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Author: WIENERS, JOHN
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Wieners, John    Poet's Biography
400 poems available by this author


1930 JAZZ       
First Line: Rocked me in my cradle, while papa was in
Last Line: Swing it, brother swing


238 CAMBRIDGE STREET: AN OCASIONAL VERSE       
First Line: We're back on the scene
Last Line: Waiting in the night for a fix


2ND COMMUNIQUE FOR THE HEADS       
First Line: I love my fellow poets
Last Line: Who is a fellow poet. Traveller


30-DEC       
First Line: Iam %sitting up by candlelight
Last Line: From stars one strung by the shine


A POEM FOR COCKSUCKERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Well we can go
Last Line: I burn in the memory of love
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians


A POEM FOR MUSEUM GOERS    Poem Text    
First Line: I walk down a long / passageway
Last Line: Shriek in their ears
Subject(s): Museums; Art Gallerys


A POEM FOR PAINTERS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Our age bereft of nobility
Subject(s): Paintings & Painters


A POEM FOR RECORD PLAYERS    Poem Text    
First Line: The scene changes
Last Line: All over town
Subject(s): Sound Recordings; Phonograph Records; Recordings; Records; Audiodiscs; Discography


A POEM FOR THE OLD MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: God love you
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


A POEM FOR TRAPPED THINGS    Poem Text    
First Line: This morning with a blue flame burning
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


A POEM FOR VIPERS    Poem Text    
First Line: I sit in lees. At 11:40 pm with
Last Line: Under the coats of their tongue
Subject(s): Drugs & Drug Abuse


ABOUT HIMSELF, THE AUTHOR WRITES       


ACCEPTANCE       
First Line: Should I wear a shadowed eye


ACT #2    Poem Text    
First Line: I took love home with me
Last Line: The night moan yr. Name
Subject(s): Dietrich, Marlene; Gays & Lesbians


ACT #2       
First Line: I took love home with me
Last Line: Oh johnny. Women in %the night moan yr. Name
Subject(s): Dietrich, Marlene; Homosexuality


ACTS OF YOUTH       
First Line: And with great fear I inhabit the middle of the night
Last Line: Worshipped in the pitches of the night
Subject(s): Youth


ADRIFT A MONTH       
First Line: If I had a canoe


ADULT, TO HIS INSPIRATION       
First Line: Thank you for showing me your insides, johnny
Last Line: Regulate hydraeduct in range beneath chelsea memorial hosp


AFTER A POEM FOR COCKSUCKERS    Poem Text    
First Line: I have never stopped loving him
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Love - Unrequited; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


AFTER BYRON'S MAID OF ATHENS       
First Line: Have you ever thought of me


AFTER DINNER ON PICKNEY STREET       
First Line: You can't tell me there isn't power - or the threat of power - by the'


AFTER READING SECOND AVENUE       
First Line: As a jar of tibetian snow, you melted


AFTER SYMONDS' VENICE       
First Line: Boston, sooty in memory, alive with a


AFTER THE ORGASM    Poem Text    
First Line: Aw, what is fame, is it
Last Line: Only to find it's some worthless punk who ends up in your arms
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians


AFTER THE ORGASM       
First Line: Aw, what is fame, is it
Last Line: Only to find it's some worthless punk who ends up on your arms
Subject(s): Homosexuality


AFTER YOU GO IN THE DARK ROOM       
First Line: I know what you're using me for
Last Line: Well,...The moon comes up


AILSA'S LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: Gas. A marriage that never existed, a death under investigation
Subject(s): Capitalism


AILSA'S LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT       
First Line: Gas. A marriage that never existed, a death under investigation


ALCOHOL DOESN'T EASE THE PAIN NOR       


ALIDA'S ARTISTS IN CRIME       
First Line: When violets appear wild, wet and fresh


ALLY       
First Line: My father's black ashtray
Last Line: To fill the sad stuffed cigarettes %of philip morrris, ltd


ANATOMY WORKED OVER,       
First Line: Worked over, as a long thin line of paltriness before my own very %thine eyes
Last Line: Iroquois impersonated but expelled away due cargo


ANCIENT BLUE STAR!       
First Line: Seen out the car
Last Line: For answer to dust


AND WHAT IS NOTHINGNESS       
Last Line: In the silence. %is it junk


ANNIVERSARY OF DEATH       
First Line: He too must with me wash his body, though
Last Line: Sun shines and larks break forth from winter branches


APPARITION       
First Line: I feel his hands upon me


AS PREFACE TO TRANSMUTATIONS       
First Line: How long ago steve, it was
Last Line: All our notes


AT BIG SUR       
First Line: Lizard under the stone


AT THE CARNIVAL       
First Line: Marriage is a joke; is a laugh
Last Line: Obscenity or become a perpetual bar-fly?


AU NATUREL       
First Line: An handsome man has to think a certain way


AU RIVE       
First Line: What kind of poem would one write if one could?


