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Author: TWICHELL, CHASE
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Twichell, Chase    Poet's Biography
206 poems available by this author


1950    Poem Text    
First Line: 1950 was the perfect year to be born
Subject(s): Time; Life; Ancestors & Ancestry; Heritage; Heredity


A LAMB BY ITS MA    Poem Text    
First Line: Just before it rains, the lilacs
Subject(s): Children; Divorce; Childhood


ABANDONED HOUSE IN LATE LIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: A sparrow lights
Subject(s): Houses, Deserted; Animals


ABANDONED HOUSE IN LATE LIGHT       
First Line: A sparrow lights %among the open cones


AISLE OF DOGS       
First Line: In the first cage %a hunk of raw flesh
Last Line: I don't know why, either


ALTARS       
First Line: Birch bark was paper and kindling, sandals
Last Line: Feeding like a young bear on that fruit


ANIMAL CAUTION    Poem Text    
First Line: Whenever I touch the cairn
Subject(s): Human Behavior; Children; Conduct Of Life; Human Nature; Childhood


ANIMAL GRAVES    Poem Text    
First Line: The mower flipped it belly up
Subject(s): Graves; Death - Animals; Tombs; Tombstones


ANIMAL GRAVES       
First Line: The mower flipped it belly up
Last Line: In the larger graveyard of the world


ANIMAL LANGUAGES       
First Line: In snow, all tracks
Last Line: Who have been to that place before me


ARCHITECTURE       
First Line: I peer into japanese characters
Last Line: Poetry's not window-cleaning %it breaks the glass


ARSONIST AND FIREMAN       
First Line: It was the hot orange edge
Last Line: Let it rest for a while in the scorched grass


ASLEEP IN THE HEAT       
First Line: Whatever flowers were about to bloom


BEAR ON SCALE       
First Line: Even dead, %her weight resists the rope harness
Last Line: For no reason he can think of


BEES       
First Line: The best berries are the last to ripen
Last Line: The yellow jacket inside


BLACK TRIANGLE       
First Line: The eye in the dollar bill watched me
Last Line: Under the green and orange stars


BLADE OF NOSTALGIA       
First Line: When fed into the crude, imaginary


BLURRY COW    Poem Text    
First Line: Two cows stand transfixed
Subject(s): Cows


BLURRY COW       
First Line: Two cows stand transfixed


CAT AND MIRROR       
First Line: I'd like to turn my eyes
Last Line: Kingdom of the moment, and rule it


CEDAR NEEDLES       
First Line: Vendors croon their welcoming harangues


CHANEL NO. 5    Poem Text    
First Line: Life had become a sort of gorgeous elegy
Subject(s): Hotels; Inns; Innskeepers; Motels; Boarding Houses


CHANEL NO. 5       
First Line: Life had become a sort of gorgeous elegy
Last Line: Inclined her head to smell her own gardenia
Subject(s): Hotels


CHEAP WHITE PAPER       
First Line: Sometimes I'm unfaithful
Last Line: And ash from the burning leaves


CITY ANIMALS       
First Line: Just before the tunnel, the train
Last Line: Where will the angel rest itself? %what map will guide it home?


CLOUD OF UNKNOWING       
First Line: In spring, the apple and cherry trees are clouds
Last Line: Who speaks to me out of the blossoming cloud?


COCKTAIL MUSIC       
First Line: All my life a brook of voices
Last Line: When I lift the shell to my ear, %it's in there


COLD, SUBSTANTIAL CLOUDS       
First Line: Stared at long enough


COLORLESS CENTER OF EVERYTHING       
First Line: At the center of the wet clay


CONDOM TREE       
First Line: Pleasure must slip
Last Line: Out of the damp present %into our separate pasts


CORPORATE GEESE       
First Line: When the big corporations began to build
Last Line: Picked clean by the locusts of their own creation


CUT       
First Line: I had a sorrow that misled me


DECADE    Poem Text    
First Line: I had only one prayer, but it spead
Subject(s): Prayer


