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Snodgrass, William Dewitt    Poet's Biography
Alternate Author Name(s): Gardons, S. S.; Mcconnell, Will; Snodgrass, W. D.
279 poems available by this author


A FLAT ONE    Poem Text    
First Line: Old fritz, on this rotating bed
Subject(s): Sickness; Illness


ADOLF HITLER       
First Line: Eight long years, my will was
Last Line: Death is. Will death and you resume %dominion. %have your will once more
Subject(s): Hitler, Adolf (1889-1945)


AFTER EXPERIENCE TAUGHT ME    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: After experience taught me that all the ordinary
Subject(s): World War Ii; Second World War


AFTER EXPERIENCE TAUGHT ME       
First Line: After experience taught me that all the ordinary
Last Line: What evil, what unspeakable crime %have you made your life worth?
Subject(s): World War Ii


AH SUNFLOWER       
First Line: As the sunflower, weary of time
Last Line: Where my sunflower wishes to go


ALBERT SPEER       
First Line: Not even %a farewell. Not even
Last Line: Too little of my children
Subject(s): Speer, Albert (1905-1981); World War Ii


ALWAYS DECKED OUT       
First Line: Always decked out in the height of fashion
Last Line: Their glamour never strikes my heart


ANECDOTE OF THE JAR       
First Line: I dropped a jar on a hill
Last Line: As everything else in tennessee did


ANNIVERSARY VERSES FOR MY OLDES WIFE       
First Line: I vowed and vowed again
Last Line: This old dog's learned the right %old lady'd fix you fast


APRIL INVENTORY    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The green catalpa tree has turned
Subject(s): Old Age


APRIL INVENTORY       
First Line: The green catalpa tree has turned
Last Line: There is a loveliness exists, %preserves us, not for specialists
Subject(s): Old Age


ASSUMING FINE FEATHERS, W.D. TAKES FLIGHT       
First Line: Over these cheekbones


AT MELVILLE'S TOMB       
First Line: He often saw - underseas, far offshore
Last Line: This great soul is found only in the sea


AT THE GARDEN PARTY       
First Line: The flushed appearance of these faces from our set
Last Line: Pink peonies on a dark green bough


AT THE PARK DANCE       
First Line: As the melting park


AT THE VILLA       
First Line: Sun-glazed waters, calm ahead. Our boat's wake
Last Line: But don't bad things happen to unlucky people too?
Subject(s): Malice


AUCTION       
First Line: For the gay tailfeathers, say, what'll you pay


AUTUMN VARIATIONS: 1       
First Line: The evening grosbeak on the lawn
Last Line: We must make do, once summer's done, %with our fair-weather friends or none


AUTUMN VARIATIONS: 2       
First Line: The garden's garter snake
Last Line: Dig down in the numb %security of clay, one %with their fate


AUTUMN VARIATIONS: 3       
First Line: In spray-paint, psychedelic, gaudy
Last Line: Determined paths, a wilder atmosphere %wheels in, flaunting its chains, blades and black leather


AUTUMN VARIATIONS: 4       
First Line: Imperial greenery withdraws
Last Line: Under those implacable branches, %nothing grows


AUTUMN VARIATIONS: 5       
First Line: Maple and ash in the hedgerow
Last Line: Blocks scattered like packed bags and crates %around the field while the field waits


AUTUMN VARIATIONS: 6       
First Line: Sharp, black crickets %have got the house
Last Line: Says we'll know soon %what sort of man you are


AUTUMN VARIATIONS: 7       
First Line: Bark strips peel off the sycamore
Last Line: Where the racoon and field mouse beat %a long, inglorious retreat


AUTUMN VARIATIONS: 8       
First Line: Bare bones! Bare bones!
Last Line: Whose body's lying on the bed, %eyes that still stare too wide to close


BAD SON       
First Line: Why dois your brand sae drap wi' bluid
Last Line: And all on account of me, o!'


BAWDY NOON       
First Line: You could be hunting through a barrel
Last Line: My favorite swiss cheese and some dandy %fat bartlett pears


BELLY DANCER       
First Line: At first we heard her necklaces and jewelry
Last Line: The human accoutrements her body was opposed to


BETHSABE'S SONG       
First Line: The sun is hot but its fire is cool if tempered by sweet air
Last Line: Nor pierce some shifty eye %that's prowling lightly


BIRDS CAUGHT, BIRDS FLYING       
First Line: I handed you, for you to hold
Last Line: And watch them go on, on their way %again then, when they must be gone


BIVOUAC ON A MOUNTAIN SIDE       
First Line: I now see an army halted on its march
Last Line: Working their way through, the stars that endure forever


BLUE HEAVEN       
First Line: Almighty god! I merely think of thee
Last Line: From growing tired of life, no love of thee


BORN AGAIN       
First Line: From turning in its ever-widening gyre
Last Line: Now stalks to bethlehem to soon be born?


