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Author: WILNER, ELEANOR
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Wilner, Eleanor    Poet's Biography
Alternate Author Name(s): Wilner, Eleanor Rand
191 poems available by this author


... ZERO AT THE BONE'; FOR MARIANNE BORUCH       
First Line: I've never seen a field on fire, a field


A DOGGEREL    Poem Text    
First Line: Quel dommage, no more
Subject(s): Drinks & Drinking; Wine


A POEM OF EXILE; FOR NELL ALTIZER    Poem Text    
First Line: The boat is always going by, set afloat
Last Line: Alone along the looming foreign shore.
Subject(s): Boats; Courts & Courtiers; Exiles; Seashore; Travel; Beach; Coast; Shore; Journeys; Trips


A PRIVATE SPACE; FOR STEPHANIE SUGIOKA    Poem Text    
First Line: This is the space where
Last Line: Beyond suspicion.
Subject(s): Privacy


ABSTRACTION    Poem Text    
First Line: They came that morning, in gowns of pale green and white
Last Line: Unprovisioned and naked, had fled.
Subject(s): Escapes; Forests; News; Secrets; Soldiers; Fugitives; Woods


ADMONITION    Poem Text    
First Line: You are / their sister. Nevertheless
Last Line: Pure and deadly.
Subject(s): Poisons And Poisoning; Sisters


AFTER THE AFTERLIFE       
First Line: Let there be no apotheosis, let none
Last Line: But this-and let forever be %the word forever lost


AFTER THE SNOW QUEEN LOST HER CHARM       
First Line: It seemed important once, the halls of snow
Last Line: The oldest gods %sharpening their knives


AFTERWARDS       
First Line: We are back now -- standing, dazed in the mud
Last Line: Waiting in the mud, swine at the palace gate


ALL THE WIDE GRIN OF HIM    Poem Text    
First Line: Is hovering in the air, there, in the highest
Last Line: Soft, unsuspecting, milk rimming its grin.
Subject(s): Animals; Bombs; Cats; Smiles; Teeth; Toothaches


AMBITION    Poem Text    
First Line: I didn't always think penelope
Last Line: Drunken war.
Subject(s): Ambition; Courage; Mythology - Classical; Ulysses; Valor; Bravery; Odysseus


AMELIA    Poem Text    
First Line: We had lived centuries apart. The imperial
Last Line: Of sky and scudding clouds.
Subject(s): Actors & Actresses; Marriage; Women; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


AMERICAN ATLAS       
First Line: This morning the mountains were moving again
Last Line: An empty glass to the empty air


AMERICAN PAINTING, WITH RAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: The gates have closed to the rotted park
Last Line: Greeting the rain.
Subject(s): Art & Artists; England; Paintings And Painters; Rain; Thunder; English


ANABASIS OF KORE       
First Line: Mother, she said rising


APPLE WAS A NORTHERN INVENTION       
First Line: When she ate the pomegranate
Last Line: To see what was before her, and behind


ARS POETICA    Poem Text    
First Line: They wanted from us
Last Line: Is our continual surprise.
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Despair; Poetry & Poets


AS SOFT AND AS PINK AS A NURSERY    Poem Text    
First Line: This is the good child
Subject(s): Babies


ATGET'S GARDENS    Poem Text    
First Line: Was it always a dream then?
Last Line: Water, in the eyes of the poet
Subject(s): Emptiness; Silence; Solitude; Loneliness


ATTIC LIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: The light moved with a kind of languor
Subject(s): Attics; Time


ATTIC LIGHT       
First Line: The light moved with a kind of languor
Last Line: Raised against the black, insensate sky


AUTUMN OF THE POETS       
First Line: The way the first freeze


AVTIO, CASSANDRA       
First Line: Like you, we know how the story ends
Last Line: And look: the olives ripen, the lizards stretch
Variant Title(s): Changing Side


BAILING OUT-A POEM FOR THE 1970S    Poem Text    
First Line: The landings had gone wrong; white silk
Last Line: I can't help you, help me.
Variant Title(s): Bailing Out -- A Poem For The 1970s
Subject(s): Accidents; Air; Storms