DECADE       
First Line: I had only one prayer, but it spread
Last Line: Wishing wants prayer to find that out


DEVIL I DON'T KNOW       
First Line: It seems to be the purpose of mourning
Last Line: Gutted, garnished, laid out on ice


DIRT       
First Line: I was standing in the frozen garden
Last Line: The compost layered with leaf-ghosts, %a crumb of what I was when I was alive
Subject(s): Nature


DISTURBANCES OF THOUGHT       
First Line: I step into a slim green boat
Last Line: One candle for recklessness %another for stamina


DREAM OF THE INTERIOR       
First Line: A dog that has been sleeping on a crypt
Last Line: Lit by the sparks of the sea. A world %that will darken and abandon me


ELECTRICAL STORM       
First Line: Beyond the rain


ELEVEN HOURS       
First Line: I sat all day in the quiet room
Last Line: Knowing the world would not shelter them


EMPTY CRADLE SONGS    Poem Text    
First Line: I think about the rooms
Subject(s): Parents; Parenthood


EMPTY WINDOWS       
First Line: Do I dare be as strange
Last Line: Now break the glass


EROTIC ENERGY    Poem Text    
First Line: Don't tell me we're not like plants
Subject(s): Plants; Coming Of Age; Girls; Planting; Planters


EROTIC ENERGY       
First Line: Don't tell me we're not like plants
Last Line: Blossom she has never seen before


EVENING, HERRON'S FARM       
First Line: Lit by kerosene


FIRE IN THE MIND       
First Line: Sputnik, in russian


GHOST BIRCHES    Poem Text    
First Line: The road crew worked all afternoon
Subject(s): Nature


GHOST BIRCHES       
First Line: The road crew worked all afternoon
Last Line: Gone back to lie beside their stumps, %the old ones free to travel anywhere
Subject(s): Nature


GIRL RIDING BAREBACK    Poem Text    
First Line: These late summer afternoons are so like childhood's
Subject(s): Horses; Imagination; Summer; Fancy


GIRL RIDING BAREBACK       
First Line: These late summer afternoons are so like childhood's
Last Line: And the big imaginary animal of her self


GIRL WITH SAD FACE       
First Line: Silence - that was her chosen music
Last Line: Asking why am I alone? %which is also my question to her


GIVENS       
First Line: One side of the dialogue


GLIMPSE       
First Line: It was as if a window suddenly blew open
Last Line: A path lay shadowy under my feet, %and I followed it


HOLOGRAM       
First Line: At the center of the iris
Last Line: Closed softly over nothing


HORSE       
First Line: I've never seen a soul detached from its gender
Last Line: But everyone looks at the horse


HORSE-ANGEL       
First Line: Outside the hotels along the park
Last Line: To where the wings stay furled


HOTEL DU NORD       
First Line: On the lawn of the old hotel at twilight
Last Line: There is no elsewhere
Subject(s): Hotels


HOW ZEN RUIINS POETS    Poem Text    
First Line: Before I knew that mind
Subject(s): Language; Thought; Poetry & Poets; Words; Vocabulary; Thinking


HUNGER FOR SOMETHING    Poem Text    
First Line: Sometimes I long to be in the woodpile
Subject(s): Life Choices


HUNGER FOR SOMETHING       
First Line: Sometimes I long to be the woodpile
Last Line: Where the dogs of the self are feeding


ICICLE       
First Line: Snow fills the space
Last Line: Laughing. The snow and I %one transience!


IGNORANT POEM       
First Line: I follow my breath as it goes in
Last Line: For even the tallest ladders of reason


IMAGINARY DOKUSAN: AUTUMN RAIN       
First Line: This is the first rain of autumn
Last Line: And a new language in which to say it


IMAGINARY DOKUSAN: BARKING DOG       
First Line: The long tail of my history
Last Line: He goes on barking, and doesn't imagine me


IMAGINARY DOKUSAN: FURNACE       
First Line: Anger wears the rubies of the coals
Last Line: Fire stays fire


IMAGINARY DOKUSAN: PERFUME       
First Line: Crushed lime halves in the sink
Last Line: Which of the two pleasures is that?