BOY MADE OF MEAT       
First Line: Why do they make boys out of meat


BREAK ON AND ON AND ON       
Last Line: Will not come back to me


BRIGHT DAY IN THE GARDEN       
Last Line: For bright days in the garden


CALL FOR CLUES       
First Line: Okay, you leaves up there, come clean


CAMPUS ON THE HILL       
First Line: Up the reputable walks of old established trees


CARDINAL       
First Line: I wake late and leave


CAVALRY CROSSING A FORD       
First Line: A long, stretched-out line, winding through islands of greenery
Last Line: In the wind the guidon flags gayly flutter


CELTIC TUNE       
First Line: Merrygorounds are no use; neither are rickshaws
Last Line: But scrapping the gauges won't halt the elements


CERTAIN MAN LIVED IN A VERY NICE TOWN       
Last Line: While spheres turned and weather changed


CHARGES AGAINST COCK ROBIN       
First Line: Speaker: his honor james t. 'just


CHASTE AND CAUTIOUS SONG       
First Line: The men were all too tall or short
Last Line: One pretext, one excuse


CHERRY SAPLINGS       
First Line: You turn your back on them no more


COMING BACK       
First Line: Look at that, they're coming back; just look
Last Line: They slowly walk on short leashes, %pale men on a leash!


COMING DOWN FROM THE ACROPOLIS       
First Line: We bent our backs, the two of us, climbing


COMPLAINT AT NIGHTFALL       
First Line: The houses are haunted
Last Line: Dreams of adventures %in dangerous times


CORONER'S INQUEST       
First Line: Who killed cock robin?


CREDO       
First Line: This is the song


D.D. BYRDE CALLYING JENNIE WRENN       
First Line: Deare wee brown byrdie, dare wee too


DANCE SUITE: MR. EVIL DISGUISES HIMSELF AS HERSELF...       
First Line: Note the elegance of line
Last Line: Crooning like gnats, 'I'll %knock him dead!'


DARKLING ALPHABET       
First Line: A is for atom, the source


DE/COMPOSING ANIMAL       
First Line: In early summer in the fields
Last Line: Then made for all mankind this sad lament


DEATH AND THE MAIDEN       
First Line: My name is death and I've come in disguise
Last Line: I am a fair young maiden, waiting here


DEER EVENING       
First Line: Only deer, that search
Last Line: And will not scare


DIPLOMACY: THE FATHER       
First Line: Your mission, in any disputed area, is to find
Last Line: As cradled and sustained %as in yourself


DISGUISED AS COCK ROBIN, W.D. ESCAPES       
First Line: Come, rosie angel, faced with blues


DISGUISED AS HUMPTY-DUMPTY, W.D. PRACTICES TUMBLING       
First Line: What is more odious than all


DISPOSAL       
First Line: The unworn long gown, meant for dances


DOCTOR JOSEPH GOEBBELS, MINISTER FOR PROPAGANDA       
First Line: I came here to read nursery tales
Last Line: Sick of their own taste, sick of winning. %they'll think of us. That's a beginning
Subject(s): Goebbels, Joseph (1897-1945); Hitler, Adolf (1889-1945)


DOSTOIEVSKY WARNS W.D. ABOUT WEARING RASKOLNIKOV'S HAT       
First Line: To step out in sporting such a topper


DREAM SONG: 29       
First Line: So heavy a burden was once placed on henry's heart
Last Line: And he has never killed anybody


DRIVING LATE AT NIGHT       
First Line: Driving late at night I found an animal
Last Line: And shoved the corpse over the cliff for good and all


DRUMMER VAUGHAN       
First Line: They throw in drummer vaughan to rest
Last Line: Strange constellations will remain %above him endlessly


EIGHT A.M.       
First Line: He stood, and heard the steeple
Last Line: The clock struck eight


ELDERHOSTEL IN THE EAST       
First Line: Old ireland's not a place the old should go
Last Line: Is where the sick and elderly should come


ELM TREE       
First Line: The winter birds have come


END       
First Line: When the present has latched its postern behind my hesitant stay
Last Line: He nevermore will listen to such sounds as these'?


