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Updike, John    Poet's Biography
702 poems available by this author


22-FEB       
First Line: Three boys, american, in dungarees
Last Line: Looked forward to the summer that is past
Subject(s): Presidents, United States; Washington, George (1732-1799)


3 A.M.       
First Line: By the brilliant ramp
Last Line: Sailors stick to the curb
Subject(s): Night


61 AND 2/3    Poem Text    
First Line: How many more I must ask myself
Subject(s): Aging


61 AND 2/3       
First Line: How many more, I must ask myself
Last Line: Held up to the bored blue sky like a cheek to kiss


A MODEST MOUND OF BONES    Poem Text    
First Line: That short-sleeved man, our
Last Line: It sags! What buntingis flesh to be hung from such ele- gant balconies?
Subject(s): Bones


A PEAR LIKE A POTATO    Poem Text    
First Line: Was it worms, having once bitten
Last Line: Like this poor pear
Subject(s): Pear Trees; Trees; Pears


A RACK OF PAPERBACKS    Poem Text    
First Line: Gateway, grove, / and dover say
Subject(s): Paperback Books


A RESCUE    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: I wrote some words today that will see print
Last Line: To all that lovely perishing outdoors
Subject(s): Nature


A SONG OF PATERNAL CARE    Poem Text    
First Line: A lithuanian lithographer
Subject(s): Language; Words; Vocabulary


A VISION    Poem Text    
First Line: Said harvey swados to herbert gold
Last Line: American fiction wept, and gave thanks
Subject(s): Criticism & Critics


ACADEMY       
First Line: The shuffle up the stairs betrays our age
Last Line: A struggle it was, and a dream; we wake %to bright bald honors. Tell us our mistake


ACCUMULATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Busbound out of new york
Subject(s): Time


ACCUMULATION       
First Line: Busbound out of new york
Last Line: Who grew up where I did, %ages ago
Subject(s): Time


AERIE    Poem Text    
First Line: By following many a color-coded corridor
Subject(s): Barbers; Hospitals


AERIE       
First Line: By following many a color-coded corridor
Last Line: And nimbly reached for his bag of old bread and his scissors
Subject(s): Barbers; Hospitals


AGATHA CHRISTIE AND BEATRIX POTTER       
First Line: Many-volumed authoresses
Last Line: That end with innocence acquitted - %except for cotton-tail,who did it


AIR SHOW    Poem Text    
First Line: In shapes that grow organic and bizarre
Subject(s): Aviation & Aviators


AIR SHOW       
First Line: In shapes that grow organic and bizarre
Last Line: And deep as this democracy's quick pride
Subject(s): Aviation And Aviators


AIRPORT       
First Line: Palace of unreality, where the place
Subject(s): Air Travel


AMEOBA       
First Line: Mindless, meaning no harm
Last Line: Reduced to the o of a final sigh, %in time I died


AMERICANA    Poem Text    
First Line: Gray within and gray without: the dusk
Subject(s): United States; America


AMISH       
First Line: The amish are a surly sect
Last Line: The licensed fools who travel far %to gaze upon these simple folk
Subject(s): Amish


AN IMAGINABLE CONFERENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Exchanging gentle grips, the men retire
Last Line: Vistas of lilac weighted their shrewd lids
Subject(s): Language; Stevens, Wallace (1879-1955); Words; Vocabulary


AN ODE    Poem Text    
First Line: I'm going to write a novel, hey
Subject(s): Novels & Novelists


AN OPEN LETTER TO VOYAGER II       
First Line: Dear voyager: / this is to thank you for
Subject(s): Space And Space Travel


ANGELS       
First Line: They are above us all the time
Last Line: Comfort with terror our mortal afternoons
Subject(s): Art And Artists


ANOTHER DOG'S DEATH    Poem Text    
First Line: For days the good old bitch had been dying, her back
Last Line: In a wheelbarrow up to the hole, her warm fur shone
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs


ANOTHER DOG'S DEATH       
First Line: For days the good old bitch had been dying, her back
Last Line: In the wheelbarrow up to the hole, her fur took the sun
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs


ANTIGUA    Poem Text    
First Line: The wind, transparent, cannot displace
Subject(s): Antigua


ANTIGUA       
First Line: The wind, transparent, cannot displace
Last Line: A flaw in the glass, an airplabe glints
Subject(s): Antigua


APOLOGIES TO HARVARD; THE PHI BETA KAPPA POEM, 1973    Poem Text    
First Line: Fair, square harvard, crib of the pilgrim mind
Subject(s): Harvard University


APOLOGIES TO HARVARD; THE PHI BETA KAPPA POEM, 1973       
First Line: Fair, square harvard, crib of the pilgrim mind
Last Line: Seniors, come forth; we crave yoiur wrath and pity
Subject(s): Harvard University


AT THE END OF THE RAINBOW       
First Line: Is this the bliss for which you've tried to live?
Last Line: All gone, endured. The square-made bed. Hi-tech %alarm clock, digital. The john. The check


AUGUST       
First Line: The sprinkler twirls


AUTHORS' RESIDENCES    Poem Text    
First Line: Mark twain's opinion was, he was entitled
Subject(s): Hartford, Connecticut; Stevens, Wallace (1879-1955); Twain, Mark (samuel Langhorne Clemens)


AUTHORS' RESIDENCES       
First Line: Mark twain's opinion was, he was entitled
Last Line: In boston. Writers, know your place %before it gets too modest to be known
Subject(s): Hartford, Connecticut; Stevens, Wallace (1879-1955); Twain, Mark (samuel Langhorne Clemens)


AVERAGE EGYPTIAN FACES DEATH       
First Line: Anubis, jackal-headed god
Last Line: Death has no other name than ankh, life


AZORES    Poem Text    
First Line: Great green ships
Last Line: Ahead are one
Subject(s): Azores; Mountains


AZORES       
First Line: Great green ships
Last Line: The void behind, the void %ahead are one
Subject(s): Azores; Mountains


B.W.I.    Poem Text    
First Line: Under a priceless sun
Last Line: Goats and airmail / stationery
Subject(s): British West Indies


B.W.I.       
First Line: Under a priceless sun
Last Line: The endless hours
Subject(s): British West Indies


BACK BAY    Poem Text    
First Line: My adult unemployed son and I
Subject(s): Boston; Clothing & Dress; Shopping


BACK BAY       
First Line: My adult unemployed son and I
Last Line: That catches light, then spills it like a god
Subject(s): Boston; Clothing And Dress; Shopping


BACK FROM VACATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Back from vacation,' the barber announces
Last Line: The evidence says, though their hearts cry, 'not so!'
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Vacation; Work; Workers


BACK FROM VACATION       
First Line: Back from vacation,' the barber announces
Last Line: Warm as if never shucked. The world is so small, %the evidence says, though their heart cry, 'not so
Subject(s): Labor And Laborers; Vacation


BASEBALL    Poem Text    
First Line: It looks easy from a distance,
Subject(s): Baseball


BATH AFTER SAILING    Poem Text    
First Line: From ten to five we whacked the waves
Last Line: Of flirting with immersion
Subject(s): Sailing & Sailors


BATH AFTER SAILING       
First Line: From ten to five we whacked the waves
Last Line: This microcosmic version %of flirting with immersion
Subject(s): Sailors And Sailing


BEAUTIFUL BOWEL MOVEMENT       
First Line: Though most of them aren't much to write about
Last Line: Stardust, how can I keep you? With this poem
Subject(s): Excrement


BEAUVAIS    Poem Text    
First Line: Gigantic spiky head without a body
Last Line: It counted, leaving god his vaults of air
Subject(s): Animals


BEAUVAIS       
First Line: Gigantic spiky head without a body
Last Line: It counted, leaving god his vaults of air


BEFORE THE MIRROR       
First Line: How many of us still remember
Last Line: They new just how, I reflect, to lay it on


BENDIX    Poem Text    
First Line: This porthole overlooks a sea
Subject(s): Laundry & Laundering; Washing Machines


BENDIX       
First Line: This porthole overlooks a sea
Last Line: While mother cooly makes inside %her little jugged apoocalypse
Subject(s): Laundry And Laundering; Washing Machines


BICYCLE CHAIN       
First Line: Left lying in the grass
Last Line: With its ancient seedtime secret, %articulation


BINDWEED    Poem Text    
First Line: Intelligence does help, sometimes
Last Line: Whose intelligence mirrors ours, twist for twist
Subject(s): Weeds


BINDWEED       
First Line: Intelligence does help, sometimes
Last Line: Whose intelligence mirrors ours, twist for twist
Subject(s): Weeds


BIRD CAUGHT IN MY DEER NETTING    Poem Text    
First Line: The hedge must have seemed as eve
Last Line: Nor gravity-defying bird bones break. 
Subject(s): Birds


BITTER LIFE       
First Line: O you dr. Ycas you!
Last Line: One aeon, no one wept
Subject(s): Sea


BLESSING       
First Line: The room darkened, darkened until
Last Line: The slenderness of your throat, %the blessed slenderness
Subject(s): Love


BLKED       
First Line: At first, the euphemistic 'blk'
Last Line: And be a bulwark of defense


BOIL    Poem Text    
First Line: In the night the white skin
Last Line: Undoubted through the infection
Subject(s): Boils (skin Swellings)


BOIL       
First Line: In the night the white skin
Last Line: Undoubted though the infection
Subject(s): Boils (skin Swellings)


BRAZIL       
First Line: To go to the edge is to discover
Last Line: Upon love's narcissistic enterprise
Subject(s): Brazil


BRIDGE    Poem Text    
First Line: In my dreams I am always trying to get to the dummy
Last Line: Which grinds, grinds away while we age and chat
Subject(s): Bridge (card Game)


BRIDGE       
First Line: In my dreams I am always trying to get to the dummy
Last Line: And they grind away while we age and chat
Subject(s): Bridge (card Game)


BURNING TRASH    Poem Text    
First Line: At night - the light turned off, the filament
Last Line: Hypnotic tongues of order intervened
Subject(s): Refuse & Refuse Disposal


BURNING TRASH       
First Line: At night - the light turned off, the filament
Last Line: String, napkins, envelopes, and paper cups, %hypnotic tongues of order intervened
Subject(s): Refuse And Refuse Disposal


BUSINESS ACQUAINTANCES       
First Line: They intimately know just how our fortune lies
Last Line: We blush to know that nothing real is being said


CALDER'S HANDS    Poem Text    
First Line: In the little movie / at the whitney
Last Line: Never doubted, never rested
Subject(s): Calder, Alexander (1846-1923); Sculpture & Sculptors


CALDER'S HANDS       
First Line: In the little movie %at the whitney
Last Line: Never doubted, never rested
Subject(s): Calder, Alexander (1846-1923); Sculpture And Sculptors


CALENDAR    Poem Text    
First Line: Toward august's end
Last Line: Looks white to men
Subject(s): Seasons


CALENDAR       
First Line: Toward august's end
Last Line: The northern nation %looks white to men
Subject(s): Seasons


CALIGULA'S DREAM       
First Line: Of gold the bread on which he banqueted
Subject(s): Caligula (12 A.d.- 41 A.d.); Insomnia; Sleeplessness


CALIGULA'S DREAM       
First Line: Of gold the bread on which he banqueted
Last Line: Caligula, his mouth a mass of fur, %awoke, and toppled toward assassination
Subject(s): Caligula (12 A.d.- 41 A.d.); Insomnia


CAMERA    Poem Text    
First Line: Let me gaze, gaze forever
Last Line: Of my eyes' axed rapture
Subject(s): Cameras


CAMERA       
First Line: Let me gaze, gaze forever
Last Line: Of my eyes' axed rapture
Subject(s): Cameras


CAPACITY       
First Line: Affable, bibulous
Last Line: Passengers follow


CARS IN CARACAS CREATE A RUCKUKUS       
Subject(s): Traffic


CELERY    Poem Text    
First Line: So near to air and water merely
Last Line: Your dancer’s legs long as they leap
Subject(s): Celery


CELERY       
First Line: So near to air and water merely
Last Line: Your dancer's legs long as they leap
Subject(s): Celery


CHAMBERED NAUTILUS    Poem Text    
First Line: How many rooms one occupies to lead
Subject(s): Room; Life


CHAMBERED NAUTILUS       
First Line: How many rooms one occupies to lead
Last Line: Where now the moaning has become one's own


CHARLESTON       
First Line: A kind of wooden boston, crowding toward
Last Line: The horizontal smudge, fort sumter, where %six hundred thousand men began to die
Subject(s): Charleston, South Carolina; Fort Sumter, South Carolina


CHICORY    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Plants; Planting; Planters


CHICORY       
First Line: Show me a piece of land that god forgot
Last Line: To salads and cooked greens, but will not thrive %in cultivated soil: it must be free


CHLOE'S POEM       
First Line: When chloe flies on silken wings
Last Line: Is chloe's way of treating me


CLAN       
First Line: Emlyn reads in dickens' clothes
Last Line: I trust everybody is %thankful for the williamses
Subject(s): Williams (family Name)


CLASSICAL OPTICAL       
First Line: The gray graeae
Last Line: Stall halfway through


CLOUD SHADOWS    Poem Text    
First Line: That white coconut, the sun
Subject(s): Clouds


CLOUD SHADOWS       
First Line: That white coconut, the sun
Last Line: Grave mountains belly dance


CODE       
First Line: Were there no rain there would be little noise
Last Line: With a fingernail, I'm back, I've got the goods


COLONOSCOPY    Poem Text    
First Line: Talk about intimacy! I'd rather not
Subject(s): Colonoscopies


COMMENCEMENT, PINGREE SCHOOL    Poem Text    
First Line: Among these north shore tennis tans I sit
Last Line: Up pops a daddy with a nikon. Click
Subject(s): Family Life; Relatives


COMMENCEMENT, PINGREE SCHOOL       
First Line: Among these north shore tennis tans I sit
Subject(s): Family Life


COMP. RELIGION    Poem Text    
First Line: It all begins with fear of mana
Last Line: Of mana as they ever were
Subject(s): Religion; Theology


COMP. RELIGION       
First Line: It all begins with fear of mana
Last Line: Of mana as they ever were
Subject(s): Religion


COMPLIMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: We were both of two minds about adultery
Subject(s): Adultery; Love - Erotic


COMPLIMENT       
First Line: We were both of two minds about adultery
Last Line: She breathed the single smiling word 'terrific.'


