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Warren, Robert Penn    Poet's Biography
579 poems available by this author


A WAY TO LOVE GOD    Poem Text    
First Line: Here is the shadow of truth, for only the shadow is true
Subject(s): Nothingness; God; Nihilism; Voids


ACQUAINTANCE WITH TIME IN EARLY AUTUMN       
First Line: Never -- yes, never -- before these months just passed
Last Line: In life's dime-thin, thumb-worn, two-sided, two-faced coin


ADIEU SENTIMENTALE       
First Line: Collect the ashes of this infatuation
Last Line: Of what it is that we are leaving here


ADMONITION TO THE DEAD       
First Line: Such be the end of all the red and gold
Last Line: Come to you there


ADMONITION TO THOSE WHO MOURN       
First Line: Now is the hour to rhyme a song for death
Last Line: Lest you somehow, should envy him the night


AFTER RESTLESS NIGHT       
First Line: In darkness we cannot see
Last Line: No matter how hard you try, to think of truly nothing


AFTER TEACUPS       
First Line: I was not on the parapets at cretae
Last Line: Spattering hydrangeas with a gust of bloom


AFTER THE DINNER PARTY       
First Line: You two sit at the table late, each, now and then
Last Line: Even so, one hand gropes out for another, again


AFTERWARD       
First Line: After the promise has been kept, or
Last Line: There must be so much to exchange


AGED MAN SURVEYS THE PAST TIME       
First Line: Adept, too late, at art of tears he stands
Last Line: Thy godless summer and the dusty road!


AGING MAN AT NOON IN TIMELESS NOON OF SUMMER       
First Line: Silence - except below leaves gorge-deep
Last Line: Is no sequence at all, but dream mirroring heart's dream


AGING PAINTER SITS WHERE THE GREAT TOWER HEAVES DOWN MIDNIGHT       
First Line: Where american magazines
Last Line: Might dawn yet say; %'the world! How can it be so beautiful?'


AH, ANIMA!       
First Line: Watch the great bough lashed by wind and rain. Is it
Last Line: Into the blind and antiseptic anger of air


ALF BURT, TENANT FARMER    Poem Text    
First Line: Despite that it is summer and the sun
Last Line: Thistle and drouth and the crops that never came
Subject(s): Tenant Farming


ALF BURT, TENANT FARMER       
First Line: Despite that it is summer and the sun
Last Line: Thistle and drouth and the crops that never came
Subject(s): Tenant Farming


AMAZING GRACE IN THE BACK COUNTRY       
First Line: In the season of late august star-fall
Last Line: But that was long years ago. I was twelve years old then


AMERICAN PORTRAIT: OLD STYLE       
First Line: Beyond the last house, where home was
Last Line: And love is a hard thing to outgrow


ANOTHER DIMENSION       
First Line: Over meadows of brittany, the lark
Last Line: It may be that some men, dying, have heard it


ANSWER TO PRAYER       
First Line: In that bad year, in a city to have now no name
Last Line: Or if she remembers, she laughs into the emptiness of air


ANTINOMY: TIME AND IDENTITY       
First Line: Alone, alone, I lie. The canoe
Last Line: Will gleam, sun-purpled, in its magnificence


APOCALYPSE       
First Line: I knew not down what windy nights I fled
Last Line: Watched the pale worlds wheel on and faintly on


APOLOGIA FOR GRIEF       
First Line: Now I remember songs you might have sung
Last Line: On the wide sand, fired by the sun's last rays?


ARIZONA MIDNIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: The grief of the coyote seeems to make
Last Line: Its own necessary beauty
Subject(s): Night; Grief; Coyotes


ARIZONA MIDNIGHT       
First Line: The grief of the coyote seems to make
Last Line: Its own necessary beauty


ASPEN LEAF IN WINDLESS WORLD    Poem Text    
First Line: Watch how the aspen leaf, pale and windless, waggles
Subject(s): Leaves


ASPEN LEAF IN WINDLESS WORLD       
First Line: Watch how the aspen leaf, pale and windless, waggles
Last Line: Cleared up, the last elephant turd on the lot where the circus had been?


ATHENIAN DEATH       
First Line: Born proud and fitful, hot and cold
Last Line: The clever alcibiades


AUBADE FOR HOPE       
First Line: Dawn: and foot on the cold stair treading or
Last Line: Above the ash and spittle croaks and leans


AUDUBON: 1. WAS NOT THE LOST DAUPHIN       
First Line: Was not the lost dauphin, though handsome was only
Last Line: How thin is the membrane between himself and the world


AUDUBON: 2. THE DREAM HE NEVER KNEW THE END OF       
First Line: Shank-end of day, spit of snow, the call
Last Line: The weight of the crow first comes to rest on a rigid shoulder


AUDUBON: 3. WE ARE ONLY OURSELVES       
First Line: We never know what we have lost, or what we have found
Last Line: He continued to walk in the world


AUDUBON: 4. THE SIGN WHEREBY HE KNEW       
First Line: His life, at the end seemed - even the anguish - simple
Last Line: Whereby we may know the time has come


AUDUBON: 5. THE SOUND OF THAT WIND       
First Line: He walked in the world. Knew the lust of the eye
Last Line: I cannot hear the sound of that wind


AUDUBON: 6. LOVE AND KNOWLEDGE       
First Line: Their footless dance %is of the beautiful liability of their nature
Last Line: One name for it is knowledge


AUDUBON: 7. TELL ME A STORY       
First Line: Long ago, in kentucky, I, a boy, stood
Last Line: Tell me a story of deep delight


AUGUST MOON       
First Line: Gold like a half-slice of orange
Last Line: And speak not a word


AUGUST REVIVAL : CROSBY JUNCTION       
First Line: Wheat is threshed and cut the heavy clover
Last Line: Forget to-night what manner of man has died!


AUTO-DA-FE       
First Line: Beautiful the intricacy of body!
Last Line: From some fumbling thought of the holiness or %beauty of body


AUTUMN TWILIGHT PIECE       
First Line: Now has the brittle incandescent day
Last Line: Again the bright amphigories of spring


AUTUMNAL EQUINOX ON MEDITERRANEAN BEACH       
First Line: Sail-bellyer, exciter of boys, come bang
Last Line: While human hearts do the bookkeeping in this matter


BALLAD OF BILLIE POTTS       
First Line: Big billie potts was big and stout
Last Line: Which is shaped for luck, %which is your luck


BALLAD OF YOUR PUZZLEMENT       
First Line: Purge soul for the guest awaited
Last Line: Let walls be well garlanded


BALLAD: BETWEEN THE BOXCARS (1923)    Poem Text    
First Line: I can't remember the name of the one who fell
Subject(s): Railroads; Wandering & Wanderers; Railways; Trains


BALLAD: BETWEEN THE BOXCARS (1923)       
First Line: I can't remember the name of the one who fell
Last Line: To that clobber, and slobber, and scream, between the boxcars?
Subject(s): Railroads; Wanderers And Wandering


BASIC SYLLOGISM       
First Line: Down through the latticework of leaves
Last Line: In their combustion, flameless, burn


BEARDED OAKS    Poem Text    
First Line: The oaks, how subtle and marine
Subject(s): Oak Trees


BEARDED OAKS       
First Line: The oaks, how subtle and marine
Last Line: That we may spare this hour's term %to practice for eternity
Subject(s): Oak Trees


BETTER THAN COUNTING SHEEP       
First Line: For a night when sleep eludes you, I have
Last Line: The shadows are dreams -- but of what? And the snowdrift, sleep


BICENTENNIAL       
First Line: Wall street aflame, strategic police stations
Last Line: They did not get around to setting us free from ourselves


BLESSED ACCIDENT       
First Line: Even if you are relatively young - say
Last Line: The dice-cup? Ah, blessed accident!


BOY WANDERING IN SIMMS' VALLEY    Poem Text    
First Line: Through brush and love-vine, well blooded by blackberry thorn
Last Line: And stood wondering what life is, and love, and what they might be
Subject(s): Decay; Rot; Decadence


BOY WANDERING IN SIMMS' VALLEY       
First Line: Through brush and love-vine, well blooded by blackberry thorn
Last Line: And stood wondering what lufe is, and love, %and what they may be
Subject(s): Decay


BOYHOOD IN TOBACCO COUNTRY       
First Line: All I can dream tonight is an autumn sunset
Last Line: The dark roof hides the sky


BREAKING THE CODE       
First Line: The world around us speaks in code
Last Line: It is hard to break the code in our little time and space


BROTHERHOOD IN PAIN       
First Line: Fix your eyes on any chance object. For instance
Last Line: You exist only in the delirious illusion of language


CALENDAR       
First Line: The days draw in
Last Line: And glad time's waste?


CARIBOU    Poem Text    
First Line: Far, far southward, the forest is white, not merely
Subject(s): Deer


CARIBOU       
First Line: Far, far southward, the forest is white, not merely
Last Line: They must have been going somewhere
Subject(s): Deer


CHIEF JOSEPH OF THE NEZ PERCE    Poem Text    
First Line: The land of the winding waters, wallowa
Last Line: Eyes of the fathers are suddenly fixed on him. To know
Subject(s): Joseph, Chief (1840-1904)


CHIEF JOSEPH OF THE NEZ PERCE; WHO CALLED THEMSELVES 'THE REAL PEOPLE'       
First Line: The land of the winding waters, wallowa
Last Line: And did not talk much on the way
Subject(s): Joseph, Chief (1840-1904)


COCKTAIL PARTY       
First Line: Beynd the haze of alcohol and syntax and
Last Line: Or maybe I'm only a little drunk. Oh, waiter!


CODE BOOK LOST       
First Line: What does the veery say, at dusk in shad-thicket?
Last Line: The whole world pours at us. But the code book, somehow, is lost


COLD COLLOQUY       
First Line: She loitered to heed his heart's pouring-out
Last Line: Or seeks a thing long lost among the fallen leaves


CONVERGENCES       
First Line: By saplings I jerked and swung
Last Line: Which led where you cannot know


CORNER OF THE EYE       
First Line: The poem is just beyond the corner of the eye
Last Line: Or is it merely a poem, after all?


COVERED BRIDGE       
First Line: Another land, another age, another self


CRIME       
First Line: Envy the mad killer who lies in the ditch and grieves


CROESUS IN AUTUMN       
First Line: If the distrait verdure cleave not to the branch


CROSS       
First Line: Once, after storm, I stood at the cliff-head
Last Line: But what use that? The sea comes back


CRUSADE       
First Line: We have not forgot the clanking of grey armors
Last Line: We shall be still enough tomorrow


CYCLE       
First Line: Perhaps I have had enough of summer's
Last Line: In the dark I will wake, on the hearth see last coals glow


DAWN       
First Line: Dawnward, I wake. In darkness, wait
Last Line: The crow, at least once more, call?


DAY DR. KNOX DID IT: 1. PLACE AND TIME       
First Line: Heat-blaze, white dazzle: and white is the dust
Last Line: I move toward that coolness. Then I hear the sound


DAY DR. KNOX DID IT: 2. THE EVENT       
First Line: The sound was like one made by a board
Last Line: I would wonder how long he had lain there, first


DAY DR. KNOX DID IT: 3. A CONFEDERATE VETERAN TRIES TO EXPLAIN THE       
First Line: But why did he do it, grandpa?' I said
Last Line: In that dark, the tongue moved. 'for some folks,' it said


DAY DR. KNOX DID IT: 4. THE PLACE WHERE THE BOY POINTED       
First Line: It was ten days after the event
Last Line: I kept wondering who had cleaned up the mess


DAY DR. KNOX DID IT: 5. AND ALL THAT CAME THEREAFTER       
First Line: But ran from such wondering as I ran
Last Line: It is night. In the next room she weeps


DEAD HORSE IN FIELD       
First Line: In the last, far field, half-buried
Last Line: Can you think of some ground on which that may be gainsaid?


