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Author: WIER, DARA
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Wier, Dara    Poet's Biography
126 poems available by this author


A KIND OF ROUX    Poem Text    
First Line: Now and then a car will park below my window


A SECRET MATTER OF GRAVE IMPORTANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Except when once we drew identical lots
Subject(s): Relationships


AFTER THE ABSENCE OF SOUND APPEARS THE PRESENCE OF MATERIAL       
First Line: If sound can be broken, %and it will be
Last Line: After which everything is quiet


AFTER THE CAR MUSEUM       
First Line: Really right after the eerie buzz of abstract %thinking
Last Line: The cold, very cold air-conditioned atmosphere
Subject(s): Automobiles; Museums


AGAIN ERNIE'S HAND ON THE HAMMER       
First Line: The screen door smears the bridge
Last Line: He's stroked it, new lines have settled in


ALL IN A DAY'S WORK       
First Line: The pet store manager showed little sympathy
Last Line: The herbivores gazed out across the empty range


AMERICAN REVOLUTION       
First Line: God, the little black dog is ambitious
Last Line: Hard iron, feels how the first few drops of milk from a nipple fizz


ANOTHER AND ANOTHER       
First Line: There's room enough on this planet
Last Line: Another identical matter


ANOTHER FACTOR MAY HAVE BEEN THE COURSE OF TIME    Poem Text    
First Line: Anybody melancholy admires a willow


ANYTHING OF MINE YOU FIND IS YOURS       
First Line: I'll go run look between the butter
Last Line: To stop all this, put your hand on my head, %encourage me torest


APOLOGY FOR AND FURTHER EXPLANATION OF AN ATTEMPT TO DIVERT       
First Line: In my hometown it was like january
Last Line: Lost in a basket of keepsakes


APOLOGY FOR AND FURTHER EXPLANATION OF AN ATTEMPT TO DIVERT ACCUSATIONS OF EQUIVOCATIONS    Poem Text    
First Line: In my hometown it was like january
Subject(s): Home


ASTRONOMY LAKE       
First Line: She came in casting books from her sleeve
Last Line: He would not look at her


ATTITUDE OF RAGS    Poem Text    
First Line: It felt like a story sorry sorry it'd lost all its sentences
Last Line: Was. We were rags in all in the hands of a nacroleptic duster
Subject(s): Boats; Nature


AUTOMATIC DIALOG REPLACEMENT       
First Line: I take it back
Last Line: I wish I'd have said it. %you should have written it


BARELY THERE       
First Line: It isn't fair is another way
Last Line: I hear the new buddhist %coming by his voice %and lackadaisical drum's thump %from a long, long way


BLUE OXEN    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Ghosts


BUCKHORN EXCHANGE       
First Line: On this perfectly clear fifth of july
Last Line: So empty of heartbreak and loss
Subject(s): Restaurants


CHRISTIAN WHO MISJUDGED HER PARKING SPACE       
First Line: A fortune teller took one look
Last Line: Miles of bright blue veins glowed in my immediate %future


CUBIST ROTISSERIE       
First Line: You're living with an elephant
Last Line: It's time to feed the elephant, and no one to blame


DAYTRIP TO PARADOX       
First Line: Just as you'd expect
Last Line: No one was expected to pay %hard cold cash in paradox apparently


DEMOCRATIC VISTAS       
First Line: Steady flow along fingernail production pipelines
Last Line: To warm up some biscuits?


DISTANCE TOO FAR TO MEASURE       
First Line: Nebula of apparitions in a deadmall's parking lot
Last Line: At no one. And we're not even close to the sea


DREAMLAND       
First Line: It's not really enough
Last Line: Light and inexhaustible
Subject(s): Love


EARLY AFTERNOON IN CUMMINGTON, MASSACHUSETTS       
First Line: It was like floating down a hallway
Last Line: Yells at us as he mounts his blazing blind horse


EDGES IN CREASES       
First Line: There went a wisp wasp on a leash with a whiplash
Last Line: His fence. He was very proud of his sheep


ENOUGH SAID       
First Line: The stray cat had no tail
Last Line: Thoughts are best? God forbid, %there'd be one long thought


ERNIE AND WEEK'S END       
First Line: Ernie dancing in biloxi, dancing
Last Line: Pinning it by force of its own honest thorns


ERNIE PREPARES THE TRASH       
First Line: He always creased the sheet
Last Line: The neatest boy on the block


ERNIE'S TRIP TO MISSISSIPPI       
First Line: In the cafe, a bleached willow
Last Line: Larvae invent their own cocoons


ERNIE, OF AN AFTERNOON       
First Line: Not the sweating beer can, the paint can
Last Line: He is charmed


