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Author: WRIGLEY, ROBERT
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Wrigley, Robert    Poet's Biography
233 poems available by this author


A LOCK OF HER HAIR    Poem Text    
First Line: As a hoodoo-voodoo, get-you-back-to-me tool,
Subject(s): Hair; Love


ABOUT LANGUAGE       
First Line: Damn the rain anyway, she says
Last Line: She says bye-bye, geese; she says wow; she says jesus


AFTER A RAINSTORM    Poem Text    
First Line: Because I have come to the fence at night,
Subject(s): Horses


AFTER THE COYOTES' SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: Now night is clearly darker than before
Subject(s): Dreams; Nightmares


AFTER THE FLOOD       
First Line: These are the halcyon days
Last Line: And kissed me back


AGENCY       
First Line: They stumble now and then, the deer
Last Line: The ninth of february, 2001, winter %almost halfway gone


AMERICAN MANHOOD    Poem Text    
First Line: In the dull ache that is midnight for a boy
Subject(s): Teenagers; Boys; Night; Coming Of Age; Bedtime


AMERICAN MANHOOD       
First Line: In the dull ache that is midnight for a boy


ANATOMY OF MELANCHOLY    Poem Text    
First Line: Lucy doolin, first day on the job, stroked his goatee
Subject(s): Refuse & Refuse Disposal; Rats; Murder; Fathers & Sons; Conduct Of Life; Memory; Youth; Relationships


ANGEL ON THE BRIDGE       
First Line: In the picture I remember most from childhood
Last Line: Into a dark I could only dream I would see


ANGELS       
First Line: Cigarettes pilfered two at a time
Last Line: As I stretched, the weight on my back %only wings


APPALONEA (APPALONEA MILLER VOISIN, 1840-1901)       
First Line: There may have been a time when
Last Line: A prize, a poem, appalonea


ARROWHEAD       
First Line: A century of recent sand washed away
Last Line: Though I have more than I will ever need


ART       
First Line: How the buck could have tangled himself
Last Line: The wind leans against, and one day, will open


AT THE BEACH    Poem Text    
First Line: What are they, those burrowing crustaceans, the ones
Subject(s): Seashore; Beach; Coast; Shore


AT THE BEACH       
First Line: What are they, those burrowing crustaceans, the ones
Last Line: And who, the truth be told, cannot name us either


AT THE VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL       
First Line: In the sun and wet haze I am walking
Last Line: As any climb anywhere else. You walk, %but heavily, slowly, filled with the absent weight of names


AUBADE       
First Line: Sun-baked all day, the south-facing cliffs
Last Line: And rise-- %to welcome the daily fire


AUBADE FOR MOTHERS       
First Line: I am alone in the nursery corridor


BEAR DREAMS       
First Line: What had seemed to him in june just a few
Last Line: All that is no longer there, those seeds of another hunger


BEES       
First Line: Maybe you heard them first without knowing


BELIEFS OF A HORSE       
First Line: In the field out back


BENTON'S PERSEPHONE       
First Line: Autumn, harvest, the pond still clear of dust
Last Line: And bear her home, into the smoke and flame %he bargained for


BIG DIPPER       
First Line: It is winter, we are driving at night
Last Line: We're headed, toward home, that cold house %dusted under hoarfrost, under the north star


BODIES       
First Line: Too soon, the foreshadowed curves
Last Line: And the touch of skin on air and light


BODY AND SOUL       
First Line: Yellow with newness, the other saxophones
Last Line: In love with believing, and despite anything %I might say, believes he's alone in the world


BOVINITY    Poem Text    
First Line: The steer has found, among the mud
Last Line: Over the vast brown and white body of the earth
Subject(s): Cattle


BRAMBLE       
First Line: Cathedral of thorns, brambly fist
Last Line: Miraculously white and unscathed, %holding out to her a brooch of diamonds


BURNED CEMETERY       
First Line: Understand the years of drought, the vast expanse
Last Line: You could fall heading to the roots on fire


