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Chace, Jean Valentine   
1 poems available by this author


VISIT TO A HOSPITAL       
First Line: I have come to where the world drops off



Valentine, Jean    Poet's Biography
360 poems available by this author


1943, THE VISION        Recitation by Author


1945    Poem Text    
First Line: A year in the pacific
Subject(s): Fathers; War


1945       
First Line: A year in the pacific
Last Line: - ah jeanie, you're still in words
Subject(s): Fathers; War


3 A.M. IN NEW YORK       
First Line: I have been standing at the edge
Last Line: The flat of his coat, %the shut out of his eye


A WEED GREEN    Poem Text    
Last Line: Goes after life
Subject(s): Weeds


ABORTION CHILD    Poem Text    
First Line: I thought: / you live somewhere
Subject(s): Abortion; Imagination; Fancy


ABORTION CHILD       
First Line: I thought
Last Line: Time to see you, thirty earth years


ABOUT LOVE       
First Line: No when you went to her
Last Line: My lips, their silk %stem


ACTUARIAL FILE    Poem Text    
First Line: Orange peels, burned letters, the car lights shining on the grass,
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


ADVENT CALENDAR       
First Line: In the tiny window for december 21st
Last Line: They can do anything


AFTER CONCIOUSNESS OF THIS BIG FORM       
First Line: Sam and I chose a workshop called
Last Line: When I get up in the morning I am water and wine %with this big form, this pouring out spiral of sta


AFTER ELEGIES    Poem Text    
First Line: Almost two years now I've been sleeping
Subject(s): Kent State University - Riot, 1970


AFTER ELEGIES       
First Line: Almost two years now I've been sleeping
Last Line: Asian faces; flat %earth - your face - fern - coal
Subject(s): Kent State University - Riot, 1970


ALCOHOL ALCOHOL ALCOHOL       
Last Line: You just have to accept it.'


ALFRED AND THE ABORTION       
First Line: Alfred, what did they do with your arm bones?
Last Line: Your hand working, and the virtue of your wrist


ALONE, ALIVE       
First Line: Alone, alive %with you
Last Line: Before your light %your eye %your hair


AMERICAN RIVER SKY ALCOHOL FATHER    Poem Text    
First Line: What is pornography? What is dream?
Last Line: Your hand. I wouldn't swim. I would fly
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics


AMERICAN RIVER SKY ALCOHOL FATHER       
First Line: What is pornography? What is dream?
Last Line: The dock, the water, the fragile, tough beach grass. %your hand. I wouldn't swim. I wouldn't fly
Subject(s): Alcoholics And Alcoholism


AND YOUR MOTHER       
First Line: My grandmother %her two-room apartment
Last Line: You didn't know they were safe, you were safe


ANGEL       
First Line: O mud mother lick me before I die
Last Line: Nose, your stomach (secretly!), who carried you, it's me 'the %one to whom you belong in reality.'


ANNUNCIATION: THE BREAKINGS       
First Line: I saw my soul become flesh breaking open
Last Line: Pelvis thinning out into god


ANNUNCIATIONS: THE BREAKINGS    Poem Text    
First Line: I saw my soul become flesh breaking open
Last Line: Pelvis thinning out into god
Subject(s): God


APRIL    Poem Text    
First Line: Suppose we are standing together a minute
Subject(s): Prayer; Death; Dead, The


ARCHANGEL    Poem Text    
First Line: It's dark in here
Subject(s): Angels


AS THE CONFERENCE ON WOMEN IN THE ACADEMY       
First Line: The young scholar, her weeping finger
Last Line: Under the room of what we say
Variant Title(s): Her Lost Book, Part 1: At The Conference On Women In The Academ


AT A HOTEL IN ANOTHER STAR        Recitation by Author
First Line: At a hotel in another star. The rooms were cold and
Subject(s): Hotels; Inns; Innskeepers; Motels; Boarding Houses


AT CULLENS' ISLAND       
First Line: Eimear was dead: %every rock was a green womb, lit from inside
Last Line: Eimear was dead: %every rock was a green womb, lit from inside


AT MY MOTHER'S GRAVE       
First Line: Being told, %go away
Last Line: Pablo neruda, %radio flier, %fly me in


AT THE CONFERENCE ON WOMEN IN THE ACADEMY    Poem Text    
First Line: The young scholar, her weeping finger
Subject(s): Academia; Women; Reality


AT THE DOOR       
First Line: Seeing my daughter I the circle of lamplight
Last Line: Hold your long haunches %wide open: be %ungodly I


AUTUMN DAY       
First Line: The house in the air is rising, not
Last Line: And the names of friends of friends


AVALON       
Last Line: Hot coal in no one's mouth, dying day by day %to avenal


AWAKE, THIS SUMMER       
First Line: I see you a minute, a year ago, at the door
Last Line: The shallowest breath is life


BADLANDS SAID       
First Line: I am the skull %under your hundred doubts. I, I
Last Line: I am love's sorrow, %the desert's violet needle and gray star


BARRIE'S DREAM, THE WILD GEESE       
First Line: I dreamed about elizabeth bishop
Last Line: Under our radiant sleep they were bearing us all night long


BEES    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: A man whose arms and shoulders
Subject(s): Bees; Beekeeping


BEES       
First Line: A man whose arms and shoulders
Last Line: The first original bees off, one by one


BEFORE THE EXPECTED STREET INTO TOWN       
Last Line: #name?


