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Author: WRIGHT, JAY
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Wright, Jay    Poet's Biography
158 poems available by this author


1       
First Line: I have been considering
Last Line: And hope somehow to see %the naked stone


10       
First Line: Here, %as we stand in the mayan evening
Last Line: And the confident moment %when the same moon arrives on time


11       
First Line: Down in the lower field
Last Line: Will be as reticent %and serene %as the least of these bones


12       
First Line: Oh, dark things always
Last Line: And a curry on st. Nicholas street %in aberdeen


13       
First Line: When the cold knuckles in, we come to this spot
Last Line: Into the young man's awakened, dark and apollonian %embrace


15       
First Line: In oaxaca
Last Line: Rests, awaiting the bone flute sound %of my washed desire


16       
First Line: It is simple to ache in the bone, or the rind
Last Line: From a dead thing to a green bird, %opening it sail into a greener forest


17       
First Line: I awaken to the silver spur bells and ecstasy of a city
Last Line: I will go down, ash laden, and walk %the transforming light of banaras


18       
First Line: When the light struck me
Last Line: And live with the three-petaled rose of my new name, here, in this new world


19       
First Line: In my binu shrine, the sogo altars pull me home
Last Line: And hear its cithara voice in the dye¯li's craft.
Subject(s): Jazz; Music & Musicians


2       
First Line: Chaparrita, %morenita
Last Line: And slowly subside from their feasting, %and wait greedily for ours


20       
First Line: The night has a tree/ with amber fruit;/
Last Line: I staunch you now in faith's blackness, %a compassion that being strange revives %and secures


21       
First Line: Letter by letter
Last Line: Where love's formal body has set its passion


23: NUESTRA SENORA DE LOURDES (FEBRUARY 11TH)       
First Line: Morning memories take root in me
Last Line: And in the stillness the rain draws from us, %I seem to hear dona ana begin her prayers


24: SAN JUAN DE DIOS (MARCH 8TH)       
First Line: Today, %in san juan
Last Line: When the cross lowers another bull %to the gray, exhausted mexican earth


26: CORPUS CHRISTI (MAY 25TH)       
First Line: So the white sunday
Last Line: There, when the real presence defies me, %the blue lamp of a forest spirit leads me home


27: SAN PEDRO/ SAN PABLO (JUNE 29TH)       
First Line: Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared to me.'
Last Line: And ask me again to 'speak to the people %all the words of this life.'


28: SANTA CRISTINA (JULY 24TH)       
First Line: Even then the cypresses were dying
Last Line: Twin passages into a sacrifice you must return %to renounce


29: SANTA CLARA (AUGUST 12TH)       
First Line: Clara agnese ortolana beatrice
Last Line: Enraptured by its austerity, enthroned %by its own seclusion


3       
First Line: Here we are, disguised in jolly travelers tweed
Last Line: A sliver of cheese and the coolest cucumbers


30: NUESTRA SENORA DE LOS REMEDIOS (SEPTEMBER 24TH)       
First Line: When they came to my house that night
Last Line: Green water under a green tree responds %when I call into her house


31: SAN RAFAEL ARCANGELO (OCTOBER 24TH)       
First Line: Enoch, I walk about the earth the angels have defiled
Last Line: Find love the perfect vessel to trouble the waters


32: SAN DIEGO (NOVEMBER 13TH)       
First Line: At home, at this hour, the fog would just be braiding
Last Line: His silence a hant's song near the altar %from which a god has fled


33: SANTA BARBARA (DECEMBER 4TH)       
First Line: Who now takes an oath on the peacock, hera's bird?
Last Line: Set free by sailing away, and into, %gold, silver, ivory, and peacocks


34: THE WHITE DEER       
First Line: The sun says she is there
Last Line: Sits, camauflaged, in a tree, and aims %his silent magnum at the white deer


35: INDIAN POND       
First Line: All through a bitter april
Last Line: Where tethered april broke %and disappeared


36       
First Line: The poplars have grown their winter cotton
Last Line: And move you through the deep waters of wonder %into a forgiving sleep


37       
First Line: Ayer me hablo el corazon
Last Line: What this spent heart has left alone


38       
First Line: Un siglo de auscencia might
Last Line: Or speak, when they serve a deliv- %erance the tempered heart has heard


4       
First Line: Juno, they say, was paler by the yard
Last Line: Could ever betokening brooklyn have known %what beatitudes I would find %in such a disquieting body?