ENGLAND IN 1819       
First Line: An old, mad, blind, despised and dying king
Last Line: That's lost all hope of finding its true way


ENVOI, POST-TURP       
First Line: Farewell, children of my right hand and bliss
Last Line: Encodes our texts, pirates, and then reprints us, says, %'good night, bad cess to you, sweet prince


ESSENTIAL VERSE       
First Line: They spoil your life, your parents do
Last Line: And raising children would be worse


EXAMINATION       
First Line: Under the thick beams of that swirly smoking light
Last Line: They nod, whispering, 'one of ours; one of ours. Yes. Yes'


FARM KIDS       
First Line: Our neighbor's slim rag doll of a daughter (not
Last Line: Make sure they'll make nothing of their lives but lives


FATHER'S ST. VITUS' DANCE       
First Line: The whiskey that was on your breath
Last Line: I, meanwhile, clung to your shirt


FIRST LEAF       
First Line: The first leaf, as we drive off


FIRST THE RED PETALS       
First Line: First the red petals shut, next the white ones
Last Line: Into my heart and get lost in me


FISHING DRUNK       
First Line: I wade a creek that's surging high
Last Line: Salvation can be mine at once


FLASH FLOOD       
First Line: The worst is over: the people


FLAT ONE       
First Line: Old fritz, on this rotating bed
Last Line: No. We'd still have to help you try. We would %have killed for you today
Subject(s): Sickness


FOR HUGUES CUENOD-IN HIS 100TH YEAR       
First Line: Midway along our road sometimes a voice
Last Line: Why not just say: one voice for all seasons


FOR THE FUTURE'S SAKE       
First Line: I said to my friend
Last Line: Harm to the ecology.'


FOREVER NEAT AND DRESSED       
First Line: Forever neatly dressed %as going to a feast
Last Line: Catch eyes but miss the heart


FOREVER TO BE NEAT, FOREVER DRESSED       
Last Line: They strike mine eyes, but never strike my heart


FORTEMENTE       
First Line: In the silent, scarcely holy night
Last Line: Mouthing our neighbors' worst surmises
Subject(s): Animal Rights; Hunting


FORTY GUN SALUTE       
First Line: Cut engines, lights out, silent as the argo
Last Line: Through 40 storm-torn years, still working, still afloat


FOURTH OF JULY       
First Line: The drifting smoke is gone, today


FOX TROT: THE WHISPER, THE WHISTLE AND THE SONG       
First Line: Whispering, coaxing in some hearer


FRIEND       
First Line: I walk into your house, a friend


FROM A POLISH CABARET       
First Line: Man eats man; all just men know
Last Line: With us it's the reverse


FUEHRER BUNKER: 1 APRIL 1945. CHORUS (8)       
First Line: Old lady barkeep had a hitler
Last Line: His name live on, renowned
Subject(s): Hitler, Adolf (1889-1945); Legacies; World War Ii


GIRL OUTSIDE YOUR WINDOW       
First Line: Doesn't know %she doesn't know you
Last Line: Some message scrawled out, %desperate, in a foreign hand


GOD'S GRANDEUR       
First Line: The world is charged with the grandeur of god
Last Line: With his warm breast and his bright-colored wings


GRIEVING FOR THE DEATH, BY FIRE, OF A CHILD IN LONDON       
First Line: Never until the darkness that creates
Last Line: Having died once, you live forever


HEART'S NEEDLE       
First Line: Child of my winter, born
Subject(s): Divorce; Fathers And Daughters; Parents


HELTER-SKELTER STREET SCENE       
First Line: Among the crowds, a spectre - these faces
Last Line: Petals on a branch, all wet and black


HOME TOWN       
First Line: I go out like a ghost


HOUSE THE POET BUILT       
First Line: This is the house the poet built


HUGE FISH       
First Line: I caught a huge fish
Last Line: And I tossed the fish away


I'VE LOST SO MUCH       
First Line: I've lost so much just twice before
Last Line: I need your help once more


IF I SHOULD NOT SURVIVE       
Last Line: With my lips of clay


IN A SUBWAY PASSAGE       
First Line: The vision of these faces among the crowd
Last Line: Bringing beauty into a dark, forbidding scene


IN AN ABANDONED SUBWAY TUNNEL       
First Line: The sudden appearance of this crowd of faces
Last Line: Used condoms flushing down a muddy sewer


