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Ryan, Kay    Poet's Biography
296 poems available by this author


A BALL ROLLS ON A POINT    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: The whole ball


A CAT/A FUTURE    Poem Text    
First Line: A cat can draw
Subject(s): Cats


A CERTAIN KIND OF EDEN    Poem Text    
First Line: It seems like you could, but
Subject(s): Gardens & Gardening; Time; Hope; Optimism


A HUNDRED BOLTS OF SATIN    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: All you / have to lose
Subject(s): Memory; Railroads; Reason; Railways; Trains; Intellect; Rationalism; Brain; Mind; Intellectuals


A PLAIN ORDINARY STEEL NEEDLE CAN FLOAT ON PURE WATER    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Water


ABSOLUTES       
First Line: There are certain islands


ADMIRABLE BEDE, 7TH CENTURY ENGLISH HISTORIAN       
First Line: There has always been a machiavelli, urban
Subject(s): Bede, Saint. The Venerable (673-735); Machiavelli, Niccolo (1469-1527)


AGAINST GRAVITY       
First Line: How do we move %under weight?
Last Line: No bombs or appointments


AGE    Poem Text    
First Line: As some people age
Subject(s): Aging


AGE       
First Line: As some people age
Last Line: They hear heaven, they think boiled or broken


AGREEMENT       
First Line: The satisfactions %of agreement are
Last Line: Not singular. %many prefer it


ALBUM    Poem Text    
First Line: Death has a life
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


ALL SHALL BE RESTORED       
First Line: The grains shall be collected
Last Line: In its effort to insist that nothing %shall be lost


ALL YOU DID    Poem Text     Recitation by Author


ALMOST WITHOUT A SURFACE    Poem Text    
First Line: Sometimes before / going to sleep a person
Subject(s): Sleep


ALMOST WITHOUT SURFACE       
First Line: Sometimes before %going to sleep a person
Last Line: Each other, refusing %to rain


ANIMAL ITSELF       
First Line: As to its digestion


ANY MORNING       
First Line: Any morning %can turn molten
Last Line: Never see it coming like hawaii


APOGEE       
First Line: At high speeds %we know
Last Line: Seems like our fault


APPLICATION       
First Line: Let me be through


AT THE EDGE OF A PHILOSOPHY       
First Line: It is sedgy here at the edge
Last Line: You have eaten away the %gentle ground of unanimity, %the sweet grasses, the duck


ATLAS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Extreme exertion / isolates a person
Subject(s): Atlas (mythology)


BACKWARD MIRACLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Every once in a while
Subject(s): Miracles


BACKWARD MIRACLE       
First Line: Every once in a while %we need a
Last Line: And the single %fish thereby


BAD DAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Not every day / is a good day
Subject(s): Life


BAD PATCH       
First Line: It is not comical like grease
Last Line: Hire on people


BAD TIME FOR THE SUBLIME       
First Line: The sublime is now


BAIT GOAT    Poem Text    
First Line: There is a / distance where
Subject(s): Language; Words; Vocabulary


BARBARIAN'S REPLY       
First Line: I am the barbarian


BEACHSCAPE       
First Line: A brittle


BEASTS    Poem Text    
First Line: Time lingers
Subject(s): Monsters


BEASTS       
First Line: Time lingers
Last Line: And don't invite %the rainbow beasts
Subject(s): Monsters


BED ABANDONED       
First Line: The velvet


BEST OF IT       
First Line: However carved up
Last Line: Could nourish us


BESTIARY       
First Line: A bestiary catalog
Last Line: A text alas lost now for centuries


BLANDEUR    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: If it please god
Subject(s): Quiet Life


BLANDEUR       
First Line: If it please god
Last Line: Withdraw your grandeur %from these parts


BLAST    Poem Text    
First Line: The holes have / almost left the


BLUE CHINA DOORKNOB    Poem Text    
First Line: Rooms may be / using us


BLUE CHINA DOORKNOB       
First Line: Rooms may be %using us. We
Last Line: Were never our secrets %anyway


BRAVE ROW       


BROOKLYN BRIDGE       
First Line: Unbuild the
Subject(s): Bridges; Brooklyn Bridge


