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Author: WALDNER, LIZ
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Waldner, Liz    Poet's Biography
145 poems available by this author


A CALCULUS OF READINESS    Poem Text    
First Line: I, too, come from the city of dolls.
Subject(s): Dolls; Fish & Fishing; Anglers


ACCORD       
First Line: Sticks stick up out of the brittle leaves the leather color of winter oak. A
Last Line: Ment; I only hope it lasts


ADJUNCT    Poem Text    
First Line: The tomato plant is like a seven-story city hewn from the rock of the desert
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


ADJURE INJURE: LAST CALL       
First Line: After a while the white night clouds climbed up
Last Line: To feel this seeing I now cal being %and knew as the dark heart of 'me'


ALCHEMIST'S MISFORTUNE       
First Line: Hemlock branches shook their heads
Last Line: I've made myself not-matter


AMEN (ON CHRISTMAS DAY)       
First Line: Prologue: rejoice all my hours
Last Line: The play: I tried, you man, you imman, twice. %gimme flowers


APOTHECARIES WEIGHT: TWENTY BRAINS MAKE ONE SCRUPLE       
First Line: Shaggy like a beard the shadow of the tree
Last Line: Let the cabbage white eat gravity and green


ARIADNE, HER COLLECT AND COMPLEXION       
First Line: The voice said, kneel down. %I knelt
Last Line: Than in the fear of going, %unknowing, down


ASSUMPTION       
First Line: Was she lifted up? The rusty wheels humming their rubber
Last Line: Of the possible, the centripetal %world?


AU PAIR A GREEN       
First Line: You could think of the new green as a sort of dirt on the trees at this point
Last Line: To last %to come -- clean with me


AU PAIR GIRL'S SPEECH       
First Line: Her secretary recorded it


BEELZEBUB AND BABY J ATOP WINDHAM HILL, VERMONT       
First Line: Where are they who felled the trees
Last Line: But the house you'll have to lease


BEHIND PERFUME, ONLY SOLITUDE    Poem Text    
First Line: Ink will come. Lamp lung
Subject(s): Solitude; Loneliness


BELOVED, MERELY       
First Line: The dictionary suggests I do not need
Last Line: And in any word discern the root (en route) %to some (any) where


BIRTHDAY       
First Line: The jay, raucus in the white pine
Last Line: Such intercourse gives me my life


BISECTION (CHEERING, VIVI-)       
First Line: The flowers themselves are like knees
Last Line: On my knees. Say I too know %what you means


BOND ISSUE (1973)       
First Line: Della's motel and trailer park was kind of moody
Last Line: And mikey shot himself in the head


BOOM PROFITS OF DOOM       
First Line: Now it's later. Than it was. O poor hand on that man. What's its problem, do
Last Line: Ess with the ghostes, gita bhopal. Hurry up please because you know what? It's %way past time


BUD CABAL I       
First Line: Hooray, it is spring, it is beautiful here, hooray
Last Line: And you just with abraxas %brushed your teeth


BUT WHEN THE REPRESENTATION DOES NOT DO JUSTICE TO THE THOUGHT, THE       
First Line: I am the woman who had devils in her
Last Line: Justice is doen. Done. %(I.E. I yam what I yam


CALCULUS OF READINESS       
First Line: I, too, come from the city of dolls
Last Line: Now give me a hand, plants. Now give me %good-night, stars


CALL THE QUESTION       
First Line: How can I expect or be expected to keep up with my sins
Last Line: It keeps the seer's boat afloat- %the seme in seems's sole hope?


