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Tate, James    Poet's Biography
409 poems available by this author


50 VIEWS OF TOKYO       
First Line: Only fly-specks remain
Last Line: These are my memories, a white navy hospital, %a kiss outside the british embassy


A DANGEROUS ADVENTURE    Poem Text    
First Line: The woman I love is typing in a nearby room


A KNOCK ON THE DOOR    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: They ask me if I've ever thought
Subject(s): Earth; Judgment Day; World; End Of The World; Doomsday; Fall Of Man


A NEW LIFESTYLE    Poem Text    
First Line: People in this town drink too much
Subject(s): Coffee; Human Behavior; Conduct Of Life; Human Nature


A SHIPWRECKED PERSON    Poem Text    
First Line: When I woke from my afternoon nap, I wanted
Subject(s): Dreams; Nightmares


A VAGABOUND    Poem Text    
First Line: A vagabond is a newcomer
Subject(s): Wandering & Wanderers; Wanderlust; Vagabonds; Tramps; Hoboes


A WEDDING    Poem Text    
First Line: She was in terrible pain the whole day
Subject(s): Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


ABANDONED CONCEPTIONS       
First Line: A leaf stirred on the aspen
Last Line: Going nowhere for a long, long time


ACTING ON A TIP        Recitation by Author
First Line: We went to the bug-eating state
Subject(s): Camping; Insects; Camps; Summer Camps; Bugs


ACTING ON A TIP       
First Line: We went to the bug-eating state
Last Line: They announced in unison, 'we are camped here.'
Subject(s): Camping; Insects


ACUPUNCTURE       
First Line: Not the sleep of a baby, maybe
Last Line: Stares for hours down the throat of a nightingale


ACUTE HOMESICKNESS       
First Line: It was saturday, and wendy was curled up on the couch
Last Line: See you,' I said. 'it was the book,' she said


ADMIRABLE BIRD       
First Line: Hers was a docile parrot of few words
Last Line: It shrieked, and, with that, they both retired


ADMIRABLE BIRD       
First Line: Hers was a docile parrot of few words
Last Line: It shrieked, and with that, they both retired
Subject(s): Parrots


AFTERNOON IN HELL       
First Line: He cries awhile, for no apparent reason
Last Line: Haven't you finished changing the baby yet? %almost finished, he chirps


AFTERNOON STROLL       
First Line: You don't know if you are being followed
Last Line: And choppy, too. They were very choppy


ALL BUT PERFECT EVENING ON THE LAKE       
First Line: We were at the lake for the weekend. We
Last Line: He said. 'good night'


ALL OVER THE LOT       
First Line: We were at the ballgame when a small child came up to me and
Last Line: To each I replied, 'god, I love this game, I love this game'


AMOS AND THE CHAINSAW       
First Line: Reasons no to write are rife
Last Line: Cause I'm cool as a moose and twice as hairy


ANATOMY       
First Line: The beautiful one studies anatomy


AND THAT'S THE GOOD NEWS       
First Line: The man in the pharmacy yesterday
Last Line: In a bathtub of black ink
Subject(s): Sickness


ANIMISTS       
First Line: At the motel, the man said, 'this is a
Last Line: Thank you and come back any time'


ANNUAL REPORT       
First Line: Only one disorderly person was reported
Last Line: (well pardon us for existing)


ANSWERING SERVICE       
First Line: Brother, the telephone
Last Line: To answer %the telephone ringing %for one of us %in the blackbean field


AT THE CLOTHESLINE    Poem Text    
First Line: Millies was in the backyard hanging
Subject(s): Love; Pleasure; Laundry & Laundering


AT THE CLOTHESLINE       
First Line: Millie was in the backyard hanging the
Last Line: In the great storm


AT THE DAYS END MOTEL    Poem Text    
First Line: I turned on the waterworks and said
Subject(s): Hotels; Inns; Innskeepers; Motels; Boarding Houses


AT THE DAYS END MOTEL       
First Line: I turned on the waterworks and said
Last Line: And was surprisingly convivial
Subject(s): Hotels


AUNT SOPHIE'S MORNING       
First Line: A spinster swats a worm on her tabletop
Last Line: They're not bad worms, she says, they're just different


AUTOSUGGESTION: USS NORTH CAROLINA       
First Line: And that is the largest battleship in the world, I said
Last Line: We have decided to travel by hydroplane, %though, sadly, there is no water anywhere as yet


BACK TO NATURE       
First Line: You should drive a big red convertible as fast as you can
Last Line: When you roll over never let your body touch the ground


BANKING RULES    Poem Text    
First Line: I was standing in line at the bank and
Subject(s): Banks & Bankng' Human Behavior


BANKING RULES       
First Line: I was standing in line at the bank and
Last Line: Of me, I was almost gone


BANNER       
First Line: I tugged at her sleeve: doorbell


BEAUTIFUL NEW MIRRORS HAVE ARRIVED       
First Line: Of course that doesn't mean anything
Last Line: Is a flamingo having its lunch upside down in the water


BEAUTIFUL NEW MIRRORS HAVE ARRIVED       
First Line: Of course that doesn't mean anything
Last Line: Is a flamingo having its' lunch psidedown in the water


BEAVERTOWN       
First Line: Thanks to the new beaver dam, mr. Foley's
Last Line: A beaver. That's what the rest of us do,' %crothers said


BECOMING A SCOUT       
First Line: Alone in my tree house
Last Line: My name is spoimo, which I find strange


BEHIND THE GREEN DOOR       
First Line: Thaddeus had said he wanted to get together, but
Last Line: A siren sped by. I couldn't see my own hand in front of my %face


BEING PRESENT AT MORE THAN ONE PLACE AT A TIME       
First Line: I took a step and looked around. No one
Last Line: And jumped backward, surprising myself


BERNIE AT THE PAY PHONE       
First Line: I came out of the post office and there was bernie stapleton
Last Line: Thanks, bernie, I'll see you tomorrow,' I said


BEWITCHED       
First Line: I was standing in the lobby


BLIND HERON       
First Line: Now kiki's gone and lost her cockatiel, lilith
Last Line: Australia, not tasmania, of that I am almost certain


BLUE BOOBY       
First Line: The blue booby lives %on the bare rocks
Last Line: Like the eyes of a mild savior
Subject(s): Birds; Galapagos Islands


BOOK OF LIES       
First Line: I'd like to have a word
Last Line: That? I give you my word


BOUNDEN DUTY       
First Line: I got a call from the white house, from the
Last Line: Know,' I said, feeling better


BRAVE FACE       
First Line: It seemed as if, for as long as we could remember
Last Line: That and the sound of its own name


BREATHING       
First Line: I hear something coming %something like a motorcycle
Last Line: She's thinking %about something else


BUDDHISTS HAVE THE BALL FIELD       
Last Line: Begins. It would have been called anyway, they %think suddenly
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


