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O'hara (1926-1966), Frank    Poet's Biography
522 poems available by this author


18TH CENTURY LETTER       
First Line: To you who's friend to my angels (all quarelling)
Last Line: To the men who made us, hollering like stuck pigs


1951       
First Line: Alone at night %in the wet city
Last Line: Verdure, the hard way %is this street


2 POEMS FROM THE OHARA MONOGATARI       
First Line: My love is coming in a glass
Last Line: Where dwell the amusing skulls


3 POEMS ABOUT KENNETH KOCH       
First Line: Que viva mexico1 %may I tell you how much I love your poems
Last Line: My black back. And now the telephone. 'hello. Kenneth?'
Subject(s): Koch, Kenneth (1925-2002)


3 REQUIEMS FOR A YOUNG UNCLE       
First Line: Brilliant uncle incarnadine
Last Line: Dance in a vest allocated to the servants of the %harrowing


34 MILE WIND       
First Line: The sunlight steams through the cold
Last Line: The feeling is foregone and so beautiful


3RD AVENUE EL       
First Line: Cold, dark, wet, the lanterns
Last Line: And beyond, the open mountains


A STEP AWAY FROM THEM    Poem Text    
First Line: It's my lunch hour, so I go
Subject(s): Lunch; Reverdy, Pierre (1889-1960); Streets; Avenues


A TRUE ACCOUNT OF TALKING TO THE SUN AT FIRE ISLAND    Poem Text    
First Line: The sun woke me this morning loud
Subject(s): Fire Island; Sun


ABORTION       
First Line: Do not bathe her in blood
Last Line: Autumn in our terrible breath


ABOUT COURBET       
First Line: The angriness of the captive is felt
Last Line: Like one child vomiting upon its father's future


ADIEU TO NORMAN, BON JOUR TO JOAN AND JEAN-PAUL       
First Line: It is 12:10 in new york and I am wondering
Last Line: I love reverdy for saying yes, though I don't believe it


ADVENTURES IN LIVING       
First Line: How can you start hating me when I'm so comfortable in your raincoat
Last Line: They weren't apples they were plums


AFTER WYATT       
First Line: The night paints inhaling smoke and semen
Last Line: Roaring up, throttles whom he fed for years


AFTERNOON       
First Line: In sensuality I find a harvest dawn
Last Line: Like a beautiful horse grazing at my running feet


AGAIN, JOHN KEATS, OR THE POST OF BASIL       
First Line: Just when I was getting completely through
Last Line: Between a window and a wall again


AGGRESSION       
First Line: I think of cairo and all tossing date palms and a girl
Last Line: Come intimate, and deaths appear, and they are the right dea


AIRPLANE WHISTLE (AFTER HEINE)       
First Line: The rose, the lily and the dove got withered
Last Line: A particular sound, fine, light and slightly hoarse


AIX-EN-PROVENCE       
First Line: Dreamy city where I will doubtless never go
Last Line: Sauguet and, above all! Spectacle de ballets and you
Subject(s): Provence, France


ALL THAT GAS       
First Line: Tradewinds where are you blowing
Last Line: As the air-puddles drops to our knees in storms


ALMA       
First Line: The sun, perhaps three of them, one black one red, you know, and her dancing
Last Line: There are some who say she isn't really dead


AMERICAN       
First Line: Had you really been wholly mine at night
Last Line: That we sent you to school to be harmed


ANACROSTIC       
First Line: Elf, forbidden word, heart within me
Last Line: Gone, like each succeeding breath of air, in my breast


ANIMALS       
First Line: Have you forgotten what we were like then
Last Line: Were the best of all my days


ANN ARBOR VARIATIONS       
First Line: Wet heat drifts through the afternoon
Last Line: Moonrise! We die upon the sun


ANSWER TO VOZNESENSKY & EVTUSHENKO       
First Line: We are tired of your tiresome imitations of mayakovsky
Last Line: In a whisper %mayakovsky's hat worn by a horse


ANTHOLOGY OF LONELY DAYS       
First Line: The ubiquitous mallarme
Last Line: And when you come you will be welcome, as you know


ANXIETY       
First Line: I'm having a real day of it
Last Line: That's it: to clean something. A window


APPOGGIATURAS       
First Line: Hey, you! Raining, from your dilapidated pier, the overseas highway and
Last Line: In mattituck inlet the trees are very japanese


APRICOT SEASON       
First Line: There comes a moment in anxiety
Last Line: While his tears burnt its roots and weakened him


ARBORETUM       
First Line: This tree is black with dry feathers
Last Line: Go back when you're rich, behung with lice


ARGONAUTS       
First Line: The apple green chasuble, so
Last Line: Into adventure our furious host


AS PLANNED       
First Line: After the first glass of vodka
Last Line: What you know because what else is there


ASHES ON SATURDAY AFTERNOON       
First Line: The banal machines are exposing themselves
Last Line: Must save me from the void's external noise


AT JOAN'S       
First Line: It is almost three
Last Line: If it won't happen to me %what shall I do


AT KAMIN'S DANCE BOOKSHOP       
First Line: Shade of fanny elssler! I dreamt that you passed over me last night in sleep
Last Line: Where are you fanny elssler come back


AT THE BOTTOM OF THE DUMP THERE'S OME SORT OF BUGLE       
First Line: No matter where I send you remember
Last Line: But the sunset is still beautiful over the grand canyon


AT THE OLD PLACE       
First Line: Joe is restless and so am I, so restless
Last Line: How ashamed they are of us! We hope


AUBADE       
First Line: A million stars are dreaming out
Last Line: To be wrought in the frothing waves


AUS EINEM APRIL       
First Line: We dust the walls
Last Line: In from the sea; and out there everything is turbulent and g


AUTOBIOGRAPHIA LITERARIA    Poem Text    
First Line: When I was a child
Subject(s): Children; Education; Poetry & Poets; Schools; Childhood; Students


AUTOBIOGRAPHIA LITERARIA       
First Line: When I was a child
Last Line: Writing these poems! %imagine!
Subject(s): Children; Education; Poetry And Poets; Schools


AVE MARIA    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Mothers of america
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Mothers; Motion Pictures; Work; Workers; Movies; Cinema


AVE MARIA       
First Line: Mothers of america
Last Line: Movies you wouldn't let them see when they were young
Subject(s): Labor And Laborers; Mothers; Motion Pictures


AVENUE A       
First Line: We hardly ever see the moon any more
Last Line: To my equally naked heart


BAARELD       
First Line: It ambleth. And recaptured, that first flight
Last Line: The chutes. Slowly and more slowly now, the cold war


BALLAD       
First Line: Yes it is sickening that we come
Last Line: And we loved each other so %and it was unusual


BALLADE NUMBER 4       
First Line: A man in a beige suit walks
Last Line: Or do you hate everything red %and alive


BARBIZON       
First Line: The forest sprang up around me
Last Line: Your breath in another part of the country


BATHERS       
First Line: After the immersion and the stance
Last Line: An eye at last, that crater and that sun


BATHROOM       
First Line: So that the pliant %and persuadable map
Last Line: Of asparagus nasturtium %chewing gum and ire


BEACH PARTY       
First Line: Later the pewter listeners disappeared
Last Line: So golden leeches, leaping and scarlet into the sea


BEER FOR BREAKFAST       
First Line: It's the month of may in my heart as the song
Last Line: And I go off to meet mario and marc at the flore


BERDIE       
First Line: It has suddenly rained
Last Line: Into the unwilling sea


BILL'S BURNOOSE       
First Line: Bathed burnt skin gin tonic
Last Line: As a hunk of dry ice


BILL'S SCHOOL OF NEW YORK       
First Line: He allows as how some have copped out
Last Line: He is most at home at the sidney janis gallery


BIOGRAPHIA LETTERARIA       
First Line: Gertrude stein %she hated herself because she wrote prose
Last Line: Archibald macleish %I heard a creep swimming by me in the li


BIOTHERM (FOR BILL BERKSON)       
First Line: The best thing in the world -- but I better be quick about it
Last Line: On the infinite waves of skin smelly and crushed and light a


BIRD CAGE THEATRE       
First Line: What did she give you for your birthday
Last Line: You can't have much of a %revolution on three dollars


BIRDIE       
First Line: It is after four in my life and the salmon have ceased leaping, though I
Last Line: Elegance of a hermaphrodite who has not yet been put through


BLOCKS       
First Line: Yippee! She is shooting in the harbor! He is jumping
Last Line: And thus they grew like giggling fir trees


BLUE TERRITORY       
First Line: Big bags of sand -- until they came
Last Line: There are no green eyelids advancing into the sea


BORES       
First Line: Detraction is their game
Last Line: They entertain each other


BOSTON       
First Line: These heavy wings lurch in a gummy sky
Last Line: And sea. Yet now on land, find close consort


BROTHERS       
First Line: The pursefishers have flaunted their last
Last Line: When to the silent generosities I stumble home


CAMBRIDGE       
First Line: It is still raining and the yellow-green cotton fruit
Last Line: Abandoned to the rain. Secretly,I shall go to work on it


CAMERA       
First Line: The going into winter and the never coming out
Last Line: In those surrealist paintings where an object wails of %unin


CANTATA       
First Line: How could I be so foolish as to not believe
Last Line: Hopelessly loyal tawny and apt and whom I hopelessly love


CAPTAIN BADA       
First Line: Yes, a long cool vindt is pacing over the plains and beside it captain
Last Line: Wrinkles with zebraic openness and energy as he thinks, p f


CAPTAINS COURAGEOUS       
First Line: He fell off a barn on his head %and he played with rag dolls for 30 years'
Last Line: So that the end will not justify a benevolent need, so tall


CAUSERIE DE A.F.       
First Line: Cracked up on the green
Last Line: Then we drank ourselves into a happy state %face to face at


CHARDIN IN NEED OF CLEANING       
First Line: What I once wanted is you %and it is gone
Last Line: That's what sherman really said


CHEYENNE       
First Line: I'll skin you alive for this
Last Line: What's that chef doing gong down that manhole


CHEZ JANE       
First Line: The white chocolate jar full of petals
Last Line: In the air to aggravate the truly menacing


CHICAGO       
First Line: Death is the dashiell hammett idea of idiocy
Last Line: I'll be just a package


CHINESE LEGEND       
First Line: Hahahahaha! He laughs briefly
Last Line: Grins handstands, holidays!


