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Author: WOOD, SUSAN
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Wood, Susan    Poet's Biography
91 poems available by this author


19 PEARL STREET       
First Line: So this is your house-the model
Last Line: It's japanese for what persists: the quest for beauty


26 PIAZZA DI SPAGNA       
First Line: The day I walk there the sun %lies down in the streets of rome and presses
Last Line: Breaking is always the same sound
Subject(s): Keats, John (1795-1821); Poetry And Poets


ALL THE WAY FROM LOUISIANA       
First Line: This morning the smoke inexplicable
Last Line: Shining like a light all around them


ANALYSIS OF THE ROSE AS SENTIMENTAL DESPAIR       
First Line: Here it is, the impressionist garden
Subject(s): Levis, Larry (1946-1996)


ANALYSIS OF THE ROSE AS SENTIMENTAL DESPAIR       
First Line: Here it is, the impressionist garden
Last Line: Dashed to the ground, drifting and blowing %in the late spring rain
Subject(s): Levis, Larry (1946-1996)


BALLOONS       
First Line: It was something I thought I'd never do
Last Line: Earth shone for a moment from that distance


BIRTHRIGHT       
First Line: At 2 a.M. The train begins its whistle somewhere
Last Line: Then he covers them with his own


BODIES TERRESTRIAL       
First Line: My childhood face floats above fever
Last Line: But even in death the body remains %terrestrial. Under the endless stars the dead %spin and spin, an


BODY OF THE DREAM       
First Line: It was evening and gold light fell
Last Line: Trying so hard to get back to
Subject(s): Dreams; Giotto Di Bondone (1276-1337); Mothers


BOOK OF DAYS       
First Line: Days turning over like leaves of a book
Last Line: Before she wakes up and discovers it's her own


BRIDGE TO HEAVEN       
First Line: When a friend told me, almost
Last Line: And higher %still, farther out above the horizon, %the curved bridge that leads to heaven


CAMPO SANTO       
First Line: This far south november
Last Line: Which is the greater sorrow, to feel %you can't live without him or to find, %after all, that you ca


CHEKHOV       
First Line: In a movie I saw once, the actors were playing actors in a play by %chekhov
Last Line: Gold-dusted with sunflowers, their light poured back into the sky. I can go %there


CHRISTMAS EVE AT ROSEMOUND CEMETERY    Poem Text    
First Line: And on the graves the poinsettias
Subject(s): Cemeteries; Christmas; Graveyards; Nativity, The


CHRISTMAS EVE AT ROSEMOUND CEMETERY       
First Line: And on the graves the poinsettias
Last Line: Till they cried at how foolish %we were, as though we could ever be %above reproach, like them


CIVILIZATION 1.       
First Line: The mother kneels and bends
Last Line: He will run away %in his red tennis shoes. See, %already he is leaving her


CIVILIZATION 2.       
First Line: The mother focuses on the boy and presses
Last Line: So he turns that face to her, %to the world, as if to prove once more %she is lying. Mother is alway


DAILY LIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: A parrot of irritation sits
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


DE KOONING'S WOMEN       
First Line: I've seen those paintings and I think he must hate women. Must hate
Last Line: Tongues, no matter what we fear, learn to speak no other language but %the body's?


DEAR EVERYONE       
First Line: How easy it is to sentimentalize
Last Line: There are those who suffer, even unto death, %and are not me, and cannot be consoled


DESIRE'S KIMONO       
First Line: Whatever we do, the self %goes on spinning desire %from deep inside, the self
Last Line: And lie down. We rise. We begin again


DIARY    Poem Text    
First Line: Twenty years ago, a spring / like this one, azaleas spilling
Last Line: Together, this blossom, this flower
Subject(s): Diaries; Memory


DIARY       
First Line: Twenty years ago, a spring %like this one, azaleas spilling
Last Line: We wanted to make this child %together, this blossom, this flower
Subject(s): Diaries; Memory


DISTANCES       
First Line: Now time has made us
Last Line: Some day, years from now, one of us %will hear of the death of the other


EGGS    Poem Text    
First Line: Morning broke like an egg
Subject(s): Eggs; Conduct Of Life


EGGS       
First Line: Morning broke like an egg
Last Line: Our faces golden %and laughing, both of us beautiful and flawed


EMILY DICKINSON IN LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: When sue walked in and saw them
Last Line: Before she wakes up and discovers it's her own
Subject(s): Dickinson, Emily (1830-1886)


EMILY DICKINSON IN LOVE       
First Line: When sue walked in and saw them
Last Line: So sweet, so thick, it was almost overwhelming
Subject(s): Dickinson, Emily (1830-1886)


FALSE SPRING       
First Line: False spring erupts in february and everywhere the cherry
Last Line: Are open, as if in astonishment, gaping, like fish


FAMILY TABLE       
First Line: Old hurts aren't forgotten exactly-
Last Line: Dessert, we say, because we all deserve %some sweetness in the end


FILM MEDITATION I: DECALOGUE (NO. 8)       
First Line: Today is yom kippur and because there is no special day
Last Line: Cutting lilies, putting them in a cheap crockery jar


FILM MEDITATION II: PONETTE       
First Line: That's where it all began, the minute
Last Line: Shining up at me through the pure joy of tears


FOUR ROSES       
First Line: Outside my door four roses
Last Line: And rabbit opens his glove %to catch it, one hand, and end the game?