BAT CAVE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The cave looked much like any other
Last Line: Encrusted with shit.
Variant Title(s): Return To Bali
Subject(s): Caves; Caverns


BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU REMEMBER    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Vatican Palace; Statues; Memory


BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU REMEMBER       
First Line: Can you see them now-the statues?
Last Line: And young trees grow thick again on the slopes


BEAUTY AND THE BEAST    Poem Text    
First Line: Her fur new-licked, the whitetail fawn
Last Line: As they depart, and curse them.
Subject(s): Animals; Beauty And The Beast; Cruelty; Zoos


BEING AS I WAS, HOW COULD I HELP    Poem Text    
First Line: It was the noise that drew me first
Last Line: I would give it again.
Subject(s): Animals; Forgiveness; Hunger; Tigers; Wolves; Clemency


CANDIED    Poem Text    
First Line: In eden it was never winter, the ground
Last Line: Its sticky, sticky rivers.
Subject(s): Adam & Eve; Bible; Eden


CLASSICAL PROPORTIONS OF THE HEART; FOR FONTAINE    Poem Text    
First Line: Everyone here knows how it ends, in the stone
Last Line: With ease.
Subject(s): Courts & Courtiers; Oedipus; Plays & Playwrights; Tragedy


CLOSING CEREMONIES FOR THE BICENTENNIAL (AFTER VIETNAM)       
First Line: It was a long fall, that particular
Last Line: Outside of our reach, unwinding.
Subject(s): Death; Leaves; Snow; Winter; Dead, The


CODA, OVERTURE    Poem Text    
First Line: She stepped out of the framing circle of the dark
Last Line: Of hoofs trampling the wind.
Subject(s): History; Medusa; Mythology - Classical; Paintings And Painters; Statues; Stones; Historians; Granite; Rocks


COLLOQUY WITH MEDEA       
First Line: Some day, medea


CONVERSATION WITH A JAPANESE STUDENT    Poem Text    
First Line: That lovely climbing vine, so fresh
Last Line: And tears.
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Japan; Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564); Nagasaki, Japan; Nuclear War; Paintings & Painters; Women; Japanese; Atomic Bomb; Hydrogen Bomb


CUNEIFORM: MEDITATION ON A LINE       
First Line: It begins with a story, familiar, deciphered
Last Line: What must follow, and from which we descend


DAPHNE PLANET AS URN    Poem Text    
First Line: Fall-out from there: a silver


DEMOLITION       
First Line: Once, cool in silk whose rich hem slid
Last Line: Of sunlight on the water, the shadows %of our reaching hands


DESERT PARABLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Miles above them, miles below
Last Line: Than night
Subject(s): Canyons; Deserts; Drought; Food & Eating; Heat


DINNER PARTY    Poem Text    
First Line: The fire is lit in the hearth, and flickers
Last Line: Lifts his cup, and calls for more wine.
Subject(s): Conversation; Dinners & Dining; Fire; Guests; Tableware; Visiting; Cutlery; Forks; Plates


DISTANCES       
First Line: The lit interior of the dollhouse rooms
Last Line: That never stop eating at its sides


DON'T LOOK SO SCARED! YOU'RE ALIVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Who speaks? Now that the muses
Subject(s): Radio; Truth


DON'T LOOK SO SCARED. YOU'RE ALIVE!       
First Line: Who speaks? Now that the muses
Last Line: But her feet find the ledge


ELEGY FOR A WRITER    Poem Text    
First Line: We met where people like us meet
Last Line: And get it right.
Subject(s): Authors - Conferences And Workshops; Love; Writing & Writers; Writer's Conferences And Workshops


EMANATIONS, OFF-PLANET    Poem Text    
First Line: The rings of saturn singing,
Subject(s): Saturn (planet)


EMIGRATION    Poem Text    
First Line: There are always, in each of us
Last Line: The reach of fantasy, or fiction.
Subject(s): Immigrants; Emigrant; Emigration; Immigration


