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Author: VOIGT, ELLEN BRYANT
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Voigt, Ellen Bryant    Poet's Biography
115 poems available by this author


A MARRIAGE POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: Morning: the caged baby
Subject(s): Marriage; Family Life; Weddings; Husbands; Wives; Relatives


APPLE TREE       
First Line: No choice for the apple tree
Last Line: This one, this one life


ART OF DISTANCE, 4       
First Line: What art and money do is dig things up
Last Line: First a net, then a veil, and then a shroud


ART OF DISTANCE, 5       
First Line: When you saw your father last, he was tied into a chair
Last Line: In order that the infant be delivered


ART OF DISTANCE, V       
First Line: After lunch, on the side porch
Last Line: Hulling peas in a china bowl-sometimes %the world looks back


AT THE MOVIE: VIRGINIA, 1956    Poem Text    
First Line: This is how it was:
Subject(s): Racism; Southern States; Motion Pictures; Youth; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry; South (u.s.); Movies; Cinema


AT THE MOVIE: VIRGINIA, 1956       
First Line: This is how it was
Last Line: While they were free, lounging above us, %their laughter pelting down on us like trash


AT THE PIANO       
First Line: At the piano, the girl, as if rowing upstream
Last Line: No one could be happier than this


AT THE PIANO: VARIATIONS       
First Line: The almost visible wall
Last Line: In the clearing: plank by plank %and each plank true


AUTUMN IN THE YARD WE PLANTED       
First Line: Whoever said that I should count on mind?
Last Line: Though surely they could see it from where they are


BAT       
First Line: Reading in bed, full of sentiment


BLUE RIDGE    Poem Text    
First Line: Up there on the mountain road, the fireworks
Subject(s): Fireworks; Man-woman Relationships; Middle Age; Grief; Male-female Relations; Sorrow; Sadness


BLUE RIDGE       
First Line: Up there on the mountain road, the fireworks
Last Line: Their separate, discontinuous lanterns


BRIEF DOMESTIC HISTORY       
First Line: A lonely man has come to our door
Last Line: Because I make great soup, great apple pie


BRIGHT LEAF    Poem Text    
First Line: Like words put to a song, the bunched tobacco leaves
Subject(s): Tobbaco Farms; Women - Employment; Children; Farm Life; Southern States; Professional Women; Women In Business; Women's Careers; Childhood; Agriculture; Farmers; South (u.s.)


BRIGHT LEAF       
First Line: Like words put to a song, the bunched tobacco leaves
Last Line: Trying to cut the gummy resin, that stubborn %black satin withing the greens


CHOSEN       
First Line: You cannot see the horns from where you sit


CUSP       
First Line: So few birds-the ones that winter through


DANCING WITH POETS    Poem Text    
First Line: The accident' is what he calls the time
Subject(s): Bars & Bartenders; Dancing & Dancers; Pubs; Taverns; Saloons


DANCING WITH POETS       
First Line: The accident' is what he calls the time
Last Line: To the overwhelming drone of the living world
Subject(s): Bars And Bartenders; Dancing And Dancers


DAUGHTER       
First Line: There is one grief worse than any other
Last Line: That leaves me stunned %by your survival


DEAR MATTIE, YOU'RE SWEET TO WRITE ME EVERY DAY       
First Line: Dear mattie, you're sweet to write me every day.
Last Line: I'll try to bring you back some french perfume.


EFFORT AT SPEECH       
First Line: Nothing was as we'd thought, the sea
Last Line: I felt I was seeing through the skull- %and then away


EXILE       
First Line: The widow refuses sleep, for sleep pretends


FARM WIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: Dark as the spring river, the earth
Subject(s): Farm Life; Agriculture; Farmers


FARM WIFE       
First Line: Dark as the spring river, the earth
Last Line: Its black mouth like a scar
Subject(s): Farm Life


FARMER       
First Line: In the still-blistering late afternoon
Last Line: Like minor disappointments %instructive poisons, something he could use
Subject(s): Farm Life


FIELD TRIP       
First Line: This time they're thirteen, no longer
Last Line: Bad boy who carved a scorpion on his arm


FIRST SONG       
First Line: Great ugliness defeated, and great evil: the hero
Last Line: God of silence, %who lays the golden staff across their eyes


FISH       
First Line: Fish in a bowl, cat on the rug, a vase
Last Line: This fish in my net %and me thrown back ten years


FOR MY FATHER       
First Line: Turning from a loss


FOR MY HUSBAND    Poem Text    
First Line: Is it a dream
Subject(s): Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


FOR MY HUSBAND       
First Line: Is it a dream
Last Line: Whose sad head %looms over any choice you make?
Subject(s): Marriage


FOR MY MOTHER    Poem Text    
First Line: When does the soul leave the body?
Subject(s): Mothers


FOR MY MOTHER       
First Line: When does the soul leave the body?
Last Line: Sunflowers outside the window, %drooping over the snow like tongueless bells
Subject(s): Mothers