BURNING THE BLACK LOCUST       
First Line: After four years it's seasoned enough, cracks


C.O.    Poem Text    
First Line: We left the quarter peep shows, the lurid skin
Subject(s): Conscientious Objectors


C.O.       
First Line: We left the quarter peep shows, the lurid skin
Last Line: But he stamped my papers, paid me, and said good-bye, %then I found padilla, and we shook hands, and


CAMPING    Poem Text    
First Line: I see my father campng, twenty-seven years
Subject(s): Campingl Fathers


CAMPING       
First Line: I see my father camping, twenty-seven years
Last Line: Listen, another day is almost gone


CAPPELLA       
First Line: Sensitive fellow and bellower of brimstone
Last Line: But would find another way to make my peace %with music


CHORE       
First Line: The night we arrived home from our trip ...


CIVICS       
First Line: Seven wild turkeys have assembled
Last Line: Must ring, for some reason, again and again


CLEMENCY       
First Line: Over the trough, the long face of the horse
Last Line: Let her breathe where the lick of memory wants


COLLECTION       
First Line: Arrayed on the kitchen table


CONFESSION       
First Line: Forgive me, moose head, for I have sinned
Last Line: Spring air bringing a flush to her cheeks


CONJURE       
First Line: There is nothing of her body he can't
Last Line: And the dark he is kissing is her face


COSMOGRAPHY       
First Line: It takes most of an hour to finish the sky
Last Line: But she goes on: %it's the cat, and he's eating a little gray mouse


CRECHE       
First Line: It survived the loud, jostling train


CREEL    Poem Text    
First Line: We sentimentalize the weaver, the hands
Subject(s): Weaving & Weavers


CREEL       
First Line: We sentimentalize the weaver, the hands


DARK FOREST       
First Line: I love the way the woods arrange themselves
Last Line: The man I refuse to be


DIARY OF THE STRIKE       
First Line: Picket lines are for fingers and legs
Last Line: Walking quietly home
Subject(s): Diaries; Industry; Labor And Laborers


DO YOU LOVE ME?    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: She's twelve and she's asking the dog,
Subject(s): Children; Dogs; Childhood


DO YOU LOVE ME?       
First Line: She's twelve and she's asking the dog
Last Line: Say it,' she hisses, 'say it to me'


DOG       
First Line: For how many days had the dog shaken?
Last Line: Never understanding it was no name at all


DRUNKARD'S PATH       
First Line: Under the drum-taut top and backing I knelt
Last Line: Off the dew, and above me slivers of light %weave and flicke, and drunkenly flash


DUST       
First Line: From the hard-rutted, high-line road, the dust
Last Line: The antithesis of mountains, their imperceptible dance, %their purity of waiting, those certainties


EARTHLY MEDITATIONS: 1. THE AFTERLIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: Spring, and the first full crop of dandelions gone
Subject(s): Transience; Impermanence


EARTHLY MEDITATIONS: THE AFTERLIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: Spring, and the fist full crop of dandelions gone
Last Line: The baby's breath is no longer a rose
Subject(s): Spring


ECONOMICS       
First Line: He learned economics in the shade


EMBLEM       
First Line: In the last days of the sun


EXPLANATORY       
First Line: The hackberry tree, a static of twigs and branches
Last Line: Great horned owls gone into smoke through the going-down sun


FINDING A BIBLE IN AN ABANDONED CABIN    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Bible


FIREFLIES       
First Line: Now there are no fireflies. Once
Last Line: And they were sweet and golden


FIRST PERSON    Poem Text    
First Line: One lies on one's back in the woods
Last Line: The last one / to die
Subject(s): Forests; Aging; Animals; Poetry & Poets; Mortality


FISH DREAMS       
First Line: She thinks the caught trout's eye must see
Last Line: The bottomless sky, the same terrible blue of the eye


FIXING THE WINDOW       
First Line: It is the way some vandal left it


FLIES       
First Line: They come from the walls, from the house
Last Line: We must work