CHOSES PASSAGERES       
First Line: J'ecorche l'anguille par la queque, peut-etre un noeud
Last Line: Qui dit zut a l'autre


CHRISTMAS CARD TO GRACE HARTIGAN       
First Line: There's no holly, but there is
Last Line: Burn down than our flames go out


CITY WINTER       
First Line: I understand the boredom of the clerks
Last Line: Swan. There's no art to free me, blinded so


CLOUDS GO SOFT       
Last Line: And it is the same eye


CLOWN       
First Line: As a child, fleeing, trying his body
Last Line: They sighed, 'you were not like us.'


CLYTEMNESTRA       
First Line: Oh thou inspiring scepter of my spoon
Last Line: Something is fading blooming -- is it a fart or a departure
Subject(s): Clytemnestra (mythology)


COHASSET       
First Line: I see you standing %there on a rock
Last Line: Is a rug slipping %out from under us


COLLOQUE SENTIMENTAL       
First Line: It's too wrestling at the beach the sand
Last Line: It's wet and your neck is knotted with mine


COMMERCIAL VARIATIONS       
First Line: When you're ready to sell your diamonds
Last Line: I'm turning in today for a little freedom to travel


CONCERT CHAMPETRE       
First Line: The cow belched and invited me
Last Line: Read you my story I said. %it will kill you


CORNKIND    Poem Text    
First Line: So the rain falls / it drops all over the place
Subject(s): Fertility; Gays & Lesbians; Morris, William (1834-1896); Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


CORNKIND       
First Line: So the rain falls %it drops all over the place
Last Line: Hard and moist and moaning
Subject(s): Fertility; Homosexuality; Morris, William (1834-1896)


CRITIC       
First Line: I cannot possibly think of you
Last Line: Have to! I must live forever


CROW HILL       
First Line: I put down firecrackers
Last Line: Through a surging willessness like the air above crow hill


DANCES BEFORE THE WALL       
First Line: My love is like a strong white foot
Last Line: We go to edwin denby's and quietly talk all night


DAY AND NIGHT IN 1952       
First Line: Be not obedient of the excellent, do not prize the silly with an exceptionally
Last Line: The madame who cares and knows not what of


DEAR JAP       
First Line: Dear jap %(my eyes clouded with my cold
Last Line: My brother has been bothering me a lot lately


DEATH       
First Line: If half of me is skewered
Last Line: I am trying something new and shall succeed, as in the past


DERANGE SUR UN PONT DE L'ADOUR       
First Line: Where is john with the baggage checks anyway
Last Line: Northern lights are falling into the hotel farnie


DIALOGUES       
First Line: You find me tentative and frivolous, don't you
Last Line: Ultimate place, an instant of this world's bloody love


DIDO       
First Line: Suppose you really do, toward the end, fall away into a sunset which is your
Last Line: Lately. Somebody's got to ruin the queen, my ship's just go


DIGRESSION ON NUMBER L, 1948       
First Line: I am ill today but I am not
Last Line: Which is not so dark. I see


DOLCE COLLOQUIO       
First Line: O sentiments sitting beside my bed
Last Line: Which is not going to open up and look out any more


DREAM OF BERLIN       
First Line: Night (blue) %along the long way (out)
Last Line: It is her hand (on) %feathers (burning)


DRIFTS OF A THING THAT BILL BERKSON NOTICED       
First Line: April's over is may too june
Last Line: Why not give up the streets I wonder


DRINKING       
First Line: This is the feared moment -- light
Last Line: No neighbor to kill its rising fever


DRUMMER       
First Line: Baraban! Baraban! This is a quick
Last Line: On all sides yelping baraban! For you


DUCAL DAYS       
First Line: A rending. Red whispers. The sailboat dives
Last Line: Which in a better world held down your heart


EARLY MONDRIAN       
First Line: The flower, the corpse in silhouette
Last Line: In the fresh sun. Clean and silent


EARLY ON SUNDAY       
First Line: It's eight in the morning
Last Line: Pots and pans crash to the floor %everyone's happy again


EAST RIVER       
First Line: Homes of aviators suddenly mounting
Last Line: That the war is dead and has flagged us


EASTER       
First Line: The razzle dazzle maggots are summary
Last Line: To be pelted by the shit of the stars at last in flood %like


EDWIN'S HAND       
First Line: Easy to love, but
Last Line: Yellow and white I was lifted into the air


ELEGY (ECSTATIC AND IN ANGUISH OVER LOST DAYS)       
First Line: Ecstatic and in anguish over lost days
Last Line: Now lay for you upon sidereal simplicities


ELEGY (SALT WATER. AND FACES DYING)       
First Line: Salt water. And faces dying
Last Line: Still, these waves, gnaw down our helm


EMBARASSING BILL       
First Line: Bill is sounding so funny there in the bathtub like a walrus
Last Line: Now, bill, use your own towel


ENEMY PLANES APPROACHING       
First Line: Ha ha it's fun to run around the deck and see
Last Line: The twentieth century like jonathan swift gas


ESSAY ON STYLE       
First Line: Someone else's leica sitting on the table
Last Line: I am going to eat alone for the rest of my life


F. (MISSIVE & WALK) I. #53       
First Line: I'm getting tired of not wearing underwear
Last Line: Avenue and the ambulance and the drunk


F.M.I. 6/25/61       
First Line: Park avenue at i0:i0
Last Line: Who's for real? %wow! (westminster abbey!)


F.O.I.       
First Line: Yet -- while -- eat -- possible -- exact -- slap
Last Line: Vaniverisax -- vanitoutlemonde -- vanivisceral -- vanistartt


F.Y.I. (PRIX DE BEAUTE)       
First Line: Lightly swaying as if clear and torn
Last Line: Death -- brilliant -- final -- out


F.Y.I. (THE BRASSERIE GOES TO THE LAKE)       
First Line: Up at borton-smergens, the little town by the sea, you went
Last Line: Reading silently to each other


FAILURES OF SPRING       
First Line: I'm getting rather lorcaesque lately
Last Line: Its observation satellite


FANTASIA (ON RUSSIAN VERSES) FOR ALFRED LESLIE       
First Line: Harder nails %a companion of the facts
Last Line: To be culpable %the river returns


FANTASY       
First Line: How do you like the music of adolph deutsch? I like
Last Line: Free. Just free, that's all, never argue with the movies


FAR FROM THE PORTE DES LILAS AND THE RUE PERGOLESE       
First Line: Ah joan! -- there %you are
Last Line: Staring into light %we think


FAVORITE PAINTING IN THE METROPOLITAN       
First Line: These are the stairs %from funny face'
Last Line: In any dream of your knowledge


FEBRUARY       
First Line: The scene is the same
Last Line: Worst of all possible vistas, %my lone dark land


FEMALE TORSO       
First Line: Each night plows instead of no head
Last Line: She shall have her arms again


FIRST DANCES       
First Line: From behind he takes her waist
Last Line: A white hall inside a church. Nerves me


FIVE POEMS       
First Line: Well now, hold on
Last Line: I seem to be defying fate, or am I avoiding it


FLAG DAY       
First Line: I've advised maxine what to get you
Last Line: If we ever truly anger each other


FOND SONORE       
First Line: In placing this particular thought
Last Line: And it is christmas and the children are growing up


FOR A DOLPHIN       
First Line: When at the open door
Last Line: And I must go too


FOR BOB RAUSCHENBERG       
First Line: Yes, it's necessary,I'll do
Last Line: Nobody will know how I got it


FOR DAVID SCHUBERT       
First Line: I am gabriel (dressed in corduroy) am
Last Line: Saturday I saw the knights of the round table


FOR GRACE, AFTER A PARTY       
First Line: You do not always know what I am feeling
Last Line: Just plain scrambled eggs and the warm weather is holding


