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Author: WUNDERLICH, MARK
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Wunderlich, Mark    Poet's Biography
86 poems available by this author


A HUSBAND'S PRAYER    Poem Text    
First Line: You, author of all wonders,
Subject(s): Prayer


ALL THAT, STAMMERING    Poem Text    
First Line: In the orchard at the edge of the ragged pines, the apples come
Last Line: The singing stopped
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians


ALL THAT, STAMMERING       
First Line: In the orchard at the edge of the ragged pines, the apples come
Last Line: Through the fence. The singing stopped, did I say that? The singing stopped
Subject(s): Homosexuality


AMARYLLIS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: You've seen a cat consume a hummingbird, seen
Last Line: "no contrivance, no gasp, / no dream
Subject(s): Religion; Spirituality; Theology


AMARYLLIS       
First Line: You've seen a cat consume a hummingbird, seen
Last Line: Where there is no head
Subject(s): Religion; Spirituality


ANCHORAGE       
First Line: I think you would like this seaside town-it makes me dream of whales.
Last Line: That move through them. Just motion, and union, and light.
Subject(s): Homosexuality


ARGUMENT       
First Line: The city glitters in its crown of hills
Last Line: You will ever stroke the hair back from my face


AUBADE    Poem Text    
First Line: Again I've been searching for omens flimsy as they are, and the cat
Last Line: Pretend I'll tell you when it fails to come home
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians


AUBADE       
First Line: Again I've been searching for omens flimsy as they are, and the cat
Last Line: Not to notice. Pretend I'll tell you when he fails to come home
Subject(s): Homosexuality


BRUISE OF THIS       
First Line: The night I woke to find the sheets wet from you,
Last Line: And those things I could do that might cushion it.
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Homosexuality; Sickness


CEASE, THE HEART IS WITH ME    Poem Text    
First Line: Today I've felt it, like bees humming, wanted the mean
Last Line: A young man's spilled semen, arrows piercing flesh
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians


CEASE, THE HEART IS WITH ME       
First Line: Today I've felt it, like bees humming, wanted the mean
Last Line: A young man's spilled semen, arrows piercing flesh
Subject(s): Homosexuality


CHAPEL OF THE MIRACULOUS MEDAL    Poem Text    
First Line: C. Calls to tell me mercury is in retrograde, so watch out. Just last night
Last Line: Perfect thing left there for me
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians


CHAPEL OF THE MIRACULOUS MEDAL       
First Line: C. Calls to tell me mercury is in retrograde, so watch out. Just last night
Last Line: Perfect thing left there just for me
Subject(s): Homosexuality


CONTINENT'S EDGE    Poem Text    
First Line: The surf washed up its rows of green
Last Line: Draws back an undone shirt
Subject(s): Transvestism


CONTINENT'S EDGE       
First Line: The surf washed up its rows of green
Last Line: Sometimes gentle, sometimes hard, the way a hand %draws back an undone shirt
Subject(s): Homosexuality


COYOTE, WITH MANGE    Poem Text    
First Line: Oh, unreadable one, why
Subject(s): Coyotes


DIFFICULT BODY    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Automobile Drivers; Death - Animals


DIFFICULT BODY       
First Line: A story: there was a cow in the road, struck by a semi
Last Line: I will leave less than this behind me
Subject(s): Homosexuality; Religion; Spirituality


DREAM: INTRUDER       
First Line: A storm boiled the ocean
Last Line: Or that the draft that tarnished the room %blew from the other side


ERROR       
First Line: He stands on the corner waiting for the light, it seems
Last Line: A place where anything might happen


FOURTEEN THINGS WE'RE ALLOWED TO BRING TO THE UNDERWORLD       
First Line: Did you get the photo I sent? The horse? I would take her with me
Last Line: Pushes by, and you there watching it
Subject(s): Homosexuality


FROM A VACANT HOUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: It's hard to want a thing you know will hurt another,
Last Line: I will open my mouth to your opening mouth
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians


FROM A VACANT HOUSE       
First Line: It's hard to want a thing you know will hurt another,
Last Line: I will open my mouth to your opening mouth.
Subject(s): Homosexuality


GIVEN IN PERSON ONLY    Poem Text    
First Line: Tompkins square park's a mess of shopping carts
Last Line: Some common flame, or the one
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Tompkins Square Park, New York Cit


GIVEN IN PERSON ONLY       
First Line: Tompkins square park's a mess of shopping carts
Last Line: To dust and skeletons. I'm just beginning
Subject(s): Homosexuality


HEAVEN-LETTER    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: You, looking down upon us from your canopy of air, to you
Subject(s): Blessings; Home


HOW I WAS TOLD AND NOT TOLD       
First Line: There was the milky sun washing out the sky
Last Line: And loose stiches of black %bastes up the night sky
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Homosexuality; Sickness