FLIGHT       
First Line: All morning I have watched the robins
Last Line: And slanted and coasted down the same long breezes %as any birds, swallowed by the air, and believin
Subject(s): Birds; Flight


FLIGHT LINE       
First Line: Summer days that paved world shimmers with heat
Last Line: Our house a small darkness in the greater dark, %from which we might wave our hands bloody %and neve


FLY AWAY       
First Line: Our daughter finds a glut of ladybugs woven
Last Line: Across the meadow, into the odd new light, toward home


FOLLOWING SNAKES       
First Line: Esses, esses, a glassine imaginary axis
Last Line: Though now they may wait near the path I walk


FOR THE LAST SUMMER    Poem Text    
First Line: That summer with a thousand julys
Subject(s): Music, Rock; Youth; Summer; War; Desire; Rock & Roll


FOR THE LAST SUMMER       
First Line: That summer with a thousand julys
Last Line: For him, in the only hours of his life he ever knew %as his own, was music, music, music
Subject(s): Music, Rock


FOR THE ORCHARDIST       
First Line: So how many desperate men have seen breasts


FROM LUMAGHI MINE    Poem Text    
First Line: Dear father, / eleven days without sunlight. We go in
Subject(s): Industry; Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


FROM LUMAGHI MINE       
First Line: Dear father, %eleven days without sunlight. We go in
Last Line: And they would burn for days
Subject(s): Industry; Labor And Laborers


GLOW       
First Line: Above the playground, from the hung-out


GOLD       
First Line: If the barkeep had taken a check
Last Line: From cloud after cloud of coins


GRANDMOTHERS       
First Line: He thought, this is the way they all are
Last Line: Smiling. He thought, ozone, the ancient air, %the long, long night they must swim through


HAL'S BELLS       
First Line: There's a horde of wringer washers
Last Line: Room to room, making the air itself %clang with light


HAVING HEARD THE MOON IS NO LONGER DESIRABLE IN POETRY       
First Line: I for one am relieved, although I understand
Last Line: Am the pink and shimmering flaw inside a jewel


HEART ATTACK       
First Line: Throwing his small, blond son
Last Line: His father does not mean to leave, but goes


HIS FATHER'S WHISTLE       
First Line: For hours the boy fought sleep
Last Line: Were a man's only reason for whistling


HOARFROST       
First Line: This morning the swing set's a confection
Last Line: Into the vast, geometrical whiteness %of ice


HOMAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: The three-bladed, dunce-capped agitator pulsed
Subject(s): Laundery & Laundering; Family Life; Relatives


HOMAGE       
First Line: The three-bladed, dunce-capped agitator pulsed
Last Line: In which, come september, she would look for %work


HORSEFLIES    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: After the horse went down
Subject(s): Horses; Death - Animals


I LIKE THE WIND    Poem Text    
First Line: We are at or near that approximate line
Subject(s): Wind


ICE FISHING    Poem Text    
First Line: From open water at the lake's
Last Line: By the blood-freckled cheek of the evening snow
Subject(s): Fish & Fishing; Winter


ICE FISHING       
First Line: From open water at the lake's
Last Line: By the blood - freckled cheek of the evening snow


IN THE DARK POOL, FINDING YOU    Poem Text    
First Line: No lights, no moon, no stars in the mountains
Last Line: High in the pine, dining on imaginary mice
Subject(s): Love; Desire


IN THE DARK POOL, FINDING YOU       
First Line: No lights, no moon, no stars in the mountains
Last Line: This is love's skill and power, as real as the owl, %high in the pine, and dining on imaginary mice


INVISIBLE MEN       
First Line: For the mile past american steel
Last Line: To the edge of its true colors, white on white on white


KILLING THE SNAKES       
First Line: I didn't know you were watching
Last Line: Or sleep for, still at the window, %watching and watching


KISSING A HORSE    Poem Text    
First Line: Of the two spoiled, barn-sour geldings
Subject(s): Horses; Kisses


