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Wakoski, Diane    Poet's Biography
570 poems available by this author


3 OF SWORDS       
First Line: Yes %of old wire hangers that remain in the closet


40 DEGREES       
First Line: Agatha, the long-haired calico
Last Line: Only %out of time


5 OF STAVES (WANDS): YOUNG MEN FIGHTING OR PLAYING       
First Line: The secret %has always been
Last Line: A child to replace the mother


A POET RECOGNIZING THE ECHO OF THE VOICE    Poem Text    
First Line: We are burning
Subject(s): Absence; Beauty; Identity; Sexism; Women; Women's Rights; Separation; Isolation; Feminism


AFTER EDWARD HOPPER'S MARBLETOP TABLE: A SESTINA FOR ANNE WALDMAN       
First Line: I was surprised to see you, anne waldman
Last Line: Today you too lit my edward-hopper-diner-painted midwestern night


AFTER MOVING THE PLANTS TO SATURN       
First Line: Under my newly emerged gloxinia


AGING       
First Line: Yes, you could put my entire brain
Last Line: When you blew through its trumpet cup


AGING IN DUBROVNIK       
First Line: Some grow grizzled


ALEXANDER       
First Line: When she smooths me and smooths me, as I lie
Last Line: Between what I think %and what I can do


ALL THE PAPERWEIGHTS I'VE NEVER BOUGHT FROM YOU       
First Line: The best one


AMARYLLIS       
First Line: So seldom
Last Line: The window, on a snowy winter %night


AMARYLLIS ON THAMES       
First Line: I called alice, but she was
Last Line: Town this could be, and it isn't la!


AN APOLOGY    Poem Text    
First Line: Past exchanges have left orbits of rain around my face
Subject(s): Women's Rights; Feminism


ANGEL WIRE OR RECEIVING A SURPRISE RESURRECTION TELEGRAM       
First Line: You don't expect either %taxis or telegrams, but
Last Line: On diane's doorstep today. %glory, glory


ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD       
First Line: To you who loved the mysterious reference to 'anna'
Last Line: Formulated into %humming %wings


APOLOGY       
First Line: Past exchanges have left orbits of rain around my face
Last Line: Silently riding their zebras
Subject(s): Women's Rights


APPARITIONS ARE NOT SINGULAR OCCURENCES       
First Line: When I rode the zebra past your door


APPARITIONS ARE NOT SINGULAR OCCURRENCES    Poem Text    
First Line: When I rode the zebra past your door
Subject(s): Death; Man-woman Relationships; Dead, The; Male-female Relations


APRICOT POEM       
First Line: Mother sits on a painted white chair in the kitchen
Last Line: They throw apricots for balls


ARCHEOLOGY OF MOVIES AND BOOKS       
First Line: Chinatown is an oedipal dissertation
Last Line: Change his life from desert %to water


ARGONAUT ROSE: AMARYLLIS BELLADONNA       
First Line: What is the history
Last Line: Offered up as some one's flaming argonaut rose


ASIAN GAY DISCO IN LA       
First Line: He sits there with his pad of paper
Last Line: Is this a buddha lesson he doesn't think I've already learned
Subject(s): Homosexuality


AUTUMN       
First Line: Eating lunch %at the roadside rest stop
Last Line: Leaves so much lighter %than money


BAD GIRL       
First Line: She was a good
Last Line: By where she goes?


BARN       
First Line: She hides her american eyes
Last Line: Light up %silver spaces


BEAUTY       
First Line: I never thought of him as beautiful
Last Line: That I had never seen it before


BEAUTY AND THE BEAST       
First Line: La belle, la belle, I remember him
Last Line: It is beauty we must search for so desperately


BEAUTY OF UN-USED THINGS       
First Line: There is a woman
Last Line: Who is the lady in the garden, and where is she leading us %now


BELLY DANCER    Poem Text    
First Line: Can these movements which move themselves
Subject(s): Clothing & Dress; Dancing & Dancers; Desire; Women


BELLY DANCER       
First Line: Can these movements which move themselves
Last Line: Unawakened, sweet %women
Subject(s): Clothing And Dress; Dancing And Dancers; Desire; Women


BIRDS OF PARADISE BEING VERY PLAIN BIRDS       
First Line: What do they look like,' he said


BLACKJACK SESTINA    Poem Text    
First Line: Twenty stories high above the desert
Subject(s): Cards Games; Gambling; Wagering; Betting


BLACKJACK SESTINA       
First Line: Twenty stories high above the desert
Last Line: Of summer morning blackjack players, these old desert %sunflowers


BLESSING ODE FOR A MAN WITH FISHBONES AROUND HIS NECK       
First Line: Armillaria mellea


BLOSSOMS       
First Line: Look different


BLUE DRESS/AIRMAIL LETTER       
First Line: The old movie star swathed in chiffon, blue as an airmail
Last Line: So much the false grief in a little step. %the unmailed letter


BLUE ICE WOLF    Poem Text    
First Line: Like a paper with a bent corner, haphazardly
Subject(s): Hospitals; Wolves; Dogs; Supernatural


BLUE JAY AT THE NEARLY EMPTY FEEDER       
First Line: There is a boy who is a blue jay of a boy
Last Line: All the beauty I can bear


BLUE MONDAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Blue of the heaps of beads poured into her breasts
Subject(s): Blue (color)


BLUE MONDAY       
First Line: Blue of the heaps of beads poured into her breasts
Last Line: It is blue %it is blue %it is blue
Subject(s): Blue (color)


BLUE NAILS       
First Line: Hands as little as the leaves of the sapling honey locust tree
Last Line: Blue? Broken eggshell %blue?


BLUE SUEDE SHOES       
First Line: The blond whose skin was translucent as a glass slipper
Last Line: Both of us dancing, bare footed, just dancing, %red glass and blue suede shoes, %to survive our sham


BOTTICELLI'S EDGES       
First Line: Judith and I in the back seat: I
Last Line: Reborn in somebody %else's harris tweed jacket


BOTTICELLI'S EDGES       
First Line: My face, that I think of as sharp, hard edged
Last Line: An earth goddess wearing her shimmering earthquake blouse %over feathers and claws


BOWL OF APPLES       
First Line: I grew up where soft fruits, juicy and sparkling


BRAISED LEEKS & FRAMBOISE       
First Line: The ocean %this morning
Last Line: The pebbled surface %of a raspberry


BREAKFAST       
First Line: In the spanish kingdom %of my living room
Last Line: My perfect view of the autumn swamp


BREAKFAST AT GEORGE & MOLLY WICKES'       
First Line: The checked cloth, %the muffins
Last Line: With breakfast at your satisfying table


BROKEN ICE       
First Line: You think about the raped girl
Last Line: I will believe


BUDDHA INHERITS 6 CARS ON HIS BIRTHDAY       
First Line: I believe it was out of the red one the george washington


BUTCHER'S APRON       
First Line: Red stains on the clean white bib
Last Line: Of childhood. Unhealed scars, %still capable of bleeding


BUTTERFLIES ARE SHADOW SHAPES       
First Line: The stars are flying %like butterflies
Last Line: Monarchs, and cabbage butterflies


CALIFORNIA GIRL       
First Line: If I had the ankles of belma baskett
Last Line: You cannot escape %your destiny


CALIFORNIAN FIGHTS AGAINST THE OLD NEW ENGLAND TRADITIONS       
First Line: The elderly famous man goes shopping with
Last Line: With the space of the desert, %big, like I want to be


CALIFORNIANS       
First Line: A grey striped cat came to our glass door yesterday
Last Line: His coat would not be so soft %if he had spent it entirely %napping by the fire


CANNON BEACH       
First Line: One week of early morning sunshine, like a perfect rose frozen


CARDINAL AT THE FEEDER       
First Line: You must have waited for this grey and wet
Last Line: Accessory to your %plumage


CARLA BOUCHER EATS POPPIES IN SANTA FE       
First Line: We are driving the highway as straight as my polish hair
Last Line: See me also, emptied of all but this bony poetry


CELLOPHANE BURN       
First Line: In the orange grove where I watched spiders
Last Line: Replacing or changing sound into light


CHALKBOARD       
First Line: It's as if it were a map
Last Line: Bringing light from a million years ago


CHAMPAGNE       
First Line: In the velvet light of max's
Last Line: Cannot alter %the truth


CHAMPAGNE LIGHT       
First Line: Morning sunshine is like champagne
Last Line: Or heavy day. And you might be made of moon rocks %instead of moonlight


CHILD, A WASP, AND AN APRICOT TREE       
First Line: What is there we do not know about death


CITY OF LIGHTS (LAS VEGAS)       
First Line: Sitting at the blackjack table, I wear my denim jacket
Last Line: To bet any more


CIVILIZATION       
First Line: I admire all the brave and robust people who live on shoestrings