DEBATE: QUESTION, QUARRY, DREAM    Poem Text    
First Line: Asking what, asking what? - all a boy's afternoon
Subject(s): Youth; Childhood Memories; Sons; Hunting; Hunters


DEEP - DEEPER DOWN       
First Line: By five o'clock - still bright in spring - I'd catch
Last Line: Its belly paling in darkness - deep - deeper down


DELIGHT: 1. INTO BROAD DAYLIGHT       
First Line: Out of silence walks delight
Last Line: Nor can it be guessed


DELIGHT: 2. LOVE: 1       
First Line: How instant joy, how clang
Last Line: Give me your hand


DELIGHT: 2. LOVE: 2       
First Line: Now, now, the world
Last Line: There is something I am trying to remember


DELIGHT: 3. SOMETHING IS GOING TO HAPPEN       
First Line: Something is going to happen, I tell you I know
Last Line: Delight may dawn, as the day dawned, calmly, today


DELIGHT: 4. DREAM OF A DREAM THE SMALL BOY HAD       
First Line: All night the small boy kept climbing the tree
Last Line: It sings in a foreign language, like pig-latin, or joy


DELIGHT: 5. TWO POEMS ABOUT SUDDENLY AND A ROSE: 1       
First Line: Suddenly. Is. Now not what was not
Last Line: The rose dies, laughing


DELIGHT: 5. TWO POEMS ABOUT SUDDENLY AND A ROSE: 2       
First Line: Suddenly, suddenly, everything
Last Line: The rose dies laughing, suddenly


DELIGHT: 6. NOT TO BE TRUSTED       
First Line: Delight is not to be trusted
Last Line: Humps now for someone: you


DELIGHT: 7. FINISTERRE       
First Line: Mist drifts on the bay's face
Last Line: Your heart to a last delight - or at least, to wonder


DELUSION? - NO!       
First Line: In atmosphere almost too heavenly
Last Line: Open your eyes. Who knows? This may be one


DEPARTURE       
First Line: This is the season when cards are exhanged, or
Last Line: It is going somewhere soon. That is a truth we must all face


DISTANCE BETWEEN: PICNIC OF OLD FRIENDS       
First Line: In innocence, and nothing much to rememer
Last Line: They tried to sing, too


DIVER       
First Line: Arrowed, the body flies in light
Last Line: The earth we walk on, lie down in


DOUBLENESS IN TIME       
First Line: Doubleness coils in time like
Last Line: Selfishness and precious guilt


DRAGON-TREE       
First Line: The faucet drips all night, the plumber forgot it
Last Line: Twitch. But look! The new leaf flaps gilt in the sunlight. Birds sing


DREAM       
First Line: Waters, hypnotic, long after moonset, murmur
Last Line: With wrenched thigh, had blackmailed a blessing, by dawn


DREAM OF A DREAM       
First Line: Moonlight stumbles with bright heel
Last Line: But this, of course, belongs to the dream of another dream


DREAM, DUMP-HEAP, AND CIVILIZATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Like the stench and smudge of the old dump-heap
Last Line: Is civilization possible without it?
Subject(s): Civilization; Refuse & Refuse Disposal


DREAM, DUMP-HEAP, AND CIVILIZATION       
First Line: Like the stench and smudge of the old dump-heap
Last Line: Is civilization possible without it?
Subject(s): Civilization; Refuse And Refuse Disposal


DREAMING IN DAYLIGHT       
First Line: You clamber up rock, crash thicket, leap
Last Line: Conscience. Yes, you are less strange to them %than to yourself


EAGLE DESCENDING       
First Line: Beyond the last flamed escarpment of mountain cloud
Last Line: The wind to sing with joy of truth fulfilled


EASTER MORNING; CROSBY JUNCTION       
First Line: The psalms are said and three potted lilies nod
Last Line: Or pray, or pray - who would so gently pray?


EIDOLON       
First Line: All night, in may, dogs barked in the hollow woods
Last Line: The white eidolon from the fanged commotion rude?


EMPIRE       
First Line: Phoenician galley and the sweating slave
Last Line: The foam in calyx on the patient sand


EMPTY WHITE BLOTCH ON MAP OF UNIVERSE: A POSSIBLE VIEW       
First Line: The world is that map's white blotch, no charted coast
Last Line: Of voices beguiling the distance - like pain, their love-stung cry


END OF SEASON       
First Line: Leave now the beach, and even that perfect friendship


ENGLISH COCKER: OLD AND BLIND    Poem Text    
First Line: With what painful deliberation he comes down the stair
Last Line: The kinship of all flesh defined by a hlting paradigm
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs


ENGLISH COCKER: OLD AND BLIND       
First Line: With what painful deliberation he comes down the stair
Last Line: The kinship of all flesh defined by a halting paradigm
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs


EVENING HAWK    Poem Text    
First Line: From plane of light to plane, wings dipping through
Subject(s): Birds; Hawks


EVENING HAWK       
First Line: From plane of light to plane, wings dipping through
Last Line: Drip in darkness like a leaking pipe in the cellar
Subject(s): Birds; Hawks


EVENING HOUR       
First Line: There was a graveyard once - or cemetery


FALL COMES IN BACK-COUNTRY VERMONT    Poem Text    
First Line: Deader they die here, or at least
Last Line: I touch the hand there on the pillow
Subject(s): Vermont; Country Life; Autumn


FALL COMES IN BACK-COUNTRY VERMONT       
First Line: Deader they die here, or at least
Last Line: The whistling down-plunge to the mountain's shade. %I touch the hand there on the pillow
Subject(s): Vermont


FAR WEST ONCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Aloud, I said, with a slight stir of heart
Last Line: Far off, far off, in vendurous shade, first birdsong
Subject(s): Memory


FAR WEST ONCE       
First Line: Aloud, I said, with a slight stir of heart
Subject(s): Memory


FATAL INTERVIEW: PENTHESILEA AND ACHILLES       
First Line: Beautiful, bold, shaking the gold glint of sun-foil
Last Line: And will pluck the blue eyes that, puzzled, stare up at blue sky they lie under


FEAR AND TREMBLING       
First Line: The sun now angles downward, and southward
Last Line: From grottoes, dark - and from the caverned enchainment?


FEW AXIOMS FOR A YOUNG MAN       
First Line: There are certain profitable things to know, and I
Last Line: Is true of death, even of suicide - %and sometimes, love


FIERCE HORSEMEN       
First Line: Pitiless, pitiless spoilers
Last Line: That a spring may come again.'


FILLING NIGHT WITH THE NAME; FUNERAL AS LOCAL COLOR       
First Line: It was all predictable, and just as well
Last Line: For the bird was filling the night with the name: whip-o-will. %whip o-will


FIRST DAWN LIGHT       
First Line: By lines fainter gray than the faintest geometry
Last Line: You must wait to resume, in night's black hood, the reality of dream


FIRST MOMENT OF AUTUMN RECOGNIZED       
First Line: Hills haven the last cloud. However white. From brightest blue
Last Line: Lips? How can you know?


FIRST TIME       
First Line: Northwest montana, high country, and downward
Last Line: Great head lifted in philosophic


FOR A FRIEND WHO THINKS HIMSELF URBANE       
First Line: I know that you have tried, dear friend
Last Line: Ynd you...O resolute...Will try again


FOR A SELF-POSSESSED FRIEND       
First Line: Many of us too often now have granted
Last Line: Incurious angels of the nether gate


GARDEN       
First Line: How kind, how secret, now the sun
Last Line: From appetite to innocence


GARDEN WATERS       
First Line: If in his garden all night fell the stream
Last Line: The dead leaf and the summer's chrysalid


GARLAND FOR YOU: 1. CLEARLY ABOUT YOU       
First Line: Whoever you are, this poem is clearly about you
Last Line: And its heart to your heart all night make a feather-soft racket


GARLAND FOR YOU: 2. LULLABY: EXERCISE IN HUMAN CHARITY AND       
First Line: Sleep, my dear, whatever your name is
Last Line: Is your namelessness


GARLAND FOR YOU: 3. MAN IN THE STREET       
First Line: Why are your eyes as big as saucers - big as saucers?'
Last Line: Wearing gray flannel suit, knit tie, and brooks brothers shirt down the sunlit street


GARLAND FOR YOU: 4. SWITZERLAND       
First Line: After lunch take the half-destroyed bodies and put them to bed
Last Line: Deliver them all, young and old, to thy health, named joy


GARLAND FOR YOU: 5. A REAL QUESTION CALLING FOR SOLUTION       
First Line: Don't bother a bit, you are only a dream you are having
Last Line: And the thought that, on your awaking, identity may be destroyed


GARLAND FOR YOU: 6. THE LETTER ABOUT MONEY, LOVE, OR OTHER COMFORT       
First Line: Having accepted the trust so many years back
Last Line: I shall not reduce it to drunken marvel, assuming I know the tongue they speak


GARLAND FOR YOU: 7. ARROGANT LAW       
First Line: Have you crouched with rifle, in woods, in autumn
Last Line: Time unwinds like a falling spool


GARLAND FOR YOU: 8. THE SELF THAT STARES       
First Line: Have you seen that brute trapped in your eye
Last Line: The human self naked in your own eyes


GENEALOGY       
First Line: Grandfather gabriel rode up to town
Last Line: For that other young guy who croaked too late


GLIMPSES OF SEASONS: 1. GASP-GLORY OF GOLD LIGHT       
First Line: Gasp-glory of gold light of dawn on gold maple
Last Line: Of the living and the dead


GLIMPSES OF SEASONS: 2. SNOW OUT OF SEASON       
First Line: Once in october - far too early, far out of phase - dawn
Last Line: But we often forget


GLIMPSES OF SEASONS: 3. REDWING BLACKBIRDS       
First Line: How far a-winging to keep this appointment with april!
Last Line: And catch - how gallant - the flash of epaulets scarlet against blue sky


GLIMPSES OF SEASONS: 4. CROCUS DAWN       
First Line: Oh, crocus dawn! - premise of promise, what
Last Line: We know again what we must wake to be


GLOBE OF GNEISS       
First Line: How heavy is it? Fifteen tons? Thirty? More?
Last Line: How much will I remember tonight?


GOING WEST       
First Line: Westward the great plains are lifting, as you
Last Line: Vision of snowcaps


GOLDEN HILLS OF HELL       
First Line: O, fair the golden hills of hell
Last Line: Among the withered lilies


GOODBYE (1)       
First Line: That simplest gesture which can touch
Last Line: Familiar, in the sunlit meadows of the mind


GOODBYE (2)       
First Line: What lies youth tells itself all from the need
Last Line: What she had said had meant to her, %or me?


GRACKLES, GOODBYE       
First Line: Black of grackles glints purple as, wheeling in sun-glare
Last Line: In the name of death do we learn the true name of love


HAVE YOU EVER EATEN STARS?       
First Line: A glade on a bench of the mountain
Last Line: Of seeing life as glory?


HEART OF AUTUMN       
First Line: Wind finds the northwest gap, fall comes
Last Line: Toward sunset, at a great height


HEART OF THE BACKLOG       
First Line: Snug at hearthside, while heart of the backlog


HEAT LIGHTNING       
First Line: Heat lightning prowls, pranks the mountain horizon like


HEAT WAVE BREAKS       
First Line: In this motionless sun, no leaf now moves, the stream
Last Line: That the world stab anew to our hearts in the lightning-stricken air?


HISTORY       
First Line: Past crag and scarp
Last Line: Our hearts with fable grey


HISTORY DURING NOCTURNAL SNOWFALL       
First Line: Dark in the cubicle boxed from snow-darkness of night
Last Line: And my finger touches a pulse to intuit its truth?


HOLY WRIT: 1. ELIJAH ON MOUNT CARMEL       
First Line: Nothing is re-enacted. Nothing
Last Line: Much longer; so prayed: 'dear god, dear god - oh, please, don't exist!'


