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Subject: IMAGINARY CONVERSATIONS
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AFTER IKKYU: 30, by JAMES HARRISON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: It is difficult to imagine the wordless conversations
Last Line: The vast asteroid on its way toward la goes unmentioned.
Alternate Author Name(s): Harrison, Jim
Subject(s): Imaginary Conversations


AFTER IKKYU: 39, by JAMES HARRISON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: In the next installment I'll give you crazy horse and anne frank
Last Line: On a three-by-five card if we weren't drunk on our own blood.
Alternate Author Name(s): Harrison, Jim
Subject(s): Imaginary Conversations


ASIDES, by PAUL VALERY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: What do you do? Why, everything
Last Line: What will you do there? Be dead.
Subject(s): Despair; Imaginary Conversations


CONVERSATION 10: ON SEPARATION, by ROSMARIE WALDROP    Poem Source            
First Line: My separation from the wetlands started even earlier
Last Line: Of doubt lengthens. On my lungs
Subject(s): Imaginary Conversations


CONVERSATION 11: ON DEPTH, by ROSMARIE WALDROP    Poem Source            
First Line: It would take more than a pebble, she says, to plumb
Last Line: Our strength and will destroy us?
Subject(s): Imaginary Conversations


CONVERSATION 12: ON HIEROGLYPHS, by ROSMARIE WALDROP    Poem Source            
First Line: Champollion fainted, she says, once he had wrested
Last Line: A burning heart, failing to strike while hot, may not save the burning feet
Subject(s): Imaginary Conversations


CONVERSATION 13: ON WAYS OF THE BODY, by ROSMARIE WALDROP    Poem Source            
First Line: In important ways, he says, the ways of the body
Last Line: Warm flick of tongue on my face. Wet shock. Worried boundary or bone
Subject(s): Imaginary Conversations


CONVERSATION 14: ON BLINDMAN'S BUFF, by ROSMARIE WALDROP    Poem Source            
First Line: Was I frightened by what I saw, she asks, or by my own
Last Line: Empty as the scene of a crime
Subject(s): Imaginary Conversations


CONVERSATION 15: ON SHARING, by ROSMARIE WALDROP    Poem Source            
First Line: Why is it, she asks, that we cannot share experience
Last Line: Reflection, the smooth surface lost in eddies and currents
Subject(s): Imaginary Conversations


CONVERSATION 16: ON CHANGE, by ROSMARIE WALDROP    Poem Source            
First Line: A splinter lodged in the brain, he says, this effort to trap
Last Line: Thinks it is defeating the darkness
Subject(s): Imaginary Conversations


CONVERSATION 17: ON LIFT, by ROSMARIE WALDROP    Poem Source            
First Line: I used to think, if I were light enough my conjectures
Last Line: Stretching the distance between my breasts to incomprehension
Subject(s): Imaginary Conversations


CONVERSATION 18: ON DEPRESSION, by ROSMARIE WALDROP    Poem Source            
First Line: What if sense disintegrates even though you're stroking
Last Line: Would at least hold the promised hand
Subject(s): Imaginary Conversations


CONVERSATION 19: ON CHILDHOOD, by ROSMARIE WALDROP    Poem Source            
First Line: I've had no childhood, he says. Small body, yes, small
Last Line: Only a written language can die, all others disappear without a trace
Subject(s): Imaginary Conversations


CONVERSATION 1: ON THE HORIZONTAL, by ROSMARIE WALDROP    Poem Source            
First Line: My mother, she says, always spread, irresistibly, across
Last Line: Of soul. And only death to get you out
Subject(s): Imaginary Conversations


CONVERSATION 20: ON PATTERN, by ROSMARIE WALDROP    Poem Source            
First Line: I wouldn't want to accuse you of imperfection
Last Line: Of my absent loves but don't set a place for them at the table
Subject(s): Imaginary Conversations


CONVERSATION 21: ON SLOWING, by ROSMARIE WALDROP    Poem Source            
First Line: Even if our life seems scattered, a text always going
Last Line: Deeper, wholly internal, more intense for its pain?
Subject(s): Imaginary Conversations