BURN DOWN THE TOWN, NO SURVIVORS       
First Line: Those were my orders


CAGES       
First Line: The insular firebird
Last Line: Marooned in the brain


CAMP OF NO RETURN    Poem Text    
First Line: I sat in the old tree swing without swinging. My loafer had fallen off
Subject(s): Sisters; Absence; Separation; Isolation


CAVE DWELLERS       
First Line: We had been camping for a week. Three
Last Line: Heads, and everyone was crying, including me


CERTAIN NUANCES, CERTAIN GESTURES       
First Line: The way a lady %entertaining an illicit desire touches her earlobe


CHASTE STRANGER       
First Line: All the sexually active people in westport


CHERUBIC       
First Line: I took my daughter kelsey to the train
Last Line: Sleep, I said, sleep, little baby


CHINESE CHICKENS       
First Line: The man said he had some chinese chickens
Last Line: They're a work of art,' I said, 'always changing'


CHRONOLOGY OF EVENTS       
First Line: God knows we've never thought of you
Last Line: This was revealed to me around 2:24 p.M., 9/27/95


CITY AT NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: The blue-black plumes of the fountain
Subject(s): City & Town Life; Night; Bedtime


CITY AT NIGHT       
First Line: The blue-black plumes of the fountain


CLUMSY WITH BOTH HANDS       
First Line: I was washing dishes and thinking about
Last Line: From the window I could see a tree and a cloud %and a couple of birds


CODA    Poem Text    
First Line: Love is not worth so much
Subject(s): Love


CODA       
First Line: Love is not worth so much
Last Line: In the night to be sad %when they can sing no more
Subject(s): Love


COLOR IN THE GARDEN       
First Line: It is important to forget, if possible
Last Line: A deep sea of fleecy clouds, over whose rim %the water spills continually like a veil


COMING DOWN CLEVELAND AVENUE       
First Line: The fumes from all kinds
Last Line: Into her proud, white skin


COMING DOWN IN CLEVELAND    Poem Text    
First Line: The fumes from all kinds
Last Line: Into her proud, white skin
Subject(s): Love Erotic


CONDEMNED MAN       
First Line: The condemned man clutches his lucky penny


CONJURING ROETHKE       
First Line: Prickle a lamb
Last Line: Down to the clear %glad river


CONSOLATIONS AFTER AN AFFAIR       
First Line: My plants are whispering to one another


CONSTANT DEFENDER       
First Line: My little finger's stuck in a %coca-cola bottle


CONTAGION       
First Line: When I drink
Last Line: And has led the other %into some huddle of extinction


CONVENTIONAL MEDICINE       
First Line: When I was released from the hospital, no one was
Last Line: Above the sea under a pile of crumbling stones. Ah, the beautiful %sea!


CRIMES AGAINST THE LYRIC       
First Line: She throws her ragdoll to within earshot


CROSSING THE DELAWARE       
First Line: Jessie came over last night, but he was
Last Line: No pain. Great good fortune. No blame


CRYPTOZOA    Poem Text    
First Line: I wish the stone lady would come to me
Subject(s): Singers & Singers


DAMAGED STOPPER WITH MARIGOLD       
First Line: The woman I love is a forest of enormous whispers
Last Line: Through peach and fiddle, chant and shine


DANGEROUS ADVENTURE (1)       
First Line: She's thinking, like a jaguar, or a dagger
Last Line: And has no use for the old ritual of 'dinner.'


DANGEROUS ADVENTURE (2)       
First Line: The woman I love is typing in a nearby room
Last Line: And has no use for the old ritual of 'dinner.'
Subject(s): Love


DAUGHTER       
First Line: Patsy appeared to me in the rain yesterday
Last Line: River. The last glimpse of my face, whispering


DAYS OF PIE AND COFFEE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: A motorist once said to me
Subject(s): Automobile Drivers; Conduct Of Life; Salespersons; Selling


DAYS OF PIE AND COFFEE       
First Line: A motorist once said to me
Last Line: But he didn't miss them that much


DEAF GIRL PLAYING       
First Line: This is where I once saw a deaf girl playing in a field
Last Line: Deaf girl playing. No one speaks of anything but nails %and her amazing linen


DEATH ON COLUMBUS DAY       
First Line: Sometimes you can hear the naked will


DEFINITION OF GARDENING       
First Line: Jim just loves to garden, yes he does
Last Line: Is also a factor to keep in mind


DEMIGODDESS    Poem Text    
First Line: Aunt myrtle was very old now and lived
Subject(s): Aunts; Old Age; Raccoons


DEMIGODDESS       
First Line: Aunt myrtle was very old now and lived
Last Line: Enough in this world
Subject(s): Aunts; Old Age; Raccoons


DENIED AREAS       
First Line: Some zones you have to walk around. We have no idea what goes
Last Line: To weep and anything seems possible, like a glistening rainy pavement, %or a lodging house, a toothp


DESCENT       
First Line: I imagine that these thousand


DESIRE       
First Line: Crayons could melt upon us for all I care
Last Line: I desire her still


DESTINATION       
First Line: All day red hatpins fall out


DIFFERENT KINDS OF EMBROIDERY       
First Line: Many queens were famous for their needlework
Last Line: I disremember that sick cow on the bicycle


DISTANCE FROM LOVED ONES    Poem Text    
First Line: After her husband died, zita decided to get the face-lift she had
Subject(s): Surgery, Plastic; Cosmetic Sugery; Face Lifts


DISTANCE FROM LOVED ONES       
First Line: After her husband died, zita decided to get the face-lift she had
Last Line: But, mother, I say, I am dying
Subject(s): Surgery, Plastic


DOCUMENTARY WE WERE MAKING       
First Line: The children ate battered fish wedges
Last Line: Indicating that a sequel was still possible


DOCUMENTS OF HORROR       
First Line: Jerome was a distinguished war photographer
Last Line: Spoke of his past, though I knew it was there %at all times


DOLLS SEEM LIKE OLD FRIENDS       
First Line: On mature reflection
Last Line: And still she's your little babydoll


DOPPELGANGER       
First Line: A man gave me a funny look, so I gave him
Last Line: Politely, and walked away, promising to return


DREAM ON    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Some people go their whole lives
Subject(s): Dreams; Human Behavior; Nightmares; Conduct Of Life; Human Nature


DREAM ON       
First Line: Some people go their whole lives
Last Line: Or so the story is told


DREAMY CARS GRAZE ON THE DEWY BOULEVARD       
Last Line: A leaf is falling inside of me!


