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Subject: REFUGEES
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13TH ARRONDISSEMENT BLUES, by BARBARA HAMBY    Poem Source                
First Line: When we sit down for yet another sublime meal
Last Line: And if only we could swim, we might be free
Subject(s): Food And Eating; Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


35-MM CLIPS, by RICHARD BLANCO    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Here is my past. I'm able to remember none of it
Last Line: In this silent film, your back to the camera
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


A NOTE ON MY SON'S FACE, by TOI DERRICOTTE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Tonight, I look, thunderstruck / at the gold head of my grandchild
Subject(s): Ethnic Groups - United States; Loss; Minorities - United States; Moving & Movers; Refugees; United States - Immigration & Emigtration; United States - Race Relations


ABSENCE (1), by PETER MEINKE    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Some people like broken glass
Last Line: Out of touch %with the times
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


ALGERIAN REFUGEE CAMP, AIN-KHEMOUDA, by ALAN ROSS    Poem Source                
First Line: You have black eyes
Subject(s): Algeria; Refugees


AMERICAN SUITE FOR A LOST DAUGHTER, by JACK ROGERS RIDL    Poem Source                
First Line: I am the last greylag on the left side of the v
Last Line: The nights we walked and tried %to see only the stars
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


AND WAKE UP WHERE?, by DAVID LAZAR    Poem Source                
First Line: A generation of mothers sings 'over the rainbow' in ruby bedroom slippers
Last Line: Place like home, there was no place
Subject(s): Family Life; Girls; Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


ANGEL IN FLORIDA, by RANDALL MANN    Poem Source                
First Line: And I, wishing to be back in cuba
Last Line: Purpling only the mountains of cuba
Variant Title(s): Dust And Broughtoni
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


ANY TUNAY NA LALAKI STALKS THE STREETS OF NEW YORK, by NICK CARBO    Poem Source                
First Line: Looking to harvest what makes him happy
Last Line: For a preparation h commercial-al moranas, %american but with a filipino flair
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


ARTURO, by MARIA MAZZIOTTI GILLAN    Poem Source                
First Line: I told everyone
Last Line: Do not call me marie
Subject(s): Ethnic Groups - United States; Loss; Minorities - United States; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration; U.s. - Race Relations


AT THE BAR, by RICARDO PAU-LLOSA    Poem Source                
First Line: German, who swam along the coast, %german, who reached guantanamo base
Last Line: Dimelo. What do you get from those songs?
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


AUGER, by RODNEY THEODORE SMITH    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Through cold salt wash %and the bilge stench
Last Line: In the throes of dream at least %I listen and obey
Alternate Author Name(s): Smith, R. T.
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


AUTOBIOGRAPHY, by STUART JOHN DYBEK    Poem Source                
First Line: Beneath the dripping udders %of tarpaper roofs
Last Line: Like a saxophone %noodling through broken english
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


BARBIE, MADAME ALEXANDER, BRONISLAWA WAJS, by VIVIAN SHIPLEY    Poem Source                
First Line: I told jerzy ficowski, if you print my songs in problemy
Last Line: Have more than the sound of one lifetime, more than my own
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


BEACH ROGUE, by JOANNE LOWERY    Poem Source                
First Line: Unevenness and sand giving away
Last Line: Will run up to him %crying out his eminent name
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


BIDING OUR TIME, by NGUYEN DAU    Poem Source                
First Line: We refugees ply all trades over here
Last Line: Is this all we deserve, this rotten lot
Subject(s): Refugees


BODWIN'S MADMEN, by JOHN LUNDBERG    Poem Source                
First Line: Rain slams the window, ripples the hills
Last Line: That pelts his face, and looses omnipotent yells
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


BOOK OF LAMENTATIONS, by ERIC PANKEY    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: We all have a story to tell. Mine begins
Last Line: Well-edged, sharp to the point, has been my fortune
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


BOOK OF RUTH, by CAROLYN BEARD WHITLOW    Poem Source                
First Line: I learn to live by guile, to do without love
Last Line: To do without sleeping to avoid death, tired of sleep
Subject(s): Literary Form; Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


BREAKING AND ENTERING, by WILLIAM BAER    Poem Source                
First Line: When he was done, he sat in their living room
Last Line: Too bad. He liked it here; it felt like home
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


CALIFORNIA, by PAUL HOOVER    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: From the cool electric gaze of a hollywood enigma
Last Line: Swallows borders. A wilderness shines
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


CEANANNUS MOR, by GREGORY MCNAMEE    Poem Source                
First Line: I, another refugee, have forgotten
Last Line: Having instead discovered history, %adrift, ignorant of what else to seek
Subject(s): Refugees


CHANGING THE NAME TO OCHESTER, by ED OCHESTER    Poem Source                
First Line: When other grandpas came to ellis island %the immigration people asked 'name?'
Last Line: It was good and lasted %a long, long time
Subject(s): Fathers; Grandparents; Loss; Moving And Movers; New York City; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


CHINA CAMP, CALIFORNIA, by KIM THERESA ADDONIZIO    Poem Source                
First Line: Here's the long trough, covered by a screen
Last Line: Tangling in the empty nets and sinking %to the coldest dark water
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


CITY OF ANGELS, by LUIS J. RODRIGUEZ    Poem Source                
First Line: Somewhere out there, lies the city
Last Line: Thundering against the sides of this %city of angels %so far removed from heaven
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


CLOUD OF UNKNOWING, by DEBORA GREGER    Poem Source                
First Line: Why did I not die at birth
Last Line: And put the ash on my tongue
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


COACHING MY FATHER ON HIS TEMPORARILY MOVING INTO MY OLD BEDROOM, by MILES G. WATSON    Poem Source                
First Line: When you sleep, don't pick sides
Last Line: Bats held high and their eyes still on you, %waiting for the next signal
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


COLORS OF A FREE LIFE, by MARIANNE POLOSKY    Poem Source                
First Line: In the war, we were always %running out of things
Last Line: I bask in the sunshine, %kissing the air with my song
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


COLOUR, by BRENDAN KENNELLY    Poem Source                
First Line: Look at the grass
Last Line: Look at the grass
Subject(s): Colors; Drowning; Grass; Refugees


COME TO FIND OUT, by JACQUELINE DEE PARKER    Poem Source                
First Line: Might can, they say in louisiana
Last Line: This way, I might can %come to find out %more, for sure
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


CONFESSION, by STEPHEN ORLEN    Poem Source                
First Line: Forgive me, adonai, lord of the jews
Last Line: What sort of job I have done on this earth
Alternate Author Name(s): Orlen, Steve
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


CORAL WAY, NEAR THE ROADS, by ORLANDO RICARDO MENES    Poem Source                
First Line: Though this sunday afternoon is torrid
Last Line: Idyllic memories are merely a jeweled noose
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


CREDO, by LILACE MELLIN    Poem Source                
First Line: I believe in highways, %maps more healing than scripture
Last Line: And the well-worn disappointments of home
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