BULL IN A CHINA SHOP       
First Line: Why is china not shamed in the presence


BYZANTIUM       
First Line: What boxes they
Subject(s): Constantinople


CABINET OF CURIOSITIES       
First Line: It's hard for %minor monsters
Last Line: Mopping up %apologizing


CAN A DOG BE AS LARGE AS AN ELEPHANT       
First Line: A dog can't get bigger without getting thicker
Last Line: Of their necks! These are moments that nothing %but lightness protects


CARRYING A LADDER    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: We are always / really carrying
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life; Ladders


CARRYING A LADDER       
First Line: We are always %really carrying
Last Line: Out of the damage %and apology


CAT/A FUTURE       
First Line: A cat can draw
Last Line: Still sitting there, %doing nothing rude


CAUGHT       
First Line: If something %gets caught
Last Line: Our own throats %like pate geese


CERTAIN KIND OF EDEN       
First Line: It seems like you could, but
Last Line: The greenest saddest strongest %kind of hope


CHEMISE       
First Line: What would the self
Last Line: Than paint %to plese


CHEMISTRY       
First Line: Words especially %are subject to
Last Line: Grow from filament


CHESHIRE       
First Line: It's not the cat
Last Line: Some separate part %might manage


CHINESE FOOT CHART       
First Line: Every part of us
Last Line: Our heart at the %oddest knock


CHOP    Poem Text    
First Line: The bird / walks down
Subject(s): Birds


CHOP       
First Line: The bird %walks down
Last Line: The sea bows %to repolish


CIRCUS ANIMALS' DESERTION       
First Line: They hade been taken far
Subject(s): Animals; Poetry And Poets; Yeats, William Butler (1865-1939)


CIRQUE       
First Line: Even the clean %blue-green water
Last Line: Has to recombine %or sink


CLOSELY WATCHED THINGS       
First Line: A too closely watched flower
Last Line: Only open at midnight


CLOUD    Poem Text    
First Line: A blue stain / creeps across
Subject(s): Clouds


COME DARK SHIP       


COMING AND GOING       
First Line: There is a %recently discovered %order, neither
Last Line: What we can't see %coming, going


COMPOSITION       
First Line: No. Not diluted
Last Line: How matter turns %animate


CONNECTIONS       
First Line: Connections lie in wait
Last Line: For a little something gratis


CONVERSION       
First Line: Before the powerful coercion


COUNSEL       
First Line: It is possible
Last Line: What the body wants is so exact


CRASH       
First Line: Slip is one %law of crash
Last Line: Like a legal system %out of dickens


CREATURES OF THE MARGINS       
First Line: There are the creatures of the margins
Last Line: Of the known. They turn brown


CRIB    Poem Text    
First Line: From the greek for / woven or plaited
Subject(s): Language; Words; Vocabulary


CRIB       
First Line: From the greek for %woven or plaited
Last Line: Or thought we did
Subject(s): Language


CROCODILE TEARS    Poem Text    
First Line: The one sincere / crocodile has
Subject(s): Crocodiles; Crying


CROWN    Poem Text    
First Line: Too much rain
Subject(s): Rain


CROWN       
First Line: Too much rain
Last Line: Places only birds %should fly to


CRUSTACEAN ISLAND       
First Line: There could be an island paradise
Last Line: And no flamencos


CUT OUT FOR IT    Poem Text    
First Line: Cut out / as a horse
Subject(s): Horses


DEFERRED SILENCE       
First Line: There is a %deferred silence
Last Line: Freshness to the aftershock


DESERT LAKE       
First Line: Any time after april


DEW    Poem Text    
First Line: As neatly as peas
Subject(s): Dew


DEW       
First Line: As neatly as peas
Last Line: Into the general damp %they're gone


DIAMONDS       
First Line: Is the snail
Last Line: Barriers to lettuce %are useless


DISTANCE       
First Line: The texts %are insistent
Last Line: Lets distance collapse


DON'T LOOK BACK    Poem Text    
First Line: This is not / a problem


DON'T LOOK BACK       
First Line: This is not %a problem
Last Line: And if she does not %also loses


