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Author: VOLKMAN, KAREN
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Volkman, Karen    Poet's Biography
133 poems available by this author


A LIGHT SAYS WHY    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: A light says why. From all the poor prying. Again we attain a more


AND THE URGE IS LESS...       
Last Line: Astral offal-savoring our lunar liquor, the way we do


AND WHEN THE NIGHTS...       
Last Line: Minutes? %which extremest west will swallow all this tending?
Variant Title(s): Three Prose Poems:


AUGUST COULD ASK...       
Last Line: Year? And the brat of limit with her mottled, filthy fist? This is my letter %to losses-swallow it


AWARDS NIGHT       
First Line: I watched the oscars the year laurence olivier
Last Line: The ones behind the scenes - which we clicked %off, then as always, without reading


BETRAYAL       
First Line: A certain %never said
Last Line: Claimed like cool water %frailer bowl


CASANOVA IN LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: My dainty delinquents
Subject(s): Love; Casanova, Giacomo (1725-1798)


CASANOVA IN LOVE       
First Line: My dainty delinquents
Last Line: My hunger is my art


CASE       
First Line: Old wolf, I said
Last Line: Be still


CHEMISTRY       
First Line: Having lived with the lightning
Last Line: Wonder and fire, levitating mass


CHRONICLE       
First Line: The sea's tedious soliloquies
Last Line: Who bides her time


COMBUSTION       
First Line: In my wrist
Last Line: They have no wings


CREATE DESIRE    Poem Text    
First Line: Someone was searching for a form of fire.
Subject(s): Desire; Mind, The


CREATE DESIRE       
First Line: Someone was searching for a form of fire
Last Line: The death of water is the birth of air


DAFFODILS       
First Line: Oh my mimics, my gangly girls,
Last Line: Marina, sophia, on the train.


DAYLIGHT SAVINGS       
First Line: Never mind the climate. The gladiolas open up with the
Last Line: Innards are beginning to rust


DEAR NOON, WHAT GOES UP AND UP AND NEVER OTHERS? WHAT TO SAY IT'S       
Last Line: It was wiser, it kept the mute number-void or grieve. Or where %we go, arc-ache of ending, we stay t


DEAR NOON...       
Last Line: Go, arc-ache of ending, we stay to leave


DO NOT THINK, BELOVED...       
Last Line: And the which, and the gone


DOES THIS HURT?       
Last Line: Call it seat-in-the-skull, %heap, hovel. %philtre; love


DR. FEELGOOD       
First Line: Got to be a gimcrack somewhere could gauge the scope of it
Last Line: Untranslatable. Paeans. In a gutteral. Tongue


END OF THE DAY...       
Last Line: Smear beneath the nails to mark the eager workers


EQUATIONS       
First Line: The moon isn't looking for solutions
Last Line: Will not leave me whole


EVENING       
First Line: The child calling and calling
Last Line: Tower, bulbous, beneath which %a frail white dog must be asleep


FIRST GREETING...       
Last Line: Such rigid divisions. Come in


FOR SIZE       
First Line: What are you asking, in that small
Last Line: Pile in. But to ask how these changes take %and grow, is like asking how %that fragile stitching hol


FORTUNE       
First Line: From the window, cutting onions
Last Line: One last sad kiss, say %'knew her when,' and pass from that place %where lightning never strikes


FROM SHORE    Poem Text    
First Line: The ocean goes, for fat miles
Subject(s): Sea; Ocean


FROM SHORE       
First Line: The ocean goes, for fat miles
Last Line: To you, who grew up inland


GLADIOLI       
First Line: The elegant gladioli
Last Line: Forgive me


GOLD BOOK       
First Line: It told the story of a runaway rose
Last Line: Use the shears? Which arm was missing


HE DECIPHERS...       
Last Line: Doll-faced tuesday, when it might be free


HEROIC ROSES       
First Line: Because grief's season %is never a new one
Last Line: Old skeleton, zone of echoes, %when you roam


I BELIEVE THERE IS A SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: I believe there is a song that is stranger than wind, that sips the scald
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life; Mind, The


I BELIEVE THERE IS A SONG THAT IS STRANGER THAN WIND, THAT SIPS THE       
Last Line: Silver hands of the fountain. But if it is space you must fail in, tach %it din


I BELIEVE THERE IS...       
Last Line: Space you must fail in, teach it din


I HAVE A FRIEND...       
Last Line: This is the scar


I NEVER WISH TO...       
Last Line: She who cuts her hands off must drink with her tongue
Variant Title(s): I Never Wish To Sing Again As I Used To, When Two New Eyes Could.


