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Hayden, Robert Earl    Poet's Biography
126 poems available by this author


A LETTER FROM PHILLIS WHEATLEY       
First Line: Dear obour / our crossing was without
Subject(s): Wheatley, Phillis (1753-1784)


A PLAGUE OF STARLINGS (FISK CAMPUS)    Poem Text    
First Line: Evenings I hear / the workmen fire
Subject(s): Fisk University; Starlings


AKHENATEN       
First Line: Upon the


AMERICAN JOURNAL       
First Line: Here among them the americans this baffling
Last Line: Their elan vital and that some thing essence %quiddity I cannot penetrate or name


ANGLE OF ASCENT       
Subject(s): Alphabet Verse


APPROXIMATIONS       
First Line: In dead of winter


AS MY BLOOD WAS DRAWN       


ASTRONAUTS       
First Line: Armored in oxygen
Last Line: What do we ask of ourselves?


AUNT JEMIMA OF THE OCEAN WAVES       
First Line: Enacting someone's notion of themselves
Last Line: Don't you take no wooden nickels, hear? %tin dimes neither. So long, pal


BAHA' U'LLAH IN THE GARDEN OF RIDWAN       
First Line: Agonies confirm his hour
Last Line: Glorias of recognition. %whithin the rock the undiscovered suns %release their light


BALLAD OF NAT TURNER       
First Line: Then fled, o brethren, the wicked juba
Subject(s): Turner, Nat (1800-1831)


BALLAD OF REMEMBRANCE       
First Line: Quadroon mermaids, afro angels, black saints
Last Line: But also, mark van doren, %a poem of remembrance, a gift, a souvenir for you


BALLAD OF SUE ELLEN WESTERFIELD       
First Line: She grew up in bedeviled southern wilderness
Last Line: Until her dying-bed, %she cursed the circumstance


BEGINNINGS       
First Line: Plowdens, finns
Last Line: In his grave. Open %for him, blue door


BELSEN, DAY OF LIBERATION       
First Line: Her parents and her dolls destroyed
Last Line: They were so beautiful %and they were not afraid
Subject(s): Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Jews; World War Ii


BONE-FLOWER ELEGY       
First Line: In the dream I enter the house
Last Line: Angelbeast shining come %to rend me and redeem


BROKEN DARK       
First Line: Sleepless, I stare


BURLY FADING ONE       


BUTTERFLY PIECE       
First Line: Brazilian butterflies, static and perfect as


CRISPUS ATTUCKS       
First Line: Name in a footnote. Faceless name
Last Line: By bayonets, forever falling
Subject(s): African Americans; Attucks, Crispus (1723-1770); Boston Massacre


DANCE THE ORANGE       
First Line: And dance this


DAWNBREAKER       
First Line: Ablaze %with candles sconced


DAY OF THE DEAD       
First Line: The vultures hover wheel and hover


DIVER       
First Line: Sank through easeful
Last Line: Somehow began the %measured rise
Subject(s): Scuba Diving; Sea; Sports


DOGWOOD TREES       
First Line: Seeing dogwood trees in bloom
Last Line: Of the odds against comradeship we dared %and were at one


DOUBLE FEATURE       
First Line: At dunbar, castle or arcade


DREAM       
First Line: That evening sinda thought she heard the drums
Last Line: & hope to see you soon yrs cal
Subject(s): Slavery


EL-HAJJ MALIK EL-SHABAZZ    Poem Text    
First Line: The icy evil that struck his father down
Subject(s): African Americans; Malcolm X (malcolm Little) (1925-1965); Negroes; American Blacks


EL-HAJJ MALIK EL-SHABAZZ       
First Line: The icy evil that struck his father down
Last Line: Were one. He rose renewed renamed, became %much more than there was time for him to be
Subject(s): African Americans; Malcolm X (malcolm Little) (1925-1965)