IN EARLIEST       
Last Line: Balloonman whistles %softly, %from far %off


IN FLOWER       
First Line: A gold tall teacup
Last Line: Its cipher, could thread %your question down %dark circuits %to the center %echoing


IN FLOWER       
First Line: Some viking's blond shock
Last Line: Dark networks, and the field %is taken


IN FLOWER: 1. TULIPS       
First Line: Tight green buds %like fists or as
Last Line: Their brimming overflow %to wish you well


IN FLOWER: 3. BEARDED IRIS       
First Line: All labial folds and ripples
Last Line: Soothing all refusal %down


INQUEST       
First Line: Under the lamp your hands do not seem red


INVITATION       
First Line: Come live with me and be my last
Last Line: Who else knows what I need to know?


JANET'S PET       
First Line: Janet slept beautifully
Last Line: Was the merciless kingdom of death


JAUFRE RUDEL: LAN QUAN LI JORN       
First Line: When days grow long and warm with may
Last Line: Who's cursed me so my love runs ill


LADY       
First Line: Asshole' and 'shit' were always on her lips
Last Line: Or elegant: I know she wipes her hands
Subject(s): Hate


LAST TIME       
First Line: Three years ago, one last time, you forgot


LASTING       
First Line: Fish oils,' my doctor snorted, 'and oily fish
Last Line: The heart's tough muscle-weak still in gratitude
Subject(s): Aging; Dieting; Food And Eating; Health


LEADEN ECHO AND THE GOLDEN ECHO: THE GOLDEN ECHO       
First Line: Stop that! %I have one, so be quiet
Last Line: Let's go over there


LEADEN ECHO AND THE GOLDEN ECHO: THE LEADEN ECHO       
First Line: Isn't there any known method or attachment to prevent
Last Line: So begin to lose heart, %give up and despair


LEAVING THE MOTEL       
First Line: Outside, the last kids holler
Last Line: We would no doubt have other rooms then, %or other names
Subject(s): Absence; Erotic Love; Hotels


LEAVINGS       
First Line: Foolish, frugal mrs. Mousie, why
Last Line: Our taint still seeping through the territory


LEDA AND THE SWAN       
First Line: An unforseen assault; that huge form still
Last Line: Zeus felt, before his wings could let her go?


LIMPING HOME       
First Line: See, they return; ah, see the tentative movements, and the slow
Last Line: Slow on the leash, pallid the leash-men!


LITTLE GIRL'S FUNERAL       
First Line: There was such life in her compact frame
Last Line: Mood and tragic fate


LOBSTERS IN THE WINDOW       
First Line: First, you think they are dead
Last Line: Hear what the newsboys shout, %or see the raincoats pass
Subject(s): Lobsters


LOCKED HOUSE       
First Line: As we drove back, crossing the hill
Last Line: Maybe we should have known


LOOKING       
First Line: What was I looking for today


LOURDAULT, LOURDAULT       
Last Line: Lourdault, lourdault, garde que tu feras
Subject(s): Singing And Singers


LOVE LAMP       
First Line: There is our candle, on the bedstand still
Last Line: By the years like amber. And I remember %the smoldering fire-points of his eyes


LOVE, THE TYRANT       
First Line: She fears him, and has always been
Last Line: Or to live bitter and estranged %together, unforgiven


LOVELIEST OF TREES       
First Line: Loveliest of trees, the cherry now
Last Line: To see these cherries strung with lace


LOVERS GO FLY A KITE       
First Line: What's up, today, with our lovers
Last Line: On an invisible staff %to run up an allegiance!
Subject(s): Kites


LULLABY: THE COMFORTING OF COCK ROBIN       
First Line: May the insatiable powers


LULLABY: THE COMFORTING OF COCK ROBIN       
First Line: Smooth quill and bristle down


LYING AWAKE       
First Line: This moth caught in the room tonight
Last Line: And turn him out toward living. Yet %we don't: we take things as they are
Subject(s): Moths; Passivity


MANET: THE EXECUTION OF THE EMPEROR MAXIMILLIAN       
First Line: Dear good god, we've blundered into some musical


MARSH       
First Line: Swampstrife and spatterdock


MASQUERADA: NEITHER HEAT OF MASK NOR POINT OF HOUSE       
First Line: Crimson - not just in the cheeks


MASTERY       
First Line: Mastery appears in inches, not in miles
Last Line: And that split-second more before the fall