FROG       
First Line: Can't help himself, goes in and out of water


FUGUE       
First Line: The body, a resonant bowl


GARDEN, SPRING, THE HAWK       
First Line: Like a struck match: redbird, riding the wet
Last Line: To keep a little distance from what we are


GROUNDHOG        Recitation by Author


HAPPINESS POEMS       
First Line: A small figure going up the mountain


HARNESS       
First Line: The lamp still lit in the studio
Last Line: He turned to the blank page %and set the ruined thing to work again


HERZENLIED       
First Line: Floodgates open upriver, the current
Last Line: But the ferryman in the prow, easing us %with a last, passionate lie


HIMALAYA    Poem Text    
First Line: Branches: wings: we sheltered in thick fir trees.
Subject(s): Mothers; Death; Dead, The


HIMALAYA       
First Line: Branches wings: we sheltered in thick fir trees
Last Line: Whose loss, whose task, whose darkened nursery?


HOUSE       
First Line: This orphaned house. Its needs, its presences
Last Line: We live with loss, a child's repeating absence


IN THE WAITING ROOM       
First Line: In oxford, mississippi, having cruised main
Last Line: Writer, they are the same thing


INNOCENTS       
First Line: How far must the fruit fall from the tree?
Last Line: Eidolon on a roman consul's staff, %or like the consul, with his cloak and sword


JANUARY    Poem Text    
First Line: After days of putting down my poem
Subject(s): Heat


JANUARY       
First Line: After days of putting down my poem
Last Line: Since I am the one who keeps the fire
Subject(s): Heat


JUG BROOK       
First Line: Beyond the stone wall
Last Line: In the slate face of the water


LANDSCAPE, DENSE WITH TREES    Poem Text    
First Line: When you move away, you see how much depends
Subject(s): Nostalgia


LANDSCAPE, DENSE WITH TREES       
First Line: When you move away, you see how much depends
Subject(s): Nostalgia


LARCH        Recitation by Author


LARGESSE    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Dreams; Rain; Grief; Nightmares; Sorrow; Sadness


LAST CLASS       
First Line: Put this in your notebooks


LAST LETTER    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: A proper interval, and then
Subject(s): Divorce; Remarriage; Grief; Second Marriage; Sorrow; Sadness


LETTERS       
First Line: The drawer is full of letters. They rustle and sigh
Last Line: Blue ink, lined white paper: familiar %as the letter waving in my mother's hand


LIEBESGEDICHT    Poem Text    
First Line: I love you as my other self, as the other
Subject(s): Love


LONG MARRIAGE       
First Line: Forward his numb foot, back
Last Line: This far, this far, this far


LOTUS FLOWERS       
First Line: The surface of the pond was mostly green


MAESTRO    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: He smoked like a chimney we used to say unfiltered
Subject(s): Music Teachers


MAGIC GLASS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Thought; Mind, The; Thinking


MARRIAGE       
First Line: Under its angry skin, her grief
Last Line: A new wife, wants her to take him in, %produce a pearl
Subject(s): Divorce


MARRIAGE POEM       
First Line: Morning: the caged baby


NIGHTSHADE    Poem Text    
First Line: The dog lay under the house, having crawled
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs


NIGHTSHADE       
First Line: The dog lay under the house, having crawled
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs


NOCTURNE       
First Line: Through the clotted street and down
Last Line: The city is capricious, releasing brute %want from the body's need where it was housed.


ONCE THE WORLD HAD HAD ITS FILL OF WAR       
First Line: Once the world had had its fill of war,
Last Line: And where there'd been the war, an empty sleeve.


ORIGINAL WOMAN       
First Line: It is september %you are somewhere in paris


PASTORAL       
First Line: Crouched in the yard


PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY    Poem Text    
First Line: In the front yard, my father and his son
Subject(s): Fathers & Sons; Baseball


POND       
First Line: Eight years. Last week
Last Line: A runoff pond, shallow, subversive, %where frogs feed on theminnows, snakes on the frogs


PRACTICE    Poem Text    
First Line: To weep unbidden, to wake


PREPARATION    Poem Text    
First Line: The bone-man lives in a stucco
Subject(s): Family Life; Dogs; Death; Relatives; Dead, The


PREY    Poem Text    
First Line: Beneath the gathering layers of gauze
Subject(s): Winter


QUARREL    Poem Text    
First Line: Since morning they have been quareling
Subject(s): Quarrels; Family Life; Arguments; Disagreements; Relatives


RESCUE       
First Line: All morning you squat in the weeds
Last Line: Braiding the long line that knots and tangles


SELF-PORTRAIT AT LAGUARDIA       
First Line: She completes the generic oval, a feathered
Last Line: Into the streets, the park, the train, hungry for faces? %now she lifts it toward me, what we've mad