DREAMY DUSKYWING BUTTERFLY       
First Line: I saw mimi at the farmer's market. She looked sad
Last Line: Little. At lunch, I'd ask her where she'd been


EARLY YEARS       
First Line: Minnesota is the gopher state
Last Line: Some air freshener in the hold


EDGE CITY       
First Line: At the intersection, cool as a moose
Last Line: Little boyo saying, pass the buddha, please


EDITOR    Poem Text    
First Line: It was a foggy day anyway
Subject(s): Editors


EDITOR       
First Line: It was a foggy day anyway
Subject(s): Editors


ELAND, IN RETIREMENT       
First Line: Once the eland was very common
Last Line: Bureaucratic gossip, don't take any notice of it


ELEGY FOR SPOOKY       
First Line: My dog, spooky, would bring me the paper
Last Line: To be alive. 'spooky,' I said, 'spooky, spooky'


ENDLESS TIME       
First Line: The donkey stood alone in the paddock
Last Line: Explains to the farmer's wife


EVERYTHING FOR THE HORSE       
First Line: Oftentimes, when the melancholy has gripped me
Last Line: Too many mornings all that sounds like heaven to me


EXOTIC GUEST       
First Line: The man went on and on about how distinguished
Last Line: I was glad. It demanded absolute silence


EXPERT       
First Line: Talks on and on
Last Line: And no one can catch him now, %no one, that is, except his lost mother


FAILED TRIBUTE TO THE STONEMASON OF TOR HOUSE, ROBINSON JEFFERS    Poem Text    
First Line: We traveled down to see your house
Subject(s): Disappointment; Carmel, California; Jeffers, Robinson (1887-1962)


FATHER'S DAY    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: My daughter has lived overseas for a number
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters


FAULTS OF THE MARINER'S COMPASS       
First Line: He collects bakelite from jerkwater towns like this
Last Line: With a joy rarely afforded in a hospital or a bank


FAULTY DICTION       
First Line: My, but don't you look positively zodiacal today!
Last Line: Runic alphabet, mellifluent memorandum whack whack


FERRET SUBSTITUTE       
First Line: Not long after lola ran off with that
Last Line: He said, then scampered down woody's back %and disappeared


FIGURE IN THE CARPET       
First Line: Even the abandoned husk of a person can sometimes
Last Line: And that's all I asked for was a clue


FLIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Like a glum cricket
Subject(s): Neighbors


FLORIST       
First Line: I realized mother'day was just two days
Last Line: My way to the cleaners, the bank, and the gas station


FOR MOTHER ON FATHER'S DAY       
First Line: You never got to recline


FRAGRANT CLOUD       
First Line: I woke in a spacious room with lavender
Last Line: Sat there waiting, incredibly lonesome with my %awful knowledge


FROM AN ISLAND       
First Line: Fogged in all day, the long, low horns announcing
Last Line: We remember you


FROM MEMOIR OF THE HAWK : THE ETERNAL ONES OF THE DREAM       
First Line: I was walking down this dirt road out
Last Line: His nose a last time and waved him on, little %man that I was


FROM MEMOIR OF THE HAWK: A LORNETTE, A PARACHUTE       
First Line: I had been rooting around in the basement
Last Line: That this is just the tip of the iceberg


FROM MEMOIR OF THE HAWK: HANGING BY A THREAD       
First Line: It was almost midnight, but the full moon
Last Line: Much homework, 'sophie said. Ben and peter %agreed


FROM MEMOIR OF THE HAWK: IN THE RING OR ON THE FIELD, IGOR HUMMED       
First Line: Although stravinsky's fame rests entirely
Last Line: Say, 'no, igor, like this, fortissimo'


FROM MEMOIR OF THE HAWK: JUST TO FEEL HUMAN       
First Line: A single apple grew on our tree, which
Last Line: She started to undress, and so did I


FROM MEMOIR OF THE HAWK: THE RUG       
First Line: We were more than satisfied with the new
Last Line: A rudderless boat is not so bad


FROM MEMOIR OF THE HAWK: THE SHADOWLIFE       
First Line: They had been married fifty-five years
Last Line: Perhaps death will have weakened him just a %little


FROM MEMOIR OF THE HAWK: WHEN YOU ARE LOST       
First Line: Ben and andy had been friends since
Last Line: Them as though they weren't even there


FUCK THE ASTRONAUTS    Poem Text    
First Line: Eventually we must combine nightmares
Subject(s): Relationships; Desire; Love - Complaints


GEESE AT IGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: I hear geese passing over high in the darkness
Subject(s): Geese; Night; Bedtime


GEESE AT IGHT       
First Line: I hear geese passing over high in the darkness
Last Line: Floats back to me, an immortal celebration and a %brief farewell
Subject(s): Geese; Night


GENEALOGY       
First Line: A man named owen metcalf approached me
Last Line: I said, handing him his money


GLOWWORM, A LEMUR, AND SOME WOMEN       
First Line: A glowworm drove lby
Last Line: And the hotdogs cooing, paradigmatically, in their buns


GO, YOUTH       
First Line: I was in a dreamstate and this was causing a problem
Last Line: Whose child is that


GOOD NEWS       
First Line: I found joel asleep on his chaise lounge
Last Line: Man, I said, and don't forget it. Fierce magenta %blossoms to light the way, milord


GOODTIME JESUS    Poem Text    
First Line: Jesus got up one day a little later than usual.
Subject(s): Jesus Christ


GOODTIME JESUS       
First Line: Jesus got up one day a little later than usual
Last Line: Hell, I love eberybody


GOT BLINDSIDED       
First Line: Sometimes she calls me chance
Last Line: That is, our fingernails are on edge


GRAND OPERA       
First Line: Looky here, these little children
Last Line: Great is the day with its potato nestled in the dark


GREAT ROOT SYSTEM       
First Line: When the birds talk, I answer
Last Line: Less bird-like than myself


HALF-EATEN    Poem Text    
First Line: The fortune-teller told me I was going to
Subject(s): Fortune Tellers; Cougars; Marriage; Palmistry; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


HALF-EATEN       
First Line: The fortune-teller told me I was going to
Last Line: I can feel it, you're a marked man'


HAPPY AS THE DAY IS LONG    Poem Text    
First Line: I take the long walk up the staircase to my secret room.
Subject(s): Social Commentaries; Wit & Humor


HAPPY AS THE DAY IS LONG       
First Line: I take the long walk up the staircase to my secret room
Last Line: And this makes me very happy


HAUNTED AQUARIUM       
First Line: A white pigeon is digging for something in the snow


HAYDEN AND MADGE       
First Line: Hayden and madge had both inherited
Last Line: The two. She at least wants it to look %right


HEAD OF A WHITE WOMAN WINKING    Poem Text    
First Line: She has one good bumblebee
Subject(s): Bees; Beekeeping


HEAD OF A WHITE WOMAN WINKING       
First Line: She has one good bumblebee
Last Line: Forward, on a mission %from some sick, young godhead


HEALING GROUND       
First Line: Mimi was going to take me to her special
Last Line: And snow. And his great peace when he met the lion


HEATHER'S MEN       
First Line: A man stopped me on the street and said
Last Line: Suffocating me with his fraternal bear hug


HER FIRST NOVEL    Poem Text    
First Line: When connie finished her novel she came
Subject(s): Novels & Novelists


HER SILHOUETTE AGAINST THE ALPENGLOW       
First Line: Climbing a mountain is very hard work so we just sat at the bottom
Last Line: Damily. You know I'll always love you. All's hotsie-dandy here, thank %you very much'


