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Yau, John    Poet's Biography
296 poems available by this author


18-JAN-79       
First Line: So often artists have painted a woman


830 FIREPLACE ROAD       
First Line: When I am in my painting, I'm not aware of what I'm doing'
Last Line: When painting, I'm not doing. I am in my doing. I am painting


830 FIREPLACE ROAD [2]       
First Line: No of the its of. Have the of have its
Last Line: The destroying I of the image, the I of because. %I own no I. I own no painting


A SHEAF OF PLEASANT VOICES    Poem Text    
First Line: There are rooftops
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life; Mind, The


AFTER       
First Line: I slum among crumbs, a spotted shadow
Last Line: I slum among crumbs, a spotted shadow


AFTER A PAINTING BY JASPER JOHNS       
First Line: It was only difficult being a corpse when he began forgetting
Last Line: Becoming more themselves


AFTER MOVING       
First Line: Even as the street becomes familiar to you


AFTER MY CHRONOLOGY BY PETER LORRE       
First Line: The splattered flag of an idiot scavenger; this was how
Last Line: Always waiting for the mirror to begin reciting the contents of its %solid lake?


ALL THIS CHANGING TROUBLE LUCK AND SUDDENNESS       
First Line: Some of what came and some were poor


ANGEL ATRAPADO IV       
First Line: It was my body I was watching. I was both in it and constructing it, both
Last Line: Removed, the 'I' now looking back at what is there


ANGEL ATRAPADO V       
First Line: The wirds he is writing down are starting to interfere with the ones he
Last Line: To the window where you are standing, speaking to the voices roaming %the air behind you


ANGEL ATRAPADO VI       
First Line: This fruit will change color in one day, lose its fragrance in two
Last Line: I wanted to show you the pebbles balanced on the tip of my %yellow tongue, the stories clustered aro


ANGEL ATRAPADO VII       
First Line: The one who says: I was almost alive or nearly dead or somehwere
Last Line: Mouth or empty sky they once thought was theirs and theirs alone


ANGEL ATRAPADO VIII       
First Line: Where will this voice go once it leaves me
Last Line: Yes, I am inside the mirror, and I am watching you


ANGEL ATRAPADO XIX       
First Line: I was the toad in tinsel
Last Line: Another cabin roars toward the pyre


ANGEL ATRAPADO XV       
First Line: Someone likes you, someone like you. Or is it? Someone like you
Last Line: Away from here, toward rooms and clouds that have yet to open


ANGEL ATRAPADO XVII       
First Line: There was nothing left to sent you, so I fashioned this from smoke
Last Line: In his mouth, he must have known I had fished him in the car


ANGEL ATRAPADO XX       
First Line: One of us is about to get up and dance in the dark
Last Line: The one who had whammo on the mind


ANGEL ATRAPADO XXI       
First Line: Something slips between
Last Line: This tongue is a flower. Someday you will hear what it has to pay


ANGEL ATRAPADO XXII (THE ELEMENTS)       
First Line: The one who says
Last Line: With shoelaces of seaweed and salt


ANGEL ATRAPADO XXIII       
First Line: The team of little blue voices began storming
Last Line: Ride me down like a book whose bruises are burning


ANGEL ATRAPADO XXIV       
First Line: It was early october
Last Line: Whose imitations are scraped throughout the lair


ANGEL ATRAPADO XXV       
First Line: I was starting to boil
Last Line: Had I thrown them in the yields of today I would have said so


ANGEL ATRAPADO XXVI (DEAR RILKE)       
First Line: Who among the many I am would answer me if I stalled out
Last Line: Green blue flames rising toward the wind's coiled throat


ANGEL ATRAPADO: 11       
First Line: I eat rice with two wooden sticks
Last Line: Talk, you are telling me something more about who you actually might be, you %are interrupting yours


ANONYMOUS SELF-PORTRAIT WITH WOUNDED CHICKADEE       
First Line: Before the final operation
Last Line: I was a rubber stone in a window %its glass jaws ajar


ANOTHER LATE TALE       
First Line: Hommage: utopia parkway collagist
Last Line: Adrift among %infrangible moolah scads


AUTOBIOGRAPHY IN PINK AND BLUE       
First Line: My devotion to the federation of nincompoops
Last Line: But in the meantime, would you quit kicking my pastry?


AUTOBIOGRAPHY IN RED AND YELLOW       
First Line: I was born in shanghai
Last Line: Our wits are short %but our tongues are long


AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION       
First Line: Lend the old sentry a new way
Last Line: Will this spill finall bleach me?