FOURTH OF JULY, TEXAS, 1956    Poem Text    
First Line: The night was nothing we knew. We'd never seen
Subject(s): Stars


FOURTH OF JULY, TEXAS, 1956       
First Line: The night was nothing we knew. We'd never seen
Last Line: Stars %raining down all over us, us and the earth, %what the sky comes down to


GEOGRAPHY       
First Line: Summer afternoon, henry james said
Last Line: Everything before her facing home


HER FATHER'S COAT: ANNA FREUD, 1982       
First Line: It's papa's coat she's wrapped in
Subject(s): Freud, Anna (1895-1982)


HER FATHER'S COAT: ANNA FREUD, 1982       
First Line: It's papa's coat she's wrapped in
Last Line: With his great white wings. He was a god %surely this is the mystery of things
Subject(s): Freud, Anna (1895-1982)


HILLS ABOVE HALF MOON BAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Often, those first mornings, pale disc
Last Line: Had begun, and nothing you would do could make it stop
Subject(s): Keats, John (1795-1821); Poetry & Poets


HILLS ABOVE HALF MOON BAY       
First Line: Often, those first mornings, pale disc
Last Line: That something final %had begun, and nothing you would do could make it stop


HOLLOW       
First Line: I never knew, then, why it was named that
Last Line: For what she suffered, my shame %for all our ignorance seem somehow like that name, hollow


HOPE    Poem Text    
First Line: What saves us begins
Last Line: In which going and coming are the same word
Subject(s): Greek Language


HOPE       
First Line: What saves us begins
Last Line: Like ancient greek a difficult language %in which going and coming are the same word
Subject(s): Greek Language


IMMERSION       
First Line: In the stained glass window behind the choir loft
Last Line: Are salome whirling and whirling and the message %is always the same: for love %you must pay with yo


IN CARTONA, THINKING OF BILL       
First Line: No wonder you loved this country, place
Last Line: And how close they are, our suffering %and what saves us


IN THE VENICE GHETTO       
First Line: Venice, july, so hot it's white, glass
Last Line: His name drifting away on the dark water


JANUARY, 1946       
First Line: In san francisco the light comes down the hills
Last Line: And everywhere she looksa re frozen fields of wheat %caught,like breah, against the sky


KNOWING THE END    Poem Text    
First Line: It's like knowing a girl named roxy
Last Line: The climax comes, the screen goes dark
Subject(s): Bars & Bartenders; Pubs; Taverns; Saloons


KNOWING THE END       
First Line: It's like knowing a girl named roxy
Last Line: Before we're ready %the climax comes, the screen goes dark
Subject(s): Bars And Bartenders


LAST RESORT       
First Line: This morning a cruise ship at rest %in the harbor, a great white whale
Last Line: Now that she had touched such otherness


LATE-BLOOMERS       
First Line: It doesn't know it's time
Last Line: Who doesn't think she's beautiful enough, for anne, %for me,this weedy shrub, for all late-bloomers


LAUNDRY       
First Line: This morning she's there again, squatting like a squaw
Last Line: An offering to the gods, the god of cleanliness, the god of fresh starts


LEAFING    Poem Text    
First Line: Autumn twilights
Last Line: As a jack-o'-lantern
Subject(s): Autumn; Growth; Life; Seasons; Fall


LEAFING       
First Line: Autumn twilights
Last Line: Listen, you tell me, listen, %we are making a shelter inside you
Subject(s): Autumn; Growth; Life; Seasons


LEPIDOPTERAN       
First Line: This morning a steady drizzle, forsythia
Last Line: Of silver coins, a butterfly extinguished in the sea
Subject(s): Dickinson, Emily (1830-1886); Hull, Lynda (1954-1994)


LETTER TO TORU FROM PROVINCETOWN       
First Line: Almost sunset at herring cove, %red sun bowing low
Last Line: I would send it if I knew
Subject(s): Love - Complaints


LOSS       
First Line: Yu hate that I've lost everything you gave me
Last Line: Of winter, now streaked with red, now gray and cold


MATINEE       
First Line: There's that moment in to catch a thief
Last Line: Night spread like a satin %across the red brick streets of my hometown, a world %grown suddenly dark


MY GRANDMOTHER'S POEMS       
First Line: They've disappeared now, as you did
Last Line: Two sunstruck tatters dancing in the mirror
Subject(s): Grandparents


