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Gioia, Dana    Poet's Biography
118 poems available by this author


ACCOMPLICE       
First Line: In dusty fields I harvested the vine
Last Line: The mute accomplice of our mutual defeat


AFTER A LONE BY CAVAFY       
First Line: Return and take me, distant afternoon
Last Line: We who were neither lovers nor intimates %and never met again


ALL SOULS'    Poem Text    
First Line: Suppose there is no heaven and no hell
Subject(s): Immortality; Religion; Theology


ALL SOULS'       
First Line: Suppose there is no heaven and no hell
Last Line: They watch the shadows lengthen on the grass. %the pallor of the rose is their despair
Subject(s): Immortality; Religion


ARCHBISHOP       
First Line: O do not disturb the archbishop
Last Line: And the dead shall lie down with the dead


AT THE WATERFRONT CAFE       
First Line: Docked beside the quiet river, yachts are rocking in the sun
Last Line: Jealously is all too common, %style and beauty much too rare


BARGAIN       
First Line: Nothing so sordid as an affair
Last Line: This exegesis of desire %more tangled than deceit


BECOMING A REDWOOD       
First Line: Stand in a field long enough, and the sounds
Last Line: Part of the midnight's watchfulness that knows %there is no silence but when danger comes
Subject(s): Environment; Nature


BEWARE OF THINGS IN DUPLICATE...       
Last Line: A twin, an extra key, an echo, %your own reflection in the glass
Variant Title(s): Beware Of Things In Duplicat


BIX BEIDERBECKE       
First Line: China boy, lazy daddy. Cryin' all day
Last Line: Would heaven be as white as iowa?
Subject(s): Beiderbecke, Bix (1903-1931); Jazz; Music And Musicians


BORROWED TUNES: 1. ALLEY CAT LOVE SONG       
First Line: Come into the garden, fred
Last Line: As I scratch all night at the door


BORROWED TUNES: 2. THE BEGGAR'S NIGHTMARE       
First Line: If wishes were horses, all beggars would ride
Last Line: And beg to be beggars back on the street


BURNING LADDER       
First Line: Jacob %never climbed the ladder
Last Line: Shivering. Gravity %always greater than desire
Subject(s): Jacob (bible); Religion


CALIFORNIA HILLS IN AUGUST       
First Line: I can imagine someone who found
Last Line: Trees that one can count, the grass, %the empty sky, the wish for water


CALIFORNIA REQUIEM       
First Line: I walked among the equidistant graves
Last Line: For killing what we cannot even name
Subject(s): Environment


CLEARED AWAY       
First Line: Around the corner there may be a man
Last Line: Filled with the smells of dinners on the stove %and the soft laughter of the assembled dead


CORNER TABLE       
First Line: You tell me you are going to marry him
Last Line: This last mute touch that lingers is farewell


COUNT ORLOCK'S ARIA       
First Line: Look at the land my fathers fought
Last Line: I perish or move on


COUNTING THE CHILDREN       
First Line: This must have been her bedroom, mr. Choi
Last Line: I feared that if I touched one, it would scream


COUNTRY WIFE       
First Line: She makes her way through the dark trees


CRUISING WITH THE BEACH BOYS       
First Line: So strange to hear that song again tonight
Last Line: Bringing on tears shed only for myself
Variant Title(s): Cruising With The Beachboy
Subject(s): Adolescence; Music, Rock


CUCKOOS       
First Line: I heard them only once. Climbing in the mountains


CURRICULUM VITAE       
First Line: The future shrinks %whether the past %is well or badly spent
Last Line: Are never what we meant


CURSE ON GEOGRAPHERS       
First Line: We want an earth to walk upon


DESCENT TO THE UNDERWORLD       
First Line: There is a famous cliff on sparta's coast
Last Line: Confined in this black place is worse


DIVINATION       
First Line: Always be ready for the unexpected
Last Line: Always be ready for the unexpected


DO NOT EXPECT THAT IF YOUR BOOK FALLS OPEN       


EASTERN STANDARD TIME       
First Line: Yesterday the clocks went back an hour


ELEGY FOR VLADIMIR DE PACHMANN       
First Line: How absurd,' cried the pianist de pachmann


ELEGY WITH SURREALIST PROVERBS AS REFRAIN       
First Line: Poetry must lead somewhere,' declared breton
Last Line: There is always a skeleton on the buffet. %I came. I sat down. I went away


ELLEN'S SERENADE       
First Line: Far away, far away %first star above the sea
Last Line: Then call to me, call to me, I wait for your return


EMIGRE IN AUTUMN       
First Line: Walking down the garden path


END       
First Line: Bosch painted it. Van eyck, angelico
Subject(s): Bosch, Hieronymus (1540-1616); Paintings And Painters


END OF A SEASON       
First Line: I wanted to tell you how I walked tonight


END OF THE WORLD       
First Line: We're going,' they said, 'to the end of the world'
Last Line: The sound of the water, and the water's reply
Subject(s): Environment


ENTRANCE       
First Line: Whoever you are: step out of doors tonight
Last Line: Then close your eyes and gently set it free


EQUATIONS OF THE LIGHT       
First Line: Turning the corner, we discovered it
Last Line: And at the end what else could I have done %but turn the corner back into my life?