ELECTRICAL STORM       
First Line: God's angry with the world again


ELEGIES FOR PARADISE VALLEY       
First Line: My shared bedroom's window %opened on alley stench
Last Line: The devil's own rag baby doll
Subject(s): Detroit, Michigan


ENTRANCES AND TABLEAUX FOR JOSEPHINE BAKER       
First Line: We see her in the next to final scene
Last Line: Mockery, with something poignant %as down-home blues


FIGURE       
First Line: He would slump to his knees, now that his agonies
Last Line: In metaphor of a place, a time. Is our %time geometrized
Subject(s): African Americans


FOR A YOUNG ARTIST       
First Line: Sprawled in the pigsty


FREDERICK DOUGLASS    Poem Text    
First Line: When it is finally ours, this freedom, this liberty, this beautiful
Subject(s): African Americans; Douglass, Frederick (1817-1895); Freedom; Negroes; American Blacks; Liberty


FREDERICK DOUGLASS       
First Line: When it is finally ours, this freedom, this liberty, this beautiful
Last Line: Fleshing his dream of the beautiful, needful thing
Subject(s): African Americans; Douglass, Frederick (1817-1895); Freedom


FREE FANTASIA: TIGER FLOWERS       
First Line: The sporting people %along st. Antoine
Last Line: Claws - I choose it %now as elegy %for tiger flowers


FROM WHOM THE CORPSE WOODPILES, FROM THE ASHES       


FULL MOON       
First Line: No longer throne of a goddess to whom we pray


GULLS       
First Line: In sun-whetted


HOMAGE TO PAUL ROBESON       
First Line: Call him deluded, say that he


HOMAGE TO THE EMPRESS OF THE BLUES    Poem Text    
First Line: Because there was a man somewhere in a candystripe silk shirt
Subject(s): African Americans; African Americans - Women; Blues (music); Jazz; Music & Musicians; Singing & Singers; Smith, Bessie (1894-1937); Negroes; American Blacks; Songs


HOMAGE TO THE EMPRESS OF THE BLUES       
First Line: Because there was a man somewhere in a candystripe silk shirt
Last Line: And shone that smile on us and sang
Subject(s): African Americans; African Americans - Women; Blues (music); Jazz; Music And Musicians; Singing And Singers; Smith, Bessie (1894-1937)


ICE STORM       
First Line: Unable to sleep, or pray, I stand
Last Line: My god, than they?


IDOL       
First Line: Wail of the newborn, cry of the dying


IN LIGHT HALF NIGHTMARE AND HALF VISION       
First Line: From the corpse woodpiles, from the ashes and staring pits
Last Line: Is in his eyes; his suffering transilluminates %the suffering of an age
Subject(s): African Americans; Persecution


IN THE MOURNING TIME       
First Line: As the gook woman howls


INCENSE OF THE LUCKY VIRGIN       


ISLANDS       
First Line: Always this waking dream of palmtrees
Last Line: Abandoned for a time their long pursuit


JOHN BROWN       
First Line: Loved feared hated


KID       
First Line: He is found with the homeless dogs


KILLING THE CALVES       
First Line: Threatened by abundance, the ranchers


KODACHROMES OF THE ISLAND       
First Line: Halfnaked children


LA CORRIDA       
First Line: From the blind kingdom


LEAR IS GAY       
First Line: That gaiety oh


LETTER       
First Line: It was as though you struggled against


LETTER FROM PHILLIS WHEATLEY       
First Line: Dear obour %our crossing was without
Last Line: Abundantly. In his name, %phillis
Subject(s): Wheatley, Phillis (1753-1784)


LIONS       
First Line: With what panache, he said


LOCUS       
First Line: Here redbuds like momentary trees


MARKET       
First Line: Ragged boys %lift sweets, haggle
Last Line: Looks down with eyes %of sunstruck glass
Subject(s): African Americans


MIDDLE PASSAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: Jesus, estrella, esperanza, mercy
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