DOUBT    Poem Text    
First Line: A chick has just so much time
Subject(s): Doubt; Chickens; Skepticism


DOUBT       
First Line: A chick has just so much time
Last Line: His napkin stained the most delicate colors


DUCK    Poem Text    
First Line: It isn't ever / all green thought
Subject(s): Ducks; Thought; Mallards; Drakes; Thinking


DUTCH    Poem Text    
First Line: Much of life / is dutch
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


DUTCH       
First Line: Much %of life is dutch
Last Line: Little black-suspendered %tulip magnates stride around


EGYPTIANS       
First Line: Novelty had not yet


ELEPHANT ROCKS       
First Line: Here and there
Last Line: We've done to the beasts %whatever we say


ENTERTAINING POSSIBILITIES       
First Line: This must be observed


ERIK SATIE       
First Line: Only that which does


EVERY PAINTING BY CHAGALL       
First Line: Every twined groom and bride


EXCLUDED ANIMALS       
First Line: Only a certain %claque of beasts
Last Line: Like the blankets on him


EXPECTATIONS    Poem Text    
First Line: We expect rain
Subject(s): Rain


EXPECTATIONS       
First Line: We expect rain %to animate this
Last Line: The bed is ready %but no rain yet


EXTRAORDINARY LENGTHS       
First Line: The only justification
Last Line: Lacquered boats just help %themselves to lengths %that tangle up and float %as pleasantly as kelp


FAILURE    Poem Text    
First Line: Like slime / inside a / stagnant tank
Subject(s): Failure


FAILURE       
First Line: Like slime %inside a %stagnant tank
Last Line: Than success %is in general
Subject(s): Failure


FAKE SPOTS    Poem Text    
First Line: Like air / in rocks, fake
Subject(s): Apartments; Emptiness


FELIX CROW    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Crow school / is basic and
Subject(s): Crows


FISHING       
First Line: You can taste it in fish


FLAMINGO WATCHING    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Wherever the flamingo goes,
Subject(s): Flamingos; Individuality


FLUID CORE       
First Line: It is probably not the intention


FLY FISHERS       
First Line: There are different


FOOTPRINTS       
First Line: The footprint documents


FULL MEASURE       
First Line: You will get your full measure
Last Line: Every empty act they undertake


GAMBLER       
First Line: He's seen all he can of moon


GAPS       
First Line: Gaps don't %just happen
Last Line: Constant since %the oldest maps


GLASS SLIPPERS       
First Line: Despite the hard luck
Last Line: Like a hoof. So many miracles %don't start far back enough


GRABBING AT STRAWS       
First Line: She envied the mathematical eye of a bird


GRAZING HORSES       
First Line: Sometimes the %green pasture
Last Line: They weren't %designed to climb %and can't


GREAT THOUGHTS       
First Line: Great thoughts %do not nourish %small thoughts %as parents do children
Last Line: Standing in a %grove of them %is hideous


GREEN BEHIND THE EARS    Poem Text    
First Line: I was still slightly
Subject(s): Innocence


GREEN HILLS    Poem Text    
First Line: Their green flanks


GREEN HILLS       
First Line: Their green flanks %and swells are not
Last Line: The languor of their %rolling over


HE LIT A FIRE WITH ICICLES    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: This was the work / of st. Sebolt, one
Subject(s): Fire; Ice


HEAT    Poem Text    
First Line: There is a heat
Subject(s): Heat


HEAT       
First Line: There is a heat
Last Line: For when the warming %starts
Subject(s): Heat


HEAVENS NEED FURNACES       


HER POLITENESS       
First Line: It's her politeness
Last Line: You'd spring to obey


HERRING    Poem Text    
First Line: A thousand / tiny silver
Subject(s): Herring


HERRING       
First Line: A thousand %tiny silver
Last Line: It is uncaring?