NEW HOPE       
First Line: They called it new hope, who hadn't much
Last Line: Rakes up %the leaves and puts a pot of zinnias out. %the hot october wind blows everything away


NINETEEN       
First Line: Nothing matters, he says, nothing
Last Line: How much love matters, subject and object, %and the fine down on a bare thigh


NOT THE FIRST LOVE POEM       
First Line: When your fever spiked and the clear green
Last Line: Of wisdom, and beside it %the bear, keeper of dreams


ON FIRE    Poem Text    
First Line: Someone was playing with fire, I'd hear
Last Line: And awe for him, and, yes, / with shame
Subject(s): Fire; Love


ON FIRE       
First Line: Someone was playing with fire, I'd hear
Last Line: I was on fire with love %and awe for him and, yes, %with shame


ONLY CHILDHOOD       
First Line: It was only childhood, I could say and mean
Last Line: When did I learn %to distrust the world, its love %and shame? I wasn't even looking


PHOTOGRAPH       
First Line: She stands off to one side, a wagon train crossing her brow
Last Line: The baby she held was anna. It was september


PINETUM       
First Line: All afternoon I've walked these fields
Last Line: Still %saved by the white, irresistible lies


PINK VISTA       
First Line: In the dream I carry inside me
Last Line: The story of the child %who disobeyed the parent and so must swim %forever in the stream beside our


PIRATE'S BEACH       
First Line: If lafitte did bury treasure on this beach
Last Line: And wake like sleepwalkers, %surprised in our bodies, %opening our eyes, suddenly, alone, in the dar


POEM FOR THE FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF MY MOTHER'S DEATH       
First Line: Lost in the crowd pushing
Last Line: My hot cheek pressed %against your hand those hours in the hospital, %as if my body's heat would sto


PROVINCETOWN       
First Line: Off provincetown, in june, the whales
Last Line: If life is a body, %this is its heart we fold in our four hands


QUATTROCENTO       
First Line: Inside the bus the strangled air, stuck windows, and then
Last Line: Even now, evening presses her cool cheek to the earth


READING DAVID COPPERFIELD       
First Line: Tonight david is imprisoned
Last Line: The way a boy %puzzles all day over his tear-streaked slate,%marking it, rubbing it out


RHYTHM AND BLUES    Poem Text    
First Line: Those days our bodies dove us, churning
Last Line: Every part of them on fire
Subject(s): Youth; Music & Musicians


RHYTHM AND BLUES       
First Line: Those days our bodies drove us, churning
Last Line: Going down like teenagers in the backseat %of a father's borrowed chevy, burning, %every part of the


RUMORS    Poem Text    
First Line: In tornado weather, my mother said, the day
Last Line: The candles in case the lights went out
Subject(s): Family Life; Fear


RUMORS       
First Line: In tornado weather, my mother said, the day
Last Line: My mother roamed the house, %checking the windows for prowlers, counting %the candles in case the li


SLEEPWALKER       
First Line: It isn't faith that leads the dreamer
Last Line: To wake, rinsed, in the lather of morning


STRANGE FRUIT       
First Line: I am listening to lady in satin, columbia records, 1958
Last Line: I fell in love with you the first time I looked at you


SUNDAY NIGHTS       
First Line: The man I married grew sad
Last Line: Come back, it hums, come back, my continent, %my love, my heart's desire, you know %I'm all you've e


SWAMP       
First Line: Once, at the bottom of summer, %we pushed on through the late afternoon
Last Line: Until it takes us with it, under, down to the dark, %rank grave of the water


TENDERNESS       
First Line: I can hardly believe the story
Last Line: Lifting me up to the window, whispering, %all this is yours


TERRIBLE ALGEBRA       
First Line: Here, in paris, in the cavernous apartment, vases
Last Line: What are the limits to knowledge in this world?


THE BODY OF THE DREAM       
First Line: It was evening and gold light fell
Subject(s): Dreams; Giotto Di Bondone (1276-1337); Mothers; Nightmares


THE SOUL BONE    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Soul; Death; Dead, The


TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE       
First Line: Small towns in texas have names
Last Line: Or how a life might prove %to be a long and rambling story, too true %any longer to be good


TRICK       
First Line: The voice on the other end of the phone asks if I'm susan wood
Last Line: What did they think? Did they think they were going to live forever?


UNTHOUGHT       
First Line: When the weight fell and took the tip of my finger
Last Line: Now disappearing into the crowd outside san stae


WATER-BABIES       
First Line: In the story by kingsley the boy
Last Line: The car, %the mother said, came out of nowhere. %I'm a parent now. This is the story I believe


WISHFUL THINKING       
First Line: If every dream is a wish, then maybe the afterlife
Last Line: The yellow apple of the moon, and nothing's very clear


WITNESS       
First Line: It would be summer, saturday - the only day
Last Line: A child lifted in her father's arms %slowly giving in to sleep