AVENUE OF AMERICANS       
First Line: The audience cheers as the monkey correctly


AVILA       
First Line: You learn to accommodate yourself to others, to fit into the
Last Line: The dummy and I was the flutter passing through, on my way %to a parking lot of iridescent kin


AVILA 2       
First Line: I was not ready to buy the bathing suit she held up in front
Last Line: Their mother. What they saw was a bucket. A page of the %future burning inside an empty book


AVILA 3       
First Line: How was I to know the one beneath me would become a fish
Last Line: Sizzlers. I began believing in their tales, I began building%perfect pyramids beneath the sun


BAR ORIENT       
First Line: Club stork
Last Line: Fluted rug


BARE SHEETS: 1       
First Line: We walked through the afternoon's diminishing arches until we


BARE SHEETS: 2       
First Line: None of the many words we summoned to our sides fitted what


BARE SHEETS: 3       
First Line: (at the museum)


BLUE LIZARD LOUNGE       
First Line: Do you still think about the little foil park
Last Line: To slip or fall


BORIS KARLOFF IN THE MUMMY MEETS DR. FU MANCHU       
First Line: Emerging from the woods, the audience stumbles upon an isolated
Last Line: You must persuade the couple in front of you to remove their hats %and wigs


BORROWED LOVE POEM: 1.    Poem Text    
First Line: What can I do, I have dreamed of you so much
Subject(s): Love


BORROWED LOVE POEM: 1.       
First Line: What can I do, I have dreamed of you so much
Last Line: Lost as I am in the sky
Subject(s): Love


BORROWED LOVE POEM: 10.    Poem Text    
First Line: Now that the seven wonders of the night
Subject(s): Love


BORROWED LOVE POEM: 10.       
First Line: Now that the seven wonders of the night
Last Line: Who preceded us across this burning floor
Subject(s): Love


BORROWED LOVE POEM: 2    Poem Text    
First Line: What can I do, all the years that we talked
Subject(s): Love - Loss Of


BORROWED LOVE POEM: 2.       
First Line: What can I do, all the years that we talked
Last Line: Now that your name is not enough


BORROWED LOVE POEM: 3.    Poem Text    
First Line: What can I do, if a red meteor wakes the earth
Subject(s): Love


BORROWED LOVE POEM: 3.       
First Line: What can I do, if a red meteor wakes the earth
Last Line: And the other is lost in the sky
Subject(s): Love


BORROWED LOVE POEM: 4.    Poem Text    
First Line: What can I do, lost as I am in the wind
Subject(s): Love


BORROWED LOVE POEM: 4.       
First Line: What can I do, lost as I am in the wind
Last Line: Now that this pen is empty
Subject(s): Love


BORROWED LOVE POEM: 5.    Poem Text    
First Line: What can I do, now that the sky
Subject(s): Love


BORROWED LOVE POEM: 5.       
First Line: What can I do, now that the sky
Last Line: Now that you have closed the book
Subject(s): Love


BORROWED LOVE POEM: 6.    Poem Text    
First Line: Now that the sky is green
Subject(s): Love


BORROWED LOVE POEM: 6.       
First Line: Now that the sky is green
Last Line: From the bottom of a thousand lakes
Subject(s): Love


BORROWED LOVE POEM: 7.    Poem Text    
First Line: To some, the winter sky is a blue peach
Subject(s): Love


BORROWED LOVE POEM: 7.       
First Line: To some, the winter sky is a blue peach
Last Line: Their wings full of yellow flour
Subject(s): Love


BORROWED LOVE POEM: 8.    Poem Text    
First Line: What can I do, I never believed happiness
Subject(s): Love


BORROWED LOVE POEM: 8.       
First Line: What can I do, I never believed happiness
Last Line: Pouring from the sun
Subject(s): Love


BORROWED LOVE POEM: 9.    Poem Text    
First Line: What can I do, now that I have spent my life
Subject(s): Love


BORROWED LOVE POEM: 9.       
First Line: What can I do, now that I have spent my life
Last Line: And I have started celebrating a completely %different life
Subject(s): Love


BORROWED LOVE POEMS: 1.       
First Line: What can I do, I have dreamed of you so much
Last Line: For my shadow to fall back to the earth %lost as I am in the sky


BORROWED LOVE POEMS: 10.       
First Line: Now that the seven wonders of the night
Last Line: The claw marks of those %who preceded us across this burning floor


BORROWED LOVE POEMS: 2.       
First Line: What can I do, all the years that we talked
Last Line: Now that your name is not enough


BORROWED LOVE POEMS: 3.       
First Line: What can I do, if a red meteor wakes the earth
Last Line: What can I do, if one of us is lying on the earth %and the other is lost in the sky


BORROWED LOVE POEMS: 4.       
First Line: What can I do, lost as I am in the wind
Last Line: What can I do, now that this page is wet %now that this pen is empty


BORROWED LOVE POEMS: 5.       
First Line: What can I do, now that the sky
Last Line: Now that I am awake %now that you have closed the book


BORROWED LOVE POEMS: 6.       
First Line: Now that the sky is green
Last Line: From the bottom of a thousand lakes


BORROWED LOVE POEMS: 7.       
First Line: To some, the winter sky is a blue peach
Last Line: Their wings full of yellow flour


BORROWED LOVE POEMS: 8.       
First Line: What can I do, I never believed happiness
Last Line: And turn flowers into red candles %pouring from the sun


