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Simmons, James Wright   
1 poems available by this author


SUMTER'S BAND    Poem Text    
First Line: When carolina's hope grew pale
Last Line: Their watchword is thy memory!
Subject(s): American Revolution; Sumter, Thomas (1734-1832); Virginia (state)



Wright, James    Poet's Biography
Alternate Author Name(s): Wright, James A.
319 poems available by this author


A BLESSING    Poem Text    
First Line: Just off the highway to rochester, minnesota
Variant Title(s): The Blessing
Subject(s): Love; Love - Marital; Men; Minnesota; Nature; Wedded Love; Marriage - Love


A BREATH OF AIR    Poem Text    
First Line: I walked, when love was gone
Last Line: And things were as they were
Subject(s): Love Ė Loss Of


A CENTENARY ODE: INSCRIBED TO LITTLE CROW, LEADER OF SIOUX REBELLION    Poem Text    
First Line: I had nothing to do with it, I was not here
Last Line: My own grave is
Subject(s): Native Americans - Wars


A DREAM OF BURIAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Nothing was left of me
Subject(s): Dreams; Self-pity; Nightmares


A FINCH SITTING OUT A WINDSTORM    Poem Text    
First Line: Solemnly irritated by the turn
Subject(s): Finches; Wind


A FIRST DAY IN PARIS    Poem Text    
First Line: Some twenty years ago I was still a young man. I did not know
Subject(s): Paris, France


A FLOWER PASSAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: Even if you were above the ground this year
Subject(s): Diving & Divers; Death; Childhood Memories; Dead, The


A GESTURE BY A LADY WITH AN ASSUMED NAME    Poem Text    
First Line: Letters she left to clutter up the desk
Subject(s): Prostitution; Harlots; Whores; Brothels


A LAZY POEM ON SATURDAY EVENING    Poem Text    
First Line: Right now, I'm going on a journey


A LITTLE GIRL ON HER WAY TO SCHOOL    Poem Text    
First Line: When the dark dawn humped off to die
Subject(s): Morning; Birds; Walking


A MAD FIGHT SONG FOR WILLIAM S. CARPENTER, 1966    Poem Text    
First Line: Quick on my feet in those novembers of my loneliness,
Subject(s): Carpenter, William S., Jr.; Football; Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975


A NOTE LEFT IN JIMMY LEONARD'S SHACK    Poem Text    
First Line: Near the dry river's water-mark we found
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drowning; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


A POEM ABOUT GEORGE DOTY IN THE DEATH HOUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: Lured by the wall, and drawn
Last Line: Crumbled his pleading kiss
Subject(s): Automobile Accidents; Death


A POEM BY GARNIE BRAXTON    Poem Text    
First Line: Garnie, I wish I was a sea gull
Last Line: I been there once
Subject(s): Birds; Children; Gulls; Labor & Laborers; Childhood; Seagulls; Work; Workers


A POEM WRITTEN UNDER AN ARCHWAY IN A DISCONTINUED RAILROAD STATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Outside the great clanging cathedrals of rust and smoke
Last Line: Of old age
Subject(s): Railroad Stations


A PRESENTATION OF TWO BIRDS TO MY SON    Poem Text    
First Line: Chicken. How shall I tell you what it is
Subject(s): Fathers & Sons; Birds


A SECRET GRATITUDE    Poem Text    
First Line: She cleaned house, and then lay down long
Subject(s): Boissevain, Eugen (1881-1949); Millay, Edna St. Vincent (1892-1950); Man-woman Relationships; Death; Mourning; Male-female Relations; Dead, The; Bereavement


A SONG FOR THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Now first of all he means the night
Subject(s): Babies; Infants


A WAY TO MAKE A LIVING    Poem Text    
First Line: When I was a boy, a relative
Subject(s): Jobs


A WINTER DAYBREAK ABOVE VENCE    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Winter; Nature


ABOVE SAN FERMO       
First Line: Somehow I have never lost


AGAINST SURREALISM       
First Line: There are some tiny obvious details in human life that survive the divine


AMERICAN TWILIGHTS, 1957       
First Line: The buckles glitter, billies lean
Last Line: God, god have pity on man apart


AMONG SUNFLOWERS       
First Line: You can stand in among them without


AN OFFERING FOR MR. BLUEHART    Poem Text    
First Line: That was a place, when I was young
Subject(s): Orchards; Childhood Memories; Regret


ANGEL       
First Line: Last night, before I came to bear
Last Line: As I drift upward dropping a white feather


ANGRY MOTHER       
First Line: She has taken her children down one street
Last Line: When you stay home to me, husband mine, %they will come laughing home again.'


APOLLO       
First Line: A young man, his face dark


ARRANGEMENTS WITH EARTH FOR THREE DEAD FRIENDS    Poem Text    
First Line: Sweet earth, he ran and changed his shoes to go
Last Line: The change of tone, the human hope gone gray
Subject(s): Death; Earth; Dead, The; World


ARRANGEMENTS WITH EARTH FOR THREE DEAD FRIENDS       
First Line: Sweet earth, he ran and changed his shoes to go
Last Line: The change of tone, the human hope gone gray
Subject(s): Death; Earth


ARRIVING IN THE COUNTRY AGAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: The white house is silent.
Subject(s): Country Life


AS I STEP OVER A PUDDLE AT THE END OF WINTER, I THINK OF AN ANCIENT...       
First Line: Po chu-I, balding old politician
Last Line: For a thousand years?