AUDIENCE OF ONE       
First Line: At last we have all arrived
Last Line: One with change, one with hermes


AUTUMN IN NEW YORK, SELS.       


BEQUEST       
First Line: I see her sleeping in the chair


BERKELEY ST BRIDGE       
First Line: Petrified the wood
Last Line: This world's got nothing for me


BET'       
First Line: If love be dark, a confusion in the mind
Last Line: Love is kind


BIDING IN THE GLOOM       
First Line: My new work which I presume


BILLIE       
First Line: He was as a god


BLIND SEE ONLY THIS WORLD (A CHRISTMAS CARD)       
First Line: Today the lamb of god arrives in the mail


BOOK AND THE LAMP       
First Line: The book, homolibre basalt
Last Line: Funnys sine columban vatican lisa prelude


BRANDY       
First Line: It is not candy


BROKEN HEARTED MEMORIES    Poem Text    
First Line: And when that music starts
Subject(s): Memory


BROKEN HEARTED MEMORIES       
First Line: And when that music starts


BY THE BARS       
First Line: Oh, now, my own poor, good mother, do not make me ill now


BY THE FIVE DOLLAR BILL       
First Line: Oh bo-bo


CAGE       
First Line: Silence, as a tomb


CARNEGIE       
First Line: When nine foreign bodies ply


CASKET BEFORE DARK?       
First Line: Bulbous oasis bent loose verse for tomorrow


CASUAL LOVE       
First Line: Casual, gives to her, joy


CAVIAR TEARS       
First Line: No one to dine with


CHARITY BALLS       
First Line: I had a fellowship, but lived poorly
Last Line: But I knew if I worked hard I'd eventually make it


CHARLES MANSON DEATH CULT       
First Line: From topeka to cambridge


CHARLES' DEATH       
First Line: The hotel orchestra began at seven


CHILDREN OF THE WORKING CLASS    Poem Text    
First Line: Gaunt, ugly deformed
Subject(s): Children; Labor & Laborers; Psychiatric Hospitals; Childhood; Work; Workers; Mad Houses; Insane Asylums


CHILDREN OF THE WORKING CLASS       
First Line: Gaunt, ugly deformed
Last Line: God's goodness, but his better or less scorn
Subject(s): Children; Labor And Laborers; Psychiatric Hospitals


CHINOISERIE       
First Line: Birds of paradise float in green lagoons


COCAINE    Poem Text    
First Line: For I have seen love
Subject(s): Drugs & Drug Abuse; Narcotics; Opium; Cocaine; Crack; Heroin


COCAINE       
First Line: For I have seen love


CONCENTRATION       
First Line: I'd half-expect


CONFESSION    Poem Text    
First Line: T is friday night, a lone bird hollers
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


CONFESSION       
First Line: It is friday night, a lone bird hollers


CONSOLATION       
First Line: Waiting at the window


CONTRADICTING PICASSO    Poem Text    
First Line: The mansion deceives itself
Last Line: Down as we do in our baths, to fool away the night
Subject(s): Picasso, Pablo (1881-1973)


CONTRADICTING PICASSO       
First Line: The mansion deceives itself
Subject(s): Picasso, Pablo (1881-1973)


COSMETICS       
First Line: Beauty is the most mysterious and subtle art of them all


CUT       
First Line: Only an hour to write this
Last Line: Not a woman past, unloved, not one eye filled %was addressed


DARK BREW       
First Line: At least these wounds were opened


DAWN COCKTAIL       
First Line: We lie in a pool of blood


DEAD POETS OF QUEER POEMS    Poem Text    
First Line: Commencement exercises inhibited
Subject(s): Social Commentaries


DECEMBER EPIPHANY       
First Line: Upon a star-light night


DENIAL       
First Line: A light-hearted air


DEPRIVATION       
First Line: Roses, lilacs and rains


DESPERATION       
First Line: In what mad pursuit, or competition


DETERMINATION       
First Line: Poetry is some way


DOES HIS VOICE SOUND SME ECHO IN YOUR HEART    Poem Text    
First Line: A quart of champagne, one pill too many
Subject(s): Life Choices


DOES HIS VOICE SOUND SOME ECHO IN YOUR HEART       
First Line: A quart of champagne, one pill to many


DOGGEREL       
First Line: Alone in an afternoon's
Last Line: They do not last, nor shall this one


DOLL       
First Line: How many loves had I
Last Line: None, none, none at all


DOPE       
First Line: I am old no longer, youth is returned to me
Last Line: Baby, I bet it's swinging. In the noon-day, sun


DORMANT LAMONT       
First Line: Life's enough to accomplish its motives


DOT       
First Line: My divorced aunt's


DRINKIN LONELY WINE       
First Line: When you're used to taxicabs


DRUG FANTASY       
First Line: International homosexual %playboys
Last Line: Make chance departures, timed to offend your audience