MATISSE: THE RED STUDIO       
First Line: There is no one here
Last Line: But there is no one here
Subject(s): Art And Artists; Matisse, Henri (1869-1954); Paintings And Painters


MEMENTOS, I    Poem Text    
First Line: Sorting our letters and piles of my old cancelled checks
Subject(s): Love - Loss Of


MEMENTOS, I       
First Line: Sorting our letters and piles of my old cancelled checks
Last Line: I will find that it's still there
Subject(s): Love - Loss Of


MEMENTOS, II.       
First Line: I found them there today


MEMORY OF COCK ROBIN DWARFS W.D.       
First Line: Each single winged thing
Last Line: To match that bird %once heard


MEN'S ROOM IN THE COLLEGE CHAPEL       
First Line: Here, in the most unchristian basement
Last Line: Returning, masterless and twisting
Subject(s): Graffiti; Hate


MHTIS OUTIS       
First Line: He fed them generously who were his flocks,
Last Line: To kneel by my old face and know my name.


MIDNIGHT CARNIVAL, SELS.       


MIDNIGHT CARNIVAL: TUNNEL OF ROMANCE       
First Line: Were you on galapagos
Last Line: Non conturbat timor mortis %riding on a tortoise!


MILLER'S WIFE       
First Line: The miller's wife had waited long
Last Line: Calm and unruffled to the sight


MIND IS BOTH       
First Line: Enchanting and enchanted %like the patina on the wing
Last Line: Not a tyrant's word which is immutable


MONET: 'LES NYMPHEAS'       
First Line: The eyelids glowing, some chill morning
Last Line: O soft as the thighs of women; %o radiance, into which I go on dying


MOTH CHORALE       
First Line: In switzerland, just one half-timbered floor
Last Line: And I'm supposed to concentrate?
Subject(s): Insects; Moths


MOTHER       
First Line: She stands in the dead center like a star
Last Line: With the black shapes of her mates, her sapless young, %where she moves by habit, hungering and blin


MOUSE       
First Line: I remember one evening - we were small


MUSEE DES MALS ARTS       
First Line: How well they comprehended, the old masters
Last Line: Needing to get someplace, sailed calmly by


MUTABILITY       
First Line: It was all differeent; that, at least, seemed sure


MY FATHER'S DANCING       
First Line: Your whiskey-breath smelled strong
Last Line: Still hanging off your shoulder


MY FATHER'S VALUES IN THE WORLD       
First Line: My childhood was lonely and cursed by poverty
Last Line: And learned my lessons from him


MY PHOTO LEFT IN ITALY       
First Line: I think that cupid's deaf, not blind
Last Line: These fill her eyes and shut her ears


NANTUCKET       
First Line: Flowers through the open window
Last Line: A spoon is placed - and the %fresh linen tablecloth


NIGHT VOICES       
First Line: Clear out here %you don't hear screams, shots, chants
Last Line: Which of us can longest last this out


NO SWAN SO FINE       
First Line: No water so still as the
Last Line: Flowers, though the king has passed away


OCEAN WAVE       
First Line: Outstretched, the flowing %wave pours constantly
Last Line: Then quietly ebbing, %wanes in silence


OF AMERICAN HISTORY       
First Line: I am an ordinary man with unhealthy addictions
Last Line: I am a lecherous young man who delights in all this corruption


OLD APPLE TREES    Poem Text    
First Line: Like battered old mill hands, they stand in the orchard
Subject(s): Apple Trees; Corpses; Detroit, Michigan; Orchards; Trees; Cadavers


OLD APPLE TREES       
First Line: Like battered old mill hands, they stand in the orchard
Last Line: It seemed better that we kept alive
Subject(s): Apple Trees; Corpses; Detroit, Michigan; Orchards; Trees


OLD FLAME       
First Line: Some ten years later she still writes
Last Line: Can't sleep till they've fouled their nest %or drunk the bat hwater they've pissed in


OLD JEWELRY       
First Line: This gypsy bodice of old coins


OLD SOLDIER       
First Line: When wars between the sexes stopped, all older folks were shot
Last Line: As a veteran killer, george, glad to see you again


ON HIGH       
First Line: As the day-laborers in our loft pried loose
Last Line: To which we do not lift our eyes


OPERATION       
First Line: From stainless steel basins of water


ORPHEUS       
First Line: Stone lips to the unspoken cave


OWLS       
First Line: Wait; the great horned owls %calling from the wood's edge; listen
Last Line: The dead black woods, where they take %soundings on nothing fast, take %soundings on each other, eac
Subject(s): Poetry And Poets


OXEN       
First Line: Christmas eve, and twelve of the clock
Last Line: Convinced that it was so


OZYMANDIAS       
First Line: My name is ozymandias, king of kings
Last Line: Great art alone endures to rule the heart.'


