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Foreword
Who Look at Me (1969)	14
WHO LOOK AT ME	15
FOR MY MOTHER	23
IN THE TIMES OF MY HEART	24
THE NEW PIETÀ: FOR THE MOTHERS AND CHILDREN OF DETROIT	24
THE WEDDING	24
THE RECEPTION	25
NOWADAYS THE HEROES	26
NOT A SUICIDE POEM	26
THIS MAN	27
FIBROUS RUIN	27
ABANDONED BABY	27
UNCLE BULLBOY	28
MAYBE THE BIRDS	28
IN MEMORIAM:	29
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.	29
IF YOU SAW A NEGRO LADY	30
FOR SOMEBODY TO START SINGING	31
AND WHO ARE YOU?	32
ALL THE WORLD MOVED	34
JUICE OF A LEMON ON THE TRAIL OF LITTLE YELLOW	35
I LIVE IN SUBTRACTION	35
WHAT DECLARATION	35
MY SADNESS SITS AROUND ME	36
NOT LOOKING	36
WHEN I OR ELSE	36
WHEREAS	37
OR	37
LET ME LIVE WITH MARRIAGE	37
Toward a Personal Semantics	38
Some Changes (1971)	39
THEN IT WAS	40
SAN JUAN	40
FOR CHRISTOPHER	40
LEAVES BLOW BACKWARD	41
NOBODY RIDING THE ROADS TODAY	41
FIRING BURST HIS HEAD	42
IN LOVE	42
WHAT WOULD I DO WHITE?	43
OKAY "NEGROES"	44
FOR BEAUTIFUL MARY BROWN:	44
CHICAGO RENT STRIKE LEADER	44
SOLIDARITY DAY, 1968	45
LBJ: REJOINDER	46
POEM FOR MY FAMILY: HAZEL GRIFFIN AND VICTOR HERNÁNDEZ CRUZ	47
UHURU IN THE O.R.	49
NEW LIKE NAGASAKI	50
NICE LIKE NICENE	50
BUS WINDOW	51
NO TRAIN OF THOUGHT	51
Poem from the Empire State	52
47,000 WINDOWS	52
WHAT HAPPENS	54
CLOCK ON HANCOCK STREET	54
EXERCISE IN QUITS	55
A POEM FOR ALL THE CHILDREN	56
CAMEO NO. 1	57
CAMEO NO. 2	58
I CELEBRATE THE SONS OF MALCOLM	59
IN MY OWN QUIETLY EXPLOSIVE HERE	60
OF FAITH: CONFESSIONAL	60
POEM TO THE	61
MASS COMMUNICATIONS MEDIA	61
LAST POEM FOR A LITTLE WHILE	61
New Days (1974)	65
MAY 1, 1970	66
ON THE TWENTY-FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE UNITED NATIONS: 1970	66
MEMO TO DANIEL PRETTY MOYNIHAN	67
ROMAN POEM NUMBER ONE	67
ROMAN POEM NUMBER TWO	68
ROMAN POEM NUMBER THREE	70
ROMAN POEM NUMBER FOUR	70
ROMAN POEM NUMBER SIX	71
ROMAN POEM NUMBER SEVEN	72
ROMAN POEM NUMBER EIGHT	73
ROMAN POEM NUMBER NINE	73
ROMAN POEM NUMBER TEN	74
ROMAN POEM NUMBER ELEVEN	74
ROMAN POEM NUMBER TWELVE	75
ROMAN POEM NUMBER THIRTEEN, For Eddie	75
ROMAN POEM NUMBER FOURTEEN	76
ROMAN POEM NUMBER FIFTEEN, For Greg	77
ROMAN POEM NUMBER SIXTEEN: SIGHTSEER	77
ROMAN POEM NUMBER SEVENTEEN	79
ROMAN POEM NUMBER FIVE	79
MAY 27, 1971: NO POEM	90
REALIZING THAT REVOLUTION WILL NOT TAKE PLACE BY TELEPHONE	91
ON THE SPIRIT OF MILDRED JORDAN	92
AFTER READING THE NUMBER ONE INTELLECTUAL AMERICAN BEST SELLER, FUTURE SHOCK, ALL ABOUT CHANGE IS WHERE WE'RE AT	93
ON HOLIDAYS IN THE BEST TRADITION	94
FOR C.G., BECAUSE DAVID CAME IN HOT AND CRYING FROM THE NEWS	95
ON YOUR LOVE	96
ABOUT ENRIQUE'S DRAWING	97
ABOUT MERRY CHRISTMAS/DON'T	97
BELIEVE THE DAILY NEWS	97
POEM ABOUT THE SWEETWATERS OF THE CITY	98
WEST COAST EPISODE	99
FROM AN UPROOTED CONDITION	100
POEM FOR ANGELA	100
ON THE BLACK POET	101