IMAGINARY DOKUSAN: RAT       
First Line: An emotion can start out hopeful
Last Line: This anxiety slinks across my mind like a rat


IMAGINARY DOKUSAN: STRANGER       
First Line: How suddenly you appeared
Last Line: Wanting a simple stranger to be like a god


IMAGINARY DOKUSAN: THISTLE       
First Line: This evening the thistles' surprising blue
Last Line: Blind me or throw me back at myself


IMAGINARY LAND       
First Line: The respectful hush-turned-to-silence


IMMORTAL PILOTS       
First Line: The noise throws down
Last Line: Riding the young green world that way, %to a climax of spectral light
Subject(s): Nature


IN BED WITH BOOKS       
First Line: Just before dawn, the dream hung


IN THE EXPLODED VIEW       
First Line: The overlapping worlds


INK STONE       
First Line: It's a green river stone
Last Line: In a puddle of yesterday's rain


INKSTONE    Poem Text    
First Line: It's a green river stone,
Subject(s): Stones; Granite; Rocks


INLAND    Poem Text    
First Line: Above the blond prairies,
Subject(s): Landscape


INNOCENT ONE       
First Line: The watcher guarded the innocent one
Last Line: We've grown up into a fine double person


JACK'S FLASHLIGHT       
First Line: Three years old, my nephew


JAPANESE WEEPING CHERRY       
First Line: The bed seems a raft set adrift


JOHN JOSEPH IN THE BEYOND       
First Line: I always loved these open fields'


KEROSENE       
First Line: Here comes a new storm, roiling and black
Last Line: Backlight to see each other
Variant Title(s): Ange


KID MUSIC       
First Line: I aimed this arrow %at the music I loved
Last Line: All music calls up the first music


LAPSES OF TURQUOISE SEA    Poem Text    
First Line: I bit down on the hard
Subject(s): Scuba Diving


LAPSES OF TURQUOISE SEA       
First Line: I bit down on the hard


LAST LOOK BACK       
First Line: Things change behind my back
Last Line: Numerous as the trees


LATE COMERS       
First Line: I paid a dollar fifty


LAUGHING BIRD       
First Line: The pileated woodpecker doesn't laugh
Last Line: Always five strokes. I'm you, I'm you


LET X       


LILACS AGAIN       
First Line: A bridge of lilacs crosses the brook
Last Line: And never bring me back?


LITTLE SNOWSCAPE    Poem Text    
First Line: Consciousness ends, says the snow
Subject(s): Cold


LITTLE YELLOW FLOWERS    Poem Text    
First Line: I don't know what they are
Subject(s): Birds


LITTLE YELLOW FLOWERS       
First Line: I don't know what they are
Last Line: Which resemble the feet of birds


LOCUST       
First Line: Its shell reminds me of the year
Last Line: That made it fly is gone


LOST BIRDS       
First Line: People said the silence was spooky
Last Line: When I can hear them?


MAKESHIFTS       
First Line: Nothing has a name it can't
Last Line: That I've gathered and paralyzed


MAN WHO PRACTICES NEXT DOOR       
First Line: Sometimes his notes make a staircase


MANTELPIECE       
First Line: Dreams brought back to me
Last Line: Would actually say %such a thing in public


METEOR SHOWERS, AUGUST, 1968       
First Line: A night in august


MINOR CRUSH OF CELLS       
First Line: I thought that the earth


MINOR PROBLEMS       
First Line: This morning it seems likely
Last Line: Its own steep facade and falls back


MISTAKE       
First Line: It was as if someone had made a mistake
Last Line: A bird in snow, then birdless snow


MONASTERY NIGHTS    Poem Text    
First Line: I like to think about the monastery
Subject(s): Zen Buddhism


MOON IN THE PINES       
First Line: I do not remember


MOUNTAINS AND RIVERS       
First Line: Dry waterfall-that's what it's called
Last Line: The crowbar, as I have not