6       
First Line: You will never arrive before these
Last Line: When you might come into the first sun %and find yourself alone


8       
First Line: Plainly cows normally shit
Last Line: The silent evening opens to the night voices, %rising to the terrace of our new home


9       
First Line: Nomadic hearts know there is no rose
Last Line: Will understand %and a nomadic heart will carry away


ABSTRACT OF KNOWLEDGE; THE FIRST TEST       
First Line: I shall be the last to come into the word


ALBUQUERQUE GRAVEYARD       
First Line: It would be easier
Last Line: And turn for home
Subject(s): Albuquerque, New Mexico; Cemeteries


ALTARS AND SACRIFICES       
First Line: Even this movement
Last Line: And the rhythm of the smith


AN INVITATION TO MADISON COUNTY    Poem Text    
First Line: I ride through queens
Last Line: "when people who have only themselves to give
Subject(s): Southern States; South (u.s.)


ANAGNORISIS       
First Line: Through blood
Last Line: I take my son's pursuit %of the days he must live %to recall


ANATOMY OF RESONANCE       
First Line: There must be an atmosphere


AREITO    Poem Text    
First Line: This is my mitote,
Subject(s): Language; Relationships; Nature; Words; Vocabulary


BAPTISM IN THE LEAD AVENUE DITCH       
First Line: Ageless again


BEGINNING AGAIN       
First Line: I've come back so slowly


BENJAMIN BANNEKER HELPS TO BUILD A CITY    Poem Text    
First Line: In a morning coat,
Subject(s): Banneker, Benjamin (1731-1806)


BENJAMIN BANNEKER HELPS TO BUILD A CITY       
First Line: In a morning coat, %hands locked behind your back
Last Line: Beyond your power, %beyond mine


BENJAMIN BANNEKER SENDS HIS 'ALMANAC' TO THOMAS JEFFERSON    Poem Text    
First Line: Old now, / your eyes nearly blank
Subject(s): Banneker, Benjamin (1731-1806); Stars; Mathematics


BENJAMIN BANNEKER SENDS HIS ALMANAC TO THOMAS JEFFERSON       
First Line: Old now %your eyes nearly blank
Last Line: Searcher, searching yourself, %losing the relations


BENJAMIN BANNEKER SENDS HIS ALMANAC TO THOMAS JEFFERSON       
First Line: Old now


BIRTHDAY       
First Line: My mind


BODY       
First Line: All day we charge
Last Line: To return, in the heat of your eye, %to a presence we may not remember, %but know


BOLERO 9    Poem Text    
First Line: Nomadic hearts know there is no rose
Subject(s): Travel; Memory; Journeys; Trips


BOLERO: 14       
First Line: Night enters the plaza, step by step, in the singular
Last Line: Advances to the spot where the virgin %once sat to receive us


BOLERO: 25. SAN ANSELMO (APRIL 21ST)       
First Line: Who will say he saw me
Last Line: Might have seen and dressed my spirit's naked body


BOLERO: 39       
First Line: Dime en donde encontrarte
Last Line: And enable me to recall %light that shrouds us in its slow fall


BOLERO: 5       
First Line: All names are invocations, or curses
Last Line: The heartache of patience that love and naming %that this our divided world requires


BOLERO: 7       
First Line: Tough old glasgow tucks itself
Last Line: Curled in its water bed, %confident, &cocky, %still uncomforted


BOLEROS 14    Poem Text    
First Line: Night enters the plaza, step by step, in the singular
Subject(s): Marriage; Religion; Weddings; Husbands; Wives; Theology


CANTA, RANA       
Last Line: Exuberance that keeps you %singing


CHANGE       
First Line: This is the morning
Last Line: Rises still to fill %our vacant eyes


CHAPULTEPEC CASTLE       
First Line: This is the castle where they lived


CONTINUING CITY : SPIRIT AND BODY       
First Line: I resist the image of a god
Last Line: I await my completion in a strange house %my soul's rags falling in pride from its door


CORRIDA       
First Line: Trumpets at four o'clock
Last Line: Into a dark corner, under the plaza, %to be cut and sent, living, %into the poorest pots


