- 1. On The Great Atlantic Rainway
I set forth one misted white day of June
Beneath the great Atlantic rainway, and heard:
â??Honestly you smite worlds of truth, but
Lose your own trains of thought, like a pigeon.
- 2. The History Of Jazz
The leaves of blue came drifting down.
In the corner Madeleine Reierbacher was reading Lorna Doone.
- 3. The Brassiere Factory
Is the governor falling
From a great height?
Arm in arm we fled the brassiere factory,
The motion-boat stayed on the shore!
- 4. To You
I love you as a sheriff searches for a walnut
That will solve a murder case unsolved for years
Because the murderer left it in the snow beside a window
Through which he saw her head, connecting with
- 5. Variations At Home And Abroad
It takes a lot of a person's life
To be French, or English, or American
Or Italian. And to be at any age. To live at any certain time.
The Polish-born resident of Manhattan is not merely a representative of
- 6. Bel Canto
The sun is high, the seaside air is sharp,
And salty light reveals the Mayan School.
The Irish hope their names are on the harp,
We see the sheep's advertisement for wool,
- 7. To Various Persons Talked To All At Once
You have helped hold me together.
I'd like you to be still.
Stop talking or doing anything else for a minute.
No. Please. For three minutes, maybe five minutes.
- 8. The Circus
I remember when I wrote The Circus
I was living in Paris, or rather we were living in Paris
Janice, Frank was alive, the Whitney Museum
Was still on 8th Street, or was it still something else?
- 9. Fresh Air
At the Poem Society a black-haired man stands up to say
-You make me sick with all your talk about restraint and mature talent!