AS I STEP OVER A PUDDLE AT THE END OF WINTER, I THINK OF AN ANCIENY CHINESE GOVERNOR    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Po chu-I, balding old politician,
Subject(s): Middle West; China; Seeking; Midwest; Old Northwest; Central States; North Central States


ASSIGNATION       
First Line: After the winter thawed away, I rose


AT PEACE WITH THE OCEAN OFF MISQUAMICUT       
First Line: A million rootlets


AT THE END OF SIRMIONE       
First Line: Conventional melancholy leaves me


AT THE EXECUTED MURDERER'S GRAVE    Poem Text    
First Line: My name is james a. Wright, and I was born
Last Line: Dirt of my flesh, defeated, underground
Subject(s): Crime & Criminals


AT THE EXECUTED MURDERER'S GRAVE       
First Line: My name is james a. Wright, and I was born
Last Line: Dirt of my flesh, defeated, underground
Subject(s): Crime And Criminals


AT THE SLACKENING OF THE TIDE       
First Line: Today I saw a woman wrapped in rage
Subject(s): Sea


AT THOMAS HARDY'S BIRTHPLACE, 1953       
First Line: The nurse carried him up the stair
Last Line: Having been nursed beyond the sopping rain, %back down the stair


AUBADE AT THE ZAMA REPLACEMENT DEPOT    Poem Text    
First Line: At five o'clock I saw the sergeant slouch
Subject(s): Soldiers


AUTUMN BEGINS IN MARTINS FERRY, OHIO    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: In the shreve high football stadium
Subject(s): Autumn; Education; Football; Industry; Labor & Laborers; High Schools; Fall; Work; Workers


AUTUMN BEGINS IN MARTINS FERRY, OHIO       
First Line: In the shreve high football stadium
Last Line: And gallop terribly against each other's bodies
Subject(s): Autumn; Education; Football; Industry; Labor And Laborers; Schools; Seasons; Sports


AUTUMNAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Soft, where the shadow glides
Last Line: Is whispered throgh , and gone
Subject(s): Love


AUTUMNAL       
First Line: Soft, where the shadow glides
Last Line: Gathers about you now, %is whispered through, and gone
Subject(s): Love


BEAUTIFUL OHIO    Poem Text    
First Line: Those old winnebago men
Last Line: I call it beauty
Subject(s): Industry; Labor & Laborers; Ohio; Work; Workers


BEAUTIFUL OHIO       
First Line: Those old winnebago men
Last Line: I call it beauty
Subject(s): Industry; Labor And Laborers


BEFORE THE CASHIER'S WINDOW IN A DEPARTMENT STORE       
First Line: The beautiful cashier's white face has risen once more
Last Line: Is what it feels like


BEGINNING    Poem Text    
First Line: The moon drops one or two feathers into the fields.
Subject(s): Fields; Moon; Love; Pastures; Meadows; Leas


BEGINNING       
First Line: The moon drops one or two feathers into the field
Last Line: And I lean toward mine


BEST DAYS       
First Line: First, the two men stand pondering


BETWEEN WARS       
First Line: Flocks of green midges and the frail


BLESSING       
First Line: Just off the highway to rochester, minnesota
Last Line: That if I stepped out of my body I would break %into blossom
Variant Title(s): The Blessin
Subject(s): Love; Love - Marital; Men; Minnesota; Nature


BREATH OF AIR       
First Line: I walked, when love was gone
Last Line: And things were as they were
Subject(s): Love


BUTTERFLY FISH       
First Line: Not five seconds ago, I saw him flutter so quick


BY A LAKE IN MINNESOTA    Poem Text    
First Line: Upshore from the cloud
Subject(s): Beavers


BY THE RUINS OF A GUN EMPLACEMENT: SAINT-BENOIT       
First Line: Behind us, the haystack rustles


CAMOMILA       
First Line: Summer is not yet gone, but long ago the leaves have fallen. They never


CAPRICE       
First Line: Whenever I get tired
Last Line: Then we were all going to be %sorry together


CENTENARY ODE: INSCRIBED TO LITTLE CROW, LEADER OF SIOUX REBELLION       
First Line: I had nothing to do with it, I was not here
Last Line: I don't even know where %my own grave is
Subject(s): Native Americans - Wars


CHILBLAIN       
First Line: My uncle willy with his long lecherous face


COME, LOOK QUIETLY    Poem Text    
First Line: The bird on the terrace has his own name in french, but I don't
Subject(s): Birds; French Langauge


COME, LOOK QUIETLY       
First Line: The bird on the terrace has his own mane in french, but I don't know


COMING HOME TO MAUI       
First Line: It took her an hour to climb the green cliff here


COMPLAINT    Poem Text    
First Line: She's gone. She was my love, my moon or more
Last Line: And now lies down, who was my moon or more
Subject(s): Love - Marital; Marriage; Wedded Love; Marriage - Love; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


COMPLAINT       
First Line: She's gone. She was my love, my moon or more
Last Line: And now lies down, who was my moon or more
Subject(s): Love - Marital; Marriage


CONFESSION TO J. EDGAR HOOVER    Poem Text    
First Line: Hiding in the church of an abandoned stone
Last Line: I did not know what I was doing
Subject(s): African Americans - Military


CONFESSION TO J. EDGAR HOOVER       
First Line: Hiding in the church of an abandoned stone
Last Line: I did not know what I was doing
Subject(s): African Americans - Military


CONTEMPLATING THE FRONT STEPS OF THE CATHEDRAL IN FLORENCE       
First Line: Once, in some hill trees long ago


CONTRADICTORY EXISTENCE       
First Line: The sun I saw, though through the rain
Last Line: To be a genius is my goal, %but I, at best, am but a fool


DARK MOOR BIRD       


DAWN NEAR AN OLD BATTLEFIELD, IN A TIME OF PEACE       
First Line: Along the water the small invisible owls


DEPRESSED BY A BOOK OF BAD POETRY, I WALK ...       
First Line: Relieved, I let the book fall behind a stone
Last Line: Then lovely, far off, a dark cricket begins %in the castles of maples
Subject(s): Poetry And Poets