BORROWED LOVE POEMS: 9.       
First Line: What can I do, now that I have spent my life
Last Line: And I have started celebrating a completely different life


BOWERY STUDIO       
First Line: It is never
Last Line: The windows have their own tasks %the sky brings its own table


BROADCAST FROM 791 BROADWAY       
First Line: Salacious, broken-nosed, bantamweight
Last Line: Since I left you, many other curious celebrations have taken place


BROKEN OFF BY THE MUSIC       
First Line: With the first gray light of dawn


BROKEN SONNET    Poem Text    
First Line: The world weeps. There are no tears
Subject(s): Politics & Government; Social Commentaries


BUFFALO AND MARSHMALLOWS       
First Line: It's an old glory
Last Line: And flicked drivel into the yard


CAMEO OF A CHINESE WOMAN ON MULBERRY STREET       
First Line: Her face this moon a house


CARP AND GOLDFISH       
First Line: Some fish we peel back, leaving only the bones. Others devour us


CASCADE       
First Line: We were sitting outside


CASE       
First Line: I looked down, more slender than


CASTOR AND POLLUX       
First Line: I don't know why I became a fiend and you didn't
Last Line: The one between your teeth or the one you cannot breathe


CENOTAPH       
First Line: The clues to what they remembered had been pasted into an album
Last Line: The sun with the skulls, molding them into little mountains


CENOTAPH OF SNOW       
First Line: Snow is both durable and deceiving. It can be shaped inot a wall


CHARRED VOICE OF MAX ERNST       
First Line: I too volunteered to monitor


CHINESE LANDSCAPE       
First Line: The heavy gray and white clouds surrounding the dark green
Last Line: That are being told is a child. Each story believes in itself


CHINESE VILLANELLE       
First Line: I have been with you, and I have thought of you
Last Line: Now I am a lute filled with this wandering description


CHORAL AMPHISBAENA       
First Line: I am learning to see


CLAY NURSING HOME       
First Line: At the annual clay nursing home white elephant sale and picnic


CONFESSIONS       
First Line: She spends her money in the desert, at the movies


CONVERSATION AT MIDNIGHT       
First Line: Did I tell you about the couple who slipped into a well
Last Line: If you want to lease me, go ahead and cry. You little parking lot


CORPSE AND MIRROR: 1       
First Line: When one of our citizens dies, his corpse is placed in his chariot


CORPSE AND MIRROR: 2       
First Line: When a comet passes over the town, whoever sees it knows a corpse


CORPSE AND MIRROR: 3    Poem Text    
First Line: When the movie ends and the lights come on, the audience is puzzled
Subject(s): Popular Culture - United States


CORPSE AND MIRROR: 3       
First Line: When the movie ends and the lights come on, the audience is puzzled
Last Line: Long since fallen in. By then the mirror will have vanished and the %movie will have started. This t
Subject(s): Popular Culture - United States


DEAR       
First Line: I know you hardly ever leave your room now


DIASPORA       
First Line: My father shifted in his chair and turned the page. He was reading the diary
Last Line: I want to tell her that they left long ago, that their mission was fulfilled


DIDN'T THEY LIKE YOU AS MUCH AS THE LIKE THEMSELVES?       
First Line: Whenever I am
Last Line: Said I heard myself %talking to you when I was you


DIFFEREMT CEREAL       
First Line: The moon shrinks behind a row of shriveled trees
Last Line: The children have been shrieking for


DIFFERENT PRINCE       
First Line: One name becomes two - siegfried and sassoon (or stop and shop)


DIPTYCH       
First Line: Gray discs of unfinished light
Last Line: In which everyone %has changed his or her name. %queen esther and her loyal objects %astor, mouki, a


DISCOVERY OF HONEY       
First Line: Through the fading years a town had fallen together on the side


DOMESTIC BLISS       
First Line: If I am as cute as a button
Last Line: I need to get that sand back into my open veins


DOUBLE AGENT I       
First Line: Who can say we did not take turns
Last Line: Until it rots in your mouth


DOUBLE AGENT II       
First Line: In each of us resides a popular medalist
Last Line: Into believing what we say


DOUBLE AGENT III       
First Line: You said
Last Line: We pretended to glue to the sky


DRAGON'S BLOOD: 1       
First Line: I know all dreams grow to the size of a grapefruit


DRAGON'S BLOOD: 2       
First Line: I recheck the map and count the stones


DRAGON'S BLOOD: 3       
First Line: As the highway circles the mountain of red mirrors


DRAGON'S BLOOD: 4       
First Line: As the train chugs past the painting of your face


DREAM HOSPITAL I       
First Line: One eye opens. Above it a cloud. Rounded edges where it
Last Line: Yet, none of them are memorable in quite the same way


DREAM HOSPITAL II       
First Line: Mouth maybe
Last Line: These gravitational sockets


DREAM HOSPITAL III       
First Line: I consult a pleasure map
Last Line: The details of your mechanized brain


DREAM HOSPITAL IV       
First Line: Why listen to the little blabber mouse proudly striding around
Last Line: Each of you will soon be receiving the news you've been waiting for


