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Kyger, Joanne    Poet's Biography
Alternate Author Name(s): Snyder, Gary, Mrs.
526 poems available by this author


(HUSHED TONE OF VOICE)       
Last Line: This story tonight
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


12-NOV       
First Line: Drinking some coffee - I wonder what
Last Line: Noon top social graces


12.29 & 30: PAN AS THE SON OF PENELOPE       
First Line: Refresh my thoughts of penelope again
Last Line: About waking up the world


18-AUG       
First Line: They said the moon wasn't going to rise no no
Last Line: Burr-like he closes over us
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


19-NOV-82       
First Line: Two crows in the pine are loud
Last Line: Of brand new iris flowers
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


25-DEC       
First Line: Bill brown has discussed his christmas day
Last Line: The wine is still unblighted
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


26-JUN       
First Line: Unexpected gifts %that liven the moments
Last Line: Brings your card and our collaboration %almost a year old
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


29-MAY       
First Line: Something sent me back and forth across the room. I didn't find
Last Line: I shall not do that again


31-OCT       
First Line: I am facing an expanse of water. On the other side
Last Line: Over the range. To maybe scare you? Love earth animals?


ADONIS IS OLDER THAN JESUS       
First Line: Ever heard of a place called byblus?
Last Line: Tender life again.
Subject(s): Christianity; Grief; Loss; Mythology; Religion


ADONIS IS OLDER THAN JESUS       
First Line: Ever heard of a place called byblus?
Last Line: Into passionate life again. %tender life again. %spring 1992


AGAIN       
First Line: Life has a repetitious feel
Last Line: Precious, rare and mundane, where we live
Subject(s): Deja Vu; Grief; Loss


AGAIN RECOGNIZING       
Last Line: We had to leave that beautiful place
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


AH IT'S SOCKED IN TODAY BOYS HEAVY METAL       
Last Line: And soft grasses
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


AH IT'S SOCKED IN TODAY BOYS HEAVY METAL       
Last Line: And soft soft grasses


AH PHOOEY       
First Line: Grafted apples for an entry. Empty
Last Line: By merely listening, you add your sound
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


ALL THIS EVERYDAY, SELS.       
First Line: When I used to focus on the worries
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


AND WITH MARCH A DECADE IN BOLINAS       
First Line: Just sitting around smoking, drinking and telling stories
Last Line: Great breath, I give you, great breath!
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


ANTHRO INFO       
First Line: The immortals are so old
Last Line: When you first started remembering them
Subject(s): Ancestors And Ancestry; Grief; Loss


ANYTHING THAT IS CREATED       
Last Line: And its own empty space
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


APPLE TREE       
Last Line: Wonder in the big dome of living tissue.'


APPLE, AN ORANGE, AND A FLASHLIGHT FULL MOON ECLIPSE WITH COMET       
First Line: Glowing full in eastern sky
Last Line: A final ghostly marble in relief
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


APRIL 4, 1975 TIME OF WONDER       
Last Line: Until our form, exhausted, runs true


ARTHUR OKAMURA'S PIPUL TREE'S BODHI LEAF       
First Line: All these sentient questions
Last Line: From every tree
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


AT JON'S HOUSE: FEBRUARY 1 WEDNESDAY       
First Line: Oh rainbow %charges the channeling
Last Line: A whole flock of meadow larks have arrived
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


AT JON'S HOUSE: FEBRUARY 15 WEDNESDAY       
First Line: The phone is constantly busy
Last Line: Lushness is returning water
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


AT JON'S HOUSE: FEBRUARY 16       
First Line: Post valentine - dee dee & diana
Last Line: Dwell on it
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


AT JON'S HOUSE: FEBRUARY 16 THURSDAY       
First Line: It's like regular now the weather
Last Line: Back to you later
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


AT JON'S HOUSE: FEBRUARY 17 FRIDAY       
First Line: Mist - on the orchids
Last Line: Sun at the door - come in
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


AT JON'S HOUSE: FEBRUARY 6 MONDAY       
First Line: It's soo cold the garden hose if full
Last Line: For the day which is sun
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


AT JON'S HOUSE: FEBRUARY 7 TUESDAY       
First Line: The phoebe in the icy cold wind darts quickly
Last Line: For long they are gone
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


AT JON'S HOUSE: JANAURY 3, 1989       
First Line: Strike the impending muse - phew
Last Line: Blossoms of the winter new year
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


AT JON'S HOUSE: JANAURY 5, 1989       
First Line: Ridge line silver mist
Last Line: In the same sun's dawn
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


AT JON'S HOUSE: JANAURY 6       
First Line: Hot morning sun after frost
Last Line: You just come here and take the cream off the top
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


AT JON'S HOUSE: JANUARY 16 MONDAY       
First Line: What's that curling over there
Last Line: Words, they're very __. %evaluating
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


AT JON'S HOUSE: JANUARY 24 TUESDAY       
First Line: Risky show-off shows internal bending. After the superbowl
Last Line: Ruffles the light silk garment %of this lone sitter
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


AT JON'S HOUSE: JANUARY 26 THURSDAY       
First Line: Sheer impudence of just
Last Line: Their presence was a guarantee of calm, an antibody to agitation
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


AT JON'S HOUSE: SATURDAY FEBRUARY 4       
First Line: White sheen on open bolinas ridge top
Last Line: Gleaming, silver, white. Happy birthday
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


AT PT. REYES NATIONAL SEASHORE       
Last Line: Break water '85 %and still alive
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


AVA GARDNER AFTER CHRISTMAS       
First Line: Cold air rushing under door
Last Line: Browsing: a semi-contented mind
Subject(s): Grief; Loss; Motion Pictures; Stars


BACK FROM BISBEE: OR CLEAN UP TIME IN BOLINAS       
First Line: For one thing the sun has appeared as bobbie louise
Last Line: Steps. 'did you bring the beer?' she said
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


BACK IN TIME       
First Line: Hurry up and do the laundry
Last Line: But then of course I have the money


BACK TO SCHOOL       
First Line: I'm off to work
Last Line: This same old self become mindful again and well
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


BACK TO THE LIFE OF NAROPA       
First Line: It's ghastly. It's been %going on for some time
Last Line: And goes back to his silent sitting
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


BE IT EVER SO HUMBLE'       
First Line: Dappled big leaf maple light
Last Line: And enlightenment is creative'
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


BILL BROWN IS TOO SHORT OF BREATH       
Last Line: I'm bill brown and I'm looking at a final spot
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


BIRD FAMILY       
Last Line: All this %every day


BOB CREELEY HAS DIED AND HE IS TO HAVE A TIBETAN CEREMONY.       
Last Line: I look at him emotionally, %sexually
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


BOB GRENIER OLD FRIEND LOST HIM SOMEWHERE OUT THERE       
First Line: At rca beach with his notebook and hand
Last Line: Hard impudent and thrifty
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


BOB GRENIER'S BLACKBERRY PIE       
First Line: What else do you want
Last Line: Of the pie down the road take me there
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


BOB MARLEY NIGHT SATURDAY DOWNTOWN       
First Line: Dream like the lights have a dark smoky glow and the street
Last Line: They told me there would be people like you here
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


BRAIN IMPRESSED IN ITS ODDITIES       
First Line: Is full of futility. So there
Last Line: Are the eyes, off my ass!


BREAKFAST. HE ASSURED ME       
Last Line: In the blue california sun
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


BRIGHT, SPARKLING       
Last Line: Of the border down border down %mexico way


BRING YOUR JUNGLE ALONG       
First Line: Full of sledge hammers and compassion
Last Line: So we remember. And how were you to know
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


BRISK WIND IS BLOWING THOUGHTS TO PHILIP ON THE PHONE       
First Line: The new york times says I'm a language poet
Last Line: Well if you don't, I won't keep trying
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


BURNING THE BABY T MAKE HIM REALER       
First Line: Dipping him at night in the kitchen
Last Line: Ripping the morning glories 3 times from the pot


CALM & COOL ECONOMICS       
First Line: I'm the world economy
Last Line: And I don't want %to be stimulated
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


CAN'T WE REST ANOTHER DAY?       
First Line: Keep the fire %banked
Last Line: At the end of the year
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


CAPTION FOR A MINIATURE       
First Line: Outside where the storm goes cracked
Last Line: And get all crummy and muddy
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


CAPTION FOR A MINIATURE       
First Line: Outside where the storm goes cracked
Last Line: And get all crummy and muddy. %1962 new delhi


CHILL WAVES       
Last Line: As I go over them


COLD       
Last Line: When does the transmission come
Subject(s): Grief; Humanity; Loss; Zen Buddhism


COMPASSION IS       
Last Line: The endless dimensions of this moment.'
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


CONSTANTLY OPENING UP THOSE DARK ARMS       
First Line: Belonged to everyone who read his poems, listened
Last Line: #name?
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


CONTINUING ADVENTURES IN THE LIFE OF NAROPA       
First Line: So %he gets fired up and burnt up
Last Line: No second helpings here
Subject(s): Grief; Loss; Perseverance


CRYSTAL IN TAMALPAIS       
First Line: In tamalpais is a big crystal. An acquaintance told
Last Line: And that's the first story I ever heard about bolinas


DAILY MEDITATIONS       
Last Line: Is going beyond behind the sunset upstairs
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


DANCE       
First Line: A step into %the dance
Last Line: Is his %when he pleases


DARRELL GRAY DIES WHEN I AM IN MEXICO       
Last Line: For the next hand to fill up
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


DEAR DEAR LITTLE WRENTIT WITH WHITE CIRCLE AROUND YOUR EYE       
Last Line: As all falls silent
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


DEAR, DEAREST       
Last Line: They all speak words of love to each other. %1.66


DEATH VALLEY DESERT NOTES       
First Line: With depressing & unexpected news
Last Line: And awe majestic old time news
Subject(s): Death Valley; Grief; Loss


DEATH VALLEY DESERT NOTES       
First Line: With depressing & unexpected news
Last Line: And awe majestic old time news %spring 1989


DEFINITELY RESISTANCE       
Last Line: The wind is in the light of the sun
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


DEFYING GRAVITY       
Last Line: Rain storm late morning
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


DEPRESSED ENNUI BEFORE 11 A.M.       
First Line: Now's the time to catch it in words, those pungent
Last Line: Of the danger of the situation. He lays down and goes to sleep
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


DEPRESSED ENNUI BEFORE 11 A.M.       
First Line: Now's the time to catch it in words, those pungent
Last Line: And goes to sleep


DESCARTES AND THE SPLENDOR OF       
First Line: We are now on an adventure of rightly applying our vigorous
Last Line: Mother god in the castle, of heaven


DESECHEO NOTEBOOK       
First Line: Wednesday. I am alone. Everything is tidy
Last Line: Dave ( and elizabeth) caught a fish


DESECHEO NOTEBOOK       
First Line: There is a main street in this town. Wait wait don't
Last Line: A red cape. %green shoes


DESECHEO NOTEBOOK       
First Line: I will lay briefly only on this question of why. It is the
Last Line: So cool in the early morning, here


DESECHEO NOTEBOOK       
First Line: Peter said yesterday, looking at his
Last Line: Then he lost them


DESECHEO NOTEBOOK       
First Line: Pearly %pearly %pearly
Last Line: Whittamore strut elbows high


DESECHEO NOTEBOOK       
First Line: Monday %the lord is gracious
Last Line: Beloved %rock %elisheba


DESECHEO NOTEBOOK       
First Line: I thought %you said
Last Line: The belief in the capacity of what I see %this write often


DESECHEO NOTEBOOK       
First Line: He played the harp
Last Line: Only love's hurried urgency


DESECHEO NOTEBOOK       
First Line: Generosity: I allow %your existence
Last Line: In the mind close %to the home camp


DESECHEO NOTEBOOK       
First Line: Phoebe macadams had %her baby last night
Last Line: To. And I get down in a rush. Shiny black shoes


DESECHEO NOTEBOOK       
First Line: The head of n - x
Last Line: The accuser stands revealed


DESECHEO NOTEBOOK: A LITTLE REVERY       
First Line: Shao, john thorpe, and I are in this room and
Last Line: Of the creeley's phone book %in bolinas %friday


DESECHEO NOTEBOOK: DESECHEO       
First Line: Off west coast puerto rico
Last Line: They have auras %travel broadens


DESECHEO NOTEBOOK: FRIDAY       
First Line: Visiting gary's house last night. The sleeping
Last Line: Country. The picture of peter peeled gets bigger and bigger


DESECHEO NOTEBOOK: FRIDAY'S NATURE       
First Line: Can a wild animal %exist anymore
Last Line: Further away %into crammed people land %new york %march-april 1971


DESECHEO NOTEBOOK: MONDAY       
First Line: Styrne %sternness: an essay on
Last Line: Ing for the ultimate lady-like way for the perfection of toilet


DESECHEO NOTEBOOK: MONDAY       
First Line: Main street has been wiped out
Last Line: This was a flat sea


DESECHEO NOTEBOOK: SATURDAY       
First Line: Tom says you got me
Last Line: My own opened out


DESECHEO NOTEBOOK: SATURDAY       
First Line: Oh fish of the sea
Last Line: Now it is meat, fish meat


DESECHEO NOTEBOOK: SUNDAY       
First Line: I know I do not suffer more than anyone
Last Line: Speck in side dwindles so small


DESECHEO NOTEBOOK: THURSDAY       
First Line: I am in bed with jack. Peter
Last Line: Of the maternal unconscious


DESECHEO NOTEBOOK: THURSDAY       
First Line: The quality of mind
Last Line: I just want a place %for myself


DESECHEO NOTEBOOK: THURSDAY APRIL 1       
First Line: Grey day %at 10
Last Line: Smelling of the ocean %news of bolinas


DESECHEO NOTEBOOK: TUESDAY       
First Line: What living on an island is all about
Last Line: Milarepa. Houdini. The magician's fire


DESECHEO NOTEBOOK: TUESDAY       
First Line: Boulders %breakers in the clear
Last Line: I strongly sense I will not leave this island alive


DESECHEO NOTEBOOK: TUESDAY MARCH 16       
First Line: Maybe if I change the point
Last Line: Ocean shore, train station, great house. Road to town


DESECHEO NOTEBOOK: TUESDAY MARCH 16       
First Line: Hunch back whales, big white breakers
Last Line: Not dwell in concepts oh jung


DESTRUCTION    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: First of all do you remember the way a bear goes through
Subject(s): Grief; Loss; Sorrow; Sadness


DESTRUCTION       
First Line: First of all do you remember the way a bear goes through
Last Line: Of lsd, peyote, psilocybin, amanita, benzedrine, valium and aspirin
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


DEW SWEET LAW       
Last Line: All the food is his
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


DHARANI       
First Line: Hail! Bear in mind, bear in mind
Last Line: Enlighten us absolutely you can do it


DHARMA: THE SUITCASE OF MANY MEANINGS       
First Line: Amid all the blood of illusion, eating roast chicken
Last Line: But cuts across the reflex of a star
Subject(s): Environment; Grief; Loss; Pollution


DICTIONARY'S GUARANTEED SUCCESS       
First Line: There was no electgricity. Simone couldn't type
Last Line: And lumbricoid. And finally, there was smiley's
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


DID I CALL YOU?       
First Line: Was it you I called up
Last Line: Last night?
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


DINNER AT BRIARCOMB, THAT ARTISTS' POSH RETREAT       
Last Line: My absolute best worst
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


DON'T HOPE TO GAIN BY WHAT HAS PRECEDED; LINCOLN'S BIRTHDAY       
First Line: Back to silent big soap flakes
Last Line: Dreamed for, brain spinner, %garbage maker
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


DON'T WANT TO DO ANYTHING ELECTRONIC       
Last Line: Well no. The neighbor's doggy ate him
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


DREAM       
First Line: There's a big art show in a large auditorium
Last Line: Words down the page. %'oh louie' I say
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


DREAM       
First Line: I'm doing this poetry reading with simone
Last Line: So please - bring me the light
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


DREAM IS DREAMING       
Last Line: On- - on- %off - off
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


DRIED SHRIMP       
First Line: When no alternatives are left
Last Line: And our old father leaves us
Subject(s): Grief; Loss; Mexico; Nostalgia


ELLIPTICAL AND IRREGULAR       
Last Line: I mean learning
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


EMPTY SHRINE BUDDHA       
First Line: If you grow your hair you save on heating bills
Last Line: Money can't buy
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


ENGLISH' SPARROWS IN THE COURTYARD DON'T KNOW       
Last Line: To the darker corners of the room


ENORMOUS SIGH       
First Line: The bardo of continuing limbo equals no access
Last Line: Is just that longing
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


EVERY DAY I BURN A STICK OF INCENSE       
Last Line: The power of belief %is from me
Subject(s): Buddhism; Grief; Loss


EVERYONE IS FLYING VERY WELL, EASILY IN THE SKY KITTY, POPPED OUT...       
First Line: One would just like to fly out in pure invention
Last Line: Never quite the same
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


EXCERPT FROM THE REAL NEWS       
First Line: Joe dunn's sweet laugh, 'kids, come to poetry'
Last Line: I forget I can be here with you in the evening- %a full fragment
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