KNOWING       
First Line: And what rough beast is this? Adam asked
Last Line: It would cost them this paradise and more


LATER THAT DAY       
First Line: Because I did not want to walk far from home
Last Line: Where we lay and slept like prey


LAZARUS       
First Line: Eventually the fly awakens, whirring
Last Line: Who howl, leaving a garnish of dry grass


LEANING HOUSE       
First Line: Everything leans north


LESSONS       
First Line: The water is cold, and I cling to the side
Last Line: Might give herself to a man she does not love


LETTER TO A YOUNG POET    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: In the biographies of rilke, you get the feeling
Subject(s): Rilke, Rainer Maria (1875-1926); Poetry & Poets; Human Behavior; Conduct Of Life; Human Nature


LETTER TO A YOUNG POET       
First Line: In the biographies of rilke, you get the feeling
Last Line: Except if only, just for once, you could be him


LIGHT AFTER LIGHT       
First Line: Lut of the corner of his eye it looked
Last Line: Sleek for the long drive away


LIMBO    Poem Text    
First Line: The preacher waited. So here
Subject(s): Abortions; Death; Christianity; Dead, The


LIMBO       
First Line: The preacher waited. So here %was aquinas, scholastically rational
Last Line: And look up from, dizzy, toward a blue and cloudless sky


LITTLE DEATHS    Poem Text    
First Line: Every minute to two, another moth
Subject(s): Death - Animals; Fish & Fishing; Moths; Anglers


LITTLE DEATHS       
First Line: Every minute or two, another moth
Last Line: Though I think of her dreams and wonder, %whimpering that way, if she is the one who chases


LONGING OF EAGLES       
First Line: No words can tell what they feel, how
Last Line: But not hatred, not need, not human love


LOST       
First Line: Once, miles up kelly creek, walking back
Last Line: Where I would curl alone


LOVER OF LIFE       
First Line: Musk-wet, hay smells, the acrid sweet


MAMMOTH    Poem Text    
First Line: Returning the refilled feeder to its hanger on the tree,
Subject(s): Hummingbirds


MAN WITH LANTERN, APPROACHING       
First Line: At first, from so far away, he could


MEMORY OF GARLIC       
First Line: Across the pale gray otherworldly umbras
Last Line: A furnace from within, so many days smoldering %then flaring in a quarter moon's clove of smoke


MILKFLOWERS       
First Line: It is first that angle at which you sleep
Last Line: To paint your skin with invisible roses


MINERS SHAKING HANDS WITH A UNION MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: These men are solemn and strong
Subject(s): Industry; Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


MINERS SHAKING HANDS WITH A UNION MAN       
First Line: These man are solemn and strong
Last Line: The impenetrable blackness off camera
Subject(s): Industry; Labor And Laborers


MODEL       
First Line: Last year, too far into my life
Last Line: About which they may suddenly have remembered %nothing but the absolute joy of flight


MOON IN A MASON JAR       
First Line: It was what you might as well wish for
Last Line: As it pings and seals itself tight


MOONLIGHT: CHICKENS ON THE ROAD    Poem Text    
First Line: Called out of dream by the pitch and screech
Subject(s): Automobile Accidents; Chickens; Grief; Ozarks (mountains); Sorrow; Sadness


MOONLIGHT: CHICKENS ON THE ROAD       
First Line: Called out of a dream by the pitch and screech
Last Line: Like a pincurl, like pulse, like life


MORE RAIN       
First Line: Indolent and watery, the nightcrawlers sprawl
Last Line: For the sound of rain on the road


MORELITY    Poem Text    
First Line: The heavy thatch of needle and leaf
Subject(s): Mushrooms; Morels


MOUTH    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: When she bought the gift shop ventriloquist's dummy
Subject(s): Ventriloquists & Ventriloquist Dummies


MOUTH       
First Line: When she bought the thrift shop ventriloquist's dummy
Last Line: More or less than her fist


MOVIES       
First Line: On the move again, the kidney stone
Last Line: I'm looking better all the time


MOWING    Poem Text    
First Line: Sleepy and suburban at dusk,
Subject(s): Mowing & Mowers; Bees; Lawn Mowers; Beekeeping


MOWING       
First Line: Sleepy and suburban at dusk
Last Line: Dying to be seen from tomorrow


MUMMY OF A MOUSE       
First Line: Spit back to sun by an owl or a snake
Last Line: No good, god whispers go! Run! Run!