READING HIS POEMS IN THE PARK, For Clarence and Sharyn	101
ON THE BLACK FAMILY	102
FOR DAVID: 1972	103
ON DECLINING VALUES	104
IT'S ABOUT YOU:	105
ON THE BEACH	105
ON THE PARADOX IN RHYME	106
ABOUT THE REUNION	106
OF NIGHTSONG AND FLIGHT	107
AFTER ALL IS SAID AND DONE	107
SHORTSONG FROM MY HEART	108
ONE MINUS ONE MINUS ONE	108
POEM FOR MY LOVE	109
ABOUT LONG DISTANCES ON SATURDAY	109
ON DIVINE ADAPTATION	109
TO AN AGE OF DISBELIEF	110
ON MY HAPPY/MATRIMONIAL CONDITION	110
CALLING ON ALL SILENT MINORITIES	110
NO POEM BECAUSE TIME IS NOT A NAME	111
FRAGMENTS FROM A PARABLE	112
POEM ON THE MURDER OF TWO HUMAN BEING BLACK MEN, DENVER A. SMITH AND HIS UNIDENTIFIED BROTHER, AT SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY, BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA, 1972	118
POEM FOR MY BROTHER	119
POEM FOR MY PRETTY MAN	120
POEM TO MY SISTER, ETHEL ENNIS, WHO SANG "THE STAR-SPANGLED BANNER" AT THE SECOND INAUGURATION OF RICHARD MILHOUS NIXON, JANUARY 20, 1973	120
ON MORAL LEADERSHIP	122
AS A POLITICAL DILEMMA	122
FOR MICHAEL ANGELO THOMPSON	124
GETTING DOWN TO GET OVER	125
Things That I Do in the Dark (1977)	134
THESE POEMS	135
from For My Own	136
JULY 4, 1974	137
FOR MY JAMAICAN SISTER A LITTLE BIT LOST ON THE ISLAND OF MANHATTAN	137
POEM FOR GRANVILLE IVANHOE JORDAN	138
AH, MOMMA	140
FROM THE TALKING BACK	142
OF MISS VALENTINE JONES	142
from Directed by Desire	149
THE ROUND OF GRIEF	150
POEM IN CELEBRATION OF THE RECOVERY	150
OF MRS. R. BUCKMINSTER FULLER, JUNE 1967	150
ONESIDED DIALOG	150
ON A NEW YEAR'S EVE	151
SUNFLOWER SONNET NUMBER ONE	154
SUNFLOWER SONNET NUMBER TWO	154
LULLABY	154
FOR ETHELBERT	155
YOU CAME WITH SHELLS	155
ON THE ALUMINUM	156
MINUTES FROM THE MEETING	156
QUEEN ANNE'S LACE	157
WASTED	157
FOR DAVE: 1976	158
METARHETORIC	159
from Against the Stillwaters	161
ON THE LOSS OF ENERGY	162
FROM INSIDE THE CONTINUUM	164
POEM AGAINST THE STATE (OF THINGS): 1975	164
I MUST BECOME A MENACE	170
TO MY ENEMIES	170
FROM THE TAKING BACK	172
OF MISS VALENTINE JONES:	172
POEM # ONE	172
from Towards a Personal Semantics	175
I AM UNTRUE YET I	176
ON A MONDAY AFTERNOON	176
ON A THURSDAY EVENING	176
EXCERPTS FROM A VERSE DIARY OF SOMEBODY TRYING TO GET INTO GEAR	176
FOR THE POET: ADRIENNE RICH	177
SOME PEOPLE	177
ECOLOGY	178
from Passion (1980)	179
POEM FOR NANA	180
POEM FOR THE POET ALEXIS DE VEAUX	183
CURRENT EVENTS	183
POEM ABOUT THE HEAD OF A NEGRO	184
THE MORNING ON THE MOUNTAINS	185
"THE RATIONALE" OR "SHE DROVE ME CRAZY"	185
CASE IN POINT	186
POEM OF PERSONAL GREETING FOR FIDEL,	186
NEWPORT JAZZ FESTIVAL:	188
SARATOGA SPRINGS AND ESPECIALLY	188
ABOUT GEORGE BENSON AND EVERYONE WHO	188
WAS LISTENING	188
PATRICIA'S POEM	189
"HEY, BABY: YOU MARRIED?"	189
TV IS EASY NEXT TO LIFE	190
1978	192
AN EXPLANATION ALWAYS FOLLOWS	192