EAGLE BAR       
First Line: A lamp lit in the corner
Last Line: Bottles off the bar
Subject(s): Homosexuality


EGG NOG    Poem Text    
First Line: The quality of mercy
Subject(s): Mercy


EILA       
First Line: A pure spirit
Last Line: Ensconced with cheap suppers


ESPIONAGE       
First Line: I sit in the evening, not on it


EVOCATION TO TOMMY DORSEY       
First Line: Sound of sycamores
Last Line: Where agony, also is real


FACE OF A POOR WOMAN       
First Line: I have the face of a poor woman


FACE OF AN ANGRY MAN       
First Line: For the second time this afternoon


FAME, GREAT TRAVEL, SPEED, BEAUTY - YOUTH       


FEBRUARY       
First Line: Textual exercises are examples to


FEMININE SOLILOQUY       
First Line: If my dreams were lost in time


FIFTEEN MINUTES IN A CHEAP HOTEL       
First Line: We enjoy poverty more than wealth
Last Line: How dumb can you get, with a full set of teeth?


FINDING THE KEY TO DOUBLE INDEMNITY       
First Line: Starring it's just as much


FIRST POEM AFTER SILENCE SINCE THANKSGIVING       
First Line: Out in the world again, after the cloister


FOR A BRIGHTER SUN       
First Line: Isn't it manly to protest our society


FOR A COVER OF ART NEWS       
First Line: Are you still among the living?
Last Line: Weight %of young lips


FOR ED DORN       
First Line: A crumbling ruin, on top of beacon hill


FOR HUNCKE       
First Line: Know no other god than this
Last Line: Until dawn when you come no more


FOR JUDITH EVELYN, POST-THEATRE!       
First Line: Budget 1 token


FOR MARION       
First Line: I have found her snow white in my head


FOR MY BOSS WITHOUT AN OFFICE       
First Line: When she doesn't say anything, when she don't talk


FOR THE GALLERIES       
First Line: The smell of apples from a back closet


FOR THE MIND OF 38 GROVE STREET 3RD FRONT       
First Line: Against the light
Last Line: I will be able to leave by morning


FORTHCOMING       
First Line: I died in loneliness


FORTITUDE       
First Line: When I opened the window
Last Line: I but welcome sleep's kiss


FOUNTAINHEAD       
First Line: To see the lights come on in los angels, where
Last Line: Wondrous exclamities in the direction of a post'moderne middle %class'


FUGITIVE       
First Line: Foul wretch upon an ill earth
Last Line: Enough for such unneccessary offers


FUTURE       
First Line: Without death, resurrection only regeneration
Last Line: Evening, beside the bennies, the cotton's, the hypo's kiss


GARBOS AND DIETRICHS       
First Line: Moving like a dream through ibiza
Last Line: To those men they turn into swine
Subject(s): Dietrich, Marlene; Garbo, Greta (1905-1990); Homosexuality


GARDENIAS       
First Line: Blue songs of the poetess' heart


GAY WORLD HAS CHANGED       
First Line: Climbing up the saw-dust stairs
Last Line: Nothing more; sex, sex, sex, and sex
Subject(s): Homosexuality


GLIMPSE       
First Line: There is a knot in the middle of my head


GOD IS THE ORGAN OF NOVELTY'       
First Line: In negligences resulting out of poverty
Last Line: A gallery courtyard harassed through invention


GOOD-TIME CHARLEY'S GOT THE BLUES       
First Line: A cold winter alone in bed


GOODBYE    Poem Text    
First Line: Perhaps some day you shall find me
Subject(s): Farewell; Parting


GOODBYE       
First Line: Perhaps some day you shall find me


GREY SABATH       
First Line: After dropping $500 at the racetrack
Last Line: Nursing daily buds


GROWN OUT OF HABIT       
First Line: Benzedrine diners
Last Line: Going nowhere


HARDNESS PROMPTS LITERATURE, UNSPOKEN TERMS       


HART CRANE, HARRY CROSBY...'       
First Line: Hart crane, harry crosby, I see you going over the edge
Last Line: This is what made you jump


HE AIN'T FOR REAL       
First Line: Did you ever


HE'S NOT HERE NO ONE'S THERE    Poem Text    
First Line: M shaking from another man


HEAD SHOP       
First Line: What I feel in confusion


HELEN GO MOTHER BETH    Poem Text    
First Line: I was young once; and on poverty
Subject(s): Life Choices


HERE FOR THE NIGHT       
First Line: At 7 dollars for a single room's rest, and
Last Line: Remaining three decades of my life
Subject(s): Homosexuality


HIGH NOON       
First Line: 15 years of loving


HOME SURGERY AT MERCHANT MARINE       
First Line: To get your degree, in lavender
Last Line: Jordan & those all-night discs