CLEARING THE PALETTE       
First Line: Ice %sorbet


CLINT'S BOTTLE OF 1977 CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE       
First Line: Robert bought a finch feeder &
Last Line: And drank %the cndp


CLOAK OF FOLDED WINGS       
First Line: I wondered %when she told me how she
Last Line: As a cloak of folded wings


CLOSET OAKS       
First Line: There is a door which I have
Last Line: Yes, he might be %on the other side %of the door


CLOVE SHOES       
First Line: His mouth with the fragrance of
Last Line: Kettle of mulled wine


COBRA LILIES IN THE SUPERMARKET       
First Line: I wonder


COFFEE BRUSH       
First Line: We sniffed it
Last Line: And browsing in our winter absence


COFFEE DRINKER (1)       
First Line: When I was as new feeling as salamander skin
Last Line: Might revive you in an afternoon of rejections or failures


COFFEE DRINKER (2)       
First Line: When I was as new feeling as salamander skin
Last Line: I have wasted my life


COILING LIGHT       
First Line: 1953, I suppose
Last Line: In its diamondback heat


COINS AND COFFINS UNDER MY BED    Poem Text    
First Line: Three children dancing around an orange tree
Last Line: And the sun catching it, as it swings
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


COINS AND COFFINS UNDER MY BED       
First Line: Three children dancing around an orange tree
Last Line: And the sun catching it, as he swings
Subject(s): Death


CONTROL IS ABOUT POSSESSION       
First Line: If anyone %had ever
Last Line: Looked at me %that way


CORN LYRICS       
First Line: In la habra
Last Line: Wrapping you in light


COSTA RICAN COFFEE       
First Line: I scissor open the brown and white pack
Last Line: Smell and taste its %topaz mouth


CRAIG'S CALIFORNIA FIRE       
First Line: The canyons where your bad luck comes from, craig
Last Line: That blew around my orange county past


CRAIG'S HUMMINGBIRDS       
First Line: They move so fast, their motion is invisible
Last Line: Moves so fast it might be invisible


CRAIG'S MUSE: WEARING THE GREEN       
First Line: Craig, those california hills which sometimes
Last Line: Sometimes she rides clear across the country, %like an orange poppy, on the hood of the car


CREME BRULEE       
First Line: Her voice is like good custard, creme brulle perhaps, and she
Last Line: Way this woman's voice burned through to my past?


CROCUS       
First Line: Persephone is a girl I know
Last Line: Hummingbird shoes %of light %of light %of light


CROCUS       
First Line: On the oak table


DANAE    Poem Text    
First Line: It was a shower of g(rain)
Subject(s): Danae; Mythology - Classical


DANAE       
First Line: It was a shower of g(rain)
Subject(s): Danae; Mythology - Classical


DANCING ON THE GRAVE OF A SON OF A BITCH    Poem Text    
First Line: God damn it, / at last I am going to dance on your grave,
Subject(s): Man-woman Relationship; Divorce; Farewell; Money; Dancing & Dancers; Graves; Parting; Tombs; Tombstones


DANCING ON THE GRAVE OF A SON OF A BITCH       
First Line: God damn it


DANGEROUS HERMIT       
First Line: She's not crazy, just doesn't like
Last Line: That's why she's dangerous


DARK PROCESSION REVIEWED       
First Line: My body glistens, %snail moon
Last Line: From the golden lover hidden behind %sea-grey eyes?


DAVID & GEOFFREY       
First Line: The man who's dead
Last Line: Un-understandably %needs me %no more


DAVID'S LETTER       
First Line: Your life was like snow
Last Line: What we want and never give up something invisible %for something tangible


DAWN BUDS       
First Line: How could her paintings
Last Line: Of cartilage, the desert itself a drawerful %of silky bones


DEER GODS       
First Line: Driving past the thick forested land
Last Line: Like a flower against the bank of a river


DEER IN ME       
First Line: When you couldn't dance any more
Last Line: Beautiful, deadly silver drop


DESERT EYES       
First Line: Though I often go to the desert
Last Line: To keep him safe for his manly life


DIANE'S PERSONAL GHOST RANCH    Poem Text    
First Line: I imagine riding a ghost-stallion, my
Subject(s): Ghosts; O'keeffe, Georgia (1887-1986); Moore, Marianne (1887-1972); Ranch Life


DIANES       
First Line: Spelled variously, the name
Last Line: On the plastic tag around baby's wrist


DIET MOONS       
First Line: Roll into her car
Last Line: No salt allowed. %or butter


DIFFERENT EDGE       
First Line: What you wanted to
Last Line: Complete yet not final


DOGS (1)       
First Line: Are a human %mistake
Last Line: Brains are not %everything


DOGS (2)       
First Line: Like a children's book illustrator's large
Last Line: Children or old men and women %listening to stories


DRIVING BARBARA'S SHORE       
First Line: First, there's the slight tinge
Last Line: The day might never end


DRIVING GLOVES       
First Line: I wish my past had been


DUCHESS POTATOES       
First Line: My people grew potatoes
Last Line: They were called 'duchess'
Subject(s): Food Habits; Potatoes


EATING A PLUM ON THE TERRACE       
First Line: This plum is something I never tasted when I was pregnant
Last Line: More complete than sex %in the moist dark


EATING FLOWERS       
First Line: I know that if you put your pencil
Last Line: That you will not get wet


EATING GRAPES WITH THE ALGEBRAIST       
First Line: O weren't they equations?/ my
Last Line: And autumn's peace was untampered


EGGS       
First Line: The perfect food,' says
Last Line: Beginning %in her grain-y %elevated eggs


EL CAMINO REAL (THE KING'S HIGHWAY)       
First Line: We transform the places we live
Last Line: Radiant with earthy %big-seeded light


ELEPHANT & THE BUTTERFLY MEET       
First Line: As the blue wings


ELIZABETH AND THE GOLDEN ORANGES       
First Line: In packing boxes of spiders and amber


EMERALD BOOK       
First Line: First it was a ring
Last Line: At the end of the world.'


EMERALD CITY       
First Line: This is the green place
Last Line: What you don't know about me %would fill a book


EMERALD ICE    Poem Text    
First Line: If I were a jeweler
Subject(s): Beauty; Emeralds; Mad Houses; Insane Asylums


EMERALD ICE       
First Line: If I were a jeweler


EMERALD TATTOOED ON MY ARM       
First Line: Tattoos are taboo %in the bourgeois white world
Last Line: Always a little taboo %on a white arm
Subject(s): Tattoos


EMERALDS       
First Line: He said he dreamed
Last Line: It was winter during my entire dream


ESCORTS       
First Line: When the actresses, like glove-shaped velvety bats trapped
Last Line: In a room where we don't belong


EVOLUTION OF MORNING       
First Line: The clean linen smell of the hot iron on cloth
Last Line: Into believing there is no death


EXAMINING MONEY       
First Line: The little darwin boy
Last Line: With darwin-like curiosity


EXORCISM       
First Line: Get out


EYE-VOICE       
First Line: I hear it', he says
Last Line: Oh, I don't work there any more.'


EYES OF LAURA MARS: AN ORCHID MYTH       
First Line: What if by day I am orpheus
Last Line: Came back as a woman


FAILURES OF THE WORLD       
First Line: This body is first
Last Line: If it is the truth, is one of those failures %of the world


FALLING WOMAN LEAVING THE GARDEN       
First Line: She runs on a chain of cities, only to
Last Line: Around her neck like a large bunch of silvered keys


FAME       
First Line: It can't mean that much
Last Line: And who did not


FANNY'S COLD BLUE EYES       
First Line: I'd like to talk about you, fanny, as a jewel


FATHER OF MY COUNTRY       
First Line: All fathers in western civilization must have


FEAR OF FAT CHILDREN       
First Line: Age has blown me up like the wind spirit
Last Line: The fat of wasted life


FEAR OF WOMEN       
First Line: My mother's secret was small
Last Line: And steal my baby breath away


FEW SILVER SCALES       
First Line: The feeling comes


FIFTEEN POEMS FOR A LUNAR ECLIPSE, SELS.       