CHAMELEON    Poem Text    
First Line: If you appear to a leaf the green of the laurel's
Last Line: Away from my claws
Subject(s): Chameleons


CHEZ POETESS       
First Line: This is the glitter world
Last Line: In this very special place


CLEAVE VS. CLEAVE, OCCASION FOR A LITTLE PLAY       
First Line: She said something about me to me
Last Line: Shame: to be visible %a shame: to pass unseen


COURSE OF TRUE LOVE (TO DIE MANNER BORN)       
First Line: Everything was prepared, and even formed
Last Line: For as long as one could see- %was stone upon artificed stone


CREATION STORY       
First Line: I went out with elaine to look at the moon
Last Line: Barbara was on the telephone; she made %a face hello


DAMASCENE. SIN TAX, IMPUESTO, PUT IT THERE, SWELL       
First Line: Without taxis, we go nowhere
Last Line: How good it costs to hire my car


DETERMINATE INFLORESCENCE: EPHEMERA       
First Line: I am not making myself up for public consumption
Last Line: Like a moth on the right flower at the wrong time of day


DIALOGUM       
First Line: It has nothing to do with me
Last Line: I'm allowed to say, %dear


DINNER DATE       
First Line: Just a little word, w..: someone could say it to you, and it could make every
Last Line: Heaven again means violence?


DREAM OF HAT AND MOUTH    Poem Text    
First Line: A voice, maybe mine, is saying this
Subject(s): Dreams; Voices


DREAM OF HAT AND MOUTH    Poem Text    
First Line: A voice, maybe mine, is saying this
Subject(s): Dreams; Voices; Nightmares


DREAM OF HAT AND MOUTH       
First Line: A voice, maybe mine, is saying this
Last Line: It might have been the voice of the angry april day
Subject(s): Dreams; Voices


DUTY AGAIN AND AGAIN DESIRE (FINISH WORK)       
First Line: Now it is our bounden duty
Last Line: Recognize, even, the off angles of desire


EAT RATIONAL: WATERCOURSE FOR TONGUES OF FLAME       
First Line: Bear: not to moan as you say to the audience, and this piece an erotics of
Last Line: Sun see the water, and the I's therein


ES / CHEW    Poem Text    
First Line: The better to hear


EVERYTHING BUT       
First Line: What, vhat, I always want the words out faster because I can feel the press
Last Line: Velva man - but I wouldn't be if you paid me


FEAR AND SUCKLING AND THE MIRRORING UNTO DEATH       
First Line: Two calcium clouds have appeared in the sky
Last Line: Suck. Correct my vision %still me


FLIGHT PATH OF REAL DESIRES: MY SISTER VISITS ON THE ASTRAL PLANE       
First Line: Here I am writing away and there you are shuffling your books. Except by the
Last Line: Wet and cold. All told, my desire is toward dry socks and its angle of incidence acute


FUR BOWSER       
First Line: The tops of the trees look like dog tails which is a thought I do not know what
Last Line: That ole man goes rolling home: lightning means to give the dog a bone


GAMBOL AND SPRING       
First Line: I am not used to men. I thought the first one
Last Line: I'm not used to these heavenly labials, %either


GENITIVE CASE (DESIDERUS)       
First Line: I wish there were a photograph of my hands when they were younger
Last Line: Observe the object of desire become desire %for a star


GET THEE TO A SUMMARY...       
First Line: For as they proceed, they but ever multiply
Last Line: (hooray for captain spaulding, master of vexillology)


HAND TO MOUTH: TWIST AND SHOUT       
First Line: Cold comes slow up out
Last Line: Do you, too, recognize me %god so soon?


HER FIRST RECKONING       
First Line: Pour wine into vessels the violet of woods
Last Line: Why did you make me like this?