HOME TO ROOST    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The chickens / are circling and
Subject(s): Chcikens


HOME TO ROOST       
First Line: The chicken %are circling and
Last Line: The same kind %at the same speed


HOPE    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


HOPE       
First Line: What's the use
Last Line: Righting of the present


HOPE       
First Line: Hope should come to a full stop


HOUDINI    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Each escape / involved some art
Subject(s): Houdini, Harry (1874-1926)


HOW A THOUGHT THINKS       
First Line: A thought is dumb
Last Line: Topple in the garden


HOW BIRDS SING       
First Line: One is not taxed
Last Line: A series of notes %upon the breeze


HUNDRED BOLTS OF SATIN       
First Line: All you %have to lose
Last Line: Specialized %more than %you imagined
Subject(s): Memory; Railroads; Reason


IDEAL AUDIENCE       
First Line: Not scattered legions, %not a dozen from
Last Line: That only we two %ever found this room


IF SHE ONLY HAD ONE MINUTE       
First Line: What would she put in it?
Last Line: Like a gravid salmon or the moon


IF THE MOON HAPPENED ONCE       
Last Line: Things with scarves %it does


IMAGINARY ESKIMOS       
First Line: Who knows %if eskimos
Last Line: For that sort of person


IN THE VERY ESSENCE OF POETRY THERE IS SOMETHING INDECENT       
First Line: After a brief period


INSULT    Poem Text    
First Line: Insult is injury


INSULT       
First Line: Insult is injury
Last Line: That we must say, you must stop this


INTENTION       
First Line: Intention doesn't sweeten
Last Line: Then if you want to eat it, %you can't


INTRANSIGENCE       
First Line: Intransigence %as a quality
Last Line: And for intransigence


IS IT MODEST OR ARROGANT       
Last Line: Hem to kiss; un-becoming on and on, %leaving us like this?


IT'S ALWAYS DARKEST JUST BEFORE THE DAWN       
First Line: But how dark %is darkest?
Last Line: We'll have the %night behind us?


JAR ALLEGED TO CONTAIN THE ORIGINAL EGYPTIAN DARKNESS ...       
First Line: What would anyone do


JOB       
First Line: Imagine that %the job were
Last Line: It's so easy %to forget again


JOURNEY       
First Line: Even the philosophical chinese


KILLING TIME       
First Line: Time is rubbery
Last Line: Sooner or later %it will be found


L'ABANDON OU LES DUEX AMIES       
First Line: Always and always


LACQUER ARTIST       
First Line: There is a nacreous gleam
Last Line: Coats per japanese box


LACUNAE       
First Line: Lacunae aren't %what was going to be
Last Line: Gone -- pond shaped %or jagged


LATENTS    Poem Text    
First Line: Just the hints, say
Subject(s): Fingerprints


LEARNING       
First Line: Whatever must be learned
Last Line: The folded things in them


LEAST ACTION       
First Line: Is it vision %or the lack
Last Line: Like to love what she %can do


LES PETITES CONFITURES (THE LITTLE JAMS)       
First Line: These three pieces
Last Line: Was half the banjo-piano %man's work


LIGHT OF INTERIORS       
First Line: The light of interiors %is the admixture
Last Line: Table with flowers %an island


LIGHTHOUSE KEEPING    Poem Text    
First Line: Seas pleat / winds keen
Subject(s): Lighthouses


LIME LIGHT    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Fame; Reputation


LIME LIGHT       
First Line: One can't work %by lime light
Last Line: Doesn't equal %what daylight did


LINEN    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: There are charms / that forestall harm
Subject(s): Charms (magic); Linen


LIVING WITH STRIPES       
First Line: In tigers, zebras %and other striped creatures
Last Line: I wonder if they dread to start sometimes


LOSSES    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Loss


LOSSES       
First Line: Most losses add something
Last Line: Of castaways %thought dead but not


MARIANNE MOORE ANNOUNCES LUNCH    Poem Text    
First Line: With several well-placed
Subject(s): Moore, Marianne (1887-1972); Food & Eating


MARIANNE MOORE ANNOUNCES LUNCH       
First Line: With several well-placed


MASTERWORKS OF MING    Poem Text    
First Line: Ming, ming / such a lovely
Subject(s): China - Ming Dynasty (1368-1640); China (porcelain)


MASTERWORKS OF MING       
First Line: Ming, ming, %such a lovely
Last Line: The other %end in