CONDO MOON    Poem Text    
First Line: When plans were announced to tear down
Last Line: And the black ocean where no microbe marred it
Subject(s): Condominiums


CONDO MOON       
First Line: When plans were announced to tear down
Subject(s): Condominiums


CONVERSATION    Poem Text    
First Line: My little girl keeps talking to me
Last Line: Don't leave. Don't leave me yet
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters


CONVERSATION       
First Line: My little girl keeps talking to me
Last Line: Don't leave. Don't leave me yet
Subject(s): Fathers And Daughters


CORINTH, MS       
First Line: Two railroads crossed here, making the dept hot
Last Line: That roll east-west and north-south, marks the spot %a throng died for. I stood there all alone


CORPUS CHRISTI    Poem Text    
First Line: Corpus,' they say, as in 'habeas.'
Last Line: A christ the angelo half chews down with shrimp
Subject(s): Texas


CORPUS CHRISTI       
First Line: Corpus,' they say, as in 'habeas.'
Last Line: A christ the anglo half chews down with shrimp
Subject(s): Jesus Christ


COSMIC GALL    Poem Text    
First Line: Neutrinos, they are very small
Last Line: It wonderful; I call it crass
Subject(s): Physics


COSMIC GALL       
First Line: Neutrinos, they are very small
Last Line: It wonderful; I call it crass
Subject(s): Physics


COURTESY CALL    Poem Text    
First Line: My clothes leaped up when I came in
Subject(s): Clothing & Dress


COURTESY CALL       
First Line: My clothes leaped up when I came in
Last Line: Said they, 'we love you.' I: 'I know, %I was advised,' and left
Subject(s): Clothing And Dress


CRAB CRACK    Poem Text    
First Line: The blue crabs come to the brown pond's edge
Last Line: Against their burning walls, into us
Subject(s): Crabs


CRAB CRACK       
First Line: The blue crabs come to the brown pond's edge
Last Line: Against their burning wills, into us
Subject(s): Crabs


CUNTS    Poem Text    
First Line: The venus de milo didn't have one, at least no pussy
Last Line: Daphne, your fortune moistens. Stand. Bend down. / smile
Subject(s): Reproductive System; Sex Organs; Genitalia


CUNTS       
First Line: The venus de milo didn't have one, at least no pussy
Last Line: Daphne, your fortune moistens. Stand. Bend down. Smile
Subject(s): Reproductive System


DAUGHTER    Poem Text    
First Line: I was awakened from a dream
Last Line: My daughter is a lioness, taken as a cat
Subject(s): Daughters


DAUGHTER       
First Line: I was awakened from a dream
Last Line: My daughter is a lioness, taken as a cat
Subject(s): Daughters


DEA EX MACHINA    Poem Text    
First Line: My love is like mies van der rohe's
Last Line: Her supple shoulders call
Subject(s): Burns, Robert (1759-1796); Mies Van Der Rohe, Ludwig (1886-1969); Poetry & Poets


DEA EX MACHINA       
First Line: My love is like mies van der rohe's
Last Line: She simply couldn't be, my love, %a millimeter cuter
Subject(s): Burns, Robert (1759-1796); Mies Van Der Rohe, Ludwig (1886-1969); Poetry And Poets


DEATH IN VENICE       
First Line: On one of those rare streets without a view
Last Line: How will the ambulance come, we wondered %through all that stone whose veins are dirty water


DECEMBER, OUTDOORS    Poem Text    
First Line: Clouds like fish shedding scales are stretched
Subject(s): Winter; Nature


DECOR    Poem Text    
First Line: Brown dominates this bar
Subject(s): Bars & Bartenders; Brown (color); Pubs; Taverns; Saloons


DECOR       
First Line: Brown dominates this bar
Last Line: As if life is a long curing
Subject(s): Bars And Bartenders; Brown (color)


DEITIES AND BEASTS    Poem Text    
First Line: Tall atlas, jupiter, hercules, thor
Last Line: Is never mentioned in the press at all
Subject(s): Cold War; Missiles; Guided Missiles; Ballistic Missiles


DEITIES AND BEASTS       
First Line: Tall atlas, jupiter, hercules, thor
Last Line: Is never mentioned in the press at all
Subject(s): Cold War; Missiles


DEJA, INDEED       
First Line: I sometimes think that I shall never view
Subject(s): Deja Vu


DESCENT OF MR. ALDEZ       
First Line: That cloud - ambiguous, not
Last Line: Smiles knowingly, and dissipates
Subject(s): Clouds


DIFFERENT ENDING       
First Line: Eyes, look your last


DILEMMA IN THE DELTA       
First Line: Osiris pales; the palace walls
Last Line: Egyptian though your wicked heart is, %I can't resist a nose so nobly roman
Subject(s): Cleopatra, Queen Of Egypt (69-30 B.c.); Noses


DOG'S DEATH    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: She must have been kicked unseen or brushed by a car
Subject(s): Animals; Death; Dogs; Dead, The


DOG'S DEATH       
First Line: She must have been kicked unseen or brushed by a car
Last Line: To a newspaper carelessly left there. Good dog
Subject(s): Animals; Death; Dogs


DOWN TIME    Poem Text    
First Line: Wiating for tom, the boy who can fix my computer if anyone can
Subject(s): Aging


DOWN TIME       
First Line: Waiting for tom, the boy who can fix my computer if
Last Line: My neighbor's smoke has stopped rising; his fire, too, %is down


DREAM AND REALITY    Poem Text    
First Line: I am in a room
Last Line: And this is reality
Subject(s): Reality


DREAM AND REALITY       
First Line: I am in a room
Last Line: And this is reality
Subject(s): Reality


DREAM OBJECTS       
First Line: Strangest is their reality
Last Line: Were filled to perfection by beggars we fear


DUE RESPECT    Poem Text    
First Line: Come moo, dear moo, let's you and me
Last Line: And that's the way it shapes up, moo
Subject(s): Language; Mothers; Words; Vocabulary


DUE RESPECT       
First Line: Come moo, dear moo, let's you and me
Last Line: And that's the way it shapes up, moo
Subject(s): Language; Mothers


DUET ON MARS       
First Line: Said spirit to opportunity
Last Line: And meet before we die!'


DUET, WITH MUFFLED BRAKE DRUMS    Poem Text    
First Line: Where gray walks slope through shadows shaped like lace
Last Line: Two gold and velvet notes – there rolls met royce
Subject(s): Automobiles; Rolls, Charles Stewart (1877-1910); Royce, Frederick Henry (1863-1933); Cars


DUET, WITH MUFFLED BRAKE DRUMS       
First Line: Where gray walks slope through shadows shaped like lace
Last Line: I'd rather - much - make engineering history
Subject(s): Automobiles; Rolls, Charles Stewart (1877-1910); Royce, Frederick Henry (1863-1933)


DUTCH CLEANSER    Poem Text    
First Line: My grandmother used it, dutch cleanser
Last Line: The hour hand pushes around
Subject(s): Cleansing Agents; Detergents; Soap; Cleansing Compounds; Disinfection And Disinfectants


DUTCH CLEANSER       
First Line: My grandmother used it, dutch cleanser
Last Line: Around the can, like a minute hand %the hour hand pushes around
Subject(s): Cleansing Agents


EACH SUMMER'S SWALLOWS    Poem Text    
First Line: How do they know
Last Line: Us even in air
Subject(s): Swallows


EACH SUMMER'S SWALLOWS       
First Line: How do they know
Last Line: Again is not there
Subject(s): Swallows


EARTHWORM    Poem Text    
First Line: We pattern our heaven
Last Line: Us even in air
Subject(s): Worms


EARTHWORM       
First Line: We pattern our heaven
Last Line: Claustrophobia attacks %us even in air
Subject(s): Worms


EAST HAMPTON-BOSTON BY AIR    Poem Text    
First Line: Oh dear, / the plane is so small the baggage
Subject(s): Air Travel


EAST HAMPTON-BOSTON BY AIR       
First Line: Oh dear, %the plane is so small the baggage
Last Line: Us like an afterbirth
Subject(s): Air Travel


ELDERLY SEX    Poem Text    
First Line: Life's buried treasure's deeper still
Subject(s): Old Age; Love - Erotic


ELDERLY SEX       
First Line: Life's buried treasure's buried deeper still
Last Line: By lapfuls where, with dry precision, now %attentive irritation yields one pearl


ELM    Poem Text    
First Line: My thousand-thousand-leaved
Last Line: Returning to dye the night
Subject(s): Elm Trees


ELM       
First Line: My thousand-thousand-leaved
Last Line: Returning to dye the night
Subject(s): Elm Trees


ENEMIES OF A HOUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: Dry rot intruding where the wood is wet
Last Line: Carpenter ants; adultery; drink; death
Subject(s): Houses


ENEMIES OF A HOUSE       
First Line: Dry rot intruding where the wood is wet
Last Line: Carpenter ants; adultery; drink; death
Subject(s): Houses


ENERGY: A VILLANELLE    Poem Text    
First Line: The logs give back, in burning, solar fire
Last Line: Nothing is lost but , still the cost grows higher
Subject(s): Gasoline


ENERGY: A VILLANELLE       
First Line: The logs give back, in burning, solar fire
Last Line: Nothing is lost but, still, the cost grows higher
Subject(s): Gasoline


ENGLISH TRAIN COMPARTMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: These faces make a chapel where worship comes easy
Last Line: As across the eye of a bathysphere surfacing
Subject(s): England; English


ENGLISH TRAIN COMPARTMENT       
First Line: These faces make a chapel where worship comes easy
Last Line: As across the eye of a bathysphere surfacing
Subject(s): England


EROTIC EPIGRAMS    Poem Text    
First Line: The landscape of love
Subject(s): Love


EROTIC EPIGRAMS: 1       
First Line: The landscape of love
Last Line: One's own breath fogs


EROTIC EPIGRAMS: 2       
First Line: Iseult, ot tristan
Last Line: But he knows has been dispatched


EROTIC EPIGRAMS: 3       
First Line: Hoping to fashion a mirror, the lover
Last Line: Until he produces a skull


EURYDICE    Poem Text    
First Line: Negress serene though underground
Last Line: Tugged northward into night
Subject(s): African Americans - Women


EURYDICE       
First Line: Negress serene though underground
Last Line: You gone, negress serene, %tugged northward into night
Subject(s): African Americans - Women


EVEN EGRETS ERR       
First Line: Egregious was the egret's error, very
Last Line: It saw, and reaped extreme egritude


EVENING CONCERT, SAINTE-CHAPELLE    Poem Text    
First Line: The celebrated windows flamed with light
Subject(s): Music & Musicians


EVENING CONCERT, SAINTE-CHAPELLE       
First Line: The celebrated windows flamed with light
Last Line: Were cased in thin but solid sheets of lead


EX-BASKETBALL PLAYER    Poem Text    
First Line: Pearl avenue runs past the high-school lot
Subject(s): Automobiles - Service Stations; Basketball; Sports; Gasoline Stations; Filling Stations; Automobile Repair Shops


EX-BASKETBALL PLAYER       
First Line: Pearl avenue runs past the high-school lot
Last Line: Beyond her face toward bright applauding tiers %of necco wafers, nibs, and juju beads
Subject(s): Automobiles - Service Stations; Basketball; Sports


EXPOSE       
First Line: Le monde regrets it must report
Last Line: I still am drawn to venus, rather
Subject(s): Venus (planet)


EXPOSURE    Poem Text    
First Line: Please do not tell me there is no voodoo
Subject(s): Photography & Photographers


EXPOSURE       
First Line: Please do not tell me there is no voodoo
Last Line: Her real heart stops, you will know


FALL    Poem Text    
First Line: The undertaker, who was with the local minister
Last Line: Her mama. I didn't take very good care of you
Subject(s): Mothers


FALL       
First Line: The undertaker, who was with the local minister
Last Line: Oh mama,' I said aloud, though I never called %her 'mama,' 'I didn't take very good care of you.'
Subject(s): Mothers


FAREWELL TO THE SHOPPING DISTRICT OF ANTIBES       
First Line: Next week, alas, boulangerie
Last Line: Journaux will ask, though I'm away, %'un autre mari pour b.B.?'
Subject(s): Antibes, France


FARGO    Poem Text    
First Line: The fertillest soil this side of the tigris
Last Line: Rewards those god's grandeur does not drive mad
Subject(s): Fargo, North Dakota


FARGO       
First Line: The fertillest soil this side of the tigris
Last Line: Rewards those god's grandeur does not drive mad
Subject(s): Fargo, North Dakota


FEBURARY 22    Poem Text    
First Line: Three boys, american, in dungarees


FELLATIO    Poem Text    
First Line: How beautiful to think
Last Line: With a silver silo
Subject(s): Love - Erotic


FELLATIO       
First Line: How beautiful to think
Last Line: With a silver silo
Subject(s): Erotic Love


FEVER    Poem Text    
First Line: I have brough back a good message from the land of 102 degrees
Last Line: That some secrets ard hidden from health
Subject(s): Sickness; Illness


FEVER       
First Line: I have brough back a good message from the land of 102 degrees
Last Line: That some secrets are hidden from health
Subject(s): Sickness


FIREWORKS       
First Line: These spasms and chrysanthemums of light are like emotions
Last Line: The pattern on the playroom wall %of tame and stable stars


FLECKLINGS       
First Line: The way our american wildflowers hover
Last Line: Proclaim the violence underfoot discovered
Subject(s): Homer, Winslow (1836-1910)


FLIGHT TO LIMBO    Poem Text    
First Line: The line didn't move, though there were not
Last Line: That some secrets are hidden from health
Subject(s): Air Travel


FLIGHT TO LIMBO       
First Line: The line didn't move, though there were not
Last Line: While ill-paid wraiths mopped circles of night %into the motionless floor
Subject(s): Air Travel


FLIRT       
First Line: The flirt is an antelope of flame
Last Line: Bound in warm plush at her white nape's neck


FLURRY       
First Line: There is an excited non-serious kind of snowstorm
Last Line: His duty to eros fulfilled, the world none the worse for it
Subject(s): Snow


FLY    Poem Text    
First Line: What have we done this winter to deserve
Last Line: Swat not, not I at the moment, all eye
Subject(s): Flies


FLY       
First Line: What have we done this winter to deserve
Last Line: Swat not, not I at the moment, all eye
Subject(s): Flies