EUTHANASIA       
First Line: My mother argues


FEAR       
First Line: In fall when we went the roads


FLOOD       
First Line: The obese man with a goiter
Last Line: And lean hard into one another %like headwaters joining a flood


FOR A FEW SECONDS THERE I WAS A PANTHER       
First Line: I looked like a woman looks
Last Line: Nails, I combed the panther's hair


FROM MY HOUSE TO YOURS       
First Line: The village store closed for good
Last Line: Goes on goes on, goes on, goes on, goes on between us


GEGENSCHEIN       
First Line: Someone has over-stimulated the celestial animals
Last Line: Groove faster into counterglow


GOLD STANDARD       
First Line: There are stripes running through the mind
Last Line: What ailed them. Saint elmo's fire, perhaps, will-o'-the- %wisp, pseudo-fate


HANDFUL OF PORCUPINE QUILLS       
First Line: I confess I threw away that
Last Line: That didn't change. %but I threw it in


HAT ON A POND    Poem Text    
First Line: Fish dragging banners behind them


HAT ON A POND       
First Line: Fish dragging banners behind them
Last Line: Hat close, getting there


HEALTHY-MINDED, UPLIFTING, OPTIMISTIC       
First Line: A single wire hanger on a nail by itself
Last Line: Is spoken, socially redeemed, like a virgule, %and/or any other oblong


HOLIDAYS       
First Line: How many times our hands will enter
Last Line: It is something to look at %when we won't look at one another


HYPNAGOGIC ADAGIO       
First Line: It began with the egg-and-dart
Last Line: And wanted him beyond sense %with no thought of what it meant


I REMEMBER RILKE       
First Line: I remember rilke sopping wet
Last Line: Her sensible wrist. I don't %truly remember much more about rilke


IDIOGRAPHIC       
First Line: Lawns scattered with ghosts, with clothes on
Last Line: Bone on the sweet side of a snaredrum


IF AFTER ALL EXCUSES SUDDENLY THERE IS NEVER AGAIN A NEED FOR ANY       
First Line: Gaffe, ladder, bronze, little bronze wall
Last Line: Which touches neither not one nor any other %and what is even stranger


IF I WERE A RAPTOR CRUISING THROUGH THE TIMETABLES OF HISTORY       
First Line: I would want you to come with me into those years
Last Line: Because there were no chickens in babylon


ILLUMINED WITH THE LIGHT OF FITFULLY BURNING CENSERS       
First Line: Intelligent voice of a suburban housewife
Last Line: He was my wife


INCIDENT ON THE ROAD TO THE CAPITAL    Poem Text    
First Line: A wolf had grown tired of his character and sought
Subject(s): Wolves


INDEPENDENCE DAY    Poem Text    
First Line: We'd incorporated a laundry lending motion
Last Line: To praise the courage of our leader
Subject(s): Free Will & Determinism


INDEPENDENCE DAY       
First Line: We'd incorporated a laundry lending motion
Last Line: To praise the courage of our leader


INNATE DECEPTION OF UNSPOILED BEAUTY       
First Line: My silk legs give rise to bird calls
Last Line: Nests of grass fiber and fall prey to nothing %save their most natural enemies


INVISIBLE IN THE TORN OUT INTERIORS    Poem Text    
First Line: A man looked at us across his little dish
Subject(s): Homecoming; Death; Dead, The


INVOLUNTARY COMPULSORY       
First Line: Why did you want me there
Last Line: Why could I not at least %shut my eyes?


IS IT YOU?    Poem Text    
First Line: Whose clouds are those? Whose nematodes?
Subject(s): Relationships


IS IT YOU?       
First Line: Whose clouds are those? Whose nematodes?
Last Line: To the beautiful empty room?


IT GIVES US A CHANCE TO LEAN CLOSE TO A FRIEND       
Last Line: It stands by the executioner when he decides %what to wear


ITALICS ARE MINE!       
First Line: There was breathing but there were no bodies
Last Line: Crashingly thunderous rounds of applause almost, %shocking, and it was


JESUS IS THE REASON       
First Line: Our grieving games commenced in the fall
Last Line: Round of tournaments jesus is the reason for


KENO       
First Line: Her mother's old and can't help herself


KIND OF ROUX       
First Line: Now and then a car will park beneath my %window
Last Line: And the yards of worn-out curtains housespiders %leave you, veils, gossamer, veils


LAND OF STEADY HABITS    Poem Text    
First Line: Goats with baby goats chewed on shirts
Subject(s): Time; Nature; Chicago


LAST SYLLABLE OF RECORDED TIME       
First Line: Remember the clothcover, a scythe of red
Last Line: We know exactly what it feels like and we don't %know what it is