HOME-DUTY       
First Line: What is boston to me


HONESTY       
First Line: Asylums: yes, those gray dull planes
Subject(s): Honesty


HOW DARE YOU?       
First Line: These winter clothes


HOW PERFECT, HOW QUINTESSENTIAL!       
First Line: On first gazing at this spic and span living room


HOW TO COPE WITH THIS?    Poem Text    
First Line: A mean, dark man
Last Line: And only scope
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians


HOW TO COPE WITH THIS?       
First Line: A mean, dark man
Last Line: In the dark, my hope %and only scope
Subject(s): Homosexuality


HUMILIATION       
First Line: From so many men, their torment -


HUNGER       
First Line: I keep waiting for him all my life
Last Line: From single greed and selfishness


HYPNAGOGIC       
First Line: By banks of the neponset river
Last Line: Who sail on foamy rapids


I CAN'T PUT MY HEAD ON THE PILLOW       


I DESPAIR OF LOVE       
Last Line: To ride upon %out to sea


I HOPE IT GOES ON       
First Line: A blinding rain storm behind the beacon chambers


I WALK UNDER THE DISTANT STARS       


I'M       
First Line: Pretending with him


I'M ATTRACTED TO YOU, FORGETTING       


I'VE LIVED HERE LONGER THAN ANYBODY ELSE AND I KNOW WHERE EVERYTHING       
First Line: Just think, also I've lived here
Last Line: Now is to becomme a woman, for all of them, an empress upon %your eastern shore


IDYLL       
First Line: I stay in bed and wait for you


II ALONE       
First Line: Sustained by poetry, fed anew


IMPASSE       
First Line: Is it enough my feet blackend


IMPERATRICE       
First Line: Who sits supreme above all human ecstasy


IN ONE'S MIND       
First Line: Touring an embassy


IN PUBLIC       
First Line: Promise you won't forget


IN THE BEGINNING       
First Line: The early morning wake-up, melancholia at someone else's radio %blaring
Last Line: Hoping ungathered future strength results about lost green %handicaps


IN THE DARKNESS       
First Line: It's a mistake to assume love


IN THE HALF LIGHT OF HOLDING, FR. AUTUMN IN NEW YORK       


INDIGNATION       
First Line: It doesn't matter if one lives or dies


INOPERABLE       
First Line: A chair of frustrated ambition


INSULTED       
First Line: I never rewarded, never cared


INVITATION       
First Line: To offer all


IT WAS YOURS       
First Line: I'm a bigtime baby now
Last Line: And close, to know this %suppose


JE OUBLI       
First Line: Was it last night, or a lifetime before


JIMMY       
First Line: I suppose that's how I was born
Last Line: I suppose that's how I %was born


JIVE       
First Line: Tomorrow some motel with a guy
Last Line: Blows in the wind


JOSEPHA, UPON THE DAMASCUS       


JOY       
First Line: Burst in on us: a rare blossom
Last Line: Hollow letters of gold


JUST AN ORDINARY JOE       
First Line: With plain face and wrinkled forehead


JUSTICE       
First Line: Wouldn't you think there was something


KEEP IT       
First Line: Your mind's path


KEYHOLER       
First Line: My dear, do you mind if I strike a flint upon your
Last Line: Second-hand readies to wear


KING SOLOMON'S MAGNETIC QUIZ       
First Line: And when I went to the woods


KLUGWERTH       
First Line: She is a figure of real beauty that walks with majesty


LADY MACBETH DEGENERATES       


LARDERS       
First Line: Oh, the night beckens so


LAST ENGLISH SOLDIER'S WASHINGTON SUPPER THAIS       
First Line: 1953 - professional artists insist that yearbooks


LE DICTATORIAL CIRCLE       
First Line: After you've met demetrios


LET THE HEART'S PAIN SLACK OFF       


LIGHTS IN TOWN       
First Line: Not as bad as you are


LITERARY REMINISCENCE CONTINUED PART 2       
First Line: And the thought that a great love


LONELINESS       
First Line: It is so sad
Last Line: Stinking beneath my clothes


LONG NOOK    Poem Text    
First Line: There she took her lover to sea
Last Line: And like stars fell on alabama
Subject(s): Seashore; Love


LONG NOOK       
First Line: There she took her lover to sea


LOOKING FOR WOMEN       
First Line: To serve me cookies and lemonade


LORDSHIP       
First Line: When you see that, it's what you see about me


LOSS       
First Line: To live without the one you love
Last Line: Away from you


LOST POEMS ARE LIKE OLD FRIENDS, AMORE       


LOUISA ADAMS       
First Line: Earlier anticipating straight narrative


LOUISE       
First Line: The wind is a guitar in the house tonight


LOVE-LIFE       
First Line: Chains are a terrible thing to wear


LUCHOW CHOC-AU-LAIT       
First Line: Yes, there are memories, memories of churches whose