FOOD    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: It is always there
Last Line: Whatever is you, is pure
Subject(s): Food & Eating


FOOD       
First Line: It is always there
Subject(s): Food And Eating


FRITILLARY       
First Line: The fritillary, %fickle, wary
Last Line: Careless of etymologies


FROM ABOVE       
First Line: These pink-white acres of overcast
Subject(s): Air Travel


FROST       
First Line: That snowless, warmthless january sucked
Last Line: Salute it, listen to it, and forgive %intrusive life was we forgive our own


FURNITURE       
First Line: To things we are ghosts, soft shapes
Last Line: A blur, a mere smear on the unflinching stone


GENERIC COLLEGE    Poem Text    
First Line: The statue of the founder wears a green
Last Line: Well, time to brush the teeth and face the students
Subject(s): Universities & Colleges


GENERIC COLLEGE       
First Line: The statue of the founder wears a green
Last Line: Well, time to brush the teeth and face the students
Subject(s): Universities & Colleges


GLASSES    Poem Text    
First Line: I wear them. They help me. But I
Last Line: From tabletops, and women frown
Subject(s): Eyeglasses; Spectacles


GLASSES       
First Line: I wear them. They help me. But I
Last Line: From tabletops, and women frown
Subject(s): Eyeglasses


GOLFERS    Poem Text    
First Line: One-gloved beasts in cleats, they come clattering
Last Line: Mere men, old boys, lost, the last hole a horror
Subject(s): Golf; Sports


GOLFERS       
First Line: One-gloved beasts in cleats, they come clattering
Last Line: Mere men, old boys, lost, the last hole a horror
Subject(s): Golf; Sports


GOODBYE, GOTEBORG    Poem Text    
First Line: The countries we depart will manage without us
Last Line: As if they relish our absence from this eden
Subject(s): Sweden


GOODBYE, GOTEBORG       
First Line: The countries we depart will manage without us
Subject(s): Sweden


GRADATIONS OF BLACK (THIRD FLOOR, WHITNEY MUSEUM)    Poem Text    
First Line: Ad reinhardt's black, in 'abstract painting 33'
Last Line: And lets leak through the dead white underneath
Subject(s): Black (color); Kline, Franz (1910-1962); Paintings And Painters; Reinhardt, Ad (1913-1967); Rothko, Mark (1903-1970); Stella, Frank (b. 1936); Still, Clyfford (1904-1980); Reinhardt, Adolf Frederick


GRADATIONS OF BLACK (THIRD FLOOR, WHITNEY MUSEUM)       
First Line: Ad reinhardt's black, in 'abstract painting 33'
Last Line: And lets leak through the dead white underneath
Subject(s): Black (color); Kline, Franz (1910-1962); Paintings And Painters; Reinhardt, Ad (1913-1967); Rothko, Mark (1903-1970); Stella, Frank (b. 1936); Still, Clyfford (1904-1980)


GRANDDAUGHTER, FIRST MEETING    Poem Text    
First Line: Not the best place for our meeting, this
Last Line: I feel you around my finger like a ring
Subject(s): Grandchildren


GRANITE       
First Line: New england doesn't kid around
Last Line: When I'm blinder than stone
Subject(s): Graves; New England; Stones


GREAT SCARF OF BIRDS       
First Line: Ripe apples were caught like red fish in the nets
Last Line: Melting all thought, the southward cloud withdrew into the air
Subject(s): Birds


GRIEF OF CAFETERIAS       
First Line: Everyone sitting along with a sorrow
Subject(s): Restaurants


HANDKERCHIEFS OF KHAIBAR KHAN       
First Line: In nishapur did khaibar khan
Last Line: With candor, quite diarmingly
Subject(s): Iran; Petroleum


HEAD OF A GIRL, AT THE MET    Poem Text    
First Line: Vermeer's girl in your turban and pearl:
Subject(s): Paintings & Painters; Museums; Time; Art Gallerys


HEADING FOR NANDI    Poem Text    
First Line: Out of honolulu
Last Line: Or would be, but for me
Subject(s): Air Travel


HEADING FOR NANDI       
First Line: Out of honolulu
Last Line: Or would be, but for me
Subject(s): Air Travel


HEDGE       
First Line: In boyhood's verdure, as if underwater
Last Line: The yard, so small, barer than an old rug


HIGH-HEARTS       
First Line: Proud elephant, by accident of bulk
Last Line: Too high and low at once, too hard and soft
Subject(s): Elephants; Giraffes; Hearts


HOEING    Poem Text    
First Line: I sometimes fear the younger generation will be deprived
Last Line: Has never rendered thus the world fecunder
Subject(s): Gardens & Gardening


HOEING       
First Line: I sometimes fear the younger generation will be deprived
Last Line: Ignorant the wise boy who %has never rendered thus the world fecunder [or, has never performed this
Subject(s): Gardens And Gardening


HOME MOVIES       
First Line: How the children have changed! Rapt, we stare
Last Line: To that calm light. The brief film ends
Subject(s): Family Life


HOSPITAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Benign big blond machine beyond all price,
Subject(s): Hospitals; Death; Conduct Of Life; Dead, The


HOT WATER       
First Line: Imagine an empty house - a mansion, vast
Last Line: Hot water, here among the icy stars


HOUSE GROWING       
First Line: The old house grows, adding rooms of silence
Last Line: The heartstones fatten on the vanished
Subject(s): Home


HOW TO BE UNCLE SAM    Poem Text    
First Line: My father knew
Subject(s): Fathers; Parades


HOW TO BE UNCLE SAM       
First Line: My father knew
Last Line: Mitts off %uncle sam!


HUMANITIES COURSE    Poem Text    
First Line: Professor varder handles dante
Last Line: The “pageantry” of “western thought.”
Subject(s): Harvard University


HUMANITIES COURSE       
First Line: Professor varder handles dante
Last Line: The 'pageantry' of 'western thought'
Subject(s): Harvard University


I MISSED HIS BOOK, BUT I READ HIS NAME    Poem Text    
First Line: Though authors are a dreadful clan
Last Line: "of anantanarayanan —
Subject(s): Writing & Writers


I MISSED HIS BOOK, BUT I READ HIS NAME       
First Line: Though authors are a dreadful clan
Last Line: M. Anantanarayanan
Subject(s): Writing And Writers


IDYLL    Poem Text    
First Line: Within a quad of aging brick


IMAGINABLE CONFERENCE       
First Line: Exchanging gentle grips, the men retire
Last Line: Vistas of lilac weighted their shrewd lids
Subject(s): Language; Stevens, Wallace (1879-1955)


IN EXTREMIS    Poem Text    
First Line: I saw my toes the other day
Last Line: I hid them quickly in my shoes
Subject(s): Toes


IN EXTREMIS       
First Line: I saw my toes the other day
Last Line: Now, gnarled and pale, each said 'j'saccuse!' - %I hid them quickly in my shoes
Subject(s): Toes


IN MEMORIAM    Poem Text    
First Line: Fate lifts us up so she can hurl
Last Line: Watch o'er the happier of his lives: say, does he ewake, or sleep?
Subject(s): Books; Motion Pictures; Reading; Movies; Cinema


IN MEMORIAM       
First Line: Fate lifts us up so she can hurl
Last Line: Say, does he wake, or sleep?
Subject(s): Books; Motion Pictures


IN MEMORIAM FELIS FELIS    Poem Text    
First Line: The pussycat on causeway street is closed
Subject(s): Pornography


IN MEMORIAM FELIS FELIS       
First Line: The pussycat on causeway street is closed
Last Line: And form a cloud as fertile as the id
Subject(s): Pornography


IN PRAISE OF (C10H9O5)X    Poem Text    
First Line: My tie is made of terylene
Last Line: Shall never be unknotted
Subject(s): Chemistry; Synthetic Fabrics


IN PRAISE OF (C10H9O5)X       
First Line: My tie is made of terylene
Last Line: Shall never be unknotted
Subject(s): Chemistry; Synthetic Fabrics


IN THE CEMETERY HIGH ABOVE SHILLINGTON       
First Line: We fifth-grade boys would thread tricolor strips
Last Line: The pathway back with sharp-edged swords of stone


INDIANAPOLIS       
First Line: A passion for roman order seized the plains
Last Line: And porch-swing sex like a window box in bloom
Subject(s): Indianapolis, Indiana


INSOMNIA THE GEM OF THE OCEAN    Poem Text    
First Line: When I lay me down to sleep
Last Line: In restless sympathy here lie
Subject(s): Waterbeds


INSOMNIA THE GEM OF THE OCEAN       
First Line: When I lay me down to sleep
Last Line: Two bags of water,it and I %in restless sympathy here lie
Subject(s): Waterbeds


INVALID KEYSTROKE       
First Line: Wee. Word. Processor,.Is.It.Not
Last Line: Has.By.Some.Error.Cancelled.Me


IOWA    Poem Text    
First Line: White barns this morning match the trees
Last Line: Our fruited plains as virgin as the moon
Subject(s): Iowa


IOWA       
First Line: White barns this morning match the trees
Last Line: Our fruited plain as virgin as the moon
Subject(s): Iowa


ISLAND CITIES    Poem Text    
First Line: You see them from airplanes, nameless green islands
Last Line: Dewdrops of longing, jewels boxed in these blocks
Subject(s): Air Travel


ISLAND CITIES    Poem Text    
First Line: You see them from airplanes, nameless green islands
Last Line: Dewdrops of loning, jewels boxed in these blocks
Subject(s): Air Travel; Cities; United States


ISLAND CITIES       
First Line: You see them from airplanes, nameless green islands
Last Line: Dewdrops of longing, jewels, boxed in these blocks
Subject(s): Air Travel


ISLAND SUN       
First Line: When tghe albums of this century's intermingling
Last Line: Whose back is gilden each time the planet turns
Subject(s): Vacation


JACOPO PONTORMO    Poem Text    
First Line: Pontormo, hailed by michelangelo
Last Line: Became the painted shell of disbelief
Subject(s): Pontormo, Jacobo (1494-1557)


JACOPO PONTORMO       
First Line: Pontormo, hailed by michelangelo
Last Line: Became the painted shell of disbelief


JANUARY    Poem Text    
First Line: The days are short
Subject(s): January


JANUARY       
First Line: The days are short
Last Line: The radiator %purrs all day


JESUS AND ELVIS       
First Line: Twenty years after the death, st. Paul
Last Line: Of a lovely young man, reckless and cool %as a lily. He lives. We live. He lives


JOLLY GREENE GIANT       
First Line: You are large, father graham,' the young fan opined
Last Line: And that is the heart of the matter
Subject(s): Greene, Graham (1904-1991)


JULY       
First Line: Deep pools of shade beneath dense maples
Last Line: The ant-children busy and lazy below
Subject(s): Summer


JUNE    Poem Text    
First Line: The sun is rich
Subject(s): June; Nature


KENNETHS       
First Line: Rexroth and patchen and fearing - their mothers
Last Line: What pops into heads each named kenneth, redundantly
Subject(s): Kenneth (name)


KLIMT AND SCHIELE CONFRONT THE CUNT       
First Line: That women in their marble glory still
Last Line: The flesh is gaunt and splotchy but alive, %and appetite torments its toothless mouth
Subject(s): Paintings And Painters; Reproductive System


L'ECOLE BERLITZ       
First Line: Mademoiselle printemps, my sometimes instructress
Last Line: She said, and I couldn't think of a word


L.A.    Poem Text    
First Line: Lo, at its center one can find oneself
Last Line: To this waste of angels, of ever-widening gaps
Subject(s): Los Angeles


L.A.       
First Line: Lo, at its center one can find oneself
Last Line: To this waste of angels, of ever-widening gaps
Subject(s): Los Angeles


LAMENT, FOR COCOA    Poem Text    
First Line: The scum has come
Last Line: Is come for good
Subject(s): Cocoa


LAMENT, FOR COCOA       
First Line: The scum has come
Last Line: Is come for good
Subject(s): Cocoa


LAMPLIGHT       
First Line: Sent straight from suns
Last Line: Of our harrowed needs, %and conversations grow


LANDING IN THE RAIN AT LA GUARDIA    Poem Text    
First Line: The death-grip of the chalky clouds lets slip
Last Line: Unpreaching stony water. Whumppf; we're down
Subject(s): Air Travel; La Guardia Airport, New York City


LANDING IN THE RAIN AT LA GUARDIA       
First Line: The death-grip of the chalky clouds lets slip
Last Line: The world's fair globe, a toy. Shea stadium. %upreaching stony water. Whumpff: we're down
Subject(s): Air Travel; La Guardia Airport, New York City


LATE JANUARY    Poem Text    
First Line: The elms' silhouettes
Last Line: Time's sharp edge is slitting another envelope
Subject(s): Winter


LATE JANUARY       
First Line: The elms' silhouettes
Last Line: Time's sharp edge is slitting %another envelope
Subject(s): Winter


LEAVING CHURCH EARLY       
First Line: What, I wonder, were we hurrying to do
Subject(s): Churches; Family Life; Forgiveness; Worship; Cathedrals; Relatives; Clemency


LEAVING CHURCH EARLY       
First Line: What, I wonder, were we hurrying to do
Last Line: We had no time, of course, we have no time %to do all the forgiving that we must do
Subject(s): Churches; Family Life; Forgiveness; Worship


LES SAINTS NOUVEAUX    Poem Text    
First Line: Proust, doing penance
Subject(s): Brancusi, Constantin (1876-1957); Cezanne, Paul (1839-1906); Paintings And Painters; Proust, Marcel (1871-1922); Sculpture & Sculptors


LES SAINTS NOUVEAUX       
First Line: Proust, doing penance
Last Line: Theologies of vision
Subject(s): Brancusi, Constantin (1876-1957); Cezanne, Paul (1839-1906); Paintings And Painters; Proust, Marcel (1871-1922); Sculpture And Sculptors


LIGHT SWITCHES    Poem Text    
First Line: Lord, but one wearies of flipping them
Subject(s): Light Switches


LIGHT SWITCHES       
First Line: Lord, but one wearies of flipping them
Last Line: With the morning shave and the midnight douche
Subject(s): Light Switches


LITERARY DUBLIN    Poem Text    
First Line: Damn near where'er you look, a writer's ghost
Last Line: Above the city like a blindman's blessing
Subject(s): Behan, Brendan (1923-1964); Dramatists; Dublin, Ireland; Joyce, James (1882-1941); Plays & Playwrights; Wilde, Oscar (1854-1900)