I WAS WATCHING...       
Last Line: Sky-eyed scholar, pale confucius: put down your book


I WISH NEVER TO SING    Poem Text    
First Line: I never wish to sing again as I used to, when two new eyes could
Subject(s): Body, Human; Mind, The


I WON'T GO IN TODAY...       
Last Line: Grace. But yesterday, imperious echo, knows who you are
Variant Title(s): Untitle


IF IT BE EVENT...       
Last Line: Dream is dare is dagger. Your turn
Variant Title(s): Untitle


IMPLORERS, CONNIVERS...       
Last Line: Made thee. And it is always night somewhere click the indigent clocks
Variant Title(s): Three Prose Poems:


IN REHEARSAL       
First Line: The mustachioed stagehand is striking the sets
Last Line: Pass me sweetbreads through unbreakable glass


INFERNAL       
First Line: Is it better to die by the hand of an intimate
Last Line: You stay close to the shore


INFIDEL       
First Line: If the impersonal made pesonal isn't personal, then what is there
Last Line: The fool says to the bastard, you mean they fly too


IT COULD BE A BIRD       
First Line: It could be a bird that says summer, that says gather no late failing
Last Line: Unnumbered mesh of other, kill, kiss


KISS ME DEADLY       
First Line: How do you get so close to the window
Last Line: In this boomtown boudoir, baby, %you always wrong


KISS ME DEADLY: 1       
First Line: How do they get so close to the window
Last Line: This ribbon round my fingertip, %to keep you


KISS ME DEADLY: 2       
First Line: Should it be better, going off, grim
Last Line: And space and silence shrill and wide


KISS ME DEADLY: 3       
First Line: Two things torch a fragment
Last Line: Let's smash the cup and saucer, %spill the wine


KISS ME DEADLY: 4       
First Line: She moves, she means, she masters
Last Line: She gave, she grieve, she amn't. %she behave


KISS ME DEADLY: 5       
First Line: Though intentions erode like the moon
Last Line: In this boomtown boudoir, baby, %you always wrong


LADY OF THE LAKE...       
Last Line: The abandonment of seeming-weeping like a two-bit sermon-mis- %tress sum


LATE SHOW       
First Line: The theatre's dim-lit lobby surrounds me
Last Line: Eyes narrowing, she touches it again


LIGHT SAYS WHY...       
Last Line: Faces. And a body, shrunk and scurvy, built to burn


LOOKING BACK       
First Line: We forgot our coats, shoes
Last Line: For goodness, for goodness, for goodness


LOST HE SAYS...       
Last Line: Take flight loudly as soon as we see


LOVE (AMONG THE RUINS)       
First Line: Conventional wisdom suggesting
Last Line: White promise, collusion -- coherent gown


MAKING WON TONS       
First Line: You strip the withered tongues
Last Line: I cook my dumplings %with a maker's grace


MAY    Poem Text    
Subject(s): May (month)


MAY       
First Line: In may's gaud gown and ruby reckoning
Last Line: In the pleatpetal purring of mouthweathered may


MEET ME TWO YEARS...       
Last Line: As constellations %speak scale to the molecules. A o e


MORE FEET ON MORE LEGS, MORE HANDS ON MORE WRISTS, MORE       
Last Line: Plunder, who will be dove


MORE FEET ON MORE...       
Last Line: Will you be ardor? When your dream is blaze and plunder, who will be %dove?