CRADLE LOGIC OF AUTUMN       
First Line: Each instant comes with a price, the blue-edged bill
Last Line: The heart alone given power to recite %its faith, what a cradled life finds emblematic
Subject(s): Autumn; Seasons


CRISPUS ATTUCKS    Poem Text    
First Line: When we speak
Last Line: Another season drums your intense, communal daring
Subject(s): African Americans; Attucks, Crispus (1723-1770); Boston Massacre; Negroes; American Blacks


CRISPUS ATTUCKS       
First Line: When we speak
Subject(s): African Americans; Attucks, Crispus (1723-1770); Boston Massacre


CROSSES MEET       
First Line: Patiently, I set your seat
Last Line: And I am the carpenter %of your new spirit %that speaks to hear itself %in stone


DEAD       
First Line: The dance grows
Last Line: That your world still moves


DEATH AS HISTORY       
First Line: They are all dying
Last Line: If they are all dying, %the living ones, %they charge us with the improbable


DEATH OF AN UNFAMILIAR SISTER       
First Line: Your body


DESIRE'S PERSISTENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: In the region of rain and cloud,
Subject(s): Love; Desire


DESIRE'S PERSISTENCE       
First Line: In the region of rain and cloud
Last Line: But your heart has become perfect


DESTINATION: ACCOMPLISHED       
First Line: Six miles between


ECONOMY OF POWER       
First Line: The song is forever false
Last Line: The thrifty soul that follows %and cries its tribute


EYE OF GOD, THE SOUL'S FIRST VISION       
First Line: Brightness is a curse upon the day


FAMILY REUNION       
First Line: Each time we meet


FIRST PRINCIPLES       
First Line: I see my father


HOMECOMING    Poem Text    
First Line: The trees are crystal chandeliers,
Subject(s): Homecoming


HOMECOMING       
First Line: The trees are crystal chandeliers


HOMECOMING SINGER       
First Line: The plane tilts in to nashville
Last Line: I close my eyes and listen, %as she goes out to sing this city home


IDIOTIC AND POLITIC       
First Line: Your letter reached me


INDIAN POND    Poem Text    
First Line: All through a bitter april,
Subject(s): Ponds


INSCRUTABILITY       
First Line: Inscrutable when I speak
Last Line: Of my tongue's impossible passage %through the ill-defined logic %of my body's exaltation


INSIDE CHAPULTEPEC CASTLE       
First Line: Wherever you turn


INVENTION OF A GARDEN       
First Line: I'm looking out of the window


INVITATION TO MADISON COUNTY       
First Line: I ride through queens
Last Line: When people, who have only themselves to give, %offer you their meal
Subject(s): Southern States


JASON VISITS HIS GYPSY       
First Line: This babbling gypsy


JOURNEY TO THE PLACE OF GHOSTS       
First Line: Death knocks all night at my door
Last Line: And our ordinary garments decent in the dead one's eyes


JOURNEY TO THE PLACE OF THE GHOSTS    Poem Text    
First Line: Death knocks all night at my door.
Subject(s): Death; Soul; Mythology; Dead, The


LEAVING THE BUENOS AIRES CEMETERY       
First Line: The evening folds the sun in its blue skirt
Last Line: This fire blue evening has become my cross %and the capped candle of my every loss


LOGBOOK OF JUDGMENTS, SELS.       


LOVE AS HEAVEN'S NOSTALGIA       
First Line: Rhine moonstone, light
Last Line: And, you, delivered from this world, %summon my purified soul to sit %in its nature with the stars


LOVE AS THE LIMIT AND COAL       
First Line: What in me is best


LOVE AS THE LIMIT AND GOAL       
First Line: What in me is best
Last Line: The breaking of the ground from which I rise, %invested with the ligh my grave reveals


LOVE IN THE IRON ...       
First Line: Double the earth in northern light


LOVE IN THE IRON AND LOOM       
First Line: Double the earth in northen light
Last Line: I am finished %I weep for the twist of my craft %in the green river of my god's love


LOVE IN THE WATER ...       
First Line: Faithful bean lady of the plantain


LOVE IN THE WATER, LOVE IN THE STONE    Poem Text    
First Line: Faithful bean lady of the plantain,
Subject(s): Love; Water; Stones; Granite; Rocks