FOR JAMES DEAN       
First Line: Welcome me, if you will
Last Line: Flowers from growing, your flowers


FOR JANICE AND KENNETH TO VOYAGE       
First Line: Love, love, love, %honeymoon isn't used much in poetry these days
Last Line: Like a french word, the one for nursery, the one for brine


FOR POULENC       
First Line: My first day in paris I walked
Last Line: The streets of our pecular hearts


FOR THE CHINESE NEW YEAR & FOR BILL BERKSON       
First Line: Behind new york there's a face
Last Line: You will not die not knowing this is true this year
Subject(s): Homosexuality


FOUR LITTLE ELEGIES 1. WRITTEN IN THE SAND AT WATER ISLAND       
First Line: James dean %actor %made in usa
Last Line: Not to be executed


FOUR LITTLE ELEGIES 2. LITTLE ELEGY       
First Line: Let's cry a little while
Last Line: The sand under stones


FOUR LITTLE ELEGIES 3. ORBIT DEAN, SEPTEMBER 30, 1955       
First Line: Miss lombard, this is a young
Last Line: Survived by all of us, and so are you


FOUR LITTLE ELEGIES 4. A CEREMONY FOR ONE OF MY DEAD       
First Line: Lying on the river bank the cool sun is ruffling the waters
Last Line: I shall not see %another night, %low, like this


FUNNIES       
First Line: Deep to alley oop
Last Line: Now. They're not young


GALANTA       
First Line: A strange den or music room
Last Line: Blinking on %and off for footlights


GAMIN       
First Line: All the roofs are wet
Last Line: Nose at her and laugh


GETTING UP AHEAD OF SOMEONE (SUN)       
First Line: I cough a lot (sinus?) so I
Last Line: Each day's light has more significance these days


GLAZUNOVIANA, OR MEMORIAL DAY       
First Line: I see a life of civil happiness
Last Line: As sylvia with the public gardens in her arms


GLI AMANTI       
First Line: Of course the room is blue' she
Last Line: The pearls dropped loudly to the floor


GOOD FRIDAY NOON       
First Line: It's as good a day as any
Last Line: Jackets and kundry-type belts


GOODBYE TO GREAT SPRUCE HEAD ISLAND       
First Line: Behind the firs, black in the white and air
Last Line: Lost, its freckled night, the covered by the cold


GRAND CENTRAL       
First Line: The wheels are inside me thundering
Last Line: My blood, I think, that dominates the trains


GREEN HORNET       
First Line: I couldn't kill a man when he was drunk
Last Line: A man was the cause of it all. An unarmed man with a weapon


GREGORY CORSO: GASOLINE       
First Line: I see you standing in the clear light
Last Line: And the poet takes up the knives of his wounds to catch the


HATRED       
First Line: I have a terrible age and I part
Last Line: So easily conquered by the black torrent of this knife


HAVING A COKE WITH YOU    Poem Text     Recitation by Author


HAVING A COKE WITH YOU       
Last Line: Which is not going to go wasted on me which is why I'm %telling you about it
Subject(s): Homosexuality; Love


HERE IN NEW YORK WE ARE HAVING A LOT OF TROUBLE WITH THE       
First Line: A million guys in this %town, and you have to shoot
Last Line: We pay a lot for our entertainment. All right, roll over


HEREMAPHRODITE       
First Line: How he, reclining on the limp edge of
Last Line: Against a thin sky, so still infuriated. 'ah!'


HEROIC SCULPTURE       
First Line: We join the animals


HIERONYMUS BOSCH       
First Line: So he has a funnel instead of a penis
Last Line: Blowing his nose for the lovers; forswunken, forswot


HILL       
First Line: Yes, it's disgusting %when you lose
Last Line: But you, through %all, I see


HISTORICAL VARIATIONS       
First Line: O fort savannah! Do you remember ann bailey
Last Line: More than I do, he's in florida, ugh, that whiskey again


HOMAGE       
First Line: It's a brave thing %to know the cheapness of
Last Line: Oh erik satie %our man


HOMAGE TO ANDRE GIDE       
First Line: I would attend your pleasure's picturesque remorse
Last Line: And my longings had not become centuries, when the air %is r


HOMAGE TO PASTERNAK'S CAPE MOOTCH       
First Line: The mind is stifled.' very little sky
Last Line: Which is deep brown, the tall trunk of hell


HOMAGE TO RROSE SELAVY       
First Line: Towards you like amphibious airplanes
Last Line: Display! I'll beat you and carry you to venice


HOMOSEXUALITY    Poem Text    
First Line: So we are taking off our masks, are we, and keeping
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


HOMOSEXUALITY       
First Line: So we are taking off our masks, are we, and keeping
Last Line: And I want to be wanted more than anything else in the world
Subject(s): Homosexuality


HOTEL PARTICULIER       
First Line: How exciting it is %not to be at port lligat
Last Line: Is this the hostel where the lazy and fun-loving %start up t


HOTEL TRANSYLVANIE       
First Line: Shall we win at love or shall we lose
Last Line: To know who I am/why I came there/what and why I am and made


HOUSE       
First Line: They took the cardboard box and covered
Last Line: Full of heart, so prudently habituated


HOW ROSES GET BLACK       
First Line: First you took arthur's porcelain
Last Line: And it is of them I choose to speak


HOW TO GET THERE       
First Line: White the october air, no snow, easy to breathe
Last Line: For a couple of hours, but I am not that person
Subject(s): New York City


HUNTER       
First Line: He set out and kept hunting
Last Line: In the clouds, he was humiliated


HUNTING HORNS       
First Line: How nice it is to take up
Last Line: Blow the horns any more


I LOVE THE WAY IT GOES       
First Line: Just start writing %it's plenty powerful yet so lightweight
Last Line: The album as usual contained a pubic hair


IMAGE OF LEDA       
First Line: The cinema is cruel
Last Line: A shadow and caressing a disguise


IMAGE OF THE BUDDHA PREACHING       
First Line: I am very happy to be here at the villa hugel
Last Line: Which is hopeful of a new delay in terror %I don't think


IN FAVOR OF ONE'S TIME       
First Line: The spent purpose of a perfectly marvelous
Last Line: And we live outside his garden in our tempestuous rights


IN HOSPITAL       
First Line: These laboratories and those picnics
Last Line: White sheet, need not %imagine permanence


IN MEMORY OF MY FEELINGS; TO GRACE HARTIGAN       
First Line: My quietness has a man in it, he is transparent
Last Line: Which I myself and singly must now kill %and save the serpent in their midst


IN THE MOVIES       
First Line: Out of the corner of my eyes
Last Line: As my ghosts are laid along your glimmering teeth


INTERIOR (WITH JANE)       
First Line: The eagerness of objects %to what we are afraid to do
Last Line: Simply because it is %coldest of the things we know


INVINCIBILITY       
First Line: Avarice, the noose that lets oil, oh my dear oh
Last Line: Resenting the leaves and not yet geared to the undercutting


IT SEEMS FAR AWAY AND GENTLE NOW       
Last Line: While alterable noon assumes its virtue


JADE MADONNA       
First Line: I'll give him two more days
Last Line: That's my cows thinking about my money. %I think too


JANE AT TWELVE       
First Line: Wishing away all her time the little girl faces the window and breathing is
Last Line: Of flame which is her breathing always


JANE AWAKE       
First Line: The opals hiding in your lids
Last Line: The nightly savage, in a trance


JANE BATHING       
First Line: Up to our noses in the cresting wallops we find too busily what is under over
Last Line: Testy two; a welling in the pupils of the strangers


JE VOUDRAIS VOIR       
First Line: An immense plain full of nudes
Last Line: To help celebrate my serious misgivings


JOE'S JACKET       
First Line: Entraining to southampton in the parlor car with jap and vincent, I
Last Line: It will not be need, it will be just what it is and just wha


JOHN BUTTON BIRTHDAY       
First Line: Sentiments are nice, 'the lonely crowd,'
Last Line: Favorite mountain and the million reasons for them both


JOSEPH CORNELL       
First Line: Into a sweeping meticulously
Last Line: Flowers -- of -- near -- distances
Subject(s): Cornell, Joseph (1903-1972); Sculpture And Sculptors


JOVE       
First Line: He was used to guises and masks
Last Line: And to earth. He plunged and flowered


JULY IS OVER AND THERE'S VERY LITTLE TRACE       
Last Line: In my bathing trunks; now snow fills up my scarf


KATY       
First Line: They say I mope too much
Last Line: I think I'll be alone for a little while


KITVILLE       
First Line: Sands, sunset, toilets
Last Line: Her smiling, her pathos


L'AMOUR AVAIT PASSE PAR LA       
First Line: Yes %like the still center of a book on joan miro
Last Line: As the second flame in its happy reflecting ignores the cand


LARRY       
First Line: Watching the muddy light attack
Last Line: Of my being sure of your being sure of you


LAY OF THE ROMANCE OF THE ASSOCIATIONS       
First Line: High above manhattan's towers
Last Line: And after, languorously bathe, to sweeten city water for all