BIRTHDAY LETTER FROM SOUTH CAROLINA       
First Line: Yellow apple %star inside the apple %seed star quiet
Last Line: Red mica dust to drift across the new day's light, and the %heat


BLACK FOR THE PEOPLE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The man I am with is black
Subject(s): Love - Cultural Differences; Racism; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry


BLACK WOLF       
First Line: Suffocated in the country
Last Line: On the green hill sheep %kneel and feed'


BLIND STIRRING OF LOVE       
First Line: I rub my hands my cheeks
Last Line: You have been inside me %streaming %unforsakeness


BLUE DORY, THE SOUL       
First Line: I left the blue dory
Last Line: I left the edges of 'my' face %'my' hands


BRIDE'S HOUR: 1. DAWN       
First Line: I try to hold your face in my mind's million eyes
Last Line: To terror of man and horse


BRIDE'S HOUR: 2. THE BATH       
First Line: My sisters walk around touching things, or loll
Last Line: I am the hollow circle closed by the ring


BRIDE'S HOUR: 3. NIGHT       
First Line: I am thrown open like a child's damp hand
Last Line: Shows blank orion where to dip his hand


BROKEN-DOWN GIRL    Poem Text    
First Line: Imagine her quick
Subject(s): Girls


BUD       
First Line: Christmas night, I dreamed my father said, jean
Last Line: No. Ethereal. Ethereal, but my friend. %and I got my prayer answered: %I died with my life around me


BUTANE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The huge aluminum airship
Subject(s): Gas; Fire; Airships


BUTANE       
First Line: The huge aluminum airship %is gliding over us
Last Line: The dwarf says, hold it! Walking up between my legs %into mybody: I'd better see the fire skin


BY THE TEKAPO RIVER, 100 DEGREES       
First Line: Water %hot green plastic bucket
Last Line: Not toothed as you are, but as you were, %safe in your first, soft shirt


CHILD    Poem Text    
First Line: You are in a blind / desert -- child
Last Line: Who sees
Subject(s): Children; Childhood


CHILD       
First Line: You are in a blind %desert -- child
Last Line: Third star %who sees
Subject(s): Children


CHILDHOOD HOUSE       
First Line: Snow family: big snow father
Last Line: Father? King queen? Brother? Snow %streamed upward %into the scree


CHURCH       
First Line: Thank you for the food,' we said
Last Line: Candle of 'find it.' my life
Subject(s): Churches


COLTRANE, SYEEDA'S SING FLUTE    Poem Text    
First Line: To marilyn, to peter, / playing, making things: the walls, the stairs
Last Line: Up to the shins, up the eyes, / closed over
Subject(s): Children; Coltrane, John (1926-1967); Jazz; Music & Musicians; Childhood


COLTRANE, SYEEDA'S SING FLUTE       
First Line: To marilyn, to peter, %playing, making things: the walls, the stairs
Last Line: Left up here, playing
Subject(s): Children; Coltrane, John (1926-1967); Jazz; Music And Musicians


COME AHKMATOVA       
First Line: A homeless woman with harsh white hair
Last Line: In the siege of leningrad: %'can you write about this?' 'I can.'


COUNSELOR RETIRES, AND THEN HE DIES       
First Line: Getting each other's jokes
Last Line: Floating up the white sky


COUVRE-FEU; AFTER PAUL ELUARD (IN PEACETIME)    Poem Text    
First Line: What could you expect
Last Line: Were on flesh one bone
Subject(s): City & Town Life


DEAREST    Poem Text    
First Line: This day broke
Subject(s): Family Life; Disappointment; Relatives


DEATH ASPHODEL       
First Line: --I feel like I've buried somebody inside of me
Last Line: My daughter to me? %my mother to me. Green flowers soon to bloom


DECEMBER    Poem Text    
First Line: We all walk up and down
Subject(s): Christmas; Nativity, The


DECEMBER 21ST       
First Line: How will I think of you
Last Line: At the star of a girl's nipple


DO FLIES REMEMBER US       
Last Line: Our footprints feeling %over us %thirstily


DO YOU REMEMBER?       
Last Line: Spring snow was coming was coming


DON'T SILENCE YOUR SELF, NO TE CALLES    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: He took some words from the bowl
Subject(s): Language; Words; Vocabulary


DOOR IN THE MOUNTAIN    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Never ran this hard through the valley
Subject(s): Deer


DOOR IN THE MOUNTAIN       
First Line: Never ran this hard through the valley
Last Line: Door in the mountain %let me in


DREAM BARKER    Poem Text    
First Line: We met for supper in your flat-bottomed boat
Last Line: Bone dry, old, in a dry land, jim, my jim
Subject(s): Dreams; Dinners & Dining


DREAM BARKER       
First Line: We met for supper in your flat-bottomed boat
Last Line: Bone dry, old, in a dry land, jim, my jim


DREAM INTERVIEW WITH STRAVINSKY       
First Line: Gossip is travel
Last Line: To travel, %or, to love'


DRINKER       
First Line: You -- breathless
Last Line: Will take you out
Subject(s): Drinks And Drinking


DRINKER'S WIFE WRITES BACK       
First Line: You never hear me, your letter said
Last Line: I did not do this
Subject(s): Alcoholics And Alcoholism


DRINKER: 2       
First Line: In the doorway %your face a candle
Last Line: - oh my darling, %where do you look for me?
Variant Title(s): The Drinker (2


DU MUSST DEIN LEBEN ANDERN - RILKE    Poem Text    
First Line: What was once is still
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


DUFY POSTCARD       
First Line: The postcard taped on your white kitchen wall has roses
Last Line: Who will the others be


ELEGY FOR JANE KENYON    Poem Text    
First Line: Jane is big
Subject(s): Kenyon, Jane (1947-1995); Death; Dead, The


ELEGY FOR JANE KENYON: 2       
First Line: Jane is big %with death, don
Last Line: Was made of iron. No %said jane %of flesh


ELEVENTH BROTHER    Poem Text    
First Line: One arm still a swan's wing
Subject(s): Brothers; Half-brothers


EMBRYO    Poem Text    
First Line: Still mermaid / inside her
Last Line: To the real life
Subject(s): Birth; Child Birth; Midwifery


EMBRYO       
First Line: Still mermaid %inside her
Last Line: Listening listening %to the real life
Subject(s): Birth


EVERYONE WAS DRUNK    Poem Text    
First Line: South dakota, august 1989. The buffaloes' deep red-brown
Last Line: For joy. Journalism. Stories
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics


EVERYONE WAS DRUNK       
First Line: South dakota, august 1989. The buffaloes' deep red-brown
Last Line: So why was I handed out of the burning window? %for joy. Journalism. Stories
Subject(s): Alcoholics And Alcoholism