HOLY SATURDAY       
First Line: I came out of the store, and the first thing I saw
Last Line: I never even saw his face or got his name


HONEY, CAN YOU HEAR ME    Poem Text    
First Line: Alison stared into the mirror and combed her hair. How
Subject(s): Hearing


HOW CHINA BECAME CHINESE       
First Line: A plant I have had for over thirty years
Last Line: All the wrong turns that led me here to this %late, spectacular blossoming


HOW THE FRIENDS MET       
First Line: So what do you do? What
Last Line: Hell, no. You can charge him rent


HOW THE PEOPLE LIVE       
First Line: Every five minutes or so, a police car drove by telling
Last Line: Beautiful day,' he said. 'you couldn't ask for a better one,' %I said


HOW THE POPE IS CHOSEN    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Any poodle under ten inches high is a toy.
Subject(s): Dogs; Popes; Hair; Wit & Humor; Papacy


HOW THE POPE IS CHOSEN       
First Line: Any poodle under ten inches high is a toy
Last Line: In search of a sheep


HOW WAS YOUR DAY       
First Line: After a morning of miniature golf


I AM A FINN    Poem Text    
First Line: I am standing in the post office, about
Subject(s): Finland


I AM A FINN       
First Line: I am standing in the post office, about
Last Line: Darkness, mine! I shall always be a finn


I AM A FINN       
First Line: I am standing in the post office, about
Last Line: Winner of the 1939 nobel prize in literature. %as a finn, this infuriates me


I AM STILL A FINN       
First Line: I failed my exam, which is difficult
Last Line: For 73 days the sun %never sinks below the horizon. O%darkness, mine! I shall always be a finn


I LEFT MY COUCH IN TATAMAGOUCHE       
First Line: I desired lemonade
Last Line: And that has made a big difference


I MUST HAVE BEEN THAT MAN       
First Line: Over at archie's soda & sandwich shop
Last Line: Even if it was just a little stumble.'


I NEVER MEANT TO HARM HIM       
First Line: I was sitting at my desk in my second floor
Last Line: With you. We're having fun'


I SHOULD HAVE BEEN A TREE       
First Line: Isabelle had moved to our town from
Last Line: That I had told her where to find the duck mousse


IF IT WOULD ALL PLEASE HURRY       
First Line: I have escaped from the two acre rolled garden


IMAGES OF LITTLE COMPTON, RHODE ISLAND    Poem Text    
First Line: Here the tendons in the swans' wings stretch
Subject(s): Airships


IMAGES OF LITTLE COMPTON, RHODE ISLAND       
First Line: Here the tendons in the swans' wings stretch
Last Line: And who do you think you are?
Subject(s): Airships


IN A MOTEL ON LAKE ERIE       
First Line: Tequila & chicken %causing lunar distress
Last Line: From minute to minute %splits us down the middle


IN A PAST LIFE       
First Line: This man named gordon came over to me at
Last Line: That stuff up,' he said. 'I wasn't,' I said


IN HIS HUT SAT BABA JAGA, HAG-FACED AND WITH A LEG OF CLAY    Poem Text    
First Line: After the narrator's abrupt departure


IN HIS HUT SAT BABA JAGA, HAG-FACED AND WITH A LEG OF CLAY       
First Line: After the narrator's abrupt departure
Last Line: Dotes only on agrarian prosperity


IN MY OWN BACKYARD       
First Line: I've seen fox, deer, wild turkey, pheasant, skunk
Last Line: I listen intently: sky and daisies burlesque each other, %bivouacked between worlds


IN SEARCH OF       
First Line: Angela was sleeping all the time now, except
Last Line: I can see why you were excited'


INCENSE MAN       
First Line: Outside the cigar store a man was selling
Last Line: Took flight, and I thought, this day is not over %yet


INDIVISIBLE       
First Line: Some genetic prodding in the termite's nest


INSECT TALK       
First Line: Kitty and dixie are identical twins
Last Line: Love with the delicate china dolls


INSPIRATION       
First Line: The two men sat roasting in their blue suits
Last Line: Of two men, even-tempered and level-headed, %and of what they did next there is no record


INTERROGATION       
First Line: The police asked me where I was on the
Last Line: Great show, isn't it? They said. 'it's the best,' %I declared


INTIMIDATIONS OF AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY       
First Line: I am walking a trail


IT HAPPENS LIKE THIS    Poem Text    
First Line: I was outside st. Cecelia's rectory
Subject(s): Goats; Patience


IT HAPPENS LIKE THIS       
First Line: I was outside st. Cecilia's rectory
Last Line: To wonder where we would spend the night


IT WASN'T ME    Poem Text    
First Line: I recall a miser's
Subject(s): Human Behavior; Conduct Of Life; Human Nature


JANGLING YARN       
First Line: Anonymous captive of the pensive habit
Last Line: It is carnival again in the world, and I must try %to harmonize with its proud or shabby downfall


JELKA REVISITED       
First Line: Jelka's profile decorates the doorway to my secret


JIM LEFT THE PET CEMETERY WITH A FEELING OF DISGUST       
First Line: We hope to avoid everlasting mistakes
Last Line: Would haunt, henceforth, their seemingly interminable days


JIM'S ALL-NIGHT DINER    Poem Text    
First Line: Solemnity around the samovar
Subject(s): Restaurants; Cafes; Diners


JULES TO THE RESCUE       
First Line: Jules said he would come over and see if
Last Line: On it, and call me if anything funny happens. Okay?


JUST TO FEEL HUMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: A single apple grew on our tree, which
Subject(s): Apples; Adam & Eve; Eve


KINGDOM COME       
First Line: One night, after dinner, amy announced to me that she
Last Line: But there was none. There was only the little baby from now on


KNOCK ON THE DOOR       
First Line: They ask me if I've ever thought
Last Line: And they see nothing without end
Subject(s): Earth; Judgment Day


LABYRINTH       
First Line: It was about 10:30 at night when a car
Last Line: In the living room for the next hour, happy and with %no need to speak


LAFCADIO       
First Line: He was never mean to me
Last Line: And he never crept, never crept, never crept


LAND OF LITTLE STICKS, 1945    Poem Text    
First Line: Where the wife is scouring the frying pan
Last Line: Against his forearm, leaning up against the barn.
Subject(s): Antinuclear Movement; Atomic Bomb - Victims; Hiroshima, Japan; Nuclear War; Nuclear Freeze; Atomic Bomb; Hydrogen Bomb


LATE HARVEST       
First Line: I look up and see %a white buffalo


LESS SAID       
First Line: The parents of the deceased


LIFE A SCARF       
First Line: The directions to the lunatic asylum were confusing
Last Line: Recycling like a sorry whim, sincerest regrets %are always best


LIKE A SCARF    Poem Text    
First Line: The directions to the lunatic asylum were confusing,
Subject(s): Psychiatric Hospitals; Mad Houses; Insane Asylums


LIST OF FAMOUS HATS       
First Line: Napoleon's hat is an obvious choice I guess to list as a famous hat, but
Last Line: There was another head and it was a pyramid or something