HIGH CULTURE       
First Line: Cumulous on the glass of the sky, on
Last Line: And the leaves of the hedge rustle


HOMESEEKER'S PARADISE       
First Line: A blue part that is remembered
Last Line: A garbage can is too good a place


HOUSEWIFE'S LAMENT       
First Line: Here I am. Sam I am. Not spam. Nor pam, an awful name for another awful
Last Line: Going to be able to hear. Big sigh and irritations. If only I owned my own home


HYMN PO'DERMIC (BABY'S ON FIRE)       
First Line: Wasp, a needle sound
Last Line: The needle paeon %eno tunes


I AM A LEAF (THOUGH I DO IN RETROSPECT REGRET NONE OF US KNEW...       
First Line: Well, the trees are shimmering here in new york
Last Line: The feeling of going while keeping still


I MUST CONFESS A GREAT DEAL OF OBSCURITY...       
First Line: Nor any light though I dwelt in the body of the sun
Last Line: I one poor amphibious piece of hope: ms. Caliban


IMAGINED SNAKE IS THE SPORT OF THE ROPE       
First Line: I say bora bora
Last Line: (the names of god themselves %sings)


IMPRESSION AND TINCTURE OF REASON...       
First Line: She played the sensible operator but a little while
Last Line: Had in his or he in hers-cusp and couloir-whisper'd the ear


IN BRIEF, WE HAVE DEVOURED OURSELVES, AND DO...       
First Line: As they leave earth-here I falter-stealing
Last Line: But woke beside some other I


IN THE PENUMBRA OF THE PORTRAIT OF W.A. MOZART, A PERUKE       
First Line: There is no greater pleasure than pleasure in writing
Last Line: Else knew how I would feel and I do %touching you?


INDETERMINATE INFLORESCENCE: FLOWER PRESS       
First Line: A spadix is nothing but a fleshy spike or head
Last Line: Comes to shovel from now on, I push


IS NAMED) ORPHEUS       
First Line: Music, for instance
Last Line: Wave on the water, the name's immortal but scored good-bye


IS THIS HOW TO CONDUCT A LIFE?       
First Line: The match makes a fine wick
Last Line: Trees burn. %encouraged, I cotyledon on


LAST FRIDAY, 7 PM       
First Line: Sort of like a jar in tennessee I sat on a bench
Last Line: Didn't spell anything and nothing %drew near


LAUNDRESS MAUNDERS II       
First Line: Laundromat, laundrymat, here we are again. Agayne. Imagine spelling your
Last Line: Hang my laundry to dry on trees


LEAVING       
First Line: That the breath in the trees is so like speech
Last Line: Under its tongue, the trees keep absent
Subject(s): Absence


LETTER HEAVEN-SENT       
First Line: The cloud lays the ladder %of its word upon the water
Last Line: What I want is to be meant


LETTUCE (BUT IS THIS?) BEGIN       
First Line: But is this where to begin? Hansel and gretel didn't know they'd begun until
Last Line: Hunger talking. Low blood sugar bids you adieu


MAPPER OF (POSSIBLE) FACT       
First Line: Wife of bath, a model? Forsooth, single, however many times husbanded. For
Last Line: Always at your side to be with you in your need - and mine


MAUNDY THURSDAY IN TRANSLATION       
First Line: Do you know what I have done to you?
Last Line: In you, I drip from every leaf


MISSES COORDINATES: OLD WORLD MAIL ORDER       
First Line: We lived in a map of the world
Last Line: Was very fine for us


MISSION CONTROL       
First Line: Well, we are doing the best we have with what we can or something to that
Last Line: Cards. There's lift-off stains and everything. Everything's ok


MY HAND       
First Line: My hand is like a house to me
Last Line: All perfectly good


NEW AGE       
First Line: I. Its humble beginnings
Last Line: Erasure. Here, is there a danger? She tells it as a healing story. She says she is a channel


NOR; TRULY, CAN I PEREMPTORILY DENY...       
First Line: My wanting wanted without study or deliberation to know things
Last Line: Him to be and what before me, wonted, he was


NOVICE    Poem Text    
First Line: The baby maples hold out their hands
Last Line: This I could see
Subject(s): Nature


NOVICE       
First Line: The baby maples hold out their hands
Last Line: When he flew, he left the skin of his motion. %this I could see


OBJECT OBEISANCE       
First Line: The garbage can wraps its yellow rope arms
Last Line: A tree a rope never is