EVERYTHING STARTS WITH A LETTER       
Last Line: The false self will do much worse than that, %to get away


FATHER LYNCH RETURNS FROM THE DEAD    Poem Text    
First Line: There's one day a year
Subject(s): Death, Return From


FEARS: NIGHT CABIN       
First Line: Snake tick %black widow
Last Line: Curled cold in the kerosene lamp


FELLINI IN PURGATORY    Poem Text    
First Line: He was shoveling sand
Subject(s): Purgatory; Fellini, Federico (1920-1993)


FIELD       
First Line: A sculpture in a bare white gallery
Last Line: The hacked-out cots of silk %bog children


FIRESIDE       
First Line: The fox went under the garden
Last Line: Desire for desire, %nicer than god


FIRST ANGEL       
First Line: Fat slippery angels, %two by two
Last Line: Your layers of habitation, your perfect find-tray


FIRST LIGHT       
First Line: First light at the window %the blue and white %teapot
Last Line: Our happiness %over bread %and tea and sun


FIRST LOVE       
First Line: How deep we met in the sea, my love
Last Line: How deep we met, how dark, %how wet! Before the world began


FIRST STATION       
First Line: The first silver work of kindness
Last Line: Through the first station %and there we'd lean %and listen and listen...


FLOWER       
First Line: You, I, steadying %in our in-borne, out-borne sparks
Last Line: Of empathy, the flower %of earth: wet red fireworks-flower


FOR A WOMAN DEAD AT THIRTY: 2    Poem Text    
First Line: In memory / you / go through that
Last Line: Opened into the third / star-darkness
Variant Title(s): For A Woman Dead At Thirty (2)
Subject(s): Death; Memory; Dead, The


FOR A WOMAN DEAD AT THIRTY: 2       
First Line: In memory %you %go through that
Last Line: As your words %opened into their third %star-darkness
Variant Title(s): For A Woman Dead At Thirty (2
Subject(s): Death; Memory


FORAGING       
First Line: Why did you keep finding me where I was?
Last Line: And then it was the boards %and then it was the luminous room


FORCES    Poem Text    
First Line: This man, blind and honored
Last Line: God break me out / of this stiff life I've made
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics


FORCES       
First Line: This man, blind and honored
Last Line: God break me out %of this stiff life I've made
Subject(s): Alcoholics And Alcoholism


FORCES (2): SONG       
First Line: Weeds breaking up through stone
Last Line: Through the live horn, the bone, to this %day, calm


FORGIVENESS DREAM: MAN FROM THE WARSAW GHETTO       
First Line: He looked about six or seven, only much too thin
Last Line: This quiet, these still unvisitable stars %move with choices. %our kin are here. %were here


FOX GLACIER       
First Line: The tourist: blue plough bones %high eye socket
Last Line: Most wanted: favorite: %wanted and needed and loved: diaspora


FREE ABANDONMENT BLUES       
First Line: Now I don't have to leave this place not for anybody
Last Line: Maybe not today the amazing loveliness but it won't be long for us to wait


FRIEND    Poem Text    
First Line: Friend I need your hand every morning
Subject(s): Friendship


GHOST ELEPHANTS    Poem Text    
First Line: In the elephant field
Subject(s): Elephants; Ghosts


GO CLEAR       
First Line: Go clear he said %his high grey 19th c. %postmortem jaw
Last Line: From under the earth to over the earth %air to not air


GOLDFINCH IN THE RAIN       
Last Line: Rocking %not touching


GRAIN OF THE WOOD       
Last Line: Under my skin and away in the knuckly powder


GREEN FOR THE LAND       
First Line: Because why--I was dis
Last Line: Of my land, my childhood thief


GUARDIAN ANGEL IN NEW YORK       
First Line: You stood in the doorway in the snow
Last Line: You touched you finger to your lips, you said, %here: wisdom. Wisdom and power


HALF AN HOUR    Poem Text    
First Line: Hurt, hurtful, snake-charmed,
Subject(s): Togetherness


HAPPINESS    Poem Text    
First Line: Remember our happiness?
Last Line: This is the happiness he leaned his head against
Subject(s): Happiness; Joy; Delight


HAPPINESS       
First Line: Remember our happiness?
Last Line: This is the happiness he leaned his head against
Subject(s): Happiness


HAPPINESS       
First Line: The moment you turned to me on w. 4th st. %your gentleness to me
Last Line: Much sleep there was in sleep how no %suffering is lost


HAPPINESS (3)    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The moment you turned to me on w. 4th st.
Subject(s): Relationships


HAPPINESS: 2. THE I CHING       
First Line: (alone) %'unconcerned' %'undaunted'
Last Line: : the dead don't go away %: you
Variant Title(s): Happiness (2): The I Chin


HAWKINS STABLE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: It was years before you could climb
Subject(s): Stables


HE LEAVES THEM:    Poem Text    
Last Line: Loses the blue


HE LEAVES THEM:       
Last Line: - the other thing holds us %in its mouth
Variant Title(s): Away From Yo
Subject(s): Togetherness


HE SAID       
First Line: When I found where we had crashed, in the snow, the
Last Line: Some days %all I can want is sleep'


HE SAYS TO ME, IN IRELAND       
Last Line: More than your silver or your gold art


HER LOST BOOK, PART II, SELECTION    Poem Text    
First Line: She wrote a book. Lost to us
Subject(s): Books


HER LOST BOOK, PART II, SELS.       
First Line: She wrote a book. Lost to us
Last Line: Generation to generation, %bone to bone
Subject(s): Loss


HERE THERE IS NO LANGUAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: Drink -- cut my wrists
Last Line: Doctors looking down a well
Subject(s): Suicide


HERE THERE IS NO LANGUAGE       
First Line: Drink -- cut my wrists
Last Line: Doctors looking down a well
Subject(s): Suicide


HIGH SCHOOL BOYFRIEND    Poem Text    
First Line: You were willing to like me, and I did something,
Last Line: Is so wrong
Subject(s): Youth; Love - Beginnings