LATE AFTERNOON ON A GOOD LAKE       
First Line: The water gives, it gets us
Last Line: Shaking a cup of ice, I want %to drink that water


LEFT BEHIND       
First Line: Shabby leather satchel packed full
Last Line: No watchface around, plenty time


LITTLE BLACK TANGRAMS    Poem Text    
First Line: No one felt in the dark for his hat.
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life; Nature; Relationships


LONGING       
First Line: I'd like your boney, articulate hand
Last Line: To make an idol of it. %I have sometimes done so


LUCILLE AND ERNIE'S MASTER BEDROOM       
First Line: In the closet
Last Line: Quiet enough for wool carpets, %lit cigarettes, linen bedding, %gold gilded eyelids, lashes, %sequin


LUCILLE'S KUMQUAR - COLORED KIMONO       


LUCILLE'S KUMQUAT COLORED KIMONO       
First Line: Lies on her chest of drawers
Last Line: Ernie goes on to work, %lucille bends low, %ironing nuisance out


LUCILLE'S KUMQUAT-COLORED KIMONO    Poem Text    
First Line: Lies on her chest of drawers
Last Line: Ironing nuisance out
Subject(s): Love


MADE IN THE MORNING    Poem Text    
First Line: Purely a perched peach, pretty
Last Line: Steaming, lickety-split
Subject(s): Morning


ME & MY MANTILLA       
First Line: Because I wanted a day in exchange
Last Line: That slashing reproach enough?


MIDGE IN THE MORNING       
First Line: Purely a perched peach, pretty


MODERN VERSION OF THE WAY THE ROSARY WAS ONCE SAID THROUGHOUT WESTER       
First Line: I'm not sewing velvet patches on a woolen blanket
Last Line: Of a mule surveying the sun and the moon


NEEDLE THREADER IN NEED OF A NEEDLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Tincture of morphine, tincture of so-forth blue hazarding
Last Line: To wear, nearby a llama stepping into its pajamas
Subject(s): Drugs & Drug Abuse


NIGHTSHADE       
First Line: As when asked someone says
Last Line: Reticulate in the mountain laurel, %twisted brother


NOT A VERBAL EQUIVILANT    Poem Text    
First Line: You said one thing as a way ofsaying something else
Last Line: Curve in the road that will point us slowly into as nearby cave
Subject(s): Language; Relationships


NUDE DESCENDING A STAIRCASE       
First Line: We're made to
Last Line: Come here to me, come here
Subject(s): Love


OBJECTS IN MIRROR APPEAR COLDER THAN THEY ARE       
First Line: Yet to see furtively into a future had been
Last Line: Story, ditto, same here, ibid, op. Cit


OLD-FASHIONED       
First Line: Next to my best friend I woke up
Last Line: Everything I'd understood and not forgotten


ORGANIZED WATER       
First Line: At first it sounds like water dripping
Last Line: In a trail to follow, somewhere to go


PAST SORROW       
First Line: In the pool along the walk


PEPTALK FOR FIREWORKS       
First Line: Drizzle your embers over us, spritz
Last Line: Longer know what to do with them


PERHAPS DIED & GONE TO HEAVEN       
First Line: And when they rolled me over
Last Line: And they turned back to their experiments %and their trails and left it


POSITIVE RESPONSE TO REASONABLE REQUEST       
First Line: The day I first
Last Line: To question %what I was doing there. %I don't know the answer


PRECIOUS CELESTIAL MEMBRANE       
First Line: I'd fallen off my tricycle %and you said, good, do it again
Last Line: Universe, eyeteeth of the reknowned %eternal life


REDOLENT WITH PENCIL SHAVINGS       
First Line: After all these months %the frog hasn't melted
Last Line: The frog has lifted %and the roses with ironclad petals


RIDING WITH PLATO ON A NORTHBOUND TRAIN       
First Line: Everything plato ever started should
Last Line: Which one of us will claim possession of the sun?


SEA FOAM       
First Line: Tomorrow is today's perfect thought
Last Line: But, alas, first I will need to be tuned


SEA INFLUENCE       
First Line: The day couldn't have been more beautiful
Last Line: How many of them were gone, erasing this poem


SELLING YOUR MOTHER       
First Line: Where's copper's worth more than the
Last Line: Called skin with funny particulars


SHE THINKS SHE HUNG THE MOON       
First Line: My head is a pincushion for darning needles
Last Line: It is a cave curtained by a waterfall


SIGHT FOR SORE EYES       
First Line: Somebody I didn't know stood me in a corner
Last Line: A bat started embroidering its babies


TEACHER SAID       
First Line: Imagine someone you love is dead
Last Line: Be tidy, be so careful, be very sweet
Subject(s): Education; Schools