LITERARY DUBLIN       
First Line: Damn near where'er you look, a writer's ghost
Last Line: And daedalus's execration hung %above the city like a blind man's blessing
Subject(s): Behan, Brendan (1923-1964); Dramatists; Dublin, Ireland; Joyce, James (1882-1941); Plays And Playwrights; Wilde, Oscar (1854-1900)


LITTLE POEMS       
First Line: I woke up tousled, one strap falling
Last Line: The caption read, 'alone, kim cries'


LIVING WITH A WIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: Barefoot in purple pants
Last Line: Where I would scour my teeth
Subject(s): Love – Marital; Family Life


LIVING WITH A WIFE, SELS.       
Subject(s): Marriage


LONG SHADOW    Poem Text    
First Line: Crossing from a chore as the day
Last Line: Makes a path from my feet; I am my path
Subject(s): Shadows


LONG SHADOW       
First Line: Crossing from a chore as the day
Last Line: Makes a path from my feet; I am my path
Subject(s): Shadows


MAPLES IN A SPRUCE FOREST    Poem Text    
First Line: They live by attenuation
Last Line: In its mouth my body tastes like stale milk
Subject(s): Maple Trees


MAPLES IN A SPRUCE FOREST       
First Line: They live by attenuation
Last Line: A little while, the fretted gloom %is dappled with chartreuse
Subject(s): Maple Trees


MARCH: A BIRTHDAY POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: My child as yet unborn, the doctors nod
Last Line: You, red and blind and blank, gulp the air
Subject(s): March (month)


MARCH: A BIRTHDAY POEM       
First Line: My child as yet unborn, the doctors nod
Last Line: When on that day without a yesterday %you, red and blind andblank, gulp the air
Subject(s): March (month)


MARCHING THROUGH A NOVEL    Poem Text    
First Line: Each morning my characters
Last Line: The marsh of blank paper
Subject(s): Novels & Novelists


MARCHING THROUGH A NOVEL       
First Line: Each morning my characters
Last Line: Forward. Believe me, I love them %though I march them to finish them off
Subject(s): Novels And Novelists


MARRIAGE COUNSEL    Poem Text    
First Line: Why marry ogre
Subject(s): Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


MARRIAGE COUNSEL       
First Line: Why marry ogre
Last Line: Ogre? I wonder


MAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Now children may
Last Line: Look at some baseball / on tv
Subject(s): Spring; Baseball


MAY       
First Line: Now children may
Last Line: Look at some baseball %on tv
Subject(s): Spring


MEDITATION ON A NEWS ITEM       
First Line: Yes, yes, and there is even a photograph
Last Line: Administered by the queen of hearts
Subject(s): Castro, Fidel (b. 1926); Fishing And Fishermen; Hemingway, Ernest (1899-1961)


MELANCHOLY OF STORM WINDOWS       
First Line: We touch them at the raw turns
Last Line: Ambiguous, we have no place %where we, once screwed, can say, that's it
Subject(s): Storm Windows


MELTING       
First Line: Airily ice congeals on high
Last Line: The dead storm's soul to the unmoved sea


MENAGERIE AT VERSAILLES IN 1775       
First Line: Cygnets dark; their black feet
Last Line: And turned his long bill sidewise
Subject(s): Animals; Versailles, Frances


MIAMI    Poem Text    
First Line: As in some car chase on sunday night tv
Last Line: The moon keeps skidding through the gilded clouds
Subject(s): Miami, Florida


MIAMI       
First Line: As in some car chase on sunday night tv
Last Line: The moon keeps skidding through the gilded clouds
Subject(s): Miami, Florida


MIDPOINT       
First Line: Of nothing bur me, me
Last Line: Which brought me this far; henceforth, if I can, %I must impersonate a reasonable man
Subject(s): Aging; Family Life; Life; Self


MILADY REFLECTS    Poem Text    
First Line: When I was known as aphrodite, men
Subject(s): Venus (planet); Venus (goddess)


MILADY REFLECTS       
First Line: When I was known as aphrodite, men
Last Line: I think I'll have them disconnect the phone


MILLIPEDE       
First Line: Oi! Oi! Noli me tangere, no argument
Last Line: Poor millipede - he must have been a he - %to catch the eye of the real housekeeper
Subject(s): Insects


MIME       
First Line: On the black stage he
Last Line: Fall halted up, up. Praise be %mimesis mimesis mimeis mime


MINORITY REPORT    Poem Text    
First Line: My beloved land
Last Line: You are the only land
Subject(s): United States; America


MINORITY REPORT       
First Line: My beloved land
Last Line: You are the only land
Subject(s): United States


MISS MOORE AT ASSEMBLY       
First Line: A 'chattering, gum-snapping audience'
Last Line: Say, 'I've always wanted to play a snare drum'?
Subject(s): Moore, Marianne (1887-1972)


MITES       
First Line: A house-dust mite (dermatophagipodes farinae)
Subject(s): Mites


MOBILE OF BIRDS    Poem Text    
First Line: There is something / in their planetary weave that is comforting
Last Line: Alone in their suspenseful world
Subject(s): Birds


MOBILE OF BIRDS       
First Line: There is something %in their planetary weave that is comforting
Last Line: Alone in their suspenseful world
Subject(s): Birds


MODERATE       
First Line: Soulage's space is deep and wide
Last Line: I harked, and heard, and here I live, %delighted to be relative
Subject(s): Art And Artists


MODEST MOUND OF BONES       
First Line: That short-sleeved man, our
Last Line: Is flesh to be hung from such elegeant balconies?
Subject(s): Bones


MODIGLIANI'S DEATH MASK; FOGG MUSEUM, CAMBRIDGE    Poem Text    
First Line: The shell of a doll's head
Last Line: An oddly favored grapefruit rind
Subject(s): Modigliani, Amedeo (1884-1920)


MODIGLIANI'S DEATH MASK; FOGG MUSEUM, CAMBRIDGE       
First Line: The shell of a doll's head
Last Line: Preserved inside its glass case like %an oddly favored grapefruit rind
Subject(s): Modigliani, Amedeo (1884-1920)


MONEY    Poem Text    
First Line: Money is such a treat.
Subject(s): Money


MOONS OF JUPITER       
First Line: Callisto, ganymede, europa, io
Last Line: To stop the inward chant, this is not real
Subject(s): Jupiter (planet)


MOSQUITO       
First Line: On the fine wire of her whine she walked
Last Line: By side we, murderer and murdered, sleep
Subject(s): Mosquitoes


MOUNTAIN IMPASSE    Poem Text    
First Line: Stravinsky looks upon the mountain
Last Line: Igor, you never listen
Subject(s): Stravinsky, Igor (1882-1971)


MOUNTAIN IMPASSE       
First Line: Stravinsky looks upon the mountain
Last Line: Igor, you never listen
Subject(s): Stravinsky, Igor (1882-1971)


MOUSE SEX    Poem Text    
First Line: In my cellar the poisoned mice, thirsty to death
Last Line: Rises about us like a hostile house
Subject(s): Mice


MOUSE SEX       
First Line: In my cellar the poisoned mice, thirsty to death
Last Line: We enter into one another; the universe %rises about us like a hostile house
Subject(s): Mice


MOVIE HOUSE       
First Line: View it, by day, from the back
Last Line: Could secrete a pyramid %to sight the stars by
Subject(s): Motion Pictures


MR. HIGH-MIND    Poem Text    
First Line: Eleven rogues and he to judge a fool
Last Line: To see it coinciding with the rest
Subject(s): Bunyan, John (1628-1688); Names


MR. HIGH-MIND       
First Line: Eleven rogues and he to judge a fool
Last Line: And for a passing moment is distressed %to see it coinciding with the rest
Subject(s): Bunyan, John (1628-1688); Names


MUNICH    Poem Text    
First Line: Here hitler had his first success, disguised
Last Line: In markets far removed from earth and blood
Subject(s): Munich, Germany


MUNICH       
First Line: Here hitler had his first success, disguised
Last Line: The vegetables are stacked like giant jewels %in markets far removed from earth and blood
Subject(s): Munich, Germany


MY CHILDREN AT THE DUMP       
First Line: The day before divorce, I take my children
Last Line: Love it now, but we can't take it home
Subject(s): Refuse And Refuse Disposal


NAKED APE       
First Line: The dinosaur died, and small
Last Line: With grasping hand and saucy wife, %the upright life
Subject(s): Anthropology


NATURAL QUESTION    Poem Text    
First Line: What rich joke does
Last Line: As if to tickle it forth?
Subject(s): Flowers; Gardens & Gardening


NATURAL QUESTION       
First Line: What rich joke does
Last Line: As if to tickle it forth?
Subject(s): Flowers; Gardens And Gardening


NATURE       
First Line: Is such a touching child
Last Line: If it had not grown alone


NEOTENY       
First Line: According to webster's, the condition
Last Line: And the axolotl ('esteemed for food in mexico,' %says webster's) covets our lovableness
Subject(s): Language


NEW ORLEANS    Poem Text    
First Line: Fruit of a french scam, the new world being
Last Line: And bad rock outshouts jazz's gracious ghost
Subject(s): New Orleans


NEWLYWEDS       
First Line: We're married,' said eddie
Last Line: Said, eddie, 'yeah, mebbe'
Subject(s): Fisher, Eddie (b. 1928); Marriage; Reynolds, Debbie (b. 1932)


NEWS FROM THE UNDERWORLD       
First Line: They haven't found the w
Last Line: The thing called 'strangeness' is preserved
Subject(s): Physics


NIGHT FLIGHT, OVER OCEAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Sweet fish tinned in the innocence of sleep
Last Line: Dim swimmers borne toward the touchdowb spank
Subject(s): Air Travel


NIGHT FLIGHT, OVER OCEAN       
First Line: Sweet fish tinned in the innocence of sleep
Last Line: Dim swimmers borne toward the touchdown spank
Subject(s): Air Travel


NOT CANCELLED YET    Poem Text    
First Line: Some honorary day
Subject(s): Postage Stamps


NOT CANCELLED YET       
First Line: Some honorary day
Last Line: And a flickering of fingers, letting go


NOTE TO THE PREVIOUS TENANTS    Poem Text    
First Line: Thank you for leaving the bar of soap
Last Line: And dried in the air like the floor
Subject(s): Moving & Movers


NOTE TO THE PREVIOUS TENANTS       
First Line: Thank you for leaving the bar of soap
Subject(s): Moving And Movers


NOVEMBER    Poem Text    
First Line: The light the sun withdraws the leaves replace
Last Line: Misstrums me, or tries a new tune
Subject(s): November


NOVEMBER       
First Line: The light the sun withdraws the leaves replace
Last Line: With brightness at the window like a face
Subject(s): November


NUDA NATENS    Poem Text    
First Line: Anthea, your shy flanks in starlight
Last Line: Bent silver about your pudenda
Subject(s): Love - Erotic


NUDA NATENS       
First Line: Anthea, your shy flanks in starlight
Last Line: Bent silver about your pudenda
Subject(s): Erotic Love


OCTOBER       
First Line: The month is amber, %gold and brown
Last Line: Go haunt a night %of pumpkin grins


ODDLY LOVELY DAY ALONE       
First Line: The kids went off to school
Last Line: If people don't entertain you, %nature will


ODE       
First Line: I'm going to write a novel, hey
Last Line: And thereby spite the noes
Subject(s): Novels And Novelists


ODE III.II: HORACE    Poem Text    
First Line: Let the boy, timber-tough from vigorous soldering
Last Line: Though he has the head start, and her step is hesitant
Subject(s): Soldiers; Death


ODE TO ROT    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Decay; Rot; Decadence


OHIO: 1    Poem Text    
First Line: Rolling along through ohio
Last Line: The stars sit athwart our thoughts / just so
Subject(s): Ohio


OHIO: 1       
First Line: Rolling along through ohio
Last Line: The stars sit athwart our thoughts %just so
Subject(s): Ohio


OHIO: 2       
First Line: To be fair, though, about that day
Subject(s): Ohio


OHIO: 2       
First Line: To be fair, though, about that day
Last Line: Like hammered melody the empty road %soared east and west. No static. Air
Subject(s): Ohio


OLD-FASHIONED LIGHTNING ROD       
First Line: Green upright rope
Last Line: I dare you


OMEGA    Poem Text    
First Line: This little lightweight manacle whereby
Last Line: And add me to the unseen trapper’s kill
Subject(s): Watches


OMEGA       
First Line: This little lightweight manacle whereby
Last Line: And add me to the unseen trapper's kill
Subject(s): Watches


ON AN ISLAND    Poem Text    
First Line: Islanded, my wife turned on the radio for news of home
Last Line: A still moon plates the sealed spot where they were
Subject(s): Vacation


ON AN ISLAND       
First Line: Islanded, my wife turned on the radio for news of home
Last Line: A still moon plates the sealed spot where they were
Subject(s): Vacation


ON INCLUSION OF MINIATURE DINOSAURS. BREAKFAST CEREAL BOXES    Poem Text    
First Line: A post-historic herbivore
Last Line: And thus begins the dawn of man
Subject(s): Cereals, Prepared


ON INCLUSION OF MINIATURE DINOSAURS. BREAKFAST CEREAL BOXES       
First Line: A post-historic herbivore
Last Line: And thus begins the dawn of man
Subject(s): Cereals, Prepared


ON THE RECENTLY MINTED HUNDRED-CENT PIECE       
First Line: Whatg have they done to our dollar, darling
Last Line: Have done done our doll dollar
Subject(s): Money


ON THE ROAD    Poem Text    
First Line: Those dutiful dogtrots down airport corridors
Last Line: At whose end a man just like you guards the grail
Subject(s): Roads; Paths; Trails


ON THE WAY TO DELPHI    Poem Text    
First Line: Oedipus slew his father near this muddy field
Last Line: All out: parnassus. The oracle's voice is wild
Subject(s): Delphi; Castri


ON THE WAY TO DELPHI       
First Line: Oedipus slew his father near this muddy field
Last Line: All out: parnassus. The oracle's voice is wild
Subject(s): Delphi


ONE TOUGH KERATOSIS    Poem Text    
First Line: My hands have had their fun, and now must suffer
Last Line: A tidy rosy trace has still to heal
Subject(s): Hands


ONE TOUGH KERATOSIS       
First Line: My hands have had their fun, and now must suffer
Last Line: A tidy rosy trace has still to heal
Subject(s): Hands


ONE-YEAR-OLD       
First Line: Wakes wet; is prompty toileted
Last Line: And jargons, jargons all day long
Subject(s): Babies


OPEN LETTER TO VOYAGER II       
First Line: Dear voyager: %this is to thank you for
Last Line: Sincerely yours, %a fan
Subject(s): Space And Space Travel


OPTICAL HYPERTENSION       
First Line: Your optic nerve is small and slightly cupped'
Last Line: Screwed to taut bliss by what raw sight absorbs


ORIGIN OF LAUGHTER       
First Line: Hunched in the dark beneath his mother's heart
Last Line: Will half-protective flesh, a laugh is born
Subject(s): Laughter


ORTHODONTIA    Poem Text    
First Line: You see them everywhere, the grinning martyrs
Last Line: Adds a fanatic gleam
Subject(s): Braces (orthodontia)


ORTHODONTIA       
First Line: You see them everywhere, the grinning martyrs
Last Line: To what end? Lips whose curves can barely dig %to parallel perfections that look false
Subject(s): Braces (orthodontia)


ORVIETO    Poem Text    
First Line: The train stopped. We stood at a taxi stand
Last Line: Hills, fields, a train, not ours, glinting toward rome
Subject(s): Italy


ORVIETO       
First Line: The train stopped. We stood at a taxi stand
Last Line: Hills, fields. A train, threadlike, glinted toward rome


OVERHEAD RACK       
First Line: Worst of all, and most hated by me
Last Line: Oh, would I were a flying macrophage!