DEPRESSED BY A BOOK OF BAD POETRY, I WALK TOWARD AN UNUSED PASTURE AND INVITE THE INSECTS TO JOIN ME    Poem Text    
First Line: Relieved, I let the book fall behind a stone
Last Line: In the maple trees
Subject(s): Depression, Mental


DISCOVERIES IN ARIZONA       
First Line: All my life so far
Last Line: That's all right, said the boy. %maybe she's never seen you either
Subject(s): Arizona; Deserts; Food And Eating


DOG IN A CORNFIELD       
First Line: Fallow between the horny trees
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs


DOG IN A CORNFIELD       
First Line: Fallow between the horny trees
Last Line: The man quick to a joy he understands
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs


DOORS       
First Line: When the rain goes ruining
Last Line: Doors are opening in the wet hillsides %of the snow


DREAM OF BURIAL       
First Line: Nothing was left of me


EISENHOWER'S VISIT OF FRANCO, 1959    Poem Text    
First Line: The american hero must triumph over
Last Line: Of bare fields, / in spain
Subject(s): Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)


EISENHOWER'S VISIT OF FRANCO, 1959       
First Line: The american hero must triumph over
Last Line: Of bare fields, %in spain
Subject(s): Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)


EISENHOWER'S VISIT TO FRANCO, 1959       
First Line: The american hero must triumph over %the forces of darkness
Last Line: Clean new bombers from america muffle their engines %and glide down now
Subject(s): Politics


ENTERING THE KINGDOM OF THE MORAY EEL       
First Line: There is no mystery in it so far


ENTERING THE TEMPLE IN NIMES       
First Line: As long as this evening lasts


EVENING       
First Line: I called him to come in
Last Line: The wide earth darkened so
Subject(s): Children


FEAR IS WHAT QUICKENS ME    Poem Text    
First Line: Many animals that our fathers killed in america
Last Line: O look about wildly
Subject(s): Nature


FEAR IS WHAT QUICKENS ME       
First Line: Many animals that out fathers killed in america
Last Line: I look about wildly
Subject(s): Nature


FINCH SITTING OUT A WINDSTORM       
First Line: Solemnly irritated by the turn
Last Line: He never listens %to me


FIRST DAYS       
First Line: The first thing I saw in the morning


FISHING SONG       
First Line: I have never killed anybody


FLOWER PASSAGE       
First Line: Even if you were above the ground this year


FLYING EAGLES OF TROOP 62       
First Line: Ralph neal was the scoutmaster
Last Line: Enough to drive you crazy
Subject(s): Men


FOR THE MARSH'S BIRTHDAY       
First Line: I was alone once, waiting
Last Line: My irish cockatoo


FOX AT EYPE       
First Line: He knows that all dogs boundng here and there, from the little vales all


FRESH WIND IN VENICE       
First Line: North of one island


FROM A BUS WINDOW IN CENTRAL OHIO, JUST BEFORE A THUNDER SHOWER    Poem Text    
First Line: Cribs loaded with roughage huddle together
Subject(s): Farm Life; Storms; Agriculture; Farmers


FRUITS OF THE SEASON       
First Line: It is a fresh morning of late august in padus


FRUITS OF THE SEASON       
First Line: It is a fresh morning of late august in padua. After the night's rain, the
Last Line: In love
Subject(s): Food And Eating; Fruit; Paintings And Painters


GESTURE BY A LADY WITH AN ASSUMED NAME       
First Line: Letters she left to clutter up the desk
Last Line: To creep outside and see the cops were gone


GHOST       
First Line: I cannot live nor die
Subject(s): Fantasy


GOODBYE TO THE POETRY OF CALCIUM    Poem Text    
First Line: Mother of roots, you have not seeded
Last Line: I do not even have ashes to rub into my eyes
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


GOODBYE TO THE POETRY OF CALCIUM       
First Line: Mother of roots, you have not seeded


GREETINGS IN NEW YORK CITY       
First Line: A man walking alone, a stranger


HAIKU: 10       
First Line: Coming from the woods
Last Line: Dangling from a horn


HAIKU: 11       
First Line: A balmy spring wind
Last Line: I cannot recall


HAIKU: 12       
First Line: The dog's violent sneeze
Last Line: On his mangy back


HAIKU: 13       
First Line: I would like a bell
Last Line: Over willow trees


HAIKU: 14       
First Line: The green cockleburs
Last Line: Of the black boy's head


HAIKU: 17       
First Line: Why is the hail so wild
Last Line: Only to lie so still


HAIKU: 9       
First Line: Just enough of rain
Last Line: From the umbrellas


HAVING LOST MY SONS, I CONFRONT THE WRECKAGE OF THE MOON       
First Line: After dark %near the south dakota border
Last Line: And I am lost in the beautiful white ruins %of america


HELL       
First Line: I had no idea


HONEY    Poem Text    
First Line: My father died at the age of eighty. One of the last things he
Subject(s): Industry; Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


HONEY       
First Line: My father died at the age of eighty. One of the last things he
Last Line: I say a life
Subject(s): Industry; Labor And Laborers


HOOK    Poem Text    
First Line: I was only a young man
Last Line: But I took it
Subject(s): Kindness; Phyusical Disabilities


HOOK       
First Line: I was only a young man


HORSE       
First Line: He kicked the world, and lunging long ago
Last Line: Cough in a dish beside a wrinkled bed


HOTEL LENOX    Poem Text    
First Line: And she loved loving
Last Line: And the lemon light flew over the river
Subject(s): Hotels; Inns; Innskeepers; Motels; Boarding Houses


HOTEL LENOX       
First Line: And she loved loving
Last Line: And the lemon light flew out over the river
Subject(s): Hotels


I CANNOT WRITE. THE WORDS NO LONGER FLOW       
Last Line: The fruit of satisfaction, and shall write, %eternally, the synonyms of light!