DREAM HOSPITAL V (FOR ERIC PETERSON)       
First Line: She walks by the window of the cafe where you and a friend
Last Line: Night in your apartment, and the woman whose book you now own


DREAM HOSPITAL VI       
First Line: Between prefabricated motels, their pastel stained fresco walls
Last Line: Before all this began


DREAM LIFE OF A COFFIN FACTORY IN LYNN, MASSACHUSETTS       
First Line: Earlier in the century it was not unusual to spend an evening
Last Line: And everyone glistened with pride
Subject(s): Americans; United States


DREAM REPORT       
First Line: You learn the names of trees


E PLURIBUS UNUM       
First Line: It is not longer necessary for sunlight


EACH OTHER 1       
First Line: In the middle of the unfolding, neither yours or mine nor ours
Last Line: Cannot be filled, that we are on different sides of a window that %neither opens nor shuts


EACH OTHER 2       
First Line: What you said filled me with an expectation I tried to eliminate
Last Line: The time I was an envoy to the porridge of popular echoes


EACH OTHER 3       
First Line: You were crying and saying my name, but you weren't crying
Last Line: Caress its ensemble, night wehen shame leaves such gestures %intact as aspirins in a sealed bottle


EACH OTHER 4       
First Line: That air, its dust, was no longer available, no longer sold on
Last Line: In towards a moment that slipped past, almost unnoticed until now


EACH OTHER 5       
First Line: We melted into each other like snow. We crashed against each
Last Line: The moment of sunlight filling the doorway, where you are %standing, looking at this form you think


EACH OTHER 6       
First Line: I had stopped believing there were toher 'I's' when we met
Last Line: Story passes. I thought there was no other story to tell


EDIFICIO SAYONARA       
First Line: It is time to say goodbye, adios, sayonara.
Last Line: Or years he would learn the meaning of its song


ELECTRIC DRILLS       
First Line: I used to have a fear of tools, largely because of my father


EMISSION CONTROL       
First Line: Maybe it has a mind of its own
Last Line: Whatever it was I once knew %in the grave of my pet violin


ENGINES OF GLOOM AND AFFECTION       
First Line: The sky is green, and there is no book to tell us what it means


EPIC BONE HINGE       
First Line: Truffle eager norsemen set out after ephraim
Last Line: Their fins clattering against the wind


ESKIMO TALES       
First Line: He tied it with a piece of string


ESKIMO VILLANELLE       
First Line: If this is the word, how did you know it?


EXECUTIONER MEETS MISTER BALL AND CHAIN       
First Line: Become the next armload of fuzzy headlocks and iron bunny hugs
Last Line: Rub this globe and feel the tapeworm music vibrating in the bumps


FIFTH DIPTYCH       
First Line: The two cities %we plan to visit
Last Line: Never mirror %their opposites


FIFTH METABOLIC ISTHMUS SESTINA       
First Line: Sex thought really all there was
Last Line: Sex miss makes what is there %is quiz question who sex fakes


FIFTY FOR RICHARD NONAS       
First Line: What is it makes this place what it is and nowhere else?
Last Line: Done before: what will you do now that you know that


FILM ADAPTATIONS OF FIVE OF AMERICA'S MOST BELOVED POEMS       
First Line: It burns and winds. For as long as I can remember, my sunday task
Last Line: Decides to buy two lottery tickets, one for each side of the coin


FILM ADAPTATIONS OF FIVE OF AMERICA'S MOST BELOVED POEMS       
First Line: It burns and winds. For as long as I can remember, my sunday task
Last Line: Name of akron decides to buy two lottery tickets, one for each side %of the coin


FLYING INLAND       
First Line: The pilot looked out of the cockpit window and (as the city vanished)


FORBIDDEN ENTGRIES II       
First Line: A fling sized bed slips onto the balcony of a picture frame
Last Line: Above the salmon clouds


FORBIDDEN ENTRIES I       
First Line: She is sleeping in the clasp of her sapphire pond while she
Last Line: Petal of sand brushing against my gauze plug


FORBIDDEN ENTRIES III       
First Line: The ones we once were wake up beneath the windowsill
Last Line: Nothing happens. What I found was all over my hands


FORBIDDEN ENTRIES IV       
First Line: The bridges suspended above the windows shook, welded pie
Last Line: My tongue again, follows itself down. I taste the tremble


FORBIDDEN ENTRIES V       
First Line: The second sign is usually made of stolen cinnabar
Last Line: Latest examples of imitation contraband


FORBIDDEN ENTRIES VI       
First Line: Wire adjustments and battery update. The bathers ignore the
Last Line: A blazing shadow rises


FORBIDDEN ENTRIES VII       
First Line: I have not encountered this variant of fur before. A swill of fetid rumors
Last Line: Which fails to listen to its commands


FOURTH METABOLIC ISTHMUS SESTINA       
First Line: Hair sack is always slick seat
Last Line: Taste hair sack mull why slick %sack mull why mate taste false


