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Author: STONE, RUTH
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Stone, Ruth    Poet's Biography
333 poems available by this author


1941    Poem Text    
First Line: I wore a large brim hat
Subject(s): Clothing & Dress; Memory; Relationships


1941       
First Line: I wore a large brim hat
Last Line: In the arms of my total happiness
Subject(s): Clothing And Dress; Memory; Relationships


A GOOD QUESTION    Poem Text    
First Line: Look at these disparate shapes
Last Line: How can I live like this?
Subject(s): Cold


A PAIR    Poem Text    
First Line: The black and white cat / means to get off
Last Line: Stroke his electric body.
Subject(s): Widows & Widowers


A WOODCHUCK LESSON    Poem Text    
First Line: To reach the university, / you park your car on rapist hill
Last Line: Who huddle near the fence, near the loading ramp.
Subject(s): Environment; Teaching & Teachers; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation


ABSENCE PROVES NOTHING    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Man-woman Relationships; Fear; Conduct Of Life; Male-female Relations


ACADEMIC LIFE       
First Line: The philosopher's red-haired voice


ACCEPTING    Poem Text    
First Line: Half-blind, it is al;ways twilight
Last Line: Given or what to make of them
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


ACCEPTING       
First Line: Half-blind, it is always twilight
Last Line: Given or what to make of them


ADVICE    Poem Text    
First Line: My hazard wouldn't be yours, not ever
Subject(s): Mothers & Daughters; Women


ADVICE       
First Line: My hazard wouldn't be yours, not ever
Last Line: Don't confuse hunger with greed; %and don't wait until you are dead
Subject(s): Mothers And Daughters; Women


AGAIN I FIND YOU    Poem Text    
First Line: A compulsive flasher, / the limp kelp rises up
Last Line: Only the bird.
Subject(s): Drowning; Imagination; Memory; Thought; Fancy; Thinking


AGAIN-NOW    Poem Text    
First Line: This vague surreal cityscape, / not get-at-able; neither clear
Last Line: Even dreaded and unwanted quick.
Subject(s): Breath; Summer


AIR    Poem Text    
First Line: Through the open window, a confusion
Last Line: Is deeply inhaling, exhaling its doppelgänger breath.
Subject(s): Air; Environment; Gasoline; Pollution; Sickness; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation; Illness


ALBANY BUS STATION    Poem Text    
First Line: The same fat man with the fluorescent vest
Last Line: Pulls in to take me home to brandon.
Subject(s): Bus Terminals; Travel; Vermont; Journeys; Trips


ALL IN TIME       
First Line: Behind the glass door of the waiting room
Last Line: You pull apart like velcro


ALWAYS ON THE TRAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: Writing poems about writing poems
Last Line: And the black high flung patterns of flocking birds.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Writing & Writers


ALWAYS YOUR SHADOW    Poem Text    
First Line: When I remember the cold mornings
Last Line: As the metamorphosis of breath.
Subject(s): Chopin, Frederic Francois (1810-1849); Memory; Thought; Thinking


AMERICAN MILK       
First Line: Then the butter we put on our white bread
Last Line: We gradually learned about our country


AN EDUCATION IN THE EIGHTIES    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Women - Old Age; Social Classes; Caste


AN IMPRINT OF THE ROARING TWENTIES    Poem Text    
First Line: I have a weakness for grubbing at the salvation army's discard tables
Last Line: And the cardtable-sized embroidered tablecloths
Subject(s): Divorce; Childhood Memories; Tablecloths; Alcohol & Alcoholics; Women


AND YET       
First Line: Today feels like forever, and yet


ANOTHER DAY    Poem Text    
First Line: The fleeting high that lifts you
Last Line: Ball of twine, fractal of lost feathers
Subject(s): Time; Conduct Of Life


ANOTHER FEELING    Poem Text    
First Line: Once you saw a drove of young pigs
Subject(s): Pigs; Diability; Regret; Boars; Hogs


AS IT IS    Poem Text    
First Line: In this squat body, / the most delicate things
Last Line: Down like snow. Oh world, I said.
Subject(s): Criticism & Critics; Old Age


AS REAL AS LIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: Say to the mild melancholy of regret
Subject(s): Time; Grief; Sorrow; Sadness


AT EIGHTY-THREE SHE LIVES ALONE    Poem Text    
First Line: Enclosure, steam-heated; a trial casket
Last Line: Oh, paper bird with folded wings.
Subject(s): Old Age; Solitude; Loneliness


AT THE CENTER       
First Line: The center is simple, they say


AT THE MUSEUM, 1938       
First Line: In the native bird exhibit, the whip-poor-will, stuffed with sawdust
Last Line: Canopies; the continuous singing of birds among their breathing branches
Subject(s): Birds; Museums


AT THE READY    Poem Text    
First Line: Under the aerial squadron, / wheat fields are ready
Last Line: Repeating instructions to the already dead.
Subject(s): Aviation & Aviators; Military; Missions & Missionaries; War


BAZOOK       
First Line: My aunt from st. Louis


BE SERIOUS       
First Line: Perhaps it will snow %oh do be serious
Last Line: How the poor die in the streets
Subject(s): Politics; War


BECOMING VEGETARIAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Slowly I am pulling my teeth
Last Line: I push my cart of rags crying, “no carrion”
Subject(s): Vegetarians


BEFORE THE BLIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: The elms stretched themselves in indolent joy
Last Line: Rocked in the sinewy arms of summer.
Subject(s): Childhood Memories; Happiness; Joy; Delight