OXFORD, THIRTY YEARS AFTER    Poem Text    
First Line: The emperors' heads around the sheldonian
Last Line: Old england's sky of hurrying gray stones
Subject(s): Oxford University


OXFORD, THIRTY YEARS AFTER       
First Line: The emperors' heads around the sheldonian
Last Line: Old england's sky of hurrying gray stones
Subject(s): Oxford University


PAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: Pain flattens the world - its bubbles
Last Line: Pain leads us to consider anew
Subject(s): Pain; Suffering; Misery


PAIN       
First Line: Pain flattens the world - its bubbles
Last Line: Pain leads us to consider anew
Subject(s): Pain


PAINTED WIVES    Poem Text    
First Line: Soot, house-dust, and tar didn't go far
Last Line: She smiles through the brushstrokes at someone still there
Subject(s): Marriage; Paintings And Painters; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


PAINTED WIVES       
First Line: Soot, house-dust, and tar didn't go far
Last Line: She smiles through the brushstrokes at someone still there
Subject(s): Marriage; Paintings And Painters


PALE BLISS    Poem Text    
First Line: Splitting a bottle of white wine
Last Line: In the middle of the day
Subject(s): Love - Erotic


PALE BLISS       
First Line: Splitting a bottle of white wine
Last Line: With a naked woman %in the middle of the day
Subject(s): Erotic Love


PARTY KNEE    Poem Text    
First Line: To drink in moderation, and to smoke
Last Line: A buffered aspirin for a splitting leg
Subject(s): Parties; Human Behavior


PARTY KNEE       
First Line: To drink in moderation, and to smoke
Last Line: A buffered aspirin for a splitting leg
Subject(s): Parties


PASTORAL       


PEAR LIKE A POTATO       
First Line: Was it worms, having once bitten
Last Line: Here in the sun of a somewhat cloudy morning
Subject(s): Pear Trees; Trees


PENUMBRAE    Poem Text    
First Line: The shadows have their seasons, too
Last Line: Like a stairway that does not rise
Subject(s): Shadows


PENUMBRAE       
First Line: The shadows have their seasons, too
Last Line: Like a stairway that does not rise
Subject(s): Shadows


PERFECTION WASTED    Poem Text    
First Line: And another regrettable thing about death
Last Line: Imitators and descendants aren't the same
Subject(s): Life


PERFECTION WASTED       
First Line: And another regrettable thing about death
Last Line: Who will do it again? That's it; no one; %imitators and descendants aren't the same
Subject(s): Life


PHENOMENA       
First Line: The tide goes up and down in the creek
Last Line: The flame is furious in its cell below. Under the moon the cold stones wait


PHILOLOGICAL       
First Line: The british puss demurely mews
Last Line: As every schoolchild ought to know


PIET    Poem Text    
First Line: How strange to see a career straight as an arrow!
Last Line: A grid of streets that proved his dream to be (bull's-eye!) the fact
Subject(s): Business; Labor & Laborers; Businessmen; Businesswomen; Work; Workers


PIET    Poem Text    
First Line: How strange to see a career straight as an arrow!
Last Line: That proved his dream to be (bull's-eye!) the fact
Subject(s): Business; Labor & Laborers


PIET       
First Line: How strange to see a career straight as an arrow!
Last Line: That proved his dream to be (bull's-eye!) the fact
Subject(s): Business; Labor And Laborers


PILLOW    Poem Text    
First Line: Plump mate to my head, you alone absorb
Last Line: When the morning discloses your wrinkles
Subject(s): Pillows


PILLOW       
First Line: Plump mate to my head, you alone absorb
Last Line: The strange night with me, and are depressed %when the morning discloses your wrinkles
Subject(s): Pillows


PLANTING A MAILBOX    Poem Text    
First Line: Prepare the ground when maple buds have burst
Last Line: A branch post office blooms
Subject(s): Mailboxes; Moving & Movers


PLANTING A MAILBOX       
First Line: Prepare the ground when maple buds have burst
Last Line: A branch post office blooms
Subject(s): Mailboxes; Moving And Movers


PLANTING TREES    Poem Text    
First Line: Our last connection with the mythic
Last Line: Told me over and over, spreading
Subject(s): Trees


PLANTING TREES       
First Line: Our last connection with the mythic
Last Line: Told over and over, spreading
Subject(s): Trees


PLAYER PIANO    Poem Text    
First Line: My stick fingers, click with a snicker
Last Line: Misstrums me, or tries a new tune
Subject(s): Musical Instruments; Pianos


PLAYER PIANO       
First Line: My stick fingers, click with a snicker
Last Line: Misstrums me, or tries a new tune
Subject(s): Musical Instruments; Pianos


PLOW CEMETERY    Poem Text    
First Line: The plow: one of the three-mile inns that nicked
Last Line: Plow cemetery, downhill from the church
Subject(s): Cemeteries; Family Life; Grandparents; Homecoming; Graveyards; Relatives; Grandmothers; Grandfathers; Great Grandfathers; Great Grandmothers


PLOW CEMETERY       
First Line: The plow: one of the three-mile inns that nicked
Last Line: My life in time will seal shut like a scar
Subject(s): Cemeteries; Family Life; Grandparents; Homecoming


POEM FOR A FAR LAND       
First Line: Russia, most feminine of lands
Last Line: Between what was and that which is
Subject(s): Russia


POISONED IN NASSAU       
First Line: By the fourth (or is it the fifth?)
Last Line: Perhaps it was the conch salad, or is %the something too rich in creation
Subject(s): Nassau, Bahamas


POMPEII       
First Line: They lived, pompeiians
Last Line: Enslaved their liquids well; pornography %became their monument
Subject(s): Pompeii, Italy


POOEM    Poem Text    
First Line: I, too, once hoped to have a hoopoe
Last Line: (sighed) your far-off friend, u.E.
Subject(s): Language; Words; Vocabulary


POOEM       
First Line: I, too, once hoped to have a hoopoe
Last Line: (signed) you far-off friend, u-e
Subject(s): Language


POP SMASH, OUT OF ECHO CHAMBER       
First Line: O truly, lily was a lulu
Last Line: She is dry and famous now. %wow
Subject(s): Singing And Singers


POPULAR REVIVALS 1956    Poem Text    
First Line: The thylacine, long thought to be extinct
Last Line: And in the films, co-starred with stewart granger
Subject(s): Motion Pictures; Movies; Cinema


POPULAR REVIVALS 1956       
First Line: The thylacine, long thought to be extinct
Last Line: And in the films, co-starred with stewart granger
Subject(s): Motion Pictures


POSTCARDS FROM SOVIET CITIES: KIEV    Poem Text    
First Line: Clutching his cross, st. Vladimir
Last Line: With gilt above the purple parks
Subject(s): Kiev, Ukraine


POSTCARDS FROM SOVIET CITIES: KIEV       
First Line: Clutching his cross, st. Vladimir
Last Line: Where peasant women supplicate
Subject(s): Kiev, Ukraine


POSTCARDS FROM SOVIET CITIES: LENINGRAD    Poem Text    
First Line: To build a window on the east'
Last Line: Some couples twist in our hotel
Subject(s): Saint Petersburg, Russia; Leningrad; Petrograd


POSTCARDS FROM SOVIET CITIES: LENINGRAD       
First Line: To build a window on the east'
Last Line: Some couples twist in our hotel
Subject(s): Saint Petersburg, Russia


POSTCARDS FROM SOVIET CITIES: MOSCOW    Poem Text    
First Line: Gold onions rooted in the sky
Last Line: To keep such beauty singular
Subject(s): Moscow


POSTCARDS FROM SOVIET CITIES: MOSCOW       
First Line: Gold onions rooted in the sky
Last Line: To keep such beauty singular
Subject(s): Moscow


POSTCARDS FROM SOVIET CITIES: TBILISI       
First Line: Rich georgian farmers send their sons
Subject(s): Tbilisi, Georgia


POSTCARDS FROM SOVIET CITIES: TBILISI       
First Line: Rich georgian farmers send their sons
Last Line: By name, surmounts the once-walled ridge
Subject(s): Tbilisi, Georgia


POSTCARDS FROM SOVIET CITIES: YEREVAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Armenia, asia's waif, has here
Last Line: Begins the brutal, ancient west
Subject(s): Yerevan, Armenia


POSTCARDS FROM SOVIET CITIES: YEREVAN       
First Line: Armenia, asia's waif, has here
Last Line: For there, where noah docked his boat, %begins the brutal, ancient west
Subject(s): Yerevan, Armenia


POSTCARDS ON MY WINDOW LEDGE    Poem Text    
First Line: He's there, yes with hardy, larkin heaney
Last Line: My face, tiny, watching him
Subject(s): Great Britain; Soccer; Writing & Writers; Fathers; Poetry & Poets; Childhood Memories


PRAGUE, AGAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: First seen in '64, a city then
Last Line: Besiege the castle and its phantom lord
Subject(s): Prague, Czech Republic


PRAGUE, AGAIN       
First Line: First seen in '64, a city then
Last Line: Beseige the castle and its phantom lord


PUBLIUS VERGILUS MARO, THE MADISON AVENUE HICK    Poem Text    
First Line: It takes a heap o' pluggin' t' make a classic sell
Last Line: It takes a heap o' pluggin' t' make a classic sell
Subject(s): Guest, Edgar Albert (1881-1959); Virgil (70-19 B.c.); Vergil


PUBLIUS VERGILUS MARO, THE MADISON AVENUE HICK       
First Line: It takes a heap o' pluggin' t' make a classic sell
Last Line: It takes a heap o' pluggin' t' make a classic sell
Subject(s): Guest, Edgar Albert (1881-1959); Virgil (70-19 B.c.)


PURA VIDA    Poem Text    
First Line: Such heat! It brings the brain back to its basic blank
Subject(s): Heat; Mnd, The


PURA VIDA       
First Line: Such heat! It brings the brain back to its basic blank
Last Line: The brain's dry buzz revives, a bit, as evening falls


QUERY    Poem Text    
First Line: Pear tree, why blossom?
Subject(s): Pear Trees; Trees; Pears


QUERY       
First Line: Pear tree, why blossom?
Last Line: In an agony's %sproutings) it must
Subject(s): Pear Trees; Trees


RACK OF PAPERBACKS       
First Line: Gateway, grove, %and dover say
Last Line: Their spines are not %austerely stiff
Subject(s): Paperback Books


RADIATORS       
First Line: Not theirs the stove's inflammatory drama
Last Line: But we scorn them like monarchs born of the sun


RAINING IN MAGENS BAY       
First Line: The sky, paid to be blue
Last Line: The way for man to be is mixed %with sun and salt and sea and shadow
Subject(s): Vacation


RAINSPOUT       
First Line: Up the house's nether corner
Last Line: Pour his loot into the gutter
Subject(s): Authors And Authorship; Poetry And Poets


RATS    Poem Text    
First Line: A house has rotten places: cellar walls
Last Line: Fallen to dust, and droppings, and dry clues
Subject(s): Rats


RATS       
First Line: A house has rotten places: cellar walls
Last Line: Where we pretend we're clean and all alone
Subject(s): Rats


READING, PA       
First Line: Munificence of textiles, coal, and steel
Last Line: Now where they shopped and movies showed there is %blank blue glass: banks and welfare offices


REALITY       
First Line: Displacing our plausible dream piece by piece
Last Line: The world prates its promises and stale laws


RECITAL; ROGER BOBO GIVES RECITAL ON TUBA    Poem Text    
First Line: Eskimos in manitoba
Last Line: Solo, quite like roger bubo!
Subject(s): Music & Musicians


RECITAL; ROGER BOBO GIVES RECITAL ON TUBA       
First Line: Eskimos in manitoba
Last Line: Solo, quite like roger bubo!
Subject(s): Music And Musicians


REEL       
First Line: Whirl, whorl, or wharve! The world
Last Line: And even stars affirm: %whatever whirls is real
Subject(s): Language


RELATIVES    Poem Text    
First Line: Just the thought of them makes your jawbone ache
Last Line: To love one's self is to love them all
Subject(s): Family Life; Relatives


RELATIVES       
First Line: Just the thought of them makes your jawbone ache
Last Line: To love one's self is to love them all
Subject(s): Family Life


RELIGIOUS CONSOLATION    Poem Text    
First Line: One size fits all. The shape or coloration
Subject(s): Religion; Theology


REPORT OF HEALTH    Poem Text    
First Line: I am alone tonight
Last Line: Inviting me into your hair
Subject(s): Love


REPORT OF HEALTH       
First Line: I am alone tonight
Last Line: The lilac bush is a devil %inviting me into your hair
Subject(s): Love


REQUIEM    Poem Text    
First Line: It came to me the other day
Subject(s): Death; Self; Transience; Dead, The; Impermanence