LITTLE BROTHER       
First Line: Back then the streets were made of goose-down
Last Line: And who would want them, anyway, my souvenirs


LITTLE POEM WITH ARGYLE SOCKS       
First Line: Behind every great man
Last Line: Now now now, darling, drink your tea


LITTLE SKULL       
First Line: I found a skull on the beach


LONG JOURNEY HOME       
First Line: Jeannie had worked as a waitress at the duck pond
Last Line: He was somebody's father or husband or something, but he might %as well be invisible


LOST PILOT       
First Line: Your face did not rot
Last Line: That placed you in that world %and me in this; or that misfortune %placed these worlds in us
Subject(s): World War Ii


LOST RIVER       
First Line: Jill and I had been driving for hours
Last Line: Thank him. Tomorrow: lost river


LOUSY IN CENTER FIELD       
First Line: Thank god %the manager is blind, %the coach is deaf %and the owner dead
Last Line: Wriggling at the hairdresser, %I chatter before abrupt sleep
Subject(s): Sports


LOYALTY    Poem Text    
First Line: This is the hardest part
Subject(s): Reincarnation; Dogs; Politics & Government; Wit & Humor; Transmigration; Pretas


LOYALTY       
First Line: This is the hardest part
Last Line: And recited a poem about my many weaknesses, %for which I loved him so


LUCINDA       
First Line: Lucinda said she was going to take a shower
Last Line: Breasts. I was afraid for my life. Then the soap %traveled south


LUST FOR LIFE       
First Line: Veronica has the best apartment in town
Last Line: Veronica has the best apartment in town


MAINE    Poem Text    
First Line: Driving north at sunset, we were sure we'd
Subject(s): Maine (state); Night; Travel; Bedtime; Journeys; Trips


MAINE       
First Line: Driving north at sunset, we were sure we'd
Last Line: Out of the wilderness and we were much obliged
Subject(s): Maine (state); Night; Travel


MAKING THE BEST OF THE HOLIDAYS    Poem Text    
First Line: Justine called on christmas day to say she
Subject(s): Christmas; Nativity, The


MAKING THE BEST OF THE HOLIDAYS       
First Line: Justine called on christmas day to say she
Last Line: Did she say?' I asked. 'she said she wasn't my %mother,' she said


MANNA    Poem Text    
First Line: I do remember some things
Last Line: And said something like my name
Subject(s): Memory


MANUAL OF ENLARGEMENT       
First Line: Early on %I did some hopeful scratching
Last Line: And that was good enough for me


MARAUDERS       
First Line: I had never seen the town so crowded. People
Last Line: Poverty,' I said, peeking up and down the street %at the empty storefronts


MEMORIES OF FISH       
First Line: Stanley took a day off from the office
Last Line: Their very fishiness, and for this there can be %no forgiveness


MEMORY    Poem Text    
First Line: A little bookstore used to call to me
Subject(s): Memory


MEMORY       
First Line: A little bookstore used to call to me
Last Line: And I haven't the heart to name it
Subject(s): Memory


MENTAL-HEALTH WORKERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Mostly we were able to ignore the hairy thing
Subject(s): Insanity; Labor & Laborers; Madness; Mental Illness; Work; Workers


MENTAL-HEALTH WORKERS       
First Line: Mostly we were able to ignore the hairy thing
Last Line: There anymore, not lost but gone before
Subject(s): Insanity; Labor And Laborers


MIMI       
First Line: After the train wreck


MISSED OPPORTUNITY       
First Line: A word sits on the kitchen counter
Last Line: Cold dark of the human parking lot


MORE LATER, LESS THE SAME    Poem Text    
First Line: The common is unusually calm--they captured the storm


MORE LATER, LESS THE SAME       
First Line: The common is unusually calm -- they captured the storm
Last Line: By a dentist. So said james the lesser to james the more


MORNING NEWS       
First Line: Satellites document a shift
Last Line: On her pink valise beneath a tulip tree


MOTORCYCLISTS       
First Line: My cuticles are a mess. Oh honey, by the way
Subject(s): Popular Culture - United States


MR. TWIGGY       
First Line: Fatty told smiley that slim was getting
Last Line: Fatty said, 'mrs. Lazy, mr. Too-goo-to-march. %mr. Twiggy'


MY FELISBERTO    Poem Text    
First Line: My felisberto is handsomer than your mergotroid
Subject(s): Love


MY FELISBERTO       
First Line: My felisberto is handsomer than your mergotroid
Last Line: That is always and always about to begin
Subject(s): Love


MY GREAT GREAT ETC. UNCLE PATRICK HENRY       
First Line: There's a fortune to be made in just about everything
Last Line: Well then think of your great great etc. Uncle %patrick henry


MY GREAT UNCLE PATRICK HENRY    Poem Text    
First Line: There's a fortune to be made in just about everything
Subject(s): Family Life; Disappointment; Ancestors & Ancestry; Relatives; Heritage; Heredity


NEIGHBORS    Poem Text    
First Line: Will they have children? Will they have more children?
Subject(s): Neighbors


NEIGHBORS       
First Line: Will they have children? Will they have more children?
Last Line: It's just all so damned %difficult!
Subject(s): Neighbors


NEVER AGAIN THE SAME    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Speaking of sunsets
Subject(s): Evening; Sunset; Twilight


NEVER AGAIN THE SAME       
First Line: Speaking of sunsets
Last Line: Was not even our own


NEVER ENOUGH DARTS       
First Line: A bear walked right into town last week
Last Line: Eat they weren't going to complain


NEW BEGINNING       
First Line: Evangeline told stories around the campfire
Last Line: Before blowing out the stars and drifting off %into a deep and unsettling sleep


NEW BLOOD       
First Line: A huge lizard was discovered drinking
Last Line: One of them whispered. 'change is good,' the %other one whispered back


NEW CHINESE FICTION       
First Line: Although the depiction of living forms
Last Line: A young man on a horse appearing and then disappearing


NEW ERGONOMICS       
First Line: The new ergonomics were delivered
Last Line: I wanted to sleep there, too


NEW WORK       
First Line: The great at was dreaming of me
Last Line: That spreads mayonnaise over the deserts of north africa


NICE CAR, CAMILLE       
First Line: Camille drove by in her sports car with
Last Line: Camille. That was my contribution to making her %life unforgettable


NIRVANA    Poem Text    
First Line: At the retreat, lee wasn't allowed
Subject(s): Heaven; Paradise


NIRVANA       
First Line: At the retreat, lee wasn't allowed
Last Line: At the sight of her getaway car
Subject(s): Heaven


NITROGEN CYCLE       
First Line: Before the break-up of my country
Last Line: O thank you, thank you, thank you.'