BEHIND THE FASCADE       
First Line: My mother stayed in her small room


BEING A WOMAN       
First Line: You can talk to yourself all you want to


BEING HUMAN       
First Line: Though all the force to hold the parts together


BETWEEN THE LINES       
First Line: Dear daughter: well, it's november so it begins to rain


BIRDS    Poem Text    
First Line: In peabody museum where phoebe lagged and marcia hid
Last Line: Trying to answer, here, here, I am here
Subject(s): Bird-watching; Museums


BITS OF INFORMATION    Poem Text    
First Line: While her minuscule fledglings, each slightly
Last Line: Will cross the gulf of mexico, living on stored up fat.
Subject(s): Single Parents; Parents Without Partners


BODY AMONG TREES       
First Line: Attaches to trunks, mimicking shadows


BOOM       
First Line: And the rock and rollers on the beach
Last Line: Ate it like manna in the wilderness


BREAD    Poem Text    
First Line: If you make a connection between this table and that table
Subject(s): Bread; Grandparents; Memory; Grandmothers; Grandfathers; Great Grandfathers; Great Grandmothers


BREAD       
First Line: If you make a connection between this table and that table
Last Line: For the rest of your life these cast-out bodies of lepers
Subject(s): Bread; Grandparents; Memory


BREATHING    Poem Text    
First Line: By day the brook is subsumed
Last Line: Sucked down in its liquid mouth.
Subject(s): Children; Collective Behavior; Noises; Childhood; Mobs; Crowds


BURNED BRIDGE       
First Line: Sister was wedged beside the wicker basket
Subject(s): Streetcars


CHEAP       
First Line: Not knowing I wasn't free


COCKS AND MARES    Poem Text    
First Line: Every man wants to be a stud
Subject(s): Men


COCKS AND MARES       
First Line: Every man wants to be a stud
Subject(s): Men


CODICIL       
First Line: I am still bitter about the last place we stayed


COFFEE AND SWEET ROLLS       
First Line: When I remember the dingy hotels
Last Line: As you pull down the dark window shade


COLUMBUS, OHIO       
First Line: Practicing some silent under-water drift
Last Line: As if nothing is impossible, %as if it is an ordinary day


COMMENTS OF THE MILD       
First Line: The cabinet squats trembling on its carved legs


COMMUNION       
First Line: Birds circle above the hay barn


CONFESSION    Poem Text    
First Line: Exquisite sir, what blame rests in the wrinkles
Subject(s): Aging


COUSIN FRANCIS SPEAKS OUT    Poem Text    
First Line: Buddy's uncle hiram felt bad about his sister, mable
Last Line: Is to pull the teeth.
Subject(s): Nursing Homes; Old Age; Old Age Homes; Assisted Living


CURRENTS       
First Line: Something about a flock of birds toward evening
Last Line: That gathers itself into the one, %summer after summer


CURTAINS    Poem Text    
First Line: Putting up new curtains,
Subject(s): Landlord & Tenants; Death; Grief; Dead, The; Sorrow; Sadness


CURTAINS       
First Line: Putting up new curtains
Last Line: See what you miss by being dead?


DARK CONCLUSIONS       
First Line: Like cutting the dry rot out of a potato
Last Line: And a little milky juice. How awful to slice it open %and find the center fustating, malevolent


DENOUEMENT       
First Line: You intimidated me. I was thrown into hell without a trial


DISAPPEARED CHILD       
First Line: If only I could wrest you out of nothing


DON'T MISS IT    Poem Text    
First Line: If you're looking for a heron on one leg
Last Line: Battered bodies, the good old boys left behind.
Subject(s): Heroism; Heroes; Heroines


DREAM OF LIGHT IN THE SHADE    Poem Text    
First Line: Now that I am married I spend
Subject(s): Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


DREAM OF LIGHT IN THE SHADE       
First Line: Now that I am married I spend


DREAM OF WILD BIRDS       
First Line: Sweat curls off the lake the color of ochre


DROUGHT IN THE LOWER FIELDS       
First Line: Steers are dumb like angels
Last Line: Blue stars of chicory


EARTHQUAKE    Poem Text    
First Line: The moon rises as shizu rises from her couch
Subject(s): Disasters; Earthquakes


EARTHQUAKE       
First Line: The moon rises as shizu rises from her couch
Last Line: A fan opening and closing
Subject(s): Disasters; Earthquakes


ECLAT       
First Line: Mrs. Tory shaves her boarders' whiskers


EDEN, THEN AND NOW    Poem Text    
First Line: In '29 before the dust storms
Last Line: In fact, the same eden.
Subject(s): Corporate Downsizing; Depressions, Economic; Hunger; Recessions


EMILY       
First Line: Emily playing on the deck, poplar bending along the rail


END OF SUMMER ... 1969       
First Line: Dear phoebe, wherever you are


ENTERING THE STUDENT'S POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: The most beautiful videos / come from reading poetry
Last Line: The blood rushing to her forehead.
Subject(s): Exchange Students; Language Poetry; Poetry Readings; Foreign Exchange Programs


EVE, ALSO    Poem Text    
First Line: Holding in my left hand an apple;
Subject(s): Apples


EXCUSE       
First Line: Do they write poems when they have something to say


EXPERIENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Satan, I come across the iris bed


FADING       
First Line: As though approaching a mirror


FAMILY       
First Line: We left, repeating, 'love ... Care'


FATHER'S DAY       
First Line: When I was eight you put me
Last Line: At any moment I can breathe in the burned powder of %your body, %the bitter taste, the residue


FINDING MYSELF       
First Line: Thursday, the 20th of july, %came to me and said
Last Line: Letting itself down %on a string of spittle


