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Author: TEARE, BRIAN
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Teare, Brian    Poet's Biography
61 poems available by this author


( ADAM ) IN FRAGMENTS/WITH A POEM ENGRAVED/DOWN THE THIGHS       
First Line: His body not pastoral
Last Line: Engraving desire with cuts %inside


AGAINST ABSTRACTION       
First Line: If I had what you might call a 'heart,' it'd be junk
Last Line: Never sky, that classic starless economy: empty


AGORAPHOBIA: A REPLY       
First Line: Not yet. Frost hasn't hit. Gripping the branches, only
Last Line: In hours, the room will work me into tapestry


AND I THE CHILD WHO'S TWO OF EVERYTHING       
Last Line: You can never leave the photographs and disappear


ANGELUS    Poem Text    
First Line: Peace, okay!, speak goodness of marriage
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Marriage; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


APIARY       
First Line: Albino-white and paler still against august's hothouse fog and throb, he
Last Line: Body broke into soft boxes of gold


AUNT JACKIE: INSOMNIA, TUCSON, AZ CA. 1975       
First Line: Heat storms shake their goldpans for the rattle
Last Line: And smudged pages, and we'd steal it shut, %he and I together, with our tongues'


AVIARY HOUR       
First Line: In memory, in the fairy tales read to you before bedtime, sleep
Last Line: With me: the butt of his gun come down the one sure mercy you could see


BAD LIKE       
First Line: : being girls dressed up; 'pretty,' old men saying, 'like your mother'; a
Last Line: Said?-that made mother say we had his mouth


BECAUSE DAVID & JONATHAN       
First Line: Touch. After the youth, carrying arrows back to town, has gone
Last Line: There is no road out of the body they make in the field


BUT THIS IS YEARS LATER       
Last Line: In the real, someone-a double, a liar-was running home


CALIFORNIAN    Poem Text    
First Line: It began like this: a radio
Subject(s): Summer; Drought; Death; Songs; Dead, The


CHILDREN'S SONGS       
First Line: What they wished for we wanted, too, that christmas
Last Line: Our silence was shell around her: kept, inscrutable surface with a roar %inside


DANGEROUS KITCHEN       
First Line: Divorce proceedings: getting mother on the cross-town bus, the only one
Last Line: A man's lullaby: mothering the blade


DEAD BOY TO THE SCHOLARS IN THE LIBRARY OF THE FAIRY TALE       
First Line: At the edge of the glade
Last Line: Won't hold the wound I leave-'


DEAD HOUSE SONNET    Poem Text    
First Line: House of each sentence endlessly hinged, house of each phrase
Subject(s): Language; Writing & Writers; Words; Vocabulary


DETAIL FROM SET FOR A SOUTHERN GOTHIC       
First Line: The boy unbuckles on the spread like an old leather belt
Last Line: Who measure the space between us, the distance, and the price of the distance


DETAIL FROM SET FOR A SOUTHERN GOTHIC       
First Line: On the spread the boy unbuckles like an old leather belt
Last Line: He could briefly think: I'm beneath summer rain; I've never been touched


DROUGHT SUMMER: PHOTO JOURNAL       
First Line: Even the fucking air is mortgaged,' she says and points
Last Line: You won't respect her' %-the window the field shimmers shotgun


DROWNED HOUSES       
First Line: No pang or panic between the ribs. It came quick when we woke, wet
Last Line: He made sure she'd feel it forever


EDEN INCUNABULUM    Poem Text    
First Line: So his luciferous kiss, ecliptic : me
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Relationships; Death; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men; Dead, The


EDEN OF THE AUTHOR OF SLEEP       
First Line: And sleep to grief as air is to the rain
Last Line: The world's own weapons turned against it


EDEN TIRESIAS: 1. I AM THE SIGN OF THE LETTER,...       
First Line: No seed. Flat beneath my hand
Last Line: As its own elegy, as adam did not


EDEN TIRESIAS: 2. ...AND THE DESIGNATION OF THE DIVISION       
First Line: Mons: venus-field held horizon by sharp
Last Line: I loved it. He could not touch me there


EDEN TIRESIAS: 3. I AM THE SIGN OF THE LETTER, AND THE ...       
First Line: No seed. Flat beneath my hand
Last Line: Love it. He could not touch me there


FAMILY ESTABLISHMENT       
First Line: Painted right on the sign!
Last Line: Intricate seed-pearls, maggots stitched glimmer into the dark garments of %our skin


FIRST PERSON PLURAL IS A HOUSE       
First Line: Where I put myself in the third person in a bed I know
Last Line: And me. When I say I, I mean eye, sum of my watching


GENIUS LOCI    Poem Text    
First Line: Make it / the place
Subject(s): Oakland, California; City & Town Life; Life Choices


HELLO    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Music & Musicians


HOUSE IN SUMMER WITH A SLAPPED FACE IN IT       
First Line: Again: he swears he'll never. Smiles
Last Line: Who'd answer if you'd leave?