HUNT       
First Line: The doe hanging stiff in the farmyard
Last Line: Swallowing this particular taste for it
Subject(s): Homosexuality


IN A WORLD DIVIDED IN HALF       
First Line: Through the wet night, the foghorn
Last Line: Through the black, in solitude, to descend


IN THE WINTER OF THIS CLIMATE    Poem Text    
First Line: When I dream it is of sheep
Last Line: Do you hear it? †do you hear what Iím trying to say?
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians


IN THE WINTER OF THIS CLIMATE       
First Line: When I dream it is of sheep
Last Line: Do you hear it? Do you hear what I'm trying to say?
Subject(s): Homosexuality


LAMB       
First Line: Inside the sheep's hot center, lambs tangle
Last Line: Even though I call them to the gleaming hook


LETTER WRITTEN TO A VERSE BY KAREN CARPENTER    Poem Text    
First Line: The sky had been clear all day -- so clear with a high wind, and
Last Line: Despite its magnitude and weighty decision, it's a moveable thiing
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians


LETTER WRITTEN TO A VERSE BY KAREN CARPENTER       
First Line: The sky had been clear all day -- so clear with a high wind, and
Last Line: I'd never see it, and that meant nothing to me. Despite its magni- %tude and weighty decision, it's
Subject(s): Homosexuality


MARE       
First Line: It's a miracle %the steam draught from her nostrils
Last Line: Or pity, and make there %a place to live
Subject(s): Homosexuality


NO PLACE LIKE HOME       
First Line: On the kansas highway I see children being useful, driving cars. Twelve or
Last Line: Perfect angles, and signs proclaiming unbearable roadside attractions
Subject(s): Homosexuality


ON OPENING       
First Line: Look at it, the season's shifting
Last Line: A spidery black spot clings to pink
Subject(s): Homosexuality


ONE EXPLANATION OF BEAUTY       
First Line: Everywhere the material world is speaking to me
Last Line: Picking through wet grass, toward a looming grove
Subject(s): Homosexuality


PALE NOTION       
First Line: I'm learning about pairing down
Last Line: And the rumpled workers %all gone home
Subject(s): Homosexuality


PEONIES    Poem Text    
First Line: In the yard, peonies burst their white hearts
Last Line: An infant, an infinity, a crisis, an end
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Peonies


PEONIES       
First Line: In the yard, peonies burst their white hearts
Last Line: An infant, an infinity, a crisis, an end
Subject(s): Homosexuality


POEM BEGINNING WITH A LINE BY CAVAFY       
First Line: Brian, work now as well as you can
Last Line: While an arizona of lost hours burst in a ring of fire


PREDICTIONS ABOUT A BLACK CAR    Poem Text    
First Line: Four boys have been arrested for killing geese. This is how it happened
Last Line: Was quiet, in need of no other
Subject(s): Automobile Accidents; Geese


PREDICTIONS ABOUT A BLACK CAR       
First Line: Four boys have been arrested for killing geese. This is how it happened
Last Line: Weren't here, and I'm sorry for that; my heart was quiet, in need of no other
Subject(s): Homosexuality


PREDICTIONS ABOUT A BLACK CAT    Poem Text    
First Line: Four boys have been arrested for killing geese. This is how it
Subject(s): Death - Animals; Automobile Accidents; Storms


QUICKENING       
First Line: Each evening I pause
Last Line: I know I will leave you more than once


SEEN       
First Line: In your field of vision, there is a place where no image is fixed
Last Line: When limbs were shaken by your copper wind


SHOT; 1929       
First Line: The woman and man ride together in a car
Last Line: The knocking of the heart
Subject(s): Homosexuality


SHOT; 1932       
First Line: The space a person once occupied, the vacancy vibrant, space wanting to
Last Line: Thickening, the clap and echo, the gun's chilled report, an answer
Subject(s): Homosexuality


SHOT; 1993       
First Line: In the photo I have, all three kneel
Last Line: Shrill sound like a voice, fractured second a lifetime, a shot
Subject(s): Homosexuality


SHOT; DULUTH 1929       
First Line: In her lap, the woman holds a gun
Last Line: That had once been filled
Subject(s): Homosexuality


SIMPLIFY YOUR COMBINATION THERAPY       
First Line: Two men embrace on the billboard, their faces
Last Line: They are your future, short-lived and american


STAR MAP       
First Line: I live in california hollow in my heart where eucalyptus undulate
Last Line: Glasses they'll empty, and empty


STONE ARABIA    Poem Text    
First Line: The horses bisect the field
Subject(s): Farm Life; Agriculture; Farmers


SUTURE       
First Line: Someday I will leave this town and not look back
Last Line: But how to get there from here?
Subject(s): Homosexuality


SWANS       
First Line: Listen. The tundra swans have come back
Last Line: And the marsh freezing, I know today is not the day