ENCOUNTER IN A LOCAL PUB    Poem Text    
First Line: As he looked up from his glass, its quickly melting ice
Subject(s): Goats; Bars & Bartenders; Pubs; Taverns; Saloons


EPITAPH    Poem Text    
First Line: Young then
Last Line: Tongue; these painted eyes.
Subject(s): Bible; Religion; Theology


EVERYTHING IS STARTING       
First Line: The snow is filthy now; it has been
Last Line: The sole narrators, upstarts of the dawn


EX LIBRIS    Poem Text    
First Line: By the stream, where the ground is soft
Last Line: No title, no name.
Subject(s): Cold; Earth; Seasons; Snow; Winter; World


FACING INTO IT; FOR LARRY LEVIS    Poem Text    
First Line: So it is here, then, after so long, and after all
Last Line: And winter in straw.
Subject(s): Autumn; Desolation; Disasters; October; Seasons; Storms; Fall


FEARS ABOUT THE MOON       
First Line: The silk strands tangle in the hands
Last Line: Lip, drags, as on an unseen line of silk, %the vast and listless tides


FETISH       
First Line: Fetish is defined by
Last Line: The odds, and sings


FIELD OF VISION    Poem Text    
First Line: And if the bee, half-drunk
Subject(s): Bees; Beekeeping


FIELD OF VISION       
First Line: And if the bee, half-drunk
Last Line: Afraid to look, afraid to look away?


FIGURE/GROUND       
First Line: Because it was a mystery, because there was
Last Line: The figure who opens the ground
Variant Title(s): Figur


FILLING IN THE BLANKS; FOR CONSTANCE MERRITT       
First Line: Blank verse, as good as marlowe's mighty line
Last Line: Overhead, the circling, screaming birds.
Subject(s): Birds; Crossword Puzzles; Games; Messengers; Writing & Writers; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


FOR A POET OF NATURE    Poem Text    
First Line: Opinions we only deemed to hold, to hoe
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Nature


FOSSIL POET: A POST-PASTORAL       
First Line: It was long after his time on earth
Last Line: I pushed off, spread my wings, and flew


FOUND IN THE FREE LIBRARY    Poem Text    
First Line: And we were made afraid, and being afraid
Subject(s): Politics & Government; War


FOUND IN THE FREE LIBRARY       
First Line: And we were made afraid, and being afraid
Last Line: (but here the document is torn)
Subject(s): Politics; War


FREED FROM ANOTHER CONTEXT    Poem Text    
First Line: Here, the foreground of the other
Last Line: The other side.
Subject(s): Birds; Eyes; Owls; Sight; Vision; Wings


GAIJIN LAMENT       
First Line: Nothing moves inside, only the breeze


GHAZAL ON WHAT'S TO LOSE, OR NOT       
First Line: Risk it? What, after all, have you got to lose?
Last Line: For eleanor is not a lot to lose


GIRL WITH BEES IN HER HAIR       
First Line: Came in an envelope with no return address
Last Line: Fear among us, and the bees swarm


GOING THE ROUNDS       
First Line: The doctor goes her rounds again


GUARDIAN    Poem Text    
First Line: The heroes and the heroines of the day, in gray suits
Subject(s): Nature


HE WAS THE WHITEST WHITE MAN I HAD EVER MET       
First Line: Gaunt, english parson in his mien


HER BODY IS PRIVATE    Poem Text    
First Line: In spite of all
Last Line: Has the shield, and the last word.
Subject(s): Privacy


HIGH NOON AT LOS ALAMOS    Poem Text    
First Line: To turn a stone / with its white squirming
Last Line: For the silence
Subject(s): Fire; Heat; Noon; Solitude; Sun; Loneliness


HOMAGE TO THE RIVER       
First Line: The mind moves away


HUNTING MANUAL    Poem Text    
First Line: The unicorn is an easy prey: its horn
Last Line: In the dark.
Subject(s): Animals; Hunting; Unicorns; Hunters