FALL EQUINOX       
First Line: A lone %hummingbird sits on the limb where there used to be
Last Line: In fall's purple blossoms my sleeve sniff! Is wet
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


FALL EQUINOX       
First Line: A lone %hummingbird sits on the limb where there used to be two
Last Line: In fall's purple blossoms my sleeve sniff! Is wet


FALL HAS ARRIVED WITH QUICK CLEAR BLUE SKIES       
Last Line: Down the dusty night road
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


FAR OFF PINE       
Last Line: The path of rhythm with rhythm, positively breathing


FEBRUARY 17 FRIDAY       
First Line: Mist on the orchids
Last Line: Sun at the door come in


FEBRUARY 27 SUNDAY       
First Line: His eyes were rolled up into his head
Last Line: This is too hard
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


FEBRUARY 7 TUESDAY       
First Line: The phoebe in the icy cold wind darts quickly
Last Line: For long they are gone


FEW DAYS LATER AT THE WASHTUB       
Last Line: That the present has always existed
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


FIRST NATION       
First Line: Back in first nation time, morning of the world time
Last Line: It's always been
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


FIRST SIGHTING EVER OF GREY SQUIRREL ON MESA!       
Last Line: Party which holds power by deception %repression & fraud
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


FLOATING OF THE SILVER CHINESE PAPER       
First Line: Would you put this piece
Last Line: And goes away out there
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


FOG IS HALFWAY OVER THE MESA       
First Line: My table of life for the past
Last Line: As a picture in the evening


FOR THE PITTOSPORUM TENUIFOLIUM OUTSIDE THE STUDIO WINDOW       
First Line: Much too hard to understand all
Last Line: In the attentive noon breeze
Variant Title(s): For The Pittasporum Tenuifolium Outside The Studio Windo
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


FOR THE SAKE OF THE KAGYU TEACHINGS,       
Last Line: On december 15, 1982 by chogyam trungpa
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


FOR YOUR BIRTHDAY, PHILIP       
First Line: A superabundance, an excess, a plethora of greetings
Last Line: And those far off peaks shining pure and rare
Subject(s): Autumn; Change; Colorado (state); Grief; Leaves; Loss; Mountains; Seasons


FOREVER AND A WHILE       
First Line: There's not just a single actor
Last Line: Of a real dream's dream


FRAGMENTED. IE SEVERAL VALLEYS       
Last Line: Gets through. That's all we can hope for. %2.63


FRESH EARLY MORNING LIGHT AND AGAIN       
Last Line: Of very teeny pot plants
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


FRIDAY 2:44 PM       
First Line: The sun is about to pass
Last Line: It's here the moment begins
Subject(s): Evening; Grief; Loss


FRIDAY NIGHT       
First Line: In pale blue dusk sky moon
Last Line: Up there friend moon %is getting larger
Subject(s): Grief; Loss; Moon


FROM HERE TO BERKELEY       
Last Line: To kwan yin's yarrow patch
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


FROM THE JATAKA TALES       
First Line: He gave the king a charm
Last Line: To the voice of the ants: so little - is so big
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


FROM THE LIFE OF NAROPA       
First Line: So %he gets fired up and burnt up
Last Line: No second helpings here. %september 10 and 11, 1990


FROM THIS MOMENT       
Last Line: Eternal youth, her own love of herself


FULL OF BIRDS IN THE FIRST       
Last Line: In this rain, in the gather dome
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


GALE WAS UPON US IN A SECOND. WAS IT THE DOPE       
Last Line: Down in an obligatory %engulfing swoosh
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


GET UP THE SCREEN OF DRINKING HERONS       
Last Line: With silken shawls
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


GIFT FROM RICK MORNING DREAM JUNE 14, 1999       
First Line: Rick fields and I
Last Line: Christ is a coyote
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


GIN JOHN       
First Line: Michelle tells me
Last Line: Grace! Copal! Iris! Eleusis
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


GIVERNY I AM FOR GEE VERR NEE       
Last Line: I try to talk numero uno
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


GLAD TO BE BACK TO YOU, NOW, SOFT FOG       
Last Line: Its brittle way, in crisp windswept day, after day with poetry
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


GLIDING STEPS GLIDING STEPS WE ARE AT THE EDGE       
First Line: Of the ocean & land and a fire
Last Line: Goodbye so gracefully
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


GOING OUT TO WATER THE GARDEN,       
Last Line: Is all about at this moment of bamboo buckeye hesitation
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


GOOD MANNERS       
First Line: The bodhisattva waits
Last Line: Before he excuses himself
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


GRATEFUL       
First Line: After two months in mexico
Last Line: And one woolly one.'
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


HAIKU FOR CHARLES BERRARD ON HIS 40TH BIRTHDAY       
First Line: Man get relaxed
Last Line: Women get permanent
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


HAIKU FOR CHARLES BERRARD ON HIS 40TH BIRTHDAY       
First Line: Man get relaxed
Last Line: Woman get permanent


HAVEN'T I SEEN YOU       
Last Line: When I began
Subject(s): Deja Vu; Grief; Loss


HAVING A GRAND TIME WITH THE HOT SHOTS...OR HOW I RAN INTO       
First Line: Well I'm back from new york poetry trip now and raring to go
Last Line: Bolinas store and caught up some more names with him. Um
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


HE MAKES LOVE TO HER       
Last Line: Some clothes, some jewels %some food, some love
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


HEADY DAY OF SUN WADING IN BOLINAS LAGOON TOPS       
Last Line: And I discover my own %particular habitual ennui
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


HI! IT'S TOM'       
Last Line: No more phone calls ever again
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


HOLDING ON TO THE EDGE       
Last Line: Too good for you, kid. %kid
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


HOME       
First Line: I am home
Last Line: (like here dog! Here dog!)
Subject(s): Grief; Hope; Life; Loss


HORRENDOUS PREFERENCES       
Last Line: With the awareness of death: quel probleme
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


HOW DOES ONE ATTAIN THAT POPULAR NARRATIVE       
Last Line: In the late afternoon
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


HUNT IN THE WOOD: PAOLO UCCELLO       
First Line: The greyhounds go leaping into the woods
Last Line: And the deer rushes back towards them


I AM AFRAID       
Last Line: I think I may have to do this forever %just forever & ever


I AM NOT GOING TO BE INTIMIDATED       
Last Line: I can just enjoy breathing
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


I BLINKED MY EYES, LOOKED UP AND EVERYONE WAS 25 YEARS OLDER-       
First Line: When you're alive you get to
Last Line: An hour and a half late for lunch
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


I CAN'T HELP IT       
First Line: Wandering through the rooms
Last Line: Look I'll do it for you once more %to way wheet wheet


I DIDN'T WANT TO THINK       
Last Line: How long is it we stay together. %11.12.65


I DON'T BELIEVE IN ANY       
Last Line: Keep the house clean


I DON'T WANT TO REPEAT       
Last Line: In bright sky blue


I FIND IT DIFFICULT TO UTTER A MEANINGFUL UTTERANCE BUT       
First Line: I can take the lightweight branch of a tree from a window
Last Line: Land.... Plenty of room there
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


I HAVE NO STRENGTH FOR MINE       
First Line: I stay clear. %I won't listen
Last Line: Arrows in their stiff form laid in sleep %and the moons stacked up like shields
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


I NEED SOME TEA TO WAKE TO BEAUTIFUL       
First Line: Clear warm evening on the way to alice's reading
Last Line: As a perfect gift
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


I THOUGHT I WOULD NEVER GET OUT HERE AGAIN       
Last Line: Much I want to drift, into story land, take life %a little easier


I THOUGHT, I'LL MAKE IT SO SIMPLE       
First Line: Anyone can get it understand
Last Line: Who's not so wild anymore
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


I WALKED HOME & HAD SOME SOUP       
Last Line: To as many people as you can


I WANT A SMALLER THING IN MIND       
Last Line: They happen to me all the time
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


I WANT TO POINT OUT THAT I AM NOT UP TIGHT       
Last Line: I am not up tight


I'D LIKE TO MAGIC YOU ON THIS GRAND OCCASION       
Last Line: I depart I depart I depart


I'M GOING TO BE A POET       
Last Line: Life is beset by small accidents


IF BIRD GETS NOISY       
First Line: Bird! Queen of the night!
Last Line: Put sarong over cage)
Subject(s): Animals; Grief; Loss; Nature; Parrots; Silence


II       
First Line: Muso soseki %companion on the beach
Last Line: Silver inlets %down the coast
Subject(s): Grief; Loss; Seashore


ILIAD: ACHILLES DOES NOT DIE       
First Line: Leaving him alive abruptly that way
Last Line: & the tenderness of mortals


IMAGINARY APPARITIONS, SELS.       
First Line: The center of the garden
Last Line: And they were walking there


IMAGINARY APPARITIONS, SELS.       
First Line: Like a lantern
Last Line: We are the minds of this country


IMAGINARY APPARITIONS, SELS.       
First Line: I didn't know which direction
Last Line: Like a dark red bruise, the house


IMAGINARY APPARITIONS, SELS.       
First Line: August 18: they said the moon wasn't going to rise no no
Last Line: Burr-like he closes over us


IMAGINARY APPARITIONS, SELS.       
First Line: In the high %clear air
Last Line: Changes around the sky %changes


IMAGINARY APPARITIONS, SELS.       
First Line: There are acres and acres of fields to go
Last Line: She bows her head to kiss him


IN MEMORIAM       
First Line: First, there were the first people
Last Line: Want to move, they didn't want to move
Subject(s): Environment; Grief; Loss


IN MY DREAM LAST NIGHT DEER LADY       
Last Line: Of land outside the door
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


IN MY IMAGINARY CONVERSATION       
Last Line: Inside a flower, a wonderful room


IN OUR YARD       
Last Line: In the late may rain
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


INCENSE FOR THE BUDDHA       
First Line: Boy do I burn
Last Line: A lot & that's about all %I do
Subject(s): Buddhism; Grief; Incense-trees; Loss


INFLECTION       
First Line: Rita was mad at me. At lynn's opening she was wearing
Last Line: Again was the hit word, gwenn told me
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


INFLUENCES IN POETRY       
First Line: Dream: %in a room - getting ready for a party
Last Line: Duncan looks pretty strange himself
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


IS THERE ANY WAY I CAN DO THIS ANY BETTER?       
First Line: No, this is fine
Last Line: And feed as we've done?
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


IS THIS THE BUDDHA?       
Last Line: See the truly enlightened other. Thank you. %it's me


IT CERTAINLY WAS DIVINE RUNNING INTO YOU       
First Line: Well, just a momentary good idea as your form
Last Line: New moon %has hardly seemed to grow
Subject(s): Conventions; Environment; Grief; Loss


IT IS LONELY       
Last Line: Large black butterflies like birds


IT IS TRUE       
Last Line: Oh it's all passed, gone, gone, gone


IT IS TRUE, THERE IS POWER WITHIN US. BUT I AM SO       
Last Line: Oh it's all passed, gone, gone, gone
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


IT'S A GREAT DAY       
Last Line: Air, the best teacher is alive


IT'S A GREAT DAY. LAST NIGHT I VISITED MY OLD       
Last Line: Air, the best teacher is alive
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME       
Last Line: On what only: the song that girl sang the song that girl sang


IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME       
Last Line: On what only: the song that girl sang the song that girl sang
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


IT'S DIFFERENT HERE NOW HAVING BEEN       
First Line: To the other coast and returned to hit
Last Line: At the table
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


IT'S LONELY       
Last Line: Oh no %oh no
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


IT'S SO       
First Line: It's so hot and sleepy at two this afternoon
Last Line: O go to the beach drag yourself to the shore
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


IT'S SO QUIET       
Last Line: In the courtyard fountain
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


ITSY BITSY POLKA DOT REVIEW       
First Line: Well, I'll never sell myself
Last Line: Darn hard to come by
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


ITSY BITSY POLKA DOT REVIEW       
First Line: Well, I'll never sell myself
Last Line: Damn hard to come by


JOANNE       
First Line: The reasonable restraints. This has been
Last Line: Is part of this whole natural process


JOANNE       
First Line: Drop it away
Last Line: The devil's all about: separate


JOANNE       
First Line: Beauty then is the final cause
Last Line: I wasn't built in a day


JOANNE       
First Line: I hope this working out as a novel
Last Line: The substance. Other wise, inside


JOANNE       
First Line: Doesn't make any difference
Last Line: If I've forgotten any thing


JOANNE       
First Line: The spring %beneath the tent
Last Line: When I couldn't sleep last night


JOANNE       
First Line: Wood %sweep %ocean %music
Last Line: Shells %wood %notes


JOANNE       
First Line: Sunday %will either of them ever awaken
Last Line: Oh paul my friend, arise! %the vast topples


JOANNE       
First Line: Monday %war that is battle
Last Line: No defeat no iching


JOANNE       
First Line: She was a busy body
Last Line: And did everything well


JOANNE       
First Line: You've broken so
Last Line: Many things I have %penelope


JOANNE       
First Line: Perfect thought: the relationship of everything
Last Line: Don't give it to anybody else


JOANNE       
First Line: The revolution
Last Line: She convinced herself


JOANNE       
First Line: Her head really
Last Line: On the subject


JOANNE       
First Line: Well, eating & pleasure
Last Line: Work. It's work %pleasurable anarchy


JOANNE       
First Line: Breakfast. He assured me
Last Line: In the blue california sun


JOANNE       
First Line: Don't put your most
Last Line: Intimate %in action


JOANNE       
First Line: Some thing open
Last Line: Some thing closed


JOANNE       
First Line: 2 guys really high up
Last Line: High joanne hi joanne


JOANNE       
First Line: But she's wonderful
Last Line: And I love her


JOANNE       
First Line: My %shining star
Last Line: Oh moon %can't get


JOANNE       
First Line: Over and over
Last Line: Until you go %ahead again


JOANNE       
First Line: When I invoke the moon
Last Line: And all of bolinas %at my feet


JOANNE       
First Line: As in your mortal moon
Last Line: No where you are %fragile, inactive


JOANNE       
First Line: What on earth to do
Last Line: I am always right


JOANNE       
First Line: O moon walking home on the dirt road
Last Line: What my mouth says


JOANNE       
First Line: Don't do this - don't do that
Last Line: Don't ride a horse %too long


JOANNE       
First Line: Oh moon
Last Line: That's all I know


JOANNE       
First Line: Well I didn't want you to leave
Last Line: Bands of iris %clumps of nasturtium


JOANNE       
First Line: In california
Last Line: What kind of oak do they %have here, %sherman oak


JOANNE       
First Line: Doll's house
Last Line: Of the children music


JOANNE       
First Line: Well I just want you to
Last Line: Know the truth


JOANNE       
First Line: He makes love to her
Last Line: Some food, some love


JOANNE       
First Line: In the corner
Last Line: I am everybody


JOANNE       
First Line: You write from the inside
Last Line: Go to sleep


JOANNE       
First Line: A life time
Last Line: What happened %it stopped


JOANNE       
First Line: It's always free
Last Line: It's always easy %1970 summer bolinas


JULY '92 AT NAROPA       
First Line: With the term 'counter-poetics' we might ask
Last Line: Eruption of the marvelous into everyday life' --p.L. Wilson
Subject(s): Grief; Loss; Poetry And Poets


JULY 21: WEEDY       
First Line: You could see the fishes swimming around your legs, also bits
Last Line: And wake up finally. When they beat the butterflies on the bushes %and make them rise


JUST WHERE DID THESE THOUGHTS GO?       
Last Line: Ride bicycle out into the night
Subject(s): Grief; Idealism; Loss


KARMAPA SPOKE TO ME FROM A CENTER OF LIGHT       
Last Line: While we lay low
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


LANDSCAPE RISING       
First Line: These people may not be everybody's cup of tea
Last Line: Of marin county and the golden gate bridge
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


LATE AFTERNOON RAINBOW       
First Line: Coyote's bow
Last Line: Somebody is getting born
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


LAY IT TO REST WHERE YOU ARE       
First Line: After agate beach reef
Last Line: Over compost heap %in our garden
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


LIFE OF NAROPA FOR TED BERRIGAN       
First Line: In dream land where I am sitting on evergreen road, the fly
Last Line: Uncover the wish-fulfilling gem, the hidden home of the dikini
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


LIVING A SPIRITUAL LIFE IN THE 'WOODS'       
First Line: At least it's simple %to mind the wild
Last Line: The red fuchsia %has just gone has just gone to the dump
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


LOOK THE BIRD IS MAKING PLANS       
Last Line: Fix it I'm going. %4.63


LOOKING OUT TO THE GARDEN FAIR       
Last Line: Our deepest bass drum, the heart


LOOKS LIKE IT'S GOING TO RAIN ANY MINUTE       
First Line: It's been four months since my mother died, aged 92
Last Line: Separated according to color
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


LORD GANESHA       
First Line: He is in the mountains and in the streams, the fields
Last Line: Throughout by the eye of the intelligent self


LOVE BOAT       
First Line: Lynn doesn't want to miss the full moon tonight
Last Line: - named tequila moonshine %light touched waters
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


LOVE/SNOW       
First Line: When people say they love me I tell them/I wish I could stop thinking of robert
Last Line: Give me a loaf of bread -- I loaf you!/frost whenever it snows
Subject(s): Frost; Grief; Loss; Puns; Winter


MAY 2 MUSINGS       
First Line: I'm spaced after the liturgy of it all, the very
Last Line: On the mesa ghetto
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


MAZE       
First Line: I saw the %dead bird on the sidewalk
Last Line: To the walls
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


MAZE       
First Line: I saw the %dead bird on the sidewalk
Last Line: Sharp jabs of long pins %to the walls.