FOR A POSTCARD OF MY MOTHER AT THE BEACH    Poem Text    
First Line: My oyster weeps the pearls of denouement
Subject(s): Seashore; Women - Old Age; Beach; Coast; Shore


FOR SEVEN WOMEN       
First Line: Gender loyalty, alien to the pits and ducts of ouselves
Last Line: I am a stranger crossing the bone bridge to meet the other. %our skulls shine like calligraphy in a


FORECAST    Poem Text    
First Line: Isabel, I could vainly map a happy vale
Subject(s): Children; Childhood


FROM THE ARBORETUM       
First Line: The bunya-bunya is a great louse that sucks
Last Line: To them it is only an old armchair, a brothel, the front porch


FROM THE OTHER SIDE       
First Line: Maurice, had I known about salvation in art


FULL MOON    Poem Text    
First Line: My problem is not enough
Last Line: To another nightjar
Subject(s): Sleep; Moon


GENESIS    Poem Text    
First Line: Cylinder sacks of water filling the oceans, / endless bullets of water
Last Line: It was one drop of salt water against another.
Subject(s): Memory


GETTING TO KNOW YOU    Poem Text    
First Line: We slept into one another
Last Line: We were relative strangers.
Subject(s): Marriage; Retrospection; Widows & Widowers; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


GOOD ADVICE    Poem Text    
First Line: Here is not exactly here
Subject(s): Advice


GOOD ADVICE       
First Line: Here is not exactly here
Last Line: Here', says the devil, %'eat. It's paradise.'
Subject(s): Advice


GREEN APPLES    Poem Text    
First Line: In august we carried the old horsehair mattress
Subject(s): Apples; Summer; Family Life; Relatives


GREEN APPLES       
First Line: In august we carried the old horsehair mattress
Last Line: Saying, this is the moment, %here, now


GUS       
First Line: It would usually happen at dinner
Subject(s): Child Molesting; Child Abuse


GUS       
First Line: It would usually happen at dinner
Last Line: Wet like the cum of a father
Subject(s): Child Molesting


HABIT       
First Line: Every day I dig you up


HABITAT       
First Line: The wolverine, whose numbers remain somewhat constant


HAPPINESS       
First Line: We were married near the base
Last Line: Its tiny skeleton, its skull %that searched ahead of you like radar


HAYING       
First Line: Mr. Wanzer is cutting his silage


HOME MOVIE    Poem Text    
First Line: At the other end of a telescope, a long way
Subject(s): Motion Pictures; Family Life; Movies; Cinema; Relatives


HOW AUNT MAUD TOOK TO BEING A WOMAN    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Women; Conduct Of Life


HOW AUNT MAUD TOOK TO BEING A WOMAN       
First Line: A long hill sloped down to aunt maud's brick house


HOW THEY GOT HER TO QUIET DOWN    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Man-woman Relationships; Conduct Of Life; Male-female Relations


HOW THEY GOT HER TO QUIET DOWN       
First Line: When the ceiling plaster fell in aunt mable's kitchen
Last Line: Under a pieced quilt. 'quiet as a little bird,' he said


HOW TO CATCH AUNT HARRIETTE    Poem Text    
First Line: Mary cassatt has her in a striped dress with a
Subject(s): Cassatt, Mary (1844-1926); Paintings And Painters


HOW TO CATCH AUNT HARRIETTE       
First Line: Mary cassatt has her in a striped dress with a
Last Line: Yet so bizarre, so beyond me, %that I planned my entire life from its indications
Subject(s): Cassatt, Mary (1844-1926); Paintings And Painters


HUNGER       
First Line: I have been up and down the town


I HAVE THREE DAUGHTERS       
Last Line: And lordy, give us our share


ICONS FROM INDIANAPOLIS       
First Line: The fountain around the soldiers' and sailors' monument


ILLINOIS       
First Line: Close up, shaved hay fields


IN AN IRIDESCENT TIME    Poem Text    
First Line: My mother, when young, scrubbed laundry in a tub
Subject(s): Laundry & Laundering; Women


IN AN IRIDESCENT TIME       
First Line: My mother, when young, scrubbed laundry in a tub
Last Line: Between the lilac bushes and the yew: %brown gingham, pink, and skirts of alice blue
Subject(s): Laundry And Laundering; Women


IN THE MADNESS OF AGE    Poem Text    
First Line: In the drapery of shadow I forgive
Subject(s): Man-woman Relationships; Male-female Relations


IN THE NEXT GALAXY    Poem Text    
First Line: Things will be different
Last Line: Blue skies and drinking water.
Subject(s): Future Life; Retribution; Eternity; After Life


INCARNATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Every day a woman stands in her kitchen
Last Line: For the house to fall down.
Subject(s): Grief; Memory; Sorrow; Sadness


INCREDIBLE BUYS IN       
First Line: Houston, fourth largest city in the country
Last Line: Deep in the soft ooze of my cortex


INFANT       
First Line: The sky is a fat belly


IT       
First Line: Oh the pretty tinsel of it


IT FOLLOWS    Poem Text    
First Line: If you had a lot of money
Subject(s): Money; Surgery, Plastic; Life Choices; Cosmetic Sugery; Face Lifts


IT FOLLOWS       
First Line: If you had a lot of money
Last Line: That they've taken from the dead babies' gums %and frozen for this sort of thing. %you could still d


JUVENILES    Poem Text    
First Line: The dragons, the scale-tailed dragons have gone away
Subject(s): Children; Childhood