INFECTION IN THE EAR       
First Line: Under the quiet that is not calm


INTERVIEW       
First Line: Q: who are your influences?
Last Line: Whatever we name, we exceed


INTO THE DISTANCE WHERE ALL THINGS REVERSE AND TOUCH       
First Line: She passed her head against the screen


IPHIGENIA, SETTING RHE RECORD STRAIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: The towers waited, shimmering just
Last Line: And sacrificed for wind.
Subject(s): Mythology; Unfaithfulness; Infidelity; Adultery; Inconstancy


IT'S NOT COLD HERE    Poem Text    
First Line: Somewhere the flags are frozen
Last Line: For the pure abandoned joy of sliding down.
Subject(s): Forgetfulness; Home; Refugees; Rest


JOB'S WIFE, A TWENTIETH-CENTURY CASTING SCRIPT       
First Line: Job's wife, bereft, without
Last Line: And it was not of god they spoke.
Subject(s): Grief; Marriage; Torture; Sorrow; Sadness; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


JUDGMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: When they removed the bandages
Last Line: On them -- for what they couldn't say -- they wept.
Subject(s): Blindness; Cold; Eyes; Judgments; Solitude; Visually Handicapped; Loneliness


JUST-SO STORY       
First Line: It is very quiet on the moon. A cat squarls
Last Line: Of moon into their hole


KNOWING THE ENEMY    Poem Text    
First Line: The sun strikes the whale's back
Last Line: As st. Sebastian, bristling harpoons.
Subject(s): Enemies


LABYRINTH    Poem Text    
First Line: You've lost the clue -- somewhere
Last Line: The long climb down.
Subject(s): Animals; Monsters; Stones; Granite; Rocks


LANDING    Poem Text    
First Line: It was a pure white cloud that hung there
Last Line: Direction to their endless drift.
Subject(s): Clouds; Mankind; Mirages; Sky; White (color); Human Race


LAST SELF-PORTRAIT, AS REMBRANDT, FOR INSTANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: The three birds had sat on the table by the tall
Subject(s): Rembrandt Harmensz Van Riij (1606-1669)


LAST SELF-PORTRAIT, AS REMBRANDT, FOR INSTANCE       
First Line: The three birds had sat on the table by the tall
Last Line: Pure pain. I blew it out


LAST WORDS       
First Line: Cursed with words, yet still
Last Line: Abomination, such %continual night


LEDA'S HANDMAIDEN    Poem Text    
First Line: I was leda's intimate, and slave
Last Line: We share.
Subject(s): Household Employees; Slavery; Servants; Domestics; Maids; Serfs


LIKE WARMED, VAGUE STARS    Poem Text    
First Line: Sunken objects in the tidal flat
Subject(s): Stars


LIKE, I REALLY LIKE THAT    Poem Text    
First Line: Beverley said, though you could barely hear her
Subject(s): Plays & Playwrights; Likes & Dislikes; Dramatists


LOOKING BACK AT YEATS    Poem Text    
First Line: The sun in the leaves again. Yeats stares
Last Line: Through the broken ozone, burns.
Subject(s): Yeats, William Butler (1865-1939)


LOOKING BACK AT YEATS       
First Line: The sun in the leaves again. Yeats stares


LOVE OF WHAT IS NOT: 1. CITYSCAPE       
First Line: The eye is trapped in a cul-de-sac
Last Line: The prick %of a pin, %this %period


LOVE OF WHAT IS NOT: 2. E.T., I-U, AND THAT OLD-TIME ...       
First Line: Up there, on the movie screen
Last Line: We were always told %was home


LOVE UNCOMMANDED    Poem Text    
First Line: Extraordinary. Our friends
Last Line: When they rest upon the waters.
Subject(s): Friendship; Love


LYRICS FOR A VIRTUAL FOLK SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: We had this one-trick pony,
Subject(s): Ponies


MAGNIFICAT    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: When he had suckled there, he began
Subject(s): Food & Eating; Murder; Mourning; Bereavement