ICE HOUSE       
First Line: The house was really a cellar deep beneath the tower of the old belmont


IN A FIELD NEAR METAPONTO       
First Line: The huge columns, the temple of apollo


IN DEFENSE OF LATE SUMMER       
First Line: I have called up this every


IN EXILE       
First Line: I kneel above a single rail of the baltimore and ohio


IN GALLIPOLI       
First Line: Gray as the sea moss wavering among the green shallows along the shore


IN MEMORY OF A SPANISH POET    Poem Text    
First Line: I see you strangling
Last Line: Silos creep away toward the west
Subject(s): Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)


IN MEMORY OF A SPANISH POET       
First Line: I see you strangling
Last Line: Silos creep away toward the west
Subject(s): Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)


IN MEMORY OF LEOPARDI       
First Line: I have gone past all those times when poets


IN MEMORY OF MAYOR RICHARD DALEY    Poem Text    
First Line: When you get down to it
Last Line: This is what you're up against
Subject(s): Daley, Richard M. (1902-1976)


IN MEMORY OF MAYOR RICHARD DALEY       
First Line: When you get down to it
Subject(s): Daley, Richard M. (1902-1976)


IN MEMORY OF THE OTTOMANS       
First Line: This man, mending his nets as the sun goes down, tells me religiously


IN RESPONSE TO RUMOR THAT OLDEST WHOREHOUSE IN WHEELING, WV, CONDEMNED    Poem Text    
First Line: I will grieve alone
Subject(s): Hate; Prostitution; Harlots; Whores; Brothels


IN RESPONSE TO RUMOR THAT OLDEST WHOREHOUSE IN WHEELING, WV, CONDEMNED       
First Line: I will grieve alone
Last Line: To find beyond death %bridgeport, ohio
Subject(s): Hate; Prostitution


IN THE COLD HOUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: I slept a few minutes ago,
Subject(s): Aging


IN VIEW OF THE PROTESTANT CEMETERY IN ROME       
First Line: It is idle to say


INSCRIPTION FOR THE TANK       
First Line: My life was never so precious
Last Line: What is their pity to me


JEROME IN SOLITUDE       
First Line: To see the lizard there


JEWEL       
First Line: There is this cave
Last Line: My bones turn to dark emeralds


JOURNEY       
First Line: Anghiari is medieval, a sleeve sloping down
Last Line: Will bury their own, don't worry


LAME APOLLO       
First Line: There was a little boy who wrote som rhymes
Last Line: Now beauty fears to dwell in him again, %and the muse he does not give a damn


LAMENT FOR THE SHADOWS IN THE DITCHES       
First Line: Right now the roman noon is so brilliant it hurts my eyes. I
Last Line: Beautiful of god's creatures except maybe horses


LAMENT: FISHING WITH RICHARD HUGO       
First Line: If john updike had been


LAST NOVEMBER IN A FIELD       
First Line: Today I am walking alone in a bare place


LAST PIETA, IN FLORENCE       
First Line: The whole city %is stone, even
Last Line: Where stone %doesn't belong?


LEAVE HIM ALONE    Poem Text    
First Line: The trouble with me is
Subject(s): Lizards


LEAVE HIM ALONE       
First Line: The trouble with me is


LEAVING THE TEMPLE IN NIMES       
First Line: And, sure enough


LIFE       
First Line: Murdered, I went, risen
Last Line: And it is %the last time


LIGHTING A CANDLE FOR W.H. AUDEN       
First Line: The poet kept his promise


LIGHTNING BUGS ASLEEP IN THE AFTERNOON       
First Line: These long-suffering and affectionate shadows


LIMPET IN OTRANTO       
First Line: These limpets have lain empty and bodiless for long years now


LITTLE MARBLE BOY    Poem Text    
Last Line: To catch a white fish
Subject(s): Statues


LITTLE MARBLE BOY       
Last Line: In an everlasting gesture %to catch a white fish
Subject(s): Statues


LIVING BY THE RED RIVER        Recitation by Author


LOVE IN A WARM ROOM IN WINTER       
First Line: The trouble with you is
Last Line: Just take it easy. %aha!


LYING IN A HAMMOCK AT WILLIAM DUFFY'S FARM IN PINE ISLAND, MINNESOTA    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Over my head, I see the bronze butterfly
Subject(s): Landscape; Nature


LYING IN A HAMMOCK AT WILLIAM DUFFY'S FARM IN PINE ISLAND, MINNESOTA       
First Line: Over my head, I see the bronze butterfly
Last Line: I have wasted my life


MAD FIGHT SONG FOR WILLIAM S. CARPENTER, 1966       
First Line: Quick on my feet in those novembers of my loneliness


MARCH    Poem Text    
First Line: A bear under the snow
Subject(s): Bears


MARY BLY    Poem Text    
First Line: I sit here, doing nothing, alone, worn out by long winter.
Subject(s): Babies; Infants


MAY MORNING       
First Line: Deep into spring, winter is hanging on. Bitter and skillful in his hopeless


MICROMUTATIONS       
First Line: A million years of death some star
Last Line: Till we struck stone at last, to lie %here on the frozen floor of hell


MILKWEED    Poem Text    
First Line: While I stood here, in the open, lost in myself
Subject(s): Men; Nature


MILKWEED       
First Line: While I stood here, in the open, lost in myself
Last Line: The air fills with delicate creatures %from the other world
Subject(s): Men; Nature


MINERS       
First Line: The police are dragging for the bodies
Last Line: I can hear cars, moving on steel rails, colliding %underground
Subject(s): Mines And Miners