LEAFING THROUGH FLORIDA       
First Line: It is sad and unimaginable tht I can be
Last Line: Austria and you were given by florida in '38


LEBANON       
First Line: Perhaps he will press his warm lips
Last Line: My breath will find its altar in those lips


LEGEND       
First Line: You give me money happy days'
Last Line: I came to be known as the drowner %that is my story


LES ETIQUETTES JAUNES       
First Line: I picked up a leaf
Last Line: Like the small chameleon


LES LUTHS       
First Line: Ah nuts! It's boring reading french newspapers
Last Line: Mexican egg and the clock that will not make me know %how to


LET'S GET OUT       
First Line: Ouch! Help. The helicopter is zooming
Last Line: The only way not to leave is to go


LETTER TO BUNNY       
First Line: Once before I tried to tell you
Last Line: Be always my heroine and flower. Love, frank


LIEBESLIED       
First Line: I came to you %from out of the boue
Last Line: The other one was on my prick


LIFE ON EARTH       
First Line: Shine, 'o world!' don't weary the gulping pole
Last Line: So evil, and now closed at last in evil! Evil! Evil


LIGHT COMES ON BY ITSELF       
Last Line: I am waiting for you to love me


LIGHT PRESSES DOWN       
Last Line: To match their tears


LIKE       
First Line: It's not so much
Last Line: Not even a long distance swimmer like my self


LINES DURING CERTAIN PIECES OF MUSIC       
First Line: A faint trace of pain and then a tornado
Last Line: Well that's too much! That's all


LINES FOR THE FORTUNE COOKIES       
First Line: I think you're wonderful and so does everyone else
Last Line: You too could be premier of france, if only...If only


LINES TO A DEPRESSED FRIEND       
First Line: Joyouse you should be
Last Line: Remember the pleasure, even there, your beauty affords


LINES WHILE READING COLERIDGE'S THE PICTURE       
First Line: I have no kindness left
Last Line: The more passionately short-lived


LINES WRITTEN IN A RAW YOUTH       
First Line: I have the lame dog with me and the cloud
Last Line: Of my desires and win and force them free


LISZTIANA       
First Line: A ribbon is floating in the air
Last Line: Horses neigh and stomp upon the arctic


LISZTIANA, MUCH LATER       
First Line: I sit in your t shirt
Last Line: Both, and ruined now by storms


LITTLE ELEGY FOR ANTONIO MACHADO       
First Line: Now your protesting demons summon themselves
Last Line: In the night and developing our own in salt-like praise


LITTLE TRAVEL DIARY       
First Line: Wending our way through the gambas, angulas
Last Line: For our quest for the rocher de la vierge and salt spray
Subject(s): Diaries


LOCARNO       
First Line: Bushes toss on the crowded terrace
Last Line: You know, miss, I never done delivered no baby before


LOUISE       
First Line: Sometimes I think I see a tiny figure
Last Line: Back at it. Why it's louise ! Hi, louise


LOVE       
First Line: A whispering far away
Last Line: He is drowning in the word


LOVE (TO BE LOST)       
First Line: To be lost %the stars go out a broken chair
Last Line: Lightness the arrow ears its sigh of depth and its sorrows


LOVER       
First Line: He waits, and it is not without
Last Line: Growing smaller in the colossal dark


LUNCH HOUR       
First Line: Plank plank -- tons of it
Last Line: How do you like the first snow of summer? %your %plant in --


MACARONI       
First Line: Voici la clematite around the old door
Last Line: If the plant that died, 'mourir, c'est ainsi pousser'


MADRID       
First Line: Spain! Much more beautiful than egypt
Last Line: I am cherishing the black and white of your love


MADRIGAL FOR A DEAD CAT NAMED JULIA       
First Line: They never understand %she said they always want pictures
Last Line: The castle and its vague green moat


MANIFESTO       
First Line: Do you know what you have been reading
Last Line: Over the world, the red world and the white world


MARY DESTI'S ASS       
First Line: In bayreuth once %we were very good friends of the wagners
Last Line: That was love but I kept on traveling


MAUNDY SATURDAY       
First Line: Why must all russian composers -- try to be brave
Last Line: The rice is still on the floor -- and I am still


MAYAKOVSKY       
First Line: My heart's aflutter
Last Line: Perhaps I am myself again


MEDITATIONS IN AN EMERGENCY    Poem Text    
First Line: Am I to become profligate as if I were a blonde? Or religious as
Subject(s): Love - Complaints


MEDITATIONS IN AN EMERGENCY       
First Line: Am I to become profligate as if I were a blonde? Or religious as
Last Line: Mail downstairs. Turning, I spit in the lock and the knob turns
Subject(s): Love - Complaints


MELANCHOLY BREAKFAST       
Last Line: The elements of disbelief are very strong in the morning


MELMOTH THE WANDERER       
First Line: These women are given the
Last Line: Long time lover since youth


MEMOIR OF SERGEI O       
First Line: My feet have never been comfortable
Last Line: Democratic and ordinary and tired


MEMORIAL DAY 1950       
First Line: Picasso made me tough and quick, and the world


MEMORIES OF BILL       
First Line: That's right, eat, you
Last Line: And he is a big man


METAPHYSICAL POEM       
First Line: When do you want to go
Last Line: Okay I'll call you %yes call me


MEXICAN GUITAR       
First Line: Actors with their variety of voices
Last Line: Burst into tears first, she is always in the nick of time


MILITARY CEMETERY       
First Line: We've got to get out war memorials corrected
Last Line: We lean against the stones in springtime reading books


MODERN SOLDIER       
First Line: Essays, boring conversations and vistas
Last Line: Ripping into a silence which is already you


MORNING       
First Line: I've got to tell you
Last Line: I beg you do not go


MOTHER OF GERMAN DRAMA       
First Line: Two major documents -- the documents released
Last Line: Long-range dislocations that might -- that have sometimes


MOUNTAIN CLIMBING       
First Line: There were plenty of fronds and no graveyard. Echo, even. Be not willing,
Last Line: Under the strain of a mythology which is as yet a secret


MOZART CHEMISIER       
First Line: For instance you walk in and faint
Last Line: I don't have a ticket


MRS. BERTHA BURGER       
First Line: A widow. She has lived so many lives
Last Line: May love, as one again beholds the sun


MUSE CONSIDERED AS A DEMON LOVER       
First Line: Once at midnight in the fall
Last Line: Am an angel. Trouvez hortense


MUSIC    Poem Text    
First Line: If I rest for a moment near the equestrian
Subject(s): Americans; New York City; United States; Manhattan; New York, New York; The Big Apple; America


MUSIC       
First Line: If I rest for a moment near the equestrian
Last Line: But no more fountains and no more rain, %and the stores stay open terribly late
Subject(s): Americans; New York City; United States


MUY BIEN       
First Line: I like to make changes in plans
Last Line: (waiting for you to call I thought your cook had died)


MY HEART       
First Line: I'm not going to cry all the time
Last Line: The better part of it, my poetry, is open


MY HEAT       
First Line: If, jetting, I committed the noble fault
Last Line: That's no furnace, that's my heart!'


NAPHTHA       
First Line: Ah jean dubuffet %when you think of him
Last Line: For being so entertaining %but I have to smile
Subject(s): Homosexuality


NEW PARTICLES FROM THE SUN       
First Line: From canada -- leningrad kirov -- saint-saens -- ex-maryinsky
Last Line: Looking towards the new world of watches, a specific sentien


NEWSBOY       
First Line: And so to be near
Last Line: And some are nearer %than others


NEXT BIRD TO AUSTRALIA       
First Line: Leave there be no weeping
Last Line: And I go where the wild geese go


NIGHT THOUGHTS IN GREENWICH VILLAGE       
First Line: O my coevals! Embarrassing
Last Line: Our nose at the very sea


NOCTURNE       
First Line: There's nothing worse
Last Line: The seagulls and the noise


NOTE TO HAROLD FONDREN       
First Line: The sky flows over kentucky and maryland
Last Line: And are ourselves its necessity and flower


NOTE TO JOHN ASHBERY       
First Line: More beautiful even than wild ducks
Last Line: Pleasantly and make a scaly leg


NOW THAT I AM IN MADRID AND CAN THINK       
First Line: I think of you %and the continents brilliant and arid
Last Line: You are smiling, you are emptying the world so we can be alo


OCTOBER       
First Line: Summer is over, %that moment of blindness
Last Line: By a thug in a back bedroom


OCTOBER 26 1952 10:30 O'CLOCK       
First Line: This minute I've not been able not been
Last Line: To jane. Where are you? Where are you? Where are you


ODE       
First Line: An idea of justice may be precious
Last Line: In love with your speed, your heaviness and breath


ODE (TO JOSEPH LESUEUR) ON THE ARROW THAT FLIETH BY DAY       
First Line: To humble yourself befoe a radio on a sunday
Last Line: (air of the stars) ashore or leaning on the prow


ODE ON CAUSALITY       
First Line: There is the sense of neurotic coherence
Last Line: Has earned himself the title bird in flight