HIGH SCHOOL BOYFRIEND       
First Line: You were willing to like me, and I did something
Last Line: Nowhere near my old home: no one anywhere %is so wrong


HOME       
First Line: Breath entering, leaving the leaf
Last Line: Two soft old children's books %with the red and blue and green canyons still warm on us


HOME       
First Line: I left my clothes
Last Line: Our sign %life twice


HOSPITALS: STRANGE LIGHTS    Poem Text    
First Line: I needed a friend but
Subject(s): Hospitals


I AM FANE A PAGE IN THE COURT OF SPACE        Recitation by Author


I COULDN'T       
Last Line: Whiskey marriage %children whiskey


I HAVE LIVED IN YOUR FACE    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Love - Complaints


I HAVE LIVED IN YOUR FACE       
Last Line: -up to now I always wanted it %but not this


I WAS DARK AND SILENT       
Last Line: Don't give the children their baths %or feed them.'


I WOULD BE       
First Line: I would be thick soft fleece
Last Line: Quiet against the noise, shade from the lights


IF MY MOTHER WAS ONE       
Last Line: The string in the dark. Alone


IKON       
First Line: Swim in you, sleep %in you, let me, %mother lord
Last Line: And my name is written in it, my heart makes %an earth crib for your heart


IN FEAR (1)       
First Line: By the st. Vrain river
Last Line: What is going to happen? Now the ambulances. %someone was here and is gone


IN FEAR (2)       
First Line: M. Comes and hits me
Last Line: In hell, compelled to unhappy action: %'it hurts everyone.'


IN OUR CHILD HOUSE    Poem Text    
Last Line: Father .. Sorrow
Subject(s): Family Life; Childhood Memories


IN PRISON    Poem Text    
First Line: In prison / without being accused
Subject(s): Grief; Sorrow; Sadness


IN THE EVENING       
First Line: In the evening %I saw them
Last Line: You beauty %little ferryman


IN THE PUBLIC LIBRARY    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Librarians & Libraries; Library; Librarians


IN THE PUBLIC LIBRARY       
Last Line: It's time for him to close. He closes
Variant Title(s): Her Lost Book, Part I: "in The Public Library


IN THIS EGG       
First Line: My mother as a child
Last Line: Who will brood over them? Who will make a good roof over them


INKWELL DAYBREAK    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Childhood Memories


INSIDE       
First Line: Your red eye- %soap, you said
Last Line: Close close you drew me in, %injury


IRONWOOD       
First Line: November 17th %dear michael
Last Line: Waking up, I thought: no, this is the other michael
Variant Title(s): The Mother Drea


JAMES WRIGHT: IN MEMORY       
First Line: Looking back at me
Last Line: Unknowable, beginning in joy, his voice %is closer to me than I am to myself


JULIANA       
First Line: Our lives went differently, %we lost touch
Last Line: That he said, waiting is what we do, in this life, we wait


KINDNESS: THE I CHING       
First Line: #name?
Last Line: Heaven under the lake
Subject(s): Kindness


KING       
First Line: You take the card of your self out
Last Line: Not heard but drowned in the deep sea


LA CHALUPA, THE BOAT    Poem Text    
First Line: I am twenty,
Subject(s): Boats


LABRADOR       
First Line: Crossing a fenced-off railroad track
Last Line: He's barking at himself he won't let me near %I left him


LATE    Poem Text    
First Line: Late have I called &
Last Line: In the sun I took my arms away
Subject(s): Love – Erotic


LEAVING    Poem Text    
First Line: The dark black line
Last Line: Wet canvases . . .
Subject(s): Love - Loss Of


LEAVING       
First Line: The dark black line
Last Line: Waiting for you. %I wanted to
Subject(s): Love - Loss Of


LETTER        Recitation by Author


LETTER       
First Line: The hornet holds on the curtain, almost
Last Line: These two red ribbons, my mouth, my other mouth, %the mouth of my soul


LINDIS PASS, BORAGE       
First Line: Mary %when you swam up (in reality rose,
Last Line: Not flat like here, all oil, all pleasantness and heat


LINES IN DEJECTION       
First Line: Remember how we spread our hair on the sea
Last Line: Holding us in their charred arms like water


LISTENING    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: My whole life I was swimming listening
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


LITTLE FAINTLY BLUE CLAY EGGS       
Last Line: Frozen little couple in hats, %frozen beaks


LITTLE MAP       
First Line: The white pine
Last Line: Image %or %word


LITTLE SONG IN INDIAN SUMMER       
First Line: I am %is my name and your name, I am is
Last Line: With welcome, with letting go


LIVING TOGETHER       
First Line: Dawn, streaks of rose-brown, dry
Last Line: But how does this one %go with the one before, the next


LOCKED WARD: O.T.       
First Line: Poster paints, big brushes
Last Line: Do you have in your life. %-sir --none


LOCKED WARD: O.T.       
First Line: Poster paints, big brushes
Last Line: #name?


MANDELSTAM       
First Line: My mother's house %russia
Last Line: To hold to your hand, useless


MARE AND NEWBORN FOAL    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: When you die
Subject(s): Horses; Birth; Death; Child Birth; Midwifery; Dead, The


MARE AND NEWBORN FOAL       
Last Line: You draw the black straw out of me


MARGARET, D. 1985    Poem Text    
First Line: At the back of the church
Variant Title(s): Her Lost Book, Part 1: Margaret, D. 1985
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


MARGARET, D. 1985       
First Line: At the back of the church
Last Line: The maggots' miner's lamp
Variant Title(s): Her Lost Book, Part 1: Margaret, D. 198
Subject(s): Death


MESSENGER: 1. THE FATHER       
First Line: In the strange house %in the strange town
Last Line: Her hair back from her eyes. His eyes %settle. On us
Subject(s): Fathers And Daughters


MESSENGER: 2. THE MESSENGER       
First Line: You are the messenger
Last Line: I'll live. That's always been your story