HOLY WRIT: 2. SAUL AT GILBOA       
First Line: From landscape the color of lions
Last Line: If I could weep


HOMAGE TO EMERSON, ON NIGHT FLIGHT TO NEW YORK: 1. HIS SMILE    Poem Text    
First Line: Over peoria we lost the sun
Last Line: When I was a boy I had a wart on the fight finger
Subject(s): Air Travel; Emerson, Ralph Waldo (1803-1882)


HOMAGE TO EMERSON, ON NIGHT FLIGHT TO NEW YORK: 1. HIS SMILE       
First Line: Over peoria we lost the sun
Last Line: When I was a boy I had a wart on the right forefinger
Subject(s): Air Travel; Emerson, Ralph Waldo (1803-1882)


HOMAGE TO EMERSON, ON NIGHT FLIGHT TO NEW YORK: 2. THE WART    Poem Text    
First Line: At 38,000 feet you had better
Last Line: At 38,000 feet that is hard to remember
Subject(s): Air Travel; Emerson, Ralph Waldo (1803-1882)


HOMAGE TO EMERSON, ON NIGHT FLIGHT TO NEW YORK: 2. THE WART       
First Line: At 38,000 feet you had better
Last Line: At 38,000 feet that is hard to remember
Subject(s): Air Travel; Emerson, Ralph Waldo (1803-1882)


HOMAGE TO EMERSON, ON NIGHT FLIGHT TO NEW YORK: 3. THE SPIDER    Poem Text    
First Line: The spider has more eyes than I have money
Last Line: All you have to do it not argue
Subject(s): Air Travel; Emerson, Ralph Waldo (1803-1882)


HOMAGE TO EMERSON, ON NIGHT FLIGHT TO NEW YORK: 3. THE SPIDER       
First Line: The spider has more eyes than I have money
Last Line: All you have to do is not argue
Subject(s): Air Travel; Emerson, Ralph Waldo (1803-1882)


HOMAGE TO EMERSON, ON NIGHT FLIGHT TO NEW YORK: 4. ONE DRUNK ALLEGORY    Poem Text    
First Line: Not argue, unless, that is, you are the kind
Last Line: To my right, far over kentucky, the stars are shining
Subject(s): Air Travel; Emerson, Ralph Waldo (1803-1882)


HOMAGE TO EMERSON, ON NIGHT FLIGHT TO NEW YORK: 4. ONE DRUNK ALLEGORY       
First Line: Not argue, unless, that is, you are the kind
Last Line: To my right, far over kentucky, the stars are shining
Subject(s): Air Travel; Emerson, Ralph Waldo (1803-1882)


HOMAGE TO EMERSON, ON NIGHT FLIGHT TO NEW YORK: 5. MULTIPLICATION    Poem Text    
First Line: If the christmas tree at rockefeller center were
Last Line: In a room, somewhere, a telephone keeps ringing
Subject(s): Air Travel; Emerson, Ralph Waldo (1803-1882)


HOMAGE TO EMERSON, ON NIGHT FLIGHT TO NEW YORK: 5. MULTIPLICATION       
First Line: If the christmas tree at rockefeller center were
Last Line: In a room, somewhere, a telephone keeps ringing
Subject(s): Air Travel; Emerson, Ralph Waldo (1803-1882)


HOMAGE TO EMERSON, ON NIGHT FLIGHT TO NEW YORK: 6. WIND    Poem Text    
First Line: The wind comes off the sound, smelling
Last Line: The wind gouges its knuckles into my eye. No wonder there are tears
Subject(s): Air Travel; Emerson, Ralph Waldo (1803-1882)


HOMAGE TO EMERSON, ON NIGHT FLIGHT TO NEW YORK: 6. WIND       
First Line: The wind comes off the sound, smelling
Last Line: The wind gouges its knuckles into my eye. No wonder there are tears
Subject(s): Air Travel; Emerson, Ralph Waldo (1803-1882)


HOMAGE TO EMERSON, ON NIGHT FLIGHT TO NEW YORK: 7. DOES THE WILD ROSE?    Poem Text    
First Line: When you reach home tonight you will see
Last Line: Is it merely a delusion that they seem about to smile?
Subject(s): Air Travel; Emerson, Ralph Waldo (1803-1882)


HOMAGE TO EMERSON, ON NIGHT FLIGHT TO NEW YORK: 7. DOES THE WILD ROSE?       
First Line: When you reach home tonight you will see
Last Line: Is it merely a delusion that they seem about to smile?
Subject(s): Air Travel; Emerson, Ralph Waldo (1803-1882)


HOPE       
First Line: In the orchidaceous light of evening
Last Line: Will dominate the sky, the world, the heart %in white forgiveness


HOW TO TELL A LOVE STORY       
First Line: There is a story that I must tell, but
Last Line: Perhaps I can't know till finally the doctor comes in and leans


I AM DREAMING OF A WHITE CHRISTMAS    Poem Text    
First Line: No, not that door - never! But
Last Line: May be converted into the future tense / of joy


IDENTITY AND ARGUMENT FOR PRAYER       
First Line: Having been in this place, I will leave it
Last Line: This may be taken as an argument for prayer


IF       
First Line: If this is the way it is, we must live trough it
Last Line: Tell us of the blind depth of groan out yonder?


IF EVER       
First Line: If ever you come where once it happened
Last Line: Stroke, after stroke, sustain you. And all else forget


IF SNAKES WERE BLUE       
First Line: If snakes were blue, it was the kind of day
Last Line: Of glittering white above the wrath-torn land


IMAGES ON THE TOMB: 1. DAWN: THE GORGON'S HEAD       
First Line: Too late returns the measured sun and slow
Last Line: Is lost in the smoky avenues again?'


IMAGES ON THE TOMB: 2. DAY: LAZARUS       
First Line: Ever in the hot street one walks unseen
Last Line: Like lazarus, be warned in the sun again


IMAGES ON THE TOMB: 3. EVENING: THE MOTORS       
First Line: Remorselessly the evening motors pass
Last Line: The pageantry of thoughts unreconciled


IMAGES ON THE TOMB: 4. NIGHT: BUT A SULTRY WIND       
First Line: If there were storm tonight, if the loud thunder
Last Line: But sleep, sleep - white faces turned to the wall


IMMANENCE       
First Line: Stop! Wait! Wherever you are
Last Line: To-even-be considered


IMMORTALITY OVER THE DAKOTAS       
First Line: It is not you that moves. It is the dark
Last Line: Stares at lights, green and red, that tread the dark of your immortality


IN MOONLIGHT, SOMEWHERE, THEY ARE SINGING    Poem Text    
First Line: Under the maples at moonrise
Last Line: Some faith in life yet, by my years, unrepealed


IN THE MOUNTAINS: 1. SKIERS       
First Line: With the motion of angels, out of
Last Line: Face has its own beauty


IN THE MOUNTAINS: 2. FOG       
First Line: White, white, luminous but
Last Line: That much, at least, in this whiteness


INEVITABLE FRONTIER       
First Line: Be careful! Slow and careful, for you now approach
Last Line: Like a groundhog caught in a speeding sportscar's headlight


INSTANT ON CROWDED STREET       
First Line: Knowingly, knowing what secret, but
Last Line: You wonder if the wise and forgiving glance ever fixed on your face


INSTITUTE OF THE IMPOSSIBLE       
First Line: I often live in the institute of the impossible
Last Line: And weakness and strength, and dwell on the golden chances, now missed, I once had


INTERNAL INJURIES: 1. THE EVENT       
First Line: Nigger: as if it were not
Last Line: Why couldn't it of a least been a white man?


INTERNAL INJURIES: 2. THE SCREAM       
First Line: The scream comes as regular
Last Line: Of non-scream, they seem merely a part of the silence


INTERNAL INJURIES: 3. HER HAT       
First Line: They are tearing down penn station
Last Line: Somewhere - oh, somewhere above the city - a jet is prowling the sky


INTERNAL INJURIES: 4. THE ONLY TROUBLE       
First Line: The only trouble was, you got up
Last Line: Descends of - miroscopically - spit


INTERNAL INJURIES: 5. THE JET MUST BE HUNTING FOR SOMETHING       
First Line: One cop holds the spic delicately between thumb and forefinger
Last Line: I do not know what the jet is hunting for. It must be hunting for something


INTERNAL INJURIES: 6. BE SOMETHING ELSE       
First Line: Be something else, be something
Last Line: For god's sake stop that yelling!


INTERNAL INJURIES: 7. THE WORLD IS A PARABLE       
First Line: I must hurry. I must go somewhere
Last Line: All mythologies recoginize that fact


INTERNAL INJURIES: 8. DRIVER, DRIVER       
First Line: Driver, driver, hurry now
Last Line: Driver, there's an awful glitter in the air. What is the weather forecast?


IRON BEACH       
First Line: Beyond this bitter shore there is no going
Last Line: The arctic summer brings the carrion gull


ISLAND OF SUMMER: 1. WHAT DAY IS       
First Line: In piny, phoenice. Phoenicians
Last Line: They will go gray as dead moons


ISLAND OF SUMMER: 10. THE IVY       
First Line: The ivy assaults the wall. The ivy
Last Line: Night comes. You sleep. What is your dream?


ISLAND OF SUMMER: 11. WHERE PURPLES NOW THE FIG       
First Line: Where purples now the fig, flame in
Last Line: And leave me thus exposed like truth


ISLAND OF SUMMER: 12. THE RED MULLET    Poem Text    
First Line: The fig flames inward on the bough, and I
Last Line: Burns in the shadow of the black shoal
Variant Title(s): The Red Mulle
Subject(s): Fish & Fishing


ISLAND OF SUMMER: 12. THE RED MULLET       
First Line: The fig flames inward on the bough, and I
Last Line: Burns in the shadow of the black shoal
Subject(s): Fishing And Fishermen


ISLAND OF SUMMER: 13. A PLACE WHERE NOTHING IS       
First Line: I have been in a place where
Last Line: Nothingness plotinus dreamed


ISLAND OF SUMMER: 14. MASTS AT DAWN    Poem Text    
First Line: Past second cock-crow yacht masts in the harbor go slowly white
Subject(s): Ships & Shipping


ISLAND OF SUMMER: 14. MASTS AT DAWN       
First Line: Past second cock-crow yacht masts in the harbor go slowly white
Last Line: To love so well the world that we may believe, in the end, in god
Subject(s): Ships And Shipping


ISLAND OF SUMMER: 15. THE LEAF       
First Line: Here the fig lets down the leaf, the leaf
Last Line: A sound like wind


ISLAND OF SUMMER: 2       
First Line: Where the slow fig's purple sloth
Last Line: The darkening room with light


ISLAND OF SUMMER: 3. NATURAL HISTORY       
First Line: Many have died here, but few
Last Line: Relief, consult your family physician


ISLAND OF SUMMER: 4. RIDDLE IN THE GARDEN       
First Line: My mind is intact, but the shapes
Last Line: The world means only itself


ISLAND OF SUMMER: 5. PAUL VALERY STOOD ON THE CLIFF AND CONFRONTED       
First Line: Where dust gritty as
Last Line: Turns. In the sun, it glitters


ISLAND OF SUMMER: 6. TREASURE HUNT       
First Line: Hunt, hunt again. If you do not find it, you
Last Line: Even happiness
Variant Title(s): Fairy Story; Treasure Hun


ISLAND OF SUMMER: 7. MOONRISE       
First Line: The moon, eastward and over
Last Line: Know the names of one another


ISLAND OF SUMMER: 8. MYTH ON MEDITERRANEAN BEACH       
First Line: From left to right, she leads the eye
Last Line: And leaves them naked to the day


ISLAND OF SUMMER: 9. MISTRAL AT NIGHT       
First Line: Heat, and cold curdle of wind-thrust, moonlight
Last Line: Of crucial importance


IT IS NOT DEAD       
First Line: It is not dead. It is simply weighty with wisdom
Last Line: A fleeting fracture of the immensity of the night sky


JOHN'S BIRCHES       
First Line: You stop at the end of the lane, where the birches grow
Last Line: With day full of leaves that whisper, and night never visionless