CROSS-CULTURAL GENRES, by WENDY BISHOP    Poem Source                
First Line: Here is an eskimo abc book. Here is tununak graveyard, filled with snow
Last Line: Graves fill, grass bows down, as bs cs tussle with sea wind. They leave, they %leave without saying
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


CUBAN REFUGEE, by HOWELL L. PINER    Poem Source                
First Line: Go back to cuba? No! No! Gentle priest
Subject(s): Cuba; Refugees


CZECH REFUGEE IN LONDON, by YEHUDA AMICHAI    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: In a very short, black velvet skirt
Last Line: Every year I discover: I have no defense
Subject(s): London; Refugees


DARK SONGS: SLAVE HOUSE AND SYNAGOGUE, by LAURENCE LIEBERMAN    Poem Source                
First Line: A few museum florid paintings by unknown
Last Line: Dug up by their roots, torn from the soil & hurled %across the sea, from one tiny carib %outpost to
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


DAVID'S RUMOR, by LIAM RECTOR    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I am busy doing drawings
Last Line: This riot, that hall, that vacancy and pressure %wherein we draw towards goodbye
Subject(s): Alienation (social Psychology); Dissenters; Exiles; Loss; Marginality, Social; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


DEATH OF A WAR HERO, by MICHAEL H. BUGEJA    Poem Source                
First Line: So many rambo movies have been made
Last Line: Opening wide so that he could escape
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


DIALECT, by MARK JARMAN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I can't remember the air, the light, the voices
Subject(s): Loss; Moving & Movers; Refugees; United States - Immigration & Emigtration


DIALECT, by MARK JARMAN    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I can't remember the air, the light, the voices
Last Line: Surveying burning blocks by helicopter
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


DIASPORADIC, by PATTY SEYBURN    Poem Source                
First Line: When I saw the jews floating, I knew
Last Line: By the waters -- now where are they going
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


DIGGING UP PEONIES, by VIVIAN SHIPLEY    Poem Source                
First Line: Overcoming fear of stalks that are too close
Last Line: I can of my mother, of my father from this earth, %from the dissolution that binds us after all
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


DISLOCATION, by RALPH ADAMO    Poem Source                
First Line: We move the word into the river
Last Line: If there ever were a word-deeply silenced
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


DISTANCE, by CAROLINA HOSPITAL    Poem Source                
First Line: Distance has made of us all strangers
Last Line: And the habitual echoes of empty rooms
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


DIXIE, by DAVID BAKER    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I had no idea
Last Line: And wish the same old wish, that we were %anywhere but here
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; Southern States; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


DWARF WITH VIOLIN, GOVERNMENT CENTER STATION, by STANLEY PLUMLY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The long-distance connections fade and rectify
Subject(s): Loss; Moving & Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


DWARF WITH VIOLIN, GOVERNMENT CENTER STATION, by STANLEY PLUMLY    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The long-distance connections fade and rectify
Last Line: Everything looked alive as if forgotten
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


EAST RIVER PRISON BARGE, by HUNT HAWKINS    Poem Source                
First Line: The powerboats cut the water
Last Line: Escape for their long weekends
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


EASTER, CIRCA 1960, by PETER JOHNSON    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Such a clattering of black shoes. Mine are very tight and have pointed toes
Last Line: To my room. Lie down. Click my cuban heels
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


EL BALSERITO, by CAMPBELL MCGRATH    Poem Source                
First Line: Because my spanish is chips-and-salsa simple, and I am desirous of improving
Last Line: Of the journey, shells of arrival, shells of departure
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


ELEGIES: FOURTH ELEGY. THE REFUGEES, by MURIEL RUKEYSER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: And the child sitting alone planning her hope
Subject(s): Refugees


ELEGIES: FOURTH ELEGY. THE REFUGEES, by MURIEL RUKEYSER    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: And the child sitting alone planning her hope
Last Line: To say and to remember and avenge. A lullaby for a believing child
Subject(s): Refugees


ELEGY WRITTEN ON A BLUE CEMENT GRAVESTONE (TO YOU, THE ARCHEOLOGIST), by BENJAMIN ALIRE SAENZ    Poem Source                
First Line: What history is: %a mound of gathered rocks. In time the rocks will
Last Line: The earth will break us all
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


EMIGRANT, by KATHERINE SANCHEZ    Poem Source                
First Line: I am the boy, stomach flat on the sand
Last Line: I am the homeland. %your family sings %in my quicksand
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


END OF SOUP KITCHENS, by MARK TAKSA    Poem Source                
First Line: You put your money on the pavement
Last Line: Declares the end of soup kitchens
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


ENDLESS LOOP, by CHERYL KAPLAN    Poem Source                
First Line: Have you ever loved a refugee? They scream at night
Last Line: Have you ever loved a refugee? %(my boyfriend was made in hong kong.)
Subject(s): Refugees


ESTRANGEMENT OF LUIS MORONE, by STUART JOHN DYBEK    Poem Source                
First Line: Luis morone %cuts adrift
Last Line: Don't worry mother %you aren't blind %nobody sees him
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


EVICTIONS, by ROY MCFADDEN    Poem Source                
First Line: Precocious refugee, %between the ghettoes' fires
Last Line: The flame's dilating eye, %eager for holocaust
Subject(s): Ghettos; Refugees


EXILE, by SANDRA M. CASTILLO    Poem Source                
First Line: We are gitanas
Last Line: Because he knows %he is my first obsession
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


EXILE, by STEPHEN DALE COREY    Poem Source                
First Line: Everywhere I turn I find homes
Last Line: But there are days when learning means nothing
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


EXPEDITION, by XUEFEI JIN    Poem Source                
First Line: Again the grand eunuch was dispatched
Last Line: Would cleave the indian ocean %and pry open our shores
Alternate Author Name(s): Jin, Ha; Ha Jin
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


EXTINCT HOMELAND-A CONVERSATION WITH CZESLAW MILOSZ, by ANA DOINA    Poem Source                
First Line: Home? Somewhere we belong? The metaphor
Last Line: I worshiped. I am my own myth, the first memory, nebulous %like any beginning
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


FARRAGUT NORTH, by STANLEY PLUMLY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: In the tunnel-light at the top of the station two or three
Subject(s): Loss; Moving & Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


FARRAGUT NORTH, by STANLEY PLUMLY    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: In the tunnel-light at the top of the station two or three
Last Line: Truant spirit, moving dead leaves with the wind among the shadows
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


FLOCK OF PHANTOM LIMBS GATHERS AT THE BORDER, by BRUCE BOND    Poem Source                
First Line: An amputee is a brood of indecisions; %the scent of smoke lingers in her shirt
Last Line: He hears the thrum of planes like some immense stone %bearing down through a hole in the world
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


FLOOD PLAIN: THE RIGHT-OF-WAY, by JAMES LEONARD SHUGRUE    Poem Source                
First Line: Are we ever anywhere, can we ever feel
Last Line: Laying claim to absence, I will own %no region but the evicted heart
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