MINNEAPOLIS POEM       
First Line: I wonder how many old men last winter


MOORHEN AND HER EIGHT YOUNG       
First Line: They are little balls of charcoal-gray mallow among drifting


MORAL POEM FREELY ACCEPTED FROM SAPPHO       
First Line: I would like to sleep with deer


MOUSE TAKING A NAP       
First Line: I look all alike to him, one blur of nervous mountains after another


MUTTERINGS OVER THE CRIB OF A DEAF CHILD    Poem Text    
First Line: How will he hear the bell at school
Subject(s): Babies; Deafness; Labor & Laborers; Physical Disabilities; Infants; Work; Workers; Handicapped; Handicaps; Physically Challenged; Cripples


MUTTERINGS OVER THE CRIB OF A DEAF CHILD       
First Line: How will he hear the bell at school
Last Line: Whether he hears my song or not
Subject(s): Babies; Deafness; Labor And Laborers; Physical Disabilities


MY GRANDMOTHER'S GHOST    Poem Text    
First Line: She skimmed the yellow water like a moth
Subject(s): Grandparents; Ghosts; Grandmothers; Grandfathers; Great Grandfathers; Great Grandmothers


MY GRANDMOTHER'S GHOST       
First Line: She skimmed the yellow water like a moth,
Last Line: She hurried to the ground, and slipped below.


MY NOTEBOOK       
First Line: This friendly shadow of pine leaves


NAMES IN MONTERCHI: TO RACHEL       
First Line: We woke early


NEAR MANSFIELD, OHIO    Poem Text    
First Line: The enormous muscle-bound dobbins of autumn
Subject(s): Death; Loneliness; Dead, The


NERUDA       
First Line: Trees that are not trees easily


NORTHERN PIKE    Poem Text    
First Line: Over my head, I see the bronze butterfly
Subject(s): Fish & Fishing; Anglers


NOTE LEFT IN JIMMY LEONARD'S SHACK       
First Line: Near the dry river's water-mark we found
Last Line: Rolled in the roots and garbage like a fish, %the poor old man
Subject(s): Alcoholics And Alcoholism; Drowning


NOTES OF A PASTORALIST       
First Line: In a field outside of pisa, I saw a shepherd


OHIOAN PASTORAL       
First Line: On the other side %of salt creek
Last Line: And now it hisses among the green rings %on fingers in coff ins


OLD BUD       
First Line: Old bud romick weighed three hundred pounds if he weighed an ounce


OLD DOG IN THE RUINS OF THE GRAVES AT ARLES       
First Line: I have heard tell somewhere
Last Line: The old dogs don't know
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs


OLD MAN DRUNK       
First Line: He sits before me now, reptilian, cold
Last Line: Till daylight, when the barkeep says goodbye
Subject(s): Bars And Bartenders


ON A PHRASE FROM SOUTHERN OHIO       
First Line: A long time's gone


ON HAVING MY POCKET PICKED IN ROME       
First Line: These hands are desparate for me to stay alive. They do not want to lose
Last Line: They spin their nests and live on me in their sleep


ON THE SKELETON OF A HOUND    Poem Text    
First Line: Nightfall, that saw the morning-glories float
Subject(s): Skeletons; Dogs; Death - Animals


ON THE SKELETON OF A HOUND       
First Line: Nightfall, that saw the morning-glories float
Last Line: Knocked down a fence, tore up a field of clover


ONE LAST LOOT AT THE ADIGE: VERONA IN THE RAIN       
First Line: Some crumbling of igneous


OUTSIDE FARGO, NORTH DAKOTA    Poem Text    
First Line: Along the sprawled body of the derailed great northern freight car
Last Line: And sick for home
Subject(s): Homesickness; Railroads; Railways; Trains


OUTSIDE FARGO, NORTH DAKOTA       
First Line: Along the sprawled body of the derailed great northern freight car
Last Line: And sick for home
Subject(s): Homesickness; Railroads


OVER THGE COFFIN       
First Line: They stand confronting, the coffin between
Last Line: Had lived like the wives in the patriarchs' days
Subject(s): Love - Marital; Marriage


PAUL       
First Line: I used to see her in the door


PETITION TO THE TERNS       
First Line: I have lived long enough to see
Last Line: And I wish the terns would give it %and me a break


PICCOLINI       
First Line: Looming and almost molten and slowly moving its gold


POEM       
First Line: Back in grammar school ten years ago
Last Line: I'll write her living face. I cannot start %into abstraction. I know her, and no more


POEM BY GARNIE BRAXTON       
First Line: Garnie, I wish I was a sea gull
Last Line: I been there once
Subject(s): Birds; Children; Gulls; Labor And Laborers


POEM OF TOWERS       
First Line: I am becoming one


POEM ON A TRIP TO OHIO       
First Line: My father's hair
Last Line: I begin weeping for the inconsolable wilderness of home, %like a drunk


POEM WRITTEN UNDER AN ARCHWAY IN A DISCONTINUED RAILROAD STATION       
First Line: Outside the great clanging cathedrals of rust and smoke
Last Line: He smiles with the sinister grief %of old age
Subject(s): Railroad Stations


POEMS TO A BROWN CRICKET    Poem Text    
First Line: I woke / just about daybreak and fell back
Last Line: In a book that is shining
Subject(s): Crickets


POEMS TO A BROWN CRICKET       
First Line: I woke %just about daybreak and fell back
Last Line: At the small golden door of your body till you wake %in a book that is shining
Subject(s): Crickets


PRAYER FOR A YOUNG WIFE       
First Line: Into the damask-velvet gloom
Last Line: This woman is too quick and wild. %waken her. Send her home to me
Subject(s): Native Americans - Pre-columbian


PRAYER TO ESCAPE FROM THE MARKET PLACE       
First Line: I renounce the blindness of the magazines


