       
First Line: Gull, ballast of its wings
Last Line: Child, love's flesh and bone


STILL LIFE IN UTAH       
First Line: Somewhere nowhere in utah, a boy by the roadside
Last Line: Mountains are clouds, lightning, but no rain


STONE FIG       
First Line: The young fig tree feels with its hands
Last Line: And sleep and sleep. And then %to sleep again


STONE MILK    Poem Text    
First Line: A backward may, with all the local finches of the fex tal piping in dialect
Subject(s): Graubunder, Switzerland; Resorts; Landscape; Aging


SUBURB       
First Line: No time, no time
Last Line: And they absolve me from waking. Who can accuse me? %I am beyond blame
Subject(s): Suburbs


SUCCESSFUL AMERICAN REUBEN ADVISES HIS SONS IN GENEVA, 1859       
First Line: My dear sons %I have just received monsieur r's term report
Last Line: And to work honorably, I remain your affectionate father


SUICIDE       
First Line: There was no hole in the universe to fit him
Last Line: Returning from an evening out with friends


SUMMER PLACE       
First Line: You know that house she called home
Last Line: They did, and took her with them, and withdrew


SUN APPEARS IN NOVEMBER       
First Line: When trees are bare
Last Line: Transparent in brown spinneys, beeches


SURPRISE ON THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL       
First Line: They give you a desk with a lid, mother
Last Line: You don't ever read the pictures. %you read the words!


SWIFTS    Poem Text    
First Line: Spring comes little, a little. All april it rains
Subject(s): Spring; Legends


SWIFTS       
First Line: Spring comes little, a little. All april it rains
Last Line: A way to say the miracle will not occur, %and watch the miracle


TAKEOVER       
First Line: What am I to do? Where am I to go
Last Line: If they should leave


TALKING SENSE TO MY SENSES       
First Line: Old ears and eyes, so long my patient friends
Last Line: To ears, eyes, teeth, knees, hands -- or any thing


TEMPORARILY IN OXFORD    Poem Text    
First Line: Where they will bury me
Subject(s): Funerals; Burials


TEMPORARILY IN OXFORD       
First Line: Where they will bury me
Last Line: Lift up the turf and slip in beside you
Subject(s): Funerals


TERRORIST       
First Line: One morning I despaired of writing more
Last Line: Fight and fight and fight. No compromise


THALES AND LI PO       
First Line: Thales, out scanning the stars for truth
Last Line: Embrace a lie


THE BALLAD OF THE MADE MAID    Poem Text    
First Line: My love is rich and talented
Subject(s): Women's Rights; Marriage; Feminism; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


THE ENIGMA    Poem Text    
First Line: Falling to sleep last night in a deep crevasse
Subject(s): Dreams; Lambs; Nightmares


THE FISH ARE ALL SICK    Poem Text    
First Line: The fish are all sick, the great whales dead
Subject(s): Environment; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation


THE MIRACLE OF THE BEES AND FOXGLOVES    Poem Text    
First Line: Because hairs on their speckled daybeds baffle the little bees
Subject(s): Foxgloves; Bees; Beekeeping


THE PRICE    Poem Text    
First Line: The fear of loneliness, the wish
Subject(s): Loneliness; Love


THE SPIRIT IS TOO BLUNT AN INSTRUMENT    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Body, Human; Nature; Birth; Child Birth; Midwifery


THE SUBURB    Poem Text    
First Line: No time, no time
Subject(s): Suburbs


THE VICTORY    Poem Text    
First Line: I thought you were my victory
Subject(s): Birth; Children; Child Birth; Midwifery; Childhood


THEME WITH VARIATIONS       
First Line: Distractions, considerations
Last Line: Which is never art


THEOLOGIAN'S CONFESSION       
First Line: Turning his last days page by page
Last Line: And truth so plain it won't be seen


THIS       
First Line: Isn't making love
Last Line: Is home. And this is I and you


THREE       
First Line: In this picture I preside. I usher in
Last Line: For the igneous reaches, the granite tide


TINY TUNES RULE ALL'       
First Line: Wild rubbish, fine rubble and black broken windows


TINY TUNES RULE ALL'       
First Line: Wild rubbish, fine rubble and black broken windows
Last Line: You're put out to pasture in ash. And you're broken glass
Subject(s): Glasgow, Scotland


TO MY DAUGHTER IN A RED COAT    Poem Text    
First Line: Late october. It is afternoon.
Subject(s): Mothers & Daughters; Autumn; Fall


TO MY DAUGHTER IN A RED COAT       
First Line: Late october. It is afternoon
Last Line: My daughter, as your coat dances


TO PHOEBE       
First Line: How in this mindless whirl of time and space
Last Line: Was ever free to be what you shall be


TO WITNESS PAIN IS A DIFFERENT FORM OF PAIN       
First Line: The worm in the spine. %the word on the tongue. %not the same
Last Line: And not to relax her speechless %grip on power


TO WRITE IT       
First Line: You must always be alone
Last Line: And the presence, the privilege