PAPAGENO       
First Line: Far in the woods my stealthy flute
Last Line: Come take this rare bird into hand; %in that trim cage, he might sing true
Variant Title(s): The Magic Flut
Subject(s): Flutes


PARADISE-REFUGE       
First Line: I'd like to go
Last Line: And aren't swung by the sea


PARTIAL ECLIPSE       
First Line: Once we'd packed up your clothes


PARTING FOREVER       
First Line: At last she has signed and sealed the letter
Last Line: But also in a chill


PHOEBE'S NEST       
First Line: This green is the green of live moss


PHONE MESSAGE       
First Line: In shop for repairs, our hi-fi's gone
Last Line: If you're a mind to. Why hold back?
Subject(s): Absence


PIANOLA       
First Line: All day, through the house, a woman is singing to me
Last Line: Off in the flood of remembrance; I weep to return to the past


PLACID WATERS       
First Line: There was a dull murmur in the trees
Last Line: And trees could not contain a calmer tone


POET RIDICULED BY HYSTERICAL ACADEMICS       
First Line: Is it, then, your opinion
Last Line: When all departments have a place %for nincompoops like thee


POSTLUDES       
First Line: The winter evening settles down
Last Line: Collecting trash in parking lots


POWWOW (TAMA RESERVATION, IOWA, 1949)       
First Line: They all see the same movies
Last Line: That go with us, that do not live again
Subject(s): Native Americans - Reservations


PRODUCE MARKET IN CALIFORNIA       
First Line: What thoughts I have of you tonight, walt whitman, for I walked
Last Line: Bank and stood seeing the boat bob on the calm waters of the river styx?


PROSE POEM       
First Line: As the cat climbed over the top of the jamcloset, first the right
Last Line: Forefoot carefully then the hind stepped down into the pit of the %empty flowerpot
Variant Title(s): Poetr


QUEEN-ANNE'S-LACE       
First Line: Her body's not so white as anemone petals nor so smooth - nor
Last Line: Gone over - or nothing
Variant Title(s): Wild Carro


RACCOON TIME       
First Line: Nautilus island's penny-pinching
Last Line: And will not scare


RECONSTRUCTIONS       
First Line: This fall, we left your grandma's


REGRADUATING THE LUTE       
First Line: Having gathered power and resonance


RESURRECTIONS       
First Line: Some part of this yew
Last Line: That grants them this rebirth!


RETURNED TO FRISCO, 1946       
First Line: We shouldered like pigs along the rail to try
Last Line: The golden gate, fading away astern %stood like the closed gate of your own backyard
Subject(s): World War Ii


RICHER QUARRY       
First Line: Wherever richard cory chanced to go
Last Line: Amazed us by committing suicide


RIDDLE       
First Line: So small it is, there must be at least two


SEASHELL       
First Line: Say that inside this shell, some live


SEASONING BARN       
First Line: Here in the darkness of these dry, bird-sounding lofts


SEEING YOU HAVE A WOMAN       


SEEN WHEN NIGHT IS SOUNDLESS       
Last Line: Come; enjoy it all


SEPARATION ANTHEM       
First Line: You can say you've downsized, pink-slipped
Last Line: And we wish you every wonder of it


SEPTEMBER       
First Line: In town, your friends play hide-and-seek


SEPTEMBER IN THE PARK       
First Line: This pinched face of the moon


SETTING OUT       
First Line: Staying here, we turn inflexible


SHE LIVED AMONG THE UNTRAVELLED WAYS       
Last Line: How great a loss to me!