CONVERSATION 22: ON AGING, by ROSMARIE WALDROP    Poem Source            
First Line: Take the hordes of children, she says. So to take off on
Last Line: Could? I once saw a dog stray into the subway and hit the live rail
Subject(s): Imaginary Conversations


CONVERSATION 23: ON CAUSE, by ROSMARIE WALDROP    Poem Source            
First Line: I step into my mother's room, she says, and though
Last Line: The light falls into the arms of love
Subject(s): Imaginary Conversations


CONVERSATION 24: ON THE MILLENNIUM, by ROSMARIE WALDROP    Poem Source            
First Line: There are many invisible borders, she says. Some erect
Last Line: And the centuries pass intestate
Subject(s): Imaginary Conversations


CONVERSATION 2: ON THE VERTICAL, by ROSMARIE WALDROP    Poem Source            
First Line: We must decipher our lives, he says, forward and backward
Last Line: Already sided with the world
Subject(s): Imaginary Conversations


CONVERSATION 3: ON VERTIGO, by ROSMARIE WALDROP    Poem Source            
First Line: That's why thought, he says, means fear. Slicked o'er
Last Line: Narrow the gap between mistake and morning sickness
Subject(s): Imaginary Conversations


CONVERSATION 4: ON PLACE, by ROSMARIE WALDROP    Poem Source            
First Line: I sit in my own shadow, she says, the way my mother
Last Line: Void the options. Then the project must be prolonged in terms of lack
Subject(s): Imaginary Conversations


CONVERSATION 5: ON EDEN, by ROSMARIE WALDROP    Poem Source            
First Line: Unreachable, she says, left of the left margin. A moment
Last Line: Wrought by abstinence? Who could be so thorough?
Subject(s): Imaginary Conversations


CONVERSATION 6: ON DESIRE, by ROSMARIE WALDROP    Poem Source            
First Line: Don't you think it a strange coincidence, he says, that
Last Line: Looking at photographs in order to remember
Subject(s): Imaginary Conversations


CONVERSATION 7: ON THIRDS, by ROSMARIE WALDROP    Poem Source            
First Line: Opens to the touch, he says, you have to feel it, and
Last Line: If it were the essence of being close
Subject(s): Imaginary Conversations


CONVERSATION 8: ON BETWEENS, by ROSMARIE WALDROP    Poem Source            
First Line: We lie in the dunes, she says, drowned between sheets
Last Line: I listen to my thirst and know incurable's the rule
Subject(s): Imaginary Conversations


CONVERSATION 9: ON VARIETIES OF OBLIVION, by ROSMARIE WALDROP    Poem Source            
First Line: After bitter resistance the river unravels into the night
Last Line: Next door. From left to right
Subject(s): Imaginary Conversations


DEATH IMPORTUNED, by HOMER EUGENE MCMASTER    Poem Text            
First Line: I implore thee, death, give one more day
Last Line: Dwell where life and I may still be one.
Subject(s): Death; Imaginary Conversations; Dead, The


FORGET-ME-NOT, by PEARL GUNN FOWLER    Poem Text            
First Line: Oh, dear little forget - me - not
Last Line: "a hero -- wounded -- has chosen me."
Subject(s): Flowers; Imaginary Conversations


GHAZALS: 1, by JAMES HARRISON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Unbind my hair, she says. The night is white and warm
Last Line: And a new sun to guide us, a holy book, tracked in new blood.
Alternate Author Name(s): Harrison, Jim
Subject(s): Dreams; Imaginary Conversations; Music & Musicians; Night; Nightmares; Bedtime


GHAZALS: 11, by JAMES HARRISON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The brain opens the hand which touches that spot, clinically
Last Line: Freeze in arid cold watch the reindeer watch the northern lights.
Alternate Author Name(s): Harrison, Jim
Subject(s): Cold; Hunting; Imaginary Conversations; Hunters


GHAZALS: 12, by JAMES HARRISON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Says borges in ficciones, 'I'm in hell. I'm dead,' and the dark
Last Line: Slapping the warm water on which the sun ripples and churns.
Alternate Author Name(s): Harrison, Jim
Subject(s): Death; Drinks & Drinking; Imaginary Conversations; Dead, The; Wine