MIDNIGHT       
First Line: Phone call from cass
Last Line: You gave to me %to encourage phenomenology
Subject(s): Grief; Loss; Singing And Singers


MIWOK MANDARIN BOLINAS BAMBOO       
First Line: What's that fur rug hanging over there
Last Line: Deer passing thru
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


MIWOK MANDARIN BOLINAS BAMBOO       
First Line: What's that fur rug hanging over there
Last Line: Deep passing thru


MOMENTS THAT COME       
First Line: I am dancing around the plaza with a policeman
Last Line: Who passes through softly %on her journey
Subject(s): Dancing And Dancers; Dreams; Fantasy; Grief; Loss; Sin


MONDAY AFTERNOON MAY 14, 1984       
First Line: Now we've gotten that out of the way
Last Line: On 6 o'clock tv tonight


MONDAY AFTERNOON MAY 14, 1984:       
First Line: Now we've gotten that out of the way
Last Line: On 6 o'clock - tv tonight
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17       
First Line: Little bird died
Last Line: What you are what you are %what you are


MORNING IS SUCH A WELCOME TIME. IT DOESN'T DEMAND       
Last Line: Are my startled guests as this morning proceeds normally out of doors
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


MORNING MESS       
First Line: Just waiting to go out there and boogie it up
Last Line: The boon of illimitable life is obtained


MY FATHER DIED THIS SPRING       
Last Line: But blood does bring curiosity. %9.15.63 %kyoto


MY FATHER DIED THIS SPRING'       
Last Line: And an old man. It's impossible to know %but strange how blood brings curiosity
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


MY HOW THE DAYS FLY BY IN LIFE TIME       
First Line: So now the sun shines
Last Line: Of being born human, once again
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


MY SISTER EVELYNE       
First Line: Samath %tuesday, february 13
Last Line: In the dark, expensive shoes. %perfect teeth


MY VISION IS A LARGE GOLDEN ROOM       
Last Line: You're there to move out %from the source. %god's mountain, sun street
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


MYTHICAL MANY ANTLERED WHITE BUCK       
Last Line: Nibbling new green grass %stop the car!
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


NARCISSUS       
First Line: Credit %I never get any credit
Last Line: I am so lonely. I've never been so lonely
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


NARCISSUS       
First Line: Credit %I never get any credit
Last Line: I am so lonely. I've never %been so lonely.'


NAROPA APPROACHES HIS TEACHER: INSTRUCTION TIME AGAIN       
First Line: How's it going boss?
Last Line: Here, I'll kiss it and make it better
Variant Title(s): Naropa Approaches His Teacher Instruction Time Agai
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


NARRATIVE AS ATTENTION ON A RAINY SUNDAY'S PHENOMENOLOGY       
First Line: And sweet sly good nights
Last Line: Of enlightened harmony a week later
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


NEUROLOGICAL PATHWAYS VERY RAPIDLY SENSITIVELY MOVING OVER THE BODY...       
First Line: The mystic heat is tuned up in naropa's awareness
Last Line: A continent away
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


NEVER TALK AHEAD       
Last Line: This is living %to give you a present


NEW BULLETIN FROM KEITH LAMPE       
Last Line: This applies to both greater vehicles and lesser vehicles
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


NEW SMELL IN THE WRITING ROOM       
First Line: After nine years these walls are painted white; again
Last Line: On still sagging shelves
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


NEWS BULLETIN FROM KEITH LAMPE: SOON       
First Line: Little neural annie was fined $65 in the oakland
Last Line: This applies to both greater vehicles and lesser vehicles


NO ESCAPE       
Last Line: A form of aggression towards yourself %--pema chodron
Subject(s): Change; Escapes; Grief; Loss; Self


NO ONE WAS WATCHING THE TORTILLAS       
Last Line: I am the big rolling, breathing, sliding %sighing, lifting %ground!


NO USE CREEPING THRU THE FOG WITH A DRIVER WHO WON'T       
First Line: Attempting meditation this morning mind jumps all
Last Line: Ball back and forth three miles to town bye-bye
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


NOT MUCH TIME LEFT       
Last Line: Or relocation breath like me interested %in prolonging history
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


NOT REALLY APRIL       
First Line: Ever see robins sumo wrestle?
Last Line: Know how to call you up
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


NOT YET       
First Line: Not tomorrow night
Last Line: Then the moon will be full
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


NOVEL       
First Line: I woke up very angry because I wanted to see where they
Last Line: When they take you along, all the ill-made parts that make you so scared


NOVEMBER 19: 50 YEARS       
First Line: This year's birthday
Last Line: The buddha %gets enlightened %tomorrow
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


O FRESH DAY IN FEBRUARY       
Last Line: I listen for the melody %to sing along


OBSERVE THE LACYPINK CORALINE ALGAE ON THE ROCKS AT LOW TIDE       
First Line: A stately form proceeds
Last Line: Voice over again %voice over
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


OCEAN PARKWAY GAZING       
First Line: Ocean up %against cliff
Last Line: The sea closes in %up to the edge %of mythology
Subject(s): Environment; Forests; Grief; Loss; Nature; Sea; Trees


OCTOBER 28. TAKE IT EASIER       
First Line: I wonder what the ocean is like today?
Last Line: It is in the spot I am going to now


OCTOBER 29, 1963, WEDNESDAY       
First Line: In a crowd of people I am suddenly elevated. No matter that
Last Line: As much as a foot, two feet, grind. In my tibetan bathrobe. %silence
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


OCTOBER 29, WEDNESDAY       
First Line: In a crowd of people I am suddenly elevated. No matter that
Last Line: You're not intelligent enough


ODYSSEY POEMS       
First Line: There is no meeting
Last Line: Give me a lot of wine


ODYSSEY POEMS: 1. APRIL 8: THE PLAN: SAN FRANCISCO       
First Line: Where ever you go I am with you.'
Last Line: A guarding the entrance to ithaca


ODYSSEY POEMS: 2       
First Line: Whether he is dead or not and that animal moves up the hall
Last Line: Under a rock from the wind. %4.9.64


ODYSSEY POEMS: 3       
First Line: Land at the first point you meet
Last Line: Directly to the house of his friend


ODYSSEY POEMS: 4       
First Line: Still after 15 years or more she doesn't know
Last Line: Comes down and puts her to sleep


ODYSSEY POEMS: 5. MEETING       
First Line: For by day my one relief is to weep and sigh
Last Line: And she places a good chair to hear what goes on


ODYSSEY POEMS: 6       
First Line: Here it is, the last day. And what has happened
Last Line: I guess it's good to know where you're going. %may 22, 1964


ODYSSEY POEMS: 7. FROM OUR SOUNDEST SLEEP, IT ENDS       
First Line: She finished up the web, it had to do with her father she said
Last Line: All confusion gone, and nodding their heads wondered where they had gone. %12.1.64


ODYSSEY POEMS: IN JULY: GERANIUMS       
First Line: Taking a walk in the morning
Last Line: The great and good sun comes out, the sun is a star


OF ALL THINGS FOR YOU TO GO AWAY       
Last Line: Gets nourished, by your friendly handsome looks. You read %a lot of books


OF ALL THINGS FOR YOU TO GO AWAY MAD       
Last Line: You read a lot of books
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


OFT HAVE I WONDERED AND CLIMBED       
Last Line: These dusty greens in yellow


OFTEN I TRY SO HARD WITH STIMULANTS       
Last Line: Where things are exactly what they are


OH GOODY THIS AFTERNOON WE'RE GOING TO THE HOLY FOREST       
First Line: I want to find the place
Last Line: Of content content and form
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


OH MAN IS THE HIGHEST TYPE OF ANIMAL EXISTING       
Last Line: That man about town gone again


OH MAN IS THE HIGHEST TYPE OF ANIMAL EXISTING       
Last Line: That man about town gone again
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


OH, THE WEATHER, THE WEATHER       
Last Line: And calm drastic winds of change
Subject(s): Change; Grief; Loss; Weather


ON MOVING TO THE NAROPA CAMPUS FALL 1991       
First Line: This for the tuesday morning
Last Line: Snow %on the way in the foothills
Subject(s): Grief; Loss; Moving And Movers; Rooms; Universities & Colleges


ON READING ENOUGH SAID, FOR JOANNE (AS PER USUAL)       
First Line: Calm down! %white crown sparrow pop-pop-pop-pop
Last Line: Generous fearlessness & skillfull compassion with the flame tree
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


ON THE OTHER SIDE       
First Line: On the other side of the sliding glass door
Last Line: Vanishes in the out of doors
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


ONCE AGAIN ANOTHER CENTURY AHEAD       
First Line: Again. Is this happening again?
Last Line: Does this include even what you don't like? %oh ick
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


ONLY ONE JAY LEFT AFTER NOISY CONFERENCE OF TWO       
Last Line: For springtime garnering
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


OOOLD MAN TOLSTOY       
First Line: I need a bitter taste a tonic
Last Line: For spring %lightness
Subject(s): Depression, Mental; Grief; Loss; Spring


OPEN AMARYLLIS SALMON PINK & WHITE       
First Line: A varied thrush arrives
Last Line: Buried underground
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


PAN AS THE SON OF PENELOPE       
First Line: Refresh my thoughts of penelope again
Last Line: About waking up the world
Subject(s): Grief; Loss; Penelope (mythology)


PART OF MY SEMINAL GROUND WORK       
First Line: Help %the gold crown song returned today
Last Line: This is the very best I can do %achoo
Subject(s): Allergies; Grief; Loss


PASSING THROUGH THE GARDEN       
First Line: Jim anderson phones to tell me max did not
Last Line: As we watch. %vast
Subject(s): Death; Grief; Loss; Memory


PERSIMMONS ARE FALLING       
Last Line: - some people have well lived rooms. December 1963


PHENOMENOLOGICAL:MARCH 7, WEDNESDAY PALENQUE 1985       
First Line: It is raining. %we have our straw hats
Last Line: What's the name of this place!'


PHENOMENOLOGICAL:MARCH 8, THURSDAY       
First Line: Morning %temple of the cross
Last Line: The most beautiful guard %of this temple


PHILIP WHALEN'S HAT       
First Line: I woke up about 2:30 this morning and thought about philip's hat
Last Line: You can just play with the beads
Subject(s): Grief; Hats; Loss


PHONE CALL FROM MILOSZ       
First Line: American poetry equals an enormous collection
Last Line: And that's the end of the day again
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


PIGS FOR CIRCE IN MAY       
First Line: I almost ruined the stew and where
Last Line: And the great pigs waddle off in the sky
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


PLACES TO GO       
First Line: Perhaps you can remember this all if you think hard enough
Last Line: Quite so fast, my voice cracks


PLACES TO GO: HERE       
First Line: It is very easy to listen to when they spell it out easy
Last Line: The sky races, watch me watch me, sparkling and %sprinkling and shaking


POISON OAK FOR ALLEN       
First Line: Here I am reading about your trip to india again
Last Line: The bear?
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


POST CONSCIOUSNESS       
First Line: Implausible thoughts around very real spring flowers
Last Line: Now move those awful blue glass bunnies
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


PROVERBIAL FRIDAY THE 13TH: BOLINAS MYSTERIES UNREVEALED       
First Line: Katherine mansfield's life unfolds on the pages of
Last Line: Is to have obtained the highest realization in mahamudra
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


QUESTION TO ANNE WALDMAN AFTER BEING INTERVIEWED BY BILL       
Last Line: Joanne kyger is 'ok'
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


RAIN       
Last Line: Shooting their big bodies out %into the air %fall 1971 %bolinas


RECENTLY       
First Line: Recently, this life of mine, likes to stay 'home' more
Last Line: One hundred percent pure
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


RELAX THY HEAD       
Last Line: I go to get the velvet seat %ande heater
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


REPLACEMENT BUDDHAS'       
First Line: What do all those buddhas mean
Last Line: Translucent like last night's dream
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


RETIREMENT'       
First Line: An unfamiliar warble 9 times more
Last Line: Of under and over tones
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


RETURN TO THAT FAMILIAR       
Last Line: The quail love to eat %so much
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


RETURNING HOME       
First Line: Great to be back to beauty
Last Line: Lone when the story gets going. Hang on
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


ROBIN BLASER'S OLD PLASTER OF PARIS       
Last Line: Now residing in our back guest shed
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


SATURDAY FEBRUARY 4       
First Line: White sheen on open bolinas ridge top
Last Line: Gleaming, silver, white, happy birthday


SATURDAY FULL MOON SEPTEMBER       
First Line: I seem to have paid $40 for half a lid of grass
Last Line: Reassurance of a good time


SATURDAY NIGHT CHICKEN       
First Line: You are empty at this moment
Last Line: More than enough
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


SAYING THINGS LIKE, IF YOU COULD ONLY       
Last Line: And I wish all well %I do, I really do
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


SCHOOL FOR FLOWERS       
First Line: Gold nasturtium - %five petals
Last Line: To one who is on her journey %outward
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


SELF LOATHING & SELF PITY       
Last Line: Away, maybe %a robbery
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


SELF PORTRAIT       
First Line: Ere I grow over prissy groves
Last Line: Once more in heaven
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


SEND SOME KIND OF SIGN AT LEAST'       
First Line: Nothing matters. You do not matter, you are not
Last Line: Be so good, am I recognized?
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


SEPTEMBER       
First Line: The grasses are light brown
Last Line: And whose skin is made dusky by stars
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


SHARP KNIFE AND THE THE SOFT NIGHT IS GONE       
First Line: The raccoons last night sounded
Last Line: See the lights %come on again
Variant Title(s): Shark Knife And The Soft Night Is Gon
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


SHE COMES UP       
Last Line: From the lungs and the stomach %bellowing to be free.'


SILVER CITY OVERLAY       
First Line: The past has vanished
Last Line: Each day to take the path


SMALL FIELD OF TALL GOLDEN HEAVY GRASS       
Last Line: The boundless waves of bliss


SNAPSHOT FOR LEW WELCH; 25 YEARS LATER       
First Line: Hold on to the bright
Last Line: White furry rump
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


SNOW FALL       
First Line: On green leaves %eye is twitching quite dreadfully
Last Line: And pity I have in my heart
Subject(s): Autumn; Grief; Loss; Seasons


SO, WELL, NOW, YOU'VE GOT IT       
Last Line: New york school stuck on their typewriters
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


SOLSTICE       
First Line: Just living in the dark time night time
Last Line: Onto the back of time waving
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


SOME CHOICE       
First Line: With joanne it's the fact that she has
Last Line: This really interesting and colloquial way in the woods.'
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


SOME FRIVOLITY       
First Line: Crazed the baby tape cassette
Last Line: Distinctly piqued, mostly graceful
Subject(s): Dancing And Dancers; Grief; Loss


SOMEWHERE YOU CAN FIND REFERENCE       
Last Line: Who hung around while odysseus was abroad


SONG IN THE ROPE       
Last Line: And can hardly blame our follies to the breeze. %february 1960 %somewhere in the pacific


SPECIALLY FOR YOUR EYES       
Last Line: Calm the torrent of breathing
Subject(s): Grief; Hiking; Loss


STEALING THE RELIGIOUS RELIC       
First Line: Why was it so important to steal it away form the family
Last Line: Spotlight shows the passionate couple in a yabyum embrace
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


STEW       
First Line: California lilac, ceanothus, embraced
Last Line: And looking towards the stew
Subject(s): Grief; Guests; Identity; Loss


STILL       
Last Line: When I write to you %these notes of myself


STORM IS UPON US       
Last Line: Did I throw it out the door last night?
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


STORMS OF THE SEASON MAKE ME LOOSE MY REASON       
First Line: I never have been able to spell 'lose' correctly-
Last Line: I refuse to rewrite this, but I did
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


STORY FROM EASTER: HE HAS RISEN       
First Line: There is a mouse under the sink
Last Line: Buries mouse next day
Subject(s): Animals; Death; Easter; Grief; Holidays; Jesus Christ; Loss; Resurrection, The


STRIPES OF RED, BLACK, AND GOLD       
Last Line: Fire, and the excitement of ending this day
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


STUPIDLY INSPIRED       
First Line: It's true %the cricket ate the lace curtain of the studio, not
Last Line: No-no, thats right, you got it right, believe it
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


SUDDENLY!       
Last Line: The same moon in the next century!
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


SUN IS ABOUT TO PASS       
Last Line: It's here the moment begins. %november 17, 1989


SUNDAY 26 NOVEMBER 2000       
First Line: Struggle through the morning
Last Line: Of the day is put on
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