LETTER TO THE LOCAL POLICE	193
FOUND POEM	195
POEM ABOUT A NIGHT OUT: MICHAEL:	195
GOODBYE FOR A WHILE	195
POEM ABOUT POLICE VIOLENCE	196
SKETCHING IN THE TRANSCENDENTAL	197
A POEM ABOUT INTELLIGENCE FOR MY	198
BROTHERS AND SISTERS	198
VERSE FROM A FRAGMENTARY MARRIAGE	199
1977: POEM FOR MRS. FANNIE LOU HAMER	200
POEM FOR SOUTH AFRICAN WOMEN	201
NOTES ON THE PEANUT	202
UNEMPLOYMENT MONOLOGUE	203
TOWARD A CITY THAT SINGS	204
A SONG OF SOJOURNER TRUTH	205
ALLA THA'S ALL RIGHT, BUT	206
NIGHTLETTERS	207
EVIDENTLY LOOKING AT THE MOON REQUIRES A CLEAN PLACE TO STAND	207
FREE FLIGHT	208
LETTER TO MY FRIEND THE POET NTOZAKE SHANGE	211
LEGEND OF THE HOLY NIGHT WHEN THE POLICE	211
FINALLY HELD FIRE	211
A POEM ABOUT VIEQUES, PUERTO RICO	212
INAUGURAL ROSE	215
EN PASSANT	216
FOR LI'L BIT	216
NIAGARA FALLS	217
CALLING IT QUITS	217
POEM TOWARD THE BOTTOM LINE	218
MEMORANDA TOWARD THE SPRING OF	218
SEVENTY-NINE	218
A SHORT NOTE TO MY VERY CRITICAL AND	219
WELL-BELOVED FRIENDS AND COMRADES	220
RAPE IS NOT A POEM	220
MEMO:	221
WHAT IS THIS IN REFERENCE TO?	222
OR	222
WE MUST GET TOGETHER SOMETIME SOON!	222
POEM #2 FOR INAUGURAL ROSE	223
POEM ABOUT MY RIGHTS	223
GRAND ARMY PLAZA	226
TAKING CARE	227
A RIGHT-TO-LIFER IN GRAND FORKS, NORTH DAKOTA	229
FROM AMERICA: A POEM IN PROCESS	230
Living Room (1985)	234
FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA	235
"IN THE FEBRUARY BLIZZARD OF 1983"	240
DES MOINES IOWA RAP	240
A POEM FOR JONATHAN	241
POEM FOR NICARAGUA	241
FIRST POEM FROM NICARAGUA LIBRE:	242
TEOTECACINTE	242
SECOND POEM FROM NICARAGUA LIBRE:	243
WAR ZONE	243
THIRD POEM FROM NICARAGUA LIBRE:	243
PHOTOGRAPH OF MANAGUA	243
FOURTH POEM FROM NICARAGUA LIBRE:	244
REPORT FROM THE FRONTIER	244
SAFE	245
DIRECTIONS FOR CARRYING EXPLOSIVE	245
NUCLEAR WASTES THROUGH	245
METROPOLITAN NEW YORK	245
GREENSBORO: NORTH CAROLINA:	246
PROBLEMS OF TRANSLATION:	246
PROBLEMS OF LANGUAGE	247
INDEPENDENCE DAY IN THE U.S.A.	249
I AM THE FALLEN/I AM THE CLIFF	250
TO SING A SONG OF PALESTINE	250
POEM ON THE ROAD; FOR ALICE WALKER	251
JULY 4, 1984: FOR BUCK	253
POEM FOR DANA	253
A SONG FOR SOWETO	255
ATLANTIC COAST REGGAE	256
POEM FOR ETEL ADNAN WHO WRITES:	257
RICHARD WRIGHT WAS WRONG	258
EASTER COMES TO THE EAST COAST: 1981	259
SONG OF THE LAW ABIDING CITIZEN	260
OCTOBER 23, 1983	261
"look at the blackbird fall"	262
MARCH SONG	262
MENU	263
ADDENDA TO THE PAPAL BULL	265
POEM FOR THE POET SARA MILES	266
POEM FOR GUATEMALA	266
ON THE REAL WORLD: MEDITATION #1.	268
"the snow"	269
WHO WOULD BE FREE,	269
THEMSELVES MUST STRIKE THE BLOW	269
A RUNAWAY LI'L BIT POEM	269
DELIZA SPEND THE DAY IN THE CITY	270
DELIZA QUESTIONING PERPLEXITIES:	271
NOVEMBER	271
VERSE AFTER LISTENING TO BART"K PLAY	272
BART"K A SECOND TIME	272
POEM TOWARDS A FINAL SOLUTION	272
1981: ON CALL	274
3 FOR KIMAKO	274
A REAGAN ERA POEM IN MEMORY	275