GHAZALS: 18, by JAMES HARRISON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I told the dark-haired girl to come down out of the apple
Last Line: My brain. We'll go to judah to wait for the apocalypse.
Alternate Author Name(s): Harrison, Jim
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Dreams; Imaginary Conversations; Nightmares


GHAZALS: 21, by JAMES HARRISON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: He sings from the bottom of a well but she can hear him up
Last Line: Drags the dead horse away to hollow swelling growls.
Alternate Author Name(s): Harrison, Jim
Subject(s): Animals; Death; Imaginary Conversations; Singing & Singers; Dead, The; Songs


GHAZALS: 22, by JAMES HARRISON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Maps. Maps. Maps. Venezuela, keewanaw, iceland open up
Last Line: Another target in chicago, tremulous bull's-eye for hog fever.
Alternate Author Name(s): Harrison, Jim
Subject(s): Imaginary Conversations; Maps; Travel; Journeys; Trips


GHAZALS: 28, by JAMES HARRISON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: In the hotel room (far above the city) I said I bet you
Last Line: But rats, raccoon bones, snake skeletons and dark. Black dark.
Alternate Author Name(s): Harrison, Jim
Subject(s): Imaginary Conversations; Poetry & Poets; Sex


GHAZALS: 29, by JAMES HARRISON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: For my horse, brotherinlaw, who had no character
Last Line: A fresh trout, salt, honey, and healing music.
Alternate Author Name(s): Harrison, Jim
Subject(s): Anger; Imaginary Conversations


GHAZALS: 3, by JAMES HARRISON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The alfalfa was sweet and damp in fields where shepherds
Last Line: Two walls of bone, brain veering, bucking in fatal velocity?
Alternate Author Name(s): Harrison, Jim
Subject(s): Farm Life; Fights; Imaginary Conversations; Agriculture; Farmers


GHAZALS: 32, by JAMES HARRISON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: All those girls dead in the war from misplaced or aimed
Last Line: And that nurse threw a tumor at you from the hospital window.
Alternate Author Name(s): Harrison, Jim
Subject(s): Death; Imaginary Conversations; Sickness; Dead, The; Illness


GHAZALS: 40, by JAMES HARRISON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: If you were less of a vowel or had a full stop in your
Last Line: And the giant squid who scars the whale with sucker marks.
Alternate Author Name(s): Harrison, Jim
Subject(s): Change; Imaginary Conversations


GHAZALS: 44, by JAMES HARRISON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: That's a dark trough we'd hide in. Said his
Last Line: And may you strike hard enough to see nothing at all.
Alternate Author Name(s): Harrison, Jim
Subject(s): Imaginary Conversations


GHAZALS: 57, by JAMES HARRISON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I thought it was night but found out the windows were painted
Last Line: Were what I truly wanted. So much silence and so many words.
Alternate Author Name(s): Harrison, Jim
Subject(s): Dreams; Imaginary Conversations; Regret; Nightmares


IN INTERIMS: OUTLYER, by JAMES HARRISON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: He halts. He haw. Plummets
Last Line: Aloud and here and now.
Alternate Author Name(s): Harrison, Jim
Subject(s): Imaginary Conversations; Love; Memory; Nature; Reincarnation; Travel; Transmigration; Pretas; Journeys; Trips


LETTERS TO YESENIN: 16, by JAMES HARRISON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Today we've moved back to the granary again and I've anointed
Last Line: Could be made a dance.
Alternate Author Name(s): Harrison, Jim
Subject(s): Imaginary Conversations; Russia; Suicide; Yesenin, Sergei (1895-1925); Soviet Union; Russians


LETTERS TO YESENIN: 21, by JAMES HARRISON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: To answer some of the questions you might ask were you alive and
Last Line: Like it and should I put it off for a while?
Alternate Author Name(s): Harrison, Jim
Subject(s): Desire; Imaginary Conversations; Poetry & Poets; Yesenin, Sergei (1895-1925)