SUNDAY BAY LOOKOUT CHECK UP       
First Line: A few party %boats looking for labor
Last Line: False pacific jungle makes no sound
Subject(s): Autumn; Bicycles; Grief; Loss; Seasons


SUNDAY IT RAINED ALL NIGHT       
First Line: I dreamed liz tuomi got married all of a sudden
Last Line: What do you expect from an 'I' this morning?
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


SUNDAY'S GRACES       
First Line: Are at war, swimming down a river
Last Line: They won't sit still
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


SURPRISINGLY SHE FELL BACK INTO A LINE THAT WAS SURELY       
Last Line: In a friendly sinuous manner. It's getting freezing
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


TAKE IT O MOON ON THE RUN       
Last Line: That's fine. For me
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


TAPESTRY       
First Line: The anticipation of one
Last Line: By the life %not of this %story


TAPESTRY       
First Line: The eye %is drawn
Last Line: Implements: %shell %stone %.Peacock


TAPESTRY       
First Line: Dealing with the detail
Last Line: For bigger & better things. %4.62 %kyoto


TERRACE ROADS SLUMPS INTO THE CANYON       
First Line: Just one access to the mesa now
Last Line: Undulating, casual
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


THANKSGIVING       
First Line: On birch road is a large gathering including anselm
Last Line: Both decide the other is from the c.I.A
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


THERE ARE SO MANY LETTERS I WOULD LIKE TO WRITE       
Last Line: So the wash gods will have company


THEY ARE ALIVE ALTHOUGH CELADON       
First Line: The house is lightly lived in
Last Line: But he lives here, he really lives here
Subject(s): Abandonment; Emptiness; Grief; Loss


THEY ARE CONSTRUCTING A CRAFT       
Last Line: The seaweed, wakame, changing its face to the sun


THIS IS A SHORT STORY       
Last Line: Is outside! Dead heart, alive


THIS IS THE FIRST TIME       
Last Line: Come out and let itself be heard %all round about


THIS IS THE WAY I LIKE TO FEEL THE BEST       
Last Line: This is the way I like even better doing nothing at all


THIS POEM IS MORE       
Last Line: Leaving these words for you
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


THIS YEAR HAS BEEN DIFFICULT TO REMEMBER       
Last Line: Now, this instant after their previous form demises
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


THOSE THINGS WE SEE ARE IMAGES OF THE PAST       
First Line: From now, always, on the turning point, viewing back
Last Line: What you put down is fine, precious


THROW AWAY MIND       
First Line: What's the use etc. Do they have classes
Last Line: For a diagnosis for joy, for the first fresh steps
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


THROWING A CRANK       
Last Line: Streams running out %to big ocean rush


THURSDAY, 13 NOVEMBER       
First Line: Unified school district
Last Line: State of the union


TO LIVE IN THIS WORLD AGAIN       
First Line: You must hide yourself
Last Line: Entertainment. You are camouflaged %with simplicity
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


TODAY'S GOT THE BRIGHT       
First Line: Cool awareness of fall and be careful
Last Line: Nine town drunks %drinking
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


TOEING THE LINE       
First Line: So hot! %okay everybody take off your toes
Last Line: The full moon leftover air
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


TOWN HALL READING WITH BEAT POETS       
First Line: Ed sanders onstage telephones william burroughs
Last Line: And it's my big dusty footprint on the cover
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


TREE IN THE FIRE       
First Line: It was a young girl
Last Line: The air didn't treat it right


TRIP OUT AND FALL BACK       
First Line: We left to the east in a drive away car. Driving
Last Line: Home, on the tree lined street


TRIP OUT AND FALL BACK       
First Line: In this endless dream of parties, gordon baldwin
Last Line: She says, and advocates a return to protestantism %as the middle way


TRIP OUT AND FALL BACK       
First Line: At the corner store they could buy flowers. I was not
Last Line: Full of stories and books


TRIP OUT AND FALL BACK       
First Line: We went over to this party at a loft
Last Line: I was giving a poetry recital. They smiled politely


TRIP OUT AND FALL BACK       
First Line: I sat on a children's chair and watched
Last Line: Or the attaining of intuitive wisdom


TRIP OUT AND FALL BACK       
First Line: He at times had a way of rolling his hips
Last Line: In the moon whorls


TRIP OUT AND FALL BACK       
First Line: The vibes are too high
Last Line: Out my bolinas window


TRIP OUT AND FALL BACK       
First Line: Whether I belong one place anymore than another
Last Line: Large westerner


TRIP OUT AND FALL BACK       
First Line: Dick said this is a skidoo bridge. As
Last Line: The supporting rails until they fell away into splinters


TRIP OUT AND FALL BACK       
First Line: Gordon, for example, is tall, with dark hair, often
Last Line: That's a heavy action


TRIP OUT AND FALL BACK       
First Line: Compassion flows forth like the well of surrender
Last Line: We have met the enemy and they are ours. %I love you all, %joanne


TRIP OUT AND FALL BACK       
First Line: Peter rowan and I are walking down mesa road
Last Line: I tell him bill berkson and arthur okamura %are my teachers


TRIP OUT AND FALL BACK       
First Line: These several selves that move one self around, thousands
Last Line: The bee buzz round and round


TRIP OUT AND FALL BACK       
First Line: I have large dreams of beautiful patterns
Last Line: And we are under them


TRIP OUT AND FALL BACK       
First Line: Who even said I was a poet. Because I write
Last Line: For what once was growing there. %fall 1972


TRY       
Last Line: Daytime mind find %teachings in many realms
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


TRY       
First Line: Very hard. See
Last Line: Teachings in many realms
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


TUESDAY MAY 7       
First Line: The wind thru a field of wild oats
Last Line: Fades into early summer
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


TUESDAY MAY 7       
Last Line: Fades into early summer


TUESDAY OCTOBER 27, '87       
First Line: Finest - first rain
Last Line: Over that little silver beach
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 1969: BOLINAS       
First Line: It was a beautiful golden day
Last Line: And now I am looking forward %to washing my hair


TWO FOR ROBIN BLASER       
First Line: He is pruning the privet
Last Line: Which look real enough in the damp late morning air
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


UNDER THE BARK IS INDIAN WRITING       
First Line: On the francisco mesa
Last Line: Under the bark is indian writing
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


UP MY COAST       
First Line: First, there were the first people
Last Line: For now they could see


UP MY COAST       
First Line: Moon man, coyote man, and lizard man made the people
Last Line: When they die, they better stay dead


UP MY COAST       
First Line: Robin brought the fire. He traveled
Last Line: Just look under his chin


UP MY COAST       
First Line: Coyote was sitting on top of sonoma peak
Last Line: All over the land


UP MY COAST       
First Line: Coyote man brought the big clam
Last Line: You're as white and mean as a white man


UP MY COAST       
First Line: When people die their ghost crosses the ocean
Last Line: But you can hear them


UTMOST DISARRAY       
Last Line: Out of %my way


VALENTINE       
First Line: Valentine' is flat on his back being hurt
Last Line: Hummingbird looking %for nectar, dead flowers %after frost
Subject(s): Grief; Jealousy; Loss; Love; Relationships


VIEW NORTH       
First Line: Back dropped %blue-grey clouds
Last Line: Low tide, windless
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


VIOLIN PLAYS A SPRIGHTLY 10 NOTE THEME       
First Line: Practicing footwork for the tennis court
Last Line: If not puzzled
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


VISIT TO MAYA LAND       
First Line: I dreamed I went to see the officials
Last Line: That is how I can play %the flute today


VISIT TO MAYA LAND       
First Line: Just not too far away, the dreams
Last Line: The land's dreamy espanol


VISIT TO MAYA LAND       
First Line: My lord %I, joanne
Last Line: Take me out, take me out


VISIT TO MAYA LAND       
First Line: The cross is an entrance to the other side
Last Line: Into ash, how fast! %all this happens


VISIT TO MAYA LAND       
First Line: After the flood only one woman is left, with this dog
Last Line: Who is the first ladino


VISIT TO MAYA LAND       
First Line: Well then... %and now
Last Line: And get this right now


VISIT TO MAYA LAND: HELLOOOOOOOOOO       
First Line: Are you here now?
Last Line: Breathing the gods, getting the goods


VISIT TO MAYA LAND: LORD JESUS CHRIST       
First Line: In the holy name of my lord
Last Line: Holy fathers, holy mothers, my lord


VISIT TO MAYA LAND: LORD JESUS CHRIST       
First Line: Have their spirits commenced to return?
Last Line: That you may watch over us


VISIT TO MAYA LAND: LORD JESUS CHRIST       
First Line: We look at each other together
Last Line: Our moon, the mother, and I


VISIT TO MAYA LAND: MARIAN LOPEZ CALLIXTO'S STORY       
First Line: In the time of the ancients
Last Line: One part man, one part woman


WAITING       
First Line: Over the lilacs won't he come home
Last Line: And the moon over head


WAITING AGAIN       
Last Line: As if they were strings of a harp %spring, 1960 %kyoto


WAKE UP       
First Line: Wake up this morning and gingerly open the door
Last Line: In the whole of clear new space %for you
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


WATCHING TV       
First Line: Ahoy! Electronic nightmare ...
Last Line: With tiny frightful screams
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


WE ARE ALL TWENTY-THREE, 1957       
First Line: We're all 23, 1957. The lantz dresses
Last Line: She's an innocent, she really means the bread
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


WE ARE STRONG       
Last Line: Was this a test?
Subject(s): Aids (disease); Grief; Loss; Sickness


WEDDING       
First Line: Young pine tips & forgwet-me-nots
Last Line: Cow parsnips hercules plant %lupine
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


WEEKEND       
First Line: 11 o'clock on a fog
Last Line: Watching for the red gold line of morning to rise
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


WELL YOU KNOW       
Last Line: If you know what I mean
Variant Title(s): Well, You Kno
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


WHAT I WANTED TO SAY       
Last Line: I am everybody
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


WHAT IS ONE TO DO...WITH WHAT ONE...PERCEIVES...AS ACTUALITY       
First Line: I dunno %a mirror look today say
Last Line: Today in muted light greens, warm browns and rose of fall again
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


WHAT IS UNUSUAL IN THIS COLD FRESHNESS OF HANGING       
First Line: The light lavender sharpness of cloth
Last Line: I'm not going to kiss and tell are you crazy?
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


WHAT STARTS OUT AS A HALLOWEEN BUDDHIST LOVE POEM FOR JOHN D       
First Line: It takes so long to do things. For example
Last Line: Was definitely accepted in my backyard, and I wanted more of it
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


WHAT WAS THAT? SOME FINE LINES FOR YOU       
First Line: Spiders, on light blue paisley
Last Line: To learn. Being sentimentally engaged
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


WHATEVER IT TAKES'       
First Line: I don't 'get' ideas
Last Line: Before it falls on your house


WHEN I STEP THROUGH THE DOOR       
Last Line: And in the stillness seeds popping


WHEN I USED TO FOCUS       
Last Line: This day's sweet drifting. The fog out to sea, the wind


WHEN I WAS WELL INTO BEING SAVORED       
Last Line: Oh lord, the possible %bells ringing, to bring me out of here
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


WHEN PHILIP WHALEN HAD HEART SURGERY       
First Line: Dreaming, a lot of us are lying down together. Philip
Last Line: He answers, how're you doing, you ok?
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


WHILST THE IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDS GUZZLE RED WINE       
First Line: And the dear companion climbs the tree
Last Line: For the equinox
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


WHY DID SHE ASK US TO WRITE THIS WAY ANYWAY THE MOOD MOVES       
First Line: Why do we even practice this craft while the radio is on
Last Line: Homage to kerouac
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


WIDE MIND       
First Line: Occupies a wide mind, a wide consciousness
Last Line: I was thinking the same thing.'
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


WINDOW LEDGE       
First Line: Tiny light grey moth
Last Line: Light grey moth
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


WONDERFUL FOCUS OF YOU: 1977       
First Line: I've had this dream before
Last Line: Times to sit with the tidings


WONDERFUL FOCUS OF YOU: APRIL 17       
First Line: Beauty stands back
Last Line: Over, over here wet %pacific %cruising


WONDERFUL FOCUS OF YOU: APRIL 30       
First Line: Cats stretched out before $50 worth of propane
Last Line: Bhagavan das tones thru noon and after


WONDERFUL FOCUS OF YOU: AUGUST 1       
First Line: Bruised, I am totally bruised full moon
Last Line: Is this heaven or hell or summer camp %where all is well


WONDERFUL FOCUS OF YOU: AUGUST 16       
First Line: Get over it or get under
Last Line: From you smile and feel %ok after while


WONDERFUL FOCUS OF YOU: AUGUST 9       
First Line: No where but here
Last Line: With tomatoes or not


WONDERFUL FOCUS OF YOU: DECEMBER 20       
First Line: Warm grey overcast and rushing winds
Last Line: Time is a nice thing to go through


WONDERFUL FOCUS OF YOU: FEBRUARY 14       
First Line: Tuesday morning on evergreen
Last Line: In the teeny trembling world


WONDERFUL FOCUS OF YOU: FEBRUARY 15       
First Line: Want to go in dream space go
Last Line: Of middle afternoon wandering


WONDERFUL FOCUS OF YOU: FEBRUARY 16       
First Line: Bell time %who are these nameless men!
Last Line: Yeah, off into the raptures


WONDERFUL FOCUS OF YOU: JULY 21       
First Line: Yesterday the heron covers
Last Line: Top, buddha in the front seat


WONDERFUL FOCUS OF YOU: MARCH 1       
First Line: At the bookstore
Last Line: And I'm going to do that


WONDERFUL FOCUS OF YOU: MARCH 15       
First Line: Hello nice %moon face reverie
Last Line: And over again in the day down the street and up again


WONDERFUL FOCUS OF YOU: MARCH 2       
First Line: Green tara you mysterious adventurer
Last Line: I'll go and let the cold unfold


WONDERFUL FOCUS OF YOU: MARCH 23       
First Line: I love! Today
Last Line: The wonderful focus of you


WONDERFUL FOCUS OF YOU: MARCH 24       
First Line: Inside rainy book day
Last Line: I'm never going to say %last night again


WONDERFUL FOCUS OF YOU: MARCH 25       
First Line: Echoes of the many corridors
Last Line: The wonderful focus of you


WONDERFUL FOCUS OF YOU: MARCH 3       
First Line: Some kind of sleeping form some kind
Last Line: The diamond bracelet makes its light


WONDERFUL FOCUS OF YOU: MAY 11       
First Line: This day blooms auspiciously
Last Line: Unlimited and unceasing like the sky


WONDERFUL FOCUS OF YOU: MAY 2       
First Line: At 2, good lord
Last Line: Of the ocean on my way to shore towards you


WONDERFUL FOCUS OF YOU: MORE ON THURSDAY       
First Line: And then not so much more
Last Line: Leap into the crazy arms of the impassionata utterly consumed


WONDERFUL FOCUS OF YOU: NOVEMBER 5       
First Line: A preserver, a taker care of
Last Line: Sink into the great %peacock graced bower


WONDERFUL FOCUS OF YOU: OCTOBER 11       
First Line: Oh well, it's a grey day. I paid all my
Last Line: Of the new season


WONDERFUL FOCUS OF YOU: SEPTEMBER 15       
First Line: Oh this visage
Last Line: After six's rising %coastal bands of fog


WONDERFUL FOCUS OF YOU: SEPTEMBER 5       
First Line: September monday labor day
Last Line: Line in pine tree %go home alone


WONDERFUL FOCUS OF YOU: WATERSHED AND COSMOS STILL THIS APRIL 7       
First Line: I am the bodhisattva
Last Line: On this side again, my friend %we meet again


WOODEN WALLS       
Last Line: Outside the door I'll walk for wild iris %today away


YESTERDAY WHEN DIANA DROPS ME OFF ON EVERGREEN       
Last Line: That's who he's interested in
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


YOU BELIEVE THIS STASH OF WRITING IS 'SCHOLARLY'?       
Last Line: A heart-stopping glimpse of nature's larger grazer? %you fence it in
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


YOU KNOW WHEN YOU WRITE POETRY YOU FIND       
Last Line: Do I mean perfection?
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


YOU LIKE IT HUH? YOU LIKE THAT DULCET STUFF       
Last Line: Breath of air. See you
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


YOU MURMUR 'EARTH'       
Last Line: A return to this continuous story
Subject(s): Dreams; Grief; Loss


YOU?       
Last Line: Paramita. 'poetry is about continuing poetry'. Look look %look quickly


YOU?       
First Line: Was that you whistling for me, the snake in the shower?
Last Line: Look quickly
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


YOUR HEART IS FINE       
First Line: Your heart is fine feeling the widest
Last Line: In the mutual air %awake without defect
Subject(s): Grief; Loss


YUPPY WITTGENSTEINS ARISE!       
First Line: And sleep again the puzzle
Last Line: Rise upon its occasiona and all our normal body functions
Subject(s): Grief; Loss



Snyder, Gary    Poet's Biography
573 poems available by this author


316       
First Line: Naturally tender, flesh and such
Last Line: The thought of pleasure pleasing flesh and bone


7. IV. 64       
First Line: Up at dawn
Last Line: Marbled grease and cream


7: VII       
First Line: I can't look out over cities without thinking of carpenters, plumbers
Last Line: Lead along water, your arm rises and falls, you break through things %as they are