MATERIAL       
First Line: Whatever is done
Last Line: Above a war we %hope mattered


MIRAGE OASES       
First Line: First among places
Last Line: Thrive only at our pleasure %checked


MISER TIME    Poem Text    
First Line: Miser time grows
Subject(s): Misers


MOST GENERAL TREND WE KNOW IS SPECIATION, ANNIE DILLARD       
First Line: Oh the joy and the expense


MUSEUM OF FALSE STARTS       
First Line: It is incredibly %beautiful but
Last Line: Horn of an otherwise %unfashioned animal


NEEDLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Not even a / needle is left
Subject(s): Vases


NEEDLE       
First Line: Not even a %needle is left
Last Line: Workable paste %of art


NEW ASCETICISM       


NEW CLOTHES       
First Line: The emperor who %was tricked by the tailors
Last Line: To something you've got


NEW INSTRUMENTS       
First Line: Precise instruments


NEW ROOMS    Poem Text    
First Line: The mind must / set itself up


NEW TRUTH       
First Line: Only a new truth


NIAGARA RIVER       
First Line: As though %the river were
Last Line: It is hard to remember what the means


NO NAMES       
First Line: There are high places %that don't invite us
Last Line: I'm giddy with thinking %where thinking can't stick


NOT NEWS       
First Line: It's what we can't
Last Line: Too much matching part


NOTHING VENTURED    Poem Text    
First Line: Nothing exists as a block
Subject(s): Nothingness; Nihilism; Voids


ODE ON A GRECIAN CONTAINER       
First Line: A beaker of wine


OLD COSMOTOLOGISTS       
First Line: When their cosmologists %grows soft and spongy
Last Line: Moment by moment as age is


ON THE DIFFICULTY OF DRAWING ONESELF UP    Poem Text    
First Line: One does not stack
Subject(s): Mice


OSPREY    Poem Text    
First Line: The great taloned osprey
Subject(s): Ospreys


OTHER SIDE       
First Line: Oh if it were
Last Line: And weight. We %feel it accumulate


OTHER SILENCE       
First Line: It waits in the ear


OUTSIDER ART       
First Line: Most of it's too dreary
Last Line: We would be pleased


PAIRED THINGS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Who, who had only seen wings,
Subject(s): Birds


PALPABLE SILENCE       
First Line: What is as delightful


PART MIDAS       
First Line: The trick would be to be
Last Line: Started breeding goblets


PARTY SHIP    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Relationships


PAST       
First Line: Sometimes there's
Last Line: For so long it's %developed seasons


PATIENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Patience is / wider than one
Subject(s): Patience


PATIENCE       
First Line: Patience is %wider than one
Last Line: In brilliance %or hardness


PERIPHERY       
First Line: Unlike igneous


PIECES THAT FALL TO EARTH       
First Line: One could %almost wish
Last Line: The commanding %way they matter


PINHOLE    Poem Text    
First Line: We say / pinhole


PLAIN ORDINARY STEEL NEEDLE CAN FLOAT ON PURE WATER       
First Line: Who hasn't seen
Last Line: We almost forget the oddity %of that


POETRY IN TRANSLATION       
First Line: It is %so snug
Last Line: The russian steppes %perhaps


POETRY IS A KIND OF MONEY    Poem Text    


POLISH AND BALM    Poem Text    
First Line: Dust develops / from inside
Subject(s): Abandonment; Dust; Cleanliness; Desertion


POST-CONSTRUCTION    Poem Text    
First Line: Who knows better / than the builder
Subject(s): Buildings & Builders


POST-CONSTRUCTION       
First Line: Who knows better %than the builder
Last Line: Had been added %after one left


PRAYER       
First Line: Radiant particulars


PROLOGUE       
First Line: Like boulders rolled away from doors


PUTTING THINGS IN PROPORTION        Recitation by Author


RATS' TAILS    Poem Text    
First Line: Let's say / some day
Subject(s): Brodsky, Joseph (1940-1996)


REACH AND GRASP       
First Line: Let us not confuse reach with grasp


RELIEF       
First Line: We know it is close
Last Line: Clocks set back %disasters averted


RENAISSANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: It is always the renaissance
Subject(s): Renaissance


REPETITION    Poem Text    
First Line: Trying to walk
Subject(s): Walking; Habits


REPULSIVE THEORY    Poem Text    
First Line: Little has been made
Subject(s): Magnetism


REVERSE DRAMA       
First Line: Lightning, but not bright
Last Line: Things were heightened %and now they're calmer


RUBBING LAMPS    Poem Text    
First Line: Things beside / aladdin's and
Subject(s): Lamps


SALTS       
First Line: It makes no sense
Last Line: To table salt %available in boxes


SALVAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: The wreck / is a fact


SALVATIONS    Poem Text    
First Line: Like hope / it springs


SAY UNCLE       
First Line: Every day %you say, %just one %more try
Last Line: You why %won't you %say uncle?


SECOND       
First Line: In any collision, one strikes
Last Line: Her home her home


SEED       
First Line: We misread


SELF IS NOT PORTABLE       
First Line: The self is not %portable. It
Last Line: To home: one part %in seventy


SHARKS' TEETH    Poem Text    
First Line: Everything contains some / silence. Noise gets
Subject(s): Silence


SHARKS' TEETH       
First Line: Everything contains some %silence. Noise gets
Last Line: Be sensed in parks
Subject(s): Silence


SHIFT    Poem Text    
First Line: Words have loyalties
Subject(s): Language; Words; Vocabulary


SHIPWRECK       
First Line: They're laughable %when we get there
Last Line: From the waist, accept %your kudos


SHOW       
First Line: There will be a show


SHRIMP       
First Line: A shrimp is
Subject(s): Shrimp


SILENCE       
First Line: Silence is not snow
Last Line: When we feel trapped %like mastodons


SILENCE ISLANDS       
First Line: These are the %silence islands
Last Line: Children or anyone weakened %by sickness is expected


SIMPLY BY GROWING LARGER       
First Line: As a thing grows larger
Last Line: To grow gravid and broad-bellied


SOFT    Poem Text    


SOME OF OUR PARTS       
Last Line: Implacable as a nutcracker %and too close to the brain


SONG IN THE OLD TONGUE       
First Line: I do not mind belonging to


SONNET TO SPRING       
First Line: The brown, unpleasant,
Last Line: Spring is frivolous like that


SPIDERWEB    Poem Text    
First Line: From other / angles the
Subject(s): Cobwebs


SQUIRREL       
First Line: Alas the squirrel


STAR BLOCK       
First Line: There is no such thing
Last Line: Burns us with love


STARDUST    Poem Text    
First Line: Star is / the hardest thing


STARDUST       
First Line: Stardust is %the hardest thing
Last Line: It's hard to explain


STARS OF BETHLEHEM       
First Line: Throughout the sky %there are cinders
Last Line: Or the outskirts of it


STILL START    Poem Text    
First Line: As if engine / parts could be
Subject(s): Automobiles; Cars


SUCH WOMEN       
First Line: There are those for whom rooms


SURFACES       
First Line: Surfaces serve %their own purposes
Last Line: And what it doesn't teach


SURVIVAL SKILLS    Poem Text    
First Line: Here is the virtue
Subject(s): Survival


SWEPT UP WHOLE       
First Line: You aren't swept up whole
Last Line: You recongeal. It's %a surprise


TABLETS       
First Line: Where were the tablets before moses


TAR BABIES    Poem Text    
First Line: Tar babies are / not the children
Subject(s): Babies; Infants


TENDERNESS AND ROT    Poem Text    


TEST       
First Line: Imagine a surface %so still and vast
Last Line: And what warps dissipates


THAT VASE OF LILACS       
First Line: Not just lilacs %are like that
Last Line: Intermittent immortality %of purple


THAT WILL TO DIVEST    Poem Text    
First Line: Action creates / a taste
Subject(s): Inanimate Objects


THE ADMIRABLE BEDE, 7TH CENTURY ENGLISH HISTORIAN       
First Line: There has always been a machiavelli, urban
Subject(s): Bede, Saint. The Venerable (673-735); Machiavelli, Niccolo (1469-1527)