FILLING THE BOXES OF JOSEPH CORNELL       
First Line: Aren't we nasty little people


FINDING THE MOON (FLOWERS)       
First Line: This is my broken
Last Line: The beginning and end of a rose-y tale %I could tell


FISH STORY       
First Line: A fish as silver as the edge of dawn
Last Line: Still dangling %out of my old lip


FLAMING TRACK       
First Line: So I asked him why
Last Line: Set those tracks on fire


FLOWER MASKS       
First Line: Snapdragons %next to the parking lot
Last Line: The reason you are leaving, %driving away


FLOWER PARTS       
First Line: That's what they look like
Last Line: The mouths of children just finishing an orange popsicle


FOLLOW THAT STAGECOACH       
First Line: The sense of disguise is a %rattlesnake


FOR A MAN WHO LEARNED TO SWIM WHEN HE WAS SIXTY       
First Line: To you, %the ocean was an old mother, saying
Last Line: Silence %was your answer until one day %there was a different voice %when you walked into water


FOR CATHERINE WHO SAYS SHE IS WUTHERING HEIGHTS       
First Line: Inside the tiny wooden building
Last Line: Only to claim the power %of her old one


FOR CLINT IN EAST LANSING WHILE I AM SITTING ON THE ADRIATIC COAST       
First Line: I bought figs every day almost
Last Line: Of natural ingredients. %perhaps


FOR LINDA'S MOTHER       
First Line: So you read a diane wakoski book
Last Line: Dig their toes into the moving earth


FOR THE GIRL WITH HER FACE IN A ROSE       
First Line: This tapestry which I've never seen


FOR WHITMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: I have observed the learned astronomer
Last Line: The unnamed / the unnameable
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Whitman, Walt (1819-1891)


FOR WHITMAN       
First Line: I have observed the learned astronomer
Last Line: Love being %the unnamed/ %the unnameable
Subject(s): Poetry And Poets; Whitman, Walt (1819-1891)


FOREIGN TRAVEL       
First Line: We were in the trendy clothing store where everything
Last Line: All I would do is shop/I can do that in ann arbor, michigan


FRIGHTENING GREEN       
First Line: It's not enough to know
Last Line: For their lush, frightening, heavy green


FROM A GIRL IN A MENTAL INSTITUTION       
First Line: The morning wakes me as a broken door vibrating on its hinges
Last Line: The ocean is as still as a new made bed, rocking
Subject(s): Psychiatric Hospitals


FROM A GO TO BE, IF YOU CAN FIND IT       
First Line: I woke up


FROM SHELLS TO RADISHES       
First Line: A blot of ink on the immaculate sleeve, like blood
Last Line: Our only encounter in %twenty years


FROM THE FATHER OF MY COUNTRY       
First Line: If george washington
Last Line: Father, %have you really come home
Subject(s): Fathers And Daughters


FULL MOON EYES       
First Line: It isn't that I didn't want to like you
Last Line: Themselves against the past-shadowed, still dark early %morning %sky


GABRIELLA'S INFLUENCE ON OUR VISION OF PLATO'S CAVE       
First Line: When she rolls a cigarette, it is
Last Line: From only the shadow?


GARDENIAS       
First Line: Norman, this summer
Last Line: Not just of holidays, %but for all seasons


GEOFFREY BENDS TO TIE MY SHOE       
First Line: Voices are sometimes
Last Line: The taste of coffee. %such unconnected %connections


GEORGE WASHINGTON ABSENT FROM HIS COUNTRY       
First Line: Your heart %a sponge lying in the vinegar bowl


GEORGE WASHINGTON AND THE LOSS OF HIS TEETH    Poem Text    
First Line: An ultimate / in the un-romantic
Last Line: Got the teeth in your mouth
Subject(s): Presidents, United States; Teeth; Washington, George (1732-1799); Toothaches


GEORGE WASHINGTON AND THE LOSS OF HIS TEETH       
First Line: An ultimate %in the un-romantic
Last Line: Got the teeth in your mouth
Subject(s): Presidents, United States; Teeth; Washington, George (1732-1799)


GEORGE WASHINGTON AT SAM'S TOWN       
First Line: Our uncle sam is covered with orchids
Last Line: Might place dice with the universed


GEORGE WASHINGTON SENDS A PAIR OF SHOEBUCKLES       
First Line: Sages %walk


GEORGE WASHINGTON SLEPT HERE       
First Line: Scattered %in the barnyard


GEORGE WASHINGTON WRITES HOME ABOUT HARVESTING       
First Line: I won't take a lot of shit


GEORGE WASHINGTON'S AUTUMN       
First Line: Could he have seen flashes
Last Line: Familiar behind hot paper cups of coffee and tea


GEORGE WASHINGTON'S CAMP CUPS       
First Line: And that winter at valley forge


GEORGE WASHINGTON: THE WHOLE MAN       
First Line: The disappointment I am talking of now


GIRLS       
First Line: I never understood the girls
Last Line: Afraid of snakes; who knows %that in this life %it is the one thing %not allowed


GOOD WATER       
First Line: The cup holds


GOOD WORLD       
First Line: In the good world


GOURDS       
First Line: How do you


GRAIN       
First Line: The midwest is a king-size package of cereal
Last Line: Opening the new year's eve oysters


GREED, PART 10: A NOTE       
First Line: I conceived of the poem as a long work, something like paterson,
Last Line: Parts 1-13 not close its ranks, and that part 10 be left open


GREED, PART 12: THE GREED TO BE FULFILLED       
First Line: There are about 200,000 known types
Last Line: Perhaps is only heard through %the unspoken language of desert flowers


GREED, PART 13: THE GREED FOR CONTROL OVER DEATH & LIFE       
First Line: Today, brilliant sunshine on the deep snow, and my desire to listen
Last Line: In sleep from the demons %shaded from %false light


GREED, PART 1: OF POLYGAMY       
First Line: This is %an invitation
Last Line: Not a needy child any longer


GREED, PART 2: OF ACCORD & PRINCIPLE       
First Line: The whole story
Last Line: Not relinquishing one kiss


GREED, PART 3: THE GREED THAT IS NOT GREED       
First Line: Rarely do I let myself
Last Line: Takes greed beyond greed


GREED, PART 4: INTRUDERS       
First Line: This child is born
Last Line: Galapagos turtle %intruder. %you %landlord %of my heart


GREED, PART 5: THE SHARK -- PARENTS & CHILDREN       
First Line: I can't swim
Last Line: For another cold meal?


GREED, PART 6: JEALOUSY -- A CONFESIONAL       
First Line: They are black %and they gleam like steinways
Last Line: Of being deadly %or %dead


GREED, PART 7: SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS       
First Line: Pride goeth before a fall
Last Line: Why should we touch it?


GREED, PART 8: THE DESIRE TO BE WHAT ONE IS NOT       
First Line: In the cover of his darkness
Last Line: As we struggle with our own failures %and deceits


GREED, PART 9: INTRODUCTION       
First Line: Living from day to day is a series of compromises
Last Line: Water %is %life %in any %form


GREED: 1. GLOVES OF FIRE: ALCHEMY       
First Line: Strindberg nearly burned %his hands off, in his attic room
Last Line: To find beauty and teach those %spoilers %not to touch it?


GREED: 10. DESERT CARP       
First Line: You're in new york alone, walking %as fast as you can from houston street where
Last Line: Murmuring over the submerged %siren-fingered rhine gold


GREED: 11. HONORING THE DISCOVERY OF ZERO       
First Line: When I sit at this table
Last Line: But morning liberates me into the whisper of veracity


GREED: 12. MORNING'S SCARF OF GOLD       
First Line: Silence & boiling water %mean that
Last Line: Our bodies so close, our minds %so separate


GREED: 13. THE MORNING OF THE ENCHANTRESS       
First Line: I too am a different self
Last Line: Falling, %burning, %around her neck


GREED: 2. THE MIDAS CHOCOLATE       
First Line: If she doesn't eat her chocolate
Last Line: Where she spent every %silver coin


GREED: 3. FINGER EARS       
First Line: By then she was addicted
Last Line: With my ears, I finger its metal %every day


GREED: 4. MEDEA'S SUMMER EYES       
First Line: And the enchantresses of %a certain race
Last Line: Provided by destiny, %or is it chance?


GREED: 5. GODDESS GOLD       
First Line: I need to hear %your stories
Last Line: How can I, the silver sorceress, ask myself not %to speak out?


GREED: 6. RAVEN OR SERPENT       
First Line: He opens the car door %and we walk to the picnic table
Last Line: To throw the black cloak of winged night over my charge, %dulling it %to absence


GREED: 7. NIGHTHAWK       
First Line: How I love the opening of
Last Line: It intrudes through the dream window


GREED: 8. POLISHING LIGHT       
First Line: Saving is renouncing %holding back is giving up
Last Line: Outwit our passions? The absurdity %of polishing light


GREED: 9. MEETING THE ICE QUEEN       
First Line: Is it presumption or courage that has made me
Last Line: Out of the garden of poetry?