FOR BORSCHT, by RODGER LEE KAMENETZ    Poem Source                
First Line: A bowl of borscht-sea of blood
Last Line: Borscht shekhinah, borscht mother of us all
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


FOR SOMEONE CONSIDERING DEATH, by LOLA HASKINS    Poem Source                
First Line: I told you. %life is one big hanon
Last Line: In that small, closed room
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


FOR THE OLD RIDER AT THE MALL IN SIOUX FALLS, by DONALD MORRILL    Poem Source                
First Line: I didn't have change for a jug of thunderbird
Last Line: And the helpless thing lives, bruising, human
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


FOR THE SAKE OF TIGER LILIES, by C. DALE YOUNG    Poem Source                
First Line: In a clearing, in a swell of grasses
Last Line: Always the sound, always the salt licking the air
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration; West Indies


FOUR CLOUDS LIKE THE IRISH IN MEMORY, by CAMPBELL MCGRATH    Poem Source                
First Line: First memory of school: sitting in the grass beneath a dogwood tree
Last Line: I had no idea there were such great forests left
Subject(s): Clouds; Loss; Memory; Moving And Movers; Refugees; Schools; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


GALLERY, by ALBERT GOLDBARTH    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: When my grandfather stepped from the boat
Last Line: And pretty as a picture
Subject(s): Loss; Moving & Movers; Refugees; United States - Immigration & Emigtration


GALLERY, by ALBERT GOLDBARTH    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: When my grandfather stepped from the boat
Last Line: And pretty as a picture
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


GENERATIONS, by KIM THERESA ADDONIZIO    Poem Source                
First Line: Somewhere a shop of hanging meats
Last Line: An empty plate. This is the place
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


GENTLEMAN'S DREAM, by XUEFEI JIN    Poem Source                
First Line: Dead drunk, he snores %like a bellows under the linden
Last Line: He drowns them in an ocean of urine
Alternate Author Name(s): Jin, Ha; Ha Jin
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


GHOST PASSENGER, DAY AND NIGHT, by MICHAEL DENNISON    Poem Source                
First Line: Each morning, I wake batlike upside down
Last Line: The face in here is here to stay, %even after the light is gone
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


GREEN ASH, RED MAPLE, BLACK GUM, by MICHAEL WATERS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: How often the names of trees consoled me
Last Line: Black gum, black gum, black gum.
Subject(s): Grief; Loss; Marriage; Moving & Movers; Refugees; Trees; United States - Immigration & Emigtration; Sorrow; Sadness; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


GUIDE TO THE TOKYO SUBWAY, by HALVARD JOHNSON    Poem Source                
First Line: At shinjuku station %one entrance is haunted
Last Line: Happy to be alive %not knowing which way to turn
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


HARMATAN, by PAUL RANDOLPH VIOLI    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Yesterday also has its leaves, newspapers
Last Line: Of the earth ceaselessly emptying itself
Subject(s): Europe; Immigrants; Memory; Middle East - Conflicts; Poetry And Poets; Poverty; Protestantism; Racism; Refugees; Sahara Desert; Solitude; U.s. - Foreign Population


HEAT WAVE: LIBERTY, MISSOURI, by CAROLYNE WRIGHT    Poem Source                
First Line: I can't wait to see %that evening sun go down
Last Line: Before the bedroom mirror, %touching my nipples to the glass
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


HISTORY CLASS, by TINO VILLANUEVA    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: To enter was to breathe in
Last Line: And not the ones of infamy, %those of the blinding fraud
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


HOMECOMING, by ERIC PANKEY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: In time, thunder unshackles the rain
Subject(s): Loss; Moving & Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


HOMECOMING, by ERIC PANKEY    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: In time, thunder unshackles the rain
Last Line: The bird for the objection its sustains?
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


HOW IT BEGINS-HOW IT ENDS, by RICHARD BLANCO    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Somewhere, somehow the clever dust slips in
Last Line: Into an almost invisible earth I taste, inhale, take it in
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


HOW THE REFUGEES WERE SAVED, by ELLEN KNIGHT BRADFORD    Poem Source                
First Line: The sun had dropped low down the western sky
Last Line: As freely as air or as sunshine from heaven
Subject(s): Armenia; Refugees


HOW THE STREETS IN FRONT OF KAUFMANN'S DEPARTURE STORE TELL ME ....., by RICK CAMPBELL    Poem Source                
First Line: For years I have been lost. Some nights I have known it
Last Line: For the light to change, together at last
Variant Title(s): How The Streets In Front Of Kaufmann's Department Store Tell Me....
Subject(s): Home; Loss; Moving And Movers; Night; Pennsylvania; Refugees; Travel; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration; Walking


HOW TO LOOK WEST FROM MOUNT PLEASANT, UTAH, by SETH TUCKER    Poem Source                
First Line: Your brushstrokes licked dryly at cheap canvas
Last Line: At what the color of soil %looks like on canvas
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


HUNGARIANS: 2. THE WINTER OF THE REFUGEES, by ERICA (ERIKA) FUNKHOUSER    Poem Source                
First Line: Saturdays during the opera sandor cooked
Last Line: We'd all be showing off the same gold ring
Subject(s): Hungary; Refugees


IN CALIFORNIA, by KATHY FAGAN    Poem Source                
First Line: One either believes in god %or believes one is
Last Line: You have, maestro, who planted me here
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


IN EXILE, by DAVID WILLIAMS    Poem Source                
First Line: Other refugees come to him
Last Line: Leaning forward, listening, %his body forms a prayer he cannot hear
Subject(s): Refugees


IN HEAVY FOG OUTSIDE BISHOPVILLE, SOUTH CAROLINA, by DAVID STARKEY    Poem Source                
First Line: I held the slippery secret of life %between my thumb and forefinger
Last Line: But I know I was at peace
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


IN THE CHIPS, by WILLIAM REGINALD GIBBONS    Poem Source                
First Line: A self steps out of the self, pauses
Last Line: An armful of white red & blue
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


IN THE DEPOT ... REFUGEES, by NANCY CARDOZO    Poem Source                
First Line: On the long benches some men sleeping
Subject(s): Refugees


IN THE REFUGEE CAMP, by SHARIF S. ELMUSA    Poem Source                
First Line: The huts were of mud and hay
Subject(s): Refugees


IN THE TWILIGHT ZONE ALL I KNOW IS THE COMMERCIALS, by PATRICIA GOEDICKE    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Big things in the wind: %big dirty things in the wind
Last Line: Well I'd like to know whose they are
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


INNER LANDSCAPES, by RICARDO JAIMES FREYRE    Poem Source                
First Line: The orchard is a musical refuge, full of poetry and
Last Line: O my soul, forget the ancient idols!
Subject(s): Death; Memory; Refugees


INTERNAL EXILE, by RACHEL LODEN    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: What you will not grieve %is forced on you
Last Line: As some enter a shrine, %not to worship %but to be forgotten
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