MY LISTENER       
First Line: When hope forms a bud of prayer
Last Line: I'm there alone with him


MY RUBY OF LASTING SADNESS       
First Line: The ring sparks


MY SKELETON       
First Line: My skeleton wants to eat nothing
Last Line: A lot about the dreamer from the dream


MY TASTE FOR TRASH       
First Line: I've got a taste for trashy thrillers
Last Line: And people would already know it


MY TOSHIBA       
First Line: Under the lake's black ice
Last Line: A bird flies across %and leaves no trace


MYSTERY       
First Line: Snow drags yards %of sequins over the road
Last Line: Emptied of golden seed


NOT LIKE WATER       
First Line: Glass dust, crushed cans


O MIAMI       
First Line: Wherever the cloth of my dress touched me


ODDS       
First Line: The maxim 'lucky at cards'


ONE PHYSICS       
First Line: Once, in the creaking hammock


OTHER KNIFE       
First Line: Minnows glittered in the shallows
Subject(s): Minnows


OUT OF EARSHOT       
First Line: A face's final bones


PAINT    Poem Text    
First Line: Lotions and scents, ripe figs
Subject(s): Paintings And Painters


PAINT       
First Line: Lotions and scents, ripe figs
Last Line: Open, eye and door
Subject(s): Paintings And Painters


PAPER WHITE NARCISSUS       
First Line: Awake or asleep


PARTITA FOR SOLO VIOLIN       
First Line: What comes to mind is a pond


PASSING CLOUDS       
First Line: One sip of self-understanding
Last Line: Until the animals come to feed on them %or the hungry frost


PINE    Poem Text    
First Line: The first night at the monastery,
Subject(s): Zen Buddhism; Nature


PINE       
First Line: The first night at the monastery
Last Line: Its branches over their history


PLANET OF SMOKE AND CLOUD    Poem Text    
First Line: The earth could not keep
Subject(s): Politics & Government; War


PLANET OF SMOKE AND CLOUD       
First Line: The earth could not keep
Last Line: Locked in a radiant cinder
Subject(s): Politics; War


POOLS, FR. THE GHOST OF EDEN       
First Line: I used to look into the green-brown
Last Line: Trapped as I am in the purely human


POSTSCRIPT HOUSE       
First Line: It's where we'll write the last few pages of our lives
Last Line: And be gone by the time we wake up


PRIVATE AIRPLANE       
First Line: On the grass airfield, a wife
Last Line: And not its passenger?


RELIGIOUS WATER       
First Line: Staggered by cold and currents


REMEMBER DEATH       
First Line: Nothing in the red leaves
Last Line: And I'll be back-that gets said %in the slowness of the good-bye


REVENGE       
First Line: He was standing on the hotel balcony
Last Line: Fueled by what's left of the future


RHYMES FOR OLD AGE       
First Line: The wind's untiring saxophone


ROACH HOLDER, CIRCA 1967       
First Line: Look what I have in my hand
Last Line: Strange keepsake


ROAD TAR    Poem Text    
First Line: A kid said you could chew road tar
Subject(s): Roads; Tar; Paths; Trails


ROAD TAR       
First Line: A kid said you could chew road tar
Last Line: And a girl with a burned tongue was conceived


RUINER OF LIVES       
First Line: Who knows how things end up
Last Line: Here under the cold, %crumbling trees of heaven


RULE OF THE NORTH STAR       
First Line: I should be ashamed to love
Last Line: Catch the starlight, and a gray wind %scribbles in the drifts of ash


SAINT ANIMAL       
First Line: Suddenly it was clear to me
Last Line: What it was like to be without me


SECRETS       
First Line: All my childhood was spent
Last Line: The little towel, put it away


SELF-PORTRAIT    Poem Text    
First Line: I know I promised to stop
Subject(s): Children; Secrets; Relationships; Childhood


SHADES OF GRAND CENTRAL       
First Line: You could tell that the flowers
Last Line: The dog bodies took each rib with a seizure, %white-backed and ravenous


SILVER AND WHITE ELEGY       
First Line: I'm telling this to the brook [it listens to me with its shadow ears]
Last Line: Who will I be, until I become you?