LAGUNA BEACH       
First Line: The shingle roofs burgeon moss, green as tender acacia


LAST CLOUD       
First Line: Under the ozone the remnant swims


LATEST HOTEL GUEST WALKS OVER PARTICLES THAT REVOLVE       
First Line: It is an old established hotel
Last Line: Counting from ten to zero
Subject(s): Hotels


LEAP FROM A FOOTNOTE    Poem Text    
First Line: Miss rae huffman of the american mission
Last Line: The leopard men in cattle camps, accepting their drug-coated cheese
Subject(s): Anthropology


LEAVING MY ROOMMATES IN NEW YORK    Poem Text    
First Line: Snow falls upon snow fastening its delicate hooks
Last Line: To the subliminal sounds of ermines living in the lath.
Subject(s): Homeless; New York City; Manhattan; New York, New York; The Big Apple


LEAVING NEW YORK WITH HARRY       
First Line: He's in another seat of the bus
Last Line: As if we lay inside one another %as in a klein bottle, %the stamp of extermination on our foreheads


LIBERATION       
First Line: We ladies sense it is the cuckoo builds no nest;
Last Line: Morning after morning slips %the spider with her web across our lips


LIESBESLIED       
First Line: The landlord's child


LIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: The house across the way / facing east, light clips it
Last Line: And the body stirs and remembers.
Subject(s): Widows & Widowers


LIGHT CONCLUSIONS       
First Line: Seven light bulbs burned for seven hours
Last Line: It's marine world for me' grandma says


LIMBO       
First Line: Since landing in hell, I sleep
Last Line: A vapor, a breath of what was, %always nowhere


LINEAR ILLUSIONS       
First Line: Some days seem significant
Last Line: Relentlessly horizontal.
Subject(s): Imagination; Fancy


LINES    Poem Text    
First Line: Voice, perhaps you are the universe
Last Line: In a spasm of loneliness.
Subject(s): Solitude; Loneliness


LOOK TO THE FUTURE    Poem Text    
First Line: To you born into violence
Subject(s): War; Future; Conduct Of Life


LOOK TO THE FUTURE       
First Line: To you born into violence
Last Line: When the sun dies we will become one


LOOKING AT YOUR HAND    Poem Text    
First Line: This shadow passing over your hand
Last Line: For a moment it can shape itself into a cup of water.
Subject(s): Hands; Mankind; Shadows; Human Race


LOSS       
First Line: I hid sometimes in the closet among my own clothes


LOST WORLD       
First Line: The plastic is waiting in rolls
Last Line: The hardware department coils in snakes of garden hoses, %and indispensable rubber washers wink at t


LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: This part of myself devoted to you
Last Line: The glass hearts, the transparent bodies.
Subject(s): Hearts; Love


LOVE'S RELATIVE       
First Line: The couple who remain bed


MADISON IN THE MID-SIXTIES    Poem Text    
First Line: Names, can you talk without their mirage?
Subject(s): Automobiles; Driving; Social Classes; Cars; Caste


MADISON IN THE MID-SIXTIES       
First Line: Names, can you talk without their mirage
Last Line: That fails in language after language


MAGNET       
First Line: I loved my lord, my black-haired lord, my young love


MALE GORILLAS    Poem Text    
First Line: At the doughnut shop / twenty-three silverbacks
Subject(s): Masculinity (psychology)


MALE GORILLAS       
First Line: At the doughnut shop %twenty-three silverbacks
Last Line: Confused library, the female mind
Subject(s): Masculinity (psychology)


MANTRA    Poem Text    
First Line: When I am sad / I sing, remembering
Last Line: When I forget.
Subject(s): Forgetfulness; Grief; Sorrow; Sadness


MARCH 15, 1998    Poem Text    
First Line: Let me forget / when the hanged man
Last Line: A fractal glitch, a gift from zero.
Subject(s): Students, Foreign


MEDIUM FOR STASIS       
First Line: She is in the center of the picture
Last Line: Stops at the moment of what will happen


MEMORY OF KNOWLEDGE AND DEATH AT THE MOTHER OF SCHOLARS       
First Line: Why do we meet at the backs, you and I


MESSAGE FROM YOUR TOES       
First Line: Even in the absence of light


MESSAGES       
First Line: Instead of grazing cattle, / this range is heavy with tires
Subject(s): Space & Space Travel; Outer Space; Fourth Dimension


MESSAGES       
First Line: Space flattens to a photograph
Last Line: A painting by a man named whistler
Subject(s): Space And Space Travel


METAMOPHOSIS    Poem Text    
First Line: Now I am old, all I want to do is try;
Subject(s): Old Age


METAMORPHOSIS       
First Line: Now I am old, all I want to do is try


METAMORPHOSIS       
First Line: One day you wake up and you have a new face
Last Line: It was never good enough


METAPHORS OF THE TREE    Poem Text    
First Line: The play yard with its automobile tire
Last Line: Where the wind does not pause.
Subject(s): Leaves; Parks; Trees


MINE       
First Line: Sick at heart


MIRACLE       
First Line: Come to the window aunt bess said


MOLD       
First Line: As you swing the door your passage through air


MOTHER LOOKS AT HER CHILD       
First Line: Why are you beautiful


MOTHER'S PICTURE       
First Line: From a photograph on the bedroon wall


MOTHERS       
First Line: Working out of mind, the wind says
Last Line: I am the mother of sorrow


MOVING RIGHT ALONG (1)       
First Line: Advanced systems
Last Line: The sludge of hypothesis, %the word become flesh
Subject(s): Time


