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3 A.M. KITCHEN: MY FATHER TALKING, by TESS GALLAGHER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: For years it was land working me, oil fields
Last Line: Some days now I just donít know
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Industry; Labor & Laborers; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse; Work; Workers


A BACCANALIAN VERSE, by ROBERT HERRICK    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Fill me a mighty bowle
Last Line: In frenzie ne'r like thee.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


A BACCHANALIAN RANT, by HENRY CAREY (1687-1743)    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Bacchus must now his power resign
Last Line: And let that wine be all for me!
Variant Title(s): A Drinking Song
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


A BACHANALIAN VERSE, by ROBERT HERRICK    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Drinke up / your cup
Last Line: But avoid here.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


A BALLAD ON ALE, by JOHN GAY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Whilst some in epic strains delight
Last Line: With copious draughts of ale.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Beer; Drinks & Drinking; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse; Ale; Wine


A DRINK ECLOGUE: LANDLADY, BRANDY AND WHISKY, by ROBERT FERGUSSON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: On auld worm-eaten skelf, in cellar dunk
Last Line: Fley'd to be seen amang the tassel'd train.
Alternate Author Name(s): Ferguson, Robert
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Conversation; Quarrels; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse; Arguments; Disagreements


A DROP OF GIN, by THOMAS HOOD    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Gin! Gin! A drop of gin!
Last Line: By plunging into the palace of gin!
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


A GLASS OF BEER, by JAMES STEPHENS    Poem Text             Recitation     Poet's Biography
First Line: The lanky hank of a she in the inn over there
Last Line: The high king of glory permit her to get the mange.
Variant Title(s): Righteous Anger
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Beer; Curses; Drinks & Drinking; Hate; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse; Ale; Wine


A HYMNE TO BACCHUS (1), by ROBERT HERRICK    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Bacchus, let me drink no more
Last Line: Daffadills g'en up to thee.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


A LARGE BRANCH SPLINTERED OFF A TREE IN A STORM, by THOMAS LUX    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: And was hurled to the ground like a spear
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


A LOOSE SARABAND (1), by RICHARD LOVELACE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Nay, prithee dear, draw nigher
Last Line: Leave me but love and sherry.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Love; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


A MOHAMMEDAN LESSON, by AMOS RUSSEL WELLS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Garbed as a mussulman one day
Last Line: That wine is not for christian men!
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Muslims; Moslems


A NEW TEMPERANCE POEM, IN MEMORY OF MY DEPARTED PARENTS, WHO WERE, by WILLIAM MCGONAGALL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: My parents were sober living, and often did pray
Last Line: And the people would have more peace in it to dwell
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drinks & Drinking; Human Behavior; Social Problems; Violence; Wine; Conduct Of Life; Human Nature


A NEW WORLD, by WILLIAM HENRY DAVIES    Poem Text                
First Line: A new world calls, in voices loud and strange
Last Line: And music that was once an irish row.
Alternate Author Name(s): Davies, W. H.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Music & Musicians; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


A NOTE LEFT IN JIMMY LEONARD'S SHACK, by JAMES WRIGHT    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Near the dry river's water-mark we found
Alternate Author Name(s): Wright, James A.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drowning; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


A SONG SUITABLE FOR THE SEASON, by ROYALL TYLER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Bacchus, burnisher of souls
Last Line: And thinking of tomorrow.
Alternate Author Name(s): Old Simon; S.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics


A STEIN SONG, by RICHARD HOVEY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Give a rouse, then, in the maytime
Last Line: With a stein on the table in the fellowship of spring.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Spring; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


A TOAST, FR. BRENNORALT, by JOHN SUCKLING    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: She's pretty to walk with
Last Line: And helps to make us drink on.
Variant Title(s): The Australian Girl;song
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics


A TRIBUTE TO MR MURPHY AND THE BLUE RIBBON ARMY, by WILLIAM MCGONAGALL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: All hail to mr murphy, he is a hero brave
Last Line: And adhere to his colours—the beautiful blue.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Heroism; Memory; Heroes; Heroines


A WASP WOMAN VISITS A BLACK JUNKIE IN PRISON, by ETHERIDGE KNIGHT    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: After explanations and regulations, he
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Prisons & Prisoners; Social Classes; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse; Convicts; Caste


A WINTER WISH, by ROBERT HINCKLEY MESSINGER    Poem Text             Recitation    
First Line: Old wine to drink!
Last Line: Can books, or fire or wine be good?
Variant Title(s): Give Me The Old
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Friendship; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


ADAGIO, by LYNDA HULL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Across majestic boulevard, steam bath
Alternate Author Name(s): Wojahn, David, Mrs.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


ADDRESS AND WELCOME TO J.B. GOUGH ON HIS DELIVERING AN ORATION, by JANET HAMILTON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Welcome! Oh, welcome! In thy course of fame
Last Line: Shall blind, and scorch, and scare the fiend away!
Alternate Author Name(s): Hamilton, Janet Thompson
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Temperance; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse; Prohibition


ADOLPHUS BUSCH: AVE ATQUE VALE, by GEORGE SYLVESTER VIERECK    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: They brought his body to the shore
Last Line: Rose, spite that needle's eye, to god.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Beer; Busch, Adolphus (1839-1913); Business; Drinks & Drinking; Ale; Businessmen; Businesswomen; Wine


ALCOHOLIC, by JOHN BERRYMAN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: O all the problems other people face
Last Line: You will & with me
Alternate Author Name(s): Smith, John, Jr.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Prayer; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


ALE, by WILLIAM HENRY DAVIES    Poem Text                
First Line: Now do I hear thee weep and groan
Last Line: His grave, ha! Ha! Holds up my head.
Alternate Author Name(s): Davies, W. H.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Beer; Drinks & Drinking; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse; Ale; Wine


ALE, by JOHN STILL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I cannot eat but little meat
Last Line: Whether it be new or old!
Variant Title(s): Good Ale;jolly Good Ale And Old
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Beer; Drinks & Drinking; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse; Ale; Wine


AMERICAN RIVER SKY ALCOHOL FATHER, by JEAN VALENTINE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: What is pornography? What is dream?
Last Line: Your hand. I wouldn't swim. I would fly
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics


AMIEL'S LEG, by THOMAS LUX    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: We were in a room that was once an attic
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


AN IDEAL TRIO, by LI PO    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: An arbor of flowers
Last Line: Away in the sky.
Alternate Author Name(s): Rihaku; Li Pai; Li Tai Pe; Li Bo; Li Bai
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Friendship; Nature; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


AN ODE, PARAPHRASED: THE CUP, by ANACREON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Make me a bowl, a mighty bowl
Last Line: The gods, thus drunk in effigy.
Alternate Author Name(s): Anakreon; Anacreontea
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drawing; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


ANACREONTIC, by ELIZA COOK    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Wine! Wine! Wine!
Last Line: And make a heaven of this.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


ANACREONTIC TO FLIP, by ROYALL TYLER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Stingo! To thy bar room skip
Last Line: It's due on swop, for pie-bald mare.
Alternate Author Name(s): Old Simon; S.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics


ANOTHER POEM FOR ME (AFTER RECOVERING FROM AN O.D.), by ETHERIDGE KNIGHT    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: What now / what now dumb nigger damn near dead
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


ANTHROPOLOGY, by JAMES GALVIN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Remember the night you got drunk / and shot the roses?
Last Line: For the archerís bow to become a violin
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Fathers; Guns; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


ANY NEWS FROM ALPHA CENTAURI, by ANSELM HOLLO    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The dog suddenly punched the back of his knee with its snout
Last Line: All its doors
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Bars & Bartenders; Native Americans; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse; Pubs; Taverns; Saloons; Indians Of America; American Indians; Indians Of South America


AT THE TAVERN, by PAUL LAURENCE DUNBAR    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: A lilt and a swing
Last Line: For a drink is more kind than a priest.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Bars & Bartenders; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse; Pubs; Taverns; Saloons


AUSTRALIAN BILL, by WILLIAM HENRY DAVIES    Poem Text                
First Line: Australian bill is dying fast
Last Line: Or stands outside a school.
Alternate Author Name(s): Davies, W. H.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


BACCHUS, by RALPH WALDO EMERSON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Bring me wine, but wine which never grew / in the belly of the grape
Last Line: The dancing pleiads and eternal men.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Bacchus; Mythology - Classical; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


BARNEY MCGEE, by RICHARD HOVEY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Barney mcgee, there's no end of good luck in you
Last Line: Barney mcgee!
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Luck; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


BEER, by CHARLES STUART CALVERLEY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: In those old days which poets say were golden
Last Line: Fate cannot touch me: I have dined to-day.'
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Beer; Drinks & Drinking; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse; Ale; Wine


BEER, by ALICIA SUSKIN OSTRIKER                    Poet's Biography
First Line: After the store and the gas station close
Last Line: The movements, and how everything goes together / for hours
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Bars & Bartenders; Beer; Drinks & Drinking; Pubs; Taverns; Saloons; Ale; Wine


BELLEVUE EXCHANGE, by NORMAN DUBIE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: A large man rowing in a white tub
Last Line: To the floor. The water climbing for him.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Fantasy; Fog; Imagination; Water; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse; Haze; Fancy


BELOW FREEZING ON PINELOG MOUNTAIN, by DAVID BOTTOMS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Crouched in the rusted cab of a junked pulpwood truck
Last Line: Rises like gray smoke through rust holes in the roof.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Appalachia; Guns; Mountains; Rain; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse; Hills; Downs (great Britain)


BEN BARLEY, by GERARD BENSON    Poem Text                
First Line: Ben barley was a barman stout
Last Line: Serve spirits in this bar.'
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Hood, Thomas (1799-1845); Soldiers; Suicide; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


BIBO AND CHARON, by MATTHEW PRIOR    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: When bibo thought fit from the world to retreat
Last Line: You may have forgot, you were drunk when you died.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Charon; Styx (river)


BLAMING SONS (AN APOLOGY FOR HIS OWN DRUNKENNESS), by T'AO CH'IEN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: White hair covers my temples
Last Line: What can I do but fill my cup?
Alternate Author Name(s): T'ao Yuan-ming; Tao Yuanming; Tao Qian
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; China - Early Period (to 200 B.c.); China - Middle Ages (600 B.c.- 618 A.d.); Sons


BOWERY, by DAVID IGNATOW    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Bums are the spirit of us parked in ratty old hotels
Last Line: "of your wealth, the long hours filled
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Bowery, New York City; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


BURNIN' DRINK, by JANET HAMILTON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I tell a tale o' burnin' love
Last Line: Wi' bitter, burnin' hate.
Alternate Author Name(s): Hamilton, Janet Thompson
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Hate; Love; Social Protest; Temperance; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse; Prohibition


CALLER WATER, by DANIEL CARMICHAEL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Let ithers sing o' sparkling wine
Last Line: That flow frae caller water.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drinks & Drinking; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse; Wine


CASUALTY, by SEAMUS HEANEY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: He would drink by himself / and raise a weathered thumb
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Death; Forges; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse; Dead, The


CIGARS AND BEER, by GEORGE ARNOLD    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Here / with my beer
Last Line: Without the cross!
Variant Title(s): Beer
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Beer; Drinks & Drinking; Smoking; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse; Ale; Wine; Tobacco; Pipes; Cigars; Cigarettes


CLIFTON, by JOAN LARKIN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I loved booze
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Gays & Lesbians; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


CO-ALCOHOLIC, by JOAN LARKIN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I saw you in the street, head lowered, stumbling
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


COLLEGE DRINKING SONG, by GEORGE SANTAYANA    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: As we say good-bye at the parting ways
Last Line: Drink, boys, drink!
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics


COMING HOME, by TESS GALLAGHER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: As usual, I was desperate
Last Line: That is a whip, a longing?
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


COMRADES, by RICHARD HOVEY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Comrades, pour the wine tonight
Last Line: When strong men die together!
Subject(s): Absence; Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Friendship; War; Separation; Isolation; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


DARK HOURS; THE DRUNKARD'S WIFE, by JANET HAMILTON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Dark hours of tearless, sleepless grief
Last Line: That legion fiends might not withstand.
Alternate Author Name(s): Hamilton, Janet Thompson
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; God; Mothers & Sons; Salvation; Temperance; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse; Prohibition


DOWN ON THE DEAD END, by PATRICK MACGILL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I've toiled at the end of creation, stripped to the trousers and shirt
Last Line: And perhaps in the ultimate scramble I'll corner a shakedown above.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Death; Gambling; Dead, The; Wagering; Betting


DRINK ON, by MARY TUCKER LAMBERT    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Take in hand the cup of delusion
Last Line: In the tempting wine remains.
Alternate Author Name(s): Tucker, Mary Eliza Perine
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


DRINKING, by ANACREON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The thirsty earth soaks up the rain
Last Line: Why, man of morals, tell me why?
Alternate Author Name(s): Anakreon; Anacreontea
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


DRINKING ALONE, by KENT FIELDING    Poem Text                
First Line: These were the first years of an old life
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Baseball; Sports; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


DRINKING SONG, by BENJAMIN APTHORP GOULD JR.    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Let sparkling wine o'erbrim the glass
Last Line: And wine of kisses thrice too few.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drinks & Drinking; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse; Wine


DRINKING SONG (IN MEMORIAM EMILE BACARDI), by IRVING FINEMAN    Poem Text                
First Line: In planter's punch or daiquiri
Last Line: His spirits on forever.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


DRINKING SONG, FR. MARDI, by HERMAN MELVILLE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Ha, ha, gods and kings; fill high, one and all
Last Line: Fill up, every cup, to the brim!
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics


DRINKING SONG, FR. MOBY DICK, by HERMAN MELVILLE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: We'll drink to-night with hearts as light
Last Line: And break on the lips while meeting.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics


DRINKING SONG; BY A TETOTALER, by JOHN GODFREY SAXE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I've been drinking, I've been drinking
Last Line: Try to sober me again!
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics


DRUNK, by ADA CAMBRIDGE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The filthy beast! And is he here again
Last Line: Of all its pleasures that the world could spare.
Alternate Author Name(s): Cross, George, Mrs.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


DRUNK, by GEORGE JAMES MICHALOPOULOS    Poem Text                
First Line: The churl swings his caloused hands against the city's
Last Line: The churl smiles and staggers.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Human Behavior; Conduct Of Life; Human Nature


DRUNKARD, by BEN JACKSON    Poem Text                
First Line: The minister said I was a drunkard
Last Line: And the blond lady in the mirror.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


EPIGRAM ON AN ACADEMIC VISIT TO THE CONTINENT, by RICHARD PORSON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I went to frankfort, and got drunk
Last Line: With that more learn'd professor, ruhnken.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics


EPITAPH AFTER READING RONSARD'S LINES FROM RABELAIS, by JOHN MILLINGTON SYNGE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: If fruits are fed on any beast
Last Line: Damned his soul to water springs.
Alternate Author Name(s): Synge, J. M.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Clergy; Priests; Rabbis; Ministers; Bishops


EPITAPH ON BREWER GABRIAL, by ROBERT BURNS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Here brewer gabriel's fire's extinct
Last Line: In upright, honest morals.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Beer; Drinks & Drinking; Epitaphs; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse; Ale; Wine


EPITAPH: FU I, by EZRA POUND    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Fu I loved the high cloud and the hill
Last Line: Alas, he died of alcohol.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics


EVEN NOW YOU ARE LEAVING, by TESS GALLAGHER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Not to let ourselves know
Last Line: Ruined and terrible in a face / even now you are leaving
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


EVERYONE WAS DRUNK, by JEAN VALENTINE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: South dakota, august 1989. The buffaloes' deep red-brown
Last Line: For joy. Journalism. Stories
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics


FEELING FUCKED UP, by ETHERIDGE KNIGHT    Poem Text             Recitation     Poet's Biography
First Line: Lord she's gone done left me done packed / up and split
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Men; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


FIGURES, by DORIANNE LAUX    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: When he walks by an old drunk or a stumbling vet
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Poverty; Women; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


FIVE WINES; ANACREONTICK VERSE, by ROBERT HERRICK    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Brisk methinks I am, and fine
Last Line: When I want my fragrant wine.
Variant Title(s): Anacr(e)onick Verse
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


FORCES, by JEAN VALENTINE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: This man, blind and honored
Last Line: God break me out / of this stiff life I've made
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics


GENEALOGY, by JOAN LARKIN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I come from alcohol
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Alienation (social Psychology); Exiles; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse; Estrangement; Outcasts


GIN, by PHILIP LEVINE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The first time I drank gin
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Eisenhower, Dwight David (1890-1969); Nixon, Richard (1913-1996); Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


GOOD-BYE, by JOAN LARKIN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: You are saying good-bye to your last
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


GRAVY, by RAYMOND CARVER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: No other word will do. For that's what it was. Gravy
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


HAFIZ, by FREDERIC ROWLAND MARVIN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Wine, wine, sweet wine
Last Line: "to zara's arms."
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Death; Drinks & Drinking; Hafez (1326-1390); Dead, The; Wine; Hafiz (1326-139)


HERE'S A HEALTH, by JEREMY SAVILLE    Poem Text                
First Line: Here's a health unto his majesty
Last Line: With a fa, la, la, la, la, la, la.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Sickness; Illness


HOPE ABANDONED, by WILLIAM HENRY DAVIES    Poem Text                
First Line: The drinking man maybe hath gold, and then
Last Line: But failed, since none would give his brain employ.
Alternate Author Name(s): Davies, W. H.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Despair; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


HORACE'S INTEGER VITAE, IMITATED, SELECTION, by MATTHEW PRIOR    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The man that is drunk, is void of all care
Last Line: And boldly defies bother the proctor and devil.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Horace (65-8 B.c.)


HOW HE WOULD DRINKE HIS WINE, by MARCUS VALERIUS MARTIALIS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Fill me my wine in christall; thus, and thus
Last Line: Will coole his flames, or quench his fires with snow?
Alternate Author Name(s): Martial
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics


I AM A DRUNKARD, by WILL CHAMBERLAIN    Poem Text                
First Line: I am a drunkard in your court, o god!
Last Line: My soul where feet of loveliness have trod!
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Love; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


IDYLL, by SAMUEL JOHNSON (1709-1784)    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Hermit hoar, in solemn cell
Last Line: "come, my lad, and drink some beer."
Alternate Author Name(s): Johnson, Dr.
Variant Title(s): The Doctor's Own;imitation Of The Style Of [percy]
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Beer; Drinks & Drinking; Warton, Thomas (1728-1790); Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse; Ale; Wine


IN JIMMY'S GRILL, by DAVID BOTTOMS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The girl in blue-jean shorts\
Last Line: Where a beer gut rolls like a melon on the green pool table.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Bars & Bartenders; Country Life; Country Music; Sex; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse; Pubs; Taverns; Saloons


INSCRIPTION ON A GOBLET, by ROBERT BURNS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: There's death in the cup - sae beware
Last Line: The man and his wine's so bewitching!
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Glasses (tumblers); Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


INTOXICATION, by EMILY DICKINSON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I taste a liquor never brewed
Last Line: Leaning against the sun!
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Nature; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


JOHN BARLEYCORN, by ROBERT BURNS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: There were three kings into the east
Last Line: Ne'er fail in old scotland!
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Country Life; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


JOHNNY RIGHT, by ALICE CARY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Johnny right, his hand was brown
Last Line: Her own self had evoked her fate.
Subject(s): Man-woman Relationships; Human Behavior; Optimism; Pessimism; Fate; Alcoholism & Alcoholics


KIDNAPER, by TESS GALLAGHER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: He motions me over with a question
Last Line: You must have given me up
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


LAGER BEER, by PAUL LAURENCE DUNBAR    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I lafs und sings, und shumps aroundt
Last Line: Pffenberger deutzelheim
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Beer; Drinks & Drinking; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse; Ale; Wine


LAKE HAKONE, by JANET B. MONTGOMERY MCGOVERN    Poem Text                
First Line: Many loves have I known and much intoxication
Last Line: Wherewith to drink to drunkenness.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drinks & Drinking; Fuji, Mount; Water; Wine


LAST SONG OF THE DRUNKEN POET, by MAURICE MAGRE    Poem Text                
First Line: Once I wore a suit of blue
Last Line: "and it brings good fortune. . . ."
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Poetry & Poets


LORD ALCOHOL; SONG, by THOMAS LOVELL BEDDOES    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Who tames the lion now?
Last Line: Lord alcohol alway.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


LOST FUGUE FOR CHET, by LYNDA HULL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: A single spot slides the trumpet's flare then stops
Alternate Author Name(s): Wojahn, David, Mrs.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Baker, Chet (1929-1988); Jazz; Music & Musicians; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


LOUDMOUTH SOUP, by THOMAS LUX    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Vodka, whisky, gin, scotch, red wine, cognac
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


LYRICS OF DRINK: 1, by JANET HAMILTON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I turned me to the house of prayer
Last Line: All, all proclaim the demon's rule!
Alternate Author Name(s): Hamilton, Janet Thompson
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drinks & Drinking; Temperance; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse; Wine; Prohibition


LYRICS OF DRINK: 2, by JANET HAMILTON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Pour ye a wail of the wildest
Last Line: Sublimed in eternity's fires!
Alternate Author Name(s): Hamilton, Janet Thompson
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drinks & Drinking; Temperance; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse; Wine; Prohibition


MADMAN OF THE SOUTH SIDE, by CLARENCE MAJOR    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I met your husband in a bookshop
Last Line: Ever touched each other
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


MAGIAN WINE, by HERMAN MELVILLE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Amulets gemmed, to miriam dear
Last Line: Ambiguous in the beading hymn.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics


MCCARTHY'S BREW: A GULF COUNTRY YARN, by GEORGE ESSEX EVANS    Poem Text                
First Line: The teams of black mccarthy crawled adown the norman road
Last Line: Gulf whisky kills at twenty yards, but this stuff kills at sight!
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Death; Trucks & Trucking; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse; Dead, The; Teamsters; Truckers; Freight


MCGONAGALL, by WILLIAM MCGONAGALL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Oh, thou demon drink, thou fell destroyer
Last Line: That the abolition of strong drink is the only home rule.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Human Behavior; Sickness; Social Problems; Violence; Conduct Of Life; Human Nature; Illness


MINIVER CHEEVY, by EDWIN ARLINGTON ROBINSON    Poem Text     Poem Explanation         Recitation     Poet's Biography
First Line: Miniver cheevy, child of scorn / grew lean while he assailed the seasons
Last Line: And kept on drinking.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Dreams; Drinks & Drinking; Men; Nostalgia; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse; Nightmares; Wine


MISERY: SORDID SCENE, by EDWARD ROBERT BULWER-LYTTON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Thro' the thick vagueness of the vaporous night
Last Line: To-morrow.
Alternate Author Name(s): Meredith, Owen; Lytton, 1st Earl Of; Lytton, Robert
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Murder; Police; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


MR. FLOOD'S PARTY, by EDWIN ARLINGTON ROBINSON    Poem Text     Poem Explanation             Poet's Biography
First Line: Old eben flood, climbing alone one night
Last Line: That many friends had opened long ago.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Alienation (social Psychology); Drinks & Drinking; Old Age; Solitude; Toasts; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse; Estrangement; Outcasts; Wine; Loneliness


MY PAPA'S WALTZ, by THEODORE ROETHKE    Poem Text     Poem Explanation         Recitation     Poet's Biography
First Line: The whiskey on your breath / could make a small boy dizzy
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Dancing & Dancers; Fathers; Men; Night; Play; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse; Bedtime


NATIONALITY IN DRINKS, by ROBERT BROWNING    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: My heart sank with our claret-flask
Last Line: Up against the mizen-rigging!
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Patriotism; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


NECESSARY OBSERVATIONS: 35TH PRECEPT, by THOMAS RANDOLPH    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Fly drunkenness, whose vile incontinence
Last Line: I rather count a hogshead than a man.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics


NEEBOR JOHNNIE'S COMPLAINT, by JANET HAMILTON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: My aul' neebor johnnie had lang been awa'
Last Line: An' we'll ne'er pit him oot till we stop the supplies.
Alternate Author Name(s): Hamilton, Janet Thompson
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drinks & Drinking; Neighbors; Temperance; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse; Wine; Prohibition


NEXT MORNING, by HENRY CHOLMONDELEY-PENNELL    Poem Text                
First Line: If some one's head's not very bright
Last Line: I'd better ring and ask the waiter.
Alternate Author Name(s): Pennell, Henry Cholmondeley
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Hangovers; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


NIGHT LAKE, by JEAN VALENTINE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: He must have been one or two, I was five
Last Line: "the solitude drunk
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics


NO NONSENSE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Faulkner loved his whiskey
Last Line: He trashed / it
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Faulkner, William (1897-1962); Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


ODE, by HAFEZ    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Butler, fetch the ruby wine
Last Line: "lead to victory day by day!""'"
Alternate Author Name(s): Hafiz, Kwaja Shams Al-din Muhammad; Hafiz Of Shiraz; Hafez, Mohammad Shams Od-din
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


ODE (3), by HAFEZ    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Boy, bring the cups, and place to all around
Last Line: Hafiz will drink forbidden or allowed.
Alternate Author Name(s): Hafiz, Kwaja Shams Al-din Muhammad; Hafiz Of Shiraz; Hafez, Mohammad Shams Od-din
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


ODE TO J. S. BUCKINGHAM, M.P.; ON REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON DRUNKEDNESS, by THOMAS HOOD    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Oh, mr. Buckingham, if I may take
Last Line: Are not so much more temperate than others.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Ireland; Temperance; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse; Irish; Prohibition


OF CERTAIN ADJECTUIVES, by AMOS RUSSEL WELLS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: A 'generous' liquor! Ah, if generous
Last Line: God for the right!
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Language; Words; Vocabulary


OF DRUNKENESS, by ANTIMEDON    Poem Text                
First Line: At night when ale is in
Last Line: Then hatred is in head.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drinks & Drinking; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse; Wine


OLD AMONTILLADO, by M. E. W. G.    Poem Text                
First Line: Fill my wine-glass brimming high
Last Line: M. E. W. G.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Love - Loss Of; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


ON A CARRIER WHO DIED OF DRUNKENNESS, by GEORGE GORDON BYRON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: John adams lies here, of the parish of southwell
Last Line: He could not carry off, -- so he's now carri-on.
Alternate Author Name(s): Byron, Lord; Byron, 6th Baron
Variant Title(s): Epitaph On John Adams, Of Southwell;epitaph For John Adams Of Southwell, Nottinghamshire
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Nottinghamshire, England; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


ON LENDING A PUNCH BOWL, by OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: This ancient silver bowl of mine, it tells of good old times
Last Line: "have you been?"
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


ON ONE, WHO SAID, HE DRANK TO CLEAR HIS EYES, by CHARLES COTTON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: As phoebus, crawling to his western seat
Last Line: He'd scap'd the tree, and drunk to clear his eyes.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


ON YOUR OWN, by TESS GALLAGHER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: How quickly the postures shift
Last Line: The benefit of a strenuous doubt
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


OOR LOCATION, by JANET HAMILTON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: A hunner funnels bleezin', reekin'
Last Line: Drink's the king in oor location.
Alternate Author Name(s): Hamilton, Janet Thompson
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Labor & Laborers; Sin; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse; Work; Workers


ORIGINAL EPITAPH ON A DRUNKARD, by ROYALL TYLER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Pray who lies here? Why don't you know
Last Line: He's quaffing in a world of spirits.
Alternate Author Name(s): Old Simon; S.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics


OUR LOCAL SCENERY, by JANET HAMILTON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Smoorin' wi' reek an' blackened wi' soot
Last Line: Whaur drinkin' an' swearin' nae mair wad molest.
Alternate Author Name(s): Hamilton, Janet Thompson
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drinks & Drinking; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse; Wine


PARTY POLITICS, by PHILIP LARKIN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I never remember holding a full drink
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


REASONS FOR DRINKING, by HENRY ALDRICH    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: If all be true that I do think
Last Line: Or any other reason why.
Variant Title(s): A Catch;the Five Reasons
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


REFLECTIONS ON ICE-BREAKING, by OGDEN NASH    Poem Text     Poem Explanation             Poet's Biography
First Line: Candy / is dandy
Variant Title(s): Random Observations: On Ice-breaking
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


SAD FATE OF YIM YONSON, by BENJAMIN FRANKLIN KING    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Ay been har een deese country
Last Line: En go mae by santa pol.
Alternate Author Name(s): King, Ben
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


SCOTCH DRINK, by ROBERT BURNS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Let other poets raise a fracas
Last Line: Directs thee best.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Bible; Religion; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse; Theology


SELF-CONTAINED VIEW: 'I AM A WOMAN,', by JANE MILLER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I said. I was drunk. I sat in t-shirt and shorts and basked
Last Line: Destructive. We make ourselves live.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Relationships; Seduction; Women


SHOOTING RATS AT THE BIBB COUNTY DUMP, by DAVID BOTTOMS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Loaded on beer and whiskey, we ride
Last Line: For all they're worth into the darkness we're headed for.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Guns; Refuse & Refuse Disposal; Rodents; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


SIR PETER, by THOMAS LOVE PEACOCK    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: In his last binn sir peter lies
Last Line: To hear no sound but three times three.
Variant Title(s): Three Times Three
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics


SLEWED!, by HENRY (HARRY) HARBORD MORANT    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: It was threatening to rain as the red sun sank down
Last Line: Like paddy, my mate, in the dark get astray.
Alternate Author Name(s): Breaker, The; Lumpkin, Tony
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Animals; Drinks & Drinking; Horses; Travel; Wine; Journeys; Trips


SONG (2), by PAUL HAMILTON HAYNE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Ho! Fetch me the winecup! Fill up to the brim
Last Line: Though death, death the spectre, should hand me the wine!
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


SONG (7), by ROYALL TYLER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Our old moll has got a trick
Last Line: Hand a mug of foaming flip.
Alternate Author Name(s): Old Simon; S.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Beer; Drinks & Drinking; Ale; Wine


SONG: TO CELIA, by PHILOSTRATUS    Poem Text     Poem Explanation             Poet's Biography
First Line: Drink to me only with thine eyes
Last Line: Not of itself but thee!
Subject(s): Admiration; Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Love; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


SPOON RIVER ANTHOLOGY: OSCAR HUMMEL, by EDGAR LEE MASTERS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I staggered on through darkness
Last Line: Till I dropped down dead at his feet.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


STRONG BEER, by ROBERT RANKE GRAVES    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: What do you think
Last Line: "the grave as little as my beer."
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Beer; Drinks & Drinking; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse; Ale; Wine


SUNDAY UP THE RIVER: 18, by JAMES THOMSON (1834-1882)    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The wine of love is music
Last Line: That great, rich vine.
Alternate Author Name(s): B. V.; Bysshe Vanolis
Variant Title(s): The Vine
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Music & Musicians


SWEET WILL, by PHILIP LEVINE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The man who stood beside me
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Industry; Labor & Laborers; Transience; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse; Work; Workers; Impermanence


THE ABSINTHE-DRINKER, by ARTHUR WILLIAM SYMONS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Gently I wave the visible world away
Last Line: Rocked on this dreamy and indifferent tide.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


THE AUTHOR'S EARNEST CRY AND PRAYER, by ROBERT BURNS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Ye irish lords, ye knights an' squires
Last Line: Take aff your dram!
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Scotland - Relations With England; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


THE BEGGAR, by JOEL T. ROGERS    Poem Text                
First Line: Poor, blind pete
Last Line: O, in the name of god!
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Begging & Beggars; Despair; Poverty


THE BOHEMIA OF THE HEART AND PENNY ROMANCES: THE GREAT DRUNKENNESS, by PAUL FORT    Poem Text                
First Line: Through the blue summer nights when the cicadas sing, god over
Last Line: Creation-wide. Scarce drunk it bears me hence, and I was still athirst!
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drinks & Drinking; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse; Wine


THE BOTTLES AND THE WINE, by GEORGE SANTAYANA    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Would you have an illustration
Last Line: To the bottles and the wine.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics


THE BREWING OF SOMA, by JOHN GREENLEAF WHITTIER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The fagots blazed, the caldron's smoke
Last Line: O still, small voice of calm!
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Religion; Theology


THE CARELESS GOOD FELLOW, by JOHN OLDHAM    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: A pox of this fooling, and plotting of late
Last Line: This is the profession that never will alter.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics


THE CELLAR, by LAURE-ANNE BOSSELAAR    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I want my father to stop sending me down there
Last Line: Yet another cry for mercy.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Antwerp, Belgium; Betrayal; Cellars; Duty; Fathers & Daughters; Food Habits; Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Jews; Penance; Potatoes; Shame; Survival; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse; Basements; Shoah; Judaism


THE COBBLER'S CATCH, by ROBERT HERRICK    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Come sit we by the fire's side
Last Line: And noses tann'd with beere.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


THE COLD-WATER MAN; A BALLAD, by JOHN GODFREY SAXE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: It was an honest fisherman
Last Line: Cold-water man at last!
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drowning; Fish & Fishing


THE CONNOISEURS; FROM YRIARTE, by JOHN GODFREY SAXE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Within a wine-vault once arose
Last Line: I think the toper's rule is best!
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics


THE CONTRAST, by JANET HAMILTON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: See yonder wretched little girl
Last Line: "we'll pray, ""god bless the temperance dwelling."
Alternate Author Name(s): Hamilton, Janet Thompson
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Family Life; Temperance; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse; Relatives; Prohibition


THE DEATH OF MOLESKIN, by PATRICK MACGILL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Joe is dead? Of course he is
Last Line: Peace be with your slumber, joe.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Death; Dead, The


THE DEMON DRINK, by JANET HAMILTON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I do well to be angry, even unto death,'
Last Line: Leaving want, woe, and shame, desolation and gloom.
Alternate Author Name(s): Hamilton, Janet Thompson
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Mothers; Sabbath; Sin; Temperance; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse; Sunday; Prohibition


THE DRUNK HUNTER, by DAVID BOTTOMS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Spun on a flat rock
Last Line: They will tell what found him in the deeper woods.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Guns; Hunting; Men; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse; Hunters


THE DRUNK IN THE FURNACE, by WILLIAM STANLEY MERWIN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: For a good decade
Alternate Author Name(s): Merwin, W. S.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Furnaces; Junk & Junkyards; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse; Kilns


THE DRUNKARD, by HERBERT KAUFMAN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Flabby faced and sodden eyed
Last Line: We gazed on him, you and I.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


THE DRUNKARD, by PHILIP LEVINE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: He fears the tiger standing in his way
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


THE DRUNKARD, by WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: You drunken / tottering / bum
Last Line: To despair
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics


THE DRUNKARD TO HIS BOTTLE, by JOHN GREENLEAF WHITTIER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Hoot! - daur ye shaw ye're face again
Last Line: Ye've foun' your laddie!
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics


THE DRUNKARD'S FUNERAL, by NICHOLAS VACHEL LINDSAY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Yes,' said the sister with the little pinched face
Last Line: "you are right, little sister,"" I said."
Alternate Author Name(s): Lindsay, Vachel
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


THE DRUNKARD'S LAST MARKET, by CHARLES TENNYSON TURNER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The taper wastes within yon window-pane
Last Line: And thrills with awe the dusky mountain farm.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics


THE DRUNKARD'S RAGGIT WEAN, by JAMES P. CRAWFORD    Poem Text                
First Line: A wee bit raggit laddie gangs wan'rin through the street
Last Line: An' cherish wi' a parent's care, their puir wee raggit wean.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


THE DRUNKARD'S WIFE, by JANET HAMILTON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: O jeanie, my woman! Whaur is't ye are gaun
Last Line: Sae ye're greetin', an' toilin', an fechtin' awa'
Alternate Author Name(s): Hamilton, Janet Thompson
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Marriage; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


THE DRUNKARD'S WIFE, by MARY TUCKER LAMBERT    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: How slowly glide the hours by, the minutes hours seem
Last Line: And shall I always -- always be a drunkard's wretched wife?
Alternate Author Name(s): Tucker, Mary Eliza Perine
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Marriage; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


THE DRUNKEN DESPERADO, by BAIRD BOYD    Poem Text                
First Line: I'm wild and wooly and full of fleas
Last Line: When it's my night to hollow — whoo-pee!
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Cowboys; Crime & Criminals; Ranch Life; West (u.s.); Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse; Southwest; Pacific States


THE ENEMY IN THE GATE; TO BRITANNIA, by JANET HAMILTON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Nay, all this availeth thee nothing
Last Line: The captives of drink, on her shore.
Alternate Author Name(s): Hamilton, Janet Thompson
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; England; Evil; Social Protest; Temperance; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse; English; Prohibition


THE EPICURE, by ANACREON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Fill the bowl with rosy wine!
Last Line: All are stoics in the grave.
Alternate Author Name(s): Anakreon; Anacreontea
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Epicureanism; Food & Eating; Life; Pleasure; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


THE EXTRAVAGANT DRUNKARD'S WISH, by EDWARD WARD    Poem Text                
First Line: Had I my wish, I would distend my guts
Last Line: And settle satan's kingdom ev'rywhere.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Wishes


THE FACE ON THE [BAR-ROOM] FLOOR, by HUGH ANTOINE D'ARCY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Twas a balmy summer evening, and a goodly crowd was there
Last Line: With a fearful shriek, he leaped and fell across the picture -- dead.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


THE FLY, by FRANCISCO GOMEZ DE QUEVEDO Y VILLEGAS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Out of the wine-pot cried the fly
Last Line: Thus from the wine-pot, &c.
Alternate Author Name(s): Quevedo, Francisco Gomez De; Quevedo, Francisco De
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Flies


THE HEAVENS, by DENIS JOHNSON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: From mind to mind
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


THE HONOR, by DENIS JOHNSON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: At a party in a spanish kind of tiled house
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


THE HOUR BEFORE DAWN (1), by WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: A cursing rogue with a merry face
Last Line: The clouds were brightening with the dawn.
Alternate Author Name(s): Yeats, W. B.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Begging & Beggars


THE INEBRIATE, by RICHARD HARRIS BARHAM    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Not a sou had he got - not a guniea or note
Last Line: And we left him alone in his glory.
Alternate Author Name(s): Ingoldsby, Thomas
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Wolfe, Charles (1791-1823); Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


THE LADY UNKNOWN, by ALEXANDER (ALEKSANDR) ALEXANDROVICH BLOK    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Of evenings hangs above the restaurant
Last Line: I also know: truth lies in wine.
Variant Title(s): The Stranger
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Dreams; Friendship; Imagination; Shadows; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse; Nightmares; Fancy


THE LANDLORD OF THE BLUE HEN, by PHOEBE CARY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Once, a long time ago, so good stories begin
Last Line: But whatever it was, he was certainly dead!
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Bars & Bartenders; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse; Pubs; Taverns; Saloons


THE LAST WAVE (BEFORE PROHIBITION), by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: In solid ranks the bottles stood
Last Line: The final wave had surged and passed!
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drinks & Drinking; Temperance; Wine; Prohibition


THE LITTLE VAGABOND, FR. SONGS OF EXPERIENCE, by WILLIAM BLAKE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Dear mother, dear mother, the church is cold
Last Line: But kiss him, and give him both drink and apparel.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Bible; Mythology; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


THE MALTWORM'S MADRIGAL, by HENRY AUSTIN DOBSON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I drink of the ale of southwark, I drink of the ale of chepe
Last Line: For when my tongue is loosed most, then most I lose my speech.
Alternate Author Name(s): Dobson, Austin
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Beer; Drinks & Drinking; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse; Ale; Wine


THE MIDNIGHT RAMBLE, by CHARLES WOODWARD    Poem Text                
First Line: Paul's clock struck twelve, 'twas time to go to bed
Last Line: And to bow lane jogged nodding in a chair.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics


THE MOURNING MOTHER, by JANET HAMILTON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: What woe is thine, pale mother? - say
Last Line: To moloch offered up.
Alternate Author Name(s): Hamilton, Janet Thompson
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Grief; Mothers & Sons; Temperance; Temptation; Youth; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse; Sorrow; Sadness; Prohibition


THE NEIGHBORHOOD OF MAKE-BELIEVE, by THOMAS LUX    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: To go there: do not fall asleep, your forehead
Last Line: To the neighborhood of make†believe
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


THE OLD MAN'S CAROUSAL, by JAMES KIRKE PAULDING    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Drink! Drink! To whom shall we drink?
Last Line: With a health to our dead, since we've no living friends.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics


THE ORIGIN OF WINE; A GERMAN LEGEND, by JOHN GODFREY SAXE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Ye friends of good cheer, I pray you give ear
Last Line: To the angel who gave him the seed of the vine!
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Legends, German


THE PEDLAR OF SPELLS, by LU YU (1125-1210)    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: An old man selling charms in a cranny of the town wall
Last Line: For he has a boy to lean on.
Alternate Author Name(s): Wu-kuan; Lu You
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; China - Tang Dynasty (618-905); Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


THE PLAGUE OF OUR ISLE, by JANET HAMILTON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: It is said, it is sung, it is written, and read
Last Line: Less deadly by far than the plague of our isle.
Alternate Author Name(s): Hamilton, Janet Thompson
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Social Protest; Temperance; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse; Prohibition


THE POEMS OF COLD MOUNTAIN: 52, by HAN SHAN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: They act like drunks all day
Last Line: Can't chant sutras then
Alternate Author Name(s): Kanzan; Hanshan; Han-shan
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Chinese Literature; Death; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse; Dead, The


THE POEMS OF PICKUP: 37, by HAN SHAN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Drunk on delusion greed and anger
Last Line: You learn to turn to yourself
Alternate Author Name(s): Kanzan; Hanshan; Han-shan
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Buddhism; Chinese Literature; Greed; Pain; Prisons & Prisoners; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse; Buddha; Buddhists; Avarice; Cupidity; Suffering; Misery; Convicts


THE PORT OF REFUGE, by R. VON MUHLER    Poem Text                
First Line: Out of the grog-shop, I've stepped in the street
Last Line: I shall go back there, and stop for the night.
Alternate Author Name(s): German
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics


THE PROMISE, by SHARON OLDS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: With the second drink, at the restaurant
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Death; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse; Dead, The


THE REELING ROSCIUS; AN EPIGRAM, by ROYALL TYLER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Tom rantum, a buck and comical dog
Last Line: "play? -- hickup -- play? -- hickup -- why I'll play the devil -- "
Alternate Author Name(s): Old Simon; S.
Subject(s): Actors & Actresses; Alcoholism & Alcoholics


THE REPLACEMENTS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Jack london drinking his life away while
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; London, Jack (1876-1916); Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


THE RIVER AT WOLF, by JEAN VALENTINE    Poem Text             Recitation by Author     Poet's Biography
First Line: Coming east we left the animals
Last Line: Green skin, lit from inside. Our second life
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics


THE ROLLING ENGLISH ROAD, by GILBERT KEITH CHESTERTON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Before the roman came to rye or out to severn strode
Last Line: Before we go to paradise by way of kensal green.
Alternate Author Name(s): Chesterton, G. K.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; England; Life; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse; English


THE SNAKE IN THE GLASS; A HOMILY, by JOHN GODFREY SAXE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Come listen awhile to me, my lad
Last Line: And visit a regular show!
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics


THE STIRRUP-CUP, by JOHN MILTON HAY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: My short and happy day is done
Last Line: To bear me forth to unknown lands.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


THE STIRRUP-CUP, by SIDNEY LANIER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Death, thou'rt a cordial old and rare
Last Line: I'll drink it down right smilingly.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


THE SUICIDE KID, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I went to the worst of bars
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


THE SUMMER WAS NOT LONG ENOUGH, by JEAN VALENTINE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Stanley, my ex, the painter, / stepped out of his van
Last Line: You and I, like god, across everything
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics


THE TALE OF A COCKTAIL, by WILLIAM HENRY DRUMMOND    Poem Text                
First Line: The patriarch rose at the break of day
Last Line: With a cocktail sour!
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


THE THREE GOLDEN BALLS, by JANET HAMILTON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Deadlier balls than north or south
Last Line: Resume the sceptre and the rein.
Alternate Author Name(s): Hamilton, Janet Thompson
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drinks & Drinking; Temperance; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse; Wine; Prohibition


THE VICTIM OF DRINK; THE EARLY LOST, by JANET HAMILTON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The early lost I mourn
Last Line: For ever pray.
Alternate Author Name(s): Hamilton, Janet Thompson
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drinks & Drinking; Social Protest; Temperance; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse; Wine; Prohibition


THE WORDS OF A TOAST, by DENIS JOHNSON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The man wants to make love to the crippled man's sister
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


THE WRONG MAN, by JANE BARLOW    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Where wild-heaped rubble o'erpeers the pit-mouth black
Last Line: A be t'roight mon for yo' an' no mistake.'
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Death; Habits; Human Behavior; Social Problems; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse; Dead, The; Conduct Of Life; Human Nature


THE YEARS; I.M. CHARLES BUKOWSKI, by ANSELM HOLLO    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I met her at the west end bar. I mounted
Last Line: I was a nice guy.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Bars & Bartenders; Bukowski, Charles (1920-1994); Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse; Pubs; Taverns; Saloons


THEN--, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: When elephants are crimson
Last Line: To let the hooch alone!
Variant Title(s): Then-
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drinks & Drinking; Wine


TO CHARLES BAXTER (IN LALLAN), ON THE DEATH OF ... JOHN ADAM, by ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: An' johnie's deid. The mair's the pity!
Last Line: To's destination.
Alternate Author Name(s): Stevenson, Robert Lewis Balfour
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Death; Friendship; Dead, The


TO F. W., by WILLIAM ERNEST HENLEY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Let us be drunk, and for a while forget
Last Line: Let us be drunk!
Alternate Author Name(s): Henley, W. E.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


TO HIMSELF; AN ODE, by ANACREON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: When fumes of wine ascend into my brain
Last Line: I'm sure 'tis better to be drunk, than dead.
Alternate Author Name(s): Anakreon; Anacreontea
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Self; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


TO M. KELLAM, by ROBERT HERRICK    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: What can my kellam drink his sack
Last Line: But send to her a tearce.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


TO MR. SYME WITH A DOZEN OF PORTER, by ROBERT BURNS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: O, had the malt thy strength of mind
Last Line: A gift that e'en for syme were fit.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Beer; Drinks & Drinking; Gifts & Giving; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse; Ale; Wine


TOBY TOSSPOT, by GEORGE COLMAN THE YOUNGER    Poem Text                
First Line: Alas! What pity 'tis that regularity
Last Line: "common politeness makes me stop and do it."
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


TRINC: PRAISES II, by THOMAS MCGRATH    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Once, when the grand nudes, golden as fields of grain
Last Line: Hallelujah! For the people's beer! And for all his comrades: praise!
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Beer; Drinks & Drinking; Native Americans; Ale; Wine; Indians Of America; American Indians; Indians Of South America


TRUST ME, by JEAN VALENTINE    Poem Text             Recitation by Author     Poet's Biography
First Line: Who did I write last night? Leaning
Last Line: God fills us as a woman fills a pitcher
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics


TYING ONE ON IN VIENNA, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I have been, faithfully, to the thirty-nine birthplaces of beethoven
Last Line: Hooray for purple and gold, for liquor and angels!
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Christianity; Poetry & Poets; Vienna; Women; Women's Rights; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse; Feminism


UPON DRINKING IN A BOWL, by ANACREON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Vulcan contrive me such a cup
Last Line: And then to love again.
Alternate Author Name(s): Anakreon; Anacreontea
Variant Title(s): Upon His Drinking A Bowl
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drinks & Drinking; Dutch War, Third (1672-1674); Maastricht, Netherlands; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse; Wine


VISITING HOUR, by LYNDA HULL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: From the hospital solarium we watch row houses
Alternate Author Name(s): Wojahn, David, Mrs.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


WELCOME BACK, MR. KNIGHT: LOVE OF MY LIFE, by ETHERIDGE KNIGHT                Recitation     Poet's Biography
First Line: Welcome back, mr. K: love of my life
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Men; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


WILLIE BREW'D A PECK O' MAUT, by ROBERT BURNS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: O willie brew'd a peck o' maut
Last Line: We are na fou, &c.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


WILLIE'S AND NELLIE'S WISH, by JULIA A. MOORE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Willie and nellie, one evening sat
Last Line: "her papa won't drink any more."
Alternate Author Name(s): Sweet Singer Of Michigan
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics


WINE, by JOHN GAY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Of happiness terrestrial, and the source
Last Line: Unerring steer'd, of cares and coin bereft.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Milton, John (1608-1674); Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


WINE OF EGLANTINE, by PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I am drunk with the honey wine
Last Line: Of the fairies bear those bowls so new!
Variant Title(s): Elfin Music
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Fairies; Elves


WRITING ON NAPKINS AT THE SUNSHINE CLUB; MACON, GEORGIA 1970, by DAVID BOTTOMS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The rock-o-la plays country and western
Last Line: Even the low belch of the brunette behind the flippers.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Country Life; Country Music; Poetry & Poets; Southern States; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse; South (u.s.)