GREED: REFRAIN       
First Line: Coffee on the wind, %light comes in
Last Line: And he steals %my scarf of gold


HALLOWEEN COSTUMES       
First Line: He does his best
Last Line: Ride away naked forever %on her zebra


HANDICAPPED AT RISEN HOTEL       
First Line: At first


HANSEL AND GRETEL       
First Line: What would I do
Last Line: Bad ones -- you know, %the opposite


HAVING REPLACED LOVE WITH FOOD & DRINK       
First Line: Sweet basil, %sturdy as my legs, aromatic from donna's garden, its healthy
Last Line: This pasta, green and garlicky %made with my own hands


HE SAYS       
First Line: A young man tells me that the
Last Line: While coolly, I always %bow %to irony


HEALING GODDESSES       
First Line: Two barbaras on western shores heal me
Last Line: And nautilus-chambered %secrets


HELM'S BAKERY MAN       
First Line: The helm's man came in a yellow truck
Last Line: In white icing decorating the top


HELMETS OF BRONZE       
First Line: He doesn't know that the freeway he rode
Last Line: Failed enough %to carry %weapons


HERMIT       
First Line: With gravel glued together for arms and legs


HIS BEDROOM VOICE       
First Line: He leaves a message on our answering machine
Last Line: In timbre %than diction or content


HITCHHIKERS       
First Line: They burn you
Subject(s): Hitchhikers


HOT FLICKERS/MOVIE LIGHT       
First Line: The highway along the coast
Last Line: The line on the highway draws them %into the distance


HOUSE OF CARDS       
First Line: The tall guy who wears the cowby hat
Last Line: And often, as I have never had in poker %a royal flush


HOW DO YOU TELL A STORY       
First Line: The mask stares down at me


HUMAN HISTORY: ITS DOCUMENTS       
First Line: Sometimes poison %a decoration
Last Line: To a large swarm of irritating flies


HUMMINGBIRD LIGHT       
First Line: In the hummingbird house
Last Line: Sleeping in hummingbird light


HUMMINGBIRDS, DAZZLING IN FROM THE CALIFORNIA DESERT       
First Line: And the apple, like a ruby throat, was there
Last Line: Love, love, why invent this word %if it is all zeros


I COME TO THE POETRY READING WEARING MY NEW SILVER SHOES       
First Line: Listening has many foci: a sunburst locust tree loaded with %pods
Last Line: Two stars have just dropped out of the new %evening sky


I HAMMER       
First Line: At his indian-giving head
Last Line: Silent as a piece of oak


I HAVE HAD TO LEARN TO LIVE WITH MY FACE       
First Line: You see me alone tonight


ICE       
First Line: It is the machines we strap on our bodies
Last Line: Which no human eye witnesses


ICE EAGLE       
First Line: It was with resolution that she gave up the
Last Line: The ice eagle can do nothing %but melt
Subject(s): Reality; Swanson, Gloria (1897-1983); Women


ICE QUEEN'S CALLA LILY FINGERS       
First Line: Little girl, whose socks were always lost


ICE WALKING       
First Line: When the candles are burning on the dining room table
Last Line: That fly away once they are mistakenly %uncaged


IMAGE IS NARRATIVE       
First Line: The lemons are for health and the sourness
Last Line: And the empty, not even named , bitter %cup of coffee


IMAGINING EMILY'S EARLY SUMMER GARDEN       
First Line: Scarlet poppies with theirs2911 page 175
Last Line: Shared the sacred nature of her task


IMAGINING POINT DUME       
First Line: There are so many photographs of that curve of rocky beach
Last Line: Composed of neon light


IN RESPONSE TO GREY       
First Line: In fashion designer windows


IN SAN FRANCISCO       
First Line: There is no hunger, though many
Last Line: Pine cones and coffee


IN ST. LOUIS       
First Line: The beautiful helen, whose foot was like
Last Line: Certainly, no silver shoes to take us wherever we might %want to go


IN THE SECRET ROOM, EAST OF THE SUN, WEST OF THE MOON       
First Line: I met a magician


INCIDENT OF CHERRIES AND PEACHES       
First Line: When the difference is not a name


INSIDE OUT    Poem Text    
First Line: I walk the purple carpet into your eye
Subject(s): Paintings & Painters; Relationships


INSIDE OUT       
First Line: I walk the purple carpet into your eye
Last Line: You must reach inside and pull me %like a silver bullet %from your arm


IRELAND       
First Line: I asked %the kewpie-cheeked college boy
Last Line: As invisible as poetry to change %the world


JASON THE BETRAYER       
First Line: Withdrawing the wisteria
Last Line: At the throat and cuff


JEALOUS SLOTS & THE TREE OF LIFE       
First Line: Because she is from california
Last Line: She still knows no reason %not to eat


JEWEL LEAVES       
First Line: Why would she leave
Last Line: The glasses all now empty


JOURNEY       
First Line: Traveling for days to reach you
Last Line: I must have dropped it when transfering
Subject(s): Love


JOYCE CAROL OATES PLAYS THE SATURN PIANO       
First Line: I promised myself


JUNK JEWELRY    Poem Text    
First Line: My husband buys me pearls
Subject(s): Healing; Cures


JUNK JEWELRY       
First Line: My husband buys me pearls
Last Line: Our bond is ringless. %nothing can break
Subject(s): Healing


JUSTICE IS REASON ENOUGH    Poem Text    
First Line: He, who was once my brother, is dead by his own hand
Last Line: Reason enough for anything ugly. It balances the beauty in the air
Subject(s): Brothers & Sisters; Suicide; Incest


JUSTICE IS REASON ENOUGH       
First Line: He, who once was my brother, is dead by his own hand
Last Line: Reason enough for anything ugly. It balances the beauty in the %world


KELLY AS THE MAGE       
First Line: Remember when I came to brooklyn
Last Line: Printed on their crumbling pages


LADY IN THE GARDEN       
First Line: She holds her hawk
Last Line: Not yet covered with the last shadow %of orchid light


LADY WHO DROVE ME TO THE AIRPORT       
First Line: Big robert stands dusky, holding


LAGUNA BEACH, RICH MAN'S TOWN       
First Line: A wave of feeling, deja vu
Last Line: The town was named for


LAST WORD ON SEX       
First Line: The movies must make you
Last Line: Because she prefers night %to day


LEAF ON THE OUTDOOR TABLE       
First Line: In september


LESSONS OF SMOKED FISH, BEAR CLAWS & AMERICAN BARBECUE       
First Line: Robert's new grill is on the motor rotisserie
Last Line: Of this universe %which cannot be sugar


LETTER WITH THE RING OF TRUTH       
First Line: Dear clayton, %in bushel baskets, the yellow pears
Last Line: No matter %how deeply %or diversely %our roots extend


LIFE IS LIKE A GAME OF CARDS       
First Line: I said to alvin


LIGHT       
First Line: I live for books
Last Line: And light shines on us both, %the morning's breviary


LIGHT CAP       
First Line: Remember the scene
Last Line: Everything mirrored %in waterfalls, or an %ocean


LIGHT POEM FOR THE LION PAINTER WHO BAKES SCONES IN MICHIGAN       
First Line: And with all of us sitting at a table thinking
Last Line: And hank for giving us a light poem day


LILY HANDS       
First Line: I know this girl must once
Last Line: Now holding a replacement? %for beauty


LION MIRROR       
First Line: Troubadours. %he is dark
Last Line: Next to the watering hole


LISTENING TO D. H. LAWRENCE'S PANSIES       
First Line: Wanting their eyes, their
Last Line: Red hood on the atlantic shore


LISTENING TO WHALES       
First Line: Like watching grey whales migrate


LONG-STEMMED       
First Line: He said he could hear the flowers
Last Line: Saying good-bye


LOOKING FOR BEETHOVEN IN LAS VEGAS       
First Line: The music in my head again
Last Line: The unspoken language of desert flowers


LOTTO NIGHT       
First Line: On the ocean, I think
Last Line: Standing watch outside this penniless house


LOVCEN       
First Line: Climbing the stairs


LOVE LETTER POSTMARKED VAN BEETHOVEN       
First Line: I am too angry to sleep beside you


LOVE PASSES BEYOND THE INCREDIBLE HAWK OF INNOCENCE       
First Line: The stairs will never forget your footsteps


LOVE TO MY ELECTRIC HANDMIXER       
First Line: My electric handmixer of 87 bloodstone finches
Last Line: Names on the wings of gypsy moths for love


LUNCH WITH MIRIAM & TOBY       
First Line: Bielo polje means %white field
Last Line: The memories of our fathers


LUXOR       
First Line: On the points of fire
Last Line: Without burning myself


MAGELLANIC CLOUDS       
First Line: The photographic plate is blurred


MAKING A SACHER TORTE       
First Line: Her hands, like albino frogs, %on the keys of a bosendorfer
Last Line: Reach this moment when I lift the firm almond torte %out of the oven


MALACHITE       
First Line: Or marble, %polished like apples
Last Line: This message trembles %like peonies in the rain