GENCHIS CHAN: PRIVATE EYE 8       
First Line: I plugged in the new image fertilizer
Last Line: Inside your black eyes and black tongue %I would have memorized its song


GENGHIS CHAN: PRIVATE EYE 1       
First Line: I was floating through a cross section
Last Line: A foul lump started making promises in my voice


GENGHIS CHAN: PRIVATE EYE 2       
First Line: I looked down


GENGHIS CHAN: PRIVATE EYE 3       
First Line: We surfed out of the alley


GENGHIS CHAN: PRIVATE EYE 4       
First Line: Rusted pundit, throttled chin


GENGHIS CHAN: PRIVATE EYE 5       
First Line: You looked up and said


GENGHIS CHAN: PRIVATE EYE 6       
First Line: I am just another particle cloud gliding across the screen


GENGHIS CHAN: PRIVATE EYE 7       
First Line: You will remember the tourist's jawbone


GENGHIS CHAN: PRIVATE EYE XXI       
First Line: I am a hat softener
Last Line: To the smallest dimes


GENGHIS CHAN: PRIVATE EYE XXII       
First Line: Aquarium night steers
Last Line: Its insect logic


GENGHIS CHAN: PRIVATE EYE XXIII (HAIKU LOGBOOK)       
First Line: Feed him his lights
Last Line: Point to sudden breath


GENGHIS CHAN: PRIVATE EYE XXIV       
First Line: Grab some
Last Line: First steps


GENGHIS CHAN: PRIVATE EYE XXIX       
First Line: Mirror film stain
Last Line: Anvil clock hair %condom audience dog


GENGHIS CHAN: PRIVATE EYE XXV       
First Line: Simple sample
Last Line: Talk muck


GENGHIS CHAN: PRIVATE EYE XXVI       
First Line: Honking
Last Line: Cut stench


GENGHIS CHAN: PRIVATE EYE XXVII       
First Line: Moo goo
Last Line: Piss pot


GENGHIS CHAN: PRIVATE EYE XXVIII       
First Line: Droll moll
Last Line: Yell high


GENGHIS CHAN: PRIVATE EYE XXX       
First Line: Shoo war
Last Line: Wig maw %mustard tongue


HALFWAY TO CHINA       
First Line: While lying on a beach, he remember the photograph he once saw


HOBOKEN PALACE GARDENS       
First Line: We sat beneath a webbed and vaulted sky
Last Line: I am, as always, your disobedient servant


HOSPITAL PARKING LOT RENDEZVOUS       
First Line: Eviscerated bugs were once weathervanes for astronomers
Last Line: A long red rung without a ladder


I WAS A POET IN THE HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN       
First Line: Do you remember me as a spy
Last Line: And I am walking toward him, %an aged but determined man with a cane


IF YOU ASKED       
First Line: No it didn't get too cold here too often


IN BETWEEN AND AROUND       
First Line: And all the while we were kissing
Last Line: All the while


INFIDEL'S ROMANCE       
First Line: Even now I am called gobi snow
Last Line: Hard glue some zealots %still call the world


INSTANT COFFEE       
First Line: In the woods behind the city they say a parachute snagged high


INTRODUCTION    Poem Text    
First Line: It had to be from someone whose grandparents were born in shanghai
Subject(s): Ancestors & Ancestry; Asian Americans - Chinese; Self; Heritage; Heredity; Chinese In The United States


KISS       
First Line: Was it a 'please urge' or a 'police purge' or some combination of both?


LA BREA       
First Line: Dozens of blue relics slip from their envelopes, rise and turn toward


LATE NIGHT MOVIES I       
First Line: In a small underground laboratory the brain of a
Last Line: Forever in the hallways leading to the sea


LATE TALE       
First Line: Then several (like five) venture there
Last Line: When the tale began loosening the blackened tiles %lodged inside the infinitely broken sea


LETTER FROM MARINA       
First Line: Amidst this haste and filth %beside the river's black violin
Last Line: Argued over %and tried to burn


M IS FOR MOUSE AND MEDICINE       
First Line: The mouse is one of the most ancient medicines used by mankind
Last Line: Of their next escapade. A tall yellow shadow lurks outside


MANHATTAN MINIATURE       
First Line: The predators removed their harnesses, and vanished into the exposed


MARCO POLO    Poem Text    
First Line: Recently he has turned to us and said: 'it's bizzare to think about'
Subject(s): Polo, Marco (1254-1324)


MARCO POLO       
First Line: Recently he has turned to us and said: 'it's bizare to think about'
Subject(s): Polo, Marco (1254-1324)


MEDUSA    Poem Text    
First Line: Finally, the remaining distinctions begin
Subject(s): Medusa; Mythology - Classical


MEDUSA       
First Line: Finally, the remaining distinctions begin
Subject(s): Medusa; Mythology - Classical


MIRAGE       
First Line: Urchins, I have been told
Last Line: Crammed into our mouths, the threads %infiltrating our years of research


MISSING PAGES       
First Line: From the balcony of the seaside hotel you can see the jeweled towers


MODERN LOVE       
First Line: The clouds continued swelling like poisoned fish


MON ALIAS, MONA LISA       
First Line: Mon alias
Last Line: Alon amis


MOVIES AS A FORM OF REINCARNATION: BORIS KARLOFF REMEMBERS BEING       
First Line: I was not born in dulwich or brighton, but in camberwell, south
Last Line: These or none? Or am I what vanishes behind your eyes without %ever going away?