A WALK    Poem Text    
First Line: Sunday the only day we don't work
Subject(s): Nature


ABOVE PATE VALLEY    Poem Text    
First Line: We finished clearing the last / section of rail by noon
Subject(s): Wilderness


ABOVE PATE VALLEY       
First Line: We finished clearing the last %section of rail by noon
Last Line: Of dynamite. %ten thousand years
Subject(s): Wilderness


ACROSS LAMARCK COL       
First Line: Descending hillsides in
Last Line: Give, and give, and give, and %take


AFFLUENCE       
First Line: Under damp layers of pine needles
Last Line: Paying the price somebody didn't pay


AFLOAT    Poem Text    
First Line: Floating in a tiny boat
Subject(s): Geology; Mythology


AFLOAT       
First Line: Floating in a tiny boat
Last Line: In the tiny skin boat
Subject(s): Geology; Mythology


AFTER T'AO CH'IEN       
First Line: Swiftly the years, beyond recall'


AFTER THE CHINESE       
First Line: She looked like a fairy


AFTER THE TYPHOON    Poem Text    
First Line: Rain whipped up the umbrella
Subject(s): Typhoons


AFTER THE TYPHOON       
First Line: Rain whipped up the umbrella
Subject(s): Typhoons


AFTER WORK       
First Line: The shack and a few trees
Last Line: As it grows dark %drinking wine


AGED TAMBA TEMPLE PLUM TREE SONG       
First Line: Firewood under the eaves
Last Line: Flap up together


ALABASTER       
First Line: The leather fringes %swing on the thighs
Last Line: Edie's alabaster breasts


ALL OVER THE DRY GRASSES    Poem Text    
First Line: Motorburn, oil sump dirt smell
Subject(s): Americans; United States; America


ALL OVER THE DRY GRASSES       
First Line: Motorburn, oil sump dirt smell
Last Line: Wrappt in wild iris %leaves
Subject(s): Americans; United States


ALL THROUGH THE RAINS       
First Line: That mare stood in the field
Last Line: In the shade of the down %eucalyptus on the hill


AN OFFERING FOR TARA    Poem Text    
First Line: Have you seen my companion
Subject(s): Geology; Mythology


ANASAZI       
First Line: Anasazi, %anasazi, %tucked up in clefts in the cliffs
Last Line: Rock lip home, %anasazi


APRIL       
First Line: I lay on my back


ARCTIC MIDNIGHT TWILIGHT COOL HORTH BREEZE WITH LOW CLOUDS    Poem Text    
First Line: Green mountain walls in blowing cloud
Variant Title(s): Daylight All Day
Subject(s): Geology; Mythology


ARCTIC MIDNIGHT TWILIGHT COOL HORTH BREEZE WITH LOW CLOUDS       
First Line: Green mountain walls in blowing cloud
Last Line: A mountain sheep
Variant Title(s): Daylight All Da
Subject(s): Geology; Mythology


ARKTOS       
First Line: Sighing, bursting: steam -- sulfur -- lava
Last Line: The great she bear'


ARTS COUNCIL MEETS IN EUREKA       
First Line: We held a meeting in eureka


AS FOR POETS    Poem Text    


AS FOR POETS       
Last Line: Is seen from all sides, %everywhere, %at once
Subject(s): Environment; Poetry And Poets


AT FIVE A.M. OFF THE NORTH COAST OF SUMATRA       
Last Line: The ship found its course and climbed back to full speed %and went on


AT MAPLE BRIDGE       
First Line: Men are mixing gravel and cement


AT TOWER PEAK       
First Line: Every tan rolling meadow will turn into housing


AT WHITE RIVER ROADHOUSE IN THE YUKON       
Last Line: To see the car some gas


AT WHITE RIVER ROADHOUSE IN THE YUKON       
Last Line: To sell the car some gas


AT WHITE RIVER ROADHOUSE IN THE YUKON       


ATTHIS, SELS.       


AUGUST ON SOURDOUGH, A VISIT FROM DICK BREWER       
First Line: You hitched a thousand miles
Last Line: Me back to my mountain -- and so far, far, west


AVOCADO       
First Line: The dharma is like an avocado
Last Line: It shoots out thru the %fingers-- %gets away


AXE HANDLES    Poem Text    
First Line: One afternoon the last week in april
Subject(s): Axes; Hatchets


AXE HANDLES       
First Line: One afternoon the last week in april
Last Line: How we go on
Subject(s): Axes


BAKERS CABIN ON BOONE'S FERRY ROAD       
First Line: Frogs all night


BALLAD OF ROLLING HEADS       
First Line: Here's the last drunk song I'll sing


BATH       
First Line: Washing kai in the sauna
Last Line: Come out from the bath
Subject(s): Saunas


BEAR       
First Line: Kai was alone by the pond in the dusk. He heard
Last Line: The whole thing tipped over, no %honey, no larvae, no bees, %but somewhere, a bear


BEAR MOTHER       
First Line: She veils herself
Subject(s): Geology; Mythology


BED IN THE SKY       
First Line: Motorcycle strums -- the empty streets
Last Line: Feels our baby turn


BEDROCK    Poem Text    
First Line: Snowmelt pond -- warm granite
Subject(s): Environment; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation


BEDROCK       
First Line: Snowmelt pond -- warm granite
Last Line: We laugh %and grieve
Subject(s): Environment


BENEATH MY HAND AND EYE THE DISTANT HILLS. YOUR BODY       
First Line: What my hand follows on your body
Last Line: We' learn the flower burning, %outward, from 'below.'


BERRY FEAST       
First Line: Fur the color of mud, the smooth loper
Last Line: Dead city in dry summer, %where berries grow


BERRY TERRITORY       
First Line: Under dead leaves tanya finds a tortoise
Last Line: Wreathing bodies -- wild -- %some home


BIRTH OF THE SHAMAN       
First Line: #name?


BLACK MESA MINE #1       
First Line: Wind dust yellow cloud swirls
Last Line: Gleaming in the windy april sun


BLACK-TAILED HARE       
First Line: A grizzled black-eyed jackrabbit showed me
Last Line: Do it for us %said the rabbit
Subject(s): Geology; Mythology


BLUE SKY       
First Line: Eastward from here
Last Line: Where the eagle that flies out of sight %flies
Subject(s): Geology; Mythology


BOAT OF A BILLION YEARS    Poem Text    
First Line: The boat of a million years
Subject(s): Geology; Mythology


BOAT OF A BILLION YEARS       
First Line: The boat of a million years
Last Line: We are led by dolphins toward morning
Subject(s): Geology; Mythology


BODHISATTVAS       
First Line: Some clap hands, some throw flowers


BOMB TEST       
First Line: The fish float belly-up, for real


BOWS TO DROUTH    Poem Text    
First Line: Driest summer, / the hose snakes under the mulch
Subject(s): Farm Life; Agriculture; Farmers


BOWS TO DROUTH       
First Line: Driest summer, %the hose snakes under the mulch
Last Line: At the base of an apple
Subject(s): Farm Life


BUBBS CREEK HAIRCUT    Poem Text    
First Line: High ceilinged and the double mirrors, the
Subject(s): Geology; Mythology


BUBBS CREEK HAIRCUT       
First Line: High ceilinged and the double mirrors, the
Last Line: Your bubbs creek haircut, boy.'
Subject(s): Geology; Mythology


BUILDING    Poem Text    
First Line: We started our house midway through the cultural revolution
Subject(s): Buildings & Builders; History; Historians


BUILDING       
First Line: We started our house midway through the cultural revolution
Last Line: Sharp tools, good design
Subject(s): Buildings And Builders; History


BURNED OUT       
First Line: An ancient incense cedar stump to burn


BURNING ISLAND       
First Line: O wave god who broke through me today
Last Line: At new moon on the crater %this summer


BURNING THE SMALL DEAD       
Last Line: Deneb, altair %windy fire


BURNING: 17       
First Line: The text %sourdough mountain called a fire in
Last Line: The sun is but a morning star


BURNING: 9       
First Line: Night here, a covert
Last Line: To a heart's content beating on stumps'


BUT YE SHALL DESTROY THEIR ALTARS,    Poem Text    


BUT YE SHALL DESTROY THEIR ALTARS,       
Last Line: & nobody gets hurt
Subject(s): Troy


BY FRAZIER CREEK FALLS    Poem Text    
First Line: Standing up on lifted, folded rock
Subject(s): Environment; Waterfalls; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation


BY FRAZIER CREEK FALLS       
First Line: Standing up on lifted, folded rock
Last Line: We could live on this earth %without clothes or tools!
Subject(s): Environment; Waterfalls


CALCIUM       
First Line: The doe munches on rotten cow-skull


CALL OF THE WILD       
First Line: The heavy old man in his bed at night
Last Line: But it's not true


CANYON WREN       
First Line: I look up at the cliffs
Last Line: Here and gone, %to purify our ears
Subject(s): Geology; Mythology


CARTAGENA    Poem Text    
First Line: Rain and thunder beat down and flooded the streets
Subject(s): Native Americans; Indians Of America; American Indians; Indians Of South America


CARTAGENA       
First Line: Rain and thunder beat down and flooded the streets
Last Line: And got back to the ship, dawn came, %we were far out at sea
Subject(s): Native Americans


CHANGE OF STRAW       
First Line: Flickering eye


CHANGING DIAPERS    Poem Text    
First Line: How intelligent he looks
Subject(s): Fathers; Men; Prayer


CHANGING DIAPERS       
First Line: How intelligent he looks
Last Line: You and me -- and geronimo %are men
Subject(s): Fathers; Men; Prayer


CHANNELLED SCABLANDS       
First Line: Asleep on an eight foot strip of grass


CHARMS       
First Line: The beauty of naked or half-naked %women
Last Line: Enchants, and thus %charms


CHION-IN       
First Line: Hot blue


CIRCUMAMBULATING ARUNACHALA       
First Line: For centuries sadhus live and die
Last Line: Female bellies, %centuries old


CIRCUMAMBULATION OF MT. TAMALPAIS       
First Line: Walking up and around the long ridge of tamalpais, 'bay
Last Line: Rings, right in the parking lot
Subject(s): Geology; Mythology


CONTROL BURN       
First Line: What the indians %here %used to do, was
Last Line: When it belonged to the indians %before


COOL AROUND THE FIRE       
First Line: Drink black coffee from a thermos
Last Line: Smoke rises straight and calm %still and cool


COULD SHE SEE THE WHOLE REAL WORLD WITH HER GHOST BREAST       
First Line: A woman smells like fresh-plowed ground'
Last Line: Once a bear gets hooked on garbage there's no cure.'


COVERS THE GROUND    Poem Text    
First Line: Down the great central valley's
Subject(s): Geology; Mythology


COVERS THE GROUND       
First Line: Down the great central valley's
Last Line: Us and our stuff just covering the ground
Subject(s): Geology; Mythology


COYOTE MAN, MR. PRESIDENT, & THE GUNFIGHTERS       
First Line: Mr. President was fascinated by gunfighters. Expert gunfighters


COYOTE VALLEY SPRING       
First Line: Cubs %tumble in the damp leaves
Last Line: In tiny tule boats


CRASH       
First Line: An old man riding his slow bike


CROSS-LEGG'D    Poem Text    
First Line: Cross-legg'd under the low tent roof
Subject(s): Geology; Love; Mythology


CROSS-LEGG'D       
First Line: Cross-legg'd under the low tent roof
Last Line: We two be here what comes
Subject(s): Geology; Love; Mythology


DANCE       
First Line: Izanami %gave birth to rocks, trees, rivers, mountains, grass
Last Line: How far did she push her skirt down?
Subject(s): Geology; Mythology


DAZZLE       
First Line: The dazzle, the seduction the %design
Last Line: The roots are at work %unseen


DEAD BY THE SIDE OF THE ROAD       
First Line: How did a great red-tailed hawk
Last Line: The dead by the side of the road
Subject(s): Nature


DILLINGHAM, ALASKA, THE WILLOW TREE BAR       
First Line: Drills chatter full of mud and compressed air
Last Line: Of wrecking the world


DOGS, SHEEP, COWS, GOATS       
Last Line: Deep in the bushes, crouch! %at the thorny stalks


DRAGONFLY       
First Line: Dragonfly %dead on the snow
Last Line: In a mountain pool %before you died


DULLNESS IN FEBRUARY: JAPAN       
First Line: The high-class families


DUSTY BRACES       
First Line: O you ancestors %lumber schooners
Last Line: --your sea roving %tree hearted son


EARRINGS DANGLING AND MILES OF DESERT    Poem Text    
First Line: Sagebrush (artemisia) is of the sunflower family
Subject(s): Geology; Mythology


EARRINGS DANGLING AND MILES OF DESERT       
First Line: Sagebrush (artemisia) is of the sunflower family
Last Line: I will think of you in my other poems
Subject(s): Geology; Mythology


EARTH VERSE    Poem Text    
First Line: Wide enough to keep you looking
Subject(s): Geology; Mythology


EARTH VERSE       
First Line: Wide enough to keep you looking
Last Line: Old enough to give you dreams
Subject(s): Geology; Mythology


EGG       
First Line: Kai twists %rubs 'bellybutton'
Last Line: It all gathers, %humming, %in the egg


ELK TRAILS       
First Line: Ancient, world-old elk paths


ELUSIAD       
First Line: Fair clio, of the muses most severe


ELWHA RIVER       
First Line: I was a girl waiting by the roadside for my boyfriend to come in his
Last Line: There are no redwoods north of southern %curry county, oregon
Subject(s): Geology; Mythology


ENDLESS STREAMS AND MOUNTAINS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Clearing the mind and sliding in
Subject(s): Geology; Mythology


ENDLESS STREAMS AND MOUNTAINS       
First Line: Clearing the mind and sliding in
Last Line: Streams and mountains never stay the same
Subject(s): Geology; Mythology


ENFORCEMENT       
First Line: Low planes


ENGINE ROOM, S.S. SAPPA CREEK       
First Line: Cool northern waters


ENGLISH LESSONS AT THE BOILER COMPANY       
First Line: The western hills curve down from mt. Atago


EPISTEMOLOGICAL FANCIES       
First Line: My friend hoodlatch used to ask


ETHNOBOTANY       
First Line: In june two oak fell
Last Line: Taste all, and hand the knowledge down


EVERYBODY LYING ON THEIR STOMACHS, HEAD TOWARD THE CANDLE       
First Line: The corrugated roof %brooms and fades night-long to
Last Line: Half-open -- on eternity


EXCLAMATIONS GONE TO THE TWIN BREASTS OF MAYA       
First Line: Terence! Ovid! Nothing is satisfactory


FACTS       
First Line: 1. 92% of japan's three million ton import of soybeans comes from the u.S.
Last Line: 10. Our primary source of food is the sun


FAREWELL TO BURNING ISLAND       
First Line: A white bird lands on the ship


FEAR NOT       
First Line: Will dallas grow, or wither
Last Line: Who's there? %no one who


FEATHERED ROBE       
First Line: On a clear spring windless day


FELIX BARAN       
Last Line: Soldiers of discontent.'