MAN WHO SLURPS HIS DRINK       
First Line: Education %for the football player


MAN WITH THE SHOE BUTTON EYES       
First Line: You remind me


MAP OF MICHIGAN       
First Line: Is in the shape


MAPLELIGHT       
First Line: He could recite the random number list
Last Line: Yes, yes, this morning bathed %in maplelight


MARINE STORY       
First Line: Training your men to survive


MARY'S DINER       
First Line: Walk through the casino where the slot machine
Last Line: The ninety-nine cent breakfast at mary's diner: %100th chance of winning


MASKS       
First Line: That's all it is --
Last Line: By clear skin and firm muscles %when I was young


MECHANIC       
First Line: Most men use


MEDEA THE SORCERESS    Poem Text    
First Line: She is in the home for unwed mothers
Subject(s): Women


MEDEA THE SORCERESS       
First Line: She is in the home for unwed mothers
Last Line: The lady of light
Subject(s): Women


MEDEA'S CHARIOT       
First Line: No one is with me
Last Line: On this empty road


MEDEA'S CHILDREN       
First Line: Like sappho's dawm
Last Line: From the morning's radiance


MEDIA, THE NEW SORCERESS       
First Line: How I have bragged aall these years
Last Line: Where are you leading me now


MEDITATION ON THE KING OF STAVES (WANDS)       
First Line: It is the salamander
Last Line: Duality %equality %its power


MEDUSA IN THE CITY DUMP       
First Line: Oh, what did they mean
Last Line: Though I suppose that's why I still scare you so much


MEMORY       
First Line: There are days when


MEN'S EYES       
First Line: When there is something in the air
Last Line: For whom I barter everything -- just %for a touch


MINT FLOWERS       
First Line: The crush of lavender
Last Line: Make it as perfect as a movie


MIRROR OF A DAY CHIMING MARIGOLD       
First Line: Astronomer, %I strike my gong for you
Last Line: One who studies %my moon


MISSING SANDAL       
First Line: How could he just walk
Last Line: Do not complement each other: %silver and gold


MOLE AT CHLOE'S       
First Line: From oaxaca the black tar
Last Line: Surely this is a movie, %not life?


MONEYLIGHT       
First Line: Last night I danced alone
Last Line: To assuage you, to hold you, to love you securely, as no %father, %as no lover, even the invisible o


MOON EXPLODES IN AUTUMN AS A MILKWEED POD       
First Line: Is there a moment when the moon explodes in autumn


MOON SLIDES HER POINTED SLIPPER INTO THE DARKENING SKY       
First Line: The man smoking lucky strikes
Last Line: Splintered with light, %filled with light


MORE LIGHT, MORE LIGHT       
First Line: Dear bill


MORNING GLORIES       
First Line: Every year
Last Line: The trumpet blows louder


MORNING SHADE       
First Line: Ribbons of tuberose begonias
Last Line: In a better neighborhood


MORNING STAR       
First Line: At dawn %when I need the warmth
Last Line: My mother always said it was 'darkest before the dawn'


MOTORCYCLIST IN THE WOODS       
First Line: The big red radishes
Last Line: Radishes, %a crumb of cheese to refresh you


MOVING THE CHAIR       
First Line: I forget how differently
Last Line: Their heads and place it perfectly %in a spot you hadn't realized %was even there


MRS. VAN BLAIR'S AVIARY       
First Line: A whole room for birds


MY $15 LILY       
First Line: I know you thought I was wasteful
Last Line: Say, no bulb is worth fifteen dollars


MY AUNT ELLA MEETS THE BUDDHA ON HIS BIRTHDAY       
First Line: She would like to roll down the aisles


MY FRIEND       
First Line: Who named his son lorca
Last Line: Jump off a cliff or vanish %in the silver night


MY HEROES HAVE ALWAYS BEEN COWBOYD       
First Line: The man I hadn't seen for so many years
Last Line: On my high horse -- that magic horse -- %long ago


MY KNEES GO BEFORE THE FIRING SQUAD AT DAWN       
First Line: Pain visits me


MY MOTHER'S MILKMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Cloyce hamilton, / a slender tan man in white uniform
Subject(s): Milk; Milkmen; Milkmaids


MY MOTHER'S MILKMAN       
First Line: Cloyce hamilton, %a slender tan man in white uniform
Last Line: With cream from california's %pellissier dairy
Subject(s): Milk


MY TROUBLE    Poem Text    
First Line: My trouble / is that I have the spirit of gertrude stein
Last Line: Somebody's / secretary
Subject(s): Toklas, Alice B. (1877-1967)


MY TROUBLE       
First Line: My trouble %is that I have the spirit of gertrude stein
Last Line: Not even if it is you somebody's %secretary
Subject(s): Toklas, Alice B. (1877-1967)


MYSTERE       
First Line: Silence is a form of order
Last Line: He's chaos, not order


NEIGHBORHOOD LIGHT       
First Line: The fat woman whose
Last Line: Back out of the dark


NELL'S BIRTHDAY       
First Line: After the feast of grandma's tofu
Last Line: Surrounded by a city %of %drowned sailors?


NEW MOON, A SCAR       
First Line: How can you see %something which isn't there
Last Line: Just like the new moon


NIGHT       
First Line: Did she ride to you
Last Line: She is the rose, but %you are the light


NIGHT BLOOMING JASMINE: THE MYTH OF REBIRTH IN BERKELEY       
First Line: It wasn't on crete, but in the hills of berkeley
Last Line: The greta garbo women cooking %alone [or, in the fragrance of night blooming jassmine]


NIGHT RIDES OF MY NEIGHBOR, LORCA, THAT PREVENT SLEEP       
First Line: Outside my window %coffeecups have scented the breath
Last Line: Without my constant %articulate %care?


NO MORE SOFT TALK       
First Line: Don't ask a geologist about rocks
Last Line: I will not make it easy for you %anymore
Subject(s): Women's Rights


NUNS       
First Line: There is a line, a girdle
Last Line: When he looks at his %bride


ODE TO A LEBANESE CROCK OF OLIVES       
First Line: As some women love jewels
Last Line: From a failed beach girl, %out of the west


OLD GARDEN       
First Line: I examine %over my pearly silent keyboard
Last Line: The sailor of my dreamlight


OLD JASON IN SAN JOSE       
First Line: He's there, living among the computer chips
Last Line: Could that difference be the subject %of so many tales


ON BARBARA'S SHORE       
First Line: The ocean has befriended me


ON SATURN, AFTER M       
First Line: No sound
Last Line: I always knew %where I am
Subject(s): Farewell


ON THE BOARDWALK IN ATLANTIC CITY       
First Line: Early september


ON THE SUBJECT OF ROSES       
First Line: California shakes its petals %poppies


ON THE TERRACE AT POINT DUME       
First Line: The white dome of the house, like an observatory where
Last Line: Invisibly starred umbrella where nothing is the %everything of %music


OPENING THE SUNRISE       
First Line: She feels it shimmering up
Last Line: Of morning's cafe au lait


ORANGE       
First Line: Driving through the desert at night in summer can be
Last Line: As you drive, as you drove %as you remember one %beginning?


ORCHID BREATH       
First Line: There is nothing earthy about me, friends
Last Line: My gold teeth gleaming out of my skull


ORCHIDS AT OLDSMOBILE       
First Line: He looked different from the image of
Last Line: Turn out all false lights.'


ORCHIDS GROWING ON THE GREEN FELT       
First Line: Blackjack tables, my hands holding
Last Line: Held in my hand like a giant card. %broken wings


ORDINARY OBJECTS/COILS OF BEAUTY       
First Line: There were the oranges
Last Line: Coiling in my desert life


ORDINARY POEM       
First Line: Where does the sun come from


ORIENT EXPRESS       
First Line: Riding the train to paris
Last Line: You daily %wanted to behold


ORPHEE       
First Line: Eating greek food, %grape leaves stuffed with rice and lamb
Last Line: Eurydice whom %we can never %bring back


ORPHEUS AND ROSES: A WOMAN'S MYTH       
First Line: I know a woman who rides naked on her zebra, except
Last Line: American beauty rose petals


OUR LADY OF THE CHANTERELLES       
First Line: I love knowing that when a person opens
Last Line: The beauty of this aging %desolated terrain


OVERNIGHT PROJECTS WITH WOOD       
First Line: Lined up


OVERWEIGHT POEM       
First Line: Biscuits with honey running down into the deep crevices


PAMELA'S GREEN TOMATO PIE       
First Line: She stands by the sink
Last Line: But she will not have many %such moments


PANDAS       
First Line: Always wearing black, with his smooth
Last Line: The black and white, endangered panda edge %of poetry


PANSIES       
First Line: Didn't have any
Last Line: That's why I am feeling %so calm


PANSIES       
First Line: They are faces.
Last Line: Because there is %nothing there %to hear


PARKIN       
First Line: Simple bread for tea. Oh think of those mornings
Last Line: The small things,' as sally called them, %which save us from desolation


PATRIOTIC POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: George washington, your name is on my lips
Subject(s): Presidents, United States; Washington, George (1732-1799)


PATRIOTIC POEM       
First Line: George washington, your name is on my lips
Last Line: When will I finally become the first president's wife?
Subject(s): Presidents, United States; Washington, George (1732-1799)


PEACHES       
First Line: Soft baskets full of their yielding flesh
Last Line: One cannot take it %personally


PEARS       
First Line: Of chutney, and poaching, of hard
Last Line: Peeling, and rending the %soft core


PERFUME: 1. SHALIMAR       
First Line: It started with my mother's shalimar. So
Last Line: That disappears everywhere except %in my closet


PERFUME: 2. BELLE DU JOUR       
First Line: Last month, while listening to an npr interview with catherine
Last Line: Europeans described in the fifties of this century


PERFUME: 3. AUTUMN       
First Line: Robert is tearing up the summer garden
Last Line: Can you detect the slight subtle fragrance of mitsouko?


