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Author: WETZSTEON, RACHEL
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Wetzsteon, Rachel    Poet's Biography
78 poems available by this author


A RIVAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Names flow from her mouth as so many hearty allies;
Last Line: She dips her pen in a lake of ink, and the pen flies
Subject(s): Writing & Writers


ABSTRACT AUBADE       
First Line: The sun, like some stupidly drunk party guest
Last Line: A dead grief, a starless night's aberration, go now


AFTER EDEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Somewhere zeno was smiling, the foul
Subject(s): Divorce


ALGONQUIN AFTERTHOUGHTS    Poem Text    
First Line: Or else our drunken tumble was
Subject(s): Drinks & Drinking; Love - Erotic; Lies; Wine


AMONG THE NEUTRALS: 1       
First Line: The ultimate shame
Last Line: Not even allowed to burn %with other sinners!


AMONG THE NEUTRALS: 2       
First Line: How could we not know
Last Line: We were drowning in huge tubs %of lukewarm water?


AMONG THE NEUTRALS: 3       
First Line: Tomorrow I choose
Last Line: Has mushroom-clouded into %forever I'm stung


AMONG THE NEUTRALS: 4       
First Line: Even the poor souls
Last Line: Lower down in the sad wood %stood up for something


AMONG THE NEUTRALS: 5       
First Line: It was a way of
Last Line: Being all things to all men. %but that means nothing


AMONG THE NEUTRALS: 6       
First Line: Deep misery of
Last Line: Votes not cast, dark memory %of love undeclared


AMONG THE NEUTRALS: 7       
First Line: Fair velleities
Last Line: Kept us frozen. Do not let %this happen to you


AMONG THE NEUTRALS: 8       
First Line: Domino-like, one
Last Line: Maybe' followed another %until...All fell down


AMONG THE NEUTRALS: 9       
First Line: Through our tears we see
Last Line: Ourselves back on solid ground %making up our minds


ANOTHER VIEW OF THE IDEAL PERSON       
First Line: A rattle of avid hands, but the only thing really moving
Last Line: Planning another way of making it melt


AT THE ZEN MOUNTAIN MONASTERY    Poem Text    
First Line: A double line of meditators sits
Last Line: Down broadway and up west end avenue
Subject(s): Zen Buddhism


AUTUMN       
First Line: I'm always in a good mood on the first days of autumn
Last Line: We're all too thrilled to be rude on the first days of autumn


BLUE OCTAVO HAIKU    Poem Text    
First Line: In fat armchairs sat
Subject(s): Life Choices


BRIEF ENCOUNTERS       
First Line: By as many times as the framed sets of teeth
Last Line: See with what force the tall door slams


CABARET LUDWIG    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Love - Complaints


CHASING SPRING       
First Line: In a certain sense, it was just what he wanted. The green
Last Line: Giving off its own heat, the shock of the crocus


CLUBFOOT       
First Line: Meanwhile, meanwhile used to be my limp's
Last Line: The little level huts that they call home


COMING BACK TO THE CAVE       
First Line: Coming back to the cave is when the hard part
Last Line: Patterns in darkness, friends, I have seen such wonders


COMMANDS FOR THE END OF SUMMER    Poem Text    
First Line: Deepen,/leaves, not with what
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


DINNER AT LE CAPRICE       
First Line: How good it would be if our surroundings always
Last Line: Who shows them to their table at le caprice


DRINKS IN THE TOWN SQUARE    Poem Text    
First Line: No sooner had they carried their martinis
Last Line: Fists in their pockets, daggers in their eyes
Subject(s): Drinks & Drinking; City & Town Life; Wine


DRINKS IN THE TOWN SQUARE       
First Line: No sooner had they carried their martinis
Last Line: Fists in their pockets, daggers in their eyes.


DUET       
First Line: The man on the stage, seducing his cello,
Last Line: A basement, but an adjoining chamber


EXCERPTS FROM A BOTANIST'S JOURNAL       
First Line: There is a rose that baffles all the world
Last Line: Because it was no longer mine, to gold


FIVE-FINGER EXERCISE    Poem Text    
First Line: When things get hot and heavy this weekend or one august
Subject(s): Future; Love


FOREST MURMURS       
First Line: People always picture a forest
Last Line: It's a slap in the face I'd travel forever to get


GOING PUBLIC       
First Line: When your eyes, trained too long on the things that happen
Last Line: Another light in the city switches on


GOLD LEAVES    Poem Text    
First Line: Someone ought to write about (I thought
Subject(s): Gold; Alchemy & Alchemists


HOLY DAYS       
First Line: Whether they spent their time scanning old views
Last Line: Unloved, but loving the view


HOMAGE TO EDDIE IZZARD       
First Line: What vision lights up wilderness tonight?
Last Line: When I get home I'll place in the window %a candle lit for blokes in dresses tonight


HOME AND AWAY       
First Line: Long before us, the kindling dried, becoming
Last Line: Through which, sometimes, a park bench will appear


IN MEMORY OF W.H. AUDEN       
First Line: When there are so many intervening years
Subject(s): Auden, Wystan Hugh (1907-1973); Poetry & Poets


IN MEMORY OF W.H. AUDEN       
First Line: When there are so many intervening years
Last Line: Not a room, but a way to light it, %not a goal, but a way of arriving
Subject(s): Auden, Wystan Hugh (1907-1973); Poetry And Poets


LATE SHOW       
First Line: And so it came about that there was no way
Last Line: A duller but bore intimate story?