MY FATHER'S FINGERNAILS    Poem Text    
First Line: In the hardware store a young clerk
Subject(s): Fathers & Sons; Human Behavior; Conduct Of Life; Human Nature


MY FATHER'S FINGERNAILS       
First Line: In the hardware store a young clerk


MY NAME       
First Line: One night years ago I was awakened
Last Line: Neither she nor her bob would remember


MYOPIA       
First Line: My half-blind lover mourned last night
Last Line: So close to her, as he parted and parted his hair


NEIGH    Poem Text    
First Line: The farrier drops the left hind hoof,
Subject(s): Horses; Accidents


NEW WORLD       
First Line: Twelve-year-old hermit, I'd hacked my way alone
Last Line: But into a world I felt new in, freed, %where nothing is nothing, where love is a sin


NIGHT CALLS: HIS CHILDREN       
First Line: In his dream it is the ruined farm
Last Line: And the damp wind blowing into the hall, %making nothing better
Subject(s): Children


NIGHT CALLS: HIS HEART       
First Line: Not insomnia, but the body's noisy sleep
Last Line: He dances to, that monotonous thump %he curses and yearns for


NIGHT CALLS: HIS WIFE       
First Line: At the edge of sleep, in the wash of the covers
Last Line: In the front seat of his car, and drew from her %that song of breath, that sigh he will always know
Subject(s): Marriage


NIGHT CALLS: LOCUSTS       
First Line: No explanation will suffice, no dictionary
Last Line: Dream-breath of all the empty world %he lives in, and speaksto, and loves
Subject(s): Locusts


NIGHT CALLS: THE MIDNIGHT WHISTLE       
First Line: On the drive across town he hears it
Last Line: Though now he can hear every mile %of the way a single blare louder than the others
Subject(s): Sound


NIGHT RISING       
First Line: After an hour or fighting it, I pull
Last Line: One slow step after another, my hands %swimming the black fog before me, %finding my way in time


NIGHTCRAWLERS       
First Line: It rains for three days


NUTHATCH SITTING ON A BEAR'S NOSE    Poem Text    
First Line: Really just a small cast iron representation
Subject(s): Cemeteries; Statues; Graveyards


OF DIAMONDS    Poem Text    
First Line: The dew has sown a field of diamonds
Last Line: Is walked by animals unaware of the true worth / of diamonds
Subject(s): Hunting; Compassion


OF DIAMONDS       
First Line: The dew has sown a field of diamonds
Last Line: From beloved sleepers, while the earth %is walked by animals unaware of the true worth %of diamonds


OH YEAH, THE MINE TALKS       
First Line: Secrets %ain't no part of it though, just good learnin'
Last Line: And you ain't never leavin' yours
Subject(s): Industry; Labor And Laborers


ON AN ISLAND IN THE RIVER AFTER A FLOOD       
First Line: A tv antenna and a portrait of jesus
Last Line: Remains unbroken, for all the good it does


ONIONS    Poem Text    
First Line: A rooster pheasant crows in the gully
Last Line: To the cellar, where they will remain for months
Subject(s): Onions; Pregnancy


ONIONS       
First Line: A rooster pheasant crows in the gully
Last Line: From the eaves of the porch until I move them %to the cellar, where they will remain for months


OPEN GRAVE       
First Line: This wedge of county land shows up
Last Line: And much harder, the climb back out


OUR FATHER       
First Line: A hand, or the shadow of a hand
Last Line: One who tries and tries to pray