MESSENGER: 3. THE HILL       
First Line: The dogwood blossoms stand in still, horizontal planes
Last Line: That was always your story


MILES FROM HOME       
First Line: Grown, and miles from home, who do I shy
Last Line: The watering-can's bland nozzle gleams like a hoof


MISSOURI SPEAKS       
First Line: Jonathan, %I am the pearl
Last Line: Fire and bones and flesh %all I give will sheave


MORNING OF MY MOTHER'S DEATH       
First Line: A thumbnail-sized globe of blood
Last Line: (whisper this:) %her silk spirit is leaving the crown of her head


MOTHER AND CHILD, BODY AND SOUL    Poem Text    
First Line: You've boarded me over like a window or a well.
Subject(s): Mothers


MOTHER BONES       
First Line: B. Is dragging his mother's bones
Last Line: But you can't grow %grass from cuttings


MOTHER,       
First Line: Any life you got
Last Line: Who do you think you are


MY MOTHER'S BODY, MY PROFESSOR, MY BOWER       
First Line: Who died? My mother's body
Last Line: Dear silky fastness: ecstatic lungs' breath, %you can't protect yourself, %there is nothing to get


MY OLD BODY    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Self


NIGHT       
First Line: From this night on god let me eat
Last Line: A little to one side of straight ahead


NIGHT LAKE    Poem Text    
First Line: He must have been one or two, I was five
Last Line: "the solitude drunk
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics


NIGHT LAKE       
First Line: He must have been one or two, I was five
Last Line: In the kerosene lamplight at the caravan table
Subject(s): Alcoholics And Alcoholism


NIGHT OF MY MOTHER'S DEATH       
First Line: The night of my mother's death: %what I saw
Last Line: Water-spider rowing over danger adn death: four white lines,%four white lines: nothing over nothing


NIGHT OF WALLY'S SERVICE, WALLY SAID       
First Line: Most people will reflect back to you
Last Line: Most people wanted me to come back %but not mark
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Sickness


NO ONE'S A HOUSE       
Last Line: Like ice on a stove and I will drink it


NOON IN THE LINE OUTSIDE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The pretty woman with a prisoner number, cdcp ****, written in ballpoint on the palm of her hand
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


NOON IN THE LINE OUTSIDE       
First Line: The pretty woman with a prisoner number. Cdcp*****, written in
Last Line: I find his number, with her pen I write it on the palm of my hand


NOVEMBER       
Last Line: - I have to leave %and I have to watch


OCTOBER PREMONITION       
Last Line: Of light crack of the depression world


OH YES THEY ARE BUT       
Last Line: Shut down and opened wrong


OLD LOVE       
First Line: What keeps you going?
Last Line: Fame! I just had to wait for someone to take me up the side of the mountain
Subject(s): Love; New York City


ON A PASSENGER FERRY    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The deck is big, and crowded. In one corner
Subject(s): Paley, Grace (1922-2007)


ON THE MENTAL FLOOR       
Last Line: Chewing up the mirror the mother %was not someone else


ONCE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Once there was a woodcutter
Subject(s): Love - Loss Of; Love - Beginnings


ONCE       
First Line: Once there was a woodcutter
Last Line: You won't go unsampled!


ONE FOOT IN THE DARK    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: People forget
Subject(s): Memory


ONE YOU WANTED TO BE IS THE ONE YOU ARE       
First Line: She saying, you don't have to do anything
Last Line: Like a deer's silence. Tolstoy %wrote about this: all misunderstanding


ORPHANAGE LANDING       
First Line: We her countrypeople are deep asleep
Last Line: This is not happening


ORPHEUS AND EURYDICE    Poem Text    
First Line: You. You running across the field
Last Line: Tossing a shoe up, a handful of hair
Subject(s): Eurydice (nymph); Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


ORPHEUS AND EURYDICE       
First Line: You. You running across the field
Last Line: The river %tossing a shoe up, a handful of hair
Subject(s): Eurydice (nymph); Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


OUTSIDE THE FRAME       
First Line: It is enough, now, anywhere
Last Line: Growing into their lives, in their sleep


PEN       
First Line: The sandy road, the bright green two-inch lizard
Last Line: A bow lying across the strings %not moving held
Subject(s): Writing And Writers


PHOTOGRAPH OF DELMORE SCHWARTZ    Poem Text    
First Line: A young king
Subject(s): Schwartz, Delmore (1913-1966); Grief; Sorrow; Sadness


PHOTOGRAPH OF DELMORE SCHWARTZ       
First Line: A young king, %oak, painted and glided, writing
Last Line: At that great head lying flat out, gray, %waiting for the slow police


PILGRIMS       
First Line: Standing there they began to grow skins
Last Line: Why are we in this life


POEM FOR REGINALD SHEPHERD    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Dear reginald, / it is morning.
Subject(s): Shepherd, Reginald (1963-2008)


POET       
First Line: The gods are quiet
Last Line: On the drums of your empty upside-down shoes


POETRY    Poem Text    
First Line: You, poem
Last Line: World electric with you
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


POETRY       
First Line: You, poem
Last Line: World electric with you
Subject(s): Poetry And Poets


POWER TABLE       
First Line: You, lying across the wide bed, vertical, %I, horizontal
Last Line: But I want world-light %and this-world company


PRIMITIVE PAINTING: LIBERATION DAY       
First Line: Everyone is wearing work clothes, old clothes, boots; and
Last Line: Painter's fear is white in his paint


PUSH OR FLY       
First Line: The push or fly of the snow
Last Line: As you have me, spring weather


RADIO: POETRY READING, NPR       
First Line: I heard your voice on the radio
Last Line: #name?
Variant Title(s): Radi


RAIN       
First Line: Snakes of water and light in the window
Last Line: You the ground of my underground.