KENTUCKY MOUNTAIN FARM: 1. REBUKE OF THE ROCKS       
First Line: Now on you is the hungry equinox
Last Line: May keep the sweet sterility of stone


KENTUCKY MOUNTAIN FARM: 2. AT THE HOUR OF THE BREAKING OF THE ROCKS       
First Line: Beyond the wrack and eucharist of snow
Last Line: And strung the bitter tendons of the stone


KENTUCKY MOUNTAIN FARM: 3. HISTORY AMONG THE ROCKS       
First Line: There are many ways to die
Last Line: The apple falls, falling in the quiet night


KENTUCKY MOUNTAIN FARM: 4. THE CARDINAL       
First Line: Cardinal, lover of shade
Last Line: In a whispering tree, like cedar, evergreen


KENTUCKY MOUNTAIN FARM: 5. THE JAY       
First Line: Jay, flagrant and military
Last Line: Bright friend of boys, troubler of old men


KENTUCKY MOUNTAIN FARM: 6. WATERSHED       
First Line: From the high place all things flow
Last Line: Sustains the hill's lost granite surge


KENTUCKY MOUNTAIN FARM: 7. THE RETURN       
First Line: Burly and clean, with bark in umber scrolled
Last Line: Past light in that fond accident of sleep


LANGUAGE BARRIER       
First Line: Snow-glitter, snow-gleam, all snow-peaks
Last Line: It may be that god loves them, too


LAST LAUGH    Poem Text    
First Line: The little sam clemens, one night back in hannibal
Last Line: And was left alone with his joke, god dead, till he died
Subject(s): Twain, Mark (samuel Langhorne Clemens)


LAST LAUGH       
First Line: The little sam clemens, one night back in hannibal
Last Line: And was left alone with his joke, god dead, till he died
Subject(s): Twain, Mark (samuel Langhorne Clemens)


LAST MEETING       
First Line: A saturday night in august when
Last Line: But there must be enough time left for that


LAST METAPHOR       
First Line: The wind had blown the leaves away and left
Last Line: But lift unto the gradual dark in prayer


LAST NIGHT TRAIN       
First Line: In that slick and new-fangled coach we go slam-banging
Last Line: My way to a parked car


LAST WALK OF SEASON       
First Line: For the last time, for this or perhaps
Last Line: Probes for contact with the soft-shadowed land


LATE SUBTERFUGE       
First Line: The year dulls toward its eaves-dripping end
Last Line: We say to ourselves we learn some strength from this


LESSON IN HISTORY       
First Line: How little does history manage to tell!
Last Line: Or know what, in whisper, the water was trying to say?


LETTER FROM A COWARD TO A HERO       
First Line: What did the day bring?
Last Line: Honor, for death shy valentine


LETTER OF A MOTHER       
First Line: Under the green lamplight her letter there
Last Line: But dissolves them to itself in weariness


LETTER TO A FRIEND       
First Line: Our eyes have viewed the burnished vineyards where
Last Line: Your trimph is not commensurate with stone


LIMITED       
First Line: Since there's no help, come, let them kiss and part
Last Line: Wheels from the last week's newspaper to the broom
Subject(s): Drayton, Michael (1563-1631)


LITERAL DREAM       
First Line: You now the scene. You read it in a book
Last Line: I could hear the plop there. See the leaf quiver


LITTLE BLACK HEART OF THE TELEPHONE       
First Line: That telephone keeps screaming its litle black heart out
Last Line: In my dream I wonder why, long since, it's not been disconnected


LITTLE GIRL WAKES EARLY       
First Line: Remember when you were the first one awake, the first
Last Line: There's nobody ever to explain to -- though you try again and again


LOOSE SHUTTER       
First Line: All night the loose shutter bangs. This way it won't last
Last Line: What voice? What name? By what thin thread does the past hang?


LORD JESUS, I WONDER       
First Line: Lord jesus, I wonder if I would recognize you
Last Line: You may do something to heal something within yourself


LOSS, OF PERHAPS LOVE, IN OUR WORLD OF CONTINGENCY       
First Line: Think'! Think hard. Try to remember
Last Line: We must learn to live in the world


LOVE RECOGNIZED    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: There are many things in the world and you
Last Line: "covered in a glitter of crystalline whiteness.
Subject(s): Love


LOVE RECOGNIZED       
First Line: There are many things in the world and you
Subject(s): Love


LOVE'S PARABLE       
First Line: As kingdoms after civil broil
Last Line: That men, by prayer, have mastered grace


LOVE'S VOICE       
First Line: If once we dreamed love had a tongue
Last Line: Silent, and on each other gaze


MAN COMING OF AGE    Poem Text    
First Line: What rime, what tinsel pure and chill
Subject(s): Coming Of Age


MAN COMING OF AGE       
First Line: What rime, what tinsel pure and chill
Last Line: Like mist, down the glassy gloom be fled


MEDITERRANEAN BASIN: 1. CHTHONIAN REVELATION: A MYTH       
First Line: Long before sun had toward the mountain dipped
Last Line: By its single, minuscule, radiant, enshrined star


MEDITERRANEAN BASIN: 2. LOOKING NORTHWARD, AEGEANWARD       
First Line: Chalky, steel-hard, or glass-slick, the cliff
Last Line: The pink corollla of beak-gape - that blind yearning lifeward


MEMORY FORGOTTEN       
First Line: Forget! Forget it to know it. It sings!
Last Line: What is it you cannot remember that is so true?


MEXICO IS A FOREIGN COUNTRY: 1. BUTTERFLIES OVER THE MAP       
First Line: Butterflies, over the map of mexico
Last Line: The pink cloth is useful to foil the flies, which are not few


MEXICO IS A FOREIGN COUNTRY: 2. SIESTA TIME IN VILLAGE PLAZA BY RUINED       
First Line: If only ernest now were here
Last Line: And so I sit and think, 'manana


MEXICO IS A FOREIGN COUNTRY: 3. THE WORLD COMES GALLOPING       
First Line: By the ruined arch, where the bougainvillea bled
Last Line: Viene galopando,' - and spat again - 'el mundo.'


MEXICO IS A FOREIGN COUNTRY: 4. SMALL SOLDIERS WITH DRUM ...       
First Line: The little soldiers thread the hills
Last Line: And march beside them in the sun


MEXICO IS A FOREIGN COUNTRY: 5       
First Line: The mango on the mango tree
Last Line: Blest in that blasphemy of love we cannot now repeat


MEXICO IS A FOREIGN COUNTRY; FOUR STUDIES IN NATURALISM    Poem Text    
First Line: Butterflies, over the map
Subject(s): Mexico; Butterflies; Mangoes; Soldiers; Nature; Old Age


MIDNIGHT       
First Line: I cannot sleep at night for dread
Last Line: Hesitating on the stair?


MIDNIGHT OUTCRY       
First Line: Torn from the dream-life, torn from the life-dream
Last Line: From recall of the nocturnal timbre, and the dark wonder


MILLPOND LOST       
First Line: Lucent, the millpond mirrors september blue
Last Line: Or name the names of the boys who there shouted in joy, once


MILTON: A SONNET       
First Line: No doubt he could remembr how in the past
Last Line: Upward, and upward again, and, in joy, flash


MINNEAPOLIS STORY       
First Line: Whatever pops into your head, and whitely
Last Line: I had wiped them clear, just a moment before


MINNESOTA RECOLLECTION       
First Line: By 3 p.M. The pat of snow-pads had begun
Last Line: It had, you might say, an innocent expression


MIRROR       
First Line: Erect, meticulous within the mirror
Last Line: Refraction of my own mortality?


MISSION       
First Line: In the dark kitchen the electric icebox rustles
Last Line: The possibility of joy in the world's tangled and hieroglyphic beauty


MONOLOGUE AT MIDNIGHT       
First Line: Among the pines we ran and called


MOON       
First Line: Remotely the moon across the window pane
Last Line: Bayed the white moon down to its lair of fog


MOONLIGHT'S DREAM       
First Line: Why did I wake that night, all the house at rest?
Last Line: Or of the ignorant night I strayed in the moonlight's dream


MORTAL LIMIT    Poem Text    
First Line: I saw the hawk ride updraft in the sunset over wyoming
Subject(s): Hawks


MORTAL LIMIT       
First Line: I saw the hawk ride updraft in the sunset over wyoming
Last Line: Items, and the darkness of whatever dream we clutch?


MORTMAIN       
First Line: After night flight son reaches bedside of already %unconscious father
Last Line: Stirring, freshens to the far favor of rain


MOUNTAIN MYSTERY       
First Line: On the mountain trail, all afternoon
Last Line: And in dark, lost, lain, hearing frailty of breath beside


MOUNTAIN PLATEAU       
First Line: At the center of acres of snow-whiteness
Last Line: To make adequate communication


MOUSE       
First Line: Down the stair had creaked the doctor's feet
Last Line: Heavy and terrible feet tramp down the hall.'


MR. DODD'S SON       
First Line: He was born far inland in a little town
Last Line: Faintly the surges of eternity


MRS. DODD'S DAUGHTER       
First Line: So many are the things that she has learned
Last Line: To smooth the tortured creases of her brain


MUTED MUSIC       
First Line: As sultry as the cruising hum
Last Line: As the bud bursts into the world's brightness


MYTH OF MOUNTAIN SUNRISE       
First Line: Prodigious, prodigal, crags steel-ringing
Last Line: The sun blazes over the peak. That will be the old tale told


NAMELESS THING       
First Line: I have no name for the nameless thing
Last Line: I wonder why it cannot rest


NATURAL HISTORY    Poem Text    
First Line: In the rain the naked old father is dancing; he will get wet.
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


NEW DAWN: 1. EXPLOSION: SEQUENCE AND SIMULTANEITY       
First Line: Greenwich time 11:16 p.M. August 5 1945
Last Line: Hiroshima time 8:16 a.M. August 6 1945


NEW DAWN: 10. WHAT THAT IS       
First Line: What clouds remain part now, magically
Last Line: Hiroshima time: 8:16 a.M., august 6, 1945


NEW DAWN: 11. LIKE LEAD       
First Line: Of that brilliance beyond brilliance, tibbets
Last Line: Was later to report; 'a taste like lead.'


NEW DAWN: 12. MANIC ATMOSPHERE       
First Line: Now, after the brilliance
Last Line: Again, then, the heave, the tossing %with recovery


NEW DAWN: 13. TRIUMPHAL BEAUTY       
First Line: Now, far behind, from the center of
Last Line: In its own triumphal beauty


NEW DAWN: 14. HOME       
First Line: Later, home. Tinian is man's only home
Last Line: In bellies expensively swollen


NEW DAWN: 15. SLEEP       
First Line: Some men, no doubt, will, before sleep, consider
Last Line: Long stare at the dark ceiling


NEW DAWN: 2. GOODBYE TO TINIAN       
First Line: Now that all the 'unauthorized items' are cleared from the bomber, including
Last Line: Screw it up. Let's do this really great!'


NEW DAWN: 3. TAKE-OFF: TINIAN ISLAND       
First Line: Colonel tibbets, co-pilot beside him
Last Line: Grope up. Strain up. %are empty


NEW DAWN: 4. MYSTIC NAME       
First Line: Some 600 miles north-nothwest to iwo jima, where
Last Line: Will be that. Whatever %that may be


NEW DAWN: 5. WHEN?       
First Line: When can that be known? Only after
Last Line: As a thief, will be replaced by plugs marked %lethally red


NEW DAWN: 6. IWO JIMA       
First Line: Over iwo jima, the moon, now westering, sinks in faint glimmer
Last Line: All clear signal sounds over hiroshima


NEW DAWN: 7. SELF AND NON-SELF       
First Line: Tibbets looks down, sees
Last Line: Tibbets jerks his eyes open. There %is the world


NEW DAWN: 8. DAWN       
First Line: Full dawn comes. Movement begins
Last Line: Offers its circular flame, imcomparable, %worship-worthy


NEW DAWN: 9. THE APPROACH       
First Line: Sped 200 miles per hour, altitude
Last Line: Changes like a dream


NIGHT WALKING       
First Line: Bear, my first thought at waking. I hear
Last Line: Blaze and redeeming white light of the world


NO BIRD DOES CALL       
First Line: Bowl-hollow of woodland, beech-bounded, beech-shrouded
Last Line: And now when I wake in the night to remember, no bird ever calls


NOCTURNE       
First Line: Tonight the woods are darkened
Last Line: Grows never green again


NOCTURNE: TRAVELING SALESMAN IN HOTEL BEDROOM       
First Line: The toothbrush lies in its case
Last Line: Remember - in life's upshot


NOT QUITE LIKE A TOP       
First Line: Did you know that the earth, not like a top in its point
Last Line: When there's so much that I, lying in darkness, don't know?