ODE ON LUST       
First Line: Asking little more than
Last Line: Till they stand with their arms spread, nude in the arena; become empresses
Subject(s): Franck, Cesar (1822-1890)


ODE ON NECROPHILIA       
First Line: Well, %it is better %that %omeon
Last Line: So seldom look on love %that it seems heinous


ODE ON SAINT CECILIA'S DAY       
First Line: Pan sized the reeds
Last Line: Today we hallow %others' songs


ODE TO JOY    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: We shall have everything we want and there'll be no more dying
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


ODE TO JOY       
First Line: We shall have everything we want and there'll be no more dying
Last Line: Lets us live with it %no more dying
Subject(s): Homosexuality


ODE TO MICHAEL GOLDBERG ('S BIRTH AND OTHER BIRTHS)       
First Line: I don't remember anything of then, down there around the magnolias
Last Line: And he will be the wings of an extraordinary liberty
Subject(s): Memory


ODE TO TANAQUIL LECLERCQ       
First Line: Smiling through my own memories of painful excitement your wide eyes stare
Last Line: To see if you are there, and safe %are you


ODE TO WILLEM DE KOONING       
First Line: Beyond the sunrise %where the black begins
Last Line: Maybe they're wounds, but maybe they are rubies' %each pain
Subject(s): De Koonig, William (1904-1997)


ODE: SALUTE TO THE FRENCH NEGRO POETS    Poem Text    
First Line: From near the sea, like whitman my great predecessor, I call
Subject(s): Cesaire, Aime (b. 1913); Gays & Lesbians; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


ODE: SALUTE TO THE FRENCH NEGRO POETS       
First Line: From near the sea, like whitman my great predecessor, I call
Last Line: And dying in black and white we fight for what we love, not are
Subject(s): Cesaire, Aime (b. 1913); Homosexuality


OLD MACHINIST       
First Line: Not the grey stranded end of a raffish explosion (and not the not either)
Last Line: Well I guess I've had my say


OLIVE GARDEN       
First Line: The weight must come at above. It is not blessed to live thus. I was washed
Last Line: And it is the arm of god


ON A BIRTHDAY OF KENNETH'S       
First Line: Kenny! %kennebunkport! I see you standing there
Last Line: No wonder I felt so lonely on saturday when you didn't give l party! %I didn't know why


ON A MOUNTAIN       
First Line: Rocks with lichen on
Last Line: Of lovers, and the pleasant cold


ON A PASAGE IN BECKETT'S WATT & ABOUT GEO. MONTGOMERY       
First Line: There was someone, my life there at that time
Last Line: Of clarity, member, redness, or face
Subject(s): Beckett, Samuel (1906-1989)


ON LOOKING AT LA GRANDE JATTE, THE CZAR WEPT ANEW       
First Line: He paces the blue rug. It is the end of summer
Last Line: Frozen fast in wintry eyes. Explicit rex


ON RACHMANINOFF'S BIRTHDAY       
First Line: Blue windows, blue rooftops %and the blue light of the rain
Last Line: Tenderly upon your cold, tired eyes
Variant Title(s): On Rachmaninoff's Birthday (2


ON RACHMANINOFF'S BIRTHDAY #158       
First Line: I am sad %I better hurry up and finish this
Last Line: That's amusing, hein? %so think
Subject(s): Rachmaninoff, Sergey (1873-1943)


ON RACHMANINOFF'S BIRTHDAY #161       
First Line: Diane calls me so I get up
Last Line: Of death on the door and a long wait
Subject(s): Rachmaninoff, Sergey (1873-1943)


ON RACHMANINOFF'S BIRTHDAY (1)       
First Line: Quick! A last poem before I go %off my rocker
Last Line: You'll never be mentally sober
Subject(s): Rachmaninoff, Sergey (1873-1943)


ON RACHMANINOFF'S BIRTHDAY (3)       
First Line: I am so glad that larry rivers made a statue of me
Last Line: Readily played -- like a rhapsody, or a fresh house


ON RACHMANINOFF'S BIRTHDAY (4)       
First Line: It is your 86th birthday
Last Line: Do not see your owlish obstinacy staring back
Subject(s): Rachmaninoff, Sergey (1873-1943)


ON RACHMANNOFF'S BIRTHDAY & ABOUT ARSHILE GORKY       
First Line: It's terrible under kay francis's armpits'
Last Line: Why do gnats always get into white wine
Subject(s): Rachmaninoff, Sergey (1873-1943)


ON SAINT ADALGISA'S DAY       
First Line: The geraniums and rubber plants
Last Line: With news, with news they fill its head


ON SEEING LARRY RIVERS' WASHINGTON CROSSING THE DELAWARE AT THE MUSEUM       
First Line: Now that our hero has come back to us
Last Line: On your gun barrel, you see the general fear


ON THE WAY TO THE SAN REMO       
First Line: The black ghinkos snark their way up
Last Line: Who wish to outlive the men


OPERA       
First Line: Free to suffer speechful constraint
Last Line: Though again you try to try


ORANGES: 12 PASTORALS       
First Line: Black crows in the burnt mauve grass, as intimate as rotting rice
Last Line: O my posterity! This is the miracle: that our elegant world redeems by filth


ORIGINAL SIN       
First Line: Dense black trees trapped and bound! The hairy skull
Last Line: Python waits at the open window, broods


OVERLOOKING THE RIVER       
First Line: Clouds or cloudbursts, the haze
Last Line: Forest, with rogues, by the mill's pouring turbines


PANIC FEAR       
First Line: How obscure can woods get
Last Line: And the leaves are like teeth


PASTORAL DIALOGUE       
First Line: The leaves are piled thickly on the green tree
Last Line: Move up, would you accept it like a torch


PEARL HARBOR       
First Line: I belong here. I was born
Last Line: My teeth. I am a native of this island
Subject(s): Pearl Harbor


PERSONAL POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: Now when I walk around at lunchtime
Subject(s): Baraka, Amiri (leroi Jones); Likes & Dislikes; New York City; Poetry & Poets; Manhattan; New York, New York; The Big Apple


PERSONAL POEM       
First Line: Now when I walk around at lunchtime
Last Line: Back to work happy at the thought possibly so
Subject(s): Baraka, Amiri (leroi Jones); Likes And Dislikes; New York City; Poetry And Poets


PETIT POEME EN PROSE       
First Line: Connais-tu peut-etre la chanson ancienne 'c'estait un etranger'
Last Line: Why are you reading this poem anyway


PIPES OF PAN       
First Line: A calmness is enforced by moving light
Last Line: They found earth mute and passionless, and left


PISTACHIO TREE AT CHATEAU NOIR       
First Line: Beaucoup de musique classique et moderne guillaume and not
Last Line: And the sepulchre jumps and jounces and turns pink with wrat


PLACES FOR OSCAR SALVADOR       
First Line: After a sun lunch the burning landscape
Last Line: I think half-thoughts I do not reach the other shore


PLEASANT THOUGHT FROM WHITEHEAD       
First Line: Here I am at my desk. The
Last Line: You will read them too


POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: Lana turner has collapsed!


POEM       
First Line: The ivy is trembling in the hammock
Last Line: After this long swim, this heart attack


POEM       
First Line: When your left arm twicthes
Last Line: To know is of you in me
Subject(s): Erotic Love


POEM       
First Line: When I am feeling depressed and anxious sullen
Last Line: Together we always will be in this life come what may


POEM       
First Line: I watched an armory combing its bronze bricks
Last Line: Which wilfully parades in %its room, refusing to move


POEM       
First Line: At night chinamen jump %on asia with a thump
Last Line: We couple in the grace %of that mysterious race


POEM       
First Line: I ran through the snow like a young czarevitch!
Last Line: Where the shots hung glittering in air like poems


POEM       
First Line: Twin spheres full of fur and noise
Last Line: It must be discovered soon and disappear


POEM       
First Line: O sole mio, hot diggety, nix 'I wather think I can.'
Last Line: You see I have always wanted things to be beautiful %and now, for a change, they are


POEM       
First Line: That's not a cross look it's a sign of life
Last Line: Your breathing is like that history lesson


POEM       
First Line: So many echoes in my head
Last Line: Wearing each other when alone


POEM       
First Line: Now the violets are all gone, the rhinoceroses, the cymbals
Last Line: Nor in the morning when the rain has stopped


POEM       
First Line: Now it is the 27th %of this month
Last Line: Born in the sign which I should only like %with love


POEM       
First Line: Let's take a walk, you %and I
Last Line: We look back at each other anxiously


POEM       
First Line: To be idiomatic in a vacuum
Last Line: Our wings, our straining struts


POEM       
First Line: Instant coffee with slightly sour cream
Last Line: Is this love, now that the first love %has finally died, where there were no impossibilities?
Subject(s): Labor And Laborers; Love; Poetry And Poets


POEM       
First Line: And tomorrow morning at 8 o'clock in springfield, massachusetts
Last Line: When at last I meet exhaustion in these flowers, go straight


POEM       
First Line: Hate is only one of many responses
Last Line: By your mysterious concern
Subject(s): Hate