OVERCOAT       
First Line: The winter sun blinded, glass buildings
Last Line: That building, that brutal hall, %that room in which I gave away %what I had no need for


OVERTIME       
First Line: Somewhere the thin and tasteful junior executive ties
Last Line: Sweating, working my last hour at time-and-a-half


OWL       
First Line: I was young, and leaned


PARENTS    Poem Text    
First Line: Old two-hearted sadness, old blight
Last Line: "a kind of bird, who believes he reigns there
Subject(s): Ancestors & Ancestry; Relationships


PARENTS       
First Line: Old two-hearted sadness, old blight
Last Line: I can dream myself a kind of prince in, %a kind of bird, who believes he reigns there


PARKING    Poem Text    
First Line: Today I live where I have always been
Last Line: Lands, and coos like a fool in the dark
Subject(s): Automobiles; Middle Age; Youth; Passion


PARKING       
First Line: Today I live where I have always been


PART ELEGY       
First Line: Somewhere in this half - wild canyon, not far
Last Line: Where his kind, still in hunger and in need %might yet live


PEACE       
First Line: Like the minutes of a board meeting
Last Line: In the last word


PHEASANT HUNTING       
First Line: The man believes in blood, in the dog


PHOTO OF IMMIGRANTS, 1903       
First Line: You could cry at their faces


PLAGUE AND FEAST       
First Line: The horn worm loves tobacco and tomato
Last Line: Tomatoes and the greening yokes, an omelet, toothsome, in puce


POETRY       
First Line: We're in a new state, and the dandelions
Last Line: The seasons, the sun, this great, odd, and unfathomable drive %toward the dark


PRAYER FOR THE WINTER       
First Line: I place two pennies, one on either rail
Last Line: And never lose, and never, never lose


PREY    Poem Text    
First Line: We're walking through stubble and rain
Last Line: His meat, as the sun that rises is his fire
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs; Hunting; Nature; Hunters


PROGRESS    Poem Text    
First Line: Web by web the ruined work of spiders
Subject(s): Spiders


PROGRESS       
First Line: Web by web the ruined work of spiders
Last Line: Each one adorned by a single spectacular blue fly


PROPHECY       
First Line: The minister's enunciations cut like knives
Last Line: The searing violence of electric guitars, %behind which we wailed and sang
Subject(s): Music, Rock


RATTLESNAKE       
First Line: He's asleep, or dead, numb with wind
Last Line: And noisy, his dry music %still singing in our ears
Subject(s): Rattlesnakes


RAVENS AT DEER CREEK       
First Line: Something's dead in that stand of fir
Last Line: To the moon, and waiting for me, simple as sin, %that they may know the delicacy of my eyes


REIGN OF SNAKES; 1. REVIVAL       
First Line: During the heat of summer days, they sprawl
Last Line: His eyes sublimely closed


REIGN OF SNAKES; 2. CONFESSION       
First Line: As a boy I flogged a corn snake to death
Last Line: Then plucked a carnation for his lapel


REIGN OF SNAKES; 3. THE FALL       
First Line: Why snakes? Always snakes?
Last Line: The fat man's dry hack of laughter behind me


REIGN OF SNAKES; 4. CATECHISM       
First Line: You want to taste what's good, you go to lick
Last Line: Of some abandoned orchard, beneath a barren tree


REIGN OF SNAKES; 5. FELLOWSHIP       
First Line: The men who made the railroad bed
Last Line: A bloody rain of snakes


REIGN OF SNAKES; 6. DELIVERANCE       
First Line: The word for her, I know now, was florid
Last Line: Only inches from my eyes, and red as a rose


REIGN OF SNAKES; 7. GLOSSOLALIA       
First Line: Long interlocked ribly abundance scale
Last Line: Slick agent of doom snake man mask of god


REIGN OF SNAKES; 8. PARADISE       
First Line: But o you nefarious marionettes, limbless
Last Line: To leave you in peace


REIGN OF SNAKES; 9. RESURRECTION       
First Line: The vast basaltic flows cooled to columns
Last Line: I blow a huge, undulant ring of smoke %and wait