PRESENTATION OF TWO BIRDS TO MY SON       
First Line: Chicken. How shall I tell you what it is
Last Line: The flight is deeper than your father, boy


PRIVATE MEETING PLACE       
First Line: I saw three withered women limp across
Last Line: Than we might mock their ashes where they lie, %we angry ghosts. But now the winter's come


QUEST       
First Line: In pasture where the leaf and wood
Last Line: Immeasurably alive and good, %though bare as rifted paradise


RAIN       
First Line: It is the sinking of things


RAINBOW ON GARDA       
First Line: The storm crawls down


READING A 1979 INSCRIPTION ON BELLI'S MONUMENT       
First Line: It is not only the romans who are gone


RED JACKET'S GRAVE    Poem Text    
First Line: I have a deep identity
Subject(s): Graves; Red Jacket. Seneca Chief (1756-1830); Tombs; Tombstones


REDWINGS       
First Line: It turns out


REGRET FOR A SPIDER WEB       
First Line: Laying the foundations of community, she labors all alone


REPLY TO MATTHEW ARNOLD ON MY FIFTH DAY IN FANO       
First Line: It is idle to speak of five mere days in fano, or five long days, or five


RIP       
First Line: It can't be the passing of time that casts


SAINT JUDAS    Poem Text    
First Line: When I went out to kill myself, I caught
Subject(s): Humanity; Suicide


SAINT JUDAS       
First Line: When I went out to kill myself, I caught
Last Line: I held the man for nothing in my arms
Subject(s): Humanity; Suicide


SAPPHO       
First Line: The twilight falls; I soften the dusting feathers


SECRET GRATITUDE       
First Line: She cleaned house, and then lay down long


SECRET OF LIGHT       
First Line: I am sitting contented and alone in a little park near the


SHEEP IN THE RAIN       
First Line: In burgandy, beyond auxerre
Last Line: The farmers are kind to the grass. %they have to be


SILENT ANGEL       
First Line: As I sat down by the bus window in the gate of verona


SIMON       
First Line: I am spending my whole life turning


SITTING IN A SMALL SCREENHOUSE ON A SUMMER MORNING    Poem Text    
First Line: Ten more miles, it is south dakota.
Subject(s): Middle West; Horses; Midwest; Old Northwest; Central States; North Central States


SMALL FROGS KILLED ON THE HIGHWAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Still, I would leap too
Last Line: Of the moon, they can't see, / not yet
Subject(s): Frogs; Automobile Accidents


SMALL FROGS KILLED ON THE HIGHWAY       
First Line: Still, %I would leap too
Last Line: Of the moon. They can't see, %not yet


SMALL GROVE IN TORRI DEL BENACO       
First Line: Outside our window we have a small willow, and a liitle


SMALL WILD CRABS DELIGHTING ON BLACK SAND       
First Line: Nearsighted, I feel a kinship


SNOWFALL: A POEM ABOUT SPRING       
First Line: The field mouse follows its own shadow


SOME PLACES IN AMERICA ARE ANONYMOUS       
First Line: Our cities
Last Line: And the old fullbacks who weep for their sins %just before daybreak


SON OF JUDAS    Poem Text    
First Line: The last time I prayed to escape from my body
Last Line: And leave us go
Subject(s): Body, Human; Self


SONNET: ON MY VIOLENT APPROVAL OF ROBERT SERVICE       
First Line: I have not wandered far away from home
Last Line: Than dream that I might be forever blest %if I should scorn a god-like man who swears


SONNET: RESPONSE       
First Line: You made warm mention of some scummy gem
Last Line: God! But they're raising hell; and, hopeless, I %behold them with my feet ensnared in mud


SPEAK       
First Line: To speak in a flat voice
Last Line: Come down. Come down. Why dost %thou hide thy face?


STAGES ON A JOURNEY WESTWARD    Poem Text    
First Line: I began in ohio / I still dream of home
Last Line: Of the sea again
Subject(s): West (u.s.); Southwest; Pacific States


STAGES ON A JOURNEY WESTWARD       
First Line: I began in ohio %I still dream of home
Last Line: America plunged into the dark furrows %of the sea again
Subject(s): West (u.s.)


SUMAC IN OHIO       
First Line: Toward the end of may, the air in souther ohio is filling with fragrances


TARANTO       
First Line: Most of the walls


THE FIRST DAYS    Poem Text    
First Line: The first thing I saw in the morning
Subject(s): Bees; Pear Trees; Beekeeping; Pears


THE FLYING EAGLES OF TROOP 62    Poem Text    
First Line: Ralph neal was the scoutmaster
Last Line: The country is enough to drive you crazy
Subject(s): Men; Boy Scouts; Childhood Memories


THE FRUITS OF THE SEASON    Poem Text    
First Line: It is a fresh morning of late august in padua. After the night's rain, the
Last Line: I have eaten the first fruit of the season, and I am in love
Subject(s): August; Love


THE GHOST    Poem Text    
First Line: I cannot live nor die
Last Line: I fade to a broken hope
Subject(s): Fantasy


THE ICE HOUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: The house was really a cellar deep beneath the tower of the old
Subject(s): Ice Houses


THE JEWEL    Poem Text    
First Line: There is this cave
Subject(s): Body, Human


THE JOURNEY    Poem Text    
First Line: Anghiari is medieval, a sleeve sloping down
Subject(s): Travel; Spiders; Journeys; Trips


THE MINNEAPOLIS POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: I wonder how many old men last winter
Subject(s): Minneapolis; City & Town Life; Brothers; Death; Half-brothers; Dead, The


THE OLD DOG IN THE RUINS OF THE GRAVES AT ARLES    Poem Text    
First Line: I have heard tell somewhere
Last Line: The old dogs donít know
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs


THE SECRET OF LIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: I am sitting contented and alone in a little park near the palazzo scaligere in
Subject(s): Hair; Light


THE WHEELING GOSPEL TABERNACLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Homer rhodeheaver, who was the evangelist billy sunday's psalmodist
Last Line: Homer had times between hymns to make some lonely widow happy
Subject(s): Evangelists; God; Public Worship; Religion; Church Attendance; Theology


THIS AND THAT       
First Line: I am not going to share


THREE SENTENCES FOR A DEAD SWAN       
First Line: There they are now
Last Line: Rise from the dead %from


TIME       
First Line: Once, with a weak ankle, I tried to walk. All I could do was spin slowly


TO A BLOSSOMING PEAR TREE    Poem Text    
First Line: Beautiful natural blossoms,
Subject(s): Pear Trees; Old Age; Pears


TO A BLOSSOMING PEAR TREE       
First Line: Beautiful natural blossoms
Last Line: Blood in my body drags me %down with my brother


TO A DEFEATED SAVIOUR       
First Line: Do you forget the shifting hole


TO A FUGITIVE       
First Line: The night you got away, I dreamed you rose
Last Line: Dart down the alley, race between the stars


TO A SALESGIRL, WEARY OF ARTIFICIAL HOLIDAY TREES       
First Line: The clock shows nearly five
Last Line: The last girl of the year, %and one more year's far gone
Subject(s): Christmas Trees


TO A TROUBLED FRIEND       
First Line: Weep, and weep long, but do not weep for me
Last Line: Beyond this frigid season's empty storms, %banished to bloom, and bear the bird's desire


TO CAROLEE COOMBS-STACY, WHO SET MY VERSES TO MUSIC       
First Line: One afternoon a few years ago, in a mountain forest in upstate new
Subject(s): Music & Musicians; Poetry & Poets


TO CAROLEE COOMBS-STACY, WHO SET MY VERSES TO MUSIC       
First Line: One afternoon a few years ago, in a mountain forest in upstate new
Last Line: I still wonder what it sounded like to the doe
Subject(s): Music And Musicians; Poetry And Poets


TO CRITICS, AND TO HELL WITH THEM       
First Line: Poets are handsome, as a rule
Subject(s): Criticism & Critics; Poetry & Poets


TO CRITICS, AND TO HELL WITH THEM       
First Line: Poets are handsome, as a rule
Last Line: O, all earth shall stink with the gore %of critic cynics
Subject(s): Critics And Criticism; Poetry And Poets


TO FLOOD STAGE AGAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: In fargo, north dakota, a man
Last Line: At the dark water
Subject(s): Floods


TO FLOOD STAGE AGAIN       
First Line: In fargo, north dakota, a man
Last Line: I open my eyes and gaze down %at the dark water
Subject(s): Floods


TO HARVEY, WHO TRACED THE CIRCULATION       
First Line: Who is that blue
Last Line: I love breasts, %but I love most one soft %wing of the vein


TO JUSTIFY MY SINGING       
First Line: I am in love with poetry
Last Line: For often she has sheltered me %from many a mortal storm


TO THE ADRIATIC WIND, BECALMED       
First Line: Come on. %shift your wings a little


TO THE CICADA       
First Line: A few minutes ago


TO THE EVENING STAR: CENTRAL MINNESOTA       
First Line: Under the water tower at the edge of town
Last Line: The open meadows are safe


TO THE GHOST OF A KITE       
First Line: Winter has wrecked the legend of your wings


TO THE MUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: It is all right. All they do
Last Line: Come down to you


TO THE MUSE       
First Line: It is all right. All they do
Last Line: Out of the river, or I will %come down to you


TO THE MUSE       
First Line: It is all right. All they do
Last Line: Come down to you
Subject(s): Love


TO THE SAGUARO CACTUS TREE IN THE DESERT RAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: I had no idea the elf owl
Subject(s): Cactus


TO THE SAGUARO CACTUS TREE IN THE DESERT RAIN       
First Line: I had no idea the elf owl


TO THE SILVER SWORD SHINING ON THE EDGE OF THE CRATER       
First Line: Strange leaves on haleakala


TODAY I WAS SO HAPPY, SO I MADE THIS POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: As the plump squirrel scampers
Subject(s): Happiness; Joy; Delight


TRUE VOICE       
First Line: In northern minnesota the floors of the earth are covered with white sand


TRYING TO PRAY    Poem Text    
First Line: This time, I have left my body behind me, crying
Subject(s): Prayer


TURTLE OVERNIGHT       
First Line: I remember him last twilight in his comeliness. When it began to rain


TWILIGHTS       
First Line: The big stones of the cistern behind the barn
Last Line: That the branch will not break


TWO HORSES PLAYING IN THE ORCHARD    Poem Text    
First Line: Too soon, too soon, a man will come
Last Line: Too soon, too soon, already. Now
Subject(s): Animals


TWO HORSES PLAYING IN THE ORCHARD       
First Line: Too soon, too soon, a man will come
Subject(s): Animals


TWO MOMENTS IN ROME, SELS.       