MOVING RIGHT ALONG (2)       
First Line: At the molecular level


MUSIC       
First Line: Even here on the upthrust rocks
Last Line: Erased across the parking lot


NAMES    Poem Text    
First Line: My grandmother's name was nora swan
Subject(s): Ancestry & Ancestors; Grandparents; Grandmothers; Grandfathers; Great Grandfathers; Great Grandmothers


NAMES       
First Line: My grandmother's name was nora swan
Last Line: Bedstraw, toadflax - from whom I did descend in perpetuity
Subject(s): Ancestors And Ancestry; Grandparents


NAPPING ON THE GREYHOUND    Poem Text    
First Line: It's christmas eve in texas
Last Line: "from planet zizz. ""very tasteful antennae."
Subject(s): Buses; Greyhounds; Texas; Travel; Journeys; Trips


NEVER       
First Line: Don't forget that henry james
Last Line: The immortal flesh


NEWS       
First Line: What have you to say to that
Last Line: That single body casting itself into the future
Subject(s): News


NOSE       
First Line: Everyone complains about the nose


NOT EXPECTING AN ANSWER    Poem Text    
First Line: This tedious letter to you
Last Line: Calligraphy, feathery asparagus.
Subject(s): Letters


OF HEROES    Poem Text    
First Line: Hero, fast in your dark monument
Subject(s): Heroism; Heroes; Heroines


OLD SONG       
First Line: When I was young I knew that I would die


ON THE MOUNTAIN       
First Line: Still in october, the woodchuck
Last Line: And I search among the signs %for the flare, polestar, pulley toward the edge


ON THE OUTER BANKS       
First Line: Dark over the sound
Last Line: Upward lifted, %still downward smashed


ON THE SLOW TRAIN PASSING THROUGH    Poem Text    
First Line: Here's moody furniture and the town of moody. Also the display
Last Line: The conductor hitched up the trolley and they went on with their regular day.
Subject(s): Disasters; Fire; Railroads; Travel; Railways; Trains; Journeys; Trips


ON THE STREET       
First Line: Each day you pass this woman
Last Line: To all you have hidden from yourself
Subject(s): Streets; Women


ONCE MORE       
First Line: O my crows, %when you return in april
Last Line: To rocks smash downstream %in the snowmelt


ORANGE POEM PRAISING BROWN       
First Line: The quick brown poem jumped over the lazy woman


ORCHARD    Poem Text    
First Line: The mare roamed soft about the slope
Subject(s): Horses


ORCHARD       
First Line: The mare roamed soft about the slope


OTHERWISE       
First Line: Under other conditions, the dinner napkin
Last Line: And we understand that it is our %collective desire to understand


OUT OF LOS ANGELES       
First Line: Coming into st. Louis, our heads still garbled


OVERLAPPING EDGES       
First Line: Starlings flock to roost across rubble of shocked corn


OVERNIGHT GUEST    Poem Text    
First Line: Waiting for your ride in front of the house
Last Line: From poetry
Subject(s): Guests; Visiting


PATIENCE       
First Line: You hacked the firewood out of the stiffened snow
Last Line: Always comes with a little touch of death


PERHAPS       
First Line: This woman sits in the kitchen
Last Line: That lies on the old bones like a silk mask, %like a skein of ice


PERIPHERIES    Poem Text    
First Line: This circle holding the afternoon sky is a lake
Subject(s): Mythology


PERIPHERY       
First Line: You are not wanted
Last Line: It listened to all the jokes and it laughed


PINE CONES       
First Line: Flat against the sky


PLAN       
First Line: I said to myself, do you have a plan?
Last Line: And it came to me, the blind will be leading the blind


POEMS    Poem Text    
First Line: When you come back to me / it will be crow time
Last Line: The madness of my tongue.
Subject(s): Language; Poetry & Poets; Words; Vocabulary


POETRY       
First Line: I sit with my cup


POINTS OF VISION    Poem Text    
First Line: In february the hills of niguel flush green
Last Line: Shizu prepares her watercolors.
Subject(s): Colors; Paintings And Painters


POKEBERRIES       
First Line: I started out in the virginia mountains
Last Line: Or my aunt maud; or my mama, who didn't just bite an apple %with he big white teeth. She split it in


POLES       
First Line: In the summer under the light ease of laundry fluttering


PRINCIPLE OF MIRRORS       
First Line: The wind turns a windmill in australia


PRIVATE PANTOMIME    Poem Text    
First Line: I will reach into the grab-bag of unconscious things
Subject(s): Birds


PROCEDURE       
First Line: Here is old bessie laid out on a metal slab


READING    Poem Text    
First Line: It is spring when the storks return
Subject(s): Books; Reading


READING       
First Line: It is spring when the storks return
Last Line: Are stamping their heavy boots %along the pages


READING THE RUSSIANS       
First Line: Of course they are gloomy; / they drink a lot of vodka
Last Line: Chernobyl, and gogol's nose.
Subject(s): Books; Russia; Translating & Interpreting; Reading; Soviet Union; Russians


REALITY    Poem Text    
First Line: As a fish, gutted for trade
Last Line: So beautiful; come to this.
Subject(s): Reality


RELATIVES    Poem Text    
First Line: Grandma lives in this town;
Subject(s): Grandparents; Grandmothers; Grandfathers; Great Grandfathers; Great Grandmothers


REPETITION       
First Line: It's unbearable and yet, every day
Last Line: Holding her red flag %at the end of the line
Subject(s): Decay


REPETITION OF WORDS AND WEATHER    Poem Text    
First Line: A basket of dirty clothes
Subject(s): Words; Weather; Washerwomen; Poetry & Poets