THE BEST OF IT    Poem Text    
First Line: However carved up
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


THE EDGES OF TIME    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: It is at the edges
Subject(s): Aging


THE EGYPTIANS    Poem Text    
First Line: Novelty has not yet
Subject(s): Egypt


THE FABRIC OF LIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: It is very stretchy
Subject(s): Life


THE FOURTH WISE MAN    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Travel; Likes & Dislikes; Journeys; Trips


THE LATE WORM    Poem Text    
First Line: The worms / which had been
Subject(s): Worms


THE LIGHT OF INTERIORS    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Light


THE NEW KABBALISTS    Poem Text    
First Line: None of the new kabbalists


THE NIAGARA RIVER    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Niagara River


THE OBSOLETION OF A LANGUAGE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: We knew it / would happen,
Subject(s): Language; Words; Vocabulary


THE PALM AT THE END OF THE MIND    Poem Text    
First Line: After fulfilling everything
Last Line: Taking cover.
Subject(s): Stevens, Wallace (1879-1955)


THE PIECES THAT FALL TO EARTH    Poem Text    
First Line: One could / almost wish


THE WOMAN WHO WROTE TOO MUCH    Poem Text    
First Line: I have written
Subject(s): Women - Writers


THIEVES       
First Line: There are thieves %in the mind, their
Last Line: That they thought %matched


THINGS SHOULDN'T BE SO HARD    Poem Text    
First Line: How anything / is known


TO EXPLAIN THE SOLITARY       
First Line: It's easy to think a moor or heath
Last Line: Or ireland hurt yeats into song


TO THE VIETNAMESE BOY HOUNDED AND AT LAST MURDERED       
First Line: No more than the delicate springbok


TO THE YOUNG ANGLERFISH       
First Line: For now and for the next 400-plus generations
Last Line: Comical, budding power, and then %you don't again


TOULOUSE-LAUTREC       
First Line: Monsier lautrc gave his son


TRYING TO GET TO AMERICA       
First Line: As in a dream where I can


TUNE       
First Line: Imagine a sea
Last Line: Vanish again and again %without a hint?


TURTLE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Who would be a turtle who could help it?
Subject(s): Turtles; Tortoises


TWO MORE, AND UP GOES THE DONKEY       
First Line: Old men %who were boys then
Last Line: Which trick %wasn't done


VESSEL AND THE CUP       
First Line: What cup knows the distress
Last Line: Could use it up


WASTE    Poem Text    
First Line: Not even waste
Subject(s): Refuse & Refuse Disposal


WASTE       
First Line: Not even waste
Last Line: Leaning into hunger %and hard luck
Subject(s): Refuse And Refuse Disposal


WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE    Poem Text    
First Line: That's water under
Subject(s): Language; Words; Vocabulary


WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE       
First Line: That's water under
Last Line: Slide ever onward; %we aren't demented
Subject(s): Language


WE'RE BUILDING THE SHIP AS WE SAIL IT    Poem Text    
First Line: The first fear / being drowning
Subject(s): Ships & Shipping; Life


WELL OR THE CUP       
First Line: How can %you tell
Last Line: People get %drunk up


WHY ISN'T IT ALL MORE MARKED       
Last Line: Take black sorrow %and make surcease


WHY WE MUST STRUGGLE    Poem Text    
First Line: If we have not struggled


WHY WE MUST STRUGGLE       
First Line: If we have not struggled
Last Line: As upon nectar %upon need?


WINTER FEAR    Poem Text    
First Line: Is it just winter
Subject(s): Winter


WITHOUT MINUTE NEATNESS OF EXECUTION       
First Line: And how in this welter


WITNESS       
First Line: Never trust a witness
Last Line: Told us where he went


WOMAN WHO WROTE TOO MUCH       
First Line: I have written %over the doors
Last Line: With something %for me to eat


WOODEN       
First Line: In the presence of supple
Last Line: I can't be human after all


YELLOW       
First Line: Yellow is the most


YESES       
First Line: Just behind %the door
Last Line: Too small %to pinch


YOUR FACE WILL STICK       
First Line: However bland we all
Last Line: To strike the hour