NO EXPLANATION       
First Line: Down the street they are pulverizing the old
Last Line: Over my shoulder. I longed to be arrested, %to be saved


NO SPITTING UP    Poem Text    
First Line: People in glass elevators shouldn't caary snow shovels
Subject(s): Elevators; Anxiety


NO SPITTING UP       
First Line: People in glass elevators shouldn't carry snow shovels'


NOBODY'S BUSINESS       
First Line: The telegram arrived
Last Line: Minicing toward that housewarming %that is surely his


NON-STOP    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: It seemed as if the enormous journey
Subject(s): Railraods


NONSTOP       
First Line: It seemed as if the enormous journey
Last Line: I closed my eyes and dreamed of an emu I once loved


NUISANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: It was more of a nuisance
Subject(s): Paranoia


NUISANCE       
First Line: It was more of a nuisance


OF TWO OR THREE MINDS       
First Line: With all my knickknack injuries
Last Line: Of which we are both so inordinately fond


OF WHOM AM I AFRAID?       
First Line: I was feeling a little at loose ends, so
Last Line: Made me surprisingly happy, and for which I had no earthly use


ON THE SUBJECT OF DOCTORS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: I like to see doctors cough
Subject(s): Physicians; Wit & Humor; Doctors


ON THE SUBJECT OF DOCTORS       
First Line: I like to see doctors cough
Last Line: Taking my plastic medicine, serioiusly %with the doctors, who are dying


OVERHEARD ON THE DRIVING RANGE       
First Line: Did you ever meet old anthony now-now?'
Last Line: Oh, yes, even better than the bee-lipped oracle!'


PAINT 'TIL YOU FAINT       
First Line: House, house, go away, you're looking


PARADE AND AFTER THE PARADE       
First Line: The parade was a sad little affair
Last Line: Such as wearing camouflage in a forest of stray thoughts


PASTORAL       
First Line: With lukewarm tongs I hold this swaying cow


PER DIEM    Poem Text    
First Line: Spherically wondrous sunbeam
Subject(s): Drinks & Drinking; Women; Unemployment; Wine


PER DIEM       
First Line: Spherically wondrous sunbeam
Last Line: Never tire of their work


PERFECTION    Poem Text    
First Line: When cecilia smith moved to lunenburg
Subject(s): Snobbery & Snobs


PITY ASCENDING WITH THE FOG    Poem Text    
First Line: He had no past and he certainly
Last Line: Anything but august comedy.
Subject(s): Pity


PLEA BASED ON A SENTENCE FROM A LETTER .. WELFARE DEPARTMENT       
First Line: Like lemon jello in a dream- %child's hand, here is my heart


PLENITUDE       
First Line: A thunderstorm has passed
Last Line: Down to the slashes the mill-boy glides


POEM       
First Line: Language was almost impossible in those days
Last Line: Look, ma, I found something beautiful today %out in the forest, it's still alive


POEM TO SOME OF MY RECENT POEMS    Poem Text    
First Line: My beloved little billiard balls
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


POEM TO SOME OF MY RECENT POEMS       
First Line: My beloved little billiard balls


PORCH THEORY       
First Line: Lots of wicker and baskets, a victorian
Last Line: Her grandfather brought back from the pacific


PRECIOUS LITTLE WE CAN DO       
First Line: The clubhouse was bedecked with blue ribbons
Last Line: Little we can do, precious little we can do


PRESIDENT SLUMMING       
First Line: In a weird, forlorn voice
Last Line: Smoking an orange


PRIDE'S CROSSING    Poem Text    
First Line: When the railroad meets the sea
Subject(s): Railroads; Sea; Togetherness; Railways; Trains; Ocean


PROPER STUDY       
First Line: Three bald eagles have been circling over
Last Line: A colony of benighted hunters dreaming of home


QUABBIN RESERVOIR       
First Line: All morning, skipping stones on the creamy lake


RALLY       
First Line: There was some kind of rally going on in the
Last Line: Disgusted, 'there is no pig,' he said


RAPTURE       
First Line: If you sit here a long time and are real quiet
Last Line: She was disappearing. She was becoming one of them


READ THE GREAT POETS    Poem Text    
First Line: What good is life without music
Last Line: The great composers. It's the same everywhere. The masters. The thieves.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


REASONS FOR ROD'S BREAKDOWN       
First Line: Cybil said she wanted to talk to me about
Last Line: It is perilous to dawdle in the combat zone


RED BRICKS AND CAMPHOR TREES    Poem Text    
First Line: A mandolin from the madhouse
Subject(s): Human Behavior; Conduct Of Life; Human Nature


RED IN TOOTH AND CLAW       
First Line: We were listening to music on the radio
Last Line: And her eyes were blank: 'you're welcome, mrs. %watson,' he replied


REMEMBRANCER       
First Line: Mrs. Nesbit's ancient bulldog, pepper, died
Last Line: Mulling over the offer for a long time


RESCUE       
First Line: For the first time the only


RESTAURANT BUSINESS       
First Line: Elsie and I were having a nice, little romantic
Last Line: He said and walked off, erect, chest pushed out, proud, %possessed


RESTLESS LEG SYNDROME    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: After the burial
Subject(s): Legs


RESTLESS LEG SYNDROME       
First Line: After the burial %we returned to our units
Last Line: And then, sure enough, it did


REVENGE OF THE JAGGED AMBUSH BUG       
First Line: Please don't taunt the scrivener
Last Line: There, now I can die with my boots on


RIGHT CONDUCT    Poem Text    
First Line: A boy and a girl were playing together
Subject(s): Children; Play; Childhood


RIGHT CONDUCT       
First Line: A boy and a girl were playing together
Last Line: They could already faintly hear their mother scolding them
Subject(s): Children; Play


RIVEN DOGGERIES       
First Line: A miserable day, his dog had leapt


ROAD OPEN AT BOTH ENDS       
First Line: What would a mute be doing I a phone booth
Last Line: Drive slowly by in cars impossible to see


ROAD OPEN AT BOTH ENDS       
First Line: What would a mute be doing in a phone booth
Last Line: Drive slowly by in cars impossible to see
Subject(s): Speech Disorders


RUSTIN STEEL IS DRIVING THE CREW TO THE RIVER       
First Line: Rustin steel is driving the crew to the river
Last Line: His course and stretches his arms toward exeter, twenty %miles downstream, his archenemy, his only h


SAINT JOHN OF THE CROSS IN PRISON    Poem Text    
First Line: Browsing among the zero-hours
Subject(s): John Of The Cross, Saint (1542-1591)


SAME AS YOU       
First Line: I put my pants on one day at a time
Last Line: Thus I was led into paths I had not known


SAME AS YOUJ    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: I put my pants on one day at a time.
Subject(s): Human Behavior; Conduct Of Life; Human Nature


SAME TITS       
First Line: It was one of those days. I was waling down the st. And this poster
Last Line: It was still noon, hot as hell outside


SATURDAYS ARE FOR BATHING BETSY       
First Line: I am thinking about betsy almost all the time


SAVING MEMORY       
First Line: Summer nights we put pennies on the track
Last Line: Like the sun. All the perspective curved, %curved and gone


SCHOOL OF PADDLING       
First Line: Piscatorially speaking, %we were out of luck
Last Line: Which is to say, jersey


SCHOOL OF PADDLING       
First Line: Piscatorially speaking, %we were out of luck
Last Line: And a free ride back to civilization - %which is to say, jersey


SEANCE       
First Line: After much arm twisting, adrienne finally
Last Line: Said. 'very sensible guy,' adrienne replied


SEARCH FOR LOST LIVES       
First Line: I was chasing this blue butterfly down
Last Line: When I first saw it, and now, again it was here


SECOND GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD       
First Line: Billy tried several times to wave his hand through some solid object
Last Line: Cried. 'I need you!'