SHORT STORY    Poem Text    
First Line: My grandfather killed a mule with a hammer
Subject(s): Farm Life; Agriculture; Farmers


SHORT STORY       
First Line: My grandfather killed a mule with a hammer
Last Line: And only a few of us are left %who ever heard that story
Subject(s): Farm Life


SOFT CLOUD PASSING       
First Line: Ice goes out of the pond as it came in
Last Line: Believes she feels him cooling in her arms


SONG AND STORY       
First Line: The girl strapped in the bare mechanical crib
Last Line: Little sister, frantic little sparrow, under the eaves


SOOTHSAYER       
First Line: She looked at my hand as into a bowl of soup
Last Line: It was long ago, before I was your mother, %she placed that wrapped package in my palm


SPIRE       
First Line: In the bavarian steeple, on the hour


SPRING       
First Line: Beneath the fabric of leaves
Last Line: The last release, the rush, %the blunt completion


STONE POND       
First Line: Driving over the limit
Last Line: What should I have done to make it last?


STORM       
First Line: After trimming the split trunk of the maple


SUICIDES    Poem Text    
First Line: Ink blot, sperm on a slide, a squirm
Subject(s): Environment; Sea Monsters; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation; Sea Serpents


SUICIDES       
First Line: Ink blot, sperm on a slide, a squirm
Subject(s): Environment; Sea Monsters


SWEET EVERLASTING       
First Line: Swarming over the damp ground with pocket lenses
Last Line: Remembered, that is, %nothing that could save him


TEST       
First Line: The child is hot to her hand, less on his white
Last Line: And so she holds him tighter, tighter, %believes she feels him cooling in her arms


THE BAT    Poem Text    
First Line: Reading in bed, full of sentiment
Subject(s): Bats


THE FARMER    Poem Text    
First Line: In the still-blistering late afternoon
Subject(s): Farm Life; Agriculture; Farmers


THE HIVE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: To do something with it: to make something of it
Subject(s): Family Life; Human Behavior; Relatives; Conduct Of Life; Human Nature


THE LESSON    Poem Text    
First Line: The earnest are the easiest deceived
Subject(s): Tadpoles; Family Life; Truth; Relatives


THE MARRIAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: Under its angry skin, her grief
Subject(s): Divorce


THE SPIRE    Poem Text    
First Line: In the bavarian steeple, on the hour,
Subject(s): Clocks; Time; Country Life; Nature


THE STARVELING    Poem Text    
First Line: Hunger is a stone in her belly
Subject(s): Anorexia Nervosa; Hunger


THE TRUST    Poem Text    
First Line: Something was killing sheep
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs


THE VICTIM    Poem Text    
First Line: Who could remember cause? Both
Subject(s): Child Molesting; Child Abuse


THIS IS THE DOUBLE BED WHERE SHE'D BEEN BORN       
First Line: This is the double bed where she'd been born,
Last Line: And then entered straightway into heaven.


THORN-APPLE       
First Line: They're walking in early evening, still light
Last Line: Because the trees, seen from this distance, %seem contiguous but do not touch


THORN-APPLE: VARIATIONS       
First Line: Slender, cylindrical, %without a mmark or seam
Last Line: If truth is not a thing apart from me, %then I don't want it


TROPICS    Poem Text    
First Line: In the still morning when you move
Subject(s): Dreams; Love; Sleep; Tropics; Nightmares


TRUST       
First Line: Something was killing sheep
Last Line: Light, %brings him home to his proud husbandry
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs


VICTIM       
First Line: Who could remember cause? Both
Subject(s): Child Molesting


VISITING THE GRAVES       
First Line: All day we travel from bed to bed, our children
Last Line: The sky before us a broken field of cloud


WHEN DOES A CHILDHOOD END? MOTHERS       
First Line: When does a childhood end? Mothers
Last Line: Routing evil with their little sticks.


WHY SHE SAYS NO    Poem Text    
First Line: Two friends at the close of summer
Subject(s): Desire


WHY SHE SAYS NO       
First Line: Two friends at the close of summer
Last Line: Blanketing the subtler vegetation


WINTER FIELD    Poem Text    
First Line: The winter field is not
Subject(s): Winter; Skating & Skaters; Ice


WOMAN WHO WEEPS    Poem Text    
First Line: Up from the valley, ten children working the fields
Subject(s): Alienation (social Psychology); Dissenters; Exiles; Marginality, Social; Estrangement; Outcasts


WOMAN WHO WEEPS       
First Line: Up from the valley, ten children working the fields
Last Line: Village to village and into the smoky huts, %her soul a well, an eye, and open door
Subject(s): Alienation (social Psychology); Dissenters; Exiles; Marginality, Social


YEAR'S END    Poem Text    
First Line: The fingers lie in the lap
Subject(s): Illness; Death - Children; Grief; Fear; Death - Babies; Sorrow; Sadness


YEAR'S END       
First Line: The fingers lie in the lap