MA'S DECK CHAIRS       
First Line: Just that permission


MAINE       
First Line: At last destroyed someone


MARIA GOUVERNEUR       
First Line: Attic coiffure admonitioner


MAY       
First Line: There are certain poems I wrote
Last Line: And never on paper may be had


MELANCHOLY       
First Line: Across the deep and brine


MEMOIRS OF A CAD       
First Line: Sitting in this chair, reminiscing back over twenty


MEMORIES OF GERRIT       
First Line: The maiden's prayer haunts this aftenoon, without you, the day is
Last Line: Sax fifth avenue clothes but that was another man


MEMORIES OF YOU       
First Line: Blown the fags in central park
Last Line: Saintly motorcyclists in the dawn


MENU       
First Line: Cranberry steak


MERMAID'S SONG       
First Line: If thou in me the full flush of love see


MOIRA       
First Line: Who lights a kerosene lamp in her bungalow
Last Line: A mistinguett in london's soho snow


MONDAY SUNRISE       
First Line: Red glow over china
Last Line: Of yellow girls


MONEY IS NOT MONOGAMOUS       
First Line: A poor man cannot make use of himself
Last Line: He recognizes none of these fears, not their predicted fact


MORGANA LA FAY       
First Line: The return of


MOTHER SOUNDS THE KEY       
First Line: It's what you do, not what you know


MR. BAILEY       
First Line: Cosmetics makes a woman's despair use -


MUSIC       
First Line: What is poetry? An image


MY DARLING FATHER AND SON       
First Line: Boy, who raised me, from hollywood to
Last Line: Joe southern; joe boarder priest


MY FIRST MIDNIGHT 49TH BIRTHDAY SUPPER       
First Line: As snakes curl up the rose


MY MOTHER    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Talking to strange men on the subway
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Mothers; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


MY MOTHER       
First Line: Talking to strange men on the subway
Last Line: Talking together between the wire grates of a cage
Subject(s): Homosexuality; Mothers


NAKED       
First Line: An old man and a woman


NECROMANCY    Poem Text    
First Line: The queen can grant no mercy, no clemency
Subject(s): Necromancy


NECROMANCY       
First Line: The queen can grant no mercy, no clemency
Subject(s): Necromancy


NEW BEACHES       
First Line: Poverty has nearly ripped my life off
Last Line: Within poetry's mouth


NEW FORM       
First Line: To try and contemplate time and age unfathomable


NIAGARA FALLS       
First Line: Hannibal loves to the priests who schooled for language aids


NIGHT IS COLD, FR. AUTUMN IN NEW YORK       


NIGHT SAMBA       
First Line: My mother sleeps in her bed
Last Line: Getz, you pestilence


NIGHT, THAT LAST MONTH OF THE LAST'       
Last Line: And collapsed, dying in pa's


NO GODS, MOTHER, BOYS, BEAUTY       
First Line: It's too easy, begs description
Last Line: And we were not commanded by gods, too


NO LOVING SON       
First Line: Stretch his brains on the rack


NO POISON OUT OF PENURY       
First Line: Am I mad for the god that no man rules?


NOT THIS AGONY OF LOVE, WITHOUT BEING LOVED       


NOVEMBER 7, RE-ENTRY       


NUDES       
First Line: The glimmer of sunlight
Last Line: When two people meet, or three, or four as some record of will


ODE ON A COMMON FOUNTAIN       
First Line: Since winter froze your flowing summer sound


OLD MAN       
First Line: All about the sexual urge strikes in the night


ON A FATS NAVARO RECORD       
First Line: Under a neon light
Last Line: Past midnight tune of isolate requisite?


ON THE BACK TO THE COVER OF THE ALGERIA POEMS       
First Line: This loneliness more than I may bear


ON THE FIRST PAGE       
First Line: Out my window
Last Line: Appropriate me from the living


ON THE PHOTOGRAPH OF WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS APPEARING AS THE COVER ON       
First Line: Oh my prince, my heaven
Last Line: Underground lie the beautys of men, %to their praise


OSTERREICH       
First Line: The man I'm kissing


OUTSIDE THE PRESIDENT'S PALACE       
First Line: For ten years sorley, nijinsky


PALTRY FREEDOM       
First Line: Let freedom sing
Last Line: Subtle linked in one art


PARKING LOT       
First Line: Don't give nothing for nothing
Last Line: That is what I want to be


PARTY THAT NO ONE CAME TO       
Last Line: Ah, an entry we laugh to remember


PATIO       
First Line: I created eternity


PATRICIANS       
First Line: The race belongs to the strong


PAUL       
First Line: It's nice under your hands
Last Line: Will not be on your other side


PAUL II       
First Line: The faces of children


PENNIES FOR THE FAIR AT WORKS       
First Line: Foreign polish posters playing half-dollar jerks


PERMANENT       
First Line: All beauty dies, past
Last Line: Its reason clear by contrast