TACK       
First Line: Bridle and martingale, %the crupper's strap and buckle
Last Line: Skin covers muscle, %matter is the mind


TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOURSELF    Poem Text    
First Line: On the runway at the roxy, the drag queen
Subject(s): Bars & Bartenders; Gays & Lesbians; Popular Culture - United States; Pubs; Taverns; Saloons; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOURSELF       
First Line: On the runway at the roxy, the drag queen
Last Line: For what we still had to lose.
Subject(s): Bars And Bartenders; Homosexuality; Popular Culture - United States


TAMED       
First Line: That summer I broke a gelding. For a year I taught him to are
Last Line: Catch him by the reins. It wasn't discouraging. I knew I deserved it


THE ANCHORAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: I think you would like this seaside town-it makes me dream of whales.
Last Line: That move through them. Just motion, and union, and light
Subject(s): Seashore; Childhood Memories; Christianity


THE BRUISE OF THIS    Poem Text    
First Line: The night I woke to find the sheets wet from you,
Last Line: And those things I could do that might cushion it
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Gays & Lesbians; Sickness; Illness


THE CORN BABY    Poem Text    
First Line: They brought it. It was brought
Subject(s): Corn


THE DREAM    Poem Text    
First Line: Dna chains spirals upward
Last Line: My body through / like a bone
Subject(s): Sickness


THE DREAM    Poem Text    
First Line: Dna chains spiral upward
Subject(s): Illness


THE TRICK    Poem Text    
First Line: I made love with a man -- hugely muscled, lean -- the body
Last Line: The heaving back, the beard, the teeth at the throat
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians


THIRST       
First Line: In the painting above your bed a woman pauses
Last Line: You ask for a glass of ice, for water turned cold hardened water
Subject(s): Homosexuality


THIS HEAT, THESE HUMAN FORMS    Poem Text    
First Line: Two years ago, while crossing the street, a group of boys came
Last Line: It is difficult enough without your body in the world
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Suicide; Human Behavior; Childhood Memories; Horses


THIS HEAT, THESE HUMAN FORMS       
First Line: Two years ago, while crossing the street, a group of boys came
Last Line: It is difficult enough without your body in the world
Subject(s): Homosexuality


THROUGH AN OPENING DOOR       
First Line: On fourteenth street, the vendors push
Last Line: And says, baby, you just give yourself away
Subject(s): Homosexuality


TO SLEEP IN A NEW CITY       
First Line: This is medicine's hollow miracle -- that we have come to trust it
Last Line: Assures me the world does not pause for us
Subject(s): Homosexuality


TOWN, GONE       
First Line: He touched the back of his neck
Last Line: I was what they left behind in the fire


TRICK       
First Line: I made love with a man -- hugely muscled, lean -- the body
Last Line: The heaving back, the beard, the teeth at the throat
Subject(s): Homosexuality


UNMADE BED       
First Line: You remember the billboard of the unmade bed on lafayette and fourth? It's
Last Line: Alone, when a print of me in the bed is laundered and pinned on a line, is gone
Subject(s): Homosexuality


VULPECULAR DREAM #1       
First Line: Your lower half was a fox
Last Line: On the red plane of your tongue


WATER SNAKE       
First Line: My grandmother fed it bits of ground meat
Last Line: And rose up to receive the gift of flesh %arcing toward it through the air


WAUMANDEE    Poem Text    
First Line: A man with binoculars
Subject(s): Deer


WHITE       
First Line: Among the birches %ears scooped the rustle
Last Line: Snow troubling the picture %as any whiteness will


WINTER BEACH       
First Line: Come now, lie next to me on this bed
Last Line: That promising, that submerged


WINTER OF HEAVEN, WINTER OF ASH; ELEGY       
First Line: Of the delicate pocket of his collarbone
Last Line: As the receiver is hung %on its rest
Subject(s): Homosexuality


WINTER OF HEAVEN, WINTER OF ASH; IN BROOKLYN       
First Line: When I try to concentrate, I see only details
Last Line: There are too many sounds I would miss
Subject(s): Homosexuality


WINTER OF HEAVEN, WINTER OF ASH; THE DREAM       
First Line: Dna spirals upward
Last Line: Like a bone silver
Subject(s): Homosexuality


WINTER OF HEAVEN, WINTER OF ASH; THE VISIT HOME    Poem Text    
First Line: It is not yet light in wisconsin
Last Line: While hope goes out silent onto the ice
Subject(s): Homecoming; Wisconsin


WINTER OF HEAVEN, WINTER OF ASH; THE VISIT HOME       
First Line: It is not yet light in wisconsin
Last Line: There is the smell of tobacco smoke, frankincense, cooking grease %of hope gone out, of ice
Subject(s): Homosexuality


WINTER STUDY    Poem Text    
First Line: Two days of snow, then ice
Subject(s): Winter; Deer