NURSERY RHYMES: 1. KNOCKETY-KNOCKETY-KNOCK       
First Line: Hickory-dickory-dock
Last Line: Knockety-knockety-knock


NURSERY RHYMES: 2. NEWS OF UNEXPECTED DEMISE OF LITTLE BOY BLUE       
First Line: Little boy blue, come blow your horn
Last Line: I can only walk the green fields, and cry


NURSERY RHYMES: 3. MOTHER MAKES THE BISCUITS       
Last Line: Till the stars disappeared


NURSERY RHYMES: 4. THE BRAMBLE BUSH       
First Line: There was a man in our town
Last Line: Of flesh singing on the bone


OCTOBER PICNIC LONG AGO       
First Line: Yassuh, here 'tis,' bumbo said, handing reins to the mister
Last Line: But sleepy, I didn't know what a future was, as she sang, %and she sang


OLD DOG DEAD    Poem Text    
First Line: Cocker. English. Fifteen years old. Tumor
Subject(s): Dogs; Death - Anim Als


OLD DOG DEAD       
First Line: Cocker. English. Fifteen years old. Tumor
Last Line: The unlabeled detritus and trash of time


OLD FLAME       
First Line: I never then noticed the rather sausage-like trotters
Last Line: Sausage-legs, maybe some kind of braids. Never, never, a face


OLD LOVE       
First Line: At the time when the tulip-tree, even then rare, bloomed
Last Line: For the knowing to grow.'


OLD NIGGER ON ONE-MULE CART ENCOUNTERED LATE AT NIGHT WHEN DRIVING       
First Line: Flesh, of a sudden, gone nameless in music, flesh
Last Line: Can I see arcturus from where I stand?


OLD PHOTOGRAPH OF THE FUTURE       
First Line: That center of attention - an infantile face


OLD-TIME CHILDHOOD IN KENTUCKY       
First Line: When I was a boy I saw the world I was in


ON INTO THE NIGHT       
First Line: On downward slope gigantic wheels
Last Line: Its task in undecipherable metaphor


ONLY POEM       
First Line: The only poem to write I now have in mind
Last Line: The pang of unworthiness built into time's own name?


OR ELSE: 1. THE NATURE OF A MIRROR       
First Line: The sky has murder in the eye, and I
Last Line: Is the mirror into which you stare


OR ELSE: 10. RATTLESNAKE COUNTRY       
First Line: Arid that country and high, anger of sun on the mountains, but
Last Line: All I can do is to offer my testimony


OR ELSE: 11. HOMAGE TO THEODORE DREISER: 1       
First Line: Who is the ugly one slum-slopping down the street?
Last Line: May I present mr. Dreiser? He will write a great novel, someday


OR ELSE: 11. HOMAGE TO THEODORE DREISER: 2       
First Line: Past terre haute, the diesels pound
Last Line: Would look from the tearless and unblinking distance of god's wide eye?


OR ELSE: 11. HOMAGE TO THEODORE DREISER: 3       
First Line: You need call no psychiatrist
Last Line: Of all our human worthlessness


OR ELSE: 12. FLAUBERT IN EGYPT       
First Line: Winterlong, off la manche, wind leaning. Gray stones of the gray
Last Line: How black against a bright sky!


OR ELSE: 13. THE TRUE NATURE OF TIME: 1       
First Line: Once over water, to you borne brightly
Last Line: The sea kept slopping the rocks, slow


OR ELSE: 13. THE TRUE NATURE OF TIME: 2       
First Line: Out of the silence, the saying. Into
Last Line: Lifts the brightening of hair


OR ELSE: 14. VISION UNDER THE OCTOBER MOUNTAIN       
First Line: Golding from green, gorgeous the mountain
Last Line: The human scheme of values


OR ELSE: 15. STARGAZING       
First Line: The stars are only a backdrop for
Last Line: Loved god, too. I truly wish that
Variant Title(s): Notes On A Life To Be Live


OR ELSE: 16. NEWS PHOTO       
First Line: Easy, easy, watch that belly!
Last Line: Any eyes, I mean
Variant Title(s): Notes On A Life To Be Live


OR ELSE: 17. LITTLE BOY AND LOST SHOE       
First Line: The little boy lost his shoe in the field
Last Line: The mountains lean. They watch. They know
Variant Title(s): Notes On A Life To Be Live


OR ELSE: 18. COMPOSITION IN GOLD AND RED-GOLD       
First Line: Between the event and the word, golden
Last Line: Now beyond sight
Variant Title(s): Notes On A Life To Be Live


OR ELSE: 19. THERE'S A GRANDFATHER'S CLOCK IN THE HALL       
First Line: There's a grandfather's clock in the hall, watch it closely. The minute hand
Last Line: A mink's prick, time thrusts through the time of no-time
Subject(s): Time


OR ELSE: 2. NATURAL HISTORY       
First Line: In the rain the naked old father is dancing, he will get wet
Last Line: They must learn to stay in their graves. That is what graves are for


OR ELSE: 20. READING LATE AT NIGHT, THERMOMETER FALLING       
First Line: The radiator's last hiss and steam-clang done, he
Last Line: However, is another country


OR ELSE: 21. FOLLY ON ROYAL STREET BEFORE THE RAW FACE OF GOD       
First Line: Drunk, drunk, drunk, amid the blaze of noon
Last Line: And quoted milton amid the blaze of noon


OR ELSE: 22. SUNSET WALK IN THAW-TIME IN VERMONT       
First Line: Rip, whoosh, wing-whistle: and out of
Last Line: The loving vigilance of death?


OR ELSE: 23. BIRTH OF LOVE       
First Line: Season late, day late, sun just down, and the sky
Last Line: I do not know what promise it makes to him


OR ELSE: 24. A PROBLEM IN SPATIAL COMPOSITION       
First Line: Through the high window, upright rectangle of distance
Last Line: The hawk, in an eyeblink, is gone


OR ELSE: 3. TIME AS HYPNOSIS       
First Line: White, white in that dawnlight, the world was exploding, white
Last Line: That was only what the snow dreamed


OR ELSE: 4. BLOW, WEST WIND       
First Line: I know, I know - though the evidence
Last Line: But you believe nothing, with the evidence lost


OR ELSE: 5. I AM DREAMING OF A WHITE CHRISTMAS       
First Line: No, not that door - never! But
Last Line: May be converted into the future tense %of joy
Subject(s): Christmas


OR ELSE: 6. BALLAD OF MISTER DUTCHER AND THE LAST LYNCHING IN GUPTON       
First Line: He must have been just as old in
Last Line: That would, ofcourse, be somewhat difficult


OR ELSE: 7. CHAIN SAW AT DAWN IN VERMONT IN TIME OF DROUTH       
First Line: Dawn and, distant, the steel-snarl and lyric
Last Line: Or he himself may have learned by then


OR ELSE: 8. SMALL WHITE HOUSE       
First Line: The sun of july beats down on the small white house
Last Line: Swims in that dazzle of no-time. The child's cry comes rom the house


OR ELSE: 9. FOREVER O'CLOCK       
First Line: A clock is getting ready to strike forever o'clock
Last Line: A clock somewhere is trying to make up its mind to strike forever o'clock


OR ELSE: INTERJECTION 1       
First Line: Is this really me? Of course not, for time
Last Line: You must re-evaluate the whole question


OR ELSE: INTERJECTION 2       
First Line: Necessarily, we must think of the
Last Line: In an ecstasy of being


OR ELSE: INTERJECTION 3       
First Line: I know a place where all is real. I
Last Line: Pulmonary complaint as soon as they hit the low country


OR ELSE: INTERJECTION 4       
First Line: That was the year of the bad war. The others
Last Line: That sanctifies the shedding of blood


OR ELSE: INTERJECTION 5       
First Line: Wild with ego, wild with world-blame
Last Line: But was - he was - and even yearned after vurtue


OR ELSE: INTERJECTION 6       
First Line: Out of mist, god's
Last Line: Wants only to love you, perhaps


OR ELSE: INTERJECTION 7       
First Line: You've toughed it out pretty well, old body, done
Last Line: In a blinding blaze, from the fifth of the world's floor


OR ELSE: INTERJECTION 8       
First Line: The unsleeping principle of delight that
Last Line: Whether by day or, sometimes, night


ORIGINAL SIN: A SHORT STORY    Poem Text    
First Line: Nodding, its great head rattling like a gourd
Subject(s): Sin


ORIGINAL SIN: A SHORT STORY       
First Line: Nodding, its great head rattling like a gourd
Last Line: Or it goes to the backyard and stands like an old horse cold in the pasture
Subject(s): Sin


ORPHANAGE BOY       
First Line: From the orphanage al came to
Last Line: It must have taken nigh moonset


OWL       
First Line: Here was the sound of water falling only
Last Line: O scaled bent claw, infatuate deep throat!


PACIFIC GAZER       
First Line: Seatide invades
Last Line: Could night oppose


PARADIGM OF SEASONS       
First Line: Each year is like a snake that swallows its tail
Last Line: A snow-choked trail


PARADOX       
First Line: Running ahead beside the sea
Last Line: Version of zeno's paradox


PARADOX OF TIME: 1. GRAVITY OF STONE AND ECSTASY OF WIND       
First Line: Each day now more precious will dawn
Last Line: Learn the ecstasy of wind


PARADOX OF TIME: 2. LAW OF ATTRITION       
First Line: Learn the law of attrition
Last Line: On a beach where no foot may come


PARADOX OF TIME: 3. ONE I KNEW       
First Line: At the time of sinew dry
Last Line: Divulged. On the dusty carpet


PART OF WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN A SHORT STORY, ALMOST FORGOTTEN       
First Line: Fifty-odd years ago if you
Last Line: In mere charade, hysterical %or grave, of love


PASSERS-BY ON SNOWY NIGHT       
First Line: Black the coniferous darkness
Last Line: And each goes the way he will go


PATRIOTIC TOUR AND POSTULATE OF JOY    Poem Text    
First Line: Once, once, in washington
Last Line: To live by, in sunlight and moonlight, until they died
Subject(s): Mockingbirds; Patriotism; Washington, D.c.


PATRIOTIC TOUR AND POSTULATE OF JOY       
First Line: Once, once, in washington
Last Line: To know what postulate of joy men have tried %to live by, in sunlight and moonlight, until they die
Subject(s): Mockingbirds; Patriotism; Washington, D.c.


PENOLOGICAL STUDY: 1. KEEP THAT MORPHINE MOVING, CAP       
First Line: Oh, in the pen, oh, in the poem
Last Line: Where cans, they have no doors


PENOLOGICAL STUDY: 2. TOMORROW MORNING       
First Line: In the morning the rivers will blaze up blue like sulphur
Last Line: A characteristic phase at the threshold of the final narcosis?