INVENTORY, by LAURE-ANNE BOSSELAAR    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Thanksgiving today. Soaked with sleet
Last Line: Here: in america. In america.
Subject(s): Belgium; Confessions; Daughters; Gardens & Gardening; Gratitude; Holidays; Honor; Larch Trees; Loss; Memory; Moving & Movers; Numbers; Omens; Refugees; Sons; Thanksgiving Day; Time; United States - Immigration & Emigtration


IT'S NOT COLD HERE, by ELEANOR WILNER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Somewhere the flags are frozen
Last Line: For the pure abandoned joy of sliding down.
Alternate Author Name(s): Wilner, Eleanor Rand
Subject(s): Forgetfulness; Home; Refugees; Rest


JASMINE, by GEORGE KALAMARAS    Poem Source                
First Line: There is no beginning and no end
Last Line: Who and what you are
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


JEW'S HARP, by RODGER LEE KAMENETZ    Poem Source                
First Line: Held lightly against the teeth, lightly
Last Line: Throb, a tone deep and urgent %and a breath like a sigh
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


JOINT VENTURE, by MARILYN KRYSL    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Shanti doesn't talk -- sweet
Last Line: And walk out, free, lonely
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


JOSE CANSECO BREAKS OUR HEARTS AGAIN, by GUSTAVO PEREZ FIRMAT    Poem Source                
First Line: Out for the season, what's new
Last Line: When jose, like a certain country I know, %will break our hearts again
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


JULY 4TH, by GAYLORD BREWER    Poem Source                
First Line: It doesn't attack %as scripture details
Last Line: You can begin today %to be magnificent
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


KING OF WOUNDS, by SEAN BRENDAN-BROWN    Poem Source                
First Line: He lived on our place %since before I was born
Last Line: On those barren islands %they die blamed and blaming
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


LAMENTATION CANZONE, by SEAN THOMAS DOUGHERTY    Poem Source                
First Line: Why after so much breath %do you return to me from the body, the city
Last Line: My grasp is the suburb of your new city
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


LENOX HILL, by AGHA SHAHID ALI    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The hun so loved the cry, one falling elephant's
Last Line: When I remember you beyond all accounting o my mother?
Subject(s): Loss; Moving & Movers; Refugees; United States - Immigration & Emigtration


LENOX HILL, by AGHA SHAHID ALI    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The hun so loved the cry, one falling elephant's
Last Line: When I remember you-beyond all accounting-o my mother?
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


LETTER, by KASEY JUEDS    Poem Source                
First Line: He didn't want to remember ireland, %my mother says: her grandfather
Last Line: In the pit's extravagant black- %and just as fragile, as needed
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


LETTER TO MIRTA YANEZ, by ORLANDO RICARDO MENES    Poem Source                
First Line: I read some place in ruins, %your recent book of poems, and that title
Last Line: Invisible behind bars %of sugar cane
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


LOOKING FOR LEVEL GREEN, by JUDITH VOLLMER    Poem Source                
First Line: Seneca once told a white man
Last Line: Dark pines down in there %alive and holy, alive with her
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


LOOSE SUGAR, by BRENDA LYNN HILLMAN    Poem Source                
First Line: I hardly remember any sounds from childhood
Last Line: I disagreed with the concept of 'need'
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


LOST AND FOUND, by MAXINE CHERNOFF    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I am looking for the photo that would make all the difference in my life. It's
Subject(s): Loss; Moving & Movers; Refugees; United States - Immigration & Emigtration


LOST AND FOUND, by MAXINE CHERNOFF    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I am looking for the photo that would make all the difference in my life. It's
Last Line: Come back to me, you little fool, before I find I can live without you
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


LOVE PENNED RED, by SEAN BRENDAN BROWN    Poem Source                
First Line: My mother finished her life in side-boxes
Last Line: That'd do it; god willing she'd be his halting place
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


MANIFESTO, by MARGOT SCHILPP    Poem Source                
First Line: Look in the window and extract a name
Last Line: Terraces erode, groves lie fallow- %order is cognate of joy
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


MASK, by MARCOS MCPEEK VILLATORO    Poem Source                
First Line: Today I will consider tekum uman
Last Line: Across my white carpet, newly shampooed
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


MAX BECKMANN & QUAPPI IN BLUE, by J. J. BLICKSTEIN    Poem Source                
First Line: 1924 pleasure %possible bed fanatic clean
Last Line: The tattooed crown and the reality %of the undreamed imagination
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


MEETING THE BARBARIANS: AN OPIUM SMOKER, by XUEFEI JIN    Poem Source                
First Line: After the eleventh pipe
Last Line: Twist like a possessed worm
Alternate Author Name(s): Jin, Ha; Ha Jin
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


MEETING THE BARBARIANS: ETIQUETTE, by XUEFEI JIN    Poem Source                
First Line: As only one sun rules heaven
Last Line: Actually the letter had been drafted before macartney came
Alternate Author Name(s): Jin, Ha; Ha Jin
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


MEETING THE BARBARIANS: THE FIRST EUROPEAN, by XUEFEI JIN    Poem Source                
First Line: Having waited for twenty years
Last Line: Dangers encountered and labors endured
Alternate Author Name(s): Jin, Ha; Ha Jin
Subject(s): Immigrants; Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees


MEETING THE BARBARIANS: TRADE, by XUEFEI JIN    Poem Source                
First Line: The sea barbarians live by trade
Last Line: Is no more than a crippled dinosaur
Alternate Author Name(s): Jin, Ha; Ha Jin
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


MERCY AND THE BRAZOS RIVER, by WALTER ROBERT MCDONALD                    Poet's Biography
First Line: My great-greats came to hardscrabble plains
Alternate Author Name(s): Mcdonald, Walt
Subject(s): Loss; Moving & Movers; Prairies - Texas; Refugees; United States - Immigration & Emigtration; Plains - Texas


MERCY AND THE BRAZOS RIVER, by WALTER ROBERT MCDONALD    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: My great-greats came to hardscrabble plains
Last Line: Caliche canyon and haul back barrels of water %from the river of the arms of god
Alternate Author Name(s): Mcdonald, Walt
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Prairies - Texas; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


MI VIDA: WINGS OF FRIGHT, by MARTIN ESPADA    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The refugee's run
Last Line: Found himself %knelling on the floor %with a paper towel
Subject(s): Hispanic Americans; Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


MINKS, by TOI DERRICOTTE    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: In the backyard of our house on norwood,
Last Line: The shining of the soul, gives us each %character and beauty.
Variant Title(s): Captivity: The Mink
Subject(s): Kent State University - Riot, 1970; Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


MISSION, by XUEFEI JIN    Poem Source                
First Line: He was sent by our emperor to the west
Last Line: Use barbarians to subdue barbarians
Alternate Author Name(s): Jin, Ha; Ha Jin
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


MOMENT, by JANE HIRSHFIELD    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: A person wakes from sleep
Subject(s): Loss; Moving & Movers; Refugees; United States - Immigration & Emigtration


MOMENT, by JANE HIRSHFIELD    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: A person wakes from sleep
Last Line: Who must so love their lives
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


MOTHER IN A REFUGEE CAMP, by CHINUA ACHEBE    Poem Source                
First Line: No madonna and child could touch
Last Line: Before his breakfast and school; now she did it %like putting flowrs on a tiny grave
Variant Title(s): Refugee Mother And Chil
Subject(s): Mothers; Refugees


MY FATHER LEARNS TO SPEAK (AGAIN), by C. V. DAVIS    Poem Source                
First Line: When you left the appalachian farm for
Last Line: Safe in the valley between those mountains %you would soon leave behind
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


MY FATHER RECOUNTS A STORY FROM HIS YOUTH, by KEVIN PRUFER    Poem Source                
First Line: He who discovered
Last Line: And he is surrounded by everything that is
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


NEW REFUGEE, by MARISELLA VEIGA    Poem Source                
First Line: Stands %outside my door this morning
Last Line: Come in. Have lunch. In this house %we are not without a gun
Subject(s): Alienation (social Psychology); Exiles; Refugees


NEW YEAR'S WISH FOR A LITTLE REFUGEE, by TRAN MONG TU    Poem Source                
First Line: Let me send you some words, a little wish
Last Line: Your past of sorrows, all your world of griefs
Subject(s): Refugees


NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY, by SUSAN THOMAS    Poem Source                
First Line: Five young men get off the boat in new york city
Last Line: To the library, where he studies %astronomy and insects
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


NEWS OF LOCAL MOURNING, by ROBERT STEWART    Poem Source                
First Line: Boatloads of refugees wallow
Subject(s): Refugees


NINETY-ONE IN THE SHADE, by ROBERT PATRICK DANA    Poem Source                
First Line: It's always the same
Last Line: Into the hot gust %like a word remembered %that we do not say
Alternate Author Name(s): Dana, Robert
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


NO LIVING IN PARKED VEHICLES, by STEVE FAY    Poem Source                
First Line: Only the dead may park, all others
Last Line: Happy motoring. Now, make it happy
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


NOD, by CHRISTOPHER DAVIS    Poem Source                
First Line: In this mind %beyond dry cornstalks
Last Line: If there's no solid place to go %no world called home
Subject(s): Automobiles; Homosexuality; Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


NORTHERN DARKNESS, by DIXIE LEE HENDERSON PARTRIDGE    Poem Source                
First Line: Winds die and shadows wrap us %in trunks of trees. We anticipate silence
Last Line: The faint hymn of our breath %pales visibly
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


NOTE ON MY SON'S FACE, by TOI DERRICOTTE    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Tonight, I look, thunderstruck %at the gold head of my grandchild
Last Line: The worst is true. %everything you did not want to know
Subject(s): Ethnic Groups - United States; Loss; Minorities - United States; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration; U.s. - Race Relations


ON BEING TOLD I DON'T SPEAK LIKE A BLACK PERSON, by ALLISON JOSEPH    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Emphasize the h, you ignorant ass
Last Line: Greetings familiar %in any language
Subject(s): Alienation (social Psychology); Dissenters; Exiles; Loss; Marginality, Social; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


ON FORGETTINGS, by PATTY SEYBURN    Poem Source                
First Line: My father's cemetery planted squarely in detroit
Last Line: We say the wait is worse when we mean, the forgetting
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


PASSPORTS, by PATRICIA GOEDICKE    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Naah,' she says, voice too low for a wheedle
Last Line: The irishman I married %is half handsome chinese %half russian jew
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


PATRIOT, by CHRISTOPHER DAVIS    Poem Source                
First Line: Confused, using no maps, oldies
Last Line: No turning knob. No flowered oz. No hope of god
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


PERSONA, by BRIGITTE BYRD    Poem Source                
First Line: I suddenly feel slav, oh, no, not suave, rather slavic. You know
Last Line: To the old rich uncle stories. I am la tante d'amerique who builds up a stock of words
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


PHONOGRAPH, by TODD JAMES PIERCE    Poem Source                
First Line: And so I come to you, my uncle
Last Line: Can be found on my lips as well
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


PHOTO, 1945, by FRANCISCO ARAGON    Poem Source                
First Line: The only photo of you black and white
Last Line: I've never really seen, %or touched
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


PLUS SHIPPING, by BOB HICOK    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Certainly it was a premonition of a navajo warrior that men
Subject(s): Loss; Moving & Movers; Refugees; United States - Immigration & Emigtration


POEM AT AN UNMARKED GRAVE, by JUDITH VOLLMER    Poem Source                
First Line: Your grave is untouched by flowers
Last Line: A college education is a room with a fire %inside a strange city
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


POEM FOR A VIETNAMESE STUDENT, by LEROY V. QUINTANA    Poem Source                
First Line: Some words have tongues sharp as punji stakes
Last Line: Repeat after me: gobbledygook, gobbledygook, gobbledygook
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


POEM FOR PANCHO GONZALES, by LEROY V. QUINTANA    Poem Source                
First Line: This was the world of white lines, a game
Last Line: A dish, a lamp, an ashtray at a time
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


POEM FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY, by MARGOT SCHILPP    Poem Source                
First Line: The flowers have checked their suitcases
Last Line: To heat me so that I didn't %burn from the inside out
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


POLITICAL OR NOT, HERE COMES THAT POEM, by WENDY BISHOP    Poem Source                
First Line: My mother, who happens to be dead, %had little or nothing to say about
Last Line: Or the serviceable plaid pattern of our lives
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


POLITICAL REFUGEE, by ALBERT HUFFSTICKLER    Poem Source                
First Line: Her children will call it home
Subject(s): Refugees


POLITICAL REFUGEE, ONE MONTH, by SANDY SOLOMON    Poem Source                
First Line: What he's lost isn't the uninterrupted sun
Last Line: Not saved by strayed, estranged and numb, a beast %in the field, wheeling for direction, knowing non
Subject(s): Refugees


PORTRAIT OF A COUPLE AT CENTURY'S END, by SHEROD SANTOS    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Impatient for home, %the after-work traffic fanning out along
Last Line: By a beeswax candle pooling beside %their dinnerware
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


POSTCARDS FROM FLORIDA, by LARRY WAYNE JOHNS    Poem Source                
First Line: The vertical blinds separate and come back together
Last Line: By clearing the understory, %allowing more light to reach the ground
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


POSTCARDS TO COLUMBUS, by SHERMAN ALEXIE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Beginning at the front door of the white house, travel west
Last Line: Of your television set? Can you hear the ghost of drums approasching?
Subject(s): Loss; Moving & Movers; Refugees; United States - Immigration & Emigtration


POSTCARDS TO COLUMBUS, by SHERMAN ALEXIE    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Beginning at the front door of the white house, travel west
Last Line: Of your television set? Can you hear ghosts of drums approaching?
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


POSTMODERNISM, by DAVID BAKER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The scene you loathe, the sheer fervor, the speed
Last Line: And now even your pity is worthless
Subject(s): Loss; Moving & Movers; Refugees; United States - Immigration & Emigtration


POSTMODERNISM, by DAVID BAKER    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The scene you loathe, the sheer fervor, the speed
Last Line: And now even your pity is worthless
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


PRODIGAL, by PETER COOLEY    Poem Source                
First Line: You had walked out, carrying the rain
Last Line: Erect, lifting how far it took you to get here
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


PUBLIC SCHOOL NO. 18, PATERSON, NEW JERSEY, by MARIA MAZZIOTTI GILLAN    Poem Source                
First Line: Miss wilson's eyes, opaque %as blue glass, fix on me
Last Line: And my rage will blow %your house down
Subject(s): Ethnic Groups - United States; Loss; Minorities - United States; Moving And Movers; New Jersey; Refugees; Schools; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration; U.s. - Race Relations


QUESTIONS FOR ECCLESIASTES, by MARK JARMAN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: What if on a foggy night in a beachtown, a night when the pacific leans close
Subject(s): Loss; Moving & Movers; Refugees; United States - Immigration & Emigtration


QUESTIONS FOR ECCLESIASTES, by MARK JARMAN    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: What if on a foggy night in a beachtown, a night when the pacific leans close
Last Line: People who needed urgently to hear it, god kept a secret
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


RAFAEL HERNANDEZ, by VICTOR HERNANDEZ CRUZ    Poem Source                
First Line: Born exactly in aguadilla %north coast puerto rico
Last Line: To the children of %eternal liberation
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


READING KEROUAC, YORKSHIRE, by STEVE WILSON    Poem Source                
First Line: Today, jack, your words won't console
Last Line: We would taste in our minds
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


REAPPEARED, by VIJAY SESHADRI    Poem Source                
First Line: Long after we stopped remembering, word of him
Last Line: Resurface, and simply swim away
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


RED FINGERNAILS, by BRENDA LYNN HILLMAN    Poem Source                
First Line: Briefly I dwelt upon my mother's tongue
Last Line: Before the first one has to be lifted away
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


REFUGE, by ANNIE I. MUZZEY    Poem Text                
First Line: Upon the tumult of the toiling street
Last Line: Becomes once more an upward shining way.
Subject(s): Refugees


REFUGEE, by DANNIE ABSE    Poem Source                
First Line: What is the name of your country?
Last Line: He raised high the pleading %white flag of surrender
Subject(s): Refugees


REFUGEE, by FRANCIS FALLER    Poem Source                
First Line: To affirm a simple joy, he's told, is futile
Last Line: A refugee is never lost. He builds, %with buckled stanzas, or a few rough planks
Subject(s): Refugees


REFUGEE, by SANDY MEEK HENSON    Poem Source                
First Line: When I went to your country, I went straight to the ocean
Last Line: To build, the prison you wouldn't or %couldn't leave behind
Subject(s): Refugees


REFUGEE, by ROLF JACOBSEN    Poem Source                
First Line: He who lives in half-lit-rooms. He who looks for burnt-out ruins
Last Line: The dog's friend, he who lets the lamp burn. He who looks blind
Subject(s): Refugees


REFUGEE, by VLADIMIR LEVCHEV    Poem Source                
First Line: Every minute
Last Line: We might have traveled to eternity
Subject(s): Refugees


REFUGEE, by EDWARD JOHN MORETON DRAX PLUNKETT    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: In england, on the downs
Last Line: And over down and plain %all nature seemed to sleep
Alternate Author Name(s): Dunsany, Lord; Dunsany, 18th Baron
Subject(s): England; Refugees; World War Ii


REFUGEE, by FELIX POLLAK    Poem Source                
First Line: He was born in vienna
Subject(s): Refugees


REFUGEE, by VIJAY SESHADRI    Poem Source                
First Line: He feels himself at his mind's borders moving
Last Line: Pinned like a flower on the genocidal past
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


REFUGEE, by PEGGY L. SHRIVER    Poem Source                
First Line: Heavy with child
Last Line: For them to use. %it seemed the human thing to do
Subject(s): Refugees


REFUGEE, by CHRISTINE SNEED    Poem Source                
First Line: Last night you used the word sampan, said
Last Line: You traced a house in the sand
Subject(s): Refugees


REFUGEE, by CARINE TOPAL    Poem Source                
First Line: I am buried in an empty field
Last Line: I'll take a winter by the swamp
Subject(s): Refugees


REFUGEE, by JON VEINBERG    Poem Source                
First Line: Because you have outrun your enemies
Subject(s): Refugees


REFUGEE BLUES, by WYSTAN HUGH AUDEN    Poem Text     Poem Explanation             Poet's Biography
First Line: Say this city has ten million souls
Alternate Author Name(s): Auden, W. H.
Variant Title(s): Ten Songs: 1
Subject(s): Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Jews; Refugees; Soldiers; World War Ii; Shoah; Judaism; Second World War


REFUGEE BLUES, by WYSTAN HUGH AUDEN    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Say this city has ten million souls
Last Line: Looking for you and me, my dear, looking for you and me
Alternate Author Name(s): Auden, W. H.
Variant Title(s): Ten Songs:
Subject(s): Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Jews; Refugees; Soldiers; World War Ii


REFUGEE DREAM, by JOYCE SUTPHEN    Poem Source                
First Line: Last night you came to me
Last Line: As if to a faraway country
Subject(s): Dreams; Refugees


REFUGEE MEMOIR, by HANS JUERGENSEN    Poem Source                
First Line: Since over me the origins hung shadows
Subject(s): Refugees


REFUGEE SCENES, by ANNE CASTON    Poem Source                
First Line: The season of snow arrives
Last Line: Has someone also put them out
Subject(s): Refugees


REFUGEE SHIP, by AARON KRAMER    Poem Source                
First Line: Say good-bye, veronica
Last Line: And we may weave a wondrous cloth %for the life that laughs in your womb
Subject(s): Refugees


REFUGEES, by YIORGOS CHOULIARAS    Poem Source                
First Line: On the back
Last Line: I don't know what to tell you
Subject(s): Refugees


REFUGEES, by BONNIE ZUCKER GOLDSMITH    Poem Source                
First Line: This man. %this woman
Last Line: I brush by them when I pause %exhausted %with empty arms %onthe border between %two countries
Subject(s): Refugees


REFUGEES, by CHAIM GRADE    Poem Source                
First Line: At night and in the wind and the rain
Subject(s): Refugees


REFUGEES, by FLORENCE KREEGER HUNTING    Poem Text                
First Line: Under cold stars they passed me by
Last Line: "father, forgive this wrath that knows not what it does."
Subject(s): Europe; Refugees


REFUGEES, by RANDALL JARRELL    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: In the shabby train no seat is vacant
Subject(s): Refugees


REFUGEES, by AARON KRAMER    Poem Source                
First Line: The wind is loaded with rain
Last Line: We curse the monster that robs %the nests of innocent birds
Subject(s): Refugees