LAWYERS ON THE LEFT BANK       
First Line: So this is me at thirty-two, the strange dream seemed to say
Last Line: And burn holes in the carpet with averted bedroom eyes


LEARNING FROM THE MOVIES       
First Line: In the world of the high jump, if something can go wrong
Last Line: The seeming goners, towers of raw strength, show us


LEPER IN THE CITY       
First Line: We all have the same memory
Last Line: Too strange to pity, and too green to love


LOOKOUT       
First Line: High above the city
Last Line: As we go down together, talking all the way


LOVE AND WORK    Poem Text    
First Line: In an uncurtained room across the way
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Love; Work; Workers


LOVE AND WORK       
First Line: In an uncurtained room across the way
Last Line: I'll call you when I've finished one more page
Subject(s): Labor And Laborers; Love


MACDOWELL    Poem Text    
First Line: For once I fought back
Subject(s): Writing & Writers; Artist Colonies


MADELEINE FOR A WHILE (AFTER HITCHCOCK'S VERTIGO)       
First Line: Scottie looked down from a very great height
Last Line: Scottie looked down from a very great height


MAGNETISM       
First Line: I stood and let the forces come to me
Last Line: Another lifetime tendering that debt


METAMORPHOSIS       
First Line: The living holiday with suns for eyes
Last Line: A beast behind a big desk, doing sums


NARCISSUS ON THE MOVE       
First Line: The time had come to look up from the lake
Last Line: With amorous intent, no two alike


ON LEAVING THE BACHELORETTE BRUNCH    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Because I gazed out the window at birds
Subject(s): Love


POEM FOR A NEW YEAR    Poem Text    
First Line: Love that a reign of terror struck dumb
Subject(s): Love; Winter; New Year


POEM FOR A NEW YEAR       
First Line: Love that reign of terror struck dumb,
Last Line: May I robustly, fondly meet it.


POMONA       
First Line: It's all about the way you store your fruit
Last Line: A racetrack where a vain endeavor was


RAIN AT READING    Poem Text    
First Line: We had gathered under a tent in the park
Subject(s): Rain; Poetry & Poets


RIVAL       
First Line: Names flow from her mouth as so many hearty allies;
Last Line: She dips her pen in a lake of ink, and the pen flies.
Subject(s): Writing And Writers


SAKURA PARK    Poem Text    
First Line: The park admits the wind
Subject(s): Parks


SEVENTH SUNDAY    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Relationships


SHORT ODE TO MORNINGSIDE HEIGHTS    Poem Text    
First Line: Convergence of worlds, old stomping ground,
Subject(s): Morningside Heights, New York City; City & Town Life


SHORT ODE TO SCREWBALL WOMEN    Poem Text    
First Line: On sullen nights like these
Subject(s): Women


SIGNIFICANT SPOT       
First Line: Not long ago I would have breathed a sigh
Last Line: And whispered words like oneness), it meant war


SILVER ROSES    Poem Text    
First Line: The strings, as if they knew
Subject(s): Relationships


SONG       
First Line: The mighty among us have vanished forever
Last Line: I'll summon you gently to summon you back


SPEECH AFTER A SPECTACLE       
First Line: The balconies and the ballrooms may
Last Line: Take note, unbeliever: I am only seconds away


SPIGOT VARIATIONS       
First Line: Returning home from a secret meeting
Last Line: Give me that crimson rain again


SURGICAL MOVES       
First Line: Lights dimmed, the scraper scraped, and I could feel
Last Line: Clean up the mess, it is no mess of mine


TAGALONG       
First Line: I'm loking for a war that's big enough
Last Line: That guiding, solemn, cautionary hand


TAKING TO THE HILLS    Poem Text    
First Line: If walking, like wine, only abets a sad mood
Subject(s): Walking; Nature; Mountains; Love; Hills; Downs (great Britain)


THE OTHER STARS    Poem Text    
First Line: Tripartite schemes were all very well
Subject(s): Life Choices; Social Commentaries; Relationships


THE WORLD HAD FLED    Poem Text    
First Line: The world had fled, with all its silly cares
Subject(s): Love - Nature Of


THOUGHTS WHILE WALKING    Poem Text    
First Line: I hate the travel logs that tell you
Subject(s): Travel; Life Choices; Journeys; Trips


THOUGHTS WHILE WALKING       
First Line: I hate the travel logs that tell you
Last Line: Fertile ground between shouting and silence


THREE SONGS       
First Line: Much has been said of the
Last Line: Still on the run


THREE SONGS       
First Line: I was in the bookstore, reading the ends of mysteries
Last Line: He holds his tongue and saves it for his mother


TRIUMPH OF MARSYAS       
First Line: I stood, all pus and muscle, at the stake
Last Line: Your patron, the well-tempered, shallow sun


URBAN GALLERY    Poem Text    
First Line: When the wind invades the treetops
Subject(s): Human Behavior; City & Town Life; Conduct Of Life; Human Nature


URBAN GALLERY       
First Line: When the wind invades the treetops
Last Line: But sickness is catching; lovers, permit me entrance.


WITNESS       
First Line: I crawled out of the wreckage whistling
Last Line: But never heard the music in my head


WORMS AND US    Poem Text    
First Line: Maggots in the food, maggots in the floorboards
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The