PENOLOGICAL STUDY: 3. WET HAIR: IF NOW HIS MOTHER SHOULD COME       
First Line: If out of a dire suspicion
Last Line: Then lied, to boot


PENOLOGICAL STUDY: 4. THE MOTEL DOWN THE ROAD FROM THE PEN       
First Line: Now in the cheap motel, I lie, and
Last Line: It is going, somewhere


PENOLOGICAL STUDY: 5. WHERE THEY COME TO WAIT FOR THE BODY       
First Line: This is the cheap motel where
Last Line: And where, when the time comes, you grab the jet


PENOLOGICAL STUDY: 6. NIGHT IS PERSONAL       
First Line: Night is personal. Day is public. Day
Last Line: And you have no reason to think that you are above the law


PENOLOGICAL STUDY: 7. DAWN       
First Line: Owl, owl, stop calling from the swamp, let
Last Line: Forgive us - oh, give us! - our joy


PICNIC REMEMBERED       
First Line: That day, so innocent appeared


PLACE       
First Line: From shelving cliff-darkness, green arch and nave
Last Line: To come to such a place seeking the most difficult knowledge


PLATONIC DROWSE       
First Line: The shaft of paralyzed sunlight
Last Line: The world, in platonic drowse, lay


PLATONIC LASSITUDE       
First Line: Not one leaf stirs, though a high few
Last Line: Hasdd you forgotten that history is only the fruit of tomorrow?


PONDY WOODS       
First Line: The buzzards over pondy woods
Last Line: The night their eyes burn two by two


PORTRAITS OF THREE LADIES       
First Line: He passed her only once in a crowded street
Last Line: With harried eyes in which he read no fear


PRAIRIE HARVEST       
First Line: Look westward over forever miles of wheat stubble
Last Line: An adequate definition of self, whatever you are?


PRAISE       
First Line: I want to praise one I love
Last Line: That scorns the true good the world can give


PRAISES FOR MRS. DODD       
First Line: Death squats on the bottom stair
Last Line: To the harp and crown mrs. Dodd has won


PRETERNATURALLY EARLY SNOWFALL IN MATING SEASON       
First Line: Three days back, first snow had fallen
Last Line: It was hard to get a fire going


PRO SUA VITA       
First Line: Nine months I waited in the dark beneath


PROBLEM OF AUTOBIOGRAPHY VAGUE RECOLLECTION OR DREAM?       
First Line: Was it a long-lost recollection crawling
Last Line: To know %what self made it


PROBLEM OF KNOWLEDGE       
First Line: What years, what hours, has spider contemplation spun
Last Line: We rest, lapped in the arrogant chastity of our desire


PROGNOSIS: A SHORT STORY: 1. AND OH -       
First Line: She was into her forties, her daughter slick, sly, and no good
Last Line: Oh - %and oh


PROGNOSIS: A SHORT STORY: 2. WHAT THE SAND SAID       
First Line: #name?
Last Line: I have heard the grain of sand say: I know my joy, I know its name


PROGNOSIS: A SHORT STORY: 3. WHAT THE JOREE SAID, THE JOREE BEING ONLY       
First Line: The joree sang. What does he sing;? He says
Last Line: Herself in that sweet, sad asseverant candor, from black shade, in day-blaze, by water


PROMISES: 1       
First Line: What was the promise the smiled from the maples at
Last Line: We died only that every promise might be fulfilled.'


PROMISES: 1. WHAT WAS THE PROMISE THAT SMILED FROM THE MAPLES AT EVENNG?    Poem Text    
First Line: To a place of ruined stone we brought you, and sea reaches
Subject(s): Promises


PROMISES: 10. DARK NIGHT OF       
First Line: Far off, two fields away
Last Line: May we all at last enter into that awfulness of joy he has found there


PROMISES: 11. INFANT BOY AT MIDCENTURY: 1       
First Line: When the century dragged, like a great wheel stuck at dead center
Last Line: That dawning perspective and possibility of human good


PROMISES: 11. INFANT BOY AT MIDCENTURY: 2       
First Line: There will, indeed, be modification of landscape
Last Line: In learning to face truth's glare-glory, from which our eyes are long hid


PROMISES: 12. LULLABY: SMILE IN SLEEP       
First Line: Sleep, my son, and smile in sleep
Last Line: Dream, strong son. %sleep on


PROMISES: 13. MAN IN MOONLIGHT: 1       
First Line: Great moon, white-westering past our battlement
Last Line: In diurnal dust and heat, and right and wrong


PROMISES: 13. MAN IN MOONLIGHT: 2       
First Line: Through the western window full fell moonlight
Last Line: Need he stand and shake in that cold blaze of platonic light


PROMISES: 13. MAN IN MOONLIGHT: 3       
First Line: Moonlight lingers down the air
Last Line: Sleep, son. Good night


PROMISES: 14. MAD YOUNG ARISTOCRAT ON BEACH       
First Line: He sits in blue trunks on the sand, and children sing
Last Line: Who will never come to the title, and be loved for themselves, at innocent nightfall


PROMISES: 15. DRAGON COUNTRY: TO JACOB BOEHME       
First Line: This is the dragon's country, and these his own streams
Last Line: And left, in darkness, the fearful glimmer of joy, like a spoor


PROMISES: 16. BALLAD OF A SWEET DREAM OF PEACE: 1       
First Line: And why, in god's name, is that elegant bureau
Last Line: Besides it's not civil to call her a bitch, and her your own grandma, too


PROMISES: 16. BALLAD OF A SWEET DREAM OF PEACE: 2       
First Line: Oh, what brings her out in the dark and night?
Last Line: When some summer night she opens the drawer and finds that poor self she'd mislaid


PROMISES: 16. BALLAD OF A SWEET DREAM OF PEACE: 3       
First Line: Out there in the dark, what's that horrible chomping?
Last Line: And it's simply absurd how loud she can scream with no shred of a tongue in her head


PROMISES: 16. BALLAD OF A SWEET DREAM OF PEACE: 4       
First Line: Who else, in god's name, comes out in these woods?
Last Line: I have heard the voice in the dark, seeing not who utters. Show me thy face!'


PROMISES: 16. BALLAD OF A SWEET DREAM OF PEACE: 5       
First Line: Why now, in god's name, is her robe de nuit
Last Line: She's the afternoon one who to your bed came, lip damp, the breath like myrrh


PROMISES: 16. BALLAD OF A SWEET DREAM OF PEACE: 6       
First Line: Could that be a babe crawling there in night's black?
Last Line: That to shut the eyes tight and get down on the knees is the quickest and easiest way


PROMISES: 16. BALLAD OF A SWEET DREAM OF PEACE: 7       
First Line: Yes, clients report it the tidiest way
Last Line: And subdues to sweetness the pathside garbage, or thing body had refused


PROMISES: 17. BOY'S WILL, JOYFUL LABOR WITHOUT PAY: 1       
First Line: By breakfast time the bustle's on
Last Line: To our pathos of rapacity


PROMISES: 17. BOY'S WILL, JOYFUL LABOR WITHOUT PAY: 2       
First Line: The hand that aches for the pitchfork heft
Last Line: And grins, then wipes the sweat from his hair
Subject(s): Labor And Laborers


PROMISES: 17. BOY'S WILL, JOYFUL LABOR WITHOUT PAY: 3       
First Line: Daylong, light, gold, leans on the land
Last Line: Spits once, says, 'hell, just another snake.'


PROMISES: 17. BOY'S WILL, JOYFUL LABOR WITHOUT PAY: 4       
First Line: The thresher now has stopped its racket
Last Line: That field, pale, under starlit air


PROMISES: 17. BOY'S WILL, JOYOUS LABOR WITHOUT PAY AND HARVEST HOME    Poem Text    
First Line: By breakfast time the bustle's on
Last Line: That field, pale, under starlit air


PROMISES: 18. LULLABY: A MOTION LIKE SLEEP       
First Line: Under the star and beech-shade braiding
Last Line: So, son, now sleep


PROMISES: 19. THE NECESSITY FOR BELIEF       
First Line: The sun is red, and the sky does not scream
Last Line: Much is told that is scarcely to be believed


PROMISES: 2. COURT-MARTIAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Under the cedar tree
Subject(s): American Civil War; Lynching; Confederate States Of America; Soldiers; Veterans; Ancestors & Ancestry; Confederacy; Heritage; Heredity


PROMISES: 2. COURT-MARTIAL       
First Line: Under the cedar tree
Last Line: The world is real. It is there


PROMISES: 3. GOLD GLADE    Poem Text    
First Line: Wandering, in autumn, the woods of boyhood
Subject(s): Religion; Theology


PROMISES: 3. GOLD GLADE       
First Line: Wandering, in autumn, the woods of boyhood
Last Line: I shall set my foot, and go there
Subject(s): Religion


PROMISES: 3. GOLDEN GLADE    Poem Text    
First Line: Wandering, in autumn, the woods of boyhood
Last Line: I shall set my foot, and go there
Subject(s): Religion; Childhood Memories; Theology


PROMISES: 4. DARK WOODS: 1       
First Line: Tonight the woods are darkened
Last Line: The woods wait. They wait. All right


PROMISES: 4. DARK WOODS: 2. THE DOGWOOD       
First Line: All right: and with that wry acceptance you follow the cow-track
Last Line: All night, the tree glimmmered in darkness, and uttered no word


PROMISES: 4. DARK WOODS: 3. THE HAZEL LEAF       
First Line: Tonight the woods are darkened
Last Line: Do not forget you were once there


PROMISES: 5. COUNTRY BURYING (1919)       
First Line: A thousand times you've seen that scene
Last Line: Why doesn't that fly stop buzzing - stop buzzing up there!


PROMISES: 6. SCHOOL LESSON BASED ON WORD OF TRAGIC DEATH ...       
First Line: They weren't so bright, or clean, or clever
Last Line: There was another lesson, but we were too young to take up that one


PROMISES: 7. SUMMER STORM (CIRCA 1916), AND GOD'S GRACE       
First Line: Toward sun, the sun flared suddenly red
Last Line: Let that roar be the roar of god's awful grace, and not of his flail


PROMISES: 8. FOUNDING FATHERS, NINETEENTH-CENTURY STYLE, SOUTHEAST U.S       
First Line: They were human, they suffered, wore long black coat and gold watch chain
Last Line: God's closing hand


PROMISES: 9. FOREIGN SHORE, OLD WOMAN, SLAUGHTER OF OCTOPUS       
First Line: What now do the waves say
Last Line: The mind's pain of logic somewhat, or the heart's rage


PROPHECY       
First Line: You see no beauty in the parched parade
Last Line: And memory will purge the bitter from the sweet


PURSUIT    Poem Text    
First Line: The hunchback on the corner, with gum and shoelaces
Subject(s): Guilt


PURSUIT       
First Line: The hunchback on the corner, with gum and shoelaces
Last Line: And rattles her crutch, which may put forth a small bloom, perhaps white
Subject(s): Guilt


QUESTION AND ANSWER    Poem Text    
First Line: What has availed
Subject(s): Success; Failure


QUESTION AT CLIFF-THRUST       
First Line: From the outthrust ledge of sea-cliff you
Last Line: Of one gull that screams from east to west and is %demanding what?


QUESTIONS AND ANSWER       
First Line: What has availed %or failed?
Last Line: At god's black, orbed, target eye


QUESTIONS YOU MUST LEARN TO LIVE PAST       
First Line: Have you ever clung to the cliffside while
Last Line: Slips down to curl in some dark, wintry hole, with no dream?


RANSOM       
First Line: Old houses, and new-fangled violence
Last Line: Though frail as the clasped dream beneath the blanket's wool


RATHER LIKE A DREAM       
First Line: If wordsworth, a boy, reached out
Last Line: Tree or stone - just to know


RE-INTERMENT: RECOLLECTION OF A GRANDFATHER       
First Line: What a strange feeling all the years to carry
Last Line: To love him - or recognize hs kind. Certainly not his face


RECOLLECTION IN UPPPER ONTARIO, FROM LONG BEFORE       
First Line: Why do I still wake up and not know? - though later
Last Line: Or what did I see?