IN THE LIBRARY OF THE FAIRY TALE       
First Line: There's one the folklorists
Last Line: How he came to learn it, the teller can only say, sir, it's always been %a borrowed song


IN THE LIBRARY OF THE FAIRY TALE       
First Line: They would be stupid children who asked why
Last Line: You would have preferred to destroy him


IN WINTER, INTERIOR       
First Line: In white rooms drowsy with chemical light
Last Line: To the story. What they have %is not enough


INDIANA LETTER SENT WITH SNAPSHOTS & SNOW TO MY MOTHER       
First Line: The old corn tilled under earlier in the week, field heavy and stubbled
Last Line: Only with words: the world alive and broken with snow


INVOCATION       
First Line: Begin sinister. Sincerity like a fairy tale, some treacle
Last Line: How our stories begin


LARGO    Poem Text    
First Line: Now the rain
Subject(s): Rain; Togetherness


LITTLE ERRAND    Poem Text    
First Line: I gather the rain
Subject(s): Language; Words; Vocabulary


LONG AFTER HOPKINS    Poem Text    
First Line: Nothing at dusk, lord, but dust
Subject(s): Hopkins, Gerard Manley (1844-1889)


MARRIAGE ELEGY       
First Line: Her mind left her body to walk. It wasn't her fault, her fingers
Last Line: World down to our bones, a murder going soft in the marrow of us


MILK-FATHER       
First Line: Once a young husband for a year grew restless
Last Line: Meanwhile slept: evidence: it was said among them in those parts %a child can know too much: can die


OF A SLEEPING MAN, & A SECOND MAN AWAKE       
First Line: So love unhoused us: sweat %the summer's continual
Last Line: A breath could wreck it


PERCEIVING IS THE SAME AS RECEIVING, AND IT IS THE SAME AS RESPONDING    Poem Text    
First Line: Thought begins as small floral bowls
Subject(s): Perception; Thought; Thinking


POEM BETWEEN LIEN BREAKS       
First Line: [why?] %so that after, every kiss could become metaphor, but a metaphor for
Last Line: His brother inside the room- %his body.']


PRAYER TO ST. FRANCIS    Poem Text    
First Line: Now low rod :
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Marriage; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


ROOM WHERE I WAS BORN       
First Line: Repeats itself like paper. Origami house, her body
Last Line: I am waiting. I will not die like this again


RULES FOR THE TELLING       
First Line: For the child, stories happen forever
Last Line: And, bed undone like a zipper, the child will fall %all night, and it will go unheard, unpunished in


RULES FOR THE TELLING       
First Line: Her telling has rules, the child knows, parts
Last Line: This is knowledge: the child awake as the light goes out


SAY IT WAS FATHER BOUGHT THE WORD       
Last Line: In memory of my mother's body and I would begin again


SET FOR A SOUTHERN GOTHIC       
First Line: From here, this poem a neon pall over the tarry asphalt
Last Line: In the flesh, and how do I know it isn't- %'I love you,' he says


SHIRLEY TEMPLE FOR THE GIRLS       
First Line: He said, slicking back his black widow's peak two-handed with his black
Last Line: You've had enough, ray,' the bartender said


SLEEPING BEAUTY & THE PRINCE: SELF-PORTRAIT AS VICTIM & PERPETRATOR       
First Line: Yes, it's a joke-in the florists' dictionary
Last Line: How could I imagine such hands?


TENEMENT BODY    Poem Text    
First Line: The air swells - pure burn; the windows sweat
Subject(s): Bodies; Fire


TENEMENT BODY       
First Line: The air swells - pure burn; the windows sweat
Last Line: A thrill of combustion, its wings awash in ash
Subject(s): Bodies; Fire


THEN WE WERE RAPTURED       
First Line: Faith moved in next door
Last Line: Into gold, dozens of cracked fantastics


TOUCH       
First Line: Between us we felt nothing
Last Line: Why hide behind your hair?'


TOWARD LOST LETTERS       
First Line: Dear ernst krieger: %the photo album unfolds its aerial cemetery
Last Line: I write out loud your sexed and crowded mouth. %yours, ever, %b


TRICK NOIR       
First Line: Close your eyes and you're stoned, child, here on river road
Last Line: And worse than a woman: a faggot. Which would be you


TUTELARY FOREST       
First Line: Dear reader: %like a child beware & enter here beneath what branches, what
Last Line: Remember: she would have your heart out, & eat it too. As deep calls %to deep, she asked for it by n


TWO ELEGIES CONCERNING FEAR    Poem Text    
First Line: Not thought, fact
Subject(s): Fear


WHEN THE SPLIT BEGAN       
Last Line: Her mind among her child


WORD COCK AND THE SUBLIME       
First Line: Memory of him begins in my mouth; finger whet
Last Line: How a mouth can open and close on nothing