RESCUE       
First Line: I wrote some words today taht will see print
Last Line: To all that lovely perishing outdoors
Subject(s): Nature


RETURNING NATIVE    Poem Text    
First Line: What can you say about pennsylvania
Last Line: And gets the cement to deliver a kiss
Subject(s): Homecoming; Pennsylvania


RETURNING NATIVE       
First Line: What can you say about pennsylvania
Subject(s): Homecoming; Pennsylvania


REVELATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Two days with one eye
Last Line: A kind of joke, a pop-up book
Subject(s): Eye Patches


REVELATION       
First Line: Two days with one eye
Last Line: A kind of joke, a pop-up book
Subject(s): Eye Patches


RICHMOND    Poem Text    
First Line: The shadows in his eye sockets like shades
Last Line: An etching of, wry-necked in death, virginia
Subject(s): Richmond, Virginia


RICHMOND       
First Line: The shadows in his eye sockets like shades
Last Line: An etching of, wry-necked in death, virginia
Subject(s): Richmond, Virginia


RIO DE JANEIRO    Poem Text    
First Line: Too good to be true - a city that empties
Last Line: Far off in brasilia's cubes, feign impotence
Subject(s): Rio De Janeiro


RIO DE JANEIRO       
First Line: Too good to be true - a city that empties
Last Line: White politicians dazzling in the polish, %far off in brasilia's cubes, feign impotence
Subject(s): Rio De Janeiro


ROCKETTES       
First Line: Now when those girls, all thirty-six, go
Last Line: Then lets us go; they smile because %they know we know they know we know
Subject(s): Dancing And Dancers


ROMAN PORTRAIT BUSTS    Poem Text    
First Line: Others in museums pass them by
Last Line: But their putrefying individuality
Subject(s): Sculpture & Sculptors


ROMAN PORTRAIT BUSTS       
First Line: Others in museums pass them by
Last Line: Unsoftened by history, such %indigestible gristle
Subject(s): Sculpture And Sculptors


ROOM 28; NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY, LONDON       
First Line: Remembered as octagonal, dark-panelled
Last Line: Here on the cusp, in neither century
Subject(s): National Portait Gallery, London


SAILS ON ALL-SAINTS DAY       
First Line: One does not expect to see them, out there
Last Line: To its own slim shadow, mast-straight and blue
Subject(s): Sailors And Sailing


SAND DOLLAR       
First Line: This disc, stelliferous
Last Line: What one realm spends %another can use


SAO PAULO       
First Line: Buildings to the horizon, an accretion
Last Line: Of heaven, transparently, the muchness hushed
Subject(s): Sao Paulo, Brazil


SAYING GOODBYE TO VERY YOUNG CHILDREN    Poem Text    
First Line: They will not be the same next time. The sayings
Last Line: This world brave with hellos turns all goodbye
Subject(s): Change; Children; Childhood


SCENIC    Poem Text    
First Line: O when in san francisco do
Last Line: And, in its center, alcatraz
Subject(s): San Francisco


SCENIC       
First Line: O when in san francisco do
Last Line: An unmarred prospect of the bay %and, in its center, alcatraz
Subject(s): San Francisco


SEA KNELL       
First Line: I wandered to the surfy marge
Last Line: I hearkened with an ear much less %byronic than before
Subject(s): Whales


SEAGULLS    Poem Text    
First Line: A gull, up close, / looks surprisingly stuffed
Last Line: Among our mortal apprehensions
Subject(s): Birds; Gulls; Poetry & Poets; Seagulls


SEAGULLS       
First Line: A gull, up close, %looks surprisingly stuffed
Last Line: Beautiful gods stroll unconcerned %among our mortal apprehensions
Subject(s): Birds; Gulls; Poetry And Poets


SEAL IN NATURE       
First Line: Observed from down the beach, the seal
Last Line: For the silent observer supreme
Subject(s): Seals (animals)


SEATTLE UPLIFT    Poem Text    
First Line: Rain, now as all night, is tapping
Last Line: But nothing distinct enough; I am still up too high
Subject(s): Seattle, Washington


SEATTLE UPLIFT       
First Line: Rain, now as all night, is tapping
Last Line: But nothing distinct enough; I am still too high up
Subject(s): Seattle, Washington


SELF-SERVICE    Poem Text    
First Line: Always I wanted to do it myself
Last Line: I pinch off my share, and pay
Subject(s): Automobiles - Service Stations; Gasoline Stations; Filling Stations; Automobile Repair Shops


SELF-SERVICE       
First Line: Always I wanted to do it myself
Last Line: I pinch off my share, and pay
Subject(s): Automobiles - Service Stations


SENSUALIST       
First Line: Come, capsicum, cast off they membranous pods
Last Line: Compounded spices, come: dissolve in me
Subject(s): Medicine


SEVEN NEW WAYS OF LOOKING AT THE MOON       
First Line: Man, am I sick
Last Line: Which answers why
Subject(s): Moon


SEVEN ODES TO SEVEN NATURAL PROCESSES: ODE TO HEALING    Poem Text    
First Line: A scab / is a beautiful thing - a coin
Last Line: Of better proof of le bon dieu
Subject(s): Healing; Cures


SEVEN ODES TO SEVEN NATURAL PROCESSES: ODE TO HEALING       
First Line: A scab %is a beautiful thing - a coin
Last Line: Faith is health's requisite: %we have this fact in lieu %of better proof of le bon dieu
Subject(s): Healing


SEVEN ODES TO SEVEN NATURAL PROCESSES: ODE TO ROT    Poem Text    
First Line: Der gut herr gott
Last Line: Achieves in plants, in living plants
Subject(s): Decay; Rot; Decadence


SEVEN ODES TO SEVEN NATURAL PROCESSES: ODE TO ROT       
First Line: Der gut herr gott
Last Line: The lightning-forged organic conspiracy's %merciful counterplot
Subject(s): Decay


SEVEN ODES TO SEVEN NATURAL RESOURCES: ODE TO ENTROPY    Poem Text    
First Line: Some day - can it be believed?
Last Line: To power all the heavens madmen have ever proposed
Subject(s): Entropy


SEVEN ODES TO SEVEN NATURAL RESOURCES: ODE TO ENTROPY       
First Line: Some day - can it be believed?
Last Line: There is still enough energy in one overlooked star %to power all the heavens madmen have ever propo
Subject(s): Entropy


SEVEN ODES TO SEVEN NATURAL RESOURCES: ODE TO GROWTH    Poem Text    
First Line: Like an awl-tip breaking ice
Last Line: Within us of less dimension than a freckle
Subject(s): Growth


SEVEN ODES TO SEVEN NATURAL RESOURCES: ODE TO GROWTH       
First Line: Like an awl-tip breaking ice
Last Line: Within us of less dimension than a freckle
Subject(s): Growth


SEVEN ODES TO SEVEN NATURAL RESOURCES: TO CRYSTALLIZATION    Poem Text    
First Line: The atom is a crystal
Last Line: The form of crystal admits no angle but its own
Subject(s): Crystallization; Physics


SEVEN ODES TO SEVEN NATURAL RESOURCES: TO CRYSTALLIZATION       
First Line: The atom is a crystal
Last Line: The form of crystal admits no angle but its own
Subject(s): Crystallization; Physics


SEVEN ODES TO SEVEN NATURAL RESOURCES: TO EVAPORATION       
First Line: What lifts the ocean into clouds
Subject(s): Evaporation


SEVEN ODES TO SEVEN NATURAL RESOURCES: TO EVAPORATION       
First Line: What lifts the ocean into clouds
Last Line: More mighty than a waterfall
Subject(s): Evaporation


SEVEN ODES TO SEVEN NATURAL RESOURCES: TO FRAGMENTATION       
First Line: Motion, motion
Subject(s): Fragmentation


SEVEN ODES TO SEVEN NATURAL RESOURCES: TO FRAGMENTATION       
First Line: Motion, motion
Last Line: Would never have taken root
Subject(s): Fragmentation


SEVEN STANZAS AT EASTER    Poem Text    
First Line: Make no mistake if he rose at all
Last Line: And crushed by remonstrance
Subject(s): Christianity; Religion; Theology


SEVEN STANZAS AT EASTER       
First Line: Make no mistake if he rose at all
Last Line: And crushed by remonstance
Subject(s): Christianity; Religion


SHAVING MIRROR       
First Line: Among the brobdingnagians gulliver
Last Line: Made up of several colors altogether disagreeable
Subject(s): Mirrors


SHILLINGTON       
First Line: The vacant lots are occupied in the woods
Subject(s): Home; Shillington, Pennsylvania


SHILLINGTON       
First Line: The vacant lots are occupied in the woods
Last Line: We have one home, the first, and leave that one. %the having and the leaving go on together
Subject(s): Home; Shillington, Pennsylvania


SHIPBORED    Poem Text    
First Line: That line is the horizon line
Last Line: The blue below and I are, too
Subject(s): Ships & Shipping


SHIPBORED       
First Line: That line is the horizon line
Last Line: The blue below and I are, too
Subject(s): Ships And Shipping


SHORT DAYS       
First Line: I like the way, in winter, cars
Last Line: The thirst of broad day has begun


SHUTTLE       
First Line: Sitting airborne on the %new york-to-boston shuttle
Last Line: And the shuttle is always crowded
Subject(s): Air Travel; Capp, Al (1909-1979); Cartoons And Cartoonists


SIN CITY, D.C.    Poem Text    
First Line: Hays says ray lies
Last Line: Into paperback runaway
Subject(s): Washington, D.c.


SIN CITY, D.C.       
First Line: Hays says ray lies
Last Line: Into paperback runaway
Subject(s): Washington, D.c.


SKYEY DEVELOPMENTS    Poem Text    
First Line: The clouds within the milky way
Last Line: The scales against a battleship.
Subject(s): Astronomy & Astronomers


SKYEY DEVELOPMENTS       
First Line: The clouds within the milky way
Last Line: The mad things dreamt up in the sky %discomfort our philosophy
Subject(s): Astronomy And Astronomers


SLEEPING WITH YOU    Poem Text    
First Line: One creature, not the mollusk
Last Line: Behind like matereial in a trench
Subject(s): Love


SLEEPING WITH YOU       
First Line: One creature, not the mollusk
Last Line: That unpoliced swirling of spirit %whose sharing is a synonumn for love
Subject(s): Love


SLEEPLESS IN SCARSDALE       
First Line: Prosperity has stolen stupor from me
Last Line: I await the hours guiltily, %hoping for one with whom I can make a deal
Subject(s): Insomnia


SLUM LORDS    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Upper Classes; Absence; Neighbors; Separation; Isolation


SMALL-CITY PEOPLE       
First Line: They look shabby and crazy but not
Last Line: No one would choose that chose you, %flatteringly
Subject(s): Cities


SNAPSHOTS       
First Line: How good of mrs. Metz! The blur
Last Line: This place is where I was inspired %to - stop me, if your eyes are tired
Subject(s): Photography And Photographers


SNOWDROPS 1987       
First Line: Isn't it nice (diane keaton
Subject(s): Snow


SOLITAIRE    Poem Text    
First Line: Black queen on the red king
Last Line: Behind like materiel in a trench
Subject(s): Card Games; Playing Cards


SOLITAIRE       
First Line: Black queen on the red king
Subject(s): Card Games


SOLITARY POND       
First Line: The fall we moved to the farm, I was thirteen
Last Line: The very scratches left by my experiement
Subject(s): Farm Life


SOME FRENCHMEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Monsieur etienne de silhouette
Last Line: Developed just in time for bed
Subject(s): Ampere, Jean Jacques Antoine (1800-1864); Capital Punishment; Daguerre, Louis (1789-1851); France; Guillotin, Joseph Ignace (1738-1814); Paintings And Painters; Sax, Adolph (1814-1894); Silhouette, Etienne De (1709-1767); Writing & Writers; Hanging; Exec


SOME FRENCHMEN       
First Line: Monsieur etienne de silhouette
Subject(s): Ampere, Jean Jacques Antoine (1800-1864); Capital Punishment; Daguerre, Louis (1789-1851); France; Guillotin, Joseph Ignace (1738-1814); Paintings And Painters; Sax, Adolph (1814-1894); Silhouette, Etienne De (1709-1767); Writing And Writers


SOMETIME SPORTSMAN GREETS THE SPRING       
First Line: When winter's glaze is lifted from the greens
Subject(s): Sports; Spring


SOMEWHERE       
First Line: Travelling alone through europe
Last Line: To make, of this scuttle and heartbeat, art
Subject(s): Travel


SONG OF MY SELF    Poem Text    
First Line: What is there about me that likes the arly dark?
Last Line: In a sort of cosmic sourness, the sweat of my mind
Subject(s): Self


SONG OF MY SELF       
First Line: What is there about me that likes the arly dark?
Last Line: With something else, which rides and sees
Subject(s): Self


SONG OF PATERNAL CARE       
First Line: A lithuanian lithographer
Last Line: She did. They lived in lithgow, austl., %litherly ever after
Subject(s): Language


SONG OF THE OPEN FIREPLACE       
First Line: When silly sol in winter roisters
Last Line: It's time for bed
Subject(s): Fireplaces


SONIC BOOM    Poem Text    
First Line: I'm sitting in the living room
Last Line: I shant look up to see it drop
Subject(s): Air Travel


SONIC BOOM       
First Line: I'm sitting in the living room
Last Line: And if it does, with one more pop, %I shan't look up to see it drop
Subject(s): Air Travel


SONNET TO MAN-MADE GRANDEUR       
First Line: The pyramids rooted in a rubble of beggars and bored camels
Subject(s): Churches; Graves; Monuments; Pantheon, Rome; Parthenon; Pyramids; Cathedrals; Tombs; Tombstones


SONNET TO MAN-MADE GRANDEUR       
First Line: The pyramids rooted in a rubble of beggars and bored camels
Last Line: Majesty! We have lifted you up on the backs of slaves %whoselives you still hold as the curved earth
Subject(s): Churches; Graves; Monuments; Pantheon, Rome; Parthenon; Pyramids


SONNET: THE DYING PHOBIAC TAKES HIS FEARS WITH HIM       
First Line: Visions of flame fanned out from the cigarette


SONNET: TRY - NO MORE ACCESS TO HER UNDERPANTS    Poem Text    
First Line: Her red dress stretched across the remembered small
Last Line: Said he, ''my last steps aren't propelled by just schweppes!''