OF UNKNOWING AGAIN       
First Line: Not mine. Could not. Some humped bug lumbers across the formica-topped
Last Line: My hands held sudden and fast in your mouth


OFF COURSE: INEFFABLE       
First Line: O small sunlight on the bark which faded before I could finish
Last Line: The laminae make up the face. Of course %the cotyledon wearies


ON FIRST LOOKING INTO GRAY'S BOTANY: A. OF VEGETATION IN GENERAL       
First Line: When it had merely to unfold and grow
Last Line: Embryo like a little ear, hear %I write you call me


ON FIRST LOOKING INTO GRAY'S BOTANY: B. CATALOGUE RAISONE       
First Line: The tree in itself in its whole vegetation
Last Line: In mind %bore seed %of kind %and rind


ON FIRST LOOKING INTO GRAY'S BOTANY: HOW, NOW       
First Line: The problem of sex to solve %she set herself
Last Line: (smoke, eyes) an answer %still, I tried


ON FIRST LOOKING INTO GRAY'S BOTANY: I'M A BIT TRANSFORMED       
First Line: Behold the inorganic world, or mineral kingdom
Last Line: Destitute of life, said asa gray


ON FIRST LOOKING INTO GRAY'S BOTANY: IN SO DISMAL A CALAMITY       
First Line: So briskly locomotive %as her hair
Last Line: Why should one %not an other? %just %so


ON FIRST LOOKING INTO GRAY'S BOTANY: LAST SUPPER FIRST       
First Line: Veritable physiology %vert mange, blanc mange
Last Line: See similar words on a page %(rending)


ON FIRST LOOKING INTO GRAY'S BOTANY: NOR ANY OTHER ............       
First Line: Than sharp a knife %nor microscope %nor wordable witness
Last Line: What does she live upon? %what her object and use?


ON FIRST LOOKING INTO GRAY'S BOTANY: RABE       
First Line: The organs of vegetation are tired
Last Line: Which way to go) %and we do not know or %care


ON FIRST LOOKING INTO GRAY'S BOTANY: STYLE 2       
First Line: The simplest & most persistent %is what for?
Last Line: Give rise %in their fossil remains %to fruit


ON FIRST LOOKING INTO GRAY'S BOTANY: THE FIRST OF TIME       
First Line: At first, %small and imperfect, %it grows and develops
Last Line: An explanation is %only a likeness %only like another thing


ON FIRST LOOKING INTO GRAY'S BOTANY: WHAT IS TRUE IN A GENERAL WAY       
First Line: I lifted the candle to drink. %the heater ever on, my head shorn
Last Line: Shall we commence with the seedling %just rising from the ground? %oh dear


ON MOVING AGAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: This evening, walking along the long field
Subject(s): Trees


ON THE WAY       
First Line: I passed the yews at the funeral home
Last Line: May I like a nail in a carpenter's hand %go home


ORPHEUS UNDER THE TABLE       
First Line: On being served ephemera:
Last Line: This was, too


PASSING       
First Line: It's winter and it will be for awhile
Last Line: Until, as now, it up and walks %right through me
Subject(s): Winter


PHOTO (OP/TATIVE) SYNTHESIS    Poem Text    
First Line: The general increase in green
Subject(s): Nature


POOR COTYLEDON       
First Line: A bean affords a similar and more familiar illustration
Last Line: The proper material, 'f' -able-o people! %its sweet and eatable seed


POST PRANDIAL       
First Line: Time, fine, a fine time was had by all. The tine of the fork, the fork of
Last Line: Party. It left a welt like missing you


POSTCARD: TO MY AMAZE       
First Line: Dear who. Why dear? Why a letter? It is valentine's day. Let that be an answer
Last Line: Out of the mouths of babes


PRAYER    Poem Text    
First Line: If I were in a book it would be the book
Subject(s): Soul; Angels


QUESTION OF THE RED SULFUR       
First Line: It is not martin luther
Last Line: Have heard- %she answers, in a word