LOVE IN THE WATER, LOVE IN THE STONE       
First Line: Faithful bean lady of the plantain
Last Line: I crawl to the altar of your thunderstones %and bleed for the bride whose blood %will fill my name


LOVE IN THE WEATHER BELLS       
First Line: Snow hurries


LOVE IN THE WEATHER'S BELLS    Poem Text    
First Line: Snow hurries / the strawberries
Subject(s): Love


LOVE IN THE WEATHER'S BELLS       
First Line: Snow hurries
Last Line: It will be the weather's bells %to call me to the abandoned chapel %of your simple body


LOVE PLUMBS TO THE CENTER ...       
First Line: I will live with winter


LOVE PLUMBS TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH       
First Line: I will live with winter
Last Line: Voices of that deep water stretch %into heaven on a thin line filled %with all we do not possess


LOVE'S COLDNESS TURNS ...       
First Line: My blanket smells of burnt apples


LOVE'S COLDNESS TURNS TO THE WARMTH OF PATIENCE       
First Line: My blanket smells of burnt apples
Last Line: I comfort you in the bed of charity, %my soul redeemed in your body's expected fire


LOVE'S FIGURED APPREHENSION       
First Line: Figure, trace, and the sign, womb of the world, leave me in peace, %inspire
Last Line: Dama lies in the strict structure of stars, nourished by mortal seed?


LOVE'S LIMIT AND RULE       
First Line: My body questions its natural state
Last Line: Composed by the ecstasy of contemplation


LUNDU    Poem Text    
First Line: Moonlight, if I sleep on this bank
Subject(s): Farm Life; Rivers; Sugar; Agriculture; Farmers


MACINTYRE, THE CAPTAIN AND THE SAINTS       
First Line: A northern light at midnight
Last Line: I crown and sceptre you with your blood %burden, and hear the echo of my own


MADRID    Poem Text    
First Line: So the villa, having learned its many skills
Subject(s): Madrid, Spain


MADRID       
First Line: So the villa, having learned its many skills
Last Line: Or having it, fulfill
Subject(s): Madrid, Spain


MEASURE       
First Line: I continue in my gbariye
Last Line: I desire your double journey %I ask your name %I continue


MEETING HER IN CHAPULTEPEC       
First Line: I would take you


META-A AND THE A OF ABSOLUTES    Poem Text    
First Line: I write my god in blue.
Subject(s): Religion; Theology


MORNING: LEAVING CALLE GIGANTES       
First Line: The tart sun


MUSEUMS IN CHAPULTEPEC       
First Line: As round and soft as women


NAMING THE ASTURIAN BIRD       
First Line: I would be carried away
Last Line: --the significant %other, wearing a bird's hood


NEW ADAM'S CROSS       
First Line: Dove, I offer you my hand
Last Line: I am not all of you, you draw away from me %I break my unillumined bones


NIGHT RIDE       
First Line: A lame horse moves


NON-BIRTHDAY POEM FOR MY FATHER       
First Line: Fathers never fit in poems


NOW       
Last Line: Of my constantly changing %breath


NUESTRA SENORA DE LA PAZ (JANUARY 24TH)       
First Line: At the upper end of this continent
Last Line: And trying to sound the enharmonic note %that will distinguish peace from death


ON THE BLOCK: ANOTHER NIGHT SEARCH       
First Line: Block time, baby, let's walk'
Last Line: Now, I think I can travel


ORIGINS       
First Line: We've been here alone for days


POLYNOMIALS AND POLLEN, SELS       
First Line: Praise %the making of waters
Last Line: And dares you to conceive %its end


POPPER'S DILEMMA       
First Line: Amada vieja, your old sleight
Last Line: A red flower standing in rain %knows only the curve of time's weight


POWER OF REEDS       
First Line: Learning to sprak, after the heart's lost exuberance


PREPARING TO LEAVE HOME       
First Line: Trying to come out of it


REGENERATION       
First Line: The wind, taut as piano wire


RHYTHM, CHARTS AND CHANGES, SELS.       