PERFUME: 4. BRAISED SHORT RIBS       
First Line: And purple mashed potatoes
Last Line: I am sure I will always wear perfume


PERSONAL & IMPERSONAL LANDSCAPES       
First Line: Jim tate en l'age d'or


PHOTOS       
First Line: My sister in her well-tailored silk blouse hands me
Last Line: How I hate my destiny
Subject(s): Family Life; Photography And Photographers


PICTURE OF A GIRL DRAWN IN BLACK AND WHITE    Poem Text    
First Line: A girl sits in a black room
Subject(s): Girls; Reality


PICTURE OF A GIRL DRAWN IN BLACK AND WHITE       
First Line: A girl sits in a black room
Last Line: And complete combing my black unreal hair
Subject(s): Girls; Reality


PINK DRESS       
First Line: I could not wear that pink dress tonight


PLACING A $2 BET FOR A MAN WHO WILL NEVER GO       
First Line: There is some beauty in sorrow


POEM FOR A LITTLE BOY ON THE BUDDHA'S BIRTHDAY       
First Line: You have


POET AT THE CARPENTER'S BENCH       
First Line: Building up


POET RECOGNIZING THE ECHO OF THE VOICE       
First Line: We are burning
Last Line: You have used our skulls %for ashtrays
Subject(s): Absence; Beauty; Identity; Sexism; Women; Women's Rights


POINT DUME       
First Line: The runner, walking next to me
Last Line: Of finding sweet water


POLITESSE       
First Line: We can't even say his name any more
Last Line: The molecules of polite address


PONY EXPRESS RIDER       
First Line: It was so hot in that apartment/harold
Last Line: Only tell us what we already know


PORTRAIT OF A LADY       
First Line: The fujllness
Last Line: Scattered over the ocean, like petals


PRE-QUANTUM-THEORY UNIVERSE       
First Line: The isn't the postmistress yet
Last Line: There is no deep reality %yet


PRECISELY, NOT VIOLETS       
First Line: I only mark


PRECISION       
First Line: Walking, remembering


PREFACE       
First Line: Dear michael


PUMPKIN PIE, OR REASSURANCES ARE ALWAYS FALSE; THOUGH WE LOVE THEM       
First Line: Pumpkin, %freshly scraped out of its tightly adhering
Last Line: Do you think it will set?' %'of course, %it will be delicious.'
Subject(s): Food And Eating; Pies; Pumpkins


QUEEN ANNE'S LACE       
First Line: Broken stems -- %you see them in the darkening
Last Line: Of destiny. %never averted


QUEEN OF WANDS       
First Line: One week


RAY AND THE WHITE CAMARO: A MEDITATION ON THE SILVER SCREEN       
First Line: He was tall and lanky, the way I
Last Line: Late-driving %silvery %metallic %life


REACHING OUT WITH THE HANDS OF THE SUN       
First Line: Atun-re %the sun disk


READING BONJOUR, TRISTESSE AT THE FLORENCE CRITTENDEN HOME       
First Line: I was empty as a new car, and
Last Line: What lady sings that song now


READING THE PHARMACIST'S DAUGHTER'S LETTERS       
First Line: Each one feels %like digging into a walled garden
Last Line: Sharp on a cut page


REALIZATION OF DIFFERENCE       
First Line: The realization of difference comes
Last Line: And when will the realization %of difference %come to you?


RECOGNIZING THAT MY WRISTS ALWAYS HAVE SALMON       
First Line: Betrayal' %he asked me %the


RED BANDANNA       
First Line: I too like to wear them
Last Line: Once seductive, though never dishonest, %red-bandanna smile


RED IN THE MORNING       
First Line: When the cardinal %comes to the empty feeder
Last Line: Certainly not, %an experiment


RED RUNNER       
First Line: She comes at me in red tights


RED SILK CLOTH AND THE PIKE STREET MARKET       
First Line: A pile of salmon covering a table as big as our wooden terrace
Last Line: Joins me in the comfort of sleep


RED SILK SCARF       
First Line: Wearing his long coat
Last Line: But that is what I am here %to teach him


REMINDED OF ONE OF THOSE GIRLS I NEVER WAS       
First Line: Each night


REMOVED FROM NATURAL HABITAT       
First Line: The feathers are thick and look sculptured


RESCUE POEM       
First Line: When he diagnosed


RIDING IN THE NEW TRUCK       
First Line: I am wrapped in blue, a baby robin
Last Line: Blue-belled, ringing %our way west


RING       
First Line: I carry it on my keychain, which itself


RING OF IRONY       
First Line: What do you say to the mother


RINGLESS    Poem Text    
First Line: I cannot stand the man who wears
Subject(s): Jewelry & Jewelers


RINGLESS       
First Line: I cannot stand the man who wears
Last Line: Not even if it is you
Subject(s): Jewelry And Jewelers


ROBERT WAXES THE CAR       
First Line: Pedestrian as iceberg lettuce
Last Line: Ball studs %pierced into his upper ear


ROBERT'S CAPS       
First Line: He sears %the cap of darkness
Last Line: Allowing it neither to escape from head %nor toe


ROBERT'S SPAGHETTI SAUCE       
First Line: He picks the tomatoes, both
Last Line: Live our imagined life %in autumn's studded light


ROBERT'S YELLOW TOMATOES       
First Line: The goldfinches of our summer garden
Last Line: When the goldfinches return %to our backyard feeder


ROLLER SKATE JAZZ       
First Line: I am on them, old metal roller skates
Last Line: Comes down to the ground %silkily


ROSENKAVALIER (KNIGHT OF THE ROSE)       
First Line: You ride this %train from vienna to munich
Last Line: Whatever we want to


ROSES & GRAPES       
First Line: Auntie pearl's mulchy garden
Last Line: The second day %of waiting


ROSES AND SHAME       
First Line: You never think about the fact that if you sit up
Last Line: The golden poppies blundering all over the brown hills %of southern california


ROSY CORN GODDESS       
First Line: This is the year when I want to wear velvet -- the velvet of
Last Line: Created universe is it the first act %of morality


ROSY TRICKSTER, OLD COYOTE       
First Line: What I want to see
Last Line: Rose selavy, have you finally turned fifty too


SADNESS ON ROBERT'S FACE       
First Line: It's always been there
Last Line: When we talk about money


SALAD FLOWERS       
First Line: The pacific ocean
Last Line: With her flower hand against my lacquered toes


SALLY PLUM       
First Line: Velvet, %soft as a mouse
Last Line: Some say we are %what we eat


SALT MARSH       
First Line: His knobbed walking stick
Last Line: A little burrowing owl


SALT-FREE TALK       
First Line: He'll never have a medical problem/
Last Line: Spice into %their daily texture


SALUTING THE SUN       
First Line: In penn park %we could always smell
Last Line: With the golden hills of california


SAN DIEGO       
First Line: Driving my sailorfather
Last Line: Except with letters coming from miles and miles %across the water


SAPPHIRES & EMERALDS IN THE MAIL       
First Line: An aging boy blown into a giant mollusk


SATIN       
First Line: Her hands were never beaufiful, but they
Last Line: Claws, as I age. Little claws


SATURDAY NIGHT       
First Line: The muddy tangled week %was over
Last Line: With only an old mother


SATURN'S RINGS: AS ESSAY ON TERRITORY       
First Line: Suspended in a gravitational field


SCALDING THE POT       
First Line: He smiles his jazz bar smile
Last Line: Of the western ceremony %of morning tea


SCREW, A TECHNICAL LOVE POEM       
First Line: Sometimes I think of your father in his neat gangster shoes


SCREW, A TECHNICAL LOVE POEM       
First Line: N. (me. Screwe; m fr. Escroue, hole in