SENSITIVE EARS       
First Line: It's a tiny noise
Last Line: I'm a flea with a thousand microphones %for eyes


SEPTEMBER       
First Line: Near september the moose retreat to the
Last Line: Out of his eyes and drew a thunderous applause %from everyone


SHADOW BOXING    Poem Text    
First Line: Sometimes you almost get a punch in
Subject(s): Boxing & Boxers; Sports


SHADOW BOXING       
First Line: Sometimes you almost get a punch in
Last Line: And larger, darker and darker. The black moon
Subject(s): Boxing And Boxers; Sports


SHADOWMAN       
First Line: In the backyard, I saw the shadow of a
Last Line: Turned and slithered into his hole


SHROUD OF THE GNOME    Poem Text    
First Line: And what amazes me is that none of our modern inventions
Subject(s): Gnosticism


SHROUD OF THE GNOME       
First Line: And what amazes me is that none of our modern inventions
Last Line: About the pitiful, raw etiquette of the undeworld


SHUT UP AND EAT YOUR TOAD    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The disorganization to which I currently belong


SHUT UP AND EAT YOUR TOAD       
First Line: The disorganization to which I currently belong
Last Line: I was worried, I was starting to fret


SLEEPING DISORDER TOUR       
First Line: She would awake in the middle of the night
Last Line: And she'd rise up singing 'beautiful nebraska!'


SLOOPS IN THE BAY       


SLOW DAY AT MANNY'S       
First Line: Appliances were on our minds all morning
Last Line: To believe in the healing power of appliances


SMART       
First Line: I had a theory for a while
Last Line: As the golden goose %or some such rubbish


SODOMY IN SHAKESPEARE'S SONNETS'       
First Line: The boy found himself lost in a misty forest
Last Line: Who fled with them into the deep waters


SOMALI SHOPPING FOR ORGANIC FIGS    Poem Text    
First Line: I was walking out of the health food store
Subject(s): Beauty; Surprise; Women


SOUND LIKE DISTANT THUNDER       
First Line: I had fallen asleep on the couch with the
Last Line: Couldn't. I was busy elsewhere, tying my shoe


SPIDERWEBS    Poem Text    
First Line: The man sitting next to me on the airplane pulled our
Subject(s): Air Travel; Computers; Eccentrics & Eccentricites


SPRING FORWARD, FALL BACK       
First Line: I don't know if it is the right season, but I
Last Line: It's a dreaming school that I long to forget


STRAY ANIMALS    Poem Text    
First Line: This is the beauty of being alone
Last Line: This is where I am unborn.
Subject(s): Contentment


SUBURBAN BISON    Poem Text    
First Line: Joshua and I had decided to go bowling
Subject(s): Suburbs; Buffaloes


SUBURBAN BISON       
First Line: Joshua and I had decided to go bowling
Last Line: Their owners, and never putting them back %together again


SUCCES COMES TO COW CREEK    Poem Text    
First Line: I sit on the tracks
Subject(s): Railroads; Failure; Railways; Trains


SUMMER, MAINE COAST       
First Line: A boy fishng %what does he want?
Last Line: And were never seen again


SUMMONED       
First Line: Jan wanted to go out in our little rowboat
Last Line: I had. And the ghosts, with their vague, unsubstantial %lives


SUNDAY DRIVER IN SEARCH OF HIMSELF       
First Line: Rolling at eighty, now ninety


TABLET       
First Line: Brooke and I were out walking in the woods
Last Line: For a second. Get me your shotgun and the ax


TALL TREES BY STILL WATERS       
First Line: Where the elk stood, stand I, wordly wise


TATTERED BIBLE STUFFED WITH MEMOS       
First Line: I stood at the southwest window for
Last Line: Feel the barometer dropping. This is where %the chicken catches the ax


TEACHING THE APE TO WRITE POEMS    Poem Text    
First Line: They didn't have much trouble
Subject(s): Apes; Poetry & Poets; Gorillas; Chimpanzees; Gibbons; Orangutans


TEACHING THE APE TO WRITE POEMS       
First Line: They didn't have much trouble
Last Line: You look like a god sitting there. %why don't you try writing something?'
Subject(s): Animals; Apes; Poetry And Poets


THE BLEEDING MIND    Poem Text    
First Line: A great man was giving a lecture in a town
Subject(s): Lectures; Crucifixion; Addresses; Speaking; Public Speaking; Jesus Christ - Crucifixion


THE BLUE BOOBY    Poem Text    
First Line: The blue booby lives / on the bare rocks
Subject(s): Birds; Galapagos Islands


THE BOOK OF LIES    Poem Text    
First Line: I'd like to have a word
Last Line: That? I give you my word
Subject(s): Lies


THE BUDDHISTS HAVE THE BALL FIELD    Poem Text    


THE CHASTE STRANGER    Poem Text    
First Line: All the sexually active people in westport
Subject(s): Sex; Suburbs


THE COWBOY    Poem Text    
First Line: Someone had spread an elaborate rumor about me, that I was
Subject(s): Practical Jokes; Imagination; Motion Pictures; Pranks; Fancy; Movies; Cinema


THE DEFINITION OF GARDENING    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Jim just loves to garden, yes he does.
Subject(s): Gardening & Gardens


THE EAGLE EXTERMINATING COMPANY    Poem Text    
First Line: There are birds larger than us, I know that
Last Line: There is the birdcall. There is the wingspan.
Subject(s): Birds


THE LIST OF FAMOUS HATS    Poem Text    
First Line: Napoleon's hat is an obvious choice I guess to list as a famous hat
Subject(s): Hats; Napoleon I (1769-1821)


THE LOON    Poem Text    
First Line: A loon woke me this morning. It was like waking up
Subject(s): Loons; Anxiety


THE LOST PILOT    Poem Text    
First Line: Your face did not rot
Subject(s): World War Ii; Fathers; Second World War


THE MAN WITHOUT LEATHER BREECHES    Poem Text    
First Line: Grocery shopping can be such a mysterious
Subject(s): Shopping; Strangers


THE MOTORCYCLISTS    Poem Text    
First Line: My cuticles are a mess. Oh honey, by the way
Subject(s): Popular Culture - United States


THE NEW CHINESE FICTION    Poem Text    
First Line: Although the depiction of living forms
Subject(s): Chinese Literature; Motion Pictures; Wit & Humor; Movies; Cinema


THE NEW ERGONOMICS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The new ergonomics were delivered
Subject(s): Ergonomics