READING THE MANDELSTAMS    Poem Text    
First Line: Snow falling the sixth night
Subject(s): Mandelstam, Osip (1892-1941)


READING THE MANDELSTAMS       
First Line: Snow falling the sixth night
Last Line: Lines of ice %in the night window notes


REBECCA, 14       
First Line: Squat, slant-eyed, speaking in phrase-book phrases, the
Last Line: The water-lit, dotted lines of home start coloring in


RED CLOTH    Poem Text    
First Line: Red cloth / I lie on the ground


RED FOR BLOOD       
First Line: My sister comes around the corner of the house
Last Line: Eternity, %you, me, up on a rope like geese


REDEMPTION       
First Line: Nan, the poet in rome, new york, yesterday
Last Line: And all around us %a line like an eggshell of light


RING       
First Line: The ring was %three times too small for a finger
Last Line: Can you do it: love %something that was there that is being taken away
Variant Title(s): Rome Drea


RIVER AT WOLF       
First Line: Coming east we left the animals
Last Line: The animals. The snake's %green skin, lit from inside. Our second life
Subject(s): Alcoholics And Alcoholism


RODNEY DYING: 3    Poem Text    
First Line: I vacuumed your bedroom
Last Line: Everything is sad but what's real
Variant Title(s): Rodney Dying (3)
Subject(s): Cleanliness; Death; Dead, The


RODNEY DYING: 3       
First Line: I vacuumed your bedroom
Last Line: Took off your heavy shoes and socks and swam
Variant Title(s): Rodney Dying (3
Subject(s): Cleanliness; Death


RUNNING FOR A TRAIN       
Last Line: The moon-faced boy watching by the side of the tracks
Variant Title(s): Running For A Trai


SANCTUARY    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Fear; Death; Solitude; Dead, The; Loneliness


SASHA AND THE POET       
First Line: Sasha: I dreamed you and he
Last Line: By shakespeare.' and walked away


SCARAB ROLLING A BALL OF DUNG       
Last Line: Across the sky %atlantic


SEA OF SERENITY       
First Line: The sea of serenity: %my mother's body: ashes
Last Line: Who died? %who died?


SECOND DREAM       
First Line: We all heard the alarm. The planes were out
Last Line: Liquid as butterflies, with nothing to do


SECOND MOTHER       
First Line: Black hair
Last Line: You held out safety like a sugar cube, %but how could I get to suck on it? In this world ...


SECOND MOTHER       
First Line: Black hair, %and the white hill
Last Line: You held out safety like a sugar cube, %but how could I get to suck on it? In this world...


SECRET ROOM, DANGER HOUSE       
Last Line: This is trouble we can see the ending of


SEEING YOU       
First Line: I was born under the mudbank %and you gave me your boat
Last Line: Your tree. Its heavy green sway. The bright male city. %oh that was the garden of abundance, seeing


SEP-63       
First Line: We've been at home four years, in a kind of peace
Last Line: White world going on, white hand in hand, %world without end


SEPARATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Ok my child
Subject(s): Absence; Separation; Isolation


SEPARATION       
First Line: Ok my child, said the quiet priest
Last Line: Poure violence and mend and mend


SEX       
First Line: All the years waiting, the whole, barren, young
Last Line: And the thing itself not the thing itself, %but a metaphor


SHE WROTE A BOOK. LOST TO US       
Last Line: But my money was no good there.'


SHEEP       
First Line: With the winter and mud and shit roped into your wool
Last Line: Cold you, unbearable clamor and rust


SILENCES: A DREAM OF GOVERNMENTS       
First Line: From your eyes I thought %we could almost move
Last Line: Listening for a human voice - %your name, my name


SINGLE MOTHER, 1966       
First Line: No money
Last Line: -and god making %words %words
Subject(s): Mothers


SKATE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Now a year after your death, fish-mother, skate
Subject(s): Fish & Fishing; Anglers


SKATE       
First Line: Now a year after your death, fish-mother, skate
Last Line: The spelling of the world %kneels down before the skate


SLEEP DROPS ITS NETS       
First Line: Sleep drops its nets for monsters old s the flood
Last Line: And then day sweeps the castle dry


SNOW       
Last Line: Two birches, blown together


SNOW FALLING       
Last Line: You %a breath on a coal


SNOW LANDSCAPE, IN A GLASS GLOBE       
First Line: A thumb's-length landscape: snow, on a hill
Last Line: And lived on the living earth'


SO WILD       
Last Line: Outstretching in the thin blue planet water


SOMETHING BAD IS HAPPENING       
Last Line: Generation to generation, %bone to bone


SOUL HAS NO 'OTHER AFTERNOON'       
Last Line: Two still dark figures kneeling in gemini


SPRING AND ITS FLOWERS       
First Line: Then, tell me your fantasies, you said
Last Line: We were so close %to the world's mouth, the drunk bear's ashy thing


STILL LIFE, FOR MATISSE       
First Line: Light %old leaf spine
Last Line: Light wave after wave %swim cockatoo %green, blue


STILL LIFE: IN THE EPIDEMIC    Poem Text    
First Line: Light / old leaf spine
Last Line: Green, blue
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Sickness; Illness


STILL LIFE: IN THE EPIDEMIC       
First Line: Light %old leaf spine
Last Line: Chew me, gingerly, like chewing ice, %eat me. My america. Eat me
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Sickness


STINGS       
First Line: Bare-handed, I hand the combs
Last Line: The mausoleum, the wax house
Subject(s): Honey; Women


SUMMER WAS NOT LONG ENOUGH       
First Line: Stanley, my ex, the painter, %stepped out of his van
Last Line: And the fortresses around our eyes, to touch our first fingers, %you and I, like god, across everyth
Subject(s): Alcoholics And Alcoholism


SUNSET AT WELLFLEET       
First Line: A spit of sky, awash with venetian gold
Last Line: Where it curls on emptiness: there I sing


SUSAN'S PHOTOGRAPH    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: I am the razorthat has been put away, also
Subject(s): Suicide


SUSAN'S PHOTOGRAPH       
First Line: I am the razor that has been put away, also
Last Line: Anywhere, with %everyone you love there to talk to


TEACHER AND THE STUDENT       
First Line: The dead teacher said %I wish someone had ever taught me
Last Line: Flowed over the street, and the door