MIDWAY THE JOURNEY OF THIS LIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: We reach a place without a border
Last Line: For the slow, unwinding spiral of our dance.
Subject(s): Travel; Journeys; Trips


MIDWAY THE JOURNEY OF THIS LIFE       


MINE EYES HAVE SEEN THE GLORY OF ...    Poem Text    
First Line: I have watched you crank that sun up


MINIMALIST       
First Line: The man in the flannel shirt has come to fix
Last Line: The ghost of fire in the circle of ash %in a square of midnight blue


MINOR EPIC    Poem Text    
First Line: The rock where the sword was stuck
Last Line: Beneath the sovereign english rain.
Subject(s): Courts & Courtiers; Youth


MIRIAM'S SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: Death to the first-born sons, always
Last Line: For the breast.
Variant Title(s): It's A Boy
Subject(s): Babies; Birth; Infants; Child Birth; Midwifery


MNEMOSYNE (MEMORY)       
First Line: Mnemosyne rises like a geyser from the hissing
Last Line: That they long remember nothing %neither wind nor wake


MOON GATHERING    Poem Text    
First Line: And they will gather by the well
Subject(s): Space & Space Travel; Outer Space; Fourth Dimension


MOON GATHERING       
First Line: And they will gather by the well
Last Line: Until there is only the dark


MOONSNAILS    Poem Text    
First Line: The size, you said, of silver dollars
Last Line: Its artless slice of life.
Subject(s): Hallucinations And Illusions; Night; Snails; Bedtime


MORALIZED NATURE IS LIKE A GARDEN WITHOUT FLOWERS       
First Line: In the garden, as the bible tells it
Last Line: And fear of looking back


MULTIPLE IMAGE, RETRO-GIRLHOOD '40S STYLE    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Dionne Quintuplets


MULTIPLE IMAGE, RETRO-GIRLHOOD '40S STYLE       
First Line: The cover of life magazine-five out of one
Last Line: But then it's gone-a melt %of cloying sugar on the tongue


MUSICAL CHAIRS    Poem Text    
First Line: The chairs were set up on the hillside
Subject(s): Chairs; Games; Insects; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements; Bugs


MUSICAL CHAIRS       
First Line: The chairs were set up on the hillside
Last Line: Left sitting on the silent hillside now?


MY MOTHER'S PORTRAIT; FOR GERTRUDE SHERBY RAND 1913-1958       
First Line: Those sumptuous, lacquered oils, a renaissance
Last Line: Back, yisborach, v'yistabach, v'yispoar...
Subject(s): Paintings And Painters; Portraits


NEBRASKA HYMN TO DEMETER    Poem Text    
First Line: What we all worried most about
Subject(s): Rivers; Worry


NEBRASKA HYMN TO DEMETER       
First Line: What we all worried most about
Last Line: And what runs underground is water now, %the sweet elixir of our tears
Subject(s): Rivers; Worry


NEVER APOLOGIZE FOR POETRY'; FOR MY STUDENTS       
First Line: Despite the times, the tedious self


NEW MEXICO MOON       
First Line: Too heavy to move in the wind, the pinata
Last Line: Raises his face to the heavens, and howls


NIGHT FISHING IN THE SOUND    Poem Text    
First Line: The sound is dark; you can barely hear
Last Line: Safe, into the cauldron of dawn.
Subject(s): Dawn; Fish & Fishing; Sea; Water; Waves; Sunrise; Ocean


NO HIGH GROUND    Poem Text    
First Line: I see a man get up
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


NO HIGH GROUND       
First Line: I see a man get up %from the news and go out back, and gather
Last Line: What we must do. We must think up a story %to tell them. Shall I begin, or you?