SILVER POPLARS       
First Line: That winking, glimmering like the wings


SIR PATRICK SPENS       
First Line: The king sits in a coastal town
Last Line: With the scot lairds all around


SITTING OUTSIDE       
First Line: These lawn chairs and the chaise lounge
Last Line: If you got too close. And you can't be too sure


SIX MINNESINGER SONGS, SELS       
First Line: Only love and love's longing fills my singing
Last Line: True love weighs down love's delight


SLENDER CREATURE       
First Line: A slender creature through the grass
Last Line: And felt the grip of fear


SLUMBER DID MY SPIRIT STEAL       
First Line: My soul slept soundly all that time
Last Line: The same as you and me


SNOW SONGS: 1       
First Line: One. Now another. One
Last Line: Most never seen. %all, gone
Subject(s): Snow


SNOW SONGS: 2       
First Line: First, the exhausted, brown
Last Line: What with the pervasive, dense %smother of shredded documents
Subject(s): Snow


SNOW SONGS: 3       
First Line: White out; white out; so
Last Line: And the lighted %screen that will flick off
Subject(s): Snow


SNOW SONGS: 4       
First Line: The leading colonists of summer
Last Line: With long abandoned, half-finished %plans, conclusions drawn
Subject(s): Snow


SNOW SONGS: 5       
First Line: The horizon, a maternal flour sifter
Last Line: Whitewash, whitewash over holy wishdom's dome
Subject(s): Snow


SNOW SONGS: 6       
First Line: Now snow lies level
Last Line: The radio up louder; try to %catch the local dialect
Subject(s): Snow


SNOW SONGS: 7       
First Line: 8,000,000 alleluias or %lace paper valentines, these
Last Line: This dull white coverlet %over the patient's eyes
Subject(s): Snow


SNOW SONGS: 8       
First Line: Leaving the snow
Last Line: Plaster hardening, %a fading face
Subject(s): Snow


SONG       
First Line: Observe the cautious toadstools


SONG       
First Line: Sweet beast, I have gone prowling
Last Line: Come and take my milk
Subject(s): Love


SONNET #129       
First Line: Vigor and spunk drain out to barren guilt
Last Line: To seek some other pleasure than this hell


SONNET #73       
First Line: That time of year thou mayst in me behold
Last Line: And love me more though soon I have to die


SONNET #73       
First Line: I've reached an age when everybody sees
Last Line: Knowing I've got to go before much longer


SONNET: 67       
First Line: I wake and feel that night has come, not day
Last Line: Their selves as I am mine, but even worse


SPRING AND ALL       
First Line: By the road to the contagious hospital
Last Line: And begin to awaken


SPRING AND FALL       
First Line: Oh, margaret, do you feel such grief
Last Line: It's margaret that you can't help mourn


STANZA HE KILLED       
First Line: Had he and I but met
Last Line: Or lend them crowns and shillings.'


STATEMENT OF CONSCIENCE       
First Line: I am in mexico and only now learned of the anti-war
Last Line: Throw iraq's oil onto those brush fires? %every success to you, %w.D. Snodgrass
Subject(s): Politics; War


STILL NEAT, STILL DRESSED       
Last Line: Adulterous art %can't strike my heart


STILL TO BE STYLISH AND EVERMORE DRESSED       
Last Line: They strike at my eyes, but can't strike at my heart


STROLLING MINSTREL'S BALLAD OF THE SKULLS AND FLOWERS       
First Line: Dahlia, amaryllis, iris


SUMMER SEQUENCE: 1.       
First Line: Every young plant springing
Last Line: You gentle down to ground %once more


SUMMER SEQUENCE: 10.       
First Line: The loitering red-tail screeches
Last Line: Another ring laid on the trees, %more fat around the heart


SUMMER SEQUENCE: 2.       
First Line: All night black tree
Last Line: Each emerald green leaf %splatteed clean


SUMMER SEQUENCE: 3.       
First Line: Up this hillside, through patches
Last Line: To jail it up at last - %the dry bones of its past


SUMMER SEQUENCE: 4.       
First Line: As cock orioles lock
Last Line: Bright rivet %to its mark


SUMMER SEQUENCE: 5.       
First Line: Green; we're eager for you, green
Last Line: The bankroll buying out the bank %while mildew, mold, and mosses grow


SUMMER SEQUENCE: 6.       
First Line: In broad daylight, the fat
Last Line: Perish all thought of bound, %soar, breakfree - the elan of flight


SUMMER SEQUENCE: 7.       
First Line: Another leaf %and who needs it?
Last Line: Down through tired clay %and broken stone


SUMMER SEQUENCE: 8. CABBAGE BUTTERFLIES       
First Line: Paired like square vanes
Last Line: We go %upstairs?