FENCE POSTS    Poem Text    
First Line: It might be that horses would be useful
Subject(s): Environment; Trees; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation


FENCE POSTS       
First Line: It might be that horses would be useful
Last Line: Penny wise pound foolish either way
Subject(s): Environment; Trees


FINDING THE SPACE IN THE HEART    Poem Text    
First Line: I first saw it in the sixties
Subject(s): Geology; Mythology


FINDING THE SPACE IN THE HEART       
First Line: I first saw it in the sixties
Last Line: Tip drawn to a point, %lifts away
Subject(s): Geology; Mythology


FIRE IN THE HOLE       
First Line: Squatting a day in the sun
Last Line: Hands and arms and shoulders %free


FIRING       
First Line: Bitter blue fingers
Last Line: Are dead tongues


FIRST LANDFALL ON TURTLE ISLAND    Poem Text    
First Line: Crossing eastward the pacific on the washington bear
Subject(s): Landfall


FIRST LANDFALL ON TURTLE ISLAND       
First Line: Crossing eastward the pacific on the washington bear
Subject(s): Landfall


FLOWING       
First Line: Head doused under the bronze
Last Line: Making this poem
Subject(s): Geology; Mythology


FLUNG FROM DEMONIC WOMBS       
Last Line: I'd head toward shore


FOR A FAR-OUT FRIEND    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Because I once beat you up
Subject(s): Friendship


FOR A FAR-OUT FRIEND       
First Line: Because I once beat you up
Last Line: You'll ever give %or get
Subject(s): Friendship


FOR A STONE GIRL AT SANCHI       
First Line: Half asleep on the cold grass
Last Line: And it lasted forever


FOR ALAN WATTS       
First Line: He blazed out a new path for all of us


FOR ALL       
First Line: Ah to be alive
Last Line: With joyful interpenetration for all


FOR BERKELEY       
First Line: City of buds and flowers


FOR EXAMPLE       
First Line: There was an old dutch lady


FOR GEORGE LEIGH-MALLORY       
First Line: Escaping cambridge


FOR JOHN CHAPPELL       
First Line: Over the arafura sea, the china sea
Last Line: Now be clay in the ground


FOR LEW WELCH IN A SNOWFALL       
First Line: Snowfall in march
Last Line: Where we still laugh and cook, %watching snow


FOR NOTHING       
First Line: Earth a flower %a phlox on the steep
Last Line: Snow-trickle, feldspar, dirt


FOR THE BOY WHO WAS DODGER POINT LOOKOUT FIFTEEN YEARS AGO    Poem Text    
First Line: The thin blue smoke of our campfire
Subject(s): Mountain Climbing


FOR THE BOY WHO WAS DODGER POINT LOOKOUT FIFTEEN YEARS AGO       
First Line: The thin blue smoke of our campfire
Last Line: Three elk, helps keep me sane
Subject(s): Mountain Climbing


FOR THE CHILDREN    Poem Text    
First Line: The rising hills, the slopes
Subject(s): Children; Environment; Mothers; Childhood; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation


FOR THE CHILDREN       
First Line: The rising hills, the slopes
Last Line: Stay together %learn the flowers %go light
Subject(s): Children; Environment; Mothers


FOR THE WEST       
First Line: Europe, %your red-haired
Last Line: Little girl was singing, %all those years


FORDING THE FLOODED GOLDIE RIVER    Poem Text    
First Line: Clamped to the log by the current
Subject(s): Rivers


FORDING THE FLOODED GOLDIE RIVER       
First Line: Clamped to the log by the current
Last Line: I fought death: %got across it %alone
Subject(s): Rivers


FOREIGNERS       
First Line: Tall %yellow teeth


FOREST FIRE AT ANANDA       
First Line: A skunk walks out of a thicket


FOUR POEMS FOR ROBIN: A SPRING NIGHT IN SHOKOKU-JI    Poem Text    
First Line: Eight years ago this may
Subject(s): Japan; Zen Buddhism; Japanese


FOUR POEMS FOR ROBIN: A SPRING NIGHT IN SHOKOKU-JI       
First Line: Eight years ago this may
Last Line: Naked under a summer cotton dress
Subject(s): Japan; Zen Buddhism


FOUR POEMS FOR ROBIN: AN AUTUMN MORNING IN SKOKOKU-JI    Poem Text    
First Line: Last night watching the pleiades
Subject(s): Anger; Pleiades (constellation)


FOUR POEMS FOR ROBIN: AN AUTUMN MORNING IN SKOKOKU-JI       
First Line: Last night watching the pleiades
Last Line: The first time I have %ever seen them close
Subject(s): Anger; Pleiades (constellation)


FOUR POEMS FOR ROBIN: DECEMBER AT YASE    Poem Text    
First Line: You said, that october
Subject(s): Japan; Love - Loss Of; Japanese


FOUR POEMS FOR ROBIN: DECEMBER AT YASE       
First Line: You said, that october
Last Line: Or have done what my %karma demands
Subject(s): Japan; Love - Loss Of


FOUR POEMS FOR ROBIN: SIWASHING IT OUT .. IN SISULAW FOREST    Poem Text    
First Line: I slept under rhododendron
Subject(s): Camping; Oregon; Love; Youth; Memory; Camps; Summer Camps


FOUR POEMS FOR ROBIN: SIWASHING IT OUT .. IN SISULAW FOREST       
First Line: I slept under rhododendron
Last Line: I think back when I had you
Subject(s): Camping; Oregon


FOXTAIL PINE       
First Line: Bark smells like pineapple: jeffries
Last Line: And call this other thing, a %foxtail pine


FROM BELOW       
First Line: Turkey buzzards wheeling


FRONT LINES    Poem Text    
First Line: The edge of the cancer
Subject(s): Environment; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation


FRONT LINES       
First Line: The edge of the cancer
Last Line: And here we must draw %our line
Subject(s): Environment


FRUIT       
First Line: More sour, more bitter than lemon


GAIA    Poem Text    
First Line: Deep blue sea baby
Last Line: Ah.
Subject(s): Chuang-tzu (4th Century); Earth; World


GATHA FOR ALL THREATENED BEINGS       
First Line: Ah power that swirls us together


GEESE GONE BEYOND       
First Line: In the cedar canoe gliding and paddling


GEN       
First Line: Gen %little frown %buried in her breast
Last Line: Gen patted-on-the-head by kai, %don't cry


GENJI SONG       
First Line: I once had a gray brindle tomcat named genji


GEOLOGICAL MEDITATION       
First Line: Rocks suffer


GETTING IN THE WOOD       
First Line: The sour smell, %blue stain
Last Line: Death-topple of elderly oak. %four cords


GETTING THERE       
First Line: Padma sambhava, the furry tail


GO ROUND       
First Line: Plunging donkey --puberty devi
Last Line: Steppt up on the %merry-go- %round


GOOFING AGAIN       
Last Line: Now I have to paint the wall again %& salvage only from it all a poem


GRAND ENTRY       
First Line: The many american flags


GREAT MOTHER       
First Line: Not all those who pass
Last Line: To see what sort of savages they were


GREEN LIMB HANDS IN THE CROTCH       
Last Line: That can't be left out in the rain


HAIDA GWAI NORTH COAST, HAIKOON BEACH, HIELLEN RIVER RAVEN CROAKS       
First Line: Twelve ravens squawk, squork, crork
Last Line: Earth / loves to love
Subject(s): Environment; Geology; Mythology; Nature; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation


HAIDA GWAI NORTH COAST, HAIKOON BEACH, HIELLEN RIVER RAVEN CROAKS       
First Line: Twelve ravens squawk, squork, crork
Last Line: Tangled in fall flood streams
Subject(s): Environment; Geology; Mythology; Nature


HALF-KNOWN STARS IN THE DAWN SKY, FR. ATTHIS       


HAY FOR THE HORSES    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: He had driven half the night
Subject(s): Farm Life; Agriculture; Farmers


HAY FOR THE HORSES       
First Line: He had driven half the night
Last Line: And damnit, that's just what %I've gone and done
Subject(s): Farm Life


HE SHOT ARROWS, BUT NOT AT BIRDS PERCHING       
First Line: The governor came to visit in the mountains
Last Line: Striking deep in straw bales by the barn


HEIFER CLAMBERS UP       
First Line: A heifer clambers up %nighthawk goes out %horses
Last Line: Fat %with the baby happy land


HEMP       
First Line: Gravel-bars, riverbanks, scars
Last Line: We sit and wait, for days, %and pray for rain


HER LIFE BLEW THROUGH MY BODY AND AWAY, FR. ATTHIS       


HIGASHI HONGWANJI       
First Line: In a quiet dusty corner
Last Line: & floats a grey shale %mountain over the town


HIGH QUALITY INFORMATION       
First Line: A life spent seeking it


HILLS OF HOME       
First Line: Today is like no day that


HISTORY MUST HAVE A START       
First Line: Took all day to find it


HITCH HAIKU    Poem Text    
First Line: They didn't hire him
Subject(s): West (u.s.); Southwest; Pacific States


HITCH HAIKU       
First Line: They didn't hire him
Last Line: Steep travel a- %head
Subject(s): West (u.s.)


HOME ON THE RANGE       
First Line: Bison rumble-belly


HOP, SKIP, AND JUMP       
First Line: The curv'd lines toe-drawn, round cornerd squares
Last Line: To do the hop, skip, and jump
Subject(s): Play


HOUSECLEANING IN KYOTO       
First Line: This red washrag


HOW DO YOU SHAPE AN AXE HANDLE?       


HOW POETRY COMES TO ME       
First Line: It comes blundering over the


HOW ZEN MASTERS ARE LIKE MATURE HERRING       
First Line: So few become full grown


HUDSONIAN CURLEW       
First Line: The end of a desert track--turnaround
Last Line: Pacing - and glancing - around


HUMP BACKED FLUTE PLAYER       
Last Line: Of pinyon %pine
Subject(s): Geology; Mythology


HUNTING: 11       
First Line: Songs for a four-crowned dancing hat
Last Line: That was southeast, they say


HUNTING: 12       
First Line: Out the greywolf valley %in late afternoon
Last Line: Smell of the mountains still on me. %none stung


HUNTING: 15       
First Line: First day of the world
Last Line: He suffered in them all


HUNTING: 16       
First Line: How rare to be born a human being?
Last Line: All but coyote


I CAN'T STAND THESE BIRD-SONGS       
Last Line: Climbing the southern slope of cold mountain


I SEE OLD FRIEND DAN ELLSBERG ON TV IN A MOUNTAIN       
First Line: His familiar youthful face


I WENT INTO THE MAVERICK BAR    Poem Text    


I WENT INTO THE MAVERICK BAR       
Last Line: To the real work, to %'what is to be done.'
Subject(s): Bars And Bartenders


IN THE HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN       
First Line: Skinny kids in shorts get cups
Last Line: Did I really have to kill my sick, sick cat


IN THE NIGHT, FRIEND       
First Line: Peach blossom %cling peaches %freestone peach
Last Line: Ss washington bear %west coast bound


IN TOKYO: AT LOOSE ENDS       
First Line: All those books and those clothes


INSTRUCTIONS    Poem Text    
First Line: Fuel filler cap
Subject(s): Geology; Mythology


INSTRUCTIONS       
First Line: Fuel filler cap
Last Line: Or, not even one
Subject(s): Geology; Mythology


IT       
First Line: Cloud--cloud--cloud-- -- hurls
Last Line: Feeds the brain


IT (READING BLAKE IN A COWSHED - ISLAND IN EAST CHINA SEA)       
First Line: Cloud - cloud - cloud hurls %up and on over
Last Line: Feeds the brain


IT PLEASES       
First Line: Far above the dome
Last Line: The world does what it pleases


JACKRABBIT    Poem Text    
First Line: Jackrabbit / black-tailed hare
Subject(s): Geology; Mythology


JACKRABBIT       
First Line: Jackrabbit %black-tailed hare
Subject(s): Geology; Mythology


JEMEZ PUEBLO RING       
First Line: Lost in the cracks of the walls or floors
Last Line: Those corn-growing black-haired villagers %are still there, making such rings, %I'm told--


JOE HILL FRAGMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: The copper bosses shot you joe'
Subject(s): Hill, Joe (1879-1915); Labor Unions; Hillstrom, Joseph; Hagglund, Joel


JOE HILL FRAGMENT       
First Line: The copper bosses shot you joe'
Subject(s): Hill, Joe (1879-1915); Labor Unions


JOURNEYS    Poem Text    
First Line: Genji caught a gray bird, fluttering. It
Subject(s): Geology; Mythology


JOURNEYS       
First Line: Genji caught a gray bird, fluttering. It
Last Line: Way to the back country.'
Subject(s): Geology; Mythology


KAI, TODAY       
First Line: A teen-age boy in training pants
Last Line: As they fall back, %arcing %into her -- ) %sea


KINE       
First Line: Eight cows


KISIBATON       
First Line: Beat-up datsun idling in the road
Last Line: Is what we came to see


KNOW       
First Line: The trees know


KUSIWOQQOBI       
First Line: Did it come from
Last Line: From the dust, from the breeze


KYOTO BORN IN SPRING SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: Beautiful little children
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters


KYOTO BORN IN SPRING SONG       
First Line: Beautiful little children
Last Line: Wild babies %in the ferns and plums and weeds
Subject(s): Fathers And Daughters


KYOTO VACATION       
First Line: Down from the country, old train bogies


KYOTO: MARCH       
First Line: A few light flakes of snow
Last Line: And grandchildren that they love


LATE OCTOBER CAMPING IN THE SAWTOOTHS       
First Line: Sunlight climbs the snowpeak


LATE SNOW & LUMBER STRIKE OF THE SUMMER OF FIFTY-FOUR       
First Line: Whole towns shut down hitching the coast road, only gypos
Last Line: And stand in lines in seattle. %looking for work


LINES ON A CARP       
First Line: Old fat fish of everlasting life


LITTLE SONGS FOR GAIA       
First Line: Across salt marshes north of
Last Line: As I fled, to write you and explain


LITTLE SONGS FOR GAIA: 18.       
First Line: The flickers
Last Line: In the cool pine breeze


LIZARDS, WIND, SUNSHINE, APPLES       
First Line: A plane circling in the distance
Last Line: A chicken pecking catfood in the kitchen


LMFBR    Poem Text    
First Line: Death himself, / (liquid metal fast breeder reactor)
Subject(s): Judgment Day; End Of The World; Doomsday; Fall Of Man


LMFBR       
First Line: Death himself, %(liquid metal fast breeder reactor)
Last Line: Of the kali-yuga %end of days
Subject(s): Judgment Day


LODGEPOLE PINE: THE WONDERFUL REPRODUCTIVE       
Last Line: Hovering over ten thousand acres %of young fir


LOGGING: 10       
First Line: A ghost logger wanders a shadow
Last Line: The last decent carpentry %ever done by jews


LOGGING: 15       
First Line: Lodgepole %cone/seed waits for fire
Last Line: May paint the mountains and streams %though the territory is lost'


LOGGING: 8       
First Line: Each dawn is clear
Last Line: Taurus by nightfall


LONG HAIR    Poem Text    
First Line: Hunting season: / once every year, the deer catch human beings


LONG HAIR       
First Line: Deer trails: %deer trails run on the side hills
Last Line: And deer bound through my hair


LONG HAIR       
First Line: Hunting season: %once every year, the deer catch human beings
Last Line: This is called 'takeover from inside'
Subject(s): Nature


LONGITUDE 170 WEST, LATITUDE 35 NORTH       
First Line: This realm half sky half water


LOOK BACK       
First Line: Twice one summer
Last Line: The up and down of it %stays in my feet


LOOKOUTS       
First Line: Perched on their bare and windy peaks


LOTS OF PLAY       
First Line: In the way things work
Last Line: The world looks ok %lots of play


LOVE       
First Line: Women who were turned inside-out
Last Line: Over and over, %sing about love


LOVE ME LOVE, TIL TREES FALL FLAT, FR. ATTHIS       


LOW WINTER SUN       


MA    Poem Text    
First Line: Hello boy
Subject(s): Geology; Mythology


MA       
First Line: Hello boy
Last Line: As ever %ma
Subject(s): Geology; Mythology


MACAQUES IN THE SKY    Poem Text    
First Line: Walking the trail with wang ch'ing-hua, red pine, lo ch'ing
Subject(s): Geology; Mythology


MACAQUES IN THE SKY       
First Line: Walking the trail with wang ch'ing-hua, red pine, lo ch'ing
Last Line: Rhesus macaque
Subject(s): Geology; Mythology


MAGPIE'S SONG       
First Line: Six a.M., %sat down on excavation gravel
Last Line: Here in the mind, brother, %turquoise blue


MAKINGS       
First Line: I watched my father's friends


MANICHAEANS       
First Line: Our portion of fire
Last Line: And keep back the cold


MANZANITA       
First Line: Before dawn the coyotes
Last Line: The bigger they seem, %'little apples'


MAP       
First Line: A hill, a farm


MARIN-AN       
First Line: Sun breaks over the eucalyptus
Last Line: Driving men to work


MARKET       
First Line: Heart of the city
Last Line: While waiting for my wife
Subject(s): Geology; Mythology


MARKET: 2       
First Line: Seventy-five feet hoed rows equal


MEETING THE MOUNTAINS       
First Line: He crawls to the edge of the foaming creek


MESSAGE FROM OUTSIDE       
First Line: I am the one who gnawed the blanket through


MID-AUGUST AT SOURDOUGH MOUNTAIN LOOKOUT    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Down valley a smoke haze
Subject(s): Memory; Summer


MID-AUGUST AT SOURDOUGH MOUNTAIN LOOKOUT       
First Line: Down valley a smoke haze
Last Line: Looking down for miles %through high still air
Subject(s): Memory; Summer


MIGRATION OF BIRDS       
First Line: It started just now with a hummingbird
Last Line: Nesting in alaska %in six weeks


MILTON BY FIRELIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Oh hell, what do mine eyes with grief behold'
Subject(s): Environment; Milton, John (1608-1674); Mines & Miners; Sierra Nevada Mountains; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation


MILTON BY FIRELIGHT       
First Line: Oh hell, what do mine eyes with grief behold'
Last Line: On an old trail %all of a summer's day
Subject(s): Environment; Milton, John (1608-1674); Mines And Miners; Sierra Nevada Mountains


MONUMENT ON OKINAWA       
First Line: One hundred twenty schoolgirls'


MORNING STAR IS NOT A STAR       
Last Line: Young girls run mad with the pine bough, io


MOTHER EARTH: HER WHALES    Poem Text    
First Line: An owl winks in the shadows
Subject(s): Animals


MOTHER EARTH: HER WHALES       
First Line: An owl winks in the shadows
Last Line: In the sparkling whorls %of living light
Subject(s): Animals


MOTHER OF THE BUDDHAS, QUEEN OF HEAVEN, MOTHER OF THE SUN       
First Line: Old sow in the mud
Last Line: From earth to %look up at me