OF A SUN SHE CAN REMEMBER    Poem Text    
First Line: After they had been in the woods
Last Line: The golden net of meaning in the light.
Subject(s): Light; Sun


ON ETHNIC DEFINITIONS    Poem Text    
First Line: In the jewish cemetery in prague
Last Line: With a sigh, they'll at last lie down.
Subject(s): Cemeteries; Death; Ghosts; Judgment Day; Supernatural; Graveyards; Dead, The; End Of The World; Doomsday; Fall Of Man


ON THE PLACE OF THEORY IN AN OBSOLETE POETICS       
First Line: This blooming, buzzing world may be


ON THE ROAD TO LARRY ROBIN'S BOOKSTORE       
First Line: Are many monsters -- the ashes of the members
Last Line: 100 poets reading for robin's
Subject(s): Booksellers; Language; Literature; Pornography; Bookstores; Words; Vocabulary


OPERATIONS: DESERT SHIELD, DESERT STORM    Poem Text    
First Line: Who / are these two women, walking
Last Line: America, welcome home.
Subject(s): Deserts; Food & Eating; Grief; Gulf War (1991); History; Sorrow; Sadness; Operation Desert Storm (1991); Historians


ORPHEUS ON SAPPHO'S SHORE       
First Line: A memory in a dream of a dismembered man
Last Line: I think someone will remember us in the time to come


OUT OF THE HELLESPONT       
First Line: Off the map, out there
Last Line: The air, its unaccustomed chill


PANDORA JONES       
First Line: I have been tired of late, the old trunk with the rusted lock
Last Line: Of the life I fled when I chanced to look inside


POSTSCRIPT; TO MAXIME KUMIN    Poem Text    
First Line: Dear max. I call you that because
Last Line: "here, it hurts."
Subject(s): Disasters; Kumin, Maxine; Lightning; Pain; Trees; Lightning Rods; Suffering; Misery


READING THE BIBLE BACKWARDS    Poem Text    
First Line: All around the altar, huge lianas
Last Line: The spirit moved upon the face of the waters.
Subject(s): Bible


RECANTATION       
First Line: We look down at our hands, scratched
Last Line: Wrapped in the deep-dyed fabric %of a father's dream


RECURRENCE IN ANOTHER TONGUE: HOMAGE TO TRISTIA AND OSIP       
First Line: You can hear the slow methodical chewing
Last Line: But not these ashes, not this air


REMEDIOS VARO AS DAPHNE    Poem Text    
First Line: Inside the rooms are tall, begin to open
Last Line: And a welter / of water
Subject(s): Daphne (mythology); Water; Paintings & Painters


REMEDIOS VARO AS DAPHNE       
First Line: Inside the rooms are tall, begin to open
Last Line: And a welter %of water


ROAD TAKEN AT EVENING       
First Line: As the shape of a line or a road taken at evening
Last Line: For how else can we breathe?


SALUTE TO DONALD DAVIE    Poem Text    
First Line: Imagine david, how a single
Last Line: Though only for a visit.
Subject(s): England; Hunting; Sea; Ships & Shipping; Waves; English; Hunters; Ocean


SARAH'S CHOICE    Poem Text    
First Line: A little late rain
Last Line: "but it is written what will happen if you stay."
Subject(s): Bible; Egypt; Isaac (bible); Prophecy & Prophets; Sarah (bible)


SAVING THE IMAGES       
First Line: The screen flickers, an old film unwinds
Last Line: Headlight of an oncoming train


SHORT POEM ABOUT THE COSMOS       
First Line: Dark out there. Cold. Dust glimmers
Last Line: The clatter of the dice


SIDEREAL DESIRE       
First Line: Star struck following this latter-day aphrodite
Last Line: Though not like ours or anything we knew


SIR WALTER RALEGH, SOME TIME AFTER       
First Line: The bloody tower is full of tourists now, history
Last Line: Tip their arrows with gold, %a monkey screams


SO-FAUX       
First Line: And so it piles on
Last Line: Welcoming the artificial snow


SPACE OF TRUTH BLANK LIKE THE SEA       
First Line: Extends itself, spaced out across the retina
Last Line: The spell. Words spill: so little time. So much to do


SPECIES-PITY       
First Line: We are the saddest species that we know
Last Line: Running over what has fallen in the road


STILL WATERS       
First Line: When the sun strikes


SUNSET ON THE PEMBROKESHIRE CLIFF PATH       
First Line: The sky poised on the point