PEST       
First Line: I live in a flop
Last Line: Populates disbarred midnight


PEYOTE POEM'       
First Line: With no fresh air in my lungs
Last Line: With pkgs. Of paradise in their pockets %their hands


PHYSICAL WANTING       
First Line: To sara


PIAZZA       
First Line: Throw keys down


PIERCED WITH A MINIATURE ELECTRIC TRACK       


PLANE, TRAIN, CAR, BUS, OR BOAT       
First Line: Along the coast, seabreeze
Last Line: Perfume drifts two decades in azure as tristan of isolde


PLYMOUTH: A TEST ON CORPSES       
First Line: On the bus, riding back


POEM FOR #238       
First Line: Again camp is set up
Last Line: Line the walls of our flesh


POEM FOR BENZEDRINE       
First Line: Voices of the underworld rise stoned to bring me down


POEM FOR COCKSUCKERS       
First Line: Well we can go
Last Line: I burn in the memory of love
Subject(s): Homosexuality


POEM FOR EARLY RISERS       
First Line: I'm infused with the day


POEM FOR MOVIE GOERS       
First Line: I sit in the late evening


POEM FOR MUSEUM GOERS       
First Line: I walk down a long %passageway
Last Line: And streaming in %flames
Subject(s): Museums


POEM FOR PAINTERS       
First Line: Our age bereft of nobility
Last Line: Only to draw back from the %blood already running there
Subject(s): Paintings And Painters


POEM FOR RECORD PLAYERS       
First Line: The scene changes
Subject(s): Sound Recordings


POEM FOR THE DEAD I KNOW       
First Line: Gather the voices, forces I have forgotten


POEM FOR THE INSANE       
First Line: The 2nd afternoon I come %back to the women of munch
Last Line: And tingel-tangel %in the afternoon


POEM FOR THE OLD MAN       
First Line: God love you


POEM FOR TRAPPED THINGS       
First Line: This morning with a blue flame burning
Last Line: With my hand over my mouth
Subject(s): Homosexuality


POEM FOR VIPERS       
First Line: I sit in lees. At 11:40 pm with
Last Line: Under the coats of their tongue
Subject(s): Drugs And Drug Abuse


POETRY AND THE SOCIAL       
First Line: Summer days are really over. Bleak winds
Last Line: Fire in words, 'brown weeds everywhere...'


POOL HALL       
First Line: In an abandoned toilet
Last Line: And an empty cup for cigarettes, %of water


POOL OF LIGHT       
First Line: A shimmering fern leaf, two upraised emblems of gold


PRIME DUTY       
First Line: Living on beacon hill, fervently over twenty years


PRIME TIME       
First Line: I've got well again; no more these aches and pains
Last Line: In testament to your votive shrines


PRIVATE ESTATE       
First Line: Dancing dandelions


PULL       
First Line: Oh, holy most blessed
Last Line: Kremilin neighbors, inhabiting burns %imitatio christi


QUEER       
First Line: Do I have to accept this


READING IN BED       
First Line: By evening light, at the window, where wind blows


REALIZATION       
First Line: Where has that old spark gone


REFRAIN       
First Line: My pillow a rock of stone


REMOVED PLACE       
First Line: When the echo falls


RETIAL       
First Line: Going down to the financial area, for ten years


ROSE AT THE END OF THE SALOON       
First Line: I saw flowers when I thought of you
Last Line: Weeping on the couch


RUBBISH       
First Line: Writing is an act of repulsion


SAN FRANCISCO, 1958       
First Line: And always these tropical songs call me
Last Line: Above the border, %of the song


SCANDAL       
First Line: I've never been able to think love out


SEPTEMBER ELEVENTH       
First Line: I was on the toilet when I first learned


SEQUEL TO A POEM FOR PAINTERS       
First Line: Abutting solidity apart


SERIES       
First Line: Rain today and rain in the self. Reign. Return


SEXUAL FACTS ARE TIRING, TOO       
First Line: Ignorance, seduction
Last Line: Hearing the drums start in the early afternoon


SHALL IDLENESS RING THEN YOUR EYES LIKE THE PEST?       
First Line: Beware that breed of men who would eat


SICKNESS       
First Line: I know now I heard you speak in the night
Last Line: Do not tamper with the message there


SIGNS OF THE PRESIDENT MACHINE       
First Line: I've got 25 cent coin on the bureau


SILVER RINGS       
First Line: It seems as eternity


SOIL FAD       
First Line: A small miniature of the georgian period, quietly


SOLITAIRE       
First Line: Never stole nothing
Last Line: Air kinder than girl's %residence


SOLITARY PLEASURE       
First Line: I wanted a companion, even a lover


SOME BLACK MAN LOOMS IN MY LIFE...'       
First Line: Some black man looms in my life, larger than life
Last Line: Some dead man dies in my arms every night