MOUNT ST. HELENS: THE MOUNTAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: From the doab of the williamette and the columbia, slightly higher
Last Line: Crusty tincan meals all cooked by boys
Subject(s): Mount Saint Helens, Washington


MOUNTAIN SPIRIT       
First Line: Ceaseless wheel of lives
Last Line: Back to the bedroll, sleep till dawn
Subject(s): Geology; Mythology


MYTH       
First Line: Fire up thunder creek and the mountain
Last Line: The sun is but a morning star


MYTHS AND TEXTS: BURNING: 1. SECOND SHAMAN SONG       
First Line: Squat in swamp shadows
Last Line: Limp fish sleep in the weeds %the sun dries me as I dance


MYTHS AND TEXTS: BURNING: 10. AMITABHA'S VOW       
First Line: If, after obtaining buddhahood, anyone in my land
Last Line: We should go back %we don't


MYTHS AND TEXTS: BURNING: 11       
First Line: Floating of vapour from brazier


MYTHS AND TEXTS: BURNING: 13       
First Line: Spikes of new smell driven up nostrils
Last Line: Neah bay at low tide


MYTHS AND TEXTS: BURNING: 14       
First Line: A skin-bound bundle of clutchings %unborn and with no place to go
Last Line: Two of us, carrying packs


MYTHS AND TEXTS: BURNING: 15       
First Line: Stone-flake and salmon
Last Line: The hot seeds steam underground %still alive


MYTHS AND TEXTS: BURNING: 2       
First Line: One moves continually with the consciousness


MYTHS AND TEXTS: BURNING: 3. MAUDGALYAYANA SAW HELL       
First Line: Under the shuddering eyelid
Last Line: Blooming human mind %dropping it all, and opening the eyes


MYTHS AND TEXTS: BURNING: 4. MAITREYA THE FUTURE BUDDHA       
First Line: He's out stuck in a bird's craw
Last Line: Your empty happy body %swarming in the light


MYTHS AND TEXTS: BURNING: 5. JIMSON WEED       
First Line: Now both %being persons - alive
Last Line: Imagine a dark house %blue


MYTHS AND TEXTS: BURNING: 6       
First Line: My clutch and your clutch
Last Line: The void %gnashes its teeth


MYTHS AND TEXTS: BURNING: 7       
First Line: Face in the crook of her neck
Last Line: At the breast of the mother of the universe


MYTHS AND TEXTS: BURNING: 8. JOHN MUIR ON MT. RITTER       
First Line: After scanning its face again and again
Last Line: Nothing at all to do


MYTHS AND TEXTS: HUNTING: 1. FIRST SHAMAN SONG       
First Line: In the village of the dead
Last Line: Watching the waterdogs %the last truck gone


MYTHS AND TEXTS: HUNTING: 3. THIS POEM IS FOR BIRDS       
First Line: Birds in a whirl, drift to the rooftops


MYTHS AND TEXTS: HUNTING: 4       
First Line: The swallow-shell that eases birth


MYTHS AND TEXTS: HUNTING: 6. THIS POEM IS FOR BEAR       
First Line: A bear down under the cliff
Last Line: You couldn't hit a bear in the ass %with a handful of rice!


MYTHS AND TEXTS: HUNTING: 7       
First Line: All beaded with dew


MYTHS AND TEXTS: HUNTING: 8. THIS POEM IS FOR DEER       
First Line: I dance on all the mountains
Last Line: Until the deer come down to die %in pity for my pain


MYTHS AND TEXTS: LOGGING: 14    Poem Text    
First Line: The groves are down
Subject(s): Environment; Trees; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation


MYTHS AND TEXTS: LOGGING: 14       
First Line: The groves are down
Last Line: To his eager nose
Subject(s): Environment; Trees


MYTHS AND TEXTS: LOGGING: 3       
First Line: Stood straight %holding the choker high
Last Line: Hovering over ten thousand acres %of young fir


MYTHS AND TEXTS: LOGGING: 5       
First Line: Again the ancient, meaningless


N. OF COALDALE, NEVADA, A GLIMPSE THROUGH BREAK IN STORM       
First Line: O mother gaia
Last Line: I bow in roadside gravel


NANAO KNOWS       
First Line: Mountains, cities, all so
Last Line: In and out of forests, cities, families like a fish


NANSEN       
First Line: I found you on a rainy morning
Last Line: Of mild, steady pain


NET       
First Line: A man in a canoe


NEW MOON TONGUE    Poem Text    
First Line: Faint new moon arc, curl
Subject(s): Geology; Mythology


NEW MOON TONGUE       
First Line: Faint new moon arc, curl
Last Line: Reaching tongue
Subject(s): Geology; Mythology


NIGHT       
First Line: All the dark hours everywhere repair
Last Line: The first sunlight hitting the shades


NIGHT HERONS       
First Line: Night herons nest in the cypress
Last Line: Ever-fresh and lovely dawn


NIGHT HIGHWAY 99    Poem Text    
First Line: We're on our way
Subject(s): Geology; Mythology


NIGHT HIGHWAY 99       
First Line: We're on our way
Last Line: Is no 99
Subject(s): Geology; Mythology


NIGHT SONG OF THE LOS ANGELES BASIN    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Owl / calls,
Subject(s): Geology; Mythology; Nature


NIGHT SONG OF THE LOS ANGELES BASIN       
First Line: Owl %calls,
Last Line: Owl %calls; %late-rising moon.
Subject(s): Geology; Mythology; Nature


NO MATTER, NEVER MIND       
First Line: The father is the void
Last Line: Gives birth to the mind


NO SHOES NO SHIRT NO SERVICE       
First Line: Padding down the street, the
Last Line: Shiva's dancing feet %(no shoes)


NOOKSACK VALLEY       
First Line: At the far end of a trip north
Last Line: Turns and turns about, stops and sleeps


NORTH BEACH ALBA       
First Line: Waking half-drunk in a strange pad
Last Line: Driving across the bridge in a beat old car to work


NORTH COAST       
First Line: Those picnics covered with sand


NOT LEAVING THE HOUSE       
First Line: When kai is born
Last Line: Making a new world of ourselves %around this life


NOW I'LL ALSO TELL WHAT FOOD       
Last Line: Buffaloes, mountan sheep, and turtles


NUMEROUS BROKEN EGGS       
First Line: Ejected from such pleasuance


O       


O WATERS       
First Line: O waters %wash us, me
Last Line: Great %earth %sangha


OFF THE TRAIL       
First Line: We are free to find our own way


OFFERING FOR TARA       
First Line: Have you seen my companion
Last Line: May you remain unchanged
Subject(s): Geology; Mythology


OIL       
First Line: Soft rainsqualls on the swells
Last Line: Long injections of pure oil


OLD BONES    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Out there walking round, looking out for food
Subject(s): Geology; Mythology


OLD BONES       
First Line: Out there walking round, looking out for food
Last Line: How we all prevailed
Subject(s): Geology; Mythology


OLD DUTCH WOMAN       
First Line: The old dutch woman would spend half a day
Last Line: Pick their way over the snow


OLD ROTTING TREE TRUNK DOWN       
First Line: Winding grain %of twisting outer spiral shell
Last Line: Feeding that follows -- %the woodpecker's cry


OLD WOMAN NATURE    Poem Text    


OLD WOMAN NATURE       
Last Line: Don't be shocked, %she's heating you some soup
Subject(s): Kabuki; Men; Mothers


OLD WOODRAT'S STINKY HOUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: Coyote and earthmaker whirling about in the world winds
Subject(s): Geology; Mythology


OLD WOODRAT'S STINKY HOUSE       
First Line: Coyote and earthmaker whirling about in the world winds
Last Line: Do good things. Me, I'm traveling on.'
Subject(s): Geology; Mythology


ON CLIMBING THE SIERRA MATTERHORN AGAIN AFTER THIRTY-ONE       
First Line: Range after range of mountains
Last Line: I am still in love


ON OUR WAY TO KHAJURAHO       
First Line: On our way to %khajuraho
Last Line: Crosst from hand to hand


ON SAN GABRIEL RIDGES       
First Line: I dream of-- %soft, white, washable country
Last Line: Tight and dry in scats of %fox


ON VULTURE PEAK       
First Line: All the boys are gathered there


ONCE ONLY       
First Line: Almost at the equator
Last Line: In the center of the sky


ONE SHOULD NOT TALK TO A SKILLED HUNTER ABOUT WHAT IS FORBIDDEN BY TH       
First Line: A gray fox, female, nine pounds three ounces
Last Line: And the secret hidden deep in that


ONE YEAR       
First Line: The hills behind %santa barbara
Last Line: Today, america, japan, %one year


ORCHARD       
First Line: Writhing, wreathing


ORDERING CHILE VERDE IN GALLUP       
First Line: Wet lips sidewise


ORIGINAL VOW       
First Line: Pollen, eagle down


OTHER SIDE OF EACH COIN       
First Line: The head of a man of the ruling elite


OUT OF THE SOIL AND ROCK       


PAINFUL ACCUMULATION OF OUR ERRORS, FR. ATTHIS       


PAINTING THE NORTH SAN JUAN SCHOOL    Poem Text    
First Line: White paint splotches on blue head bandanas
Subject(s): Education; Schools; Students


PAINTING THE NORTH SAN JUAN SCHOOL       
First Line: White paint splotches on blue head bandanas
Last Line: Ladders resting on the shaky porch
Subject(s): Education; Schools


PARTING WITH CLAUDE DALENBERG       
First Line: Why don't we get drunk


PERSIMMON       
First Line: In a cove reaching back between ridges
Last Line: The people and trees that prevail


PINE RIVER       
First Line: From the top of matsue castle
Last Line: Little villages %under snow


PINE TREE TOPS       
First Line: In the blue night
Last Line: Rabbit tracks, deer tracks, %what do we know


PINES, UNDER PINES       
Last Line: Through the pines


PIUTE CREEK       
First Line: One granite ridge
Last Line: Cold proud eyes %of cougar or coyote %watch me rise and go


PLUM PETAL FALLING       


POEM LEFT IN SOURDOUGH MOUNTAIN LOOKOUT       
First Line: I the poet gary snyder
Last Line: & when pray tell, shall lookouts die


POETRY IS THE EAGLE OF EXPERIENCE       
First Line: All the little mice of writing letters


POINT REYES       
First Line: Sandpipers at the margin


POORNESS AND THE PRIDE WE SHARED, FR. ATTHIS       


PRAISE FOR SICK WOMEN       
First Line: The female is fertile, and discipline
Last Line: Crouched from sun, five days, %blood dripping through crusted thighs


PRAYER FOR THE GREAT FAMILY    Poem Text    
First Line: Gratitude to mother earth, sailing through night and day
Subject(s): Environment; Holidays; Prayer; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation


PRAYER FOR THE GREAT FAMILY       
First Line: Gratitude to mother earth, sailing through night and day
Last Line: The mind is his wife. %so be it
Subject(s): Environment; Holidays; Prayer


PREPOTENT       
First Line: Justin morgan


PROFESSOR AS TRANSFORMER       
First Line: That ugly infant who stole sunshine


PUBLIC BATH: THE BABY BOY       
First Line: On his back, dashed with scalding water
Last Line: Inscutably %pees


PUBLIC BATH: THE BATH-GIRL       
First Line: Getting dressed, in the mirror
Last Line: Am I %different


PUBLIC BATH: THE DAUGHTERS       
First Line: Gripping and scrubbing his two little daughters
Last Line: Pink flesh in the steamy light


PUBLIC BATH: THE MEN       
First Line: Squatting soapy and limber
Last Line: Tumbled on beaches %newsreels, the %war


PUBLIC BATH: THE OLD WOMAN       
First Line: Too fat and too old to care
Last Line: Idly knocking dewy water off her bush


PUBLIC BATH: THE YOUNG WOMAN       
First Line: Gazing vacant, drying her neck
Last Line: -- next year she'll be dressing %out of sight


RAIN IN THE ALLEGHANY       
First Line: Standing in the thunder-pouring
Last Line: Stopping on our way, %in alleghany


RAINBOW BODY       
First Line: Cicada fill up the bamboo thickets
Last Line: Eyes closed, %dazzled ears


RAINY SEASON       
First Line: Rain %a steady drip from the eaves


RAVEN'S BEAK RIVER AT THE END    Poem Text    
First Line: Doab of the tatshenshini river and the alsek lake, a long spit of
Subject(s): Geology; Mythology; Nature


RAVEN'S BEAK RIVER AT THE END       
First Line: Doab of the tatshenshini river and the alsek lake, a long spit of
Last Line: Flying off alone %flying off alone %flying off alone %off alone
Subject(s): Geology; Mythology; Nature


RAY WELLS, A BIG NISQUALLY, AND I       
Last Line: Healing and grazing in the dead white heat


REAL WORK       
First Line: Sea-lions and birds, %sun through fog
Last Line: Washing and sighing, %sliding by


REGARDING WAVE       
First Line: The voice of the dhama
Last Line: Om -- ah -- hum


REMOVING THE PLATE OF THE PUMP ON THE HYDRAULIC SYSTEM       
First Line: Through mud, fouled nuts, black grime
Last Line: At the heart %of work


REVOLUTION IN THE REVOLUTION IN THE REVOLUTION       
First Line: The country surrounds the city
Last Line: Comes out of the seed-syllables of mantras


RIDE       
First Line: To %force to the furthest edge where


RIDING THE HOT ELECTRIC TRAIN       


RIGHT IN THE TRAIL       
First Line: Here it is, near the house
Last Line: Chew your food


RIPPLES ON THE SURFACE       
First Line: Ripples on the surface of the water
Last Line: No nature. %both together, one big empty house


RIPRAP       
First Line: Lay down these words
Last Line: All change, in thoughts, %as well as things


RIVER IN THE VALLEY    Poem Text    
First Line: We cross the sacramento river at colusa
Subject(s): Rivers


RIVER IN THE VALLEY       
First Line: We cross the sacramento river at colusa
Last Line: All flowering at once, %all one place
Subject(s): Rivers


ROOTS       
First Line: Draw over and dig
Last Line: Roots are strong


ROUTE       
First Line: We didn't go so much to the south


RUNNING WATER MUSIC       
First Line: Under the trees %under the clouds
Last Line: Over blinding fine white %river sand


RUNNING WATER MUSIC II       
First Line: Clear running stream %clear running stream
Last Line: With you %in me


SAPPA CREEK       
First Line: Old rusty-belly thing will soon be gone
Last Line: Tending sick and nervous old & cranky ship


SAYING FAREWELL AT THE MONASTERY AFTER HEARING THE OLD MASTE       
First Line: At the last turn in the path
Last Line: (moss and a bit of %wild %bird-) %down


SEALION, SALMON, OFFSHORE       
Last Line: I'll eat your corpse


SEEING THE OX       
First Line: Brown ox


SERVES       
First Line: A human arm


SESTINA OF THE END OF THE KALPA       
First Line: You joyous gods, who gave mankind his culture


SHARK MEAT       
First Line: In the night fouled the nets
Last Line: To be part of this loom


SHE DREAMED       


SHE DREAMED SHE WAS A COUGAR       


SHERRY IN JULY       
First Line: Julius caesar, cut from his mother's womb


SINECURE FOR P. WHALEN       
First Line: Whalen, curious vulture


SIX HELLS OF THE ENGINE ROOM       
First Line: The hot air hell of the fiddley where rails
Last Line: Your hands get all sticky


SIX YEARS: APRIL       
First Line: Firework bangs echo up in the valley
Last Line: Talk in the dark, and sleep


SIX YEARS: AUGUST       
First Line: Night -- town of lights
Last Line: We sleep in the sand %and our salt


SIX YEARS: DECEMBER    Poem Text    
First Line: Three a.M. -- a far bell
Subject(s): Monasteries; Abbeys


SIX YEARS: DECEMBER       
First Line: Three a.M. -- a far bell
Last Line: A far bell coming closer
Subject(s): Monasteries


SIX YEARS: ENVOY TO SIX YEARS       
First Line: Down in the engine room again
Last Line: The belly of the ship


SIX YEARS: FEBRUARY       
First Line: Water taps running, the sun part out
Last Line: The ash pure white


SIX YEARS: JANUARY       
First Line: The pine tree is perfect
Last Line: Was once a snowy hill


SIX YEARS: JULY       
First Line: Kicking through sasa
Last Line: Naps under the tree


SIX YEARS: JUNE       
First Line: Students listen to the tapes
Last Line: & layed out on text %page and tape


SIX YEARS: MARCH       
First Line: Up in dirt alley
Last Line: & hall the windy concrete of %zojoji


SIX YEARS: MAY       
First Line: Sitting and resting on the crest, looking far
Last Line: (night ride america; thin-lipped waitress whores -- )


SIX YEARS: NOVEMBER       
First Line: Hoeing the hatake, pull out all the clover bulb
Last Line: With the back of a sickle %stooping in gravel


SIX YEARS: OCTOBER       
First Line: The rich have money; give to the rich
Last Line: All, -- dharma kings


SIX YEARS: SEPTEMBER       
First Line: Rucksack braced on a board, lashed tight on back
Last Line: And made love in the sand