MIDDLE PASSAGE       
First Line: Jesus, estrella, esperanza, mercy
Last Line: Voyage through death %to life upon these shores
Subject(s): African Americans


MIDDLE PASSAGE: 1       
First Line: Sails flashing to the wind like weapons
Last Line: Further deponent sayeth not.' %pilot oh pilot me


MIDDLE PASSAGE: 2       
First Line: Aye, lad, and I have seen those factories
Last Line: But for the fevers melting down my bones


MIDDLE PASSAGE: 3       
First Line: Shuttles in the rocking loom of history
Last Line: Voyage through death %to life upon these shores


MIRAGES       
First Line: Exhaustion among rocks


MONET'S WATERLILIES       
First Line: Today as the news from selma and saigon
Last Line: Each of us has lost. %here is the shadow of its joy


MOOSE WALLOW       
First Line: Friends warned of moose that


MOUNTAINS       
First Line: Dark as if cloven from darkness


MOURNING POEM FOR THE QUEEN OF SUNDAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Lord's lost him his mockingbird
Subject(s): African Americans; Mourning; Negroes; American Blacks; Bereavement


MOURNING POEM FOR THE QUEEN OF SUNDAY       
First Line: Lord's lost him his mockingbird
Last Line: Who would have thought, %who would have thought she'd end that way?
Subject(s): African Americans; Mourning


MYSTERY BOY' LOOKS FOR KIN IN NASHVILLE       
First Line: Puzzle faces in the dying elms
Last Line: We'll go and find them, we'll go %and ask them for your nam e again


NAMES       
First Line: Once they were sticks and stones


NEFERT-ITI       
First Line: A memory


NIGHT, DEATH, MISSISSIPPI    Poem Text    
First Line: A quavering cry. Screech-owl?
Subject(s): African Americans; Racism; Southern States; Negroes; American Blacks; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry; South (u.s.)


NIGHT, DEATH, MISSISSIPPI       
First Line: A quavering cry. Screech-owl?
Last Line: O night betrayed by darkness not its own
Subject(s): African Americans; Racism; Southern States


NIGHT-BLOOMING CEREUS       
First Line: And so for nights
Last Line: We spoke %in whispers when %we spoke %at all
Subject(s): Cactus


O DAEDALUS, FLY AWAY HOME       
First Line: Drifting night in the georgia pines
Last Line: O fly away home fly away


OCTOBER       
First Line: October - %its plangency, its glow
Last Line: Crashing set %the snow on fire


ON LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN       
First Line: I listen for the sounds of cannon, cries


ON THE COAST OF MAINE       
First Line: Ancestral, alone, under stone they lie
Last Line: Gulls, %scouting and %crying
Subject(s): African Americans


PAUL LAURENCE DUNBAR    Poem Text    
First Line: We lay red roses on his grave
Subject(s): Dunbar, Paul Laurence (1872-1906)


PAUL LAURENCE DUNBAR       
First Line: We lay red roses on his grave
Last Line: With stones, then drive away
Subject(s): Dunbar, Paul Laurence (1872-1906)


PEACOCK ROOM       
First Line: Ars longa which is crueller
Last Line: A bronze bodhisattva's ancient smile
Subject(s): Death


PERFORMERS       
First Line: Easily, almost matter-of-factly they step


PERSEUS       
First Line: Her sleeping head with its great gelid mass
Subject(s): Medusa; Mythology - Classical; Perseus


PLAGUE OF STARLINGS (FISK CAMPUS)       
First Line: Evenings I hear %the workmen fire
Last Line: In the piercing dark %above the killed
Subject(s): Fisk University; Starlings


POINT (STONINGTON, CONNECTICUT)       
First Line: Land's end. And sound and river come
Last Line: Like memories in the mind of god


PRISONERS       
First Line: Steel doors - guillotine gates
Subject(s): Prisons And Prisoners