POEM       
First Line: Lana turner has collapsed!
Last Line: Oh lana turner we love you get up
Subject(s): Homosexuality; Turner, Lana (1920-1995)


POEM       
First Line: All the mirrors in the world
Last Line: Oh rain, melt me! Mirror, kill
Subject(s): Aging; Mirrors; Perception


POEM       
First Line: Khrushchev is coming on the right day
Last Line: I am foolish enough always to find it in wind


POEM       
First Line: Light -- clarity -- avocado salad in the morning
Last Line: I am sure of nothing but this, intensified by breathing


POEM       
First Line: I don't know as I get what d. H. Lawrence is driving at
Last Line: As others luckily sometimes see me %in a good light


POEM       
First Line: The eager note on my door said 'call me'
Last Line: Only casually invited, and that several months ago


POEM AT THE TOP OF THE RUNG       
Last Line: But the sea rose delicately around its feet and sucked


POEM (ALL OF A SUDDEN ALL THE WORLD)       
First Line: All of a sudden all the world
Last Line: Comes out of me is blonde


POEM (ALTHOUGH I AM A HALF HOUR)       
First Line: Although I am a half hour
Last Line: Yes. To kill the time


POEM (AS YOU KNEEL)       
First Line: As you kneel %be a scholar
Last Line: To the moods of others %like a peony


POEM (DEE DUM, DEE DUM, DUM DUM, DEE DA)       
Last Line: Starting the day with rose-colored binoculars


POEM (GOD! LOVE! SUN! ALL DEAR AND SINGULAR THINGS!)       
First Line: God! Love! Sun! All dear and singular things
Last Line: I see a girl tap-dancing on the dawn


POEM (HE CAN REST. HE HAS BLESSED HIM AND HURT HIM)       
First Line: He can rest. He has blessed him and hurt him
Last Line: Upon the clapping altitudes, and go blind and white


POEM (HE SIGHTED HER AT THE MOMENT OF RECALL)       
First Line: He sighted her at the moment of recall
Last Line: As the future of our faces multiplies in tears


POEM (I AM NOT SURE THERE IS A CURE)       
First Line: I am not sure there is a cure
Last Line: Away, then! If she falls, she falls


POEM (I LIVE ABOVE A DYKE BAR AND I'M HAPPY)       
First Line: I live above a dyke bar and I'm happy
Last Line: We must be survivors of thermopylae


POEM (IF I KNEW EXACTLY WHY THE CHESTNUT TREE)       
First Line: If I knew exactly why the chestnut tree
Last Line: Or a dirty child, or a fatal abcess


POEM (IT WAS SNOWING AND NOW)       
First Line: It was snowing and now
Last Line: So we can hurry through life


POEM (IVY INVADES THE STATUE)       
First Line: Ivy invades the statue
Last Line: I am, at such simple fear


POEM (JOHNNY AND ALVIN ARE GOING HOME, ARE SLEEPING NOW)       
First Line: Johnny and alvin are going home, are sleeping now
Last Line: Are not gentle. So the breaths come home and sleep


POEM (NOW IT IS LIGHT, NOW IT IS THE CALM)       
First Line: Now it is light, now it is the calm
Last Line: Which is only the night's reflection


POEM (PAWING THE MOUND WITH HIS HAIRY LEGS)       
First Line: Pawing the mound with his hairy legs
Last Line: Kerchief of a juvenile delinquent he admires


POEM (SIGNED THE SEEING EYE )       
Last Line: And have a good time


POEM (SOME DAYS I FEEL THAT I EXUDE A FINE DUST)       
First Line: Some days I feel that I exude a fine dust
Last Line: I don't like that stranger sneezing over our love


POEM (TEMPESTUOUS BREATHS! WE WATCH A GIRL)       
First Line: Tempestuous breaths! We watch a girl
Last Line: My breath, soot from a volcano, watching her walk


POEM (THE CLOUDS ACHE BLEAKLY)       
First Line: The clouds ache bleakly
Last Line: To keep from being guilty


POEM (THE DISTINGUISHED)       
First Line: The distinguished %and freshly dusted apollodorus-type, he
Last Line: Where the amorous and listening eye lifts its reproaches


POEM (THE EYELID HAS ITS STORMS. THERE IS THE OPAQUE FISH-)       
First Line: The eyelid has its storms. There is the opaque fish
Last Line: Of the currents at the bottom of the gulf of mexico


POEM (THE FLIES ARE GETTING SLOWER NOW)       
First Line: The flies are getting slower now
Last Line: Their lonely ways. The light hardens


POEM (THE HOSTS OF DREAMS AND THEIR IMPOVERISHED MINIONS)       
First Line: The hosts of dreams and their impoverished minions
Last Line: The prayers went up, billowed. Not for kenneth, but he came


POEM (THE LITTLE ROSES, THE BLACK MAJESTIC SAILS)       
First Line: The little roses, the black majestic sails
Last Line: Became known to them, as the sail knows the air it fills


POEM (THE STARS ARE TIGHTER)       
First Line: The stars are tighter
Last Line: All bearings are possible


POEM (TO JAMES SCHUYLER)       
First Line: There I could never be a boy
Last Line: And I have masterred the speed and strength which is the armor of the %world
Subject(s): Youth


POEM (TODAY THE MAIL DIDN'T COME)       
First Line: Today the mail didn't come
Last Line: And the light improved and the student wouldn't stop working


POEM (WHE EWHEE)       
First Line: Whe %ewhee -- ry never
Last Line: My %r


POEM (WOULDN'T IT BE FUNNY)       
First Line: Wouldn't it be funny
Last Line: While everyone's in church %ploop


POEM ABOUT RUSSIA       
First Line: What shall we pray %now that you hate us
Last Line: Of quick wolves! Oh tears


POEM EN FORME DE SAW       
First Line: I ducked out of sight behind the sawmill
Last Line: That's not really being alone, is it, signed the saw


POEM FOR A PAINTER       
First Line: The ice of your imagination lends
Last Line: For fiery spindrift tears me into view


POEM IN ENVY OF CAVALCANTI       
First Line: Oh! My heart, although it sounds better
Last Line: Mess, and am unable to utter a good word


POEM IN JANUARY       
First Line: March, the fierce! Like a wind of garters
Last Line: Your veins are using up the redness of the world


POEM IN TWO PARTS       
First Line: Sunday afternoon at the ranch
Last Line: And it is all much in the jungle


POEM READ AT JOAN MITCHELL'S       
First Line: At last you are tired of being single
Last Line: The least and best of human attainments


POEM V (F) W       
First Line: I don't know if you doubt it
Last Line: I see them with your eyes


POEM; TO FRANZ KLINE       
First Line: I will always love you
Last Line: I will always love you
Subject(s): Love


POET       
First Line: He'd be wispy in a double feature
Last Line: Of love. It's his international zone


POET IN THE ATTIC       
First Line: High in th' exciting gloom in his eye
Last Line: Childishly thrusts for lost pompeii


POETRY       
First Line: The only way to be quiet
Last Line: And were the inexorable %product of my own time


POLITICAL POEM ON A LAST LINE OF PASTERNAK'S       
First Line: A certain person's epoch's burning'
Last Line: How do you get to spain and eat grapes and only grapes


POLOVTSOI       
First Line: White %blood %dead %when
Last Line: Flame %contend %disperse


PORTRAIT       
First Line: Not to be gathered again -- across a solemn couch
Last Line: And belief will be able to leave its station


PORTRAIT OF GRACE       
First Line: Her spinning hair webbed lengthening through
Last Line: Stolen from the summits mark her brow


POST THE LAKE POETS BALLAD       
First Line: Moving slowly sweating a lot
Last Line: Soviet exposition am I joe


POSTCARD FROM JOHN ASHBERY       
First Line: What a message! What a picture
Last Line: Even in empirical pictures! No


PRAYER TO PROSPERO       
First Line: Our father local and famous
Last Line: Free our need is difficult %strangers steal our voice


PRESENT       
First Line: The stranded gulch %below grand central
Last Line: Of the heavens for its favorite bodies %in the mixed-up air


PROUD POEM       
First Line: Ah! I know only too well how
Last Line: Grinning into clever flames


QU'EST-CE QUE DE NOUS!       
First Line: La crise, non plus en tout plein
Last Line: And come back all calm and warm


QUIET ROOM       
First Line: When music is far enough away
Last Line: While the coins lie in wet yellow sand


RADIO       
First Line: Why do you play such dreary music
Last Line: Bed in it, more than the ear can hold


RANT       
First Line: What you wanted I told you'
Last Line: Footsteps. Wow! What a relief


RENAISSANCE       
First Line: Bang your tambourine! Kiss
Last Line: Kids! Savages ripe from the trees


RENT COLLECTING       
First Line: I hate the revolutionary vision, a sea of navels
Last Line: By a giant hardon, the taverners are loose


RETURNING       
First Line: Coming down the ladder
Last Line: As boyscouts rub sticks together who've read the manual, know of death


RHAPSODY       
First Line: 515 madison avenue %door to heaven? Portal
Last Line: Belong to the enormous bliss of american death


RIVER       
First Line: Whole days would go by, and later their years
Last Line: Like a signal! Upon the open flesh of the world


ROGERS IN ITALY       
First Line: Warm plantains and chilled light radishes
Last Line: Day has took, and make my history into a hat


ROMANZE, OR THE MUSIC STUDENTS       
First Line: The rain, its tiny pressure
Last Line: And it is all marching magnificently by


ROUND ROBIN       
First Line: Yes, it's true, I arouse strange sights in
Last Line: Look, a knife has just dropped into the ocean.'