TELL ME, WHAT IS THE SOUL    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: There is a prison room,
Subject(s): Soul; Mandelstam, Osip (1892-1941)


TELL ME, WHAT IS THE SOUL       
First Line: There is a prison room
Last Line: Bread and the canned stuff, %which he took


THAT I HAD TREATED YOU BADLY       
Last Line: On the flat bowl of the window, the train


THE BASKET HOUSE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Relationships


THE BLUE DORY, THE SOUL    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: -- I left the blue dory


THE BRANCHES    Poem Text    
First Line: The branches looked first like tepees
Subject(s): Trees


THE CARRIERS    Poem Text    
First Line: The father was a carrier
Last Line: Little brothers, I miss you.  so.  heavy-laden
Subject(s): Men; Conduct Of Life; Absence; Separation; Isolation


THE CHURCH    Poem Text    
First Line: Thank you for the food,' we said
Last Line: Candle of 'find it.' my life
Subject(s): Churches; Food & Eating; Cathedrals


THE COIN    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: While you were alive
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


THE DRINKER    Poem Text    
First Line: You -- breathless
Last Line: Will take you out
Subject(s): Drinks & Drinking; Wine


THE GROWING CHRIST OF TZINTZUNTZAN    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Come in / at the narrow door, and then


THE IMAGINATION SCHOOL    Poem Text    
First Line: Imagine / getting each other's jokes
Last Line: Unremarkable friendship…
Subject(s): Friendship; Death; Dead, The


THE JUST-BORN RABBITS    Poem Text    
First Line: The just-born rabbits in the garden
Last Line: Thy leave to sleep
Subject(s): Rabbits; Hares


THE KNIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: In my sleep:
Subject(s): Sleep; Relationships


THE LOCKED WARD: O.T.    Poem Text    
First Line: Poster paints, big brushes
Last Line: Sir … none
Subject(s): Hospitals; Insanity; Mothers


THE MESSENGER: 1. THE FATHER    Poem Text    
First Line: In the strange house / in the strange town
Last Line: His eyes / settle on us
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters


THE NIGHT OF WALLY'S SERVICE, WALLY SAID    Poem Text    
First Line: Most people will reflect back to you
Last Line: Most people wanted me to come back, / but not mark
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Sickness; Illness


THE ORPHANAGE LANDING    Poem Text    
First Line: We her countrypeople are deep asleep
Subject(s): Orphans; Foundlings


THE PEN    Poem Text    
First Line: The sandy road, the bright green two-inch lizard
Last Line: Not moving / held
Subject(s): Writing & Writers


THE POWER TABLE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: You, lying across the wide bed, vertical,
Subject(s): Relationships


THE RING    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The ring was
Variant Title(s): Rome Dream
Subject(s): Rings


THE RIVER AT WOLF    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Coming east we left the animals
Last Line: Green skin, lit from inside. Our second life
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics


THE ROSE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: A labyrinth, / as if at its center,
Subject(s): Body, Human; God


THE SECOND DREAM    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: We all heard the alarm. The planes were out
Subject(s): Air Raids


THE SUMMER HOUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: She took his hand
Subject(s): Human Behavior; Books; Solitude; Love; Conduct Of Life; Human Nature; Reading; Loneliness


THE SUMMER WAS NOT LONG ENOUGH    Poem Text    
First Line: Stanley, my ex, the painter, / stepped out of his van
Last Line: You and I, like god, across everything
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics


THE UNDER VOICE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: I saw streaming up out of the sidewalk the homeless women and men
Subject(s): Homeless


THE VERY BAD HORSE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: My first own home


THE WELSH POET    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Mothers; Death; Poetry & Poets; Dead, The


THE WINDOWS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Funeral dream
Subject(s): Dreams; Nightmares


THE WOMEN'S PRISON    Poem Text    
First Line: The women in the prison
Subject(s): Women; Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


THEY LEAD ME       
Last Line: Gone where %nothing joins


THIS MINNUTE    Poem Text    
First Line: The videotape runs
Last Line: Watching.  and here it starts over
Subject(s): Motion Pictures; Movies; Cinema


TO A FRIEND    Poem Text    
First Line: I cannot give you much or ask you much
Last Line: My hands, my eyes, my tongue are like bark to the touch
Subject(s): Love


TO A FRIEND       
First Line: I cannot give you much or ask you much
Last Line: My hands, my eyes, my tongue are like bark to the touch
Subject(s): Love


TO A YOUNG POET       
First Line: This january night at ten below I wish you
Last Line: What does it taste like? %true desire. Eye- %shadow, cinnamon


TO IRELAND       
First Line: By the granary river
Last Line: With a white and english eye


TO MY SOUL (AFTER HADRIAN AND RONSARD)       
First Line: Scattered milkweed, valentine
Last Line: Laugh, my little nuncio


TO PLATH, TO SEXTON       
First Line: So what use was poetry %to a white empty house?
Last Line: It was the use to you. %it was the flower


TO RAPHAEL, ANGEL OF HAPPY MEETING       
First Line: The pear tree buds shine like salt
Last Line: Of our wishes, still too light for us to hold


TO SALTER'S POINT       
First Line: Here in framingham, black, unlikely
Last Line: And come to nothing but this mouthful of earth, %all endings over


TO THE BARDO    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: I dreamed I finally got through to c on the phone
Subject(s): Illness


TO THE BARDO       
First Line: I dreamed I finally got through to c on the phone
Last Line: Old chinese poet: %fire: %to see the way


TO THE BLACK MADONNA OF CHARTRES    Poem Text    
First Line: Friend or no friend
Subject(s): Forgiveness; Clemency


TO THE HALF-WAY HOUSE       
Last Line: Do you have in your life. %- sir none


TO THE MEMORY OF DAVID KALSTONE    Poem Text    
First Line: Here's the letter I wrote
Last Line: That's my work in life
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Sickness; Illness


TO THE MEMORY OF DAVID KALSTONE       
First Line: Here's the letter I wrote
Last Line: And the ghost letter, underneath -- %that's my work in life
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Sickness