SOUND HEARD EARLY ON THE MORNING OF CHRIST'S NATIVITY       
First Line: The thump of the newspaper on the porch
Last Line: Has brought to us glad tidings, and we stir


SOUTH OF THE ALPS       
First Line: Signorina angeli, veteran of vogue
Last Line: Tell me - why doesn't anything last?
Subject(s): Beauty; Italy; Transience


SPANISH SONNETS: 1       
First Line: By the light of insomnia, truths
Subject(s): Goya Y Lucientes, Francisco Jose De; Spain


SPANISH SONNETS: 1       
First Line: By the light of insomnia, truths
Last Line: The tortured torture, and worse gets worse
Subject(s): Goya Y Lucientes, Francisco Jose De; Spain


SPANISH SONNETS: 2       
First Line: He omits, goya, not even the good news
Last Line: And people are meat, as for francis bacon
Subject(s): Goya Y Lucientes, Francisco Jose De; Spain


SPANISH SONNETS: 3       
First Line: Yes, self-obsession fills our daily clothes
Last Line: We cannot stop clinging where we are
Subject(s): Spain


SPANISH SONNETS: 4       
First Line: Each day's tours, I gather sandy castles
Last Line: And I try to picture your body part by part %to supplant the day's crenellated loot
Subject(s): Spain


SPANISH SONNETS: 5    Poem Text    
First Line: The land is dry enough to make the rivers
Last Line: Road maps pour out of me in a stream
Subject(s): Spain


SPANISH SONNETS: 5       
First Line: The land is dry enough to make the rivers
Last Line: Who could ever love me? Misread %road maps pour out of me in a stream
Subject(s): Spain


SPANISH SONNETS: 6       
First Line: Neumatico puntrado - we stopped
Last Line: In silence wielded sickles. They had seen
Subject(s): Spain


SPANISH SONNETS: 7       
First Line: All crises pass, though not the condition of crisis
Last Line: The streets, though dim, are safe at night. Lovers %touch, widows wear black, all is known
Subject(s): Spain


SPANISH SONNETS: 8       
First Line: These islands of history amid traffic snarls
Last Line: Tulips outnumber truths in my madrid
Subject(s): De Luna, Alvaro; Joan I (juana La Lorca), Queen Of Spain; Spain


SPRING SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: The fiddlehead ferns down by our pond
Last Line: All growth's a slave, and rot is boss
Subject(s): Decay; Rot; Decadence


SPRING SONG       
First Line: The fiddlehead ferns down by our pond
Last Line: All growth's a slave, and rot is boss
Subject(s): Decay


SQUIRRELS MATING    Poem Text    
First Line: In fits and starts around
Last Line: Their chase in fits and starts
Subject(s): Reproduction; Squirrels; Mating


SQUIRRELS MATING       
First Line: In fits and starts around
Last Line: Their chase in fits and starts
Subject(s): Reproduction; Squirrels


STOLEN       
First Line: What is it like, to be a stolen painting
Last Line: Disappeared excellence to its throne?


STORY OF MY LIFE       
First Line: Enthused I went to yale, enthused
Last Line: Quitely simply, as 'enthusiast'


STUNT FLIER       
First Line: I come into my dim bedroom
Last Line: To demonstrate how easy gliding is
Subject(s): Babies


STYLES OF BLOOM       
First Line: One sudden week (the roads still salty %and only garlic green) forsythia
Last Line: Burdensome summer has come


SUBTROPICAL NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Orion is upstanding overhead
Last Line: A cadillac prowls by, in search of sleep
Subject(s): Florida; Night; Bedtime


SUBTROPICAL NIGHT       
First Line: Orion is upstanding overhead
Last Line: A cadillac prowls by, in search of sleep
Subject(s): Florida; Night


SUBURBAN MADRIGAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Sitting here in my house
Last Line: A gorgeous gree
Subject(s): Suburbs


SUBURBAN MADRIGAL       
First Line: Sitting here in my house
Last Line: A gorgeous green sunset streaking his panes
Subject(s): Suburbs


SUMMER: WEST SIDE    Poem Text    
First Line: When on the coral-red steps of old brownstones
Last Line: By one more night’s deposit of vigil
Subject(s): New York City; Manhattan; New York, New York; The Big Apple


SUMMER: WEST SIDE       
First Line: When on the coral-red steps of old brownstones
Last Line: Seem slightly darkened %by one more night's deposit of vigil
Subject(s): New York City


SUNDAY       
First Line: This day that would tell us what we are
Last Line: Where all days are sundays %disguised as work days
Subject(s): Sabbath


SUNDAY IN BOSTON    Poem Text    
First Line: The fags and their gay dogs are patrolling
Last Line: In turn give back the hollow sound of bells
Subject(s): Boston


SUNDAY IN BOSTON       
First Line: The fags and their gay dogs are patrolling
Last Line: The suburbs send us their stifling cars, and we %in turn give back the hollow sound of bells
Subject(s): Boston


SUNDAY RAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: The window screen / is trying to do
Last Line: Only the words / across
Subject(s): Rain; Crossword Puzzles


SUNDAY RAIN       
First Line: The window screen %is trying to do
Last Line: But appears to know %only vertical words
Subject(s): Rain


SUNFLOWER    Poem Text    
First Line: Sunflower, of flowers
Last Line: You wear a girl's / bonnet behind?
Subject(s): Sunflowers


SUNFLOWER       
First Line: Sunflower, of flowers
Last Line: You wear a girl's %bonnet behind?
Subject(s): Sunflowers


SUNGLASSES    Poem Text    
First Line: On an olive beach, beneath a turquoise sky
Last Line: "
Subject(s): Sunglasses


SUNGLASSES       
First Line: On an olive beach, beneath a turquoise sky
Last Line: And her copper skin, all verdigris!
Subject(s): Sunglasses


SUNSHINE ON SANDSTONE       
First Line: Golden photon white on granulated red makes brown
Last Line: Sdeem meditating irregularities: %lord's thoughts


SUPERMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: I drive my car to supermarket
Last Line: Super-super-superwho?
Subject(s): Super (word)


SUPERMAN       
First Line: I drive my car to supermarket
Last Line: Super-super-superwho?
Subject(s): Super (word)


SWITZERLAND       
First Line: The orderly hand of man, hollowing
Last Line: When the deck clerk forgets what language he's speaking
Subject(s): Switzerland


TAO IN THE YANKEE STADIUM BLEACHERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Distance brings proportion. From here
Last Line: Hold motionless while berra flies to left
Subject(s): Baseball; Chinese Literature; Sports


TAO IN THE YANKEE STADIUM BLEACHERS       
First Line: Distance brings proportion. From here
Last Line: And, distant as a paradise, experts, passionate and deft, %wait while berra flies to left
Subject(s): Baseball; Chinese Literature; Sports


TASTE       
First Line: I have, alas, no taste
Last Line: Abundant, reckless, cheerful. Go screw, taste - %itself a tasteless suggestion
Subject(s): Taste (esthetics)


TAX-FREE ENCOUNTER       
First Line: I met a fellow in whose hand
Last Line: He sly smiled and slowly backed %away, his principal intact


TELEPHONE POLES    Poem Text    
First Line: They have been with us a long time
Last Line: By being never green
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Telephones; Work; Workers


TELEPHONE POLES       
First Line: They have been with us a long time
Last Line: These giants are more constant than evergreens %by being never green
Subject(s): Labor And Laborers; Telephones


THE AMISH    Poem Text    
First Line: The amish are a surly sect
Last Line: To gaze upon these simple folk
Subject(s): Amish; Mennonites


THE ANGELS    Poem Text    
First Line: They are above us all the time
Last Line: Comfort with terror our mortal afternoons
Subject(s): Art & Artists


THE BEAUTIFUL BOWEL MOVEMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: Though most of them aren't much to write about
Last Line: Stardust, how can I keep you? With this poem.
Subject(s): Excrement


THE BLESSING    Poem Text    
First Line: The room darkened, darkened until
Last Line: The blessÈd slenderness
Subject(s): Love


THE CLAN       
First Line: Emlyn reads in dickens' clothes
Subject(s): Williams (family Name)


THE DESCENT OF MR. ALDEZ    Poem Text    
First Line: That cloud - ambiguous, not
Last Line: Smiles knowingly, and dissipates
Subject(s): Clouds


THE FURNITURE    Poem Text    
First Line: To things we are ghosts, soft things
Subject(s): Furniture; Mankind; Human Race


THE GREAT SCARF OF BIRDS    Poem Text    
First Line: Ripe apples were caught like red fish in the nets
Last Line: The southward cloud withdrew into the air
Subject(s): Birds


THE HANDKERCHIEFS OF KHAIBAR KHAN       
First Line: In nishapur did khaibar khan
Subject(s): Iran; Petroleum; Persia; Oil


THE MENAGERIE AT VERSAILLES IN 1775    Poem Text    
First Line: Cygnets dark; their black feet
Subject(s): Animals; Versailles, Frances


THE MILLIPEDE    Poem Text    
First Line: Oi! Oi! Noli me tangere, no argument
Subject(s): Insects; Bugs


THE MOSQUITO    Poem Text    
First Line: On the fine wire of her whine she walked
Last Line: By side we, murderer and murdered, sleep
Subject(s): Mosquitoes


THE NAKED APE    Poem Text    
First Line: The dinosaur died, and small
Last Line: The upright life
Subject(s): Anthropology


THE ORIGIN OF LAUGHTER    Poem Text    
First Line: Hunched in the dark beneath his mother's heart
Last Line: Where the known rhythm holds its secret place
Subject(s): Laughter


THE PLACE LEFT BEHIND    Poem Text    
First Line: Look. The place left behind sits in a pale sun
Last Line: She was! The deep echoes! The way I care!
Subject(s): Past


THE ROCKETTES    Poem Text    
First Line: Now when those girls, all thirty-six, go
Last Line: They know we know they know we know
Subject(s): Dancing & Dancers


THE SOLITARY POND    Poem Text    
First Line: The fall we moved to the farm, I was thirteen
Last Line: The very scratches left by my experiment
Subject(s): Farm Life; Agriculture; Farmers


THE SOMETIME SPORTSMAN GREETS THE SPRING    Poem Text    
First Line: When winter's glaze is lifted from the greens
Last Line: Hope springs eternally, but spring hopes fade
Subject(s): Sports; Spring


THE STORY OF MY LIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: Enthused I went to yale, enthused
Subject(s): Human Behavior; Wit & Humor; Conduct Of Life; Human Nature


THE STUNT FLIER    Poem Text    
First Line: I come into my dim bedroom
Last Line: To demonstrate how easy gliding is
Subject(s): Babies; Infants


THE VISIONS OF MACKENZIE KING       
First Line: I, william lyon mackenzie king
Subject(s): Canada; King, William Lyon Mackenzie (1874-1950); Canadians


THE WITNESSES    Poem Text    
First Line: From anne frank's house in amsterdam
Last Line: But these, of hatchlings wakening at night
Subject(s): Frank, Anne (1929-1945)


THIN AIR    Poem Text    
First Line: By holding one's head stock-still and measuring
Last Line: Squashed snails, were the world one shade more solid
Subject(s): Air Travel


THIN AIR       
First Line: By holding one's head stock-still and measuring
Last Line: Murderously fast. Oh, we would die, %squashed snails, were the world one shade more solid
Subject(s): Air Travel


THOUGHTS WHILE DRIVING HOME    Poem Text    
First Line: Was I clever enough? Was I charming?
Last Line: He's deep. He's deep. He's deep?
Subject(s): Parties


THOUGHTS WHILE DRIVING HOME       
First Line: Was I clever enough? Was I charming?
Last Line: So they murmured, when I'd left the party, %'he's deep. He'sdeep. He's deep'?
Subject(s): Parties


TICK       
First Line: Ruddy bloodbody %a-wiggle like a star


TIME'S FOOL       
First Line: Frederick alexander pott
Subject(s): Punctuality


TIME'S FOOL       
First Line: Frederick alexander pott
Last Line: This was the time agreed upon?
Subject(s): Punctuality


TO A BOX TURTLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Size of a small skull, and like a skull segmented
Last Line: But nature’s tumults pool to form a giant peace
Subject(s): Turtles; Tortoises


TO A BOX TURTLE       
First Line: Size of a small skull, and like a skull segmented
Last Line: But nature's tumults pool to form a giant peace
Subject(s): Turtles


TO A DEAD FLAME       
First Line: Dear x, you wouldn't believe how curious
Last Line: Set spinning to confuse and stay the sun
Variant Title(s): To A Former Mistress, Now Dea
Subject(s): Old Age


TO A FORMER MISTRESS, NOW DEAD    Poem Text    
First Line: Dear x, you wouldn't believe how curious
Last Line: Or putting myself to bed, but it's a lie


TO A WATERBED    Poem Text    
First Line: No frog prince ever had a pond
Last Line: I love you so much I cannot sleep
Subject(s): Waterbeds


TO A WATERBED       
First Line: No frog prince ever had a pond
Last Line: I love you so much I can't sleep
Subject(s): Waterbeds


TO A WELL-CONNECTED MOUSE       
First Line: Wee, sleekit, cow'rin, tim'rous beastie
Last Line: When a's I' th' family, bro' an' bro


TO AN USHERETTE       
First Line: Ah, come with me
Last Line: And I shall say I love you some


TO ED SISSMAN       
First Line: I think a lot about you, ed
Subject(s): Sissman, Louis Edward (1928-1976)


TO ED SISSMAN       
First Line: I think a lot about you, ed
Last Line: Who took ten years of life on trial %and lent pentameter another voice
Subject(s): Sissman, Louis Edward (1928-1976)


TO TWO OF MY CHARACTERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Emily, as I entered a real greenhouse
Subject(s): Novels & Novelists


TO TWO OF MY CHARACTERS       
First Line: Emily, as I entered a real greenhouse
Last Line: And, here among real flowers, fear I failed


TOME THOUGHTS, FROM THE 'TIMES'       
First Line: Oh, to be orville prescott
Subject(s): Criticism & Critics; Novels & Novelists; Prescott, Orville (1906-1996)


TOME THOUGHTS, FROM THE 'TIMES'       
First Line: Oh, to be orville prescott
Last Line: By prescott, deep in short-stemmed clover
Subject(s): Critics And Criticism; Novels And Novelists; Prescott, Orville (1906-1996)


TOOCHACHE MAN       
First Line: The earth has been unkind to him
Last Line: He must have suffered greatly


TOOLS    Poem Text    
First Line: Tell me, how do the manufacturers of tools
Subject(s): Tools


TOOLS       
First Line: Tell me, how do the manufacturers of tools
Last Line: Enduring with a thrift that shames our wastrel lives


TOPSFIELD FAIR       
First Line: Animals seem so sad to be themselves
Last Line: And, stuck like stamps in species. Go out of date
Subject(s): Animals


TOSSING AND TURNING    Poem Text    
First Line: The spirit has infinite facets, but the body
Last Line: We are turning
Subject(s): Insomnia; Sleeplessness


TOSSING AND TURNING       
First Line: The spirit has infinite facets, but the body
Last Line: We are turning
Subject(s): Insomnia


TOUCH OF SPRING    Poem Text    
First Line: Thin wind winds off the water
Subject(s): Spring


TOUCH OF SPRING       
First Line: Thin wind winds off the water
Last Line: Sharpening her claws on the flesh-pink wood
Subject(s): Spring


TRANSPARENT STRATAGEMS    Poem Text    
First Line: To be unseen: a key to sea survival
Subject(s): Sea; Ocean


TRAVEL TIPS       
First Line: The trams in amsterdam are yellow
Last Line: You'd better take a boat


TREES EAT SUNSHINE       
First Line: It's the fact
Last Line: Let us all strive to resemble this giant!