OF SCARLETT O'HARA	275
APOLOGIES TO ALL THE PEOPLE IN LEBANON	276
TORNADO WATCH	277
ANOTHER POEM ABOUT THE MAN	278
STORY FOR TUESDAY	279
WAR VERSE	279
POEM WRITTEN TO THE HEAVY RAIN	280
THROUGH THE TREES	280
I AM NO MORE AND I AM NO LESS	280
1980: NOTE TO THE LEAGUE OF	281
WOMEN VOTERS	281
ON LIFE AFTER LIFE	281
ADRIENNE'S POEM: ON THE DIALECTICS OF	282
THE DIATONIC SCALE	282
GRACE	282
POOR FORM	283
THE TEST OF ATLANTA 1979 -	283
NOTES TOWARDS HOME	284
RELATIVITY	285
ROOTS FOR a.b.t.	285
HOME: JANUARY 29, 1984	286
THE CEDAR TREES OF LEBANON	287
NIGHTLINE: SEPTEMBER 20, 1982	287
THE BEIRUT JOKEBOOK	287
HERE	288
MOVING TOWARDS HOME	288
from Naming Our Destiny (1985)	291
FAMINE	292
INTIFADA	294
GHAZAL AT THE FULL MOON	295
POEM FROM TAPED TESTIMONY	296
IN THE TRADITION OF BERNHARD GOETZ	296
AFTERMATH	300
TO FREE NELSON MANDELA	300
DANCE: NICARAGUA	302
VERSE FOR RONALD SLAPJACK	303
WHO PUBLICLY DECLARED, "I, TOO, AM A CONTRA!"	303
POEM INSTEAD OF A COLUMBUS DAY PARADE	304
AN ALWAYS LEI OF GINGER BLOSSOMS	305
FOR THE FIRST LADY OF HAWAI'I:	305
QUEEN LILI'UOKALANI	305
SOMETHING LIKE A SONNET FOR PHILLIS MIRACLE WHEATLEY	306
POEM FOR BENJAMIN FRANKLIN	307
THE TORN SKY: LESSON #1	308
TAKE THEM OUT!	309
POEM FOR JAN	309
SOLIDARITY	310
IN PARIS	310
POEM ON THE SECOND CONSECUTIVE DAY OF RAIN	311
OUT IN THE COUNTRY OF MY COUNTRY	312
(PETERBOROUGH, NEW HAMPSHIRE)	312
A RICHLAND COUNTY LYRIC FOR ELIZABETH ASLEEP	313
THE MADISON EXPERIENCE	313
A SONNET FROM THE STONY BROOK	316
A SONNET FOR A.B.T.	316
POEM ON BELL'S THEOREM	317
POEM NUMBER TWO ON BELL'S THEOREM	318
LAST POEM ON BELL'S THEOREM	318
ROMANCE IN IRONY	318
TRYING TO CAPTURE RAPTURE	319
WINTER HONEY	319
AT SOME MOMENT THE CONFIDENCE SNAPS	320
DOUBLE STANDARD LIFESTYLE STUDIES: #1	320
POEM FOR JOY	321
POEM AT THE MIDNIGHT OF MY LIFE	323
THE FEMALE AND THE SILENCE OF A MAN	324
POEM FOR BUDDY	324
SMASH THE CHURCH	327
DON'T ESTIMATE!	330
"FINANCIAL PLANNING"	331
POEM FOR MARK	332
DELIZA COME TO LONDON TOWN	333
A BIRTHDAY POEM FOR MARK	333
DELIZA AND THE TV NEWS	334
SOMETIMES DELIZA	334
WAR AND MEMORY	334
from Haruko/Love Poems (1994)	341
NEW YEAR	342
FOR HARUKO	342
POEM FOR HARUKO	343
12:01 A.M.	343
"Why I became a pacifist"	345
"'CLEAN!'"	346
UPDATE	346
POEM ABOUT PROCESS	347
AND PROGRESS	347
RESOLUTION #1,003	347
A POEM FOR	347
HARUKO 10/29	347
"Admittedly"	348
"Boats afloat"	348
TAIKO DOJO	349
POEM ABOUT HEARTBREAK THAT	349
GO ON AND ON	349
SPECULATIONS ON THE PRESENT	349
THROUGH THE PRISM OF THE PAST	349
POEM FOR HARUKO	351
ICHIBAN	351
PHOENIX MYSTERY #1	352
PHOENIX MYSTERY #2	352
POSTSCRIPT FOR HARUKO:	353
ON WAR AND PEACE	353
"'Haruko:"	353
BIG CITY HAPPENING	353
POEM ON THE	354
QUANTUM MECHANICS OF	354
BREAKFAST WITH HARUKO	354
MENDOCINO MEMORY	355
LETTER TO HARUKO	355
FROM DECORAH, IOWA, U.S.A.	356
"plum blossom plