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2032, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: It is evening in the town of x
Last Line: And golden boa, blowing kisses to the trees


A MORNING, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I have carried it with me each day: that morning I took
Subject(s): Boats; Solitude; Loneliness


A SHORT PANEGYRIC, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Now that the vegetarian nightmare is over and we are back to
Subject(s): Food & Eating


A.M., by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: ... And here the dark infinitive to feel
Subject(s): Environment; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation


A.M., by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: ... And here the dark infinitive to feel
Last Line: How well they shine upon the fatal sprawl %of everything on earth. How well they love us all
Subject(s): Environment


ACCIDENT, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: A train runs over me
Last Line: The end of my life begins


AFTER MARK STRAND, by MARYLISA WALKER               
First Line: I've been eating love poems for days


ALWAYS, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Always so late in the day
Subject(s): Doubt; Skepticism


ALWAYS; FOR CHARLES SIMIC, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: Always so late in the day
Last Line: Another yawned, another gazed at the window: %no grass, no trees ... %the blase of promise everywher


ANOTHER PLACE, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I walk / into what light


BABIES, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: Let us save the babies
Last Line: Let us try to save the babies
Subject(s): Babies


BEACH HOTEL, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: Oh, look, the ship is sailing without us! And the wind
Last Line: Had we not taken his place


BLACK MAPS, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Not the attendance of stones
Subject(s): Self


BLACK MAPS, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: Not the attendance of stones
Last Line: Is holding up the black stars


BLACK SEA, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: One clear night while the others slept, I climbed
Subject(s): Longing


BLACK SEA, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: One clear night while the others slept, I climbed
Last Line: That the world offers would you come only because I was here?


BREATH, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: When you see them
Last Line: That breath is what I give them when I send my love


CENTO VIRGILIANUS, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: And so, passing under the dome of the great sky
Last Line: Chilled us to the bone. %we'd come to a place %where everything weeps for how the world goes


CHEKHOV: A SESTINA, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: Why him? He woke up and felt anxious. He was out of sorts
Last Line: Have thought he was in love? How out of character! How very unlike him!


COMING OF LIGHT, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: Even this late it happens
Last Line: Even this late the bones of the body shine %and tomorrow's dust flares into breath
Subject(s): Love; Travel


COMING TO THIS, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: We have done what we wanted.
Subject(s): Togetherness


COMING TO THIS, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: We have done what we wanted
Last Line: No place to go, no reason to remain


CONTINENTAL COLLEGE OF BEAUTY, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: The city was flooded with light


CONTINENTAL COLLEGE OF BEAUTY, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: When the continental college of beauty opened its doors
Last Line: How quickly the great unfinished world came into view %when the continental college of beauty opened


CONTINUOUS LIFE, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: What of the neighborhood homes awash
Last Line: Small tremors of love through your brief, %undeniable selves, into your days, and beyond


COURTSHIP, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: There is a girl you like so you tell her
Subject(s): Desire


COURTSHIP, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: There is a girl you like so you tell her
Last Line: Taken by storm, she is the girl you will marry
Subject(s): Desire


DANCE, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: The ghost of another comes to visit and we hold %communion
Last Line: And who isn't borne again and again into heaven?


DANSE D'HIVER, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: We've seen them all: the torments of distance
Last Line: Will anyone know us when we arrive? %will mother and father feed us or let us go?


DARK HARBOR: 1, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: In the night without end in the soaking dark
Subject(s): Travel; Journeys; Trips


DARK HARBOR: 1, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: In the night without end, in the soaking dark
Last Line: Of the body is worthless and goes only so far


DARK HARBOR: 10, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: It is a dreadful cry that rises up
Last Line: As it lives in what it could not be


DARK HARBOR: 11, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: A long time has passed and yet it seems
Last Line: Its violence, its terrible omens of the end


DARK HARBOR: 12, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: So it came of its own like the sun that covers
Last Line: Which would end in either dismissal or doubt


DARK HARBOR: 13, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: The mist clears. The morning mountains
Last Line: To take on a light of its own, green and piercing


DARK HARBOR: 14, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: The ship has been held in the harbor
Last Line: Since the cloud behind the nearby mountain moved


DARK HARBOR: 15, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: What light is this that says the air is golden
Last Line: And going under, becoming what no one remembers


DARK HARBOR: 16, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: It is true, as someone has said, that in
Subject(s): Farewell; Parting


DARK HARBOR: 16, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: It is true, as someone has said, that in
Last Line: In the wine as it waits in the glass


DARK HARBOR: 16, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: It is true, as someone has said, that in
Last Line: In the wine as it waits in the glass


DARK HARBOR: 17, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: I have just said goodbye to a friend
Last Line: Of ice and snow, the straight pines, the frigid moon


DARK HARBOR: 18, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: I would like to step out of my heart's door and be
Last Line: Of the dancing, of the inmost dancing


DARK HARBOR: 19, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: I go out and sit on my roof, hoping
Last Line: Let's name him after our plant. Whoa


DARK HARBOR: 2, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: I am writing from a place you have never been
Last Line: And everyone staring, stunned into magnitude


DARK HARBOR: 20, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Is it you standing among the olive trees


DARK HARBOR: 20, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: Is it you standing among the olive trees
Last Line: That whispers in my ear: alas, alas


DARK HARBOR: 21, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: Low shadows skim the earth, a few clouds bleed
Last Line: So long as they are not left behind


DARK HARBOR: 22, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: It happened years ago and in somebody else's
Last Line: Just come, take me away, and put me to bed


DARK HARBOR: 23, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: And suddenly we heard the explosion
Last Line: The dangers of being invited to her house for dinner


DARK HARBOR: 24, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: Now think of the weather and how it is rarely the same
Last Line: The new color of the sky, its random blue


DARK HARBOR: 25, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: Is what exists a souvenir of the time
Last Line: That promises much, but settles for summer


DARK HARBOR: 26, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: I have come from my cabin, from my place high
Last Line: Of your wisdom as you have passed it on to me


DARK HARBOR: 27, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: Of this one I love how the beautiful echoed
Last Line: And keeping him company all this time


DARK HARBOR: 28, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: There is a luminousness, a convergence of enchantments
Last Line: The shapes and sounds of paradise are buried


DARK HARBOR: 29, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The folded memory of our great and singular elevations
Subject(s): Language; Self; Words; Vocabulary


DARK HARBOR: 29, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: The folded memory of our great and singular elevations
Last Line: They cast their shadowy pomp wherever they wish


DARK HARBOR: 3, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: Go in any direction and you will return to the main drag
Last Line: He's reading the paper, she's killing a fly


DARK HARBOR: 30, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: There is a road through the canyon
Last Line: My face. Whenever I take a breath I hear cracking


DARK HARBOR: 31, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: Here we are in labrador. I've always
Last Line: Happy in labrador, dancing into the wee hours


DARK HARBOR: 32, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: Out here, dwarfed by mountains and a sky of fires
Last Line: Largely imperfect so long as it lasts


DARK HARBOR: 33, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: I was visiting the shabby villa of a friend
Last Line: While a fair fire roared in the hearth


DARK HARBOR: 34, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: It's a pity that nature no longer means
Last Line: To the life that gathers upon it


DARK HARBOR: 35, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: The sickness of angels is nothing new
Last Line: Melting the moment they land


DARK HARBOR: 36, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: I cannot decide whether or not to stroll
Last Line: Making rebuilding impossible, especially in winter


DARK HARBOR: 37, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: On sunday she sits in a silver chair in an echoing hall
Last Line: Of a distant will, a fatal music rising everywhere


DARK HARBOR: 38, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: And so he appears at the back of the hall
Last Line: A fragment, a piece of a larger intention, that is all


DARK HARBOR: 39, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: When after a long silence one picks up the pen
Last Line: Atg least for the moment, the moment it passes into song


DARK HARBOR: 4, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: There is a certain triviality in living here
Last Line: As timid, a sign of shallowness or worse


DARK HARBOR: 40, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: How can I sing when I haven't the heart, or the hope
Last Line: Improve, that whatever I sing is a blank


DARK HARBOR: 41, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: Sometimes after dinner when I wander out
Last Line: You will be light-years away by the time I speak


DARK HARBOR: 42, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: Our friends who lumbered from room to room
Last Line: A melancholy place of failed and fallen stars


DARK HARBOR: 43, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: All afternoon I have thought how alike
Last Line: Who have gone, and the leaves, and all that was just here


DARK HARBOR: 44, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: I recall that I stood before the breaking waves
Last Line: Sending up stars of salt, loud clouds of spume


DARK HARBOR: 45, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: I am sure you would find it misty here
Last Line: It was an angel, one of the good ones, about to sing


DARK HARBOR: 5, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: The soldiers are gone, and now the women are leaving
Last Line: See how perfectly everything fits in its space


DARK HARBOR: 6, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: Where would it end and how would it matter
Last Line: Will be all yours and will only increase


DARK HARBOR: 7, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Oh you can make fun of the splendors of moonlight


DARK HARBOR: 7, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: O you can make fun of the splendors of moonlight
Last Line: Is covered and silent in the stoniness of its sleep


DARK HARBOR: 8, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: If dawn breaks the heart, and the moon is a horror
Last Line: Into change, that what I have said has not been said for me


DARK HARBOR: 9, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: Where is the experience that meant so much
Last Line: And postures we had dismissed until now


DEAD, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: The graves grow deeper
Last Line: Clearly enough. We never will


DELIRIUM WALTZ, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: I cannot remember when it began. The lights were low. We were
Last Line: Figures of fallen light. I cannot remember, but I think you were there, whoever you were


DOOR, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: The door is before you again and the shrieking
Last Line: Your hand is on the door. This is where you came in


DREADFUL HAS ALREADY HAPPENED', by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: The relatives are leaning over, staring expectantly
Last Line: I find his feet. He is what is left of my life


DREAM, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: The top of my head opens
Last Line: And lie down in the dark %and look at you


DRESS, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: Lie down on the bright hill
Last Line: Yourself making and remaking until it is perfect


EATING POETRY, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Ink runs from the corners of my mouth
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


EATING POETRY, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: Ink runs from the corners of my mouth
Last Line: I romp with joy in the bookish dark
Subject(s): Poetry And Poets


ELEGY 1969 (AFTER CARLOS DRUMMOND DE ANDRADE), by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: You slave away into your old age
Last Line: Because you can't, all by yourself, blow up manhattan island


ELEGY FOR MY FATHER: 1. THE EMPTY BODY, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The hands were yours, the arms were yours
Subject(s): Fathers


ELEGY FOR MY FATHER: 1. THE EMPTY BODY, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: The hands were yours, the arms were yours
Last Line: But you were not there
Subject(s): Fathers


ELEGY FOR MY FATHER: 2. ANSWERS, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Why did you travel?
Subject(s): Fathers


ELEGY FOR MY FATHER: 2. ANSWERS, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: Why did you travel?
Last Line: Yes, I am tired and I want to lie down
Subject(s): Fathers


ELEGY FOR MY FATHER: 3. YOUR DYING, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Nothing could stop you
Subject(s): Fathers


ELEGY FOR MY FATHER: 3. YOUR DYING, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: Nothing could stop you
Last Line: Not the life you had. %nothing could stop you
Subject(s): Fathers


ELEGY FOR MY FATHER: 4. YOUR SHADOW, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: You have your shadow
Subject(s): Fathers


ELEGY FOR MY FATHER: 4. YOUR SHADOW, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: You have your shadow
Last Line: I have carried it with me too long. I give it back
Subject(s): Fathers


ELEGY FOR MY FATHER: 5. MOURNING, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: They mourn for you / when you rise at midnight
Subject(s): Fathers; Mourning; Bereavement


ELEGY FOR MY FATHER: 5. MOURNING, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: They mourn for you %when you rise at midnight
Last Line: They mourn for you the way they can
Subject(s): Fathers; Mourning


ELEGY FOR MY FATHER: 6. THE NEW YEAR, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: It is winter and the new year
Subject(s): Fathers; Holidays; New Year


ELEGY FOR MY FATHER: 6. THE NEW YEAR, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: It is winter and the new year
Last Line: Because it is winter and the new year
Subject(s): Fathers; Holidays; New Year


EMPIRE OF CHANCE, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: Its terrain is dry and spreads out so you glimpse only bits
Last Line: It is the hard truth of what I do. %my shadow shudders in the morning air


ET CETERA, ET CETERA, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: It could be said, even here, that what remains of the self
Last Line: And the future no more than et cetera, et cetera...But fast and forever
Variant Title(s): In Memory Of Joseph Brodsk


FAMOUS SCENE, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: The polished scarlets of sunset sink as failure
Last Line: Talking aloud to ourselves, repeating the words %that have always been used to describe our fate


FEAR OF THE NIGHT, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: I'm telling you, melissus


FICTION, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I think of the innocent lives
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life; Novels & Novelists


FICTION, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: I think of the innocent lives


FIRE, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Sometimes there would be a fire and I would walk into it
Subject(s): Fire


FIVE DOGS, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I, the dog they call spot, was about to sing. Autumn
Subject(s): Dogs


FOR HER, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Let it be anywhere
Subject(s): Man-woman Relationships; Male-female Relations


FOR HER, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: Let it be anywhere


FOR JESSICA, MY DAUGHTER, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Tonight I walked
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters


FOR JESSICA, MY DAUGHTER, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: Tonight I walked
Last Line: In the dark %when I am away
Subject(s): Fathers And Daughters


FROM A LITANY, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: Let the shark keep to the shelves and closets of coral
Last Line: Let the earth suck at roots and discover the emblems of %weather


FROM A LITANY, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: There in an open field I lie down in a hole I once dug
Last Line: I praise the evening whose son I am


FROM A LOST DIARY, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I had not begun the great journey I was to undertake. I did not
Last Line: Though the sun continues to stand at my door
Subject(s): Diaries; Conduct Of Life


FROM A LOST DIARY, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: I had not begun the great journey I was to undertake. I did not
Last Line: Look at the night, the velvety, fragrant night, which has already %come, though the sun continues to
Subject(s): Diaries


FROM THE LONG SAD PARTY, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text         Recitation by Author     Poet's Biography
First Line: Someone was saying
Subject(s): Parties


FUTILITY IN KEY WEST, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text         Recitation by Author     Poet's Biography
First Line: I was stretched out on the couch, about to doze off


GARDEN, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: It shines in the garden


GHOST SHIP, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: Through the crowded street
Last Line: Do not %turn or close


GIVING MYSELF UP, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I give up my eyes which are glass eggs
Subject(s): Self


GIVING MYSELF UP, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: I give up my eyes which are glass eggs
Last Line: Again without anything


GOOD LIFE, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: You stand at the window
Last Line: And you are there


GREAT POET RETURNS, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: When the light poured down through a hole in the clouds
Last Line: Can anyone die without even a little


GREAT SIBERIAN ROSE, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: The movie about the great siberian rose
Last Line: The golden age of dust will now begin'


GRETE SAMSA'S LETTER TO H., by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: Dear h., we have been in the new house almost a year, and mother
Last Line: Of course, of the work before me. %what sadness, what joy


GROTESQUES: THE COUPLE, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: The scene is a midtown station
Last Line: An empty downtown local %screams through the grimy air %a couple dies in the subway; %couples die ev


GROTESQUES: THE HUNCHBACK, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: It was the middle of the night
Last Line: Beside the corpse and slept, unloved, untouched, %in the dull, moon-flooded garden air
Variant Title(s): Fran


GROTESQUES: THE KING, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: Not far from the palace
Last Line: He closed his eyes. There was nothing %in the ruins of the night that was not his
Variant Title(s): Ruin


GUARDIAN, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: The sun setting. The lawns on fire
Last Line: Preserve my absence. I am alive


HARMONY IN THE BOUDOIR, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: After years of marriage, he stands at the foot of the bed and
Subject(s): Marriage; Nothingness; Weddings; Husbands; Wives; Nihilism; Voids


HERE, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The sun that silvers all the buildings here
Subject(s): Nature


HERE, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: The sun that silvers all the buildings here
Last Line: Curled up before its cave in saurian repose, %and about how good it is to be survived
Subject(s): Nature


HILL, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: I have come this far on my own legs
Last Line: That is the way I do it


HISTORY OF POETRY, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: Our masters are gone and if they returned
Last Line: Than now, for hasn't the enemy always existed, %and wasn't the church of the world already in ruins?


HOUR, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: The extra hour given back to eternity
Last Line: The hour of moonlight upon her body


I HAD BEEN A POLAR EXPLORER, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I had been a polar explorer in my youth
Subject(s): Writing & Writers; Imagination; Fancy


I WILL LOVE THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: Dinner was getting cold. The guests, hoping for quick
Last Line: Oh, I said, putting my hat on, 'oh


IDEA, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: For us, too there was a wish to possess
Last Line: But that it was ours by not being ours, %and shoud remain empty. That was the idea


IN CELEBRATION, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: You sit in a chair, touched by nothing, feeling
Subject(s): Transience; Impermanence


IN CELEBRATION, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: You sit in a chair, touched by nothing, feeling


IN MEMORIAM, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: We never found the last lines he had written
Last Line: It does not matter. The fact that he died %is reason enough to believe there were reasons


IN THE PRIVACY OF THE HOME, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: You want to get a good look at yourself. You stand before a mirror
Last Line: You examine the mirror. There you are, you are not there


ITSELF NOW, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: They will sayn it is feeling or mood, or the world, or the
Last Line: One word after another erasing the world and leaving instead%the invisible lines of its calling: out


KEEPING THINGS WHOLE, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: In a field / I am the absence
Subject(s): Self


KEEPING THINGS WHOLE, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: In a field %I am the absence
Last Line: I move %to keep things whole


KITE (FOR BILL AND SANDY BAILEY), by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: It rises over the lake, the farms
Last Line: And the man turns in his chair, %slowly beginning to wake
Subject(s): Kites


LAST BUS, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: It is dark
Last Line: And I shall never come back


LATE HOUR, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: A man walks towards town
Last Line: The lonely and the feckless end


LEOPARDI, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The night is warm and clear and without wind
Subject(s): Leopardi, Giacomo (1798-1837)


LEOPARDI, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: The night is warm and clear and without wind
Last Line: Dying little by little into the distance, %wounded me, as this does now
Subject(s): Leopardi, Giacomo (1798-1837)


LETTER, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: Men are running across a field
Last Line: It is all I have. I give it all to you. Yours,


LIFE IN THE VALLEY, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Always so late in the day
Subject(s): Valleys


LIFE IN THE VALLEY, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: Like many brilliant notions - easy to understand


LIKE THE MOON DEPARTING, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: It is all in the mind, you say, and has
Last Line: Like the moon departing after a night with us


LINES FOR WINTER, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text         Recitation     Poet's Biography
First Line: Tell yourself / as it gets cold and gray falls from the air
Subject(s): Winter; Self-love


LOST DIARY, SELS, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: I had not begun the great journey I was to undertake. I did not feel like
Last Line: Already come, though the sun continues to stand at my door


LUMINISM, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: And though it was brief, and slight, and nothing


MAILMAN, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: It is midnight
Last Line: You shall forgive
Subject(s): Forgiveness; Postal Service


MAN AND CAMEL, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Ometimes there would be a fire and I would walk into it
Subject(s): Middle Age; Camels


MAN IN BLACK, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: I was walking downtown
Last Line: Swung back and forth in the sultry air like chandeliers


MAN IN THE MIRROR, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: I walk down the narrow
Last Line: I stand here scared %that you will disappear, %sacred that you will stay


MAN IN THE TREE, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: I sat in the cold limbs of a tree
Last Line: May not be this poem


MAP, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: Composed, generally defined
Last Line: Of how the world might look could we %maintain a lasting, %perfect distance from what is
Subject(s): Maps


MARK STRAND, by SONJA JAMES               
First Line: Filled with didactic energy
Last Line: The song is of unconditional beauty, %simple and free


MARK STRAND, by NAOMI RACHEL               
First Line: The first time %it is safer
Last Line: Over %the rails
Subject(s): Man-woman Relationships; Strand, Mark (b. 1934); Women's Rights


MARRIAGE, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: The wind comes from opposite poles
Last Line: The wind is everything to them
Subject(s): Labor And Laborers; Love - Marital


MIDNIGHT CLUB, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: The gifted have told us for years that they want to be loved
Last Line: But mainly they sit, hunched in the dark, feet on the floor,%hands on the table, shirts with bloodst


MIRROR, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: A white room and a party going on
Subject(s): Mirrors; Disappointment


MOONTAN, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The bluish, pale
Subject(s): Solitude; Loneliness


MOONTAN, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: The bluish, pale
Last Line: Invisible %as anyone


MORNING, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: I have carried it with each day: that morning I took
Last Line: The one clear place given to us when we are alone


MORNING, NOON AND NIGHT: 1, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: And the morning green, and the build-up of weather, and my brows
Last Line: Hoping it would pass. What might have been still waited for its chance


MORNING, NOON AND NIGHT: 2, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: Whatever the starcharts told us to watch for or the maps
Last Line: Was to be no nearer the end, no farther from where we began


MORNING, NOON AND NIGHT: 3, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: These nights of pinks and purples vanishing, of freakish heat
Last Line: To prove, to no one in particular, how false his life had been


MY DEATH, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: Sadness, of course, and confusion
Last Line: To write or to die, I did not have to do either


MY LIFE, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The huge doll of my body
Subject(s): Man-woman Relationships; Male-female Relations


MY LIFE, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: The huge doll of my body
Last Line: And getting smaller. The world is green %nothing is all


MY LIFE BY SOMEBODY ELSE, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I have done what I could but you avoid me.
Subject(s): Biography; Biographers


MY LIFE BY SOMEBODY ELSE, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: I have done what I could but you avoid me
Last Line: Somebody else has arrived. Somebody else is writing


MY MOTHER ON AN EVENING IN LATE FALL, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: When the moon appears
Subject(s): Mothers


MY NAME, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Once when the lawn was a golden green
Subject(s): Self


MY SON, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: My son / my only son
Subject(s): Sons


MYSTERIOUS MAPS, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: There is a certain triviality in living here
Last Line: Erased all signs of the sorrow that had been, %its violence,its terrible omens of the end?


MYSTERY AND SOLITUDE IN TOPEKA, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Afternoon darkens into evening. A man falls deeper and deeper into the slow spiral of
Subject(s): Sleep


NARRATIVE POETRY, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: Yesterday at the supermarket I overheard a man and a woman
Last Line: You're absolutely right,' said my mother. 'there's no other way %to think of it.' and she hung up


NEW POETRY HANDBOOK, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: If a man understands a poem
Last Line: And be kissed by white paper


NEXT TIME: 1, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: Nobody sees it happening, but the architecture of our time
Last Line: How long the ruins would last we would never complain


NEXT TIME: 2, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: Perfection is out of the question for people like us
Last Line: The silent, haze-filled sleep of the farmer and his wife


NEXT TIME: 3, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: It could have been another story, the one that was meant
Last Line: And start again, the sun's compassion as it disappears


NO PARTICULAR DAY, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: Items of no %particular day %swarm down
Last Line: Upon us %particular %ideas of light


NO WORDS CAN DESCRIBE IT, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: How those fires burned that are no longer, how the weather worsened
Subject(s): Languagel Time


NOCTURNE OF THE POET WHO LOVED THE MOON, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I have grown tired of the moon, tired of its look
Subject(s): Moon


NOSTALGIA, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: The professors of english have taken their gowns
Last Line: It is yesterday. It is still yesterday


NOT DYING, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: These wrinkles are nothing
Last Line: Remembers and holds fast


OLD MAN LEAVES PARTY, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: It was clear whn I left the party
Last Line: Be only myself, this dream of flesh, from moment to moment


OLD PEOPLE ON THE NURSING HOME PORCH, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Able at last to stop
Subject(s): Emptiness; Nursing Homes; Old Age; Old Age Homes; Assisted Living


OLD PEOPLE ON THE NURSING HOME PORCH, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: Able at last to stop
Subject(s): Emptiness; Nursing Homes; Old Age


ONE SONG, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: I prefer to sit all day
Last Line: I long for more


ONE WINTER NIGHT, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: I showed up at a party of hollywood stars
Last Line: When he lifted his head, he loosed a bellow that broke & rolled %like thunder in the rooms below. Th


ORPHEUS ALONE, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text         Recitation by Author     Poet's Biography
First Line: It was an adventure much could be made of: a walk
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


OUR MASTERPIECE IS THE PRIVATE LIFE, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Is there something down by the water keeping itself from us,
Subject(s): Privacy


OUR MASTERPIECE IS THE PRIVATE LIFE: 1, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: Is there something down by the water keeping itself from us
Last Line: Air? Why look for more


OUR MASTERPIECE IS THE PRIVATE LIFE: 2, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: And now, while the advocates of awfulness and sorrow
Last Line: For anything else? Our masterpiece is the private life


OUR MASTERPIECE IS THE PRIVATE LIFE: 3, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: Standing on the quay between the roving swan and the star immaculate
Last Line: All the day's rewards waiting at the doors of sleep
Subject(s): Love


PIECE OF THE STORM, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: From the shadow of domes in the city of domes
Last Line: It's time. The air is ready. The sky has an opening


POOR NORTH, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: It is cold, the snow is deep
Subject(s): Cold; Family Life; Relatives


POT ROAST, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I gaze upon a roast
Subject(s): Food & Eating; Solitude; Childhood Memories; Loneliness


PRECIOUS LITTLE, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: If blindness is blind to itself
Last Line: Between blindness lost and blindness regained


PREDICTION, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: That night the moon drifted over the pond
Last Line: And taking the moon and leaving the paper dark


READING IN PLACE, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Imagine a poem that starts with a couple
Subject(s): Farm Life; Agriculture; Farmers


READING IN PLACE, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: Imagine a poem that starts with a couple
Subject(s): Farm Life


RECOVERY, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: I stood alone in the weather
Last Line: And it was no more than anyone might have predicted


REMAINS, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: I empty myself of the names of others
Last Line: I empty myself of my life and my life remains
Subject(s): Self


ROOM, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: It is an old story, the way it happens
Last Line: Where nothing, when it happens, is never terrible enough


SARGENTVILLE NOTEBOOK, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: A man in utah hates my work
Last Line: One of my dogs was eaten by the other dogs


SE LA VITA EN SVENTURA ...?, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: Where was it written that today
Last Line: And feel the fall of flesh into time, and feel it turn, %soundlessly, slowly, as if righting itself,


SEVEN POEMS, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: At the edge
Subject(s): Relationships


SEVEN POEMS, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: At the edge %of the body's night
Last Line: It is darker and I walk in


SHOOTING WHALES, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: When the shoals of plankton
Subject(s): Animals


SHOOTING WHALES, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: When the shoals of plankton
Last Line: They were luring me %downward and downward %into the murmurous %waters of sleep
Subject(s): Animals


SLEEP, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: There is the sleep of my tongue
Last Line: Out of which I shall never appear


SLEEPING WITH ONE EYE OPEN, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Unmoved by what the wind does
Subject(s): Night; Anxiety; Bedtime


SLEEPING WITH ONE EYE OPEN, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: Unmoved by what the wind does
Last Line: Hoping %that nothing, nothing will happen


SNOWFALL, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Watching snow cover the ground, cover itself
Subject(s): Snow


SO YOU SAY, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: It is all in the mind, you say, and has
Subject(s): Relationships


SOME LAST WORDS, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: It is easier for a needle to pass through a camel
Last Line: Just go to the graveyard and ask around


STONE, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: The stone lives on
Last Line: To the long meadows of your looking


STORY OF OUR LIVES, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: We are reading the story of our lives
Last Line: They are the book and they are %nothing else


STORY YOU KNOW, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: You dreamed all night of waking, of turning


SUCCESS STORY, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: Had I known at the outset the climb would be slow, difficult, at
Last Line: There? I count myself among the blessed. My life is all downhill


SUICIDE, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: I jump from a building
Last Line: As if I were dreaming %I were alive


SUITE OF APPEARANCES: 1, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: Out of what dark or lack has he come to wait
Last Line: Story, which continues wherever the end is happening


SUITE OF APPEARANCES: 2, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: No wonder - since things come into view then drop from sight
Last Line: Before tonight, the history of ourselves, leaves us cold


SUITE OF APPEARANCES: 3, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: How it comes forward, and deposits itself like wind
Last Line: Any idea of yourself must include a body surrounding a song


SUITE OF APPEARANCES: 4, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: In another time, we will want to know how the earth looked
Last Line: Seen with a disguise, and never be seen without one


SUITE OF APPEARANCES: 5, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: To sit in this chair and wonder where is endlessness
Last Line: So long in coming, keep us from mourning the loss


SUITE OF APPEARANCES: 6, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: Of occasions flounced with rose and gold in which the sun
Last Line: The other, so brief they may have been lost to begin with


THE BABIES, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Let us save the babies
Subject(s): Babies; Infants


THE COMING OF LIGHT, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Even this late it happens
Subject(s): Love; Travel; Journeys; Trips


THE CONTINENTAL COLLEGE OF BEAUTY, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: When the continental college of beauty opened its doors


THE CONTINUOUS LIFE, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: What of the neighborhood homes awash
Subject(s): Parents; Parenthood


THE DREADFUL HAS ALREADY HAPPENED, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The relatives are leaning over, staring expectantly
Subject(s): Babies; Time; Ancestors & Ancestry; Infants; Heritage; Heredity


THE END, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text         Recitation by Author     Poet's Biography
First Line: Not every man [or, everyone] knows what he shall sing at the end
Subject(s): Environment; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation


THE EVERYDAY ENCHANTMENT OF MUSIC, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: A rough sound was polished until it became a smoother sound, which was polishe
Subject(s): Music & Musicians


THE GARDEN, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: It shines in the garden
Subject(s): Gardens & Gardening; Family Life; Relatives


THE GHOST SHIP, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Through the crowded street
Subject(s): Ghost Ships


THE HISTORY OF POETRY, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Our masters are gone and if they returned
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


THE IDEA, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text         Recitation by Author     Poet's Biography
First Line: For us, too, there was a wish to possess
Subject(s): Relationships


THE KING, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I went to the middle of the room and called out
Subject(s): Dreams; Nightmares


THE KITE (FOR BILL AND SANDY BAILEY), by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: It rises over the lake, the farms
Last Line: Slowly beginning to wake
Subject(s): Kites


THE LATE HOUR, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: A man walks towards town
Subject(s): Love - Unrequited


THE MAILMAN, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: It is midnight
Subject(s): Forgiveness; Postal Service; Clemency; Postmen; Post Office; Mail; Mailmen


THE MAN IN THE MIRROR, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I walk down the narrow
Subject(s): Mirrors; Self; Aging


THE MAN IN THE TREE, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I sat in the cold limbs of a tree
Subject(s): Trees


THE MAP, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Composed, generally defined
Last Line: Perfect distance from what it is
Subject(s): Maps


THE MARRIAGE, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The wind comes from opposite poles
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Love - Marital; Work; Workers; Wedded Love; Marriage - Love


THE MIDNIGHT CLUB, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The gifted have told us for years that they want to be loved
Subject(s): Social Commentaries


THE MINISTER OF CULTURE GETS HIS WISH, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text         Recitation by Author     Poet's Biography
First Line: The minister of culture goes home after a grueling day at the office
Subject(s): Patience; Nothingness; Nihilism; Voids


THE MONUMENT: 29, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: It occurs to me that you may be a woman. What then? I suppose I
Subject(s): Women


THE MONUMENT: 30, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Sometimes when I wander in these woods whose prince I am, I hear a


THE MONUMENT: 34, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: They are back, the angry poets. But look! They have come with hammers
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


THE MYSTERIOUS ARRIVAL OF AN UNUSUAL LETTER, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text         Recitation by Author     Poet's Biography
First Line: It had been a long day at the office and a long ride back to the small apartment
Subject(s): Letters; Fathers


THE NEW POETRY HANDBOOK, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: If a man understands a poem,
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


THE NIGHT, THE PORCH, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: To stare at nothing is to learn by heart
Subject(s): Self


THE OLD AGE OF NOSTALGIA, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Those hours given over to basking in the glow of an imagined
Subject(s): Nostalgia


THE POEM OF THE SPANISH POET, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: In a hotel room somewhere in iowa an american poet, tired of his poems
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


THE PREDICTION, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: That night the moon drifted over the pond,
Subject(s): Future


THE REMAINS, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I empty myself of the names of others
Subject(s): Self


THE STORY OF OUR LIVES, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: We are reading the story of our lives
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


THE TUNNEL, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: A man has been standing
Subject(s): Doppelgangers


THE UNTELLING, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: He leaned forward over the paper
Subject(s): Reality; Truth


THE WAY IT IS, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I lie in bed
Subject(s): Modern Life; Human Behavior; Conduct Of Life; Human Nature


THOUGHTS ON A LINE BY MARK STRAND, by CYNTHIA TODD CAPPELLO               
First Line: I'd like to say
Last Line: And dance in the spit %of the sieve


TO HIMSELF, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: So you've come to me now without knowing why
Subject(s): Writing & Writers; Time


TO HIMSELF, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: So you've come to me now without knowing why


TOMORROW, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Your best friend is gone
Subject(s): Travel; Journeys; Trips


TOMORROW, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: Your best friend is gone
Last Line: Will invent an ending that comes out right
Subject(s): Travel


TRANSLATION: 1, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: A few months ago my four-year-old son surprised me. He was
Last Line: Someone your own age, whose poems are no good. Then, if your%translations are bad, it won't matter


TRANSLATION: 2, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: My son's nursery school teacher came over to see me. I don't know
Last Line: I see your point,' she said. 'maybe I should take a stab at %baudelaire.'


TRANSLATION: 3, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: What's up?' I said to the nursery teacher's husband
Last Line: Today. So far as I can see, there's nothing to be done with his poems.' %and with that he disappeare


TRANSLATION: 4, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: To get away from all the talk of translation I went camping by myself
Last Line: My things, stuck the tent, and drove back to salt lake city


TRANSLATION: 5, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: I was in the bathtub when jorge luis borges stumbled in the door
Last Line: I opened my eyes, he, and the text into which he was drawn, had %come to an end


TRAVEL, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: It might have been just outside munich or rome or on the new
Last Line: Merriment is here, none of the flash and vigor, none of the pain that %kept sending me elsewhere


TUNNEL, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: A man has been standing
Last Line: And I have been waiting for days


TWO DE CHIRICOS: 1. THE PHILOSOPHER'S CONQUEST, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: This melancholy moment will remain
Last Line: And always the tower, the boat, the distant train


TWO DE CHIRICOS: 2. THE DISQUIETING MUSES, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: Boredom sets in first, and then despair
Last Line: Something about the silence of the square


UNTITLED, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: As for the poem the adorable one slipped into your pocket
Subject(s): Names


UNTITLED, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: As for the poem the adorable one slipped into your pocket
Last Line: About to happen just at the moment it serves no purpose at all?
Subject(s): Names


VARIATIONS ON A THEME, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: I had gone to the country to visit friends, but found
Last Line: Mrs l took it in her hands, and said, 'oooh! It is warm %andcapable isn't it?'


VELOCITY MEADOWS, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: I can say now that nothing was possible


VIEW, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: This is the place. The chairs are white. The table shines
Last Line: Of happiness, as if that plain fact were enough and would last


VIEWING THE COAST, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: Sailing a ragged shoreline strewn with rocks


VIOLENT STORM, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Those who have chosen to pass the night
Subject(s): Pessimism; Storms


VIOLENT STORM, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: Those who have chosen to pass the night
Last Line: That shared our wakefulness are dimming %and the dark brushes against our eyes
Subject(s): Pessimism; Storms


WALK AT NIGHT, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: Nothing is like something else. What is not wholly
Last Line: Distributed in equal, almost weightless %parts among the stars. How they urge us on


WAY IT IS, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: I lie in bed %I toss all night
Last Line: Shall inherit the dead


WHAT IT WAS: 1, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: It was impossible to imagine, impossible
Last Line: And always because, and only because, once having been, it was


WHAT IT WAS: 2, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: It was the beginning of a chair
Last Line: I sat, the way I waited for hours, for days. It was that. Just that


WHAT TO THINK OF, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Think of the jungle,
Subject(s): Jungles; Paraguay


WHAT TO THINK OF, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: Think of the jungle
Last Line: Like the cold confetti of paradise


WHEN THE VACATION IS OVER FOR GOOD, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: It will be strange
Last Line: We are dying.
Subject(s): Antinuclear Movement; Nuclear War; Vacation; Nuclear Freeze; Atomic Bomb; Hydrogen Bomb


WHERE ARE THE ATERS OF CHLDHOOD?, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: See where the windows are boarded up,
Subject(s): Children; Water; Childhood


WHERE ARE THE WATERS OF CHILDHOOD?, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: See where the windows are boarded up
Last Line: Now you look down. The waters of childhood are there


WHOLE STORY, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: How it should happen this way
Last Line: May have lied about the fire


WORKSHOP MIRACLE, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: Scene: a university classroom.
Last Line: Whole class: together, together, so poetry will never die. Together, together (etc


YOU AND IT, by MARK STRAND                Poet's Biography
First Line: Think what you like, but
Last Line: Catching the merest fraction %of sleep, you will know what I mean


YOU GO ON WITH YOUR DYING (AFTER MARK STRAND), by JANE TOBY               
First Line: Nothing can stop you
Last Line: You go on with your dying
Subject(s): Politics; War