SAINT       
First Line: Like a pile of gold that his breath
Last Line: He sleeps like a temple to no god


SATYR       
First Line: The trees toss and plunge in a skyblue surf
Last Line: Full flowers! Round eyes! Rush upward! Rapture! Space


SAVOY       
First Line: It's cutting into me on its bareback with talons lifted
Last Line: Do you tender the bounty which has availed itself of your pr


SCENE       
First Line: Pie, tomatoes, eggs, coffee, spaghetti
Last Line: I love you. I'll buy you, dear, a television set


SCHOENBERG       
First Line: In a fever of style, having slaughtered the false florimells of harmonious
Last Line: Newspapers, at the mercy of every fresh breath from the tradewinds


SECOND AVENUE; IN MEMORY OF VLADIMIR MAYAKOVSKY       
First Line: Quips and players, seeming to vend astringency off-hours
Last Line: Which is immobility forging an entrail from the pure obstruc


SENTIMENTAL UNITS       
First Line: If only more people looked like jerry lieber we would all be a lot happier
Last Line: Part 9 is an imitation of joe brainard


SEPTEMBER 14, 1959 (MOON)       
First Line: Serenity lopes along like exhaustion
Last Line: Thankful and enlightening russian moon


SEVEN NINE SEVEN       
First Line: A disgusting sun %trying desperately to look lonely
Last Line: Exploding against the old dull bed


SHOE SHINE BOY       
First Line: Jimmy I got an errand for you to do
Last Line: My red friends will %pass among you. One dollar a bottle


SHORT HISTORY OF BILL BERKSON       
First Line: Don't remember nothing -- interesting
Last Line: Blue curls -- my life begins -- again


SHOULD WE LEGALIZE ABORTION       
First Line: Now we have in our group of a lot of uscrupulous
Last Line: There's nobody at the controls! %forget %we ever met


SLEEPING ON THE WING       
First Line: Perhaps it is to avoid some great sadness
Last Line: As space is disappearing and your singularity


SMOKING       
First Line: The blue plumes drift and
Last Line: Silence, a shadowy cancan line


SNAPSHOT FOR BORIS PASTERNAK       
First Line: The wrinkled page of the sky swells
Last Line: Completion in vicarious mortality, like poetry


SNEDEN'S LANDING VARIATIONS       
First Line: What an oak! The immense expanses of silver
Last Line: You were always kissing summer goodbye


SONG       
First Line: Did you see me walking by the buick repairs?
Last Line: I was thinking of you %and right now
Subject(s): Love


SONG       
First Line: It is dirty %does it look dirty
Last Line: You don't refuse to breathe do you


SONG       
First Line: I am stuck in traffic in a taxicab
Last Line: Nothing can go wrong for us, tell me


SONG FOR LOTTA       
First Line: You're not really sick
Last Line: And browns my strong %belief tht love is


SONG OF ENDING       
First Line: Berdie, berdie %where are you, and why
Last Line: All birds hide what they have lost


SONNET (LAMPOONING BLIZZARDS, HOW YOUR OCULARIES)       
First Line: Lampooning blizzards, how your ocularities
Last Line: Of a tremendously necessary white departure


SONNET (THE BLUENESS OF THE HOUR)       
First Line: The blueness of the hour
Last Line: Water which is not a pool


SONNET FOR JANE FREILICHER       
First Line: Wakening at noon I smelled airplanes and hay
Last Line: Comes the bold painting of fernand leger


SONNET FOR LARRY RIVERS & HIS SISTER       
First Line: A young man talking to his sister on
Last Line: Your bagatelle has been accepted.'


SONNET ON A WEDDING       
First Line: On the glass escarpment of
Last Line: Her fingers perch upon his nape like doves
Subject(s): Marriage


SOUTHAMPTON VARIATIONS       
First Line: The cold snow, the silver tomb, separates
Last Line: Yet in this snow alone I find the drowsy splendor of the sun


SPIRIT INK       
First Line: Prince of calm, treasure of fascinating cuts on my arm
Last Line: Tough ass, dissembler and fool, o syrup of mammoths


SPLEEN       
First Line: I know so much
Last Line: Them I know, and hate


SPOILS OF GRAFTON       
First Line: Look! The table, like an arriere
Last Line: Put down mendelssohn and run


SPRING'S FIRST DAY       
First Line: Made a 'human fly' escape with their baby from a smoke
Last Line: Interview by appointment any place, any time at your conveni


ST. PAUL AND ALL THAT       
First Line: Totally abashed and smiling
Last Line: You never come when you say you'll come but on the other han


STAG CLUB       
First Line: A prickly beer's like
Last Line: Over the bitches, their pears


STARVING POET       
First Line: I must have leisure, for the leisure bears
Last Line: And force their meat upon the multitude


STATE OF WASHINGTON       
First Line: An impression of waves mounting the shore
Last Line: Must roar; as trees must shed their shadows to gain rest


STATUE       
First Line: Alone in the dusk with you
Last Line: Against you, close as we can come


STEP AWAY FROM THEM       
First Line: It's my lunch hour, so I go
Last Line: And back to work. My heart is in my %pocket, it is poems by pierre reverdy
Subject(s): Lunch; Reverdy, Pierre (1889-1960); Streets


STEPS       
First Line: How funny you are today new york
Last Line: And smoke too many cigarettes %and love you so much


STEVEN       
First Line: The little dark haired boy whose black looks
Last Line: The still hid; but we must keep him from this talent


STUDENTS       
First Line: You are someone %who's crazy about a
Last Line: And wipe the sweat away


STUDY FOR WOMEN ON A BEACH       
First Line: I see now tigers by the sea
Last Line: Talk on as incense raises its pillars


SUDDEN SNOW       
First Line: While a company of dancers hoots whistles stomps
Last Line: And we divert our course a little without fear


SUMMER BREEZES       
First Line: An element of mischief contributed
Last Line: And that summer my swimming improved a lot


SUNSET       
First Line: You fragile woman whose profile barely discerns
Last Line: Which strains to burst this slender fist


TARQUIN       
First Line: Exactly at one o'clock your arms broach
Last Line: And herd the clouds, their mountainous eclipse


TERRESTIAL CUCKOO       
First Line: What a hot day it is! For


THANKSGIVING       
First Line: The heat rises, it is not the pressure
Last Line: And tomorrow we will put a bullet through your red hide


THE DAY LADY DIED    Poem Text    
First Line: It is 12:20 in new york a friday
Last Line: Minneapolis, mn, www.Coffeehousepress.Com
Subject(s): African Americans - Women; Holiday, Billie (1915-1959); Jazz; Men; Music & Musicians; Music, Rock; Singing & Singers; Rock & Roll; Songs


THINKING OF JAMES DEAN       
First Line: Like a nickelodeon soaring over the island from sea to bay
Last Line: Pleasure. A leaving word in the sand, odor of tides: his name
Subject(s): Dean, James (1931-1955)


THOSE WHO ARE DREAMING, A PLAY ABOUT ST. PAUL       
First Line: He gets up, lights a cigarette, puts fire
Last Line: From him. He is alone, protected only by your love


THREE AIRS       
First Line: So many things in the air! Soot
Last Line: The air becoming no air becoming air again


THREE POEMS       
First Line: Dante %I could guide you into depravity but I'm not sure I could lead either
Last Line: I sometimes wonder how we all get through this soap opera th


THREE RONDELS       
First Line: Dreaming that there's a sea god
Last Line: Door of america, mention my fear to the cigars


THREE-PENNY OPERA       
First Line: I think a lot about
Last Line: Was who, though. Those %were intricate days


TO A FRIEND       
First Line: If you discard me, too late
Last Line: Speak, for clumsy at your %ear can no more feed
Subject(s): Friendship


TO A POET       
First Line: I am sober and industrious
Last Line: Square, now that I am off my couch


TO AN ACTOR WHO DIED       
First Line: As the days go, and they go fast on this island
Last Line: Outside of nature nothing feeds, as rocks address no sun


TO CANADA (FOR WASHINGTON'S BIRTHDAY)       
First Line: I shall be so glad when you come down
Last Line: Oh what's the use I think I will


TO EDWIN DENBY       
First Line: I'm so much more me
Last Line: And yet in me unmade


TO GIANNI BATES       
First Line: Like a piano concerto your black
Last Line: Too, I've not been silent again, or since


TO GOTTFIRED BENN       
First Line: Poetry is not instruments
Last Line: In the universal light of tragedy


TO HELL WITH IT       
First Line: Hungry winter, this winter'
Last Line: And another filthy page of poetry. %and mean it


TO JANE, SOME AIR       
First Line: Now what we desire is space
Last Line: I don't think I'll return to the zoo


TO JANE; AND IN IMITATION OF COLERIDGE       
First Line: All fears, all doubts and even dreams
Last Line: Are secretly near, like jane


TO JOHN ASHBERY       
First Line: I can't believe there's not
Last Line: Meaning 'you go, like the blossoms.'