REFUGEES, by ILYA KRICHEVSKY    Poem Source                
First Line: On and on we go over steppes
Last Line: To live is what we want, we want to live
Subject(s): Refugees


REFUGEES, by FREDERICK LOUIS MACNEICE    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: With prune-dark eyes, thick lips, jostling each other
Alternate Author Name(s): Macneice, Louis
Subject(s): Refugees; War


REFUGEES, by EDWARD LESLIE MAYO    Poem Source                
First Line: By windowless and gutted shops where rain
Subject(s): Refugees


REFUGEES, by VASSAR MILLER    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: We walk through a lean land
Last Line: Where love drinks dwindling air and panics. %this rush of rock-!
Subject(s): Refugees


REFUGEES, by EDWIN MUIR    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: A crack ran through our hearthstone long ago
Last Line: We must shape here a new philosophy
Subject(s): Refugees; World War Ii


REFUGEES, by JANET SHELLY WHITE    Poem Source                
First Line: They struggle along the rutted road
Last Line: Even the mothers %even the children
Subject(s): Refugees


REFUGEES OF TUZLA, by JAMES RAGAN    Poem Source                
First Line: Pray for the others born
Last Line: Born in their first long pants
Subject(s): Refugees


RETURNED CRANE, by XUEFEI JIN    Poem Source                
First Line: Then I land on the belfry
Last Line: I was told I'd lose nothing %but my human flesh
Alternate Author Name(s): Jin, Ha; Ha Jin
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


RUNNING TO AMERICA, by LEROY V. QUINTANA    Poem Source                
First Line: They are night shadows %violating borders
Last Line: Kissing black earth %then run to america
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


RURAL PARTICLES, by BARRY SILESKY    Poem Source                
First Line: Asters, yarrow, an enormous oak at the edge of the bank leading down
Last Line: He won't be there to see, and it's time to go. It doesn't make sense at all. It's %something he unde
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


SALT LONGING, by AUSTIN HUMMELL    Poem Source                
First Line: Inland far though and away
Last Line: Its scorched, ashen soil
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


SCIENTIST, by DON GORDON    Poem Source                
First Line: He was a refugee from a continent
Last Line: Or last %to let angels die
Subject(s): Politics; Refugees; Science


SCOURED, by DAVID STARKEY    Poem Source                
First Line: My two daughters chase each other %in the laundromat, past the banks
Last Line: I have nothing at all to give
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


SEIZURE, by MICHELE WOLF    Poem Source                
First Line: You spoke in a language only you could imagine
Last Line: The entire hidden field, sparking and rumbling
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


SEVEN & SEVEN, by PETER MEINKE    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Looking back at it now he
Last Line: Everything can be fixed o %lord anything can be fixed
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


SHIPWRECK, by NORMAN DUBIE    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Three chinese in yellow coats stood on dunes, waist-high
Last Line: Feeding everywhere.
Subject(s): Disasters; Emerson, Ralph Waldo (1803-1882); Fuller, Margaret (1810-1850); Hawthorne, Nathaniel (1804-1864); James, Henry (1843-1916); Refugees; Shipwrecks; Thoreau, Henry David (1817-1862)


SHOYN FERGESSIN: 'I'VE FORGOTTEN' IN YIDDISH, by ALBERT GOLDBARTH                    Poet's Biography
First Line: But now it's the yiddish itself I'm forgetting
Subject(s): Forgetfulness; Loss; Moving & Movers; Refugees; United States - Immigration & Emigtration; Yiddish


SHOYN FERGESSIN: 'I'VE FORGOTTEN' IN YIDDISH, by ALBERT GOLDBARTH    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: But now it's the yiddish itself I'm forgetting
Last Line: Anything for a minute. So that's what I said. They asked me %my name and I said I've forgotten
Subject(s): Forgetfulness; Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration; Yiddish


SIR HENRY CLINTON'S INVITATION TO THE REFUGEES, by PHILIP FRENEAU    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Come, gentlemen tories, firm, loyal, and true
Last Line: Who are born to be hang'd, will never be shot.
Subject(s): American Revolution; Clinton, Sir Henry (1738-1795); New York City; Refugees; Manhattan; New York, New York; The Big Apple


SIRENS OF LOS ANGELES, by BRUCE BOND    Poem Source                
First Line: All summer as the blacktop softens, drugged
Last Line: For land and feasting, longing to be poured
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


SOME PEOPLE, by WISLAWA SZYMBORSKA    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Some people fleei some other people
Subject(s): Refugees


SORCERER, by XUEFEI JIN    Poem Source                
First Line: When the slave arrived as %a tributary article from a vassal state
Last Line: Though another sister of mine is widowed in her early teens
Alternate Author Name(s): Jin, Ha; Ha Jin
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


SOUL, by WILLIAM KLOEFKORN    Poem Source                
First Line: Each time I look at my friend's %red sunset maple, in season
Last Line: Not even the occasional snick of a %delicate motor, %missing
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


STAR-SPANGLED BANNER, by DENISE DUHAMEL    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I was sure then, as I sang along
Last Line: Ricky's accent so much like how she remembers yours
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


STEPS IN COMPOSITION: FOUR STUDENTS, by DIANE AVERILL    Poem Source                
First Line: I %three years I spend in thailand refugee camp
Last Line: Now, see if you can start a new paragraph
Subject(s): Grammar; Refugees; Schools; Thailand


STILL KICKING IN AMERICA, by G. S. SHARAT CHANDRA    Poem Source                
First Line: Now that I'm older, %the old ones ask %the same questions
Last Line: Hoping for words %to come out right in english
Subject(s): Family Life - India; Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


STRUNG UP IN ROBES OF GOLD, by PAUL WEINMAN    Poem Source                
First Line: Claiming to be a war refugee
Subject(s): Refugees


SUNRISE, by H. PALMER HALL    Poem Source                
First Line: A moment in the thicket, that time
Last Line: Soft, moist, and in the light, white wings flutter
Variant Title(s): Into The Thicket; Big Thicket Requie
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


SURVIVOR'S SONG, by ROBERT PHILLIPS    Poem Source                
First Line: All my good friends have gone away
Last Line: There's nothing more I want to say
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


SYMMETRY, by BARRY BALLARD    Poem Source                
First Line: This body's stretched with its patchwork tilled so
Last Line: From a need for fences with no escapes?
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


TEA FOR THE REFUGEE, by ALICE MONKS MEARS    Poem Text                
First Line: Marvelling that the spirit known angular with hungers
Last Line: Warfare of the mind.
Subject(s): Refugees


TESHUVAH, by LAMAR THOMAS    Poem Source                
First Line: Gathering up all the dolphins %in my dreaming. %I'm coming home
Last Line: Toward what must be made romantic %in a world that says no
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


THE ITALIAN IN ENGLAND, by ROBERT BROWNING    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: That second time they hunted me
Last Line: It steals the time! To business now.
Subject(s): Refugees; Italians In England