MR DEAD AND MRS FREE       
First Line: Electric earth tilts away
Last Line: Around last strings %of borrowed hair


MUDDY PUTTI UNDER IMPECUNIOUS SUN       
First Line: Enginous uncle
Last Line: Conjures putrescent %pustule disguise


NANTUCKET       
First Line: It was late in the afternoon when I returned with the paper bag


NASTY ORDERS PACIFY QUEEN       
First Line: Antonia greases limp braids
Last Line: Zeppelin flames kindle antonia


NEW YORK MAP COMPANY (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: Acton town manufacturing
Subject(s): Cities; New York City; Urban Life; Manhattan; New York, New York; The Big Apple


NEW YORK MAP COMPANY (1)       
First Line: Acton town manufacturing
Last Line: Zanzibar courier service
Subject(s): Cities; New York City


NEWLY RENOVATED OPERA HOUSE ON GILLIGAN'S ISLAND       
First Line: Between the hastily sketched chalk curtains a backdrop of yellow cliffs
Last Line: Of threatening clouds. A faint breeze tingles the air, its fleshy remnants


NINETY-NINE YAUPON ROSARY CYCLE       
First Line: Many eyes
Last Line: You dumpy %hollywood opportunity


NO ONE EVER TRIED TO KISS ANNA MAY WONG       
First Line: She's trying to find a way to turn her cup


NOISE OF LIFE       
First Line: One summer they stayed with her family at their cabin; peeling paint


NOTES FROM THE NIGHT EDITOR       
First Line: A corrupt newspaper publisher takes up painting
Last Line: He becomes an ape and starts a ruckus


ONE HUNDRED VIEWS OF THE OUTSKIRTS OF MANHATTAN       
First Line: An immense copper moth
Last Line: Beneath a rinsed %junk dog sky


ONE HUNDRED VIEWS OF THE PORT OF BALTIMORE       
First Line: An air-brushed statue of edgar allen poe
Last Line: Two mirrors--empty as teardrops-- %emerge from beneath tomorrow's ruined sky


ONE MORE EXCUSE       
First Line: There were neither pillars to pry apart
Last Line: Through your outer membranes


OVAL OF OXIDIZED POTATOES       
First Line: Ode to avoid portrait of oneself
Last Line: For bloated bigoted %roadside bottom troglodytes


PAINTER ASKS       
First Line: Why go toward the palaces of description
Last Line: Gathering along bottom of last dream %to touch daylight's rim %why leaving thinking for thought


PARADISE       
First Line: The motorcycle was saved when the driver's head


PETER LORRE CONFESSES HIS DESIRE TO BE A POET       
First Line: I've already telephoned olympus and its legions of winged
Last Line: Knows no building you would enter


PETER LORRE DREAMS HE IS THE THIRD REINCARNATION OF A GEISHA       
First Line: Opipum is the religion of the feeble, the game, and the assaulted
Last Line: Progeny? Why not choose exinction


PETER LORRE IMPROVISES MR. MOTO'S MONOLOGUE       
First Line: I floatg outside your windows on rainy nights, a blanket of gray
Last Line: An engine of rebuilt fur. I'm what slips through your purified crave


PETER LORRE PREPARES FOR HIS FINAL SOLILOQUY       
First Line: There isn't time to measure the plunge of winter's corpse or
Last Line: To the brimming balconies of a yellow heaven


PETER LORRE RECORDS HIS FAVORITE WALT WHITMAN POEM FOR POSTERITY       
First Line: I am an indigestable vapor rising from the dictionary
Last Line: While the outer me, the bun you tufted, was heavy-lipped %reflection of uncanny twittering amidst gn


PETER LORRE REMINISCES ABOUT BEING A SIDEKICK       
First Line: Iron cloud, bronzed sunset, stolen dream
Last Line: In order to escape the men with lightning in their eyes?


PETER LORRE SPEAKS TO THE SPIRIT OF EDGAR ALLEN POE DURING A SEANCE       
First Line: Back then which is anywhere in back of now
Last Line: I might dig myself out of the roles %blind biographers have stuck me in


PETER LORRE WONDERS WHICH ARTIST SHOULD PAINT HIS PORTRAIT       
First Line: Case stockings shutters gum smoke lampshade shoes. Tall lace
Last Line: Of intimate incandescence? Suspended and finally let loose


PICADILLY OR PARADISE       
First Line: When I leap through the flung-open windows of your dance
Last Line: Or you are dousing candles in the last yawns of our jury


PICTURE BOOK       
First Line: The film is gray and wobbly, and shot through with jolts of tarnished


PLEASURES OF EXILE       
First Line: About an hour before dawn the women squeeze themselves into


POSTCARD FROM GEORG TRAKL       
First Line: I am a row of golden diesel tags
Last Line: I want to strip %the greasy donut gangs %of all their golden cares


POSTCARD FROM GEORG TRAKL       
First Line: I collect tolls from rocks
Last Line: You are beside me %untying you hair %you neck is starting to snow


POSTCARDS FROM NEBRASKA       
First Line: How do I get onto these trivial subjects? Only you are subject to


PREDELLA       
First Line: After removing the anodized plate, the two electricians discover an


PREDELLA       
First Line: A blue woolen glove folded over like an old one dollar bill someone
Last Line: So much so the days would have to begin elsewhere


PROSCENIUM       
First Line: The wires in his head were leaking
Last Line: And the audience that is content to know %everything turned out as planned


RADIANT SILHOUETTE: 1       
First Line: Blue leather harness slips off glistening shoulders


RADIANT SILHOUETTE: 2       
First Line: There is no place in this dark


RADIANT SILHOUETTE: 3       
First Line: Baudelaire took the train


RADIANT SILHOUETTE: 4       
First Line: Frenzy softens the air


RADIANT SILHOUETTE: 5       
First Line: Dear matted squirrel tongue


READING OF AN EVER-CHANGING TALE       
First Line: Certain colors got lodged under


RECOIL       
First Line: Clouds drape moon in striped appeals


RED FOUNTAIN       
First Line: When the last mirage


RETIRED WRESTLER       
First Line: Usually, when the late-afternoon sun
Last Line: My name is tonsil trash %the delirious assyrian


RETURN OF THE HUNTERS       
First Line: Anywhere is conterminous with another


RETURN OF ULYSSES: 1       
First Line: They do not believe they visited islands that never existed


RETURN OF ULYSSES: 2       
First Line: We were walking from one end of the island to the other


ROBERT HERRICK       
First Line: I like wallpaper that makes sense


RUMORS       
First Line: At the beginning of a street some say never ends


RUSSIAN LETTER    Poem Text    
First Line: It is said, the past
Subject(s): Time


RUSSIAN LETTER       
First Line: It is said, the past
Last Line: As it shrieks %down from the sky


RUSSIAN LETTER (1)       
First Line: It is said, the past %sticks to the present
Last Line: As it shrieks %down from the sky


RUSSIAN LETTER (2)       
First Line: Did we watch the phone sit still %like a frog
Last Line: Flying into language's %colorless flame


RUSSIAN LETTER (3)       
First Line: Dear painter of clouds %what proof will there be
Last Line: Dear syllables retrieved from the rain %dear wind alone with your song


RUSSIAN LETTER [2]       
First Line: Did we watch the phone sit still
Last Line: Flying into language's %colorless flame


RUSSIAN LETTER [3]       
First Line: Dear painter of clouds
Last Line: Dear syllables retrieved from the rain %dear wind alone with your song


RUSSIAN LETTER [4]       
First Line: Cara finestra aperta
Last Line: Dearest wind-borne %shadow of a silhouette


RUSSIAN LETTER [5]       
First Line: Dear bed of snow
Last Line: Ready to penetrate %the blackened earth


RUSSIAN LETTER [6]       
First Line: Amidst this haste and filth
Last Line: Argued over %and tried to burn


SAM SPADE HAIKU       
First Line: Perfect oval


SCENES FROM THE LIFE OF BOULLEE       
First Line: Roof shaped like a strawberry. Hurriedly torn


SCULPTOR WHISPERS IN THE SLEEPING POET'S EAR       
First Line: Leonardo knew the wings of birds would one day be worn by
Last Line: Didn't need to have the same dream twice


SEANCE MUSIC       
First Line: Salt starts falling from my tongue


SECOND DIPTYCH       
First Line: Sun suspends itself
Last Line: Separating the head %from the feet


SECOND SELF-PORTRAIT WITH MAX BECKMANN       
First Line: I am falling into the harbor
Last Line: Amidst orchid blossoms %and clattering tambourines


SECRET LIFE OF A STATUETTE       
First Line: Woof it's hard having so many arms and heads
Last Line: Get out of here you gratuitous vermin %go back to the hackensack of your gravy


SELF PORTRAIT WITH MAX BECKMANN       
First Line: One vision alone would be much simpler
Last Line: I am a painter %who sleeps in a small room %adjacent to the long corridors %of a yellow night


SELF-PORTRAIT WITH BRUNO TAUT       
First Line: An infernal flutteriing: I don't know
Last Line: Invading our throats


SELF-PORTRAIT WITH MAX BECKMANN       
First Line: One vision alone would be much simpler
Last Line: Adjacent to the long corridors %of a yellow light


SELF-PORTRAIT WITH UNIDENTIFIED PAINTING       
First Line: An emulsion of signal fires
Last Line: With flakes of spit and gold


SERENADE       
First Line: The window reflect the fuscous clouds


SEVENTH POSTCARD FROM GOTTFRIED BENN       
First Line: Cold festers %on a map
Last Line: Their animal shirts %and iron tresses


SHANGHAI SHENANIGANS       
First Line: The moon empties its cigarette over a row of clouds


SHEATH OF PLEASANT VOICES       
First Line: There are rooftops %made of cloud remnants
Last Line: From the chambers of a lost book


SHIMMERING PEDIMENT       
First Line: An overloaded circuit - lightning


SLEEPLESS NIGHT OF EUGENE DELACROIX       
First Line: In north africa, delacroix had seen a jewish wedding which he
Subject(s): Delacroix, Eugene (1798-1863)


SO MUCH HAS ALREADY HAPPENED       
First Line: I am on the shrapnel inlaid verandah
Last Line: And come back into the cold


SOMETIMES       
First Line: What I think I am looking for is a place


SOTTO VOCE       
First Line: It is raining in new york. Raining and raining
Last Line: But certainly not years it will rise above my windows


SPIN, SPELL, SPILL       
First Line: We met in a crowded auditorium, agreed to rendezvous on a train


STAR-CROSSED DUET OF MISS BURAKUMIN AND MISTER HOLLYWOOD       
First Line: O she'll be clomping around the fountain when he drums
Last Line: O soon the world will be dancing on the windows of your thumbs


STORIED FIBS PILED HIGH       
First Line: Omigosh
Last Line: Their river's %cosmetic dialect


STUDIO DREAM       
First Line: Your face is a shoe
Last Line: You've got an empty head %but no place to cram it


SUITE OF IMITATIONS WRITTEN AFTER ... LI HE & LI SHANG-YIN       
First Line: When she left she took everything - her hair


SUMMER RENTAL       
First Line: Mrs. Trashbag was unable to come to any reasonable appraisal of what
Last Line: Mutilated the night in your sleep, there is no turning back


TELEPHONE CALL       
First Line: He was my third roomate. We were together for twenty-four


TEN SONGS       
First Line: Trying to find a way to say something that would make it


TEXAS SPRAWL       
First Line: Another barrel of insect casings


THE DREAM LIFE OF A COFFIN FACTORY IN LYNN, MASSACHUSETTS    Poem Text    
First Line: Earlier in the century it was not unusual to spend an evening
Subject(s): Americans; United States; America


THE SLEEPLESS NIGHT OF EUGENE DELACROIX    Poem Text    
First Line: In north africa, delacroix had seen a jewish wedding which he
Subject(s): Delacroix, Eugene (1798-1863)


THEIR SHADOWS       
First Line: According to my mother


THINGS I SHOULD TELL YOU BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE       
First Line: Princess sitting duck isn't my real name
Last Line: Princess sitting duck isn't my nickname either


THIRD SELF-PORTRAIT WITH MAX BECKMANN       
First Line: I am incapable of writing to you
Last Line: And I am the last little bicycle %parked before the battlefront


THREE LULLABIES FOR TRAKL: 1.       
First Line: The mountain named after the one
Last Line: House of fire %are you at it again


THREE LULLABIES FOR TRAKL: 2.       
First Line: The moon stares into the mirror
Last Line: One animal licks another %why do we go on singing this song


THREE LULLABIES OF TRAKL: 3.       
First Line: September hoists its flame against
Last Line: The hair floated to the surface %did you try and lift up its intolerant flame


THRID VARIATION ON CORPSE AND MIRROR       
First Line: I crossed the street
Last Line: While a hand waved good-bye %to the body it once carried


TOY TRUCKS AND FRIED RICE       
First Line: The chinese benevolent association's annual christmas party was


TWO AZTECS FROM NEW JERSEY       
First Line: I don't know what else to attribute it to
Last Line: From the satellite channels of old mister daylight


TWO KINDS OF SONG       
First Line: It is said the palace was modeled on a dream, but even what the


TWO MEDIATATIONS ON GUANAJUATO       
First Line: Postcards are fragments of an encyclopedia; and typical of one


VARIATIONS ON CORPSE AND MIRROR       
First Line: When a corpse meets a corpse there is a mirror between them


VARIATIONS ON CORPSE AND MIRROR (SECOND SET)       
First Line: I crossed


WE ARE ALL VULTURES       
First Line: The man in the next bed died just after eating lunch


WESTERN RECTANGLE       
First Line: North of the factory outlet tall grasses predominate, with large gnarled trees
Last Line: Countryside, looking for evidence of communication from the boreholes


WHISPERS INSIDE THE GARAGE       
First Line: He wanted to learn a discipline, but he couldn't decide
Last Line: Maybe you'll even hear us when we fall


WHY DID WHAT WAS THEN       
First Line: At first the game had rules, but in recent centuries they were replaced


WRITTEN IN THE YEAR OF THE PARROT       
First Line: Knowing that no two years are interchangeable
Last Line: That had taken up unsightly residence %in the remains of the nearby trees


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