REPETITION OF WORDS AND WEATHER       
First Line: A basket of dirty clothes
Last Line: And I think, what's done is done. %it won't be changed with words


RESONANCE       
First Line: The universe is sad
Last Line: A sad trick of the neural pathways, resonating flesh %and my old body remembers the way you touched


RISING    Poem Text    
First Line: In the government offices the rules and regulations
Last Line: That the house is going out with the tide.
Subject(s): Birds; Erosion; Gulls; Seashore; Waves; Seagulls; Beach; Coast; Shore


ROMANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: I went back, as to my relatives.
Subject(s): Homecoming; Love - Complaints


ROMANCE       
First Line: I went back, as to my relatives
Last Line: Of my desperate and embittered life


ROOM       
First Line: Someone in the next apartment
Last Line: And I listen %with my ear against the plaster


ROOM       
First Line: The room is the belly of the house


SALT       
First Line: In the bell toll of a clang


SCARS       
First Line: Sometimes I am on a train


SEASON       
First Line: I know what calls the devil from the pits


SEAT BELT FASTENED       
First Line: Old bill pheasant won't trim his beard


SECOND-HAND COAT    Poem Text    
First Line: I feel / in her pockets; she wore nice cotton gloves,
Subject(s): Identity


SECOND-HAND COAT       
First Line: I feel
Last Line: Get your purse, have you got your keys?
Subject(s): Identity


SEED    Poem Text    
First Line: Corn is universal, / so like a roman senator
Last Line: Oh my daughters.
Subject(s): Children; Corn; Indian Summer; Parents; Childhood; Parenthood


SEPARATE       
First Line: I want to tell you something with my hands


SETTING TYPE    Poem Text    
First Line: From a long way, the semicolon begins to wave
Last Line: I think they ought to get edited and settle down
Subject(s): Language


SHADOWS       
First Line: I receive a card that says you have a walled garden


SHAPES    Poem Text    
First Line: In the longer view it doesn't matter
Last Line: At the farthest edge; accepting that blur.
Subject(s): Grief; Homeless; Loss; Sympathy; Sorrow; Sadness; Empathy


SHOTGUN WEDDING       
First Line: The bride is not yet married to the groom


SIESTA    Poem Text    
First Line: In an aftermath of lying, lying
Subject(s): Balloons


SNOW       
First Line: Plentiful snow deepens the path to the woods
Last Line: In the well of the wind, and feathers fly from the rip
Subject(s): Snow


SNOW TRIVIA       
First Line: In secret molecules


SO BE IT       
First Line: Look, this string of words
Last Line: Leaping from level to level


SO WHAT    Poem Text    
First Line: For me the great truths are laced with hysteria.


SO WHAT       
First Line: For me the great truths are laced with hysteria
Last Line: Last lines to poems I will write immediately


SO WHAT'S WRONG?    Poem Text    
First Line: Here it is, a green world, / and all of these millions
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs; Life


SO WHAT'S WRONG?       
First Line: Here it is, a green world, %and all of these millions
Last Line: The strange reflected light %of a dead moon
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs; Life


SOME THINGS YOU'LL NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU JOIN THE UNION       
First Line: At the poetry factory
Last Line: Become an alcoholic, %consider suicide.'


SOMETHING       
First Line: In a room upstairs, under the hot roof


SOMETHING DEEPER       
First Line: I am still at the same subject


SONG OF ABSINTHE GRANNY       
First Line: Among some hills there dwelt in parody
Last Line: And with what's lefy I'm chary


SORROW    Poem Text    
First Line: Living alone the feet turn voluptuous
Last Line: But the other foot.
Subject(s): Solitude; Loneliness


SORROW AND NO SORROW    Poem Text    
First Line: We eat through tubes of time
Last Line: On its indifferent tongue.
Subject(s): Grief; Hunger; Sorrow; Sadness


SORTING IT OUT       
First Line: Falsely soft, infinitely far
Last Line: The turrets with guns in position


SPECULATION    Poem Text    
First Line: A girl we didn't actually know
Subject(s): Death; Depressions, Economic; Girls; Sisters; Dead, The; Recessions


SPECULATION       
First Line: A girl we didn't actually know
Last Line: Always made her feel glamorous
Subject(s): Death; Depressions, Economic; Girls; Sisters


SPERM AND THE EGG       
First Line: The sperm hate the egg
Last Line: To be or not to be!'
Subject(s): Masculinity (psychology)


SPLINTER       
First Line: I had a little silver manikin


SPRING BEAUTIES    Poem Text    
First Line: The abandoned campus, / empty brick buildings and early june
Last Line: By some unknown impressionist.
Subject(s): Typewriters; Universities & Colleges; Writing & Writers


STORY OF THE CHURN       
First Line: I am so rich and poor, cried the widow


STRANDS    Poem Text    
First Line: This uprooted grass from the edge of the marsh-lake
Subject(s): Aging


SUBMISSION       
First Line: The poem was hanging around in the locker room
Last Line: E is for effort,' %he said


SUNDAY       
First Line: The masons spent sundays visiting the hospital


SURVIVING IN EARLYSVILLE WITH A BROKEN WINDOW       
First Line: Mr. Garvey tells me old window glass is frail


SYSTEM       
First Line: As shade preserves, for a moment
Last Line: With bristly hairs, %thousands of lenses, %suction cups of intractable feet, %as they labor in the b


TALKING FISH       
First Line: My love's eyes are red as the sargasso


TELL ME       
First Line: Tell me ruth, how is your vision?'
Last Line: Oom, ah, swept away'