MOWING AFTER DARK       
First Line: Because it spills all day
Last Line: You spike the paths you like. %the circle wins


NEW HEAVEN, NEW EARTH       
First Line: Snow is falling, in a world much like this one, the wood dark, sky
Last Line: The body on the path) keen and shine


NO NOISE SUBTRACTS...       
Last Line: Touched death, and are opening this first time


NO REGRETS       
First Line: Edith piaf, you are singing
Last Line: Despise the given life


NOW I PROMISE...       
Last Line: Then, never-pieces of plan and purpose. That they stay


O CORONET...       
Last Line: We measure the world by its margins.' (so saying ends)


O VERB, O VOID...       
Last Line: Hex of my heart, blight of my thigh, %my heat and light


OCTAVES, OVATIONS...       
Last Line: Brandished-when I am?


OR WOULD TRIUMPH...       
Last Line: Than the crack of reason in the frame


OVER COFFEE       
First Line: The cut, taut gills of your hands
Last Line: Tonguing, grateful, the last stray %trickle from my lip


PERSEPHONE AT HOME       
First Line: No good reflecting on what might have been
Last Line: I am alive


PHOTOS IN THE MAIL       
First Line: Straight from seattle filmworks to our home
Last Line: We need exposure, sure as your lens-cap %cloaks the hole in black


POEM       
First Line: My hayseed harlequin %what's a bloomer to you
Last Line: And a flown is a fell


POEM       
First Line: Black corners of winter, whom %do you pine for?
Last Line: Singing cipher, %the roof is a door


PREGNANT LADY PLAYING TENNIS       
Last Line: A crazy slam past the net: past the lines, %past the out zone, past the court's steel network wall


PRIMITIVES       
First Line: Every heaven is a star put on
Last Line: Every stream every tree every stone


PROBLEM OF THESE...       
Last Line: A tender truant, passing, blows me a kiss on burnt fingers, on fever %lips


RAIN FALLS...       
Last Line: When I lose you


RED SHOES       
First Line: Not red, she said, but the dark
Last Line: Ballerina, when are you going to learn


REFLECTIONS       
First Line: That time, you stood on my bed admiring the winter trees
Last Line: Whose name means, in the dead greek language, I am hiding


REGRET LYRIC       
First Line: As though there were too much
Last Line: In wide morning, leaving wing


ROSE GARDEN       
First Line: A polka strikes up in the old gazebo
Last Line: Even the scentless


SCARECROW       
First Line: Love loves the time when the road ends
Last Line: End well


SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY       
First Line: Never having owned
Last Line: Unpeopled landscapes alone


SEASONAL       
First Line: Much melting, and crows close to home


SHADOW OF A DOUBT       
First Line: Link the I to the n and get nothing
Last Line: A good day to fold blue blankets and forget


SHIPWRECK POEM       
First Line: Navigation's gone haywire. Who's to blame?
Last Line: Not with the compass, not with the map.


SHREWD STAR...       
Last Line: And lie. But constellation mute cyclops, my ravaged child, weeps every eye
Variant Title(s): Untitle


SONNET    Poem Text    
First Line: Sleeping sister of a farther sky
Subject(s): Space & Space Travel;conduct Of Life; Body, Human; Outer Space; Fourth Dimension


SONNET       
First Line: The sky we bear on our shoulders, heaven-height
Last Line: Skies the sentence, articulate, complete


SONNET       
First Line: Retinal snowfall, anything that slips
Last Line: Dissembles also. Kill it where it lies


SONNET       
First Line: Lease of my leaving, heartfelt lack, what does
Last Line: Will there be an end to all this falling?


SONNET       
First Line: When ash november orders its demise
Last Line: Each human cutting, vertebrae and nerve


SONNET       
First Line: As the dream a consciousness adored
Last Line: All formless fire, a body of the lord


SONNET       
First Line: Blank bride of the hour, occluded thought
Last Line: The far aphelion of a darkest veil?