SCULPTOR       
First Line: Dear george washington -- no %dear robert morris
Last Line: Personal american history


SEA       
First Line: When we lived at the house in the orange grove
Last Line: Dealing the cribbage game


SEA THRIFT & GORSE    Poem Text    
First Line: As if the sea is not the most extravagant
Subject(s): Sea; Names; Ocean


SEARCHING FOR THE CANTO FERMO       
First Line: Norman %the moon, like mary beth's pleasing savories


SEEING ROBERT IN THE CRYSTAL BALL       
First Line: He's in the corner


SEEING THE WORLD THROUGH HOPPER'S GLASSES       
First Line: No longer a revelation
Last Line: Tricking us into believing in its %monolithic %singularity


SESTINA FROM THE HOME GARDENER    Poem Text    
First Line: These dried-out paint brushes which fell from my lips have been removed
Subject(s): Divorce


SESTINA FROM THE HOME GARDENER       
First Line: These dried-out paint brushes which fell from my lips have been removed
Last Line: Counts of drops will substitute the pointed mountain, far away, unfamiliar?
Subject(s): Divorce


SESTINA TO THE COMMON GLASS OF BEER: I DO NOT DRINK BEER       
First Line: What calendar do you consult for an explosion of the sun?
Last Line: Flashing at me each spring, others sit al fresco drinking beer


SHARPE'S MOUTH       
First Line: Lovers notice mouths
Last Line: Perfectly sighted at even a time-faded %disappearing target


SHE BENDS TO OFFER ME RUNNING SHOES       
First Line: Her hair, brown as coffee, and ending at
Last Line: Her silver foot disppearing into a reflection of this girl's%splashing, coffee-cup hair


SHORT FABLE OF ENDURANCE AND PITY       
First Line: Once there was a buffalo who liked to eat mushrooms
Last Line: How could that ever be his proper identity?


SHOULDERS       
First Line: What do actors do
Last Line: When that fantasy %is challenged


SILKY ISLANDS       
First Line: Each sunday we leave our little house
Last Line: My life in the village of east lansing


SILVER       
First Line: How much I want to sit down


SILVER ARROWS       
First Line: When I turn on the phone machine to listen
Last Line: You don't yet know


SILVER COYOTE SONG       
First Line: Well and what were you doing in the woodshed
Last Line: Leaving a vapor of silver feathers in the night


SILVER SURFER ON THE DESERT       
First Line: Greasewood, blackbrush, sage, and
Last Line: Which does not reflect %light


SITTING AT HOPPER'S MARBLETOP TABLE       
First Line: In hopper's painting, she is drinking a cup of coffee
Last Line: To the zebra always waiting for her outside


SIZE       
First Line: Matters to me. I like men who are large as angels
Last Line: Suddenly I am the one %with giant spreading wings


SKATE BOARD       
First Line: Rolling behind %the bus, hooked on
Last Line: With salt in his eyes


SKETCHING FLOWERS       
First Line: When I discovered that my eye
Last Line: The one from which to draw my life


SKETCHING ROSES       
First Line: How many petals
Last Line: Away on %sunday morning


SKIER       
First Line: Squinting eyes


SLAP       
First Line: I want to tell you
Last Line: If that is the right word


SLEEPING IN THE RING OF FIRE       
First Line: Call me a lily


SLICING ORANGES FOR JEREMIAH       
First Line: As the juice ran out on the wooden board


SLOT MACHINES       
First Line: They are nice to you
Last Line: Nice, so willing to keep taking my %love


SMALL BLOOD STAIN FOUND AFTER MAKING LOVE       
First Line: Revelation comes to everyone
Last Line: On you every night


SMALL THINGS       
First Line: A smell could drive you away


SMOKE       
First Line: Smoke fron chimneys


SMUDGING    Poem Text    
First Line: I come out of a california orange grove
Subject(s): Orange; Orchards


SMUDGING       
First Line: I come out of a california orange grove


SNOW CRASH       
First Line: I know this title
Last Line: Others wear me on their fingers


SNOW HANDS       
First Line: He's pale, %rosebud lips
Last Line: In the infinite closet of myself


SNOW ON IDUN'S APPLES       
First Line: One curve of a cucumber stem, like a crochet hook
Last Line: Last year's autumn leaves, still hanging on the bare %march branches


SNOWY WINTER IN EAST LANSING       
First Line: We feed the birds


SO COLD IN WINTER       
First Line: And so what: %that you think about
Last Line: I wouldn't have any luck at all


SOME BRILLIANT SKY       
First Line: David was my brother


SOME CONSTANTLY BESIEGED CASTLE       
First Line: Next time we meet


SOME PUMPKINS       
First Line: Lie %on our patio brick


SOMETHING WHICH       


SOMETIMES EVEN MY KNEES SMILE       
First Line: You have replaced beethoven


SOUND TRACK       
First Line: Is there ever enough music to make the words sound %interesting
Last Line: For my kind of movie's possibly silent %sound track


SOUR MILK       
First Line: You can't make it


STANDING AT THE DOOR       
First Line: At the door


STAR       
First Line: It is a dahlia, its pointed


STARLIGHT       
First Line: Some of it
Last Line: Slightly %crumbled


STARRY, STARRY, WINDOWS OF THE SOUL       
First Line: Steel man, who photographs people's eyes unflinchingly
Last Line: You only imagine there are windows framing it


STEAM       
First Line: Rusing from my black cup
Last Line: Stacked against the fence like big blue poker chips


STEEL MAN       
First Line: Leather jackets --
Last Line: And doesn't feel either soft %or human


STEELY SILENCE       
First Line: If a man calls himself a poet


STILL THINKING OF ORCHIDS       
First Line: The green python looked like a succulent
Last Line: An unwillingness to accept eastern gardens %snakes


STONES       
First Line: Cast a white grid


STORIES ABOUT MY LIFE       
First Line: So wet this week, that if I had
Last Line: I only give the fleshy fungi a whirl.'


STORY OF RICHARD MAXFIELD       
First Line: He jumped out of a window


SUDDEN MENDENHALL GLACIER       
First Line: The oaks which are suddenly covered with a glacier
Last Line: Of life forms past, perhaps even now %extinct


SUE'S DIET       
First Line: A tiny can %of tuna %and a glass of wine
Last Line: Under the snow? As the fat melts %from our bodies?


SUMMER LIGHT       
First Line: So now it's the reds
Last Line: I could live my life just thinking %of the petals of flowers


SUMMER NUTHATCH SOMETIMES HANGS UPSIDE-DOWN       
First Line: When the basil is greener than emeralds
Last Line: About the jason with whom you spent that summer %on a greek island


SUN       
First Line: Under my elbow. In my elbow


SUN BECOMES THE MOON       
First Line: When the clouds cover the sun at noon
Last Line: Dry as the seas %of the moon


SUN GODS HAVE SUN SPOTS       
First Line: I don't care if you are


SVETI STEFAN       
First Line: Imagine every house


SWAN'S NECK       
First Line: Consider the swan
Last Line: Should not have her share of white-swan love


SYLVESTER IN THE ARUGULA       
First Line: My husband loves cats, and we have a wooden one
Last Line: Not the shoes, as he said, but how seriously %you wear them


T'AI CHI       
First Line: The tips of the lilac bush show
Last Line: Though perhaps not yet speak


TALL BOY       
First Line: Beach sand makes you aware
Last Line: Poised, next to his motionless body, %not touching. Unwilling %to disturb the sleeper


TANGO LESSON       
First Line: Lights in the cinema theater come up; only a
Last Line: Dance with me,' and sally potter's 'the tango lesson'


TANGO-ING       
First Line: This man


TEA CEREMONY       
First Line: The blue jay %swaying on the head
Last Line: Jabbing at seeds, as he swings


TEACUP FEET       
First Line: She said that bound feet
Last Line: We were so helpless, %beautiful %and small


TEARING UP MY MOTHER'S LETTERS    Poem Text    
First Line: The rain of summer thunders down past the sweet peas
Subject(s): Mothers & Daughters; Letters; Grief; Self-hate; Sorrow; Sadness


TEARING UP MY MOTHER'S LETTERS       
First Line: The rain of summer thunders down past the sweet peas


TELLING YOU TRUE, ABOUT MY FANTASY LIFE       
First Line: Wdn't let anybody


THANKING MY MOTHER FOR PIANO LESSONS    Poem Text    
First Line: The relief of putting your fingers on the keyboard,
Subject(s): Education


THANKING MY MOTHER FOR PIANO LESSONS       
First Line: As if %you had just built a wooden table
Last Line: From even an ugly %past
Subject(s): Education


THANKING MY MOTHER FOR PIANO LESSONS       
First Line: The relief of putting your fingers on the keyboard
Last Line: Of the beauty that can come %from even an ugly %past