RED-TAIL HAWK AND PYRE OF YOUTH       
First Line: Breath clamber-short, face sun-peeled, stones
Last Line: Of youth's poor, angry, slapdash, and ignorant pyre


REMARK FOR HISTORIANS       
First Line: Only truth is deep as the ocean
Last Line: Or the wind-ripped medium where great waves mourn


RESOLUTION       
First Line: Grape-treader time
Last Line: How ripe is turned the hour


RETURN: AN ELEGY       
First Line: The east wind finds the gap bringing rain
Last Line: Out of the dark the dark and swollen orchid of this sorrow


REVELATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Because he had spoken harshly to his mother
Last Line: Something important about love, and about love's grace.
Subject(s): Mothers & Sons


ROMANCE MACABRE       
First Line: Even tonight, I think, if you would ask
Last Line: Haunted by anguish of the lustful dead


RUMOR AT TWILIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Rumor at twilight of whisper, crepuscular
Subject(s): Family Life; Relatives


RUMOR AT TWILIGHT       
First Line: Rumor at twilight of whisper, crepuscular
Last Line: The cigarette butt. Set heel on it. It is time to go in


RUMOR VERIFIED       
First Line: Since the rumor has been verified, you can, at least
Last Line: That you are simply a man, with a man's dead reckoning, nothing more


SAFE IN SHADE       
First Line: Eyes, not bleared but blue
Last Line: Where is the truth - oh, unambiguous - %thereof?


SAN FRANCISCO NIGHT WINDOWS    Poem Text    
First Line: So hangs the hour like fruit fullblown and sweet,
Subject(s): San Francisco


SEA HATES THE LAND       
First Line: Be not deceived by the slow swell and lull of sea lolling
Last Line: Absorbed in the innocent solipsism of the sea


SEASON OPENS ON WILD BOAR IN CHIANTI       
First Line: They are hunting the boar in the vineyards
Last Line: From darkness, our ignorant dreaming


SEASONS: 1. DOWNWARDNESS       
First Line: Under ledges of snow out-thrust from ledges
Last Line: Dark comes again. Shut eyes, and think of a sacred cycle


SEASONS: 2. INTERLUDE OF SUMMER       
First Line: Even in the spruce-dark gorge the last
Last Line: After all, aesthetics is a branch of philosophy


SHOES IN RAIN JUNGLE       
First Line: Shoes rot off feet before feet
Last Line: This last is very important


SHORT THOUGHTS FOR LONG NIGHTS: 1. NIGHTMARE OF MOUSE       
First Line: It was there, but I said it couldn't be true in daylight
Last Line: And I wasn't, so didn't - till teeth crunched on my skull


SHORT THOUGHTS FOR LONG NIGHTS: 2. NIGHTMARE OF MAN       
First Line: I assembled, marshaled, my data, deployed them expertly
Last Line: For I'd thought of the death of my mother, and wept, and weep still


SHORT THOUGHTS FOR LONG NIGHTS: 3. COLLOQUY WITH COCKROACH       
First Line: I know I smell. But everyone does, somewhat
Last Line: No, I haven't time now - it might take you too long to explain


SHORT THOUGHTS FOR LONG NIGHTS: 4. LITTLE BOY ON VOYAGE       
First Line: Little boy, little boy, standing on ship-shudder, wide eyes staring
Last Line: So come in for supper and sleep, now; they, too, will help you grow strong


SHORT THOUGHTS FOR LONG NIGHTS: 5. OBSESSION       
First Line: Dawn draws on slow when dawn brings only dawn
Last Line: And the old thought for the new day as day draws on


SHORT THOUGHTS FOR LONG NIGHTS: 6. JOY       
First Line: If you've never had it, discussion is perfectly fruitless
Last Line: Let the flute and drum be still, the trumpet tootless


SHORT THOUGHTS FOR LONG NIGHTS: 7. CRICKET, ON KITCHEN FLOOR, ENTERS       
First Line: History, shaped like white hen
Last Line: But will, no doubt, come again


SHORT THOUGHTS FOR LONG NIGHTS: 8. LITTLE BOY AND GENERAL PRINCIPLE       
First Line: Don't cry, little boy, you see it is only natural
Last Line: That you'll have to learn soon, so you might, I guess, begin


SHORT THOUGHTS FOR LONG NIGHTS: 9. GRASSHOPPER TRIES TO BREAK       
First Line: Sing summer, summer, sing summer summerlong
Last Line: And over all things, all night, his despair, like ice, creep


SILA    Poem Text    
First Line: Upgrade, past snow-tangled bramble, past
Last Line: The dog exploded
Subject(s): Animals; Death; Deer; Dogs; Eskimos; Native Americans; Dead, The; Inuit; Indians Of America; American Indians; Indians Of South America


SILA       
First Line: Upgrade, past snow-tangled bramble, past
Last Line: Heart straining, to utter that cry? - but %cannot, breath short
Subject(s): Animals; Death; Deer; Dogs; Eskimos; Native Americans


SISTER WATER       
First Line: ...And to begin again, the night was dark and dreary, and
Last Line: You can wash your face in cold water


SITTING ON FARM LAWN ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON       
First Line: The old, the young - they sit
Last Line: In another place, and hour


SKY       
First Line: Livid to lurid switched the sky
Last Line: Its true name is what we never know


SMALL ETERNITY       
First Line: The time comes when you count the names - whether
Last Line: Upon that momentary eternity


SMILE       
First Line: Mellow, mellow, at thrush-hour
Last Line: Damp hair to show the flickering smile


SNOWFALL       
First Line: The whiteness of silence, in silence of squadroon
Last Line: Which is the perfection of being


SNOWSHOEING BACK TO CAMP IN GLOAMING       
First Line: Scraggle and brush broken through, snow-shower jarred loose
Last Line: Of a source far other than firelight - or even %imagined star-glint


SO FROST ASTOUNDS    Poem Text    
First Line: I have thought: this will be so
Subject(s): Frost


SO FROST ASTOUNDS       
First Line: I have thought: it will be so nothing less
Last Line: I have thought: this will I find


SO YOU AGREE WITH WHAT I SAY? WELL, WHAT DID I SAY?       
First Line: Albino-pale, half-blind, his orbit revolved
Last Line: For somebody else to try, or an ibm


SOME QUIET, PLAIN POEMS: 1. ORNITHOLOGY IN A WORLD OF FLUX       
First Line: It was only a bird call at evening, unidentified
Last Line: That I miss more that stillness at bird-call than some things that were to fail later


SOME QUIET, PLAIN POEMS: 2. HOLLY AND HICKORY       
First Line: Rain, all night, taps the holly
Last Line: Who dreamed dawnward; and would rise to go


SOME QUIET, PLAIN POEMS: 3. THE WELL HOUSE       
First Line: What happened there, it was not much
Last Line: If you came back - even if you just stood to stare


SOME QUIET, PLAIN POEMS: 4. IN MOONLIGHT, SOMEWHERE, THEY ARE SINGING       
First Line: Under the maples at moonrise
Last Line: Some life-faith yet, by my years, unrepealed
Subject(s): Love


SOME QUIET, PLAIN POEMS: 5. IN ITALIAN THEY CALL THE BIRD CIVETTA       
First Line: The evening drooped toward owl-call
Last Line: The small owl mourns from the moat


SOME QUIET, PLAIN POEMS: 6. DEBATE: QUESTION, QUARRY, DREAM       
First Line: Asking what, asking what? - all a boy's afternoon
Last Line: And lift up my eyes to consider more strictly the appalling logic of joy


SOMEWHERE       
First Line: Walking down madison, I suddenly stopped. Stared
Last Line: Somewhere, far off, is somewhere


SONNET OF AUGUST DROUTH       
First Line: Eternally our afternoons then stood
Last Line: This cairn of darkness piled upon my brow!


SONNNET OF A RAINY SUMMER       
First Line: It was a rainy summer, you remember
Last Line: Plashing the mud as I rode home from you


SPELEOLOGY       
First Line: At cliff-foot where great ledges thrust, the cave
Last Line: And in darkness have even asked; is this all? What is all?


STAR-FALL       
First Line: In that far land, and time, near the castrated drawbridge where
Last Line: We lay watching the stars as they fell


SUMMER AFTERNOON AND HYPNOSIS       
First Line: Lulled by stream murmur and the afternoon's hypnosis
Last Line: The mystery of love's redeeming smile


SUMMER RAIN IN MOUNTAINS       
First Line: A dark curtain of rain sweeps slowly over the sunlit mountain
Last Line: After all, its the sort of thing that may happen to anybody. %and does


SUNSET       
First Line: Clouds clamber, turgid, the mountain, peakward
Last Line: Before seen, nor known


SUNSET SCRUPULOUSLY OBSERVED       
First Line: A flycatcher, small, species not identified, is perched
Last Line: The evening slowly, soundlessly, closes. Like %an eyelid


SWIMMING IN THE PACIFIC    Poem Text    
First Line: At sunset my foot outreached the mounting pacific's
Last Line: Like a dream all years moved to
Subject(s): Swimming & Swimmers; Pacific Ocean


SWIMMING IN THE PACIFIC       
First Line: At sunset my foot outreached the mounting pacific's
Last Line: Saw your face, slow, take shape, %like a dream that all years had moved to
Subject(s): Sports


SYNONYMS    Poem Text    
First Line: Where eons back earth slipped and cracked
Subject(s): Beauty; Reality; Nature


SYNONYMS       
First Line: Where eons back, earth slipped and cracked
Last Line: It is hard sometimes to remember that beauty is one word for reality


TALE OF TIME: 1. WHAT HAPPENED       
First Line: It was october. It was the depression. Money %was tight
Last Line: There will also be the dream of the eating of human flesh


TALE OF TIME: 2. THE MAD DRUGGIST       
First Line: I come back to try to remember the faces she saw every day
Last Line: A fact some in the street had not grasped - nor the attending physician, nor god, nor I


TALE OF TIME: 3. ANSWER YES OR NO       
First Line: Death is only a technical correction of the market
Last Line: Death is only the fulfilment of a wish %whose wish?


TALE OF TIME: 4. THE INTERIM       
First Line: Between the clod and the midnight
Last Line: Immortality is not impossible, %even joy


TALE OF TIME: 5. WHAT WERE YOU THINKING, DEAR MOTHER?       
First Line: What were you thinking, a child, when you lay
Last Line: And the whippoorwill called, beyond the dark cedars


TALE OF TIME: 6. INSOMNIA       
First Line: If to that place. Place of grass
Last Line: They are born one by one


TELL ME A STORY    Poem Text    
First Line: Long ago, in kentucky, I, a boy, stood
Subject(s): Geese; Time


TERROR    Poem Text    
First Line: Not pinics nor pageants or the improbable
Subject(s): Terror; War; Airplane Accidents; Air Crashes; Aeronautics - Accidents; Airplane Collisions


TERROR       
First Line: Not picnics or pageants or the improbable
Last Line: Kisses the terror; for you see an empty chair
Subject(s): Adventure And Adventurers; War


THE CARDINAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Cardinal, lover of shade
Subject(s): Cardinals (birds)


THE DAY DR. KNOX DID IT    Poem Text    
First Line: Heat-blaze, white dazzle: and white is the dust
Last Line: It us night. In the next room she weeps
Subject(s): Childhood Memories; Suicide; Southern States; Death


THE GARDEN    Poem Text    
First Line: How kind, how secretly, the sun
Subject(s): Gardens & Gardening; Autumn; Fall


THE LIE    Poem Text    
First Line: Yes, meriwether, murdered by your lie
Subject(s): Lewis, Meriwether (1774-1809); Jefferson, Thomas (1743-1826); Suicide; Lies


THE LIMITED    Poem Text    
First Line: Since there's no help, come, let them kiss and part
Last Line: Wheels from last week's newspaper to the broom
Subject(s): Drayton, Michael (1563-1631)


THE MOONLIGHT'S DREAM    Poem Text    
First Line: Why did I wake at night, all the house at rest?
Subject(s): Family Life; Sleep; Dreams; Night; Relatives; Nightmares; Bedtime


THE NATURE OF A MIRROR    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The sky has murder in the eye, and I
Subject(s): Time


THE OWL    Poem Text    
First Line: Here was the sound of water falling only
Subject(s): Nature; Owls