TONIGHT I CAN WRITE       
First Line: Tonight I can write the lightest lines
Last Line: And the verse falls to the soul like dew to the pasture'


TOUCH WITH YOUR FINGER       
Last Line: Your face caved in, your covered-over %silence


TOWER ROOF       
First Line: No music
Last Line: This far and no farther


TRIM MY HOOVES    Poem Text     Recitation by Author


TRUST ME    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Who did I write last night? Leaning
Last Line: God fills us as a woman fills a pitcher
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics


TRUST ME       
First Line: Who did I write last night? Leaning
Last Line: God fills us as a woman fills a pitcher
Subject(s): Alcoholics And Alcoholism


TRUTH    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Sharing bread / is sharing life
Last Line: Wet canvases . . .
Subject(s): Truth


TRUTH       
First Line: Sharing bread %is sharing life
Last Line: A turned-over boat, %the walls %wet canvases
Subject(s): Truth


TURN       
First Line: This is the new apartment new
Last Line: Nothing like anything I know


TURN (2): AFTER YEARS       
First Line: January. At the window
Last Line: Say: other say, thou


TWO POEMS FOR MATTHEW SHEPARD       
First Line: But what about the blue dory-the soul
Last Line: Into the sky thief's arms


UNDER       
Last Line: On the other side of the sky's line no lines


UNDER VOICE       
First Line: I saw streaming up out of the sidewalk the homeless women and men
Last Line: Everyone else may leave you, I will never leave you, fugitive


VERY BAD HORSE       
First Line: My first own home %my big green 'bed-sit' %in london, in 1956
Last Line: Four stories up and dropped me %-still I wouldn't budge


VISIT       
First Line: This warm house, masculine; our old
Last Line: Can't you see my death, can't you see anything?'


VISITING DAY AT SCHOOL       
First Line: The tall, good, raw-boned, wrong
Last Line: Through all the king's gold, %back, %to you


WAITING       
First Line: Ask, and let your words diminish your asking
Last Line: Numbering our hairs, our bright blue feathers


WE CUT THE NEW DAY       
Last Line: I heard it fall, %and fall, %I was living inside a rain stick


WE DIDN'T KNOW EACH OTHER       
Last Line: Underground rivers, caves


WE DON'T EVEN KNOW WE'RE BORN       
First Line: Friend I need your hand every morning
Last Line: You won't be killed today. %we don't even know we're born


WE GO THROUGH OUR MOTHER'S THINGS       
First Line: When we started that day %to paint snow for earth
Last Line: Then we knew it was time to light the last candle. %this ring is yours. %this lamp


WEED GREEN       
Last Line: How hungrily life %like an o %goes after life


WELSH POET       
Last Line: The mother has a gold body now


WHAT GOD SAID    Poem Text    
First Line: After she died / her son destroyed her paintings
Variant Title(s): Her Lost Book, Part 1: What God Said
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


WHAT GOD SAID       
First Line: After she died %her son destroyed her paintings
Last Line: Like a needle to a magnet
Variant Title(s): Her Lost Book, Part 1: What God Sai
Subject(s): Death


WILLI, HOME; IN MEMORY    Poem Text    
First Line: Last night, just before sleep, this: a bright
Last Line: Brave. Tall. Home. Deep. Blue
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Sickness; Illness


WILLI, HOME; IN MEMORY       
First Line: Last night, just before sleep, this: a bright
Last Line: Brave. Tall. Home. Deep. Blue
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Sickness


WISDOM GRAVY       
First Line: Goosedown on the warm curve of a pail
Last Line: I've carried it home to you under my white hat


WISH-MOTHER       
First Line: I've never felt
Last Line: All the say home to new york my heart hurt. %(the second time you died this year.)


WISH-MOTHER       
First Line: I've never felt %so close to you, wish-mother. Wings, oh
Last Line: All the way home to new york my heart hurt. %(the second time you died this year.)


WOMEN'S PRISON       
First Line: The women in the prison
Last Line: The tooth pit the grave


WORLD LIGHT       
First Line: Do well in the world
Last Line: We too - we were %the neverhere


X    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The boatpond, broken off, looks back at the sky
Subject(s): Aids (disease)


X: FOR PATRICK HENISSE, DEAD OF AIDS, IN MEMORY (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: The boatpond, broken off, looks back at the sky
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Sickness; Illness


X: FOR PATRICK HENISSE, DEAD OF AIDS, IN MEMORY (1)       
First Line: The boatpond, broken off, looks back at the sky
Last Line: On your bedspread at the edge of the ocean
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Sickness


X: FOR PATRICK HENISSE, DEAD OF AIDS, IN MEMORY (2)       
First Line: The earthblue eye of the boatpond smiled at the sky
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Sickness; Illness


X: FOR PATRICK HENISSE, DEAD OF AIDS, IN MEMORY (2)       
First Line: The earthblue eye of the boatpond smiled at the sky
Last Line: On your bedspread at the edge of the ocean
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Sickness


YEAR OF THE SNAKE       
First Line: I had to ask you questions: if I didn't, well
Last Line: Shining lifesnake drinking at my lips milky with life


YIELD EVERYTHING, FORCE NOTHING       
First Line: Years circling the same circle: %the call to be first
Last Line: And here is your garden: %cinnamon. Eyeshadow. Dove


YOU ASK    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: \
Subject(s): Relationships


YOU WALK ACROSS YOUR SELF       
Last Line: Crossing a line sun kind to you sun you


YOUR MOUTH 'APPEARED TO ME'    Poem Text    
First Line: Your mouth 'appeared to me'
Last Line: Transparences of every hand and mouth
Subject(s): Body, Human


YOUR MOUTH 'APPEARED TO ME'       
First Line: Your mouth 'appeared to me'
Last Line: Transparencements of every hand and mouth
Subject(s): Mouths


YOUR NUMBER IS LIFTING OFF MY HAND    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Relationships


YOUR NUMBER IS LIFTING OFF MY HAND       
Last Line: Down your cheek %ancient injury