LETTERS TO YESENIN: 22, by JAMES HARRISON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: These last few notes to you have been a bit somber like biographies
Last Line: His deathless lines commemorating your last leningrad night.
Alternate Author Name(s): Harrison, Jim
Subject(s): Imaginary Conversations; Poetry & Poets; Yesenin, Sergei (1895-1925)


LETTERS TO YESENIN: 23, by JAMES HARRISON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I want to bother you with some recent nonsense; a classmate dropped
Last Line: Ropes.
Alternate Author Name(s): Harrison, Jim
Subject(s): Death; Imaginary Conversations; Poetry & Poets; Yesenin, Sergei (1895-1925); Dead, The


LETTERS TO YESENIN: 24, by JAMES HARRISON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Dear friend. It rained long and hard after a hot week and when I
Last Line: Getting brainy and sad, to avoid leaving this physical world.
Alternate Author Name(s): Harrison, Jim
Subject(s): Food & Eating; Imaginary Conversations; Sickness; Yesenin, Sergei (1895-1925); Illness


LETTERS TO YESENIN: 25, by JAMES HARRISON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: An afterthought to my previous note; we must closely watch any self-pity
Last Line: Those others.
Alternate Author Name(s): Harrison, Jim
Subject(s): Death; Imaginary Conversations; Memory; Yesenin, Sergei (1895-1925); Dead, The


LETTERS TO YESENIN: 28; TO ROBERT DUNCAN, by JAMES HARRISON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: O to use the word winged as in bird or victory or airplane for
Last Line: Flapped your arms madly, unwinged but craving a little flight.
Alternate Author Name(s): Harrison, Jim
Subject(s): Imaginary Conversations; Russia; Yesenin, Sergei (1895-1925); Soviet Union; Russians


LETTERS TO YESENIN: 29, by JAMES HARRISON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: We're nearing the end of this homage that often resembles a
Last Line: Single green month to go from the closest to so far from death.
Alternate Author Name(s): Harrison, Jim
Subject(s): Death; Imaginary Conversations; Yesenin, Sergei (1895-1925); Dead, The


LETTERS TO YESENIN: 30, by JAMES HARRISON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The last and I'm shrinking from the coldness of your spirit: that
Last Line: With faithfully until they cast you out.
Alternate Author Name(s): Harrison, Jim
Subject(s): Death; Despair; Imaginary Conversations; Yesenin, Sergei (1895-1925); Dead, The


MEDITATION ON CERTAINTY, by ROSMARIE WALDROP    Poem Source            
First Line: The more a proposition hardens its glassy simplicity
Last Line: Times called world. It spills your heart
Subject(s): Imaginary Conversations


MEDITATION ON FACT, by ROSMARIE WALDROP    Poem Source            
First Line: I know' is supposed to express a relation between me and a fact
Last Line: Distance. So drowned under thin ice. The sun far away and small
Subject(s): Imaginary Conversations


ONLY THE SOFT WIND, by FAITH EVELYN PACKARD    Poem Text            
First Line: Life gazes long at me
Last Line: Through the swinging treetops.
Subject(s): Imaginary Conversations; Life; Wind


SINGLE WOMAN SPEAKING, by ALICIA SUSKIN OSTRIKER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The imaginary lover, form in the mind
Subject(s): Imaginary Conversations; Single People; Bachelors; Unmarried People


SONG 1, by ROSMARIE WALDROP    Poem Source            
First Line: Long %as in hypnosis
Last Line: We try to make sense
Subject(s): Imaginary Conversations


THE FRIENDS OF HERACLITUS, by CHARLES SIMIC    Poem Text         Recitation by Author     Poet's Biography
First Line: Your friend has died, with whom
Subject(s): Death; Friendship; Imaginary Conversations; City & Town Life; Philosophy & Philosophers; Dead, The


TO ONE UNBORN, by ELAINE M. LIVINGSTON    Poem Text            
First Line: With eyes that use not earthly light or color
Last Line: My child's grandchild, yet to be born on earth.
Subject(s): Future Life; Imaginary Conversations; Retribution; Eternity; After Life