SONNET       
First Line: Never got, and never thought, and yet
Last Line: Ever's ardor will never not beget


SONNET       
First Line: Name your weapon. Wanton wink of lip
Last Line: Each urge a freak of need, a seeded yawn


SONNET       
First Line: Now you nerve. Flurred, avid as the raw
Last Line: Which eats the excess. The strangle in the shine


SONNET       
First Line: What is this witness, the watching ages
Last Line: Distinct the dolor, and kind the killing


SONNET       
First Line: Tilt the placeless waver of this moving
Last Line: Eye-gold arrows, pierce-pulse, a failing felt


SONNET       
First Line: It's nothing. A blue wheel blurring, and a wind
Last Line: Greets the eye that blinds it. The other sleeps


SONNET       
First Line: This din and this condition. Thinking thief
Last Line: Silence whitens every bright array


STORY LEFT...       
Last Line: Measure, who reads in bed
Variant Title(s): Three Prose Poems:


STRICTLY POLITICAL       
First Line: Your trotskyite friend poured his coffee
Last Line: It was something on which we agreed


TENDER FEATHER...       
Last Line: Thou, gold thought, unlettered (there will be blood)


THE GOLD BOOK    Poem Text    
First Line: It told the story of a runaway rose
Subject(s): Books; Roses; Reading


THEFT       
First Line: Two men filched pumpkins from the grocery display
Last Line: Something stolen. We must have known


THERE COMES A TIME...    Poem Text    


THERE COMES A TIME...       
Last Line: Fitful keeper, who sears and scalds. But my zero, sum and province, %whose howl, skies the all
Variant Title(s): Untitled; Three Poem
Subject(s): Nature; Poetry And Poets


THERE WAS A STARE...       
Last Line: Waver, %rumor, rock-pit. Pawn, gaud. Vacancy's ambassador, other-we are %here
Variant Title(s): There Was A Star


THEY MAKE IT GO...       
Last Line: Echo: I am fame


TO TAKE, TO MAKE...       
Last Line: A tune for your tattered tunic, my thieving pearl


TULIPS       
First Line: Immoderation is the seasonal edict: tulips spike from the earth
Last Line: That must have been empty, that must have held nothing at all


VAMPIRE'S VILLANELLE       
First Line: How will the lovelies sleep tonight?
Last Line: How well the lovlies sleep at night, %when I take each locket-lady for my bride


WE DID THINGS...       
Last Line: Moment (blemish and blossom) we are gaze
Variant Title(s): Untitle


WEEKEND       
First Line: Now, though, the wind lifts in a thousand particular stories
Last Line: Inspects a ribcage. Necessity, old comrade, tags along


WELL, YOU NEEDN'T       
First Line: In discord this incipience, disregard
Last Line: Spruce tree, vagrant, where do you list?


WHAT I MEET OF...       
Last Line: This my beggar's cup, my collar. All I love


WHAT WE KNOW...       
Last Line: Is to be won that we wager. Drink the dark dram, lover, and be wine


WHAT, I SAID...       
Last Line: Or horizon to axis. Or exile to in. Barbarous tongue to true language %me to him


WHEN KISS SPELLS CONTRADICTION       
First Line: When kiss spells contradiction it spills an ocean of open clothes. I gave
Last Line: Tender. I'll never. None


WHEN KISS SPELLS...       
Last Line: If kiss were question, were caution. What he knew of. Trice and %tender. I'll never. None
Variant Title(s): When Kiss Spells Contradictio


WHITE LILY       
First Line: Gnomish in its rounded hunch
Last Line: And seizes in her strong white legs %the truant moon


WHY ARE YOU HERE?...       
Last Line: Or when the still shell softly metal mottles me
Variant Title(s): 'why Are You Here All Alone? Why Don't You Go Out An


WINGS, MOUTH, RANGE       
First Line: A huge black butterfly shambles
Last Line: Watch it angle, weak, away, relieved %at the frail destruction left undone


WINTER ABSTRACT       
First Line: Call me no one, candle abandoned
Last Line: For more malignant fires, benigner poles


YELLOW DRAPES...       
Last Line: Protective rind. So I kill the world when I see you. %berry, eye


YES THE RED FLOWER...       
Last Line: Which is me?