RITUAL TUNING       
First Line: Now I will enter the house of affliction
Last Line: I surround you with my sign, %and look upon your marriage bed, %and look upon your death


SALTOS       
First Line: What do I know of marriages and prophecy


SAN DIEGO'S DISPOSSESSION       
First Line: Clouds fall in san diego's yard
Last Line: The cold light of this tonsure %will possess us, when we return %and fall unseen


SEGUIDILLA WITH A DOUBLE HEART       
First Line: May wants a mandarin heart
Last Line: All my tall hopes rest %with the jackal in the bush, %small,and called by wrath


SENSE OF COMEDY: 1       
First Line: Imagine yourself, %in the suit of lights
Last Line: And the comedy begins, again


SKETCH FOR AN AESTHETIC PROJECT       
First Line: I stomp about these rooms in an old overcoat


SOMEWHERE BETWEEN HERE AND BELEN    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Rivers


SUNSET'S WIDOW       
First Line: Ridge hair runny nose
Last Line: Snuff snot and the line %dying %at the crown %of the head


TENSIONS AND RESOLUTIONS       
First Line: At dawn, the pips
Last Line: And first sun, for a sound an act %to acknowledge


THE ALBUQUERQUE GRAVEYARD    Poem Text    
First Line: It would be easier
Last Line: "abruptly drop my wilted flowers,
Subject(s): Albuquerque, New Mexico; Cemeteries; Graveyards


THE CRADLE LOGIC OF AUTUMN    Poem Text    
First Line: Each instant comes with a price, the blue-edged bill
Last Line: Its faith, what a cradled life finds emblematic
Subject(s): Autumn; Seasons; Fall


THE END OF AN ETHNIC DREAM    Poem Text    
First Line: Cigarettes in my mouth
Last Line: My brain blistered.
Subject(s): Aging; Dreams; Conduct Of Life; Nightmares


THE HEALING IMPROVISATION OF HAIR    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Hair


THE HOMECOMING SINGER    Poem Text    
First Line: The plane tilts in to nashville
Subject(s): Singing & Singers; Homecoming; Colleges & Universities; Songs


THE LAKE IN CENTRAL PARK    Poem Text    
First Line: It should have a woman's name
Subject(s): Central Park, New York City; Lakes; Pools; Ponds


THE MEASURE    Poem Text    
First Line: I continue in my gbariye.
Subject(s): Life Choices; Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


THIS MORNING       
First Line: This morning I threw the windows
Last Line: I shall ever close my windows again


TRANSCENDENT NIGHT       
First Line: Your feather hands
Last Line: Death of the dark. Death of the light %I live in my spirit' s web of love's %transcendent night


TWENTY-TWO TREMBLINGS OF THE POSTULANT       
First Line: Candles, ribbons and a cross
Last Line: We walk among these signs of your %dispossession %and hear you say you passed this way, %like this,


UNWEDDING OF THE MAGDALENE ...       
First Line: Down, on your bare feet


UNWEDDING OF THE MAGDALENE OF THE VINE       
First Line: Down, on your bare feet
Last Line: Against the jealous redness of my stripped love %unwed, I accept your turning of this our earth


W. E. B. DUBOIS AT HARVARD    Poem Text    
First Line: In harvard square
Last Line: Your intense, communal daring
Subject(s): Du Bois, William Edward B. (1868-1963); Harvard University; Reform And Reformers; Writing & Writers


W.E.B. DUBOIS AT HARVARD       
First Line: In harvard square
Subject(s): Du Bois, William Edward B. (1868-1963); Harvard University; Reform And Reformers; Writing And Writers


WALKING CHAPULTEPEC       
First Line: These gardens circle up


WEDNESDAY NIGHT PRAYER MEETING    Poem Text    
First Line: On wednesday night, / the church still opens at seven
Last Line: Unwilling to chasnge their freedom for a god
Subject(s): Prayer Meetings


WEDNESDAY NIGHT PRAYER MEETING       
First Line: On wednesday night, %the church still opens at seven
Last Line: Unwilling to change their freedom for a god
Subject(s): Prayer Meetings


WEDNESDAY NIGHT PRAYER MEETING       
First Line: On wednesday night
Last Line: They have closed their night %with what certainty they could, %unwilling to change their freedom for
Subject(s): Prayer Meetings


WHAT IS GOOD    Poem Text    
First Line: Out of the water call
Subject(s): Relationships; Conduct Of Life; Mothers


ZONES       
First Line: In the city of eternal spring
Last Line: With the body's changing firmness, %to repair the constancy of things