TWO MOMENTS IN VENICE: 1. UNDER THE CANALS       
First Line: All one needs to do is follow the sound of water
Subject(s): Canals; Venice, Italy; Water


TWO MOMENTS IN VENICE: 1. UNDER THE CANALS       
First Line: All one needs to do is follow the sound of water
Last Line: Under the water who have more than all the time they need
Subject(s): Canals; Venice, Italy; Water


TWO MOMENTS IN VENICE: 2. CITY OF EVENINGS       
First Line: It is still too early for evening, and the smoke of early september is gath
Subject(s): Cities; Venice, Italy; Urban Life


TWO MOMENTS IN VENICE: 2. CITY OF EVENINGS       
First Line: It is still too early for evening, and the smoke of early september is gath
Last Line: Covered the true shape of evening, and now it is almost evening
Subject(s): Cities; Venice, Italy


TWO POEMS ABOUT PRESIDENT HARDING: 1. HIS DEATH       
First Line: In marion, the honey locust trees are falling
Last Line: He died in public. He claimed the secret right %to be ashamed


TWO POEMS ABOUT PRESIDENT HARDING: 2. HIS TOMB IN OHIO       
First Line: A hundred slag piles north of us
Last Line: The hearts of men are merciless


TWO POSTURES BESIDE A FIRE: 1       
First Line: Tonight I watch my father's hair
Last Line: And rests, shadowing his lovely face


TWO POSTURES BESIDE A FIRE: 2       
First Line: Nobly his hands fold together in his repose
Last Line: Twitch nervously about


VAIN ADVICE AT YEAR'S END       
First Line: The shadows blown from trees
Last Line: As long as the light words last, %and darkening winter stars


VARIATIONS: THE AIR IS SWEETEST THAT A THISTLE GUARDS       


VENICE       
First Line: Crumbling into this world
Last Line: In his frigid hands, just barely, just just barely not wringing %the swan's neck


VESTAL IN THE FORUM       
First Line: This morning I do not despair
Last Line: I can almost name


WHAT DOES THE BOBWHITE MEAN?       
First Line: I don't know


WHAT DOES THE KING OF THE JUNGLE TRULY DO?       
First Line: What is the true love of a lion?


WHAT THE EARTH ASKED ME       
First Line: Why did you kiss the girl who cried
Last Line: No good to me, no good to me


WHEELING GOSPEL TABERNACLE       
First Line: Homer rhodeheaver, who was the evangelist billy sunday's psalmodist
Last Line: Little I know. I can pitch a pretty fair tune myself, for all I know
Subject(s): Evangelists; God; Public Worship; Religion


WHEREVER HOME IS       
First Line: Leonardo da vinci, haggard in basalt stone


WILLY LYONS       
First Line: My uncle, a craftsman of hammers and wood
Last Line: Willy, and john, whose life and art, if any, %I never knew


WINTER DAYBREAK ABOVE VENCE       
First Line: The night's drifts %pile up below me and behind my back
Last Line: Now we are all sitting here strangely %on top of the sunlight


WINTER, BASSANO DEL GRAPPA       
First Line: Underground, the hair


WITH A SLIVER OF MARBLE FROM CARRARA    Poem Text    
First Line: Old men beneath the mountain
Last Line: Could not live long enough
Subject(s): Sculpture & Sculptors


WITH A SLIVER OF MARBLE FROM CARRARA       
First Line: Old men beneath the mountain
Last Line: Even he %could not live long enough
Subject(s): Sculpture And Sculptors


WITH THE GIFT OF A FRESH NEW NOTEBOOK I FOUND IN FLORENCE       
First Line: On the other side of the bridge


WITH THE GIFT OF AN ALABASTER TORTOISE       
First Line: One afternoon, we stole


WITH THE SHELL OF A HERMIT CRAB    Poem Text    
First Line: This lovely little life whose toes
Last Line: Stars in a wilderness of stars
Subject(s): Crabs


WITH THE SHELL OF A HERMIT CRAB       
First Line: This lovely little life whose toes
Last Line: Stars in a wilderness of stars
Subject(s): Crabs


WRITTEN IN A COPY OF SWIFT'S POEMS, FOR WAYNE BURNS       
First Line: I promised once if I got hold of
Last Line: Beyond the range of horses' asses, %nobilities, light, light and air


WRITTEN ON A BIG CHEAP POSTCARD FROM VERONA       
First Line: Here they are on the balcony


YES, BUT       
First Line: Even if it were true
Last Line: Long ago. %we breathe light


YOU AND I SAW HAWKS EXCHANGING THE PREY       
First Line: They did the deed of darkness


YOUNG DON'T WANT TO BE BORN       
First Line: I know just how you feel. There was a time when your


YOUNG WOMEN AT CHARTRES       
First Line: Halfway through morning


YOUR NAME IN AREZZO       
First Line: Five years ago I gouged it after dark


YOUTH    Poem Text    
First Line: Strange bird
Last Line: Than he is, or I am
Subject(s): Fathers; Industry; Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


YOUTH       
First Line: Strange bird
Last Line: The waters flow past, older, younger %than he is, or I am
Subject(s): Fathers; Industry; Labor And Laborers



Wright (1643-1713), James   
5 poems available by this author


A POEM, BEING AN ESSAY ON THE RUINS IN ST. PAUL'S CATHEDRAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Was it a vain curiosity or no?
Last Line: A beauty grow out of deformity?
Subject(s): London Fire (1666); St. Paul's Cathedral, London; Great Fire Of 1666


ECCLESIA RESTAURTA; .. REBUILDING OF ST. PAUL'S CATHEDRAL    Poem Text    
First Line: What beauteous tumor's this, with royal grace
Last Line: And beauty, equals their magnificence.
Subject(s): London Fire (1666); St. Paul's Cathedral, London; Great Fire Of 1666


PHOENIX PAULINA    Poem Text    
First Line: I, he whose infant-muse did heretofore
Last Line: Down to whose soul even heaven itself descends.
Subject(s): St. Paul's Cathedral, London


THE CHOIRE    Poem Text    
First Line: Th' almighty architect forms in mankind
Last Line: Twas fiction then, but now we see it, here.
Subject(s): London Fire (1666); St. Paul's Cathedral, London; Great Fire Of 1666


THE CUPULO    Poem Text    
First Line: Westward from fair augusta's city, lies
Last Line: And many copper-smiths will do thee right.
Subject(s): St. Paul's Cathedral, London