SOME MEN SEEK SILENCE FOR THEIR COMPANY       


SONG       
First Line: I had a room in buffalo
Last Line: Though my room's memories follow


SONNET JEANNETTE       
First Line: Foyer; where the press interviews given


SPOILED SON       
First Line: I have built a world for myself


STATIONARY       
First Line: I'm thinking of last evening, the feelings had


STEVE MAGELLANSTRAITS       
First Line: Black magician of the night
Last Line: The currents of the inky storm %to come


STONE GIRL    Poem Text    
First Line: A simple poem
Subject(s): Poetry & Poems; Love


STOP WATCH       
First Line: The sensation


STRANGE    Poem Text    
First Line: Strange with women when
Last Line: On the mouth again
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Women; Human Behavior


STRANGE       
First Line: Strange with women when


STROLL       
First Line: There are no men


SUCK       
First Line: This morning


SUISSE       
First Line: Mountain'd nature is also an enemy


SUNDAY TIMES MEARA IN ATTIRE OF THE OPPOSITE SEX       
First Line: Before monday's disgorge of morning trousers


SUNSET       
First Line: Already my spirit soars into the west


SUPPLICATION    Poem Text    
First Line: O poetry, visit this house often,
Subject(s): Life Choices


SUPPLICATION       
First Line: O poetry, visit this house often


SURETE       
First Line: Every hour


SUSTENANCE       
First Line: Your letters and my answer


TAKE FOR GRANTEDS       
First Line: Past duchamp as though his mother were sainted
Last Line: Indigenous wounds off ancient coins


TASHI       
First Line: Put my brassiere between my legs


THE ACTS OF YOUTH    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: And with great fear I inhabit the middle of the night
Last Line: Worshipped in the pitches of the night
Subject(s): Youth


THE EAGLE BAR    Poem Text    
First Line: A lamp lit in the corner
Last Line: Bottles off the bar
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians


THE GARBOS AND DIETRICHS    Poem Text    
First Line: Moving like a dream through ibiza
Last Line: To those men they turn into swine
Subject(s): Dietrich, Marlene; Garbo, Greta (1905-1990); Gays & Lesbians


THE LIGHTS IN TOWN    Poem Text    
First Line: Not as bad as you are
Subject(s): Time; Poetry & Poets


THE MEADOW WHERE ALL THINGS GROW ACCORDING TO THEIR OWN DESIGN    Poem Text    
First Line: Destiny lies behind our forces
Subject(s): Fate; Destiny


THE MURDER OF CHEAP WAITRESSES    Poem Text    
First Line: From ellen needham, indicted for their slaying
Subject(s): Murder; Waiters & Waitresses


THE SUICIDE    Poem Text    
First Line: Yes I put her away.
Subject(s): Suicide; Grief; Sorrow; Sadness


THE WINDOWS    Poem Text    
First Line: Delaunay wrote on / the back of his simultaneous windows
Last Line: Bowl of fruit full of light
Subject(s): Windows; Paintings & Painters; Poetry & Poets


THEN SWING TO TOPSY, A COOL BASS       


THERE ARE HOLY ORDERS IN LIFE       


THERE ARE SO MANY FATHERLESS CHILDREN AROUND       
First Line: I never could stand you too long ...'


THREE TO GO WITH PICTURES, SELS.       


TIME       
First Line: June, then september - life dredges past
Last Line: This is the only eternity: what exists in the word


TIMES SQUARE    Poem Text    
First Line: A furtive queen
Last Line: At dawn
Subject(s): Times Square, New York


TIMES SQUARE       
First Line: A furtive queen
Subject(s): Times Square, New York


TO BILLIE HOLIDAY'S IF I WERE YOU       
First Line: Did I swing in downtown bistros


TO CAROL BERGE       
First Line: Training one's self to adversity is impossible; you're either


TO CHARLES OLSON       
First Line: Who are these beasts
Last Line: The morning shines in on me


TO CHARLES ON HIS HOME    Poem Text    
First Line: Death is an unforgiven
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


TO D       
First Line: Forgotten what I once loved
Last Line: In crushes' obedient trust


TO DENISE LEVERTOV       
First Line: Is it really you come to me
Last Line: When I pick up a pen to write, gone completely


TO ED BUDOWSKI       
First Line: My mother looked better


TO FRIEDA       
First Line: Poppy works you right


TO H       
First Line: I like sunday evenings after you're here
Last Line: I will write this poem


TO LABOR, POWER AND ENERGIZED DEVOTION       
First Line: M'sieu paul; %how I'd love to be with you and think of you, watching you on
Last Line: Valley ranch. Sanctity, support and the simple treatment class %charge stamps


TO MY MOTHER       
First Line: I get drunk when she's home


TO NELL EVANS       
First Line: Returning to buffalo, via cordless phone


TO PETTY CASH       
First Line: What then, that's when


TO RANDY, MY VALET       
First Line: Approaching the mid-century


TO SINK LOVE       
First Line: Are you up late this evening


TO SLEEP ALONE       


TO THE BAD DEBTS IN THE UNITED STATES DEPTS       
First Line: You took two years of my life away from me, locking me behind