TO JOHN WIENERS       
First Line: You walk into a theatre in the semidark
Last Line: And the snow and theatre, like philip sparrow, nestle there


TO LARRY RIVERS       
First Line: You are worried that you don't write
Last Line: You do what I can only name


TO MAXINE       
First Line: The sender of this letter is a mailman
Last Line: You put on lipstick as others put on hats


TO MUSIC OF PAUL BOWLES       
First Line: Dear bill I think it was very nice of you to have me
Last Line: Up or we'll miss myrna loy and william powell %get that soap


TO MY DEAD FATHER       
First Line: Don't call to me father
Last Line: Forgive the roses and me
Subject(s): Aging; Mirrors


TO MY MOTHER       
First Line: Oh witness !N to be sure
Last Line: Or someone's accidentally died
Subject(s): Mothers


TO RICHARD MILLER       
First Line: Whre is mike goldberg? I don't know
Last Line: Thinking of the sea and the uncomfortable sand


TO THE FILM INDUSTRY IN CRISIS       
First Line: Not you, lean quarterlies and swarthy periodicals
Last Line: You perpetuated! Roll on, reels of celluloid, as the great earth rolls on!


TO THE HARBORMASTER    Poem Text    
First Line: I wanted to be sure to reach you
Subject(s): Religion; Sea; Theology; Ocean


TO THE HARBORMASTER       
First Line: I wanted to be sure to reach you
Last Line: Waves which have kept me from reaching you
Subject(s): Religion; Sea


TO THE MOUNTAINS IN NEW YORK       
First Line: Yes! Yes! Yes! I've decided
Last Line: It is raining. Shall I grow trees or flowers


TO THE POEM       
First Line: Let us do something grand
Last Line: Of its own a real right thing


TO YOU       
First Line: What is more beautiful than night
Last Line: The light to glow there over the river


TODAY       
First Line: Oh! Kangaroos, sequins, chocolate sodas!
Last Line: Do have meaning. They're strong as rocks


TOMB OF ARNOLD SCHOENBERG       
First Line: The avalanche drifts to earth through giant air
Last Line: I weep upon your bier, this glacial shore


TONIGHT AT THE VERSAILLES, OR ANOTHER CARD ANOTHER CABARET       
First Line: I am appearing, yes it's true
Last Line: And I'll pick you up after the show


TRIREME       
First Line: The strangeness of palaces for a cowboy
Last Line: I don't want to be but I am


TRUE ACCOUNT OF TALKING TO THE SUN AT FIRE ISLAND       
First Line: The sun woke me this morning loud
Last Line: Darkly he rose, and then I slept
Subject(s): Fire Island; Sun


TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT YOU FEEL       
First Line: Only your keen ear
Last Line: And we are not together


TWO BOYS       
First Line: A favorite %just as he's about to rise, he erupts
Last Line: Enormous pride in sight


TWO DREAMS OF WAKING       
First Line: I stumble over furniture, I fall into a gloomy hammock
Last Line: And I can't talk to them or anything


TWO EPITAPHS       
First Line: The two slept in a dark red armory
Last Line: Suffering, and hung over the city as northern lights


TWO RUSSIAN EXILES: AN ODE       
First Line: Like a cat who pushes and flexes forelegs
Last Line: Music must die but poetry is silent joy


TWO SHEPHERDS, A NOVEL       
First Line: Here he comes now, the big prick-with-ears
Last Line: To pick up a real razzle-dazzle cunt. Man


TWO TRAGIC POEMS       
First Line: When the wheat got out of the can
Last Line: Kennedy is in colombia, cheers


TWO VARIATIONS       
First Line: Now I am not going to face things
Last Line: And next time my face won't come with me


UNFINISHED       
First Line: As happiness takes off the tie it borrowed from me
Last Line: Better than albert schweitzer, pablo casals and helen keller put together


UNICORN       
First Line: Lingering, vying, fearing, and flowers and fruit
Last Line: Quite other than the gentlemen who bear me down


V.R. LANG       
First Line: You are so serious, as if
Last Line: And with your beads on, because it rains


VARIATIONS ON PASTERNAK'S MAIN LIEBCHEN       
First Line: Walls, except that they stretch through china
Last Line: Just as the sight of you, no wall, no moon, no world, makes me


VARIATIONS ON SATURDAY       
First Line: As the polka from schwanda
Last Line: Around your shoulders like a cave


VARIATIONS ON THE TREE OF HEAVEN       
First Line: Sitting in a corner of the gallery
Last Line: Not just waiting wherever you are


VERY RAINY LIGHT, AN ECLOGUE       
First Line: D: remembering at best bitterly
Last Line: Truly you master a heady scent


VINCENT       
First Line: Here I sit in jager house
Last Line: Warm morning like a %sidewalk phone booth


VINCENT AND I INAUGURATE A MOVIE THEATRE       
First Line: Now that the charles theatre has opened
Last Line: A print of alice adams with you it will cheer them up


VINCENT, (2)       
First Line: This morning a blimp was blocking 53rd street
Last Line: On the palisades-columbus-avenue-love-bed-awards


WALK ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON       
First Line: The gulls wheeled %several miles away
Last Line: Probably, our country %will declare war


WALKING       
First Line: I get a cinder in my eye
Last Line: Turning it into sky again


WALKING TO WORK       
First Line: It's going to be the sunny side
Last Line: Straight against the light I cross


WALKING WITH LARRY RIVERS       
First Line: The guts that stream out of the needle's eye
Last Line: Our brains, bashed out in flight against the bridge


WARM DAY FOR DECEMBER       
First Line: 57th street %street of joy
Last Line: You're almost there %57th street


WASHINGTON SQUARE       
First Line: That arch bestrides me, french
Last Line: Is in danger of passing without wickedness


WEATHER NEAR ST. BRIDGET'S STEEPLES       
First Line: You are so beautiful and trusting
Last Line: Love, being the joining and the joining without memory or fa


WHAT APPEARS TO BE YOURS       
First Line: The root -- an acceptable connection
Last Line: Warm -- through a hole in the stocking -- the sky


WHITMAN'S BIRTHDAY BROADCAST WITH STATIC       
First Line: Pas la jeunesse a moi
Last Line: Da, ich bin der komponist, und ich bin komponiert


WHO IS WILLIAM WALTON       
First Line: He isn't the english composer
Last Line: Zooming through the head who are you


WHY I AM NOT A PAINTER    Poem Text    
First Line: I am not a painter, I am a poet
Subject(s): Paintings & Painters; Poetry & Poets


WHY I AM NOT A PAINTER       
First Line: I am not a painter, I am a poet
Last Line: It oranges. And one day in a gallery %I see mike's painting,called sardines
Subject(s): Paintings And Painters; Poetry And Poets


WIND       
First Line: Who'd have thought that snow falls
Last Line: It always loathed containment %beasts %I love evil


WITH BARBARA AT LARRES       
First Line: Fall facesw who have lunched on other
Last Line: The air, the air from all the burning conversation


WITH BARBARA GUEST IN PARIS       
First Line: Oh barbara! Do you think we'll ever
Last Line: Smiles and bears %the purple city air


WOMEN       
First Line: They sit on the stairs and cry
Last Line: Polka dot or stripe. Eat their emeralds


YESTERDAY DOWN AT THE CANAL       
First Line: You say that everything is very simple and interesting
Last Line: (but I hate all that crap)
Subject(s): Boredom


YET ANOTHER FAN       
First Line: It's a great shame %madame mallarme
Last Line: Our freckles into %coral and grass


YOU ARE GORGEOUS AND I'M COMING       
First Line: Vaguely I hear the purple roar of the torn-down third avenue el
Last Line: To say we are in america and it is all right not to be elsew


YOU AT THE PUMP       
First Line: A bouquet of zephyr-flowers hitched to a hitching %post in far off roanoke
Last Line: I love you, pocahontas %where his feet are


YOUNG CHRIST       
First Line: My skull, which like an eye strains
Last Line: A burning child, adoring and my father's pyre


YOUNG POET       
First Line: Full of passion and giggles
Last Line: The insight which comes as a kiss %and follows as a curse


[I KISS YOUR CUP]       
First Line: I kiss your cup %which will not be used again
Last Line: That makes a rubens out of you %makes me a serpent


[THEN THE WEATHER CHANGED.]       
First Line: Then the weather changed. There were all
Last Line: And will not credit the evil of my intentions



O'hara (20th Century-), Frank   
1 poems available by this author


VOYAGER    Poem Text    
First Line: He had returned from a far land; once more
Last Line: "of fire and snow"" . . . The uncle told a tale."
Subject(s): Travel; Journeys; Trips