SUMMER SEQUENCE: 9.       
First Line: Deregulated summer rolls on
Last Line: Takeover; the greenback reigns. Our %scriptures: lovecharts,popcharts, and the dow


SURVIVORS       
First Line: We wondered what might change


TANGO: W.D. IS DWARFED BY VISION OF MR. EVIL & COCK ROBIN       
First Line: Turn %that %red- %breast %loose


TAP DANCE: W.D. ESCAPES FROM MISS TREAVLE       
First Line: Loose as a linnet and fresh out of love


TEEN-AGER       
First Line: The high-priced jeans, the nwe car - she got what
Last Line: In life. Why add my barrel to her notch?
Subject(s): Hate


TEN DAYS LEAVE       
First Line: He steps down from the dark train, blinking; stares
Last Line: Their sleep and black them out. He wonders when %he'll grow into his sleep so sound again
Subject(s): Poetry And Poets; World War Ii


TENDENCY THAT DRAWS FLOWERS FROM THEIR STALK       
Last Line: That the same warped appetites break down my body


THESE TREES STAND VERY TALL UNDER THE HEAVENS       


THROUGH THE NURSERY WINDOW       
First Line: There, there, sir. You have every cause


TO A CHILD       
First Line: We've taken the dog out for his walk


TO AUTUMN       
First Line: Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness
Last Line: And flocks of swallows fly home through the skies


TYGER       
First Line: O tyger, beast that burns so bright
Last Line: What hand would dare to seize the fire?


TYGER       
First Line: O tyger, you creature that's burning so bright
Last Line: What is the hand that would dare seize the fire?


UPON JULIA'S GARMENTS       
First Line: When dressed in silk my julia goes
Last Line: Its gleam completely captures me!


UPON JULIA'S GOWN       
First Line: When in a silk dress kate goes
Last Line: Her scintillation quite takes me


VALEDICTION       
First Line: Since his sharp sight has taught you


VAN GOGH: THE STARRY NIGHT       
First Line: Only the little


VARIOUS WAYS OF LOOKING AT BLACKBIRDS       
First Line: Among mountains in winter
Last Line: There was a blackbird


VERSIONS       
First Line: What makes you your own liberator, free
Last Line: And sell me on the brotherhood of man; %I'll take my enemies every time I can


VIEWING THE BODY       
First Line: Flowers like a gangster's funeral
Subject(s): Corpses


VUILLARD: THE MOTHER AND SISTER OF THE ARTIST       
First Line: Admire, when you come here, the glimmering hair
Last Line: Of the air and of the bright wallpaper


W.D. AND COCK ROBIN DISCUSS THE DREADED INTERROGATION       
First Line: Their charges or the case they've built


W.D. ATTEMPTS TO SAVE COCK ROBIN       
First Line: No sir I would not like to sell


W.D. ATTEMPTS TO SWALLOW THE SYMBOL''''''       
First Line: Never put anything, they tell you


W.D. CONSULTS WITH KAFKA AND DOSTOEVSKY       
First Line: D. Go straight to prison; don't pass go


W.D. CREATES A DEVICE FOR ESCAPING       
First Line: After one first green step ahead


W.D. DISGUISED AS COCK ROBIN AND HIDDEN DEEP IN CRIMSON       
First Line: They'll never find me hidden


W.D. IS CONCERNED ABOUT THE CHARACTER ASSASSINATION       
First Line: Come, rosie angel, clasp


W.D. LIFTS TEN TIMES THE WEIGHT OF HIS OWN BODY       
First Line: These russian heavies are all wrong


W.D. MEETS MR. EVIL WHILE REMOVING THE RECORD       
First Line: So; caught you in, my fine young fellow


W.D. SITS IN KAFKA'S CHAIR AND IS INTERROGATED       
First Line: Now 'w' - we'll call you 'w'


W.D. TRIES TO WARN COCK ROBIN       
First Line: The brutish are coming, the brutish are coming


W.D., DON'T FEAR THAT ANIMAL       
First Line: My hat leaps up when I behold


WARNING       
First Line: Hope not that wilbur's steely hip
Last Line: What power's secured through artifice


WEATHER REPORT       
First Line: The evening darkens over
Last Line: We must go in, fond lover


WEEPING       
First Line: Weeping, more and more weeping!
Last Line: Of weeping, more and more weeping


WHAT WE SAID       
First Line: Stunned in that first estrangement


WHEN THE ROBINS COME       
Last Line: With my tongue of lead


WHOLLY UNDONNE       
First Line: At earth's imagined compass points and poles
Last Line: Which dost insuire that thou'lt commute my sentence


WHOSO LIST TO HUNT       
First Line: Who list her hunt may spend his time in vain
Last Line: And wild to hold beyond all living things