THE PAINTER OF THE NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Someone called in a report that she had
Subject(s): Paintings And Painters; Police


THE SEARCH FOR LOST LIVES    Poem Text    
First Line: I was chasing this blue butterfly down
Subject(s): Butterflies


THE SHADOWMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: In the backyard, I saw the shadow of a
Subject(s): Shadows


THE SQUARE AT DAWN    Poem Text    
First Line: Unconsumable material is everywhere
Subject(s): Morning


THE WHEELCHAIR BUTTERFLY    Poem Text    
First Line: O sleepy city of reeling wheelchairs
Subject(s): City & Town Life


THE WHOLE WORLD'S SADLY TALKING TO ITSELF - W. B . YEATS    Poem Text    
First Line: Hands full of sand, I say
Subject(s): Language; Farewell; Words; Vocabulary; Parting


THE WORKFORCE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Do you have adequate oxen for the job?
Subject(s): Jobs; Women; Wit & Humor


THE WRONG WAY HOME    Poem Text    
First Line: All night a door floated down the river
Subject(s): Doors


THEIR NUMBER BECAME THINNED       
First Line: Judd wrecked his car driving home from
Last Line: And when I saw them I recognized them at once


THINK OF YOUR ABSENT FRIEND       
Last Line: And is everywhere reminding me


THINKING AHEAD TO POSSIBLE OPTIONS AND A WORST-CASE SCENARIO    Poem Text    
First Line: I swerved to avoid hitting a squirrel
Subject(s): Automobile Drivers; Animals


TO EACH HIS OWN       
First Line: When joey returned from the war he worked on his motorcycle in
Last Line: Us. It's going to be difficult. She's an elephant


TO FUZZY    Poem Text    
First Line: I was standing outside this cocktail bar, see. On the nile
Subject(s): Man-woman Relationships; Male-female Relations


TO STOP AND JUST BEGIN AGAIN OTHERGATES       
First Line: Sorrow says 'howdy' to the grand old man
Last Line: And sat there poised for the tragic life


TORTOISE RELOCATION       
First Line: I'm sorry about this, I thought
Last Line: Or fidgeting in one's pockets hoping for a receipt that %is really worth nothing in the long run


TREASON    Poem Text    
First Line: The man that was following me looked like a government
Subject(s): Antiwar Movements; Anti-war Protests


TRUE STORY       
First Line: I was on my lunch break, sitting on a bench
Last Line: Wits in the park suits me just fine


TRUST       
First Line: You start with yourself


TRYING TO HELP    Poem Text    
First Line: On another planet, a silvery starlet is brooding
Subject(s): Motion Pictures; Movies; Cinema


TRYING TO HELP       
First Line: On another planet, a silvery starlet is brooding


TWENTY-FIVE       
First Line: Twenty-five is such a big number
Last Line: Congratulations on staying alive


UNDER THE FALLING STARS       
First Line: We saw a star fall and started to make
Last Line: Didn't know how he liked being called a poet


VAGABOND       
First Line: A vagabond is a newcomer


VERY LATE, BUT NOT TOO LATE    Poem Text    
First Line: I was the last one to leave the party. I
Subject(s): Man-woman Relationships; Love - Beginnings; Male-female Relations


VERY LATE, BUT NOT TOO LATE       
First Line: I was the last one to leave the party. I
Last Line: My life had begun


VITO TAKES HIS NEIGHBOR'S DOG FOR A DRIVE       
First Line: A woodpecker is duplicating hellbent stitches
Last Line: Was to drive drive and drive %that neighbor's dog around the world


VOYAGE FROM STOCKHOLM TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF LOWER PRICES...       
First Line: Out through the frosty archipelago
Last Line: Sees him waving, and is reminded of;-- %and in the distance,the distance


WALK BY THE LAKE       
First Line: Patsy and I were walking around blue man lake
Last Line: Take root, you'll see. We'll be just fine, all %green and violet and gray


WAYLON'S WOMAN       
First Line: Loretta had a rooster that was so fierce
Last Line: Pee behind my car in the darkness of my own private %darkness


WE GO TO A FIRE       
First Line: Great blasts of hot air are pouring through broken windows
Last Line: Luminescence, because nobody seems to worship her but ourselves


WE LOVE THE VENERABLE HOUSE       
First Line: Full of dictionaries and photographs
Last Line: Heel, brownie! Every few minutes


WEDDING       
First Line: She was in terrible pain the whole day


WHAT A PATIENT DOES       
First Line: I follow the tinkle of the lead llama's bell
Last Line: Is a cloud of dust and gas located among the stars


WHAT THE CITY WAS LIKE    Poem Text    
First Line: The city was full of blue devils
Subject(s): Cities; Urban Life


WHAT THE CITY WAS LIKE       
First Line: The city was full of blue devils
Last Line: You could set their hair on fire and, sure enough, they'd start screaming
Subject(s): Cities


WHEELCHAIR BUTTERFLY       
First Line: O sleepy city of reeling wheelchairs
Last Line: Beware the warden of light has married %an old piece of str ing!


WHERE BABIES COME FROM    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Many are from the maldives,
Subject(s): Babies; Infants


WHERE BABIES COME FROM       
First Line: Many are from maldives
Last Line: And it is almost always the wrong shore


WHERE WERE YOU?       
First Line: The poem has passed
Last Line: As if some raggedy sense had snuck back into our lives


WHO CAN TELL WHEN HE IS AWAKE       
First Line: Is no one awake yet this cold cold winter morn?


WHO WILL SEE ME THRU       
First Line: Not the morphodite from oxnard
Last Line: I said, who will see me thru


WHY I WILL NOT GET OUT OF BED       
First Line: My muscles unravel


WILD CHEESE       
First Line: A head of cheese raised by wolves


WITCHES       
First Line: There are all kinds of druids and %witches living in the hills around here
Last Line: To decorate their inner christmas trees %with bedevilled human chickenbones


WITH A CHILD ALL DAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Little raffamuffin, brat, a craving for sen-sen
Subject(s): Children; Farewell; Childhood; Parting


WORSHIPFUL COMPANY OF FLETCHERS       
First Line: I visited the little boy
Last Line: And kissed me on the cheek


WRONG WAY HOME       
First Line: All night a door floated down the river
Last Line: Far away, a bell rang, and then a shot was fired


YOU ARE MY DESTINATION AND DESIRE, FADING       
First Line: Dawn animal, why don't you come out now


YOU BE THE ONE       
First Line: Some days I stand by the window
Last Line: Tomorrow, the world!


YOU CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE THROUGH PSYCHIC POWER       
First Line: I was evidently just staring into space
Last Line: Toothpaste, those were all I needed for the %good life


YOUNG MAN WITH A HAM    Poem Text    
First Line: I'm watching him from my window. He's clutching
Subject(s): Mankind; Human Race


YOUNG MAN WITH A HAM       
First Line: I'm watching him from my window. He's clutching
Last Line: Clearly it's his ham now
Subject(s): Mankind