RADIOACTIVE ASSAY AND EPITAPH: INDIAN SCHOOL    Poem Text    
First Line: The way paved with iron of interdicted sites
Subject(s): Bacon, Francis (1561-1626); Philosophy & Philosophers; Science; Scientists


RADIOACTIVE ASSAY AND EPITAPH: INDIAN SCHOOL       
First Line: The way paved with iron of interdicted sites
Last Line: Language forbidden, the world learned bacon's
Subject(s): Bacon, Francis (1561-1626); Philosophy And Philosophers; Science


RAMPANT       
First Line: The question of brahms becomes a question of music, alas. It is associated with
Last Line: Escaped the erratic truths of last lines.)(phew)
Subject(s): Brahms, Johannes (1833-1897)


REDUCTIO       
First Line: Call: he strives to go the neatest way unto corruption
Last Line: Call: he seeks in any rete the suppos'd repose of death %response restiveness


REQUEST FOR A LITTLE WATER MUSIC FROM THE NIGHT       
First Line: Inyaha itifada intimada madre falafel mater dolorosa estrella del
Last Line: Stali ly shas tadai sy...> like so. %for me


ROUTINE FIDELITIES       
First Line: In the night %I walk around the empty house
Last Line: We are climbing jacob's ladder %nothing's doing here


SACRAMENTO O NO    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Time; Nature


SCIENTIFIC METHOD: 1. NOTEBOOK       
First Line: Belief like hell can affect you & how you behave
Last Line: Things are like other things and so can be mistaken


SCIENTIFIC METHOD: 2. OBSERVATION       
First Line: I thought the professor in the next room
Last Line: This is the engineering building


SCIENTIFIC METHOD: 3. INTERROGATION AND CONCLUSION       
First Line: Should that semi-colon be a colon?
Last Line: Baconian, in a pig's eye


SEATTLE, THIRD AND PIKE       
First Line: After my reading, on the night-gleaming street belonging
Last Line: Still, the wish for congruency. For some other to come to know


SELF PORTRAIT AS PENCIL ON PLACEMAT       
First Line: Alone. And alone. The pencil knows
Last Line: As dream is to wake-same message as ever: %send word


SELF-REPRESENTATION       
First Line: How blurry the trees in these window reflections
Last Line: But daily I rehearse %how I drowned


SEMBLANCE: SCREENS    Poem Text    
First Line: A moth lies open and lies
Subject(s): Insects; Bugs


SOLITARY AND SEMI-MUSICAL CONFINEMENT       
First Line: I found a bird skull with a yellow feather on it
Last Line: You'll never walk alone


STRAIGHT FLUSH       
First Line: The hand, the hand of the man who sat on my couch and held whatever I put
Last Line: How it is kind not to say things not to say and rehearsing how needful it is to speak


SUCH AS REDUCED THE HEATHENS TO DIVINITY...       
First Line: In our study of anatomy there is
Last Line: Something in us that can be %without us, and will


SUFFICIENT CAUSES AND ARTIFACTS       
First Line: For the voice to cry, all flesh is grass
Last Line: For we all do fade as a leaf


SUN DIAL       
First Line: Therein a bed, they are. One supposes that the other doesn't notice they're not
Last Line: Shadow of your wife


TALENTED AND GIFTED       
First Line: He hurt her amateur feelings. No bandages, please. A panda bear from the
Last Line: Relative of god. Make that mature feelings


THIS IS NOT NORMAL MOVEMENTS OF THE ANIMAL KINGDOM       
First Line: Ok, here we go, yes. Press. Again? For time? No? For space? No? For they are
Last Line: About animals, which you still had hopes were real


THOUGH THE RADICAL HUMOUR CONTAIN IN IT OIL FOR SEVENTY...       
First Line: I can but plea, it seems; how this goes hard upon me
Last Line: Become but pantalones to my severer contemplation


TRADING LITTLE TRINKETS WITH THE GODS       
First Line: So ok. Soak. Souk. Bazaar. Bizarre. Why am I - was I? - printing? I like the
Last Line: Casional blue sparks are crossing the page


TRANSITIVE, INTRANSITIVE: EXTEMPORARY MEASURES       
First Line: Two crows above the marsh: sew
Last Line: The shining hour' improved


TREE-KEEPER'S DAUGHTER SPEAKS       
First Line: It is no good
Last Line: What shall be done in the dry?