FAILURE       
First Line: As with my child, you find your own more beautiful
Last Line: You only fail at what you really aim for


FIVE SPEECHES FOR PYGMALION       
First Line: Alone in the workroom of this unkept house


FLYING OVER CLOUDS       
First Line: No earthly image - only clouds


FOR SALE       
First Line: Your first home, your handyman's special!
Last Line: Good-bye, good-bye, as if we were the ones %going on a journey


FOUR SPEECHES FOR PYGMALION       
First Line: I wished to carve a face that understood


GARDEN ON THE CAMPAGNA       
First Line: Noon - and the shadows of the trees


GOD ONLY KNOWS       


GODS OF WINTER       
First Line: Storm on storm, snow on drifting snowfall


GUIDE TO THE OTHER GALLERY    Poem Text    
First Line: This is the hall of broken limbs
Subject(s): Religion; Theology


GUIDE TO THE OTHER GALLERY       
First Line: This is the hall of broken limbs
Last Line: Without a label. It's for you
Subject(s): Religion


HIS THREE WOMEN       
First Line: Her frequent letters are like childhood friends


HOMAGE TO VALERIO MAGRELLI       
First Line: Tomorrow morning I will take a shower
Last Line: I think of a tailor %who is his own fabric


HOMECOMING       
First Line: I watched your headlights coming up the drive
Last Line: All I could do was wait for the police %I had come home, and there was no escape


IN CHANDLER COUNTRY       
First Line: California night. The devil's wind


IN CHEEVER COUNTRY    Poem Text    
First Line: Half an hour north of grand central
Subject(s): Cheever, John (1912-1982); Country Life; Railroads; Suburbs; Railways; Trains


IN CHEEVER COUNTRY       
First Line: Half an hour north of grand central
Last Line: To the modest places which contain our lives
Subject(s): Cheever, John (1912-1982); Country Life; Railroads; Suburbs


INSOMNIA       
First Line: Now you hear what the house has to say


INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE AFTERNOON       
First Line: Leave the museums, the comfortable rooms
Last Line: Dazzling the eye, the stubborn heart unchanged
Subject(s): Religion


INTERROGATIONS AT NOON       
First Line: Just before noon I often hear a voice
Last Line: Extravagant and empty, that is you


JOURNEY, THE ARRIVAL, AND THE DREAM       
First Line: You're here. Finally. After hours in a hot compartment


JUNO PLOTS HER REVENGE       
First Line: Call me sister of the thunder god
Last Line: The plan is set, and now I must be gone


LETTER       
First Line: And in the end, all that is really left
Last Line: Even on days when mail is never brought


LITANY       
First Line: This is a litany of lost things
Last Line: Even as it vanishes - were not our life
Subject(s): Religion; Spirituality


LIVES OF THE GREAT COMPOSERS       
First Line: Herr bruckner often wandered into church


LONG DISTANCE       
First Line: Two weeks of silence broken by this call
Last Line: Now words that have no body ask her love


LOS ANGELES AFTER THE RAIN       
First Line: Back home again on one of those bright mornings
Last Line: A day to ditch responsibility, look up %old friends, and dream %of quiet love, impossible solutions


LOST GARDEN       
First Line: If ever we see those gardens again
Last Line: Behind the wall a garden still in blossom


MAD NUN       
First Line: The convent yard seems larger than before


MAN IN THE OPEN DOORWAY       
First Line: This is the world in which he lives
Last Line: And stroke the wall as if it were %some attendant beast
Subject(s): Office Employees


MAZE WITHOUT A MINOTAUR       
First Line: If we could only push these walls
Last Line: Have memories, they are not ours


MEMORY       
First Line: Don't listen to it. This memory


MEN AFTER WORK       
First Line: Done with work, they are sitting by themselves


METAMORPHOSIS       
First Line: There were a few, the old ones promised us
Last Line: Forever lost within your inward gaze


METRE       
First Line: Some years ago geoffrey grigson, the great critic and editor
Last Line: Must be that most american poets are not poets in any sense yet %known to the human race


MONEY       
First Line: Money, the long green %cash, stash, rhino, jack
Last Line: Money. You don't know where it's been, %but you put it where your mouth is %and it talks


MY CONFESSIONAL SESTINA       
First Line: Let me confess. I'm sick of these sestinas
Last Line: Have two workshops, a tasteful little magazine, and sexy students %who worshipfully memorize their e


MY DEAD LOVER       
First Line: How miserable we were together, dear
Last Line: Our rituals are never for the dead


MY SECRET LIFE       
First Line: I had from youth an excellent memory ...'