TALE THAT'S BEST FOR WINTER       
First Line: This morning they raised the stones


THE AMERICAN SUBLIME: ROBERT PENN WARREN    Poem Text    
First Line: High in the mountain pass, tucked in a crevice
Last Line: Against the cold galactic night.
Subject(s): Warren, Robert Penn (1905-1989)


THE APPLE WAS A NORTHERN INVENTION    Poem Text    
First Line: When she ate the pomegranate
Subject(s): Apples; Pomegranates


THE BIRD IN THE LAUREL'S SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: How long have I been here? I can't recall
Last Line: My wings, and nested here out of love.
Subject(s): Birds; Love; Wings


THE CONTINUOUS IS BROKEN, AND RESUMES    Poem Text    
First Line: Adam made the world
Last Line: Anyone is out there, listening.
Subject(s): Adam & Eve; Bible; Creation; Earth; Sin; World


THE FOURTH DAVID: 1. DONATELLO 1430-32: 62-1/4'       
First Line: He stands there sleek and calm


THE FOURTH DAVID: 2. MICHELANGELO 1501-4: 13'5'       
First Line: And now he feels the weight


THE GIRL WITH BEES IN HER HAIR    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Came in an envelope with no return address;
Subject(s): Bees; Fear; Beekeeping


THE GYRE    Poem Text    
First Line: The world was a globe that sat on a table
Subject(s): Earth; God; World


THE LAST MAN    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Here, in our familiar streets, the day
Last Line: Little hands of silver on his brow.
Variant Title(s): The Last Man; For Vivian Schatz
Subject(s): Harvest; Peasantry


THE LITERAL = THE ABSTRACT: A DEMONSTRATION    Poem Text    
First Line: After all those swerving arcs in air
Last Line: Of what is absolutely there.
Subject(s): Birds; Feathers; Hunting; Literary Form; Wings; Hunters


THE MESSENGER    Poem Text    
First Line: The messenger runs, not carrying the news
Last Line: And again, on his way?
Subject(s): Feet; News; Sailing & Sailors; Travel; Journeys; Trips


THE MUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: There she was, for centuries, the big
Last Line: The writer.
Subject(s): Alexander The Great (356-323 B.c.); Language; Muses; Poetry & Poets; Psychoanalysis; Writing & Writers; Words; Vocabulary; Psychoanalysts; Psychotherapy


THE ROUND FISH    Poem Text    
First Line: With neither bones nor skin
Last Line: From the one that you are making as you go.
Subject(s): Fish & Fishing; Roads; Sea; Swimming & Swimmers; Paths; Trails; Ocean; Swimmers


THE SECRET GARDEN    Poem Text    
First Line: The way you see it first is through
Last Line: Before we're through with tea.
Subject(s): Flowers; Food & Eating; Gardens & Gardening; Green (color); Guests; Lilies; Secrets; Tea; Worms; Visiting


THE SHOW MUST GO ON    Poem Text    
First Line: The play had been staged as long as we could remember,
Subject(s): Plays & Playwrights; Reality; Dramatists


THE WHITE-THROATED SPARROW CAN'T COMPARE    Poem Text    
First Line: He had made it through so many winters
Subject(s): Sparrows; Air Raids


THEORY AND PRACTICE IN POETRY    Poem Text    
First Line: The idea that freezes me this time
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Poetry & Poets


THEORY AND PRACTICE IN POETRY       
First Line: The idea that freezes me this time
Last Line: Like the world at your feet
Subject(s): Art And Artists; Poetry And Poets


THERE ARE SUCH MORNINGS       
First Line: Sometimes you wake at night


THINK WHAT WE MIGHT HAVE ...    Poem Text    
First Line: Today, pompeii - on view; the ultimate interruption


THIS STRAW AND MANURE WORLD       
First Line: And the mare kicks at her traces, pulling the old-fashioned rig
Last Line: Starting down the blossoming mall, admiring its reflection in the %monumental pool