RABBI       
First Line: Where I grew up, I used to see


RAG MAN       
First Line: In scarecrow patches and tatters, face


RETURN       
First Line: Rooms are grotesque with furniture of snow


RICHARD HUNT'S 'ARACHNE'       
First Line: Human face becoming locked insect face
Last Line: In the moment's centrifuge of dying becoming


ROAD IN KENTUCKY       
First Line: And when that ballad lady went


RUNAGATE RUNAGATE    Poem Text    
First Line: Runs falls rises stumbles on from darkness into darkness
Subject(s): Slavery; Underground Railroad; Serfs


RUNAGATE RUNAGATE       
First Line: Runs falls rises stumbles on from darkness into darkness
Last Line: Come ride-a my train %mean mean mean to be free
Subject(s): Slavery; Underground Railroad


SMELT FISHING       
First Line: In the cold spring night


SNOW       
First Line: Smooths and burdens


SNOW LAMP, SELS.       
First Line: It is beginning oh


SOLEDAD    Poem Text    
First Line: Naked, he lies in the blinded room
Last Line: Oh swings: beyond complete immortal now.
Subject(s): African Americans - Women; Davis, Miles (1926-1991); Holiday, Billie (1915-1959); Jazz; Music & Musicians; Singing & Singers; Songs


SPHINX       
First Line: If he could solve the riddle
Last Line: It possible to live without %my joke and me


STARS       
First Line: Stood there then among


SUB SPECIE AETERNITATIS       
First Line: High amid


SUMMERTIME AND THE LIVING'    Poem Text    
First Line: Nobody planted roses, he recalls
Subject(s): Summer


SUMMERTIME AND THE LIVING'       
First Line: Nobody planted roses, he recalls
Last Line: Set the ghetto burgeoning %with fantasies %of ethiopia spreading her gorgeous wings
Subject(s): Summer


TATTOOED MAN       
First Line: I gaze at you


THE DIVER       
First Line: Sank through easeful
Subject(s): Scuba Diving; Sea; Sports; Ocean


THE NIGHT-BLOOMING CEREUS    Poem Text    
First Line: And so for nights
Subject(s): Cactus


THE WHIPPING    Poem Text    
First Line: The old woman across the way
Subject(s): Child Molesting; Hate; Child Abuse


THEME AND VARIATION       
First Line: Fossil, fuchsia, mantis, man


THEORY OF EVIL       
First Line: Big harpe, little harpe


THOSE WINTER SUNDAYS    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Sundays too my father got up early
Subject(s): Children; Family Life; Fathers; Home; Men; Sabbath; Winter; Childhood; Relatives; Sunday


THOSE WINTER SUNDAYS       
First Line: Sundays too my father got up early
Last Line: What did I know, what did I know %of love's austere and lonely offices?
Subject(s): Children; Family Life; Fathers; Home; Men; Sabbath; Winter


TOUR 5       
First Line: The road winds down through autumn hills
Last Line: Metallic, flayed; its brightness harsh as bloodstained swords
Subject(s): African Americans


TRAVELING THROUGH FOG       
First Line: Looking back, we cannot see


UNIDENTIFIED FLYING OBJECT       
First Line: It's true mattie lee


VERACRUZ       
First Line: Sunday afternoon %and couples walk the breakwater


VERACRUZ       
First Line: Sunday afternoon


WEB       
First Line: My hand by chance


WHEEL       
First Line: Gentle and smiling as before


WHIPPING       
First Line: The old woman across the way
Last Line: Avenged in part for lifelong hidings %she has had to bear
Subject(s): Child Molesting; Hate


WITCH DOCTOR       
First Line: He dines alone surrounded by reflections


WORDS IN THE MOURNING TIME       
First Line: For king, for robert kennedy


YEAR OF THE CHILD       
First Line: And you have come


ZEUS OVER REDEYE       
First Line: Enclave where new mythologies


ZINNIAS       
First Line: Gala, holding on