RELIGION    Poem Text    
First Line: The last thing the old dog brought home
Subject(s): Dogs; Shoes; Boots; Sneakers; Shoemakers


RUNNING IN YOUR SLEEP       
First Line: You're running, not


SAD MOOSE       
First Line: He's shed his left horn and lists
Last Line: Some of us seed and tendril, some of us stone


SCAR       
First Line: In her backpack the baby sputters and cheers
Last Line: Above our leaving, that scar, there, %unraveling already in cold, pure air


SECRET LIFE IN EVERY STANDING THING       
First Line: It is the secret life in every standing thing


SEEING THE LYNX AGAIN       
First Line: First time all I saw was the low-slung
Last Line: Suddenly gone, vanished, among the ferns


SEEN FROM THE PORCH, A BEAR BY THE HOUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: A mail of mud
Last Line: So instead I yell hey
Subject(s): Bears; Fear


SHORT ANSWER: MISHAP WITH A NAIL GUN    Poem Text    
First Line: Something about the nail through my hand said jesus. Or was it shit?
Subject(s): Tools; Accidents


SHRAPNEL       
First Line: Shrapnel,' he says to me, 'seems wrong,'
Last Line: Back and forth, back and forth, %until the right word comes,and changes nothing


SILENCE       
First Line: Night in the woods, its cool air
Last Line: Is earth, warm, against which it licks


SIMPLE NUMBERS       
First Line: We knew nothing of women but spoke of them
Last Line: Of our marching hearts, that intoxicating dance %in the problem of numbers, of which we ourselves we


SINATRA    Poem Text    
First Line: That skinny fuck-up, all recklessness and bones
Last Line: Of man I might've been, what sort I've become
Subject(s): Sinatra, Frank (1915-1998)


SINATRA       
First Line: That skinny fuck-up, all recklessness and bones
Last Line: My life now, and I wonder what sort %of man I might've been,what sort I've become
Subject(s): Sinatra, Frank (1915-1998)


SISYPHUS BEE    Poem Text    
First Line: I couldn't help it, I nearly fell asleep
Subject(s): Bees; Beekeeping


SKULL OF A SNOWSHOE HARE       
First Line: I found it in the woods, moss-mottled
Last Line: And this page, white as my bones, and alive


SLOW DREAMS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: All my life I have been bothered by them
Subject(s): Dreams; Nightmares


SO LONG SAILOR       
First Line: Goodbyes, goodbyes, leave-takings, retirements


SOUND BARRIER       
First Line: We were in our beds or daydreaming


SOUNDINGS    Poem Text    
First Line: The birdhouse made from a gourd is wired
Subject(s): Wind Chimes


SPEED OF LIGHT       
First Line: There's a kind of drunkenness all boys feel
Last Line: And a dizzy sweetness falling away %too fast, too fast, as fast as light, faster


STAR DUST       
First Line: That crooning they swooned for, all the moons in june


STEELHEAD       
First Line: Salt-dazed in fresh water, he eats
Last Line: Of heart and hard flesh, the slick shot snaked %toward oblivion, that pure dream of home


SWALLOWS       
First Line: Gnatsnappers, say the old time canyon folk
Last Line: All I need to know of the sky


SWEETBREAD       
First Line: Thymus of the neck, and of the stomach
Last Line: That would lead in time to me


TALISMAN       
First Line: Where the cat went off the riverside cliff
Last Line: Some word as charm, a safe passage. That's all


TAPERS       
First Line: My mother owned candles she would not light


TERMITES       
First Line: In one great spasm under the sun


THE AFTERLIFE OF MOOSE    Poem Text    
First Line: As the moose is obsessed, relentlessly
Last Line: As for the afterlife, Ill take his chances
Subject(s): Moose


THE BELIEFS OF A HORSE    Poem Text    
First Line: In the field out back
Subject(s): Horses; Ranch Life