THE MINKS, by TOI DERRICOTTE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: In the backyard of our house on norwood,
Last Line: Character and beauty
Variant Title(s): Captivity: The Minks
Subject(s): Kent State University - Riot, 1970; Loss; Moving & Movers; Refugees; United States - Immigration & Emigtration


THE PALLOR OF SURVIVAL, by LAURE-ANNE BOSSELAAR    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I'm lucky: autumn is flawless today
Last Line: Turns, an open gate.
Subject(s): Christianity; Converts, Catholic; Evans, Bill (1929-1980); Holocaust, Jewish - Aftermath; Jews; Loss; Moving & Movers; Nuns; Refugees; Survival; United States - Immigration & Emigtration; Violence; Judaism


THE REFUGEES, by RANDALL JARRELL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: In the shabby train no seat is vacant
Subject(s): Refugees


THE REFUGEES, by EDWIN MUIR                    Poet's Biography
First Line: A crack ran through our hearthstone long ago
Subject(s): Refugees; World War Ii; Second World War


THE REFUGEES' PETITION TO SIR GUY CARLETON, by PHILIP FRENEAU    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Humbly sheweth, that your honour's petitioners, tories by trade
Last Line: We'll go to the rebels, and get our estates. --
Subject(s): American Revolution; Carleton, Sir Guy. 1st Baron Dorchester; Refugees


THE STAR-SPANGLED BANNER, by DENISE DUHAMEL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I was sure then, as I sang along
Last Line: Ricky's accent so much like how she remembers yours
Subject(s): Loss; Moving & Movers; Refugees; United States - Immigration & Emigtration


THIEVES OF LIGHT, by MARTIN ESPADA    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: We all knew about gus
Last Line: I had to close my eyes
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


THOREAU, by TIMOTHY LIU    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: My father and I have no place to go
Subject(s): Alienation (social Psychology); Dissenters; Exiles; Loss; Marginality, Social; Moving & Movers; Refugees; Thoreau, Henry David (1817-1862); United States - Immigration & Emigtration; Estrangement; Outcasts


THREE FOR MY FATHER: 2., by NEIL MYERS    Poem Source                
First Line: Remember the refugees you took
Last Line: Say I made a stone no mone %would bite
Subject(s): Refugees


TO A FRENCH POET AND REFUGEE, by CHARLES TENNYSON TURNER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The time is past - that time of little cheer
Last Line: Bemoan the sorrows and defeats of france.
Subject(s): Franco-prussian War (1870-1871); Hugo, Victor (1802-1885); Refugees


TO BE SUNG ON THE FOURTH OF JULY, by WYATT PRUNTY    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: We come to this country %by every roundabout
Last Line: Because well-being needs a grief %to make the feeling last
Subject(s): Literary Form; Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


TO THE BOUGAINVILLAEA, by C. DALE YOUNG    Poem Source                
First Line: How could I have imagined your absence?
Last Line: And everywhere bougainvillaea, bougainvillaea
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration; West Indies


TODOROV AT ELLIS ISLAND, by MAXINE CHERNOFF    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The secret of narrative %in the sight of the lovely
Last Line: To turn, as if spoken to %into what we represent
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


TOWNS, by ANGELA BALL    Poem Source                
First Line: Somewhere in midcentury %things spread out, scattered
Last Line: Replied, 'yes. But our village %will not be here'
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


TRANSLATING MY PARENTS, by ALLISON JOSEPH    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: When my father would growl, %wash the wares now, I always thought
Last Line: As in zipper, as in zero, and write %it plainly, so I can read it
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


TWO REFUGEES, by MORDECAI MARCUS    Poem Source                
First Line: My father is a fugitive %from the villages of chagall
Last Line: Puzzled me to blindness %and left him starved
Subject(s): Refugees


TWO SOUNDS, by MICHAEL H. BUGEJA    Poem Source                
First Line: Grandmother came here in the cargo hold
Last Line: Which always fade, as I will, in the night
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


TWO UNCERTAINTIES, by PAUL HOOVER    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Around the attic bird, the century is silent
Last Line: Please bind us to a version of ourselves
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


UNDERWATER, by HEATHER SELLERS    Poem Source                
First Line: Well, we are underwater here and I am
Last Line: Just one eye on the tiniest of the peculiar glowing fish
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


VANITY OF THE ATLANTIC OCEAN, by JOHN BRADLEY    Poem Source                
First Line: Face it, michael. She never loved you. The ocean with as many lovers as there
Last Line: Way memory spills when you try to remember, and all you get is sexless salt, %bisected water
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


VARIATIONS FOR HENDRIX AND VIETNAM, by MONIFA LOVE    Poem Source                
First Line: We %not white %not yellow %corner sounds
Last Line: A circle of grey petals %at our feet %quiet
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


WAITING ON FAMILY COURT, by JEFF KNORR    Poem Source                
First Line: I know little of lawyers and courts
Last Line: After grandfather's slick-handled %brushes are hung, away on their nails
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


WALKING BACK, by WILLIAM TROWBRIDGE    Poem Source                
First Line: I have no business here, a bearded stranger
Last Line: On the last bell, rubs the shiny nickel in his pocket
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


WHAT HURTS, by GUSTAVO PEREZ FIRMAT    Poem Source                
First Line: We are called broken %because we do not humor the age
Last Line: We break them with our brokenness %until they are broken too
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


WHEN I WAS A REFUGEE, by BEATRICE JEAN K. BOROFF    Poem Text                
First Line: She clasped my hand, this good samaritan
Last Line: My strength is god. He is my staff, my power.
Subject(s): Kindness; Refugees; Sonnet (as Literary Form)


WHEREABOUTS, by ROBERT PHILLIPS    Poem Source                
First Line: Isn't it odd how anyone who disappeared
Last Line: Just before fadeout, their famous last scene
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


WILLIE AND THE TRAIN, by CARISSA NEFF    Poem Source                
First Line: Willie carsten opens the bakery early
Last Line: Take my chances %like immigrants did
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


WIND CHILL FACTOR, by GLORIA VANDO    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: You point to a photo of your family
Last Line: Into a perfect circle at the nape of my neck, %insulating me, still, against the chill
Variant Title(s): Wind-chill Facto
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


YEARS, by WILLIAM REGINALD GIBBONS    Poem Source                
First Line: My grandmother's russian/ %english dictionary-she must
Last Line: Newspapers spill %the years into my eyes
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


YES, by DENISE DUHAMEL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: According to culture shock: / a guide to customs and etiquette
Last Line: What he means by his yes
Subject(s): Loss; Moving & Movers; Refugees; United States - Immigration & Emigtration


YES, by DENISE DUHAMEL    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: According to culture shock: %a guide to customs and etiquette
Last Line: Then study his lips, wondering if I'll be able to decipher %what he means by his yes
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration


YOU, IF NO ONE ELSE, by TINO VILLANUEVA    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Listen, you %who transformed your anguish
Last Line: In this round hour now %where your voice strikes time
Subject(s): Loss; Moving And Movers; Refugees; U.s. - Immigration And Emigration