SIXTH-MONTH SONG IN THE FOOTHILLS    Poem Text    
First Line: In the cold shed sharpening saws
Subject(s): Swallows


SIXTH-MONTH SONG IN THE FOOTHILLS       
First Line: In the cold shed sharpening saws
Last Line: Fly in to my shed
Subject(s): Swallows


SMOG       


SNOW ON SADDLE MOUNTAIN       
First Line: The only thing that can be relied on
Last Line: Is the snow on kurakake mountain


SOME CRITIC TRIED TO PUT ME DOWN       
Last Line: Ought to stick to making money


SOME GOOD THINGS TO BE SAID FOR THE IRON AGE       
First Line: A ringing tire iron
Last Line: Brush on limbs


SOME LOVERS WAKE ONE DAY       


SONG FOR A COUGAR HIDE       
First Line: The fully human time is nigh


SONG OF THE SLIP       
First Line: Slept %folded in girls
Last Line: Moves in and makes home in the whole


SONG OF THE TANGLE       
First Line: Two thigh hills hold us at the fork
Last Line: Through which we push


SONG OF THE TASTE       
First Line: Eating the living germs of grasses
Last Line: Kissing the lover in the mouth of bread: %lip to lip


SONGS AT CUSTER'S BATTLEFIELD       
First Line: Crickets and meadowlarks today


SOURCE       
First Line: To be in %to the land
Last Line: Drink deep %that black light


SOURS OF THE HILLS       
First Line: Barbed seeds -- in double ranks
Last Line: Into the wild sour


SOY SAUCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Standing on a stepladder
Subject(s): Nostalgia


SOY SAUCE       
First Line: Standing on a stepladder
Subject(s): Nostalgia


SPEL AGAINST DEMONS       
First Line: The release of demonic energies in the %name of %the people
Last Line: Sphataya hum traka ham mam


SPIRITS WAIT AND SING BENEATH THE LAND       
First Line: Under the hills the kukini gamble


SPRING       
First Line: Bees humming


SPRING       
First Line: Beating asphalt into highway potholes
Last Line: Get back on the job


SPRING SONGS       
First Line: Out the building's shadow


STEAK       
First Line: Up on the bluff, the steak houses
Last Line: Early morning prairie sky


STILL, SHE REPROACHED ALL LANDS,' FR. ATTHIS       


STONE GARDEN       
First Line: Japan a great stone garden in the sea
Last Line: A formal garden made by fire and time


STOVEWOOD    Poem Text    
First Line: Two thousand years of fog and sucking minerals
Subject(s): Environment; Trees; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation


STOVEWOOD       
First Line: Two thousand years of fog and sucking minerals
Last Line: And stick it in a stove
Subject(s): Environment; Trees


STRAIGHT-CREEK -- GREAT BURN (FOR TOM AND MARTHA BURCH)       
First Line: Lightly, in the april mountains
Last Line: They settle down. %end of poem


STRAITS OF MALACCA 24 OCT 1957       
First Line: Soft rain on the


STRATEGIC AIR COMMAND    Poem Text    
First Line: The hiss and flashing lights of a jet
Last Line: Belongs to the twentieth century and its wars.
Subject(s): Antinuclear Movement; Strategic Air Command; Nuclear Freeze


SURROUNDED BY WILD TURKEYS    Poem Text    
First Line: Little calls -- as they pass
Subject(s): Turkeys


SURROUNDED BY WILD TURKEYS       
First Line: Little calls -- as they pass
Last Line: Look just like us
Subject(s): Turkeys


SUSTAINED YIELD       
First Line: Spain, italy, albania, turkey, greece


SVAHA A FEMININE ENDING FOR MANTRA.'       
First Line: Under the lilac, svaha girl


SWEAT       
First Line: Now I must sit naked


T-2 TANKER BLUES       
First Line: Mind swarming with pictures, cheap magazines, drunk
Last Line: Gritty earth--embraced in welded plates of perfect steel


TALKING LATE WITH THE GOVERNOR ABOUT THE BUDGET       
First Line: Entering the midnight
Last Line: Is it raining tonight at home


TARGET PRACTICE       
First Line: No trail %can't be followed
Last Line: When creeks are down %we heap stones


TASTE       
First Line: I don't know where it went


TENJIN       
First Line: We had ten zen monks


THE BATH    Poem Text    
First Line: Washing kai in the sauna
Subject(s): Saunas


THE BEAR MOTHER    Poem Text    
First Line: She veils herself
Subject(s): Geology; Mythology


THE BLACK-TAILED HARE    Poem Text    
First Line: A grizzled black-eyed jackrabbit showed me
Subject(s): Geology; Mythology


THE BLUE SKY    Poem Text    
First Line: Eastward from here
Subject(s): Geology; Mythology


THE CANYON WREN    Poem Text    
First Line: I look up at the cliffs
Last Line: To purify our ears
Subject(s): Geology; Mythology


THE CIRCUMAMBULATION OF MT. TAMALPAIS    Poem Text    
First Line: Walking up and around the long ridge of tamalpais, 'bay
Subject(s): Geology; Mythology


THE DANCE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Izanami / gave birth to rocks, trees, rivers, mountains, grass
Subject(s): Geology; Mythology


THE DEAD BY THE SIDE OF THE ROAD    Poem Text    
First Line: How did a great red-tailed hawk
Subject(s): Nature


THE ELWHA RIVER    Poem Text    
First Line: I was a girl waiting by the roadside for my boyfriend to come in his
Subject(s): Geology; Mythology


THE FLOWING    Poem Text    
First Line: Head doused under the bronze
Subject(s): Geology; Mythology


THE HUMP BACKED FLUTE PLAYER    Poem Text    


THE MARKET    Poem Text    
First Line: Heart of the city
Subject(s): Geology; Mythology


THE MOUNTAIN SPIRIT    Poem Text    
First Line: Ceaseless wheel of lives
Subject(s): Geology; Mythology


THE TRAIL IS NOT A TRAIL    Poem Text    
First Line: I drove down the freeway
Subject(s): Nature


THE WILD MUSHROOM    Poem Text    
First Line: Well the sunset rays are shining
Subject(s): Mushrooms; Morels


THEN       
First Line: When everybody in the world has a car


THERE ARE THOSE WHO LOVE TO GET DIRTY       


THIN ICE       
First Line: Walking in february
Last Line: It broke and I dropped %eight inches in


THINGS TO DO AROUND A LOOKOUT       
First Line: Wrap up in a blanket in cold weather and just read


THINGS TO DO AROUND KYOTO       
First Line: Lie on the mats and sweat in summer


THIRD WATCH       
First Line: He is the pard that pads on two bare feet


THIS IS LIVING       
First Line: Who's that old lady?


THIS POEM IS FOR BEAR       
Last Line: With a handful of rice


THIS POEM IS FOR BIRDS       
Last Line: As they shoot by, see or go blind


THIS TOKYO       
First Line: Peace, war, religion


THOUGHTS ON LOOKING AT A SAMUEL PALMER ETCHING AT THE TATE       
First Line: Moonlight landscape, sheep
Last Line: Before they board the truck


THREE DEER ONE COYOTE RUNNING IN THE SNOW       
First Line: First three deer bounding
Last Line: To study how that news all got put down


THREE POEMS FOR JOANNE: 1. LOVING WORDS       
First Line: Her big basket %blond hair drawn back
Last Line: Nothing willshake that %aine commitment down
Variant Title(s): Loving Words Will Cost But Littl


THREE POEMS FOR JOANNE: 2. THE HEART OF THE WOOD       
First Line: The cool %clearing
Last Line: This place is %too far %in


THREE POEMS FOR JOANNE: 3. JOANNE MY WIFE       
First Line: Joanne my wife %why frown
Last Line: Fights and the frown %at dawn


THREE WORLDS, THREE REALMS, SIX ROADS    Poem Text    
First Line: Hear phone poles hum
Subject(s): Geology; Mythology


THREE WORLDS, THREE REALMS, SIX ROADS       
First Line: Hear phone poles hum
Last Line: Going home
Subject(s): Geology; Mythology


THROUGH       
First Line: The white spot of a flicker


THROUGH THE SMOKE HOLE       
First Line: There is another world above this one; or outside of this one
Last Line: Plain men %come out of the ground


TIBETAN ARMY SURPLUS STORE       


TO FIRE       
First Line: (goma/homa) %I have raised pure flames
Last Line: With joy %I pray


TO HELL WITH YOUR FERTILITY CULT, I    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Family


TO HELL WITH YOUR FERTILITY CULT, I       
Last Line: He had nothing to say
Subject(s): Hate; Sex


TO MEET WITH AGARICUS AUGUSTUS       
First Line: Back up the ridge


TO THE CHINESE COMRADES       
First Line: The armies of china and russia
Last Line: Just %wait


TOJI       
First Line: Men asleep in their underwear
Last Line: The streetcar clanks by outside


TOMORROW'S SONG       
First Line: The usa slowly lost its mandate
Last Line: At work and in our place: %in the service %of the wilderness%of life %of death %of the mother's brea


TOO MANY CHICKENS GONE       
First Line: Bobcat paws. Bobcat pelt


TOWARD CLIMAX       
First Line: Salt seas, mountains, deserts
Last Line: On the heat of the dead & down


TRADE       
First Line: I found myself inside a massive concrete shell
Last Line: Were trading all their precious time %for things


TRAIL CREW CAMP AT BEAR VALLEY, 9,000 FEET       
First Line: Cut branches back for a day
Last Line: Black coffee in a big tin can


TRAIL IS NOT A TRAIL       
First Line: I drove down the freeway
Last Line: And it faded away - %out in the open, %everywhere to go
Subject(s): Nature


TRAVELLING TO THE CAPITAL       
First Line: I put on my travelling clothes
Last Line: This waste-tormented sea


TREE SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: Between dirt dark and giddy sky
Subject(s): Environment; Nature; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation


TREE SONG       
First Line: Between dirt dark and giddy sky
Last Line: My secret hardwood no bud ever knew
Subject(s): Environment; Nature


TRUE NIGHT       
First Line: Shath of sleep in the black of the bed
Last Line: Every day %with the dawn


TRUTH LIKE THE BELLY OF A WOMAN TURNING       
First Line: The truth %like the belly of a woman turning
Last Line: Live oak and madrone


TWELVE HOURS OUT OF NEW YORK AFTER TWENTY-FIVE DAYS AT SEA       
First Line: The sun always setting behind us
Last Line: Pack your stuff and get paid


TWO COMMENTS       
First Line: I walk the oldest culture on earth & hold


TWO FAWNS THAT DIDN'T SEE THE LIGHT THIS SPRING       
First Line: A friend in a tipi in the %northern rockies went out
Last Line: Hooves were soft and white


TWO IMMORTALS       
First Line: Sitting on a bench by the rogue river, oregon, looking at a
Last Line: Columbia, eastern washington plateau country. 'channelled scablands.'


TWO LOGGING SONGS: CLEAR-CUT       
First Line: Forestry. How %many people
Last Line: Some were over-ripe


TWO LOGGING SONGS: VIRGIN       
First Line: A virgin %forest
Last Line: Stable; at %climax


ULURU WILD FIG SONG       
First Line: Soft earth turns straight up
Last Line: This wild fig song


UNDER THE HILLS NEAR THE MORAVA RIVER    Poem Text    
First Line: She lay there midst
Subject(s): Geology; Mythology


UNDER THE HILLS NEAR THE MORAVA RIVER       
First Line: She lay there midst
Last Line: Bones of two men lying by her, %one each side
Subject(s): Geology; Mythology


UP BRANCHES OF DUCK RIVER       
First Line: Shaka valley--chickens thousands
Last Line: Hold it close %give it all away


USES OF LIGHT       
First Line: It warms my bones %say the stones
Last Line: You'll see a thousand miles more


VAPOR TRAILS    Poem Text    
First Line: Twin streaks twice higher than cumulus
Last Line: —spotting that design.
Subject(s): Air Force - United States; Antinuclear Movement; Nuclear War; Nuclear Freeze; Atomic Bomb; Hydrogen Bomb


VERSIONS OF ANACREON       
First Line: If you can tell the leaves on all the trees


VILLANELLE OF THE WANDERING LAPPS       
First Line: We seek the hidden lair


VOLCANO IN KYUSHU       
First Line: Mount aso -- uplands
Last Line: Tearing down pines %at los alamos


W       
First Line: In every house there is a wife


WAIKIKI       
First Line: A steep reef of concrete, steel, and glass


WALK       
First Line: Sunday the only day we don't work
Last Line: Stoppt and swam and ate my lunch
Subject(s): Nature


WALKING HOME FROM 'THE DUCHESS OF MALFI'       
Last Line: With more love, %not less


WALKING THE NEW YORK BEDROCK ALIVE IN THE SEA OF INFORMATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Maple, oak, poplar, gingko
Subject(s): Geology; Mythology


WALKING THE NEW YORK BEDROCK ALIVE IN THE SEA OF INFORMATION       
First Line: Maple, oak, poplar, gingko
Subject(s): Geology; Mythology


WAR OF DWARFS AND BIRDS BEYOND THE SEA       
First Line: Feeble breakers, the loose kelp slop


WASH ME ON HOME, MAMA       
Last Line: I will not have heard them. Signed, %( -- ) %coyote


WATER       
First Line: Pressure of sun on the rockslide
Last Line: Eyes open aching from the cold and faced a trout


WAVE       
First Line: Grooving clam shell
Last Line: To the dancing grain of things %of my mind


WAY WEST, UNDERGROUND       
First Line: The split-cedar %smoked salmon
Last Line: Painted in caves, %underground


WE MAKE OUR VOWS TOGETHER WITH ALL BEINGS       
First Line: Eating a sandwich


WE WASH OUR BOWLS IN THIS WATER    Poem Text    
First Line: A day on the ragged north pacific coast get soaked by whipping
Subject(s): Geology; Mythology


WE WASH OUR BOWLS IN THIS WATER       
First Line: A day on the ragged north pacific coast get soaked by whipping
Last Line: Can't throw some light on the nature of ridges and rivers, %who can?'
Subject(s): Geology; Mythology


WEAVE       
First Line: Walking the yuba canyon


WHAT HAPPENED HERE BEFORE       
First Line: First a sea: soft sands, muds, and marls
Last Line: Bluejay screeches from a pine


WHAT HAVE I LEARNED       
First Line: What have I learned but
Last Line: You pass it on


WHAT HISTORY FAILS TO MENTION IS       
Last Line: Who tricked for bigshots, and were fools


WHAT STEPS       
First Line: What steps. %philip shaving his head
Last Line: Ashes, ashes, %--all fall down


WHAT TO TELL, STILL       
First Line: Reading the galley pages of laughlin's collected poems
Last Line: Or not to say, what to tell, or not, to whom %or when, %still


WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW TO BE A POET    Poem Text    
First Line: All you can about animals as persons
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW TO BE A POET       
First Line: All you can about animals as persons
Last Line: Real danger. Gambles. And the edge of death
Subject(s): Poetry And Poets


WHY LOG TRUCK DRIVERS RISE EARLIER THAN STUDENTS OF ZEN    Poem Text    
First Line: In the high seat, before-dawn dark
Subject(s): Men


WHY LOG TRUCK DRIVERS RISE EARLIER THAN STUDENTS OF ZEN       
First Line: In the high seat, before-dawn dark
Last Line: There is no other life
Subject(s): Men


WILD EDGE       
First Line: Curve of the two steel spring-up prongs on
Last Line: Kai wakes and cries


WILD MUSHROOM       
First Line: Well the sunset rays are shining
Last Line: They are a help to man
Subject(s): Mushrooms


WIND HAS BLOWN'       


WITH THIS FLESH    Poem Text    
First Line: ...On the twenty-eighth day of september 1539,the very excel- / lent
Subject(s): Geology; Mythology


WITH THIS FLESH       
First Line: ...On the twenty-eighth day of september 1539,the very excel- %lent
Last Line: With this flesh I thee wed
Subject(s): Geology; Mythology


WITHOUT       
First Line: The silence %of nature %within
Last Line: The proof of the power within


WORD BASKET WOMAN    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Years after surviving
Subject(s): Grandparents; Jeffers, Robinson (1887-1962); Poetry & Poets; Grandmothers; Grandfathers; Great Grandfathers; Great Grandmothers


WORD BASKET WOMAN       
First Line: Years after surviving
Last Line: On the arch of her white %pubic bone
Subject(s): Grandparents; Jeffers, Robinson (1887-1962); Poetry And Poets


WORK FOR BURKE       
First Line: Moveable type' indeed has spread the word


WORK TO DO TOWARD TOWN       
First Line: Venus glows in the east
Last Line: All roads descend toward town


WORKING ON THE '58 WILLYS PICKUP       
First Line: The year this truck was made
Last Line: Withh tough-handed men of the past


YASE: SEPTEMBER       
First Line: Old mrs. Kawabata
Last Line: And put them in my kitchen in a jar


YEARS       
First Line: The years seem to tumble
Last Line: And watch the night sky turn


YEARS       


YOU'VE GONE COLD, I SUPPOSE, FR. ATTHIS       


YUBA COUNTRY AUTUMN       
First Line: Today is the first day of autumn