THE EMBLEM    Poem Text    
First Line: In the last days of the sun
Subject(s): Bicycles; Youth; Bad Bheavior; Cycling


THE GRANDMOTHERS    Poem Text    
First Line: He thought, this is the way they all are
Last Line: The long, long night they must swim through
Subject(s): Grandparents; Cancer (disease); Family Life; Mortality


THE PROPHECY    Poem Text    
First Line: The minister's enunciations cut like knives
Last Line: Behind which we wailed and sang
Subject(s): Music, Rock; Rock & Roll


THE PUMPKIN TREE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Up a lattice of sumac and into the spars
Last Line: Of the wood it cannot know it is bound for
Subject(s): Pumpkins


THEORY AND PRACTICE OF FABLES       
First Line: Bagworms glided the ornamental yews either side
Last Line: The nib of gold just once against his tongue %and begins


THOSE RICHES    Poem Text    
First Line: The week after your father left
Subject(s): Poverty; Automobile Drivers


THOSE RICHES       
First Line: The week after your father left


TORCH SONGS    Poem Text    
First Line: I would speak of that grief
Subject(s): African Americans - Women; Blues (music); Grief; Holiday, Billie (1915-1959); Jazz; Love; Music & Musicians; Singing & Singers; Smith, Bessie (1894-1937); Sorrow; Sadness


TORCH SONGS       
First Line: I would speak of that grief
Last Line: Of someone you might always love
Subject(s): African Americans - Women; Blues (music); Grief; Holiday, Billie (1915-1959); Jazz; Love; Music And Musicians; Singing And Singers; Smith, Bessie (1894-1937)


TOUCHING THE CARP       
First Line: They looked reptilian in the lake's mud


TREATING THE SPRING BOX       
First Line: I hate this part, the annual april groan
Last Line: In the yawning black cistern, and all %across the heavy, almost immovable lid


TWO HORSES, TWO MEN       
First Line: The mare shows, first, pure shadow
Last Line: Sweet, cold, and sweated with dew


UNDER THE DOUBLE EAGLE    Poem Text    
First Line: His pansies drink / the darkness down, replenishing their purples
Last Line: Scented chamber, its smooth grain and slim-waisted body sing
Subject(s): Singing & Singers


UNDER THE DOUBLE EAGLE       
First Line: His pansies drink
Last Line: Making the guitar-from its elegant, rich-%scented chamber, its smooth grain and slim-waisted body-si


VOLUNTEERS       
First Line: Siren over snow, blare


WAIT    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: He also finds the wood and steel beautiful,
Subject(s): Hunting; Hunters


WALKING MAN       
First Line: What some want to know is what


WANTING GOD       
First Line: Even if I were not so drunk, but merely sick
Last Line: We too shall enter


WEAVER OF WIND       
First Line: Her hands go on in the dark
Last Line: Her fingers swirling in the colander %tracing stars


WELCOME TO WEISER       
First Line: We walk the streets, empty. For the world


WHAT MY FATHER BELIEVED    Poem Text    
First Line: Man of his age, he believed in the things
Subject(s): Fathers & Sons; Teaching & Teachers; Patriotism; Educators; Professors


WHAT MY FATHER BELIEVED       
First Line: Man of his age, he believed in the things


WHITE CAT       
First Line: He swore this once he'd believe in magic
Last Line: Still as a root, it waited


WHY DO THE CRICKETS SING?       
First Line: Because it is not enough to open the door
Last Line: A shriek of terror, soar of the hawk descending


WINDOW KILLS ANOTHER BIRD       
First Line: The way the plate glass clangs
Last Line: White paper, like a cloud of the purest snow


WINTERKILL       
First Line: So many stiffs, cadaver by cadaver
Last Line: And kept on moving, a tally the end of which %I would see


WISHING TREE       
First Line: My son left his notebook on the picnic table


X-RAY OF A KISS       
First Line: Not the buss, the peck, the puckered smack
Last Line: We like it, not knowing one mouth from the other


YARD WORK       
First Line: I am seven years old