TENACITY       
First Line: Can it be over so soon


TENDRILS    Poem Text    
First Line: While leaves are popping bullets of air
Last Line: Of violent / untranslatable language
Subject(s): Love; Language


THAT DAY       
First Line: Since then we've gone around the sun fifty times


THAT OTHER WAR    Poem Text    
First Line: A bird sings in the tree you planted
Last Line: Handing out coupons and samples.
Subject(s): Death; Heroism; War; Dead, The; Heroes; Heroines


THAT WINTER       
First Line: In chicago, near the lake, on the north shore
Last Line: Isn't much to live for %except to spite hitler-- %the war is so lurid %that everything else is dull


THE ALIEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Like myself, the body gets in bed
Last Line: It does not care what is hanging in my head
Subject(s): Self


THE BURNED BRIDGE    Poem Text    
First Line: Sister was wedged beside the wicker basket
Subject(s): Streetcars


THE CABBAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: You have rented an apartment
Last Line: You can live with this.
Subject(s): Children; Paintings And Painters; Parents; Childhood; Parenthood


THE ELECTRIC FAN AND THE DEAD MAN ...    Poem Text    
First Line: She remembers his covert sleeves, / the sadness of his quiet
Last Line: Ready for, at least mechanically, fin de siècle, à rebours.
Subject(s): Memory; Widows & Widowers


THE FIG TREE    Poem Text    
First Line: Old as the world,
Subject(s): Fig Trees


THE FLEET    Poem Text    
First Line: Each night upon the bed's dry sea
Subject(s): Love - Erotic; Boats


THE ILLUSION    Poem Text    
First Line: I am not the genes and the genes are not me
Last Line: I am the simple sieve that drinks the universe.
Subject(s): Self-criticism; Twins


THE LATEST HOTEL GUEST WALKS OVER PARTICLES THAT REVOLVE       
First Line: It is an old established hotel
Subject(s): Hotels; Inns; Innskeepers; Motels; Boarding Houses


THE MAGNET    Poem Text    
First Line: I loved my lord, my black-haired lord, my young love
Subject(s): Hunting; Love; Hunters


THE MOTHER    Poem Text    
First Line: Here where the rooms are dryly still
Subject(s): Mothers; Death; Dead, The


THE NEWS    Poem Text    
First Line: What have you to say to that
Subject(s): News


THE OLD STORY    Poem Text    
First Line: Although he didn't / love me, I loved him
Last Line: She wept for him
Subject(s): Love – Unrequited; Family Life


THE PEAR    Poem Text    
First Line: There hangs this bellied pear, let no rake doubt,
Subject(s): Pears


THE QUESTION    Poem Text    
First Line: While needles of the evergreen
Subject(s): Love - Nature Of; Trees


THE REAL TRAVELERS    Poem Text    
First Line: It was supposed to snow, but it rained
Last Line: The real travelers etting out for mars
Subject(s): Space & Space Travel; Neighbors; Journeys; Trips


THE SPERM AND THE EGG    Poem Text    
First Line: The sperm hate the egg
Subject(s): Masculinity (psychology)


THE TRADE-OFF    Poem Text    
First Line: Words make the thoughts.
Subject(s): Language; Knowledge; Words; Vocabulary


THE WAYS OF DAUGHTERS    Poem Text    
First Line: My daughters are getting on.
Subject(s): Daughters; Coming Of Age


THE WIND FIRE    Poem Text    
First Line: Sadly I may suppose how motion wears, and to dust
Subject(s): Tears


THE WOUND    Poem Text    
First Line: The shock comes slowly
Subject(s): Love - Loss Of


THEN       
First Line: That summer, from the back porch
Last Line: Of the storm swelling up through the undergrowth, %pounding toward us


THINGS I SAY TO MYSELF WHILE HANGING LAUNDRY    Poem Text    
First Line: If an ant, crossing on the clothesline
Subject(s): Einstein, Albert (1879-1955); Laundry & Laundering


THINGS I SAY TO MYSELF WHILE HANGING LAUNDRY       
First Line: If an ant, crossing on the clothesline
Last Line: Along an imaginary line from here to there
Subject(s): Einstein, Albert (1879-1955); Laundry And Laundering


THIS       
First Line: Shadow of too much knowing, days wasted in light
Last Line: Dark photograph of the penumbra


THIS SPACE       
First Line: Rushing past us
Last Line: Within the irresistible vector %of the ocean's pull
Subject(s): Earth; Sea; Waves


THIS STRANGENESS IN MY LIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: It is so hard to see where it is
Last Line: As someone else, not ever remembered.
Subject(s): Emptiness; Solitude; Loneliness


THREE AM    Poem Text    
First Line: You wake in the night. I know you do
Last Line: The drawn blinds; the surface of indifference.
Subject(s): Eyes; Insomnia; Light; Sleeplessness


TO TRY AGAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: Tremble,' says the sword-grass, leaning over the water
Last Line: "look,"" says the void. ""what meaning? Be thou me."
Subject(s): Children; Parents; Childhood; Parenthood


TONGUES    Poem Text    
First Line: To mortify the spirit I once attended
Last Line: The stuttering leaves on the insensible pavement.
Subject(s): Class Struggle; French Language; Tongues


TOPOGRAPHY       
First Line: Do I dare to think that I alone am


TRADE-OFF       
First Line: Words make the thoughts
Last Line: Is locked out from the secret


TRAIN RIDE    Poem Text    
First Line: All things come to an end; / small calves in arkansas
Last Line: No, they go on forever.
Subject(s): Arkansas; Fate; Railroads; Travel; Destiny; Railways; Trains; Journeys; Trips