SILVER SLUR    Poem Text    
First Line: Nothing stays attached to what I saw
Subject(s): Drugs & Drug Abuse; Sex; Narcotics; Opium; Cocaine; Crack; Heroin


SIX BELONS       
First Line: The ruckled lips gaped slightly, but when
Last Line: That caused this arousal, this feeding %and now a sudden loneliness


SLEEPING PAINT, FR. THE GHOST OF EDEN       
First Line: When I began to paint the pictures
Last Line: One will abandon the other


SMELL OF SNOW, FR. THE GHOST OF EDEN       
First Line: There's a dream I keep dreaming
Last Line: Crushed out in the innocent jaws


SNOW       
First Line: Every day it snows an inch or two
Last Line: At bed time comforts me


SNOW IN CONDOLAND    Poem Text    
First Line: I enter the orchard at nightfall
Subject(s): Nature


SNOW IN CONDOLAND       
First Line: I enter the orchard at nightfall
Last Line: In the dark, still infant part, %where a faint pink fever %was once supressed
Subject(s): Nature


SNOW LIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: I stop, winded. The air sifting down
Last Line: Though that is the meaning we give them
Subject(s): Light; Snow


SOLO    Poem Text    
First Line: Nothing to watch but the snow
Subject(s): Snow; Solitude; Loneliness


SOLO       
First Line: Nothing to watch but the snow
Last Line: In the numberless fish of the snow


SOON    Poem Text    
First Line: When I say the word walk, or even spell it,
Subject(s): Language; Dogs; Words; Vocabulary


STIRRED UP BY RAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: I fired up the mower
Subject(s): Faith; Belief; Creed


STIRRED UP BY RAIN       
First Line: I fired up the mower
Last Line: Believing is different than understanding


STONE STEPS       
First Line: Three stone steps lead
Last Line: My work is to know %what I am


STRAY       
First Line: The cat was starving, missing a foreleg
Last Line: Which part is the cat %and which the mind?


STRIPPED CAR    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Social Commentaries


STRIPPED CAR       
First Line: There's something in me that likes
Last Line: Private piece to kill? Will we do it?


SUCKLING PIG       
First Line: What's the difference


SUMMER RAIN       
First Line: First association: two sounds
Last Line: I would not kiss and touch, then lie to you?


TEA MIND       
First Line: Even as a child I could %induce it at will
Last Line: Now it can finally disappear


THE BLADE OF NOSTALGIA    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: When fed into the crude, imaginary
Subject(s): Nostalgia


THE HOTEL DU NORD    Poem Text    
First Line: On the lawn of the old hotel at twilight
Subject(s): Hotels; Inns; Innskeepers; Motels; Boarding Houses


THE IMMORTAL PILOTS    Poem Text    
First Line: The noise throws down
Subject(s): Nature


THE INNOCENTS    Poem Text    
First Line: The watcher guarded the innocent one
Subject(s): Self; Human Behavior; Coming Of Age; Conduct Of Life; Human Nature


THE IRIS, THAT SEXUAL FLOWER    Poem Text    
First Line: I was standing in the frozen garden
Last Line: That bucket, in sexual water
Subject(s): Iris (flower); Sex


THE POOLS    Poem Text    
First Line: I used to look into the green-brown
Subject(s): Water; Nature


TO THE READER: BLUNT ELEGY       
First Line: I'm leaving now, closing
Last Line: As the face of snow


TO THE READER: IF YOU ASKED ME    Poem Text    
First Line: I want you with me, and yet you are the end
Subject(s): Language; Books; Words; Vocabulary; Reading


TO THE READER: IF YOU ASKED ME       
First Line: I want you with me, and yet you are the end
Last Line: I'm just a broom, sweeping


TO THE READER: POLAROIDS    Poem Text    
First Line: Who are you, austere little cloud
Subject(s): Togetherness


TO THE READER: POLAROIDS       
First Line: Who are you, austere little cloud
Last Line: But the darkness does not persist


TO THE READER: THE LANGUAGE OF THE CLOUD    Poem Text    
First Line: Come with me to a private room
Last Line: Before the amnesia takes them
Variant Title(s): Sexual Gatha
Subject(s): Sex


TO THE READER: THE LANGUAGE OF THE CLOUD       
First Line: Come with me to a private room
Last Line: Before the amnesia takes them
Variant Title(s): Sexual Gath
Subject(s): Sex


TO THE READER: TWILIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Whenever I look
Subject(s): Evening; Absence; Sunset; Twilight; Separation; Isolation


TO THE READER: TWILIGHT       
First Line: Whenever I look %out at the snow
Last Line: When the horse speaks


TODAY'S LAPSES       
First Line: There's a country I like to visit
Last Line: Don't look for me tonight


TOUCH-ME-NOT       
First Line: I have to fight in myself the desire
Last Line: And which I fear will go on living %after the loved world dies


TRANSFIXED BY THE SWIMMERS       
First Line: Flashy with clean blue chemicals


TRANSLATIONS FROM THE RATIONAL       
First Line: The roofless houses by the roadside drown


TULIP       
First Line: It's slippery on the high fence
Last Line: I have to abandon the poem %to follow it


VERGE       
First Line: Inside language there was always %an inkling
Last Line: Words telling secrets %to no one but river and rain


VIOLENCE TO LANGUAGE       
First Line: There's a trail near here
Last Line: Of all the old elegances, one by one


VISITORS       
First Line: Red fox flashing through the pines
Last Line: Say fuck you! To hunger


VOICE OF THE AIR       
First Line: There's something I know
Last Line: I'll die in which ever world I choose


WALKING MEDITATION    Poem Text    
First Line: I'm the first tall animal
Subject(s): Walking; Nature


WALKING MEDITATION       
First Line: I'm the first tall animal
Last Line: Swims right through it


WARS       
First Line: The edge of the woods
Last Line: The dead soldiers of their two small armies


WATERCRESS AND ICE       


WEIGHTLESS, LIKE A RIVER    Poem Text    
First Line: I heard of a teacher and went to him.
Subject(s): Zen Buddhism


WEIGHTLESS, LIKE A RIVER       
First Line: I heard of a teacher and went to meet him
Last Line: Turned toward the sound


WHITE CONCLUSION    Poem Text    
First Line: What's left of the day
Subject(s): White (color)


WHITE MERCEDES       
First Line: A loon divides the lake, calling wild


WHITE PINE       
First Line: Trees have been witness
Last Line: With some new kids


WHY ALL GOOD MUSIC IS SAD    Poem Text    
First Line: Before I knew that I would die
Subject(s): Seashore; Beach; Coast; Shore


WHY ALL GOOD MUSIC IS SAD       
First Line: Before I knew that I woud die
Last Line: That seemed for an instant to be %something outide myself, before I knew %that the sea was my bed an
Subject(s): Seashore


WILD MARE       
First Line: A wild mare comes down out of the secret canyon
Last Line: Her dripping muzzle and studies me


WINDOW IN THE SHAPE OF A DIAMOND       
First Line: Our room in the hotel was dark


WINE       
First Line: The mint springs up


WORD SILENCE       
First Line: The flame of fucking is a flame
Last Line: And there I sleep like an innocent %among the words I loved %but crushed for their inflammable perfu


WORDS FOR SYNTHESIZER       
First Line: When I first heard


WORLDLINESS    Poem Text    
First Line: When I close my eyes
Subject(s): Hotels; Inns; Innskeepers; Motels; Boarding Houses


WORLDLINESS       
First Line: When I close my eyes
Last Line: Anonymously hard that I forgave him
Subject(s): Hotels


YEAR I GOT RID OF EVERYTHING       
First Line: A huge invisable magnet dragged me
Last Line: And danced alone in the great emptiness


ZAVEN, WIRED & TIRED       
First Line: It's like thrashing out past the breakers
Last Line: How can I become the tree, if I am the tree?