TRUST    Poem Text    
First Line: If I would be walking down the road
Subject(s): Imagination; Fancy


TRUTH, BEAUTY, TREE    Poem Text    
First Line: Such embroidery of the green
Last Line: We hope to see through (to) / always
Subject(s): Beauty


TYLER       
First Line: Is it true you have the instincts of a small bird?
Last Line: Your feathers %wing me %here


UNDER THE TINSEL THERE IS THE REAL TINSEL'       
Last Line: Having said that it seems I have nothing to say. I am a turtle crawling down a %carpeted hall alone


UNMOURNING WATER OF THE WRITING PEN       
First Line: One doesn't like to push one's luck
Last Line: The tongue around the 't' in enter %subterranean forms of the stem


UPPER CLASS       
First Line: For three days the trees
Last Line: My very pestilence is wealth


USE MAKES MASTER (AN ABLATIVE OF MEANS)       
First Line: For you are the only poet
Last Line: Although even the rain washes its hands of me %will never be your middle name


VEGETABLE HISTORY       
First Line: I grew up in the company of rhubarb
Last Line: Upright again %that was me


VEGETABLE HISTORY: RED-NECK, QUEER       
First Line: I grew up in a darkness of rhubarb
Last Line: To light that %was me


VERNATION       
First Line: It is said to be inflexed or reclined in vernation
Last Line: And in the morning-glory twisted, besides


VERY BIG WIND       
First Line: I dreamed a tornado. White-glove affair (no dust, no muss, ich muss, ichthys
Last Line: Knowledge of houses, sex with the trees. The fish rises to the flicked fly's and %yours to my need


WANTS TO SIT IN THE BIG CHAIR. DOES       
First Line: My life, however, does not
Last Line: Whereas I have ruined too many words already


WEDNESDAY MORNING PRAY TIME       
First Line: Trial. Tribulation. Psycho-sexual amputation. So busy. So big. What is happen
Last Line: The beginning was the word and with it, heaven saved me


WELLING       
First Line: (interruptus - %do we wish to write with this pen or with this pen? One is skin
Last Line: The way a knife - no, no. This is the end of our willing


WHEN I WAS IN LOVE AND OUT OF ALL ELSE    Poem Text    


WHERE BROKEN (THE DARKNESS    Poem Text    
First Line: Cows on the spine of the hill like the spine of a book are some letters
Subject(s): Books; Cows; Alphabets; Reading


WHERE CREDIT IS DUE: DO YOU KNOW THE WAY TO SAN JOSE?       
First Line: To speak. So to speak. Of steven's creek, home to six streams of cars flowing
Last Line: Now will bear. So to speak


WHERE, BROKEN (THE DARKNESS       
First Line: Cows on the spine of the hill like the spine of a book are some letters
Last Line: However, there are other books


WHEREIN OUR BONES WITH STARS SHALL MAKE ONE PYRE...       
First Line: There is no item of your coming
Last Line: (or more of the same) be in love with dead sir thomas browne


WHIM       
First Line: Now the women, too, began to move and shift their civil engineering
Last Line: Turn together, as one, to watch the play of leaf patterns on the sun


WITH THE TONGUES OF ANGELS       
First Line: He cut off my tongue and put it in my mouth
Last Line: In the beginning I laughed: hee hee I yam %and I will be


WITNESS    Poem Text    
First Line: I saw that a star had broken its rope


WITNESS       
First Line: I saw that a star had broken its rope
Last Line: I am the dawn horse. %ride me