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Author: YOUNG, KEVIN
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Young, Kevin    Poet's Biography
216 poems available by this author


(SPEAKEASY)       
First Line: The band vamped, %sunlight leaving-sequined
Last Line: I done married mud %& took on his name


(STILLS)       
First Line: In fishnets her gams caught %any sucker she'd want
Last Line: My billboard forehead, %her name all over it


(STILLS)       
First Line: We undress shy %as a gun
Last Line: Even my shadow %has me followed


(THE CHANTEUSE)       
First Line: I was born down the road %where there ain't no
Last Line: If you stare straight %at it, a camera, don't look away


(THE FRAME)       
First Line: Wearing silver like a screen
Last Line: & who the hell you been


(THE GAMBLE)       
First Line: How horrible the night without %her in it! She like las
Last Line: Taking blind the curves


(THE GAME)       
First Line: Here the ashtrays smoke %by themselves, wind
Last Line: Raising dirty mason jars %of soured grapes


1975       
First Line: Since there was no better color
Last Line: Some beautiful boy segregates coffe, no cream, %black, onto his creased & bleached lap


ALMANAC, 1939       
First Line: The midwives all were scarecrows
Last Line: The children had to fall


ANATOMY       
First Line: Deep %in the heart %of the house
Last Line: Cause they can't grow %nothing %at all


ANTHEM       
First Line: God, you are gorgeous
Last Line: Back stripes - hunh - stars


ANYBODY SPEAKING WORDS       
First Line: Nothing can breathe
Last Line: To gain here. Gone, %nothing can stir
Subject(s): Absence


ARIA       
First Line: She is rainy season
Last Line: A dear distance


AUBADE    Poem Text    
First Line: There is little else
Last Line: Does, & make us day?
Subject(s): Life; Love


AUBADE       
First Line: There is little else
Last Line: Or rise, as sun %does, & make us day?
Subject(s): Life; Love


AUTUMN SONG       
First Line: Even a dog got him
Last Line: All night in, or sing


BAGTIME       
First Line: Like hot food %I love you
Last Line: When I want %whatever's left


BANJO       
First Line: And after 3 days rain
Last Line: All night - if they want


BAPTISM       
First Line: Maybe you came here to kill a little
Last Line: One - might make it


BARBEQUE DREAMS: I SWEAT AND TURN       
Last Line: Or is he a she? Maybe


BARBERSHOP RITUAL       
First Line: Baby brother can't wait
Last Line: Distress signs to the ancestors: %remember us, remember our names!


BEAUTY       
First Line: Before the sixth annual
Last Line: In a light this beautiful


BEYOND WORDS    Poem Text    
First Line: If you bomb / the ind
Subject(s): Music & Musicians; City & Town Life; Social Commentaries; Popular Culture - United States


BLACKBOTTOM       
First Line: Like coffee %I do not care
Last Line: Saying ah, awake, after


BLUE MOVIE       
First Line: It's midnight %midday once
Last Line: Dawn as noon sun %streams in


BLUEGRASS       
First Line: No use driving
Last Line: Limbs, cyclones


BLUES       
First Line: Gimme some fruit
Last Line: Without you supposed to do


BOASTS       
First Line: Wouldn't be no fig leaf
Last Line: Round the block %I'm done


BOOGALOO       
First Line: And so you say
Last Line: That thud you love, %sighing


BOOGIE-WOOGIE       
First Line: I'll be your lunch
Last Line: Gone - spliced in, %us laughing


BREAK       
First Line: I'm about to waltz
Last Line: Baby, don't go!


BUSKING       
First Line: The day folds up like money
Last Line: Mornings, I am fed by flies, %strangers, sunrise


CADILLAC MOON    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Basquiat, Jean-michel (1960-1988); Popular Culture - United States; Social Commentaries


CAKEWALK    Poem Text    
First Line: Baby, you make
Last Line: Bloodhound ground
Subject(s): Fruit; Desire; Love


CAKEWALK       
First Line: Baby, you make %me want
Last Line: A freedom-not this red %bloodhound ground


CALYPSO       
First Line: I touch my hair and
Last Line: Into my mouth salt blooms!


CAMPBELL'S BLACK BEAN SOUP       
First Line: Candid, warhol %scoffed, coined it
Last Line: The uncanny, making %a tin thing sing.


CAN-CAN       
First Line: I am some sitcom
Last Line: To mere mutters & other %words for yes


CASSIUS CLAY BY BASQUIAT       
First Line: I'm pretty! %I shook up
Last Line: & crowd-his undented smile- %that smarts still


CASTING       
First Line: I learned to shoot
Last Line: The birthmark a doctor %removed so young %now only my slight, %side scar remembers


CENTRAL STANDARD TIME       
First Line: Down below, everywhere, all
Last Line: What monsters they must be %warnng us about


CHEER       
First Line: I am %a stadium!
Last Line: Little porch light on


CHORALE       
First Line: Quite difficult, belief
Last Line: Share my shivering bed


CHORUS       
First Line: She walking %away like being
Last Line: Tall in heels %like achilles


CLYDE PEELING'S REPTILAND IN ALLENWOOD, PENNSYLVANIA       
First Line: You must admit it's natural
Last Line: To pet as it walks past %souvenir, survivor


CODA       
First Line: The stars, they don't do
Last Line: Unwashed - I will %no more wear


CONSTANCE       
First Line: In the far room
Last Line: The color of railroad pennies


COTILLION       
First Line: Tonight I am a man
Last Line: Tonight I tango %alone


COUNTRY (& WESTERN)       
First Line: This is the letter
Last Line: Angel who fell I'll %never tell


DEEP SONG       
First Line: Belief is what %buries us - that
Last Line: The dark the deep


DEGREES       
First Line: The weather in my head
Last Line: Effortless, suffocating snow


DIRGE       
First Line: Rain then. Things
Last Line: Nor believes


DISASTER MOVIE THEME MUSIC       
First Line: Winding back roads %I believe in you
Last Line: Won't hardly start


DITTY       
First Line: You, rare as georgia
Last Line: Night, a lifetime


DIXIELAND    Poem Text    
First Line: I want the spell
Last Line: The cops without one clue
Subject(s): Passion


DIXIELAND       
First Line: I want the spell %of a woman-her
Last Line: The cops without one clue


DOO WOP       
First Line: Honey baby %lady lovely
Last Line: Corner song %done wronged


DOS CABEZAS 2       
First Line: We are the walking
Last Line: S curse %& cure: remember


DRIVING INDEPENDENCE DAY       
First Line: War built the roads you cross. Men with bad
Last Line: The slowest, the most words are kept


DRUM TALK       
First Line: I cannot bear to become
Last Line: With yours - to share!


DRY SPELL       
First Line: Waking early %with the warming house
Last Line: Wife's earthen arms


DUET       
First Line: This town is twos
Last Line: & tain't nothing - without you


EARLY BLUES       
First Line: Once I ordered a pair of shoes
Last Line: But they never came


EARLY SHOW    Poem Text    
First Line: Here even the darkness
Subject(s): Flop-houses; Sex


EARLY SHOW       
First Line: Here even the darkness %is watered down
Last Line: On account of too much sun


EDDIE PRIEST'S BARBERSHOP & NOTARY    Poem Text    
First Line: Is music ... Is men / off early from work ... Is waiting
Subject(s): Barbers; Hair


EDDIE PRIEST'S BARBERSHOP & NOTARY CLOSED MONDAYS       
First Line: Is music - is men
Last Line: Your turn - you are next


ENCORE       
First Line: Are the proper
Last Line: Me whiles I flee


ENVOY       
First Line: I quit. Resigned
Last Line: Bidness - of breathing


EPITHALAMION       
First Line: Before the world
Last Line: Moon-made sea


ERNOK       
First Line: Awol, snafu, vip
Last Line: W/in 30 days %rsvp asap


ERRATA    Poem Text    
First Line: Baby, give me just
Subject(s): Language; Words; Vocabulary


ERRATA       
First Line: Baby, give me just
Last Line: With this sing %I'll thee shed


ETUDE       
First Line: I love making %love most just
Last Line: Mattress a life- %boat, listing


EULOGY    Poem Text    
First Line: To allow silence
Subject(s): Grief; Sorrow; Sadness


EVENSONG       
First Line: At dusk women %walking alone give off
Last Line: Airborne, oblivious, halfway %to happy


EVERY DAY SINCE I HAVE PRACTICED A SORT       
Last Line: Its thick chain locked. You gone with the key


EVERYWHERE IS OUT OF TOWN       
First Line: Beanville. Tea %party. Five black cats
Last Line: Drumsticks, neck. Dark meat


FANTASIA       
First Line: Day disappears %like a dove
Last Line: You sleep beside me


FEVER       
First Line: I cannot remember the rain
Last Line: Till the yard smells of ghosts


FIELD SONG       
First Line: The narrow hollow
Last Line: Of her spine, lying fallow


FIELD TRIP       
First Line: Not enough
Last Line: Bones & grease & fossil %enough to feed %a father's fire


FILM NOIR (THE CHASE)    Poem Text    
First Line: I didn't have a rat's chance
Last Line: Her snuffed, stubbed out / lipstuck cigarette
Subject(s): Motion Pictures; Movies; Cinema


FILM NOIR (THE CHASE)       
First Line: I didn't have a rat's chance
Last Line: Her snuffed, stubbed out %lipstuck cigarette
Subject(s): Motion Pictures


FILM NOIR (THE LOOT)       
First Line: I breezed by %the insecurity guard
Last Line: & hushmoney %slowly, to sea


FILM NOIR (THE SET-UP)    Poem Text    
First Line: Snake oil sales
Last Line: Home, humming gumshoe blues
Subject(s): Motion Pictures; Movies; Cinema


FILM NOIR (THE SET-UP)       
First Line: Snake oil sales
Last Line: Tired, I humped it %home, humming gumshoe blues
Subject(s): Motion Pictures


FILM NOIR (THE SUBPLOT)       
First Line: Figures. Her chloroform perfume %flushing my face, my nose
Last Line: Another & love, down ocean %after ocean of


FILM NOIR: MIDNIGHT RAMBLE       
First Line: Leaving the coffin-cold %theater in winter
Last Line: Sure as a man-bearded, polite- %already fixed up & fried


FILM NOIR: THE HIDEOUT       
First Line: Woke up dead %tired, in my arms %an empty
Last Line: Night staining the streets clean


FILM NOIR: THE WAGON       
First Line: My reputation %exceeds me. Temptation
Last Line: Into wind & plant %each one a kiss


FISH STORY       
First Line: For you I would give up
Last Line: How lucky they are


FIVE       
First Line: No one whispers how old
Last Line: And thin, a childhood


FOR THE CONFEDERATE DEAD    Poem Text    
First Line: These are the last days
Subject(s): African Americans - History; Black Heritage


FOXTROT       
First Line: Yours is sweet %sadness, bitter after
Last Line: To touch your feet


FUNK       
First Line: It finally forms - the stank
Last Line: Ingenuity, lake of dreams


GUMBO       
First Line: How the stomach, starved, %spits out food
Last Line: Unstirred soup's


GUTBUCKET       
First Line: I want, like
Last Line: This well too long


HARVEST SONG       
First Line: Lover you leave me
Last Line: I will take them in


HERO       
First Line: We are making that noise
Last Line: As sleep %as apple


HOLLYWOOD AFRICANS       
First Line: Basquiat paints %the town. Paw
Last Line: Fresh into pavement, %permanent as a rap %sheet, booked


HOMAGE TO PHILLIS WHEATLEY       
First Line: There are days I can understand
Last Line: At sea which owns no country
Subject(s): Sea; Ships And Shipping; Water


HONKY TONK       
First Line: At least %I do not need
Last Line: And still %this traffic


HOW TO MAKE RAIN       
First Line: Start with the sun
Last Line: Wood - is a boy drowning inside the earth


HUNDRED & SIX DEGREES       
First Line: This could be a good day. It starts
Last Line: Like a chost is baking sweet potato pies %through the night.Your favorite
Variant Title(s): Whatever You Wan


I LOVE YOU THE WAY A LIAR LOVES       
Last Line: My neighbor's noisy light, restless dark


INSTRUMENTAL       
First Line: I have put down words in order
Last Line: Undergrown place


INTERLUDE       
First Line: I know now who
Last Line: Again his own reflection


INTERMEZZO       
First Line: Lately I head down
Last Line: Like stones off the steady water


JACK JOHNSON: BLACK JACK       
First Line: Some call me spade
Last Line: Hit me again


JACK JOHNSON: THE CROWN       
First Line: In order to take
Last Line: The world champion's till a nigger


JACK JOHNSON: THE FIX       
First Line: That fight with willard was a fix
Last Line: Saved. Best %believe I stood up %smiling


JACK JOHNSON: THE RING       
First Line: The bed is just
Last Line: Champ, con, or stripped %like my crown


JACK JOHNSON: THE UPSET       
First Line: Who told you %I was yellow
Last Line: Treading this ring %like water, %my wide wake


JINGLE       
First Line: Put me on the rack
Last Line: Break, an ache


JITTERBUG       
First Line: Today nothing %sounds good
Last Line: The geese bumping %within my skin


JIVE       
First Line: Do you remember the heat
Last Line: A deal, backroom, bail


JOOK       
First Line: You have me %to you quite addicted
Last Line: World, old crow


JUBILEE       
First Line: Sister, you are a late-night
Last Line: Done, promising return


LANGSTON HUGHES       
Last Line: Won't you sned %all heaven's news
Subject(s): Hughes, Langston (1902-1967); Memory


LAST SUPPER       
First Line: I've seen hogs herded for slaughter
Last Line: They get the apportioned body, %a sanctioned measure of salvation


LATE BLUES       
First Line: If %I die, %let me
Last Line: To start up now


LETTERS FROM THE NORTH STAR       
First Line: Dear you: the lights here ask
Last Line: Almost forgotten of flying, %of soaring free, south, %down. So long. X's, os


LITANY       
First Line: The dirt grows up
Last Line: My million names


LOCOMOTIVE SONGS       
First Line: We were hobos every year
Last Line: The other %out to wave


LYRE       
First Line: Walking up the hill
Last Line: Forever from me you went


MADRIGAL       
First Line: Who can stand
Last Line: Will come, undress the trees


MAN STRUCK LIGHTNING - 2 WITNESSES       
First Line: Hell is no help
Last Line: From our words %must burn


MIC CHECK       
First Line: This morning I wake
Last Line: Thronging %my tongue


MISS LUCILLE       
First Line: She had long since %stopped living
Last Line: Herself in, too shiny %empty to ignore


MOOD       
First Line: I got the 'noid
Last Line: Take hold a me!


MUZAK       
First Line: When old, do not let me bark
Last Line: Please make me mild


NOCTURNE       
First Line: I have other names
Last Line: Begging be saved


NONES       
First Line: Stammer me. %stutter utter
Last Line: Mumble, you %I curse croon


ODE TO THE MIDWEST    Poem Text    
First Line: I want to be doused
Subject(s): Middle West; Conduct Of Life; Midwest; Old Northwest; Central States; North Central States


ONION GUM (1983)       
First Line: Onion gum
Last Line: Your mouth %taste lk onions


OPERA       
First Line: Why do we talk
Last Line: For helping slow us down


OVERTURE       
First Line: When I have begun the long
Last Line: Frail, fragrant weeks


PARLOR SONG       
First Line: I spider the days
Last Line: Insurance %&whiskey


PASTORALE       
First Line: Outside azaleas bloom loud
Last Line: Hills, onto lawns %struggling green


PERCENT ROLL       
First Line: My teeth it seems
Last Line: The smallest stones


PIETA    Poem Text    
First Line: I hunted heaven
Subject(s): Seeking; Patience


PLAINSONG       
First Line: The green is gone
Last Line: Business end of a slender cigarette


PLAYER PIANO       
First Line: On the sun-starched
Last Line: For you I would churn %its salt to taffy


PRELUDE       
First Line: The red ink of insects
Last Line: Killed staining evening


QUIVIRA CITY LIMITS       
First Line: Pull over. Your car with its slow
Last Line: Thousand bones carry, now call home


RAMBLE       
First Line: Lady, you are my mobile
Last Line: Some stubborn %mule called morning


RECITATIVE       
First Line: Pulling mad toms
Last Line: The line, to which it & I %are tied


REED SONG       
First Line: What any god %would, to hold
Last Line: Till I can, no more, sing out


REQUIEM       
First Line: Your name is harm. %the bar fills
Last Line: Rider, you are a whole %church-worth of hurt


REVIVAL       
First Line: Came early with
Last Line: Sound everyone %listened for


REWARD    Poem Text    
First Line: Run away from this sub- / scriber for the second time
Subject(s): African Americans - History; Slavery; Escapes; Black Heritage; Serfs; Fugitives


REWARD       
First Line: Run away from this sub-
Last Line: Accord, they may still be for- %given by


RHAPSODY       
First Line: Tonite too many things lead
Last Line: Like a night watchman


RHYTHM & BLUES       
First Line: Through the wall %I hear them
Last Line: Eavesdropped breath


RIFF       
First Line: I am all itch, %total, since you done
Last Line: Blue from the sky: a safe!


ROADHOUSE       
First Line: Wake me like a lake %after december, sugar
Last Line: Empty & alone %as a motel pool


ROCK       
First Line: I swing shut. %spit, &am a shame
Last Line: My mouth closed


SAINT JOE LOUIS: SURROUNDED BY SNAKES    Poem Text    
First Line: Bip! Splat! / bop
Last Line: Hiss his cauliflower ear
Subject(s): Louis, Joe (1914-1981)


SAVOY       
First Line: To tango
Last Line: To god %&part %way back


SAXOPHONE SOLO       
First Line: Drive till sun stares
Last Line: What makes his ears bend


SAYING GRACE: THE BOILING       
First Line: My grandfather wore white
Last Line: Then beaten good & white


SAYING GRACE: THE CURES       
First Line: When the colds came
Last Line: Dogs, unfed, unasked for, underneath


SAYING GRACE: THE KITCHEN       
First Line: Heard tell mama's
Last Line: She stowed a second set of eyes


SAYING GRACE: THE LIVING       
First Line: After independence day
Last Line: Enough to believe we had more %than they did


SAYING GRACE: THE PRESERVING       
First Line: Summer meant peeling peaches
Last Line: Would warm most way home


SAYING GRACE: THE QUENCH       
First Line: Thirst kept with us all
Last Line: There, soaking up that clear %careless sky


SAYING GRACE: THE SALON       
First Line: Missus king's was more
Last Line: But I sewed up myself


SAYING GRACE: THE SLAUGHTER       
First Line: Everything we ate was on foot. We didn't have
Last Line: Couldn't cut it with her brown, brown eyes


SAYING GRACE: THE WORKS       
First Line: Broke as we were, we didn't need
Last Line: & thick black rain up


SCHERZO       
First Line: Such schism
Last Line: The dawn, keep %the dark company


SERENADE       
First Line: I wake to the cracked plate %of moon being thrown
Last Line: Broken bright


SHIMMY       
First Line: You are, lady %admired - secret
Last Line: My tongue like arsenic


SIREN       
First Line: On the fire throw
Last Line: & heart - be me


SLIDE GUITAR       
First Line: Tonight I wake with mud
Last Line: In their lead balloons


SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE THE STARGAZERS       
Last Line: Let the water stand, and still they bloom


SONG OF SMOKE    Poem Text    
First Line: To watch you walk
Subject(s): Desire


SONG OF SMOKE       
First Line: To watch you walk
Last Line: Only a chimney


SONG OF SOLSTICE       
First Line: So this is what death sounds: screech
Last Line: Becoming anything else, grow tall


SONG OF SOWING       
First Line: We are always
Last Line: Mattering - of is us


SOON I'LL THANK YOU FOR LEAVING       
Last Line: Our now-final meal, broke open empty


SORROW SONG       
First Line: Saying goodbye to the body
Last Line: Hymn - asking, asking


SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY, 1962       
First Line: Let's see -- first afros I saw -- were on these girls
Last Line: And left it on the sidewalk -- with our streaming %eyes -- with the rain


SPECTACLE: ATLAS       
First Line: Unveiled he stood
Last Line: A world at all: it's me


SPECTACLE: BROTHERHOOD       
First Line: First whitefolks %she'd seen - were able
Last Line: Beats beats - for yall %and yall alone


SPECTACLE: CONTORTIONIST       
First Line: See there's this %way of turning
Last Line: She can't for the life %of her lern how


SPECTACLE: PACHYDERM       
First Line: Just within the circus
Last Line: Toothless as a parlor piano


SPECTACLE: THE ESCAPE ARTIST       
First Line: Beyond the people
Last Line: Would anyone want to


SPECTACLE: THE THIN MAN'S APPRENTICES       
First Line: Little lmen born with three heads
Last Line: Stretched clear cross the weight of this world


SPECTACLE: THE WONDER TONGUE       
First Line: We took our feet astonished
Last Line: All of us are sold


STRIDE PIANO       
First Line: I wish to tell you I want
Last Line: Let go this green


STUMBLING HOME IN LAST NIGHT'S       
Last Line: No one answers %where you are


SUITE       
First Line: No more flights- %the climb up the steep
Last Line: Have lit the light- %house & left


SUMMER SONG       
First Line: I think of your kiss
Last Line: Their long south journey


SWING       
First Line: You climb the tree
Last Line: By billion winds


TACIT       
First Line: Even language %leaves us - even the train
Last Line: Spirits in flame


TELEVISION WE BOUGHT TIDES ME       
Last Line: Don't call me hon. They work for you too


TELLER       
First Line: She read nothng but hands
Last Line: The heart pounding, fleeing, reachng


THE DRY SPELL    Poem Text    
First Line: Waking early / with the warming house
Subject(s): Grandparents; Farm Life; Cokking & Cooks; Grandmothers; Grandfathers; Great Grandfathers; Great Grandmothers; Agriculture; Farmers


THE LIVING    Poem Text    
First Line: After independence day / all our toys began to tear
Subject(s): Cotton; Farm Life; African Americans - History; Agriculture; Farmers; Black Heritage


THE MISSION    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Back there then I lived
Subject(s): Mortality; Conduct Of Life; Fathers


THERE ARE NO MORE SAINTS       
Last Line: My hairshirt, my tiny albatross


THESE DAYS SO HOT YOU FORGET       
Last Line: And even I will lose your name, not sleep


THRENODY       
First Line: Even cars have their graveyards
Last Line: The color of ash, %of ember


TORCH SONG       
First Line: The heaven of her
Last Line: & the forty %sorrows again


TORNADO WEATHER       
First Line: We arrive %this town hot as a dime
Last Line: & skies always calm %unchanging, crazy clear
Subject(s): Tornadoes


TUNE       
First Line: In the africa %of your eyes - my
Last Line: Into tuneless this


URGENT TELEGRAM TO JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT    Poem Text    
First Line: Havent heard from you in ages stop love your
Subject(s): Basquiat, Jean-michel (1960-1988)


VESPERS       
First Line: Along this strange shore
Last Line: Flotsam swaying wind


VISITING HOME       
First Line: Look there - past %those bitter figs
Last Line: Is wherever we're not


VOWS       
First Line: My wife of words
Last Line: My widowed voice


WAKE       
First Line: Jesus tucked with cousins into mirrors
Last Line: Smiling family, a father the other


WHEN I SAID I DIDN'T MIND       
Last Line: Tell me his name


WHITEWASH       
First Line: The boys just blew
Last Line: You out back to dry


ZOOT    Poem Text    
First Line: Speakeasy she
Last Line: Me, fa, fast, quick- / silvered -
Subject(s): Music & Musicians


ZOOT       
First Line: Speakeasy she. %am sunder
Last Line: Me, fa, fast, quick %silvered