THE RETURN: AN ELEGY    Poem Text    
First Line: The east wind finds the gap bringing rain
Subject(s): Grief; Death; Pine Trees; Nature; Sorrow; Sadness; Dead, The


THERE'S A GRANDFATHER'S CLOCK IN THE HALL    Poem Text    
First Line: There's a grandfather's clock in the hall, watch it closely. The minute hand
Subject(s): Time


THREE DARKNESSES       
First Line: There is some logic here to trace, and I


TIMELESS, TWINNED       
First Line: Angelic, lonely autochthonous, one white
Last Line: Snow-bellied, lurks. I stare at the cloud, white and motionless I cling %to our one existence, timel


TIRES ON WET ASPHALT AT NIGHT       
First Line: As my head in darkness dents pillow, the last
Last Line: I wish I could think what makes them come together now


TO A FACE IN THE CROWD       
First Line: Brother, my brother, whither do you pass?
Last Line: Borne in the lost procession of these feet


TO A FRIEND PARTING       
First Line: Endure friend-parting yet, old soldier
Last Line: Thus faith has lived, we feel


TO A LITTLE GIRL, ONE YEAR OLD, IN A RUINED FORTRESS: 1. SIROCCO    Poem Text    
First Line: To a place of ruined stone we brought you, and sea-reaches
Last Line: And on the exposed approaches the last gold of gorse bloom, in the sorocco, shakes
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters


TO A LITTLE GIRL, ONE YEAR OLD, IN A RUINED FORTRESS: 1. SIROCCO       
First Line: To a place of ruined stone we brought you, and sea-reaches
Last Line: And on the exposed approaches the last gold of gorse bloom, in the sirocco, shakes
Subject(s): Fathers And Daughters


TO A LITTLE GIRL, ONE YEAR OLD, IN A RUINED FORTRESS: 2. GULL'S CRY    Poem Text    
First Line: White goose by palm tree, palm ragged, among stones the white oleander
Last Line: Hands and sing, redeem, redeem!
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters


TO A LITTLE GIRL, ONE YEAR OLD, IN A RUINED FORTRESS: 2. GULL'S CRY       
First Line: White goose by palm tree, palm ragged, among stones the white oleander
Last Line: Hands and sing: redeem, redeem!
Subject(s): Fathers And Daughters


TO A LITTLE GIRL, ONE YEAR OLD, IN A RUINED FORTRESS: 3. THE CHILD    Poem Text    
First Line: The child next door is defective because the mother
Last Line: I smile stiff, say ciao, and think: this is the world
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters


TO A LITTLE GIRL, ONE YEAR OLD, IN A RUINED FORTRESS: 3. THE CHILD       
First Line: The child next door is defective because the mother
Last Line: I smile stiff, saying ciao, saying ciao, and think: this is the world
Subject(s): Fathers And Daughters


TO A LITTLE GIRL, ONE YEAR OLD, IN A RUINED FORTRESS: 4. THE FLOWER    Poem Text    
First Line: Above the beach, the vineyard
Last Line: It will rustle all night, darling
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters


TO A LITTLE GIRL, ONE YEAR OLD, IN A RUINED FORTRESS: 4. THE FLOWER       
First Line: Above the beach, the vineyard
Last Line: It will rustle all night, darling
Subject(s): Fathers And Daughters


TO A LITTLE GIRL, ONE YEAR OLD, IN A RUINED FORTRESS: 5. COLDER FIRE    Poem Text    
First Line: It rained toward day. The morning came sad & white
Last Line: But defines, for the fortunate, that joy in which all joys shall rejoice
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters; Childhood Memories


TO A LITTLE GIRL, ONE YEAR OLD, IN A RUINED FORTRESS: 5. COLDER FIRE       
First Line: It rained toward day. The morning came sad and white
Last Line: But defines, for the fortunate, that joy in which all joys should rejoice


TO CERTAIN OLD MASTERS       
First Line: I have read you and read you, my betters
Last Line: Breathless, awed, and still


TO ONE AWAKE       
First Line: Shut up the book and get you now to bed
Last Line: And its dark leaf


TOWARD RATIONALITY       
First Line: Brothers, stones on this moraine of time
Last Line: The rude abhorson's spittlebearded grin


TRIPS TO CALIFORNIA       
First Line: Two days behind the dust-storm - man's
Last Line: Own fate, which blindly blooms, like a flower


TRUE LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: In silence the heart raves. It utters words
Subject(s): Love - Beginnings; Youth


TRUE LOVE       
First Line: In silence the heart raves. It utters words
Last Line: She called my name once. I didn't even know she knew it


TRUTH       
First Line: Truth is what you cannot tell
Last Line: Their accumulated wisdom must be immense


TRYING TO TELL YOU SOMETHING       
First Line: All things lean at you, and some are
Last Line: And no one can predict the consequences


TRYST ON VINEGAR HILL       
First Line: Over vinegar hill somehow the sky
Last Line: Still find the ivied earth so cold


TWICE BORN       
First Line: Ah, blaze of vision in the dark hour!
Last Line: In calmness, soon, I slept


TWO PIECES AFTER SUETONIUS: 1. APOLOGY FOR DOMITIAN       
First Line: He was not bad, as emperors go, not really
Last Line: It gets is at night, and from his old nurse, a woman poor, nonpolitical


TWO PIECES AFTER SUETONIUS: 2. TIBERIUS ON CAPRI       
First Line: All is nothing, nothing all
Last Line: Found the sea: I could do that much, after all


TWO STUDIES IN IDEALISM: 1. BEAR TRACK PLANTATION: SHORTLY AFTER       
First Line: Two things a man's built for, killing and you-know-what
Last Line: Hell, no. I'd lie easy if jeff had just give me that ten
Subject(s): Idealism


TWO STUDIES IN IDEALISM: 1. BEAR TRACK PLANTATION: SHORTLY AFTER SHILOH    Poem Text    
First Line: Two things a man's built for, killing and you-know-what
Last Line: Hell, no. I'd lie if jeff had just give me that ten
Subject(s): Idealism


TWO STUDIES IN IDEALISM: 2. HARVARD '61: BATTLE FATIGUE    Poem Text    
First Line: I didn't mind dying - it wasn't that at all
Last Line: Where people who haven't the right just die, with ghastly impertinence
Subject(s): Harvard University; Idealism


TWO STUDIES IN IDEALISM: 2. HARVARD '61: BATTLE FATIGUE       
First Line: I didn't mind dying - it wasn't that at all
Last Line: Where people who haven't the right just die, with ghastly impertinence
Subject(s): Harvard University; Idealism


UNCERTAIN SEASON IN HIGH COUNTRY       
First Line: By the descending mountain track, soundless
Last Line: I speculate on the weather


UNLESS       
First Line: All will be in vain unless - unless what? Unless
Last Line: This is happiness


UPWARDNESS       
First Line: It is hard to know the logic of mere recollection
Last Line: Straining beyond the infinite starwardness


VARIATION: ODE TO FEAR       
First Line: When the dentist adjusts his drill
Last Line: Timor mortis conturbet me


VERMONT BALLAD; CHANGE OF SEASON       
First Line: All day the fitful rain
Last Line: In rain or snow, you pass, and he says: 'kinda rough tonight.'


VERMONT THAW       
First Line: A soft wind southwesterly, something like
Last Line: You must try to think of some other answer, by dawn


VISION    Poem Text    
First Line: The vision shall come - the truth be revealed - but
Subject(s): Truth


VISION (1)       
First Line: I shall build me a house where the larkspur blooms
Last Line: When the grey wood smoke drifts away with the wind


VISION (2)       
First Line: The vision will come - the truth be revealed - but
Last Line: And you just didn't recognize it?


WAITING       
First Line: You will have to wait. Until it. Until
Last Line: True or not. But sometimes true


WAKING TO TAP OF HAMMER       
First Line: Waking up in my curtain-dark bedroom, I hear
Last Line: I dreamed it was smiling at me


WAS IT ONE OF THE LONG HUNTERS OF KENTUCKY WHO DISCOVERED BOONE AT       
First Line: The seasons turn like a great wheel
Last Line: In joy just because the world is the way it is


WATERSHED    Poem Text    
First Line: From this high place all things flow
Subject(s): Watersheds


WAY TO LOVE GOD       
First Line: Here is the shadow of truth, for only the shadow is true
Last Line: That is a way to love god


WAYS OF DAY       
First Line: I have come all this way
Last Line: Teach me, my son, the ways of day


WEATHER REPORT       
First Line: In its deep little chasm my brook swells big
Last Line: With a creak just this side of silence. %it lurches, perhaps


WHAT IS THE VOICE THAT SPEAKS?       
First Line: What is the voice that speaks? Oh, tongue
Last Line: All we can do is strive to learn the cost of experience


WHAT VOICE AT MOTH-HOUR    Poem Text    
First Line: What voice at moth-hour did I hear calling
Last Line: Once heard, hear the voice: its is late. Come home!
Subject(s): Voices


WHAT VOICE AT MOTH-HOUR       
First Line: What voice at moth-hour did I hear calling
Subject(s): Voices


WHAT WAS THE THOUGHT       
First Line: The thought creeps along the baseboard of the dark mind
Last Line: Skull crushed, partly eviscerated


WHATEVR YOU NOW ARE       
First Line: In the depth and rustle of midnight, how do you know
Last Line: Will a more strange one yet inhabit the precinct of day?


WHEN LIFE BEGINS       
First Line: Erect was the old hellenistic head
Last Line: But for tail's twitch. Night comes. Eyes glare


WHEN THE TOOTH CRACKS - ZING!       
First Line: When the tooth cracks - zing! - it
Last Line: Especially if your memory is not what it used to be


WHISTLE OF THE 3 A.M.       
First Line: At 3 a.M., if the schedule held
Last Line: The schedule's gone dead of the 3 a.M


WHOLE QUESTION       
First Line: You'll have to rethink the whole question. This
Last Line: Words. Or find some words that make the truth come true


WHY BOY CAME TO LONELY PLACE       
First Line: Limestone and cedar. Indigo shadow
Last Line: But what is that? To find out you come to this lonely place


WHY HAVE I WANDERED THE ASPHALT OF MIDNIGHT?       
First Line: Why have I wandered the asphalt of midnight and not known why?
Last Line: Lean over his lunch box, and yawn


WHY YOU CLIMBED UP       
First Line: Where, vomit-yellow, the lichen crawls
Last Line: Then all begins again. And you are you


WILD OATS       
First Line: I am sowing wild oats
Last Line: But I shall be asleep


WIND AND GIBBON       
First Line: All night, over roof, over forest, you hear
Last Line: The mountain to dazzlement


WINTER DREAMS       
First Line: From the edge of the drained beaver swamp
Last Line: What dreams all winter he may have had?


WINTER WHEAT: OKLAHOMA       
First Line: The omelet of sunset vibrates in the great flat pan
Last Line: A man's honest sweat just go for nothing


WORLD COMES GALLOPING: A TRUE STORY       
First Line: By the ruined arch, where the bougainvillea bled
Last Line: Viene galopando,'--and spat again--`el mundo.'


WRESTLING MATCH       
First Line: Here in this corner, ladies and gentlemen
Last Line: That forever we would keep if we but could


YOU SORT OLD LETTERS       
First Line: Some are pure business, land deals, receipts, a contract
Last Line: Bloody, lifted for your kiss


YOUTH STARES AT MINOAN SUNSET       
First Line: On the lap of the mountain meadow
Last Line: He is so young


YOUTHFUL PICNIC LONG AGO: SAD BALLAD ON BOX       
First Line: In tennessee once the campfire glowed
Last Line: If not her name. %even now
Variant Title(s): Recollection Long Ago: Sad Musi


YOUTHFUL TRUTH-SEEKER, HALF-NAKED, AT NIGHT, RUNNING DOWN BEACH SOUTH       
First Line: In dark, climbing up. Then down-riding the sand sluice
Last Line: Then ask, if years later, I'll drive again forth under stars, on tottering bones