TO THOSE OF BORN DIVINE       
First Line: I see each day as a miraculous present
Last Line: At my necessity to love where fire burnt, also


TODAY WE HAD A WONDERFUL DAY       


TOP TEN 5TH COLUMN       
First Line: English mystery spies


TOURS       
First Line: The middle-aged loves belie


TRIMETERS       
First Line: Your lips in a cloud


TWO BARBARIANS       


TWO MEN       
First Line: As a popular song on the phonograph, by laura nyro
Last Line: Casual love affairs, concealed from his wife


TWO YEARS LATER    Poem Text    
First Line: The hollow eyes of shock remain
Subject(s): Time


UNDERSTOOD DISBELIEF IN PAGANISM, LIES AND HERESY       
First Line: Prick any literary dichotomy


UNHIRED       
First Line: You can't do him


UNTITLED       
First Line: My sister has saved her body for years
Last Line: Where only skin is passed out on the street


UNWAKING       
First Line: To have loved a phantom


VIVA       
First Line: Drag them out of their places
Last Line: As enormous tumours out from the poverty of their lusts


VOCE       
First Line: Art, classical spontaneity
Last Line: Her maker, master, mentor survives successor


VULTURE       
First Line: I have nothing, no one, can't you see that


WANING OF THE HARVEST MOON       
First Line: No flowers now to wear at
Last Line: Words gone from my mouth %speechless in the tide


WASTE       
First Line: Poetry a noble art, it
Last Line: But of its richer part %know none


WE HAVE A FLAME WITHIN US I TOLD CHARLES       


WE WOULD BE TWO MEN       
First Line: After eleven years
Last Line: No one able to compete with his necessity


WEDNESDAY OR SOMETHING    Poem Text    
First Line: I might even listen
Last Line: Tuesday's rebellion
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians


WEDNESDAY OR SOMETHING       
First Line: I might even listen
Last Line: Double-crossed, %tuesday's rebellion
Subject(s): Homosexuality


WEIR       
First Line: Scollay square
Last Line: There those mannered streets of despair


WELFARE AGENCY ADOPTION       
First Line: 1959. Fall asleep troupe


WHAT A POET IS FOR...       
First Line: It's a dangerous racket
Last Line: Don't admit to it. %reign


WHAT ARE YOU SAYING       
First Line: I am one of those tainted, corrupted ones


WHAT DO I CARE FOR TIME       
First Line: The grave's now not such a lovely place


WHAT HAPPENED IN THE WOODS AT ROCKINGHAM COUNTY       
First Line: We loved under the tops of long grass
Last Line: We were in, %(love) %naked


WHAT HAPPENED?       
First Line: Better than a closet martinet
Last Line: Better not lock it %up again


WHAT I IMAGINE TO BE MY LOVE WHISPERS IN THE CORNER       
First Line: Those who stay at home
Last Line: Fast limousines more demanding assignments on my energy


WHERE FLED       
First Line: Despair long given me
Last Line: To shine through blood and clouds


WHITE RUM AND LIMES       
First Line: Bulgarian lilies, trans
Last Line: Talk of farouk and millia gluck


WHITE SLAVERY       
First Line: I don't know anything about being a man, or a woman


WINDOWS       
First Line: Delaunay wrote on


WINDOWS OF WALTHAM       
First Line: Sol, bronze age came first sol


WITH MEANING       
First Line: Rise, shining martyrs
Last Line: Rise and salvage our century


WITHERED ON THE STEM       
First Line: Supplicant against the system
Last Line: To no avail stud


WOMAN       
First Line: It is a simple song


WOW       
First Line: I wanted to write a thanks- %giving poem about
Last Line: Where I will udress %her in my dreams


WRAPPED UP IN AN INDAIN BLANKET       
First Line: With the mist miles out on the pacific ocean


WRITING UNTIL DARK, EITHER AT THE AFTERNOON ...       


WW       
First Line: A freshness in the dusk


YES, YOUTH ARE MARCHING ON AGAINST THE WORLD       


YONNIE       
First Line: Beneath the ivory lady
Last Line: When I write 'assez.'


YOU DO NOT COME       
First Line: I am nervous tonight. Your absence is a
Last Line: Now forever taken away


YOU TALK OF GOING BUT DON'T EVEN HAVE A SUITCASE    Poem Text    
First Line: I will be an old man sometime
Subject(s): Old Age; Time; Memory


YOUTH    Poem Text    
First Line: The first darkness / on blue hill ave
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians


YOUTH       
First Line: The first darkness %on blue hill ave
Last Line: Before big charles put his hand on me, and ordained me a priest
Subject(s): Homosexuality