THOSE WHO COME AFTER    Poem Text    
First Line: Will never say of us: / what wonderful myths they had
Last Line: Endlessly nibbled and gnawed
Subject(s): Explorers; Greece; Mythology; Exploring; Discovery; Discoverers; Greeks


THOUGHTS OF A RETIRED DIAMOND CUTTER       
First Line: Care, carefully chosen, even
Last Line: To design?
Subject(s): Diamonds; Retirement


TIME OUT OF MIND       
First Line: It begins in the garret of a tower


TRACKING    Poem Text    
First Line: Yes, carolyn, the ocean has its depths, it mezzanine
Subject(s): Sea; Ocean


TRANSACTIONS IN FIELD THAT'S OVERGROWN: CALL AND RESPONSE WITH MERRITT    Poem Text    
First Line: It is dusk in the field, uncanny, those calls


TRUMMERFRAUEN (THE RUBBLE-WOMEN)       
First Line: In the old paintings, the ones with silken oils
Last Line: Never stop: tap tap, tap tap, tap tap.
Subject(s): Altars; Architecture & Architects; Museums; Paintings And Painters; Pyramids; Art Gallerys


UNSTITCH THE UNIVERSE    Poem Text    
First Line: Unwind the winding sheets,


UNSTRUNG    Poem Text    
First Line: It was a jeweled tapestry
Last Line: A face so like its own.
Subject(s): Animals; Bats; Birds; Bones; Death; Dead, The


UNTO THE NTH GENERATION       
First Line: All day something has led me on
Last Line: Drawn into this oven of a world


UP AGAINST IT    Poem Text    
First Line: The wall was white, whitewash lime
Last Line: The small leaves trembling with light.
Subject(s): Dreams; Garcia Lorca, Federico (1898-1936); Murder; Walls; Nightmares


WALLS       
First Line: Do you remember the city where we were born
Last Line: We thought %had stood in the way


WATCH THIS POEM DISAPPEAR    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


WATER LACE AND WHITE EYES    Poem Text    
First Line: And the mist rising
Last Line: In the northern dawn.
Subject(s): Bones; Frost; Ice; North, The; Snow


WHAT IT HINGES ON    Poem Text    
First Line: When everything is going


WHAT LOVES, TAKES AWAY    Poem Text    
First Line: If the nose of the pig in the market of firenze
Subject(s): Human Behavior; Conduct Of Life; Human Nature


WHAT NARCISSUS GAVE THE LAKE    Poem Text    
First Line: The lake loves what it sees, and what it sees
Subject(s): Lakes; Mythology - Classical; Narcissus (mythology); Pools; Ponds


WHAT NARCISSUS GAVE THE LAKE       
First Line: The lake loves what it sees, and what it sees
Last Line: That beautiful and beauty-blinded face
Subject(s): Lakes; Mythology - Classical; Narcissus (mythology)


WHAT WAS LEFT OVER; FOR SUJATA BHATT    Poem Text    
First Line: As you said, sujata, it was not
Last Line: Atomized silk of its spray.
Subject(s): Altars; Church Burnings; Clergy; Sacrifices; Priests; Rabbis; Ministers; Bishops


WHITE-THROATED SPARROW CAN'T COMPARE       
First Line: He had made it through so many winters
Last Line: Its leaden tonnage, and its tongue


WINTER CONCEPTION    Poem Text    
First Line: Silence in the forest's heart, and snow.
Subject(s): Winter


WINTER CONCEPTION       
First Line: Silence in the forest's heart, and snow
Last Line: Another bed, and time folds back %its long white sheets of snow


WITHOUT REGRET    Poem Text    
First Line: Nights, by the light of whatever would burn
Last Line: Baskets of wicker, baskets of straw.
Subject(s): Crime & Criminals; Fields; Pastures; Meadows; Leas


WRECK' AND 'RISE' ABOVE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Because of the first, the fear of wreck


YOU, FAILED PRONOUN    Poem Text    
First Line: Direct address to the swans: you, whose feet
Last Line: On a dark ground. Eft. Splash. Gone.
Subject(s): Birds; Spring; Swans; Wilderness; Wings