TELEGNOSIS IN THE POCONOS       
First Line: Most days the present lasts approximately
Last Line: Are doing something with mine


THAT VAGRANT MISTRAL VEXING THE SUN: A FAR CRY     Poem Text    
First Line: I washed my brain and hung it to dry
Last Line: For birds, in lieu fo words, and seeds
Subject(s): Language


THATCHED       
First Line: I step aside the light
Last Line: I'll get back to you tomorrow


THE BATTURE    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Rivers; Death; Conduct Of Life; Dead, The


THE ITALICS ARE MINE!    Poem Text    
First Line: There was breathing but there were no bodies


THE PRESSURE OF THE MOMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: The pressure of the moment can cause someone to kill someone or something
Subject(s): Activity; Exercise


THE TEACHER SAID    Poem Text    
First Line: Imagine someone you love is dead
Last Line: Be tidy, be so careful, be very sweet
Subject(s): Education; Schools; Students


THEY'RE GONE       
First Line: You may have to wait another generation
Last Line: I can't remember the last time I saw one. %they're gone


THIEF OF SPARKS       
First Line: God was coming from an unnamed galaxy
Last Line: At a snowleopard patrolling an onyx maze in moonlight


THIS COLD NOTHING ELSE       
First Line: A housesnake's made her next in the woodshed


TOO MUCH UNANSWERED    Poem Text    
First Line: What was I doing stuck in a math problem in a boy's mind


TORN BETWEEN TWO LOVERS       
First Line: Like a bad piece of paper
Last Line: Nothing sacred. %nothing doing. %nothing to worry about


TRAILING-OFF OF ARGUMENTS IN PROSPECT OF LAMENTS IN THE GRAVEYARD...       
First Line: Nothing would close in the commercial zones
Last Line: Through its hair, doing a little war shimmy, %a little come-hither honey I'm home


TVI       
First Line: Was it like now then for neils bohr
Last Line: Of a few miles round the point of my arrival %this time I'm caught in passion's trammels


UNINTENTIONAL COUNTER-CONTEMPLATIVE OPAQUE DISUNITIES    Poem Text    
First Line: When I popped you up side the head with the harp of a piano
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


UPDATE ON JEKYLL AND HYDE    Poem Text    
First Line: When you live alone with no one else
Subject(s): Solitude; Loneliness


UPDATE ON JEKYLL AND HYDE       
First Line: When you live alone with no one else


WE WILL GIVE IT A NAME LATER, AFTER IT BECOMES MORE FAMILIAR       
First Line: Sandhill cranes come to the rescue, without
Last Line: Incessantly. But only when I am flying, falling


WE'RE ALL GHOSTS NOW    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Ghosts


WE'VE MADE A LOT OF OXYMORONIC PROMISES    Poem Text    
First Line: We've made a lot of promises. I suspect we've kept many secrets
Subject(s): Promises


WHAT HAPPENED WHERE THE SHOIVEL WENT    Poem Text    
First Line: A hundred crows worked on the plain on the riverside


WHERE DO YOU STAND ON GOD?    Poem Text    
First Line: Everywhere we stand on god we stand on god
Last Line: An upheavled tilted texts of sacred recipes & the tap that tingles
Subject(s): God


WHISPERING CAMPAIGN THROUGH ALL OF THE DARKEST DAYS OF A YEAR       
First Line: I seriously lacked a theory
Last Line: Ah to be haunted and charged


WHITE BOAT       
First Line: The birds are sleeping, it's far from morning
Last Line: The white boat doesn't want to go home
Subject(s): Boats; Nature


WHO IS GOD? SO ASKED OUR DOG    Poem Text    
First Line: How many seasons are there?
Subject(s): Dogs; God


WINSLOW HOMER'S BLUES       
First Line: Though the book was not meant
Last Line: I closed the book and put it back %with its blue spine unbroken


WISHING THERE WERE SOME BETTER WAYS OF EXPLAINING OURSELVES TO BIRDS       
First Line: It's one o'clock in the ocean
Last Line: Golden spike, who's touched it today?


WITHOUT A SIMILAR CONDITION INCLUDING THIS CONDITION       
First Line: The father away from the center of power
Last Line: Never more than a few feet away %from its friend
Subject(s): Animals; Horses; Houses


WORDS THAT ONCE BREATHED       
First Line: Bedlam. Now in silence broken %and bent by birds singing in
Last Line: Struggling to break free of the form known as %tiffany setting


YOUR POSTURE IS POSITIVELY ALARMING       
First Line: I love your every gesture and those places
Last Line: That the top of a silo can be called a pumpkin, %melon, parachute or umbrella