THE ASIAN GAY DISCO IN LA    Poem Text    
First Line: He sits there with his pad of paper
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians


THE DIAMOND DOG    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Dogs


THE DIAMOND DOG FOLLOWS ME TO THE COURT OF PONCE DE LEON    Poem Text    
First Line: They announce me as a princess,
Subject(s): Fountains; Gifts & Giving; Infinity


THE DUCHESS POTATOES    Poem Text    
First Line: My people grew potatoes
Subject(s): Food Habits; Potatoes


THE EMERALD TATTOOED ON MY ARM    Poem Text    
First Line: Tattoos are taboo / in the bourgeois white world
Subject(s): Tattoos


THE FATHER OF MY COUNTRY    Poem Text    
First Line: All fathers in western civilization must have


THE HITCHHIKERS    Poem Text    
First Line: They burn you
Subject(s): Hitchhikers


THE ICE EAGLE    Poem Text    
First Line: It was with resolution that she gave up the
Last Line: The ice people can do nothing / but melt
Subject(s): Reality; Swanson, Gloria (1897-1983); Women


THE PHOTOS    Poem Text    
First Line: My sister in her well-tailored silk blouse hands me
Subject(s): Family Life; Photography & Photographers; Relatives


THE PUMPKIN PIE, OR REASSURANCES ARE ALWAYS FALSE; THOUGH WE LOVE THEM    Poem Text    
First Line: Pumpkin, / freshly scraped out of its tightly adhering
Subject(s): Food & Eating; Pies; Pumpkins


THE RING    Poem Text    
First Line: I carry it on my keychain, which itself
Subject(s): Rings; Keys; Divorce


THE STORY OF RICHARD MAXFIELD    Poem Text    
First Line: He jumped out of a window
Subject(s): Maxfield, Richard (1927-1969); Composers; Suicide; Drugs & Drug Abuse; Narcotics; Opium; Cocaine; Crack; Heroin


THERE'S PLENTY OF ANGUISH AT THE RAILROAD       
First Line: No, I don't know what your connection with the railroad is


THOSE MYTHICAL SILVER PEARS       
First Line: I remember a past


THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS       
First Line: Even when I was so young that I had no idea


TIGHT       
First Line: This dark room


TO AN AUTOCRAT       
First Line: Today you told me


TO CELEBRATE MY BODY       
First Line: Where %you had only to touch me


TO THE THIN AND ELEGANT WOMAN WHO RESIDES INSIDE       
First Line: Curly-head


TREE       
First Line: Outside the north window


UKRANIAN ROSE       
First Line: Beefy anna


UN MORCEAU EN FORME DE POIRE       
First Line: Sitting on my kitchen %butcher block table
Last Line: Smelling of vanilla %an earthy bean


UNCLE SAM IN THE WHITE HOUSE       
First Line: Silver grapes in sleeves


UNEASY RIDER    Poem Text    
First Line: Falling in love with a mustache
Subject(s): Love - Nature Of; Motorcycles


UNIVERSES       
First Line: Walking on this springy grass


UNLIKE STARS       
First Line: You ask me again and again
Last Line: To live the stories, rather than just %to read them


UNPERMITTED SILENCE       
First Line: We %old desert rats %are used to it
Last Line: It is the listening, not the hearing, %that I do best


USING HEATHER'S WOODEN SPOON       
First Line: From the black beans, with onions
Last Line: A crude earth-bound protein


VALENTINE FOR BEN FRANKLIN WHO DRIVES A TRUCK IN C.A.       
First Line: I cut the deck


VALENTINE FOR BEN FRANKLIN WHO DRIVES A TRUCK IN CALIFORNIA       
First Line: I cut the deck %and found a magician


VIENNESE COFFEE       
First Line: Wearing a coat of whipped cream whiteness
Last Line: That love and death go together


VIOLETS       
First Line: Cups of them, %the wet bank, earth cressed
Last Line: Violetta. How can we forget her %as we sing her name?


VIRTUOSO LITERATURE FOR TWO AND FOUR HANDS       
First Line: Memory relies on emotion


VOLCANIC ASHES SMEARED ON THE SATURN MAP       
First Line: The phone line is as thin as old dried spaghetti


WAITING FOR JASON       
First Line: White lady %like a narcissus
Last Line: Berries, caviar, chocolates, hot blintzes


WAITING FOR THE MORNING GLORIES    Poem Text    
First Line: Each year, / no matter what seeds, out of
Subject(s): Flowers; Morning Glories


WAITING FOR THE MORNING GLORIES       
First Line: Each year, %no matter what seeds, out of
Last Line: With its beauty. Something final %besides just death
Subject(s): Flowers; Morning Glories


WAITING FOR THE NEW TOM CRUISE MOVIE: SUMMER '88       
First Line: Try %playing pool
Last Line: It might be %a risk


WAKOSKI VISITS SATURN       
First Line: Someone who owns golden retrievers


WALKING IN THE HERB GARDEN WITH BARBARA DRAKE       
First Line: Summer %your husband shooting pistols


WALKING PAST PAUL BLACKBURN'S APT. ON 7TH ST       
First Line: I wanted to take a walk


WANTING BEES       
First Line: You are writing your
Last Line: Cassandra, I was, even then


WARNING TO THE MAN IN RECEIVING AT SEARS       
First Line: Be suspicious


WATCHING THE DRINKERS OF GRAND MARNIER AT THE PEANUT BARREL       
First Line: Windexing the galaxy to
Last Line: The only promise %I ever wanted


WATER, MIRRORS       
First Line: There is a corridor
Last Line: To get up this morning


WEARING THE SILVER SHOES       
First Line: I'd like to hear silver dollars clanking out
Last Line: I don't think that place is called 'home.'


WHAT HAPPENED       
First Line: Between 1850 and 1855


WHAT OTHERS HEAR       
First Line: She is drinking water from a thick blue glass goblet
Last Line: They would never come to her aid


WHAT WAS IT LIKE?       
First Line: My colleague asked me, your life in new york
Last Line: I'd put her %in the index too


WHAT WOULD TENNESSEE WILLIAMS HAVE SAID       
First Line: Is there drama in everyday life?
Last Line: Kill the old when they are no longer cunning enough %to survive alone


WHEN BREAKFAST IS BROUGHT BY THE MORNING STAR       
Last Line: The story you were always destined to tell


WHEN CANNED PEACHES TURN INTO MAPLELIGHT       
First Line: It glows %the small yellow maple
Last Line: In whatever form I can get it


WHEN YOU THROW AMBER INTO THE WELL OF THE MOON       
First Line: A face looks out at me


WHEN YOU WANT TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE STUDY THE BIRDS       
First Line: Two jays


WHITE AS SUNDAY SCHOOL SOCKS       
First Line: And when they are furled like umbrellas
Last Line: Little girl %sunday school socks


WHITE CARDAMOM       
First Line: What were you doing
Last Line: I thought you understood the code


WHITE CAT       
First Line: Like the victory sign
Last Line: The heart weighed on a scale against a feather for truth


WHITE LAS VEGAS       
First Line: This snow is all the games I play in las vegas
Last Line: As the legs of a california girl


WHITE SHIRT IN THE CLASSROOM       
First Line: She depicts white shirts hanging in her bathroom
Last Line: Completely away from sex, love or romance


WHOLE SUM       
First Line: The swimming pool/turquoise water
Last Line: Beautiful and terrible, %out of life


WHY HE LOVES JOHN LENNON       
First Line: Secrets are in his head
Last Line: Clear, the color of a penny


WHY I AM NOT A PAINTER    Poem Text    
First Line: No ideas / but in things? But then
Subject(s): Paintings & Painters; Landscape


WHY MY MOTHER LIKES LIBERACE       
First Line: The diamond grand


WIND SECRETS       
First Line: I like the wind


WINDOW MOON       
First Line: At just the moment of apogee
Last Line: To go down and look at the orchids


WINTER ODE       
First Line: Winter winter winter


WINTER POEM FOR TONY WEINBURGER ...       
First Line: I have so much that I am supposed to do


WINTER SUNSHINE       
First Line: Hard glint of reason
Last Line: It is so sharp that even a hummingbird wing %could make a shadow


WITH WORDS       
First Line: Poems come from incomplete knowledge


WOMAN WHO WEARS GREY       
First Line: Soft as a pigeon, a mourning dove


YELLOW BRICK ROAD       
First Line: No salad has ever tasted as good
Last Line: On that most perfect salad


YELLOW TULIPS & THE QUESTION OF BEAUTY       
First Line: Did she ever get
Last Line: Much better than %ours


YOUR SISTER IN JAIL       
First Line: She doesn't get it %that when you start in
Last Line: Everybody else does, most of the time


ZURBARAN       
First Line: It is light %which defines
Last Line: Is darkness %and I long for light