TRANSLATIONS       
First Line: Forty-five years ago, alexander mehielovitch touritzen


TREE       
First Line: I was a child when you married me


TRINITY       
First Line: The mother listens to the dreams of the daughter
Last Line: Rushing toward the dark love who is always beyond her
Subject(s): Mothers And Daughters


TURN YOUR EYES AWAY       
First Line: The gendarme came
Last Line: We repeated everything %over and over and over


TURNING       
First Line: The habit of you lying next to me


U OF MY       
First Line: When my dog barks and we go for a walk


UNCLE CAL ON FASHIONS       
First Line: Troy new york! Where they made celluloid collars
Last Line: He's a turkey,' came from. Then some feller invented starch. %but 'twasn't the same


UNION    Poem Text    
First Line: Hirsute, his highness' beetle-browed defense
Subject(s): Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


UP THERE    Poem Text    
First Line: Belshazzar saw this blue
Subject(s): Landscape


UP THERE       
First Line: Belshazzar saw this blue
Last Line: Have looked up and seen within the cowl %this tenuous wavelength


USUAL       
First Line: On the morning of the reading
Last Line: Hung yourself in the closet. They will fumigate


VEERY WHO SANG IN THE WOODS       
First Line: Oh then, the children were young
Last Line: We will sleep in the breath %of new leaves


VEGETABLES I       
First Line: In the vegetable department


VEGETABLES II       
First Line: Saturated in the room


VENTRILOQUIST       
First Line: This other woman in my body
Last Line: Only yours, my poor %handful of dust
Subject(s): Ventriloquists


VERNAL EQUINOX    Poem Text    
First Line: Daughters, in the wind's boisterous roughing
Subject(s): Daughters; Spring


VERNAL EQUINOX       
First Line: Daughters, in the wind's boisterous roughing


VERY STRETCHED SENNET       
First Line: Some things like the fat policeman and the black prostitute
Last Line: Now he's center front, rubbing his hands, smiling. Then she's %back inside %and he's chasing her aga


VISIONS FROM MY OFFICE WINDOW       
First Line: Among the students between the buildings
Last Line: Her eyes deep-set and dark as olives.
Subject(s): Mothers & Daughters; Schools; Students


WANTING    Poem Text    
First Line: Wanting and dissatisfaction / are the main ingredients
Last Line: To procreate is the essence of decay.
Subject(s): Desire; Happiness; Joy; Delight


WATCHER       
First Line: The dog who knew the winter felt no spleen
Last Line: And snuffed the nighttime out around the bed


WHAT CAN YOU DO       
First Line: Mrs. Dubosky pulls a handful


WHAT THE TEACHER LEARNS    Poem Text    
First Line: The student from taiwan,
Subject(s): Language; Words; Vocabulary


WHAT THE TEACHER LEARNS       
First Line: The student from taiwan, %his father is a doctor in taipei
Last Line: Moons, the bone sculpture, %the equivalent of conversation


WHAT WE DON'T KNOW    Poem Text    
First Line: It is wednesday. My day off
Last Line: Of two soundless fighter jets.
Subject(s): Books; Insomnia; Silence; Reading; Sleeplessness


WHAT WE HAVE    Poem Text    
First Line: On the mountain / the neighbor's dog, put out in the cold
Last Line: That I think, when looking back, was happiness.
Subject(s): Childhood Memories; Family Life; Happiness; Poverty; Retrospection; Relatives; Joy; Delight


WHEN I WAS THIRTY-FIVE YOU TOOK MY PHOTOGRAPH    Poem Text    
First Line: I am lying full length on the grass
Last Line: By modigliani's nudes.
Subject(s): Memory; Photography & Photographers; Youth


WHEN THE FURNACE GOES ON IN A CALIFORNIAN TRACT HOUSE       
First Line: If the blower is on


WHERE I CAME FROM       
First Line: My father put me in my mother
Last Line: Collapsed and wrinkled, they floated %like huge used condoms


WHITE ON WHITE    Poem Text    
First Line: A white cobra lily, / oyster-white plaster walls, / a glass of chablis
Last Line: White parasites, white peacocks, white amanitas.
Subject(s): Old Age


WHOSE SCENE?       
First Line: I crawl up the couch leg feeling
Last Line: I go behind the baseboard to fornicate and spread %myself, ancient as the ovulum and sperm


WHY KID YOURSELF       
First Line: Snow, that white anesthesia, evaporates


WINTER       
First Line: The ten o'clock train to new york


WOMEN LAUGHING       
First Line: Laughter from women gathers like reeds in the river


WORD THOUGH AS A COUPLER       
First Line: Though is a thick syllable
Last Line: On their flyways against the steel %lines of communication towers
Subject(s): Grammar


WORDS    Poem Text    
First Line: Wallace stevens says
Subject(s): Man-woman Relationships; Male-female Relations


WORDS       
First Line: Wallace stevens says
Last Line: As a woman looks at a man


WORK    Poem Text    
First Line: The voice of the laundry says, hang me
Last Line: Eating, always eating, in order to waste away
Subject(s): Laundry & Laundering; Activities; Shrews (animals)


YEARS LATER MY EYES CLEAR UP       
Last Line: Plateaus of ice, their delicate mouse-like tread %printed in tracks of snow over my mind


YES, THINK       
First Line: Mother, said a small tomato caterpillar to a wasp
Last Line: In the great chain of being. Think how lucky it is to be born


YOU MAY ASK       
First Line: It is spring on the coast