TRANSPARENCIES       
First Line: Your time with me ends with august, and now
Last Line: Mouthing at me from its thin windows


TRAVELLER       
First Line: You'd think that in this foreign place
Last Line: My ghosts were standing there in rows


TRAVELLING BEHIND GLASS       
First Line: Then I spent a long time
Last Line: Scattered, flashing like kingfishers %into the emptiness


TRICKSY JUNE       
First Line: I'm an old woman who wants to die
Last Line: And disintegrate, petal by lazy petal %without complaint


TRINITY AT LOW TIDE       
First Line: Sole to sole with your reflection
Last Line: Third trick of light that copies you %and cancels you


TRIUMVIRS       
First Line: Whenever I toil in my study
Last Line: To twelve legs, six eyes and three tails


TWO LOVE POEMS       
First Line: You I embrace
Last Line: Bound to the shape of this world


TWO POEMS FOR FRANCES HOROVITZ (1938-83)       
First Line: This is the south-west wind
Last Line: The first one was the rose bay willow


TWO POEMS FOR JOHN COLE (1910-91) AND ONE FOR ANNABEL COLE       
First Line: Dinghy %though you won't feel again
Last Line: That's a piece of luck


TWO QUATRAINS       
First Line: The girls and boys in winter know
Last Line: I do not like my face


UNACCOMMODATED       
First Line: Like winter in the hills
Last Line: Flick off the mains and you'll be them


UNDER MOELFRE       
First Line: Whatever it is we share with folds of rock
Last Line: And blesses when it doesn't know it's blessing


UTAH    Poem Text    
First Line: Somewhere nowhere in utah, a boy by the roadside
Subject(s): Utah; Guns


VERTIGO       
First Line: Mind led body %to the edge of the precipice
Last Line: If you love me, said body, %turn and exist


VICTORY       
First Line: I thought you were my victory
Last Line: How have you won


WALKING EARLY BY THE WYE       
First Line: Through dawn in february's wincing radiance
Last Line: How the sheep became stones where they built %their pearled


WARD'S ISLAND       
First Line: On the last day of the poetry festival
Last Line: The city advanced to admit us, cruel and dear


WASHING MY HAIR       
First Line: Contending against a restless shower head, %I lather my own
Last Line: My soul, how will I recognize you %if we meet?


WASHING THE CLOCKS       
First Line: Time to go to school, cried
Last Line: Rinsing the mesh of their wheels in mysterious oil


WATCHERS       
First Line: How wise of our enemy to rely upon the watchers
Last Line: Are we worthy, we wonder, of the marvel of such attention


WAVING TO ELIZABETH       
First Line: For mapmakers' reasons, the transcontinental air routes
Last Line: Though the map, relieved of mapmakers, looks imprisoned and


WHEN THE CAMEL IS DUST IT GOES THROUGH THE NEEDLE'S EYE       
First Line: This hot summer wind
Last Line: Level, eventually, and simple


WHERE THE ANIMALS GO    Poem Text    
First Line: The beasts in eden
Subject(s): Animals


WHERE THE ANIMALS GO       
First Line: The beasts in eden
Last Line: Their pricked ears, pinnacles. Their gold eyes, windows
Subject(s): Animals


WHISTLER'S GENTLEMAN BY THE SEA       
First Line: He knew himself as sunday in a hat
Last Line: Linseed-on-canvas, frame-begetting tone


WHO'S JOKING WITH THE PHOTOGRAPHER?    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Not my final face, a map of how to get there
Subject(s): Aging


WHO'S JOKING WITH THE PHOTOGRAPHER?       
First Line: Not my final face, a map of how to get there
Last Line: Finding a whole woman there, in her one face


WHOSE GOAT?       
First Line: Broken bleats
Last Line: Slowly around their own goat
Subject(s): Goats


WHY TAKE AGAINST MYTHOLOGY?       
First Line: That twilight skyline, for example, %the more I look at it
Last Line: False spirit-shadows of his own mind


WILLOW SONG; FOR FRANCES HOROWITZ    Poem Text    
First Line: I went down to the railway
Subject(s): Horowitz, Frances (1938-1983); Willow Trees


WILLOW SONG; FOR FRANCES HOROWITZ       
First Line: I went down to the railway
Last Line: The first one was the rose bay willow
Subject(s): Horowitz, Frances (1938-1983); Willow Trees


WIND, THE SUN AND THE MOON       
First Line: For weeks the wind has been talking to us
Last Line: The visible cold, the therapy of moonlight


WITH MY SONS AT BOARHILLS       
First Line: Gulls think it is for them
Last Line: As the sea is, in its frame, its myth


WITHOUT ME       
First Line: A north wind light this morning
Last Line: On your white bones soon?


WOMEN       
First Line: Women, waiting for their husbands
Last Line: The tritons return and the women whirl in their sea


WREKIN       
First Line: Overnight it climbs like a snail %to a corner of the window
Last Line: See, I'm almost naked now


WRITER IN THE CORNER       
First Line: After long dying, short death
Last Line: What we write has to be the truth'