TROPICAL BEETLES       
First Line: Composed of horny, jagged blacks
Last Line: And win, when stepped on in the dark, %disgusted exclamations
Subject(s): Beetles; Insects


TSOKADZE O ALTITUDO       
First Line: Tsokadze leans unknowlingly
Last Line: Ah, c'est bon, when tsokadze skies
Subject(s): Skiing


TULSA    Poem Text    
First Line: Not oral roberts' city of heavenly glitz
Last Line: The cherokee street people blink away
Subject(s): Tulsa, Oklahoma


TULSA       
First Line: Not oral roberts' city of heavenly glitz
Subject(s): Tulsa, Oklahoma


TUNE IN, AMERICAN TYPE       
First Line: Ah, to be set and printed in
Last Line: Squeezed flat from british pulp. He non- %ny nonny, etc
Subject(s): Books; Great Britain; Printing And Printers; Typesetting


TWO CUNTS IN PARIS       
First Line: Although stone nudes are everywhere -- some crammed
Last Line: His creatures, all, the homely means to spawn


TWO HOPPERS; DISPLAYED IN THE THYSSEN-BORNEMISZA COLLECTION    Poem Text    
First Line: The smaller, older 'girl at a sewing machine'
Last Line: The letter. Hopper is saying , I am vermeer
Subject(s): Hopper, Edward (1882-1967)


TWO HOPPERS; DISPLAYED IN THE THYSSEN-BORNEMISZA COLLECTION       
First Line: The smaller, older 'girl at a sewing machine'
Last Line: The letter. Hopper is saying, 'I am vermeer'
Subject(s): Hopper, Edward (1882-1967)


TWO LIMERICKS FOR THE ELDERLY: 1    Poem Text    
First Line: There was an old poop from poughkeepsie
Last Line: Said he, ''when I say 'noli tangere,' me is implicit but not, I think, tacit!
Variant Title(s): Two Limericks After Lear: 2
Subject(s): Lear, Edward (1812-1888)


TWO LIMERICKS FOR THE ELDERLY: 1       
First Line: A touchy old gent from cohasset
Last Line: Is implicit but not, I hope, tacit
Variant Title(s): Two Limericks After Lear:
Subject(s): Lear, Edward (1812-1888)


TWO LIMERICKS FOR THE ELDERLY: 2    Poem Text    
First Line: A touchy old gent from cohasset
Last Line: Said he, ''when I say 'noli tangere,' me is implicit but not, I think, tacit!'
Variant Title(s): Two Limericks After Lear: 1
Subject(s): Lear, Edward (1812-1888)


TWO LIMERICKS FOR THE ELDERLY: 2       
First Line: There was an old poop from poughkeepsie
Last Line: That peppy old poop from poughkeepsie
Variant Title(s): Two Limericks After Lear:
Subject(s): Lear, Edward (1812-1888)


TWO SONNETS ...: NO MORE ACCESS TO HER UNDERPANTS       
First Line: Her red dress stretched across the remembered small
Last Line: And locked in antarctic ice by this bitch
Subject(s): Lust


TWO SONNETS ...: THE DYING PHOBIAC TAKES HIS FEARS WITH HIM       
First Line: Visions of flame fanned out from the cigarette
Last Line: Annul their old contract and set him free
Subject(s): Fear


TYPICAL OPTICAL       
First Line: In the days of my youth
Last Line: My old eyeballs enfold %no print any finer %than sans-serif bold
Subject(s): Sight


UPON BECOMING A SENIOR CITIZEN       
First Line: The day, another ice-pure installment
Last Line: Leaf fires, knickers, and love from above


UPON LEARNING .. A TOWN EXISTS IN VIRGINIA CALLED UPPERVILLE       
First Line: In upperville, the upper crust
Last Line: Fair upperville, accept my song


UPON LEARNING THAT A BIRD EXISTS CALLED THE TURNSTONE    Poem Text    
First Line: A turnstone turned rover
Last Line: The terns cried, 'return!'
Subject(s): Turnstones


UPON LEARNING THAT A BIRD EXISTS CALLED THE TURNSTONE       
First Line: A turnstone turned rover
Last Line: While yearning above her %the terns cried, 'return!'
Subject(s): Turnstones


UPON LOOKING INTO SYLVIA PLATH'S LETTERS HOME    Poem Text    
First Line: Yes, this is how it was to have been born
Last Line: My works overweight; yet we feel twins
Subject(s): Plath, Sylvia (1932-1963)


UPON LOOKING INTO SYLVIA PLATH'S LETTERS HOME       
First Line: Yes, this is how it was to have been born
Last Line: My works overweight; and yet we feel twins
Subject(s): Plath, Sylvia (1932-1963)


UPON SHAVING OFF ONE'S BEARD    Poem Text    
First Line: The scissors cut the long-grown hair
Last Line: At the forgotten boy I was
Subject(s): Beards; Shaving


UPON SHAVING OFF ONE'S BEARD       
First Line: The scissors cut the long-grown hair
Last Line: At the forgotten boy I was
Subject(s): Beards; Shaving


UPON THE LAST DAY OF HIS FORTY-NINTH YEAR       
First Line: Scritch, scratch, said the frozen spring snow
Last Line: And feels the gut pull of steep maturity
Subject(s): Middle Age


UPON WINNING ONE'S FLIGHT IN THE SENIOR FOUR-BALL       
First Line: Oh, where have they gone to -- the eight-iron stiff to the pin
Last Line: Of applause in the tent, a pleasantry, a loss


V.B. NIMBLE, V.B. QUICK    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: V.B. Wiggelsworth wakes at noon
Subject(s): Harvard University; Science; Scientists


V.B. NIMBLE, V.B. QUICK       
First Line: V.B. Wiggelsworth wakes at noon
Last Line: Instructs the jellyfish to spawn, %and, by one o'clock, is gone
Subject(s): Harvard University; Science


VENETIAN CANDY    Poem Text    
First Line: How long will our bewildered heirs
Subject(s): Venice, Italty; Tourists


VENETIAN CANDY       
First Line: How long will our bewildered heirs
Last Line: Had spent in the feathery bed %at the europa e regina


VERMONT    Poem Text    
First Line: Here green is king again
Last Line: Comes further south
Subject(s): Vermont


VERMONT       
First Line: Here green is king again
Last Line: Comes further south
Subject(s): Vermont


VERO BEACH BIRTHDAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Three score three years ago, a thousand miles
Last Line: The forceps tug me one notch further out
Subject(s): Birthdays


VERO BEACH BIRTHDAY       
First Line: Three score three years ago, a thousand miles
Last Line: The forceps tug me one notch further out
Subject(s): Birthdays


VIBRATION       
First Line: The world vibrates, my sleepless nights
Last Line: My heart, and murmured, I am you


VIDEO       
First Line: Bathe me in lavender


VISION       
First Line: Said harvey swados to herbert gold
Last Line: American fiction wept, and gave thanks
Subject(s): Critics And Criticism


VISIONS OF MACKENZIE KING       
First Line: I, william lyon mackenzie king
Last Line: Shaving soap spoke to me, of mother and dogs, %in those decades of demons of whom I was one
Subject(s): Canada; King, William Lyon Mackenzie (1874-1950)


VOW       
First Line: May I forever a muse- %um friend of early music be
Last Line: When we have run our mortal race %from sopranino to contrabass
Subject(s): Music And Musicians


WAITING ROOMS: BOSTON LYING-IN    Poem Text    
First Line: Here women, frightened, bring their sex
Last Line: Our bottoms betray us and beg for the light
Subject(s): Hospitals; Women; Sex


WAITING ROOMS: BOSTON LYING-IN       
First Line: Here women, frightened, bring their sex
Last Line: Our bottoms betray is and beg for the light
Subject(s): Hospitals


WAITING ROOMS: MASS. MENTAL HEALTH    Poem Text    
First Line: The mad are mad for cigarettes
Last Line: Murder to out; when women crack sex
Subject(s): Hospitals; Insanity; Madness; Mental Illness


WAITING ROOMS: MASS. MENTAL HEALTH       
First Line: The mad are mad for cigarettes
Last Line: Murder to out; when women crack, sex
Subject(s): Hospitals; Insanity


WASH    Poem Text    
First Line: For seven days it rained that june
Last Line: With hosannas of cotton and hallelujahs of wool
Subject(s): Laundry & Laundering


WASH       
First Line: For seven days it rained that june
Last Line: With hosannas of cotton and halleluiahs of wool
Subject(s): Laundry And Laundering


WASHINGTON    Poem Text    
First Line: Diagonal white city dreamed by a frenchman
Last Line: And of sleep
Subject(s): Washington, D.c.


WASHINGTON       
First Line: Diagonal white city dreamed by a frenchman
Last Line: With love of my country, of cunt, and of sleep
Subject(s): Washington, D.c.


WASHINGTON: TOURIST VIEW       
First Line: The protesters in their houses built of placards
Subject(s): Washington, D.c.


WHITE DWARF    Poem Text    
First Line: Welcome, welcome, little star!
Last Line: An antidote to cosmic fright
Subject(s): Stars


WHITE DWARF       
First Line: Welcome, welcome, little star!
Last Line: An antidote to cosmic flight
Subject(s): Stars


WHY THE TELEPHONE WIRES DIP & POLES ARE CRACKED & CROOKED    Poem Text    
First Line: The old men say
Last Line: Each pole, a c aw
Subject(s): Telephones


WHY THE TELEPHONE WIRES DIP & POLES ARE CRACKED & CROOKED       
First Line: The old men say
Last Line: Each pole, a caw
Subject(s): Telephones


WIDENER LIBRARY, READING ROOM    Poem Text    
First Line: Eight years removed from them, I sit among
Last Line: Ill, here in thr vault of its vague inten
Subject(s): Harvard University; Librarians & Libraries


WIDENER LIBRARY, READING ROOM       
First Line: Eight years removed from them, I sit among
Last Line: Your discipline implied; the feat feels meant %ill, here in the vault of its vague intent
Subject(s): Harvard University


WIND    Poem Text    
First Line: If god has any voice it is the wind
Last Line: "wheerrre, and begging,
Subject(s): Wind


WIND       
First Line: If god has any voice it is the wind
Last Line: In his mouth my body tastes like stale milk
Subject(s): Wind


WINTER OCEAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Many-maned scud-thumper, tub
Last Line: Portly pusher of waves, wind-slave
Subject(s): Sea; Ocean


WINTER OCEAN       
First Line: Many-maned scud-thumper, tub
Subject(s): Sea


WITHIN A QUAD       
First Line: Within a quad of aging brick
Last Line: Contain an oddly actual rage
Variant Title(s): Idyl
Subject(s): Universities & Colleges


WITNESSES       
First Line: From anne frank's house in amsterdam
Last Line: But these, of hatchlings wakening at night
Subject(s): Frank, Anne (1929-1945)


WOODEN DARNING EGG       
First Line: The carpentered hen
Last Line: The angle, sits down %and coos 'bevel bevel'


WORKING OUTDOORS IN WINTER       
First Line: It can be done. The seal of frost
Last Line: Men are, their burning gristle built to push %against the zero waiting all around


WORLDLY MONK'S SONG       
First Line: O it's only a papal moon
Last Line: If you beleaguered me


YOU WHO SWIM    Poem Text    
First Line: You who in water move as one
Last Line: Are shut. We swim our dead men's lives
Subject(s): Swimming & Swimmers


YOU WHO SWIM       
First Line: You who in water move as one
Last Line: Are shut. We swim our dead men's lives
Subject(s): Swimming


YOUNG MATRONS DANCING       
First Line: Corinna foots in bare feet
Last Line: And mime with scarce-diminished grace %perpetuation of the race
Subject(s): Dancing And Dancers


YOUTH'S PROGRESS    Poem Text    
First Line: When I was born, my mother taped my ears
Last Line: At twenty-one, I was elected zeus
Subject(s): Growth; Youth


YOUTH'S PROGRESS       
First Line: When I was born, my mother taped my ears
Last Line: At twenty-one, I was elected zeus
Subject(s): Growth; Youth


ZIP CODE ODE    Poem Text    
First Line: America, you catnip bin
Last Line: Frpm tx. To vt.
Subject(s): Zip Codes


ZIP CODE ODE       
First Line: America, you catnip bin
Last Line: From tx to vt
Subject(s): Zip Codes


ZOO BATS    Poem Text    
First Line: In the central park zoo, just past the ants
Subject(s): Animals; Bats; Zoos


ZOO BATS       
First Line: In the central park zoo, just past the ants
Last Line: To the night like a cup of water to the sea
Subject(s): Animals; Bats; Zoos


ZULUS LIVE IN LAND WITHOUT A SQUARE    Poem Text    
First Line: In zululand the huts are round
Last Line: There are no squares in zululand
Subject(s): Zulus


ZULUS LIVE IN LAND WITHOUT A SQUARE       
First Line: In zululand the huts are round
Last Line: There are no square in zululand
Subject(s): Zulus