NEW YEAR'S       
First Line: Let other mornings honor the miraculous
Last Line: A field of snow without a single footprint


NEWS FROM NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR       
First Line: Is something to be grateful for
Last Line: To run their hands across the spines %and reminisce, but no one ever comes to read %or would know ho
Variant Title(s): The Silence Of The Poet


NEWS FROM NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR       
First Line: The great offensive in the east began
Last Line: With execution of trade dissidents %spring coffee rations climb to twenty grams %arrests continue at


NEWS WILL ARRIVE FROM FAR AWAY: THE PHONE       


NEXT POEM       
First Line: How much better it seems now %than when it is finally done
Last Line: How hungrily one waits to feel %the bright lure seized, the old hook bitten
Subject(s): Writing And Writers


NIGHT WATCH       
First Line: I think of you standing on the sloping deck


NOTHING IS LOST. NOTHING IS SO SMALL       


ON APPROACHING FORTY       
First Line: The thought pursues me through this dreary town
Last Line: To disappear in either dust or fire %if any endures beyond its flame


ORCHESTRA       
First Line: Climbing the scales three octaves at a time
Last Line: Sonorous lover, when will your return? %the orchestra is mute
Subject(s): Bands; Music And Musicians


PARTS OF SUMMER WEATHER       
First Line: The window open and the summer air


PENTECOST       
First Line: Neither the sorrows of afternoon, waiting in the silent house
Last Line: I offer you this scarred and guilty hand %until others mix our ashes
Subject(s): Religion; Spirituality


PHOTOGRAPH OF MY MOTHER AS A YOUNG GIRL       
First Line: She wasn't looking


PLACES TO RETURN       
First Line: There are landscapes one can own
Last Line: Seems almost set upon the rooftops %it illuminates, how shall I %ever summoin it again?


PLANTING A SEQUOIA       
First Line: All afternoon my brothers and I have worked in the orchard
Last Line: I want you to stand among strangers, all young and ephemeral to you, %silently keeping the secret of
Subject(s): Environment


PORNOTOPIA       
First Line: Everyone has an entrance of his own


PRAYER       
First Line: Echo of the clocktower, footstep %in the alleyway, sweep
Last Line: But until then I pray watch over him %as a mountain guards its covert ore %and the harsh falcon its


PSEUDO-FORMAL POETRY       
First Line: Pseudo-formal' verse is a term that I coined to describe a common
Last Line: Written and pretentiously presented?


ROOM UPSTAIRS       
First Line: Come over to the window for a moment
Last Line: But no, of course not. Let me show you to your room


ROUGH COUNTRY       
First Line: Give me a landscape made of obstacles
Last Line: And nesting jays, a sign that there is still %one piece of property that won't be owned
Subject(s): Environment; Nature


SHORT HISTORY OF TOBACCO       
First Line: Profitable, poisonous, and purely american


SONG       
First Line: How shall I hold my sould that it
Last Line: On what instrument were we strung? %and to what player did we sing %our interrupted song?


SONG FOR THE END OF TIME       
First Line: The hanged man laughs by the garden wall
Last Line: And nothing you do will stop what appears


SONG FROM A COURTYARD WINDOW       
First Line: This was the only music we had hoped for


SPEAKING OF LOVE       
First Line: Speaking of love was difficult at first


SPEECH FROM A NOVELLA       
First Line: Every night I wake and find myself


SPIDER IN THE CORNER       
First Line: Cold afternoon: rain spattering the windows
Last Line: The endless rain that keeps us here together


STARS NOW REARRANGE THEMSELVES ABOVE YOU       


SUMMER STORM       
First Line: We stood on the rented patio
Last Line: Just by being different


SUNDAY NEWS       
First Line: Looking for something in the sunday paper
Last Line: A scrap I knew I wouldn't read again %but couldn't bear to lose


SUNDAY NIGHT IN SANTA ROSA       
First Line: The carnival is over. The high tents
Last Line: While a clown stares in a dressing mirror, %takes out a box,and peels away his face
Subject(s): Carnivals


THANKS FOR REMEMBERING US       
First Line: The flowers sent here by mistake


THE LITANY    Poem Text    
First Line: This is a litany of lost things
Subject(s): Religion; Spirituality; Theology


THREE SONGS FROM NOSFERATU: 1. ELLEN'S DREAM       
First Line: I came to a table set for a feast
Last Line: And on the altar was-you


THREE SONGS FROM NOSFERATU: 2. NOSFERATU'S SERENADE       
First Line: I am the image that darkens your glass
Last Line: You know what I bring. Now I am here


THREE SONGS FROM NOSFERATU: 3. MAD SONG       
First Line: I sailed a ship %in the storm-wracked sea
Last Line: A lucky lift for you, lad, a lucky lift for you!


TIME TRAVEL       
First Line: Surely the comic books and movies have it right
Last Line: There on the morning that we met?


TODAY WILL BE LIKE ANY OTHER DAY       


UNSAID       
First Line: So much of what we live goes on inside
Last Line: Think of the letters that we write our dead


VETERANS' CEMETERY       
First Line: The ceremonies of the day have ceased
Last Line: As one by one the branches fade from sight %and time curls up like paper turning yellow


VIEW FROM THE SECOND STORY       
First Line: There were no colors in the sunset


VOYEUR       
First Line: ...And watching her undress across the room
Last Line: The branches shake their dry leaves like alarms


WAITING IN THE AIRPORT       
First Line: On the same journey each of them


WORDS       
First Line: The world does not need words. It articulates itself
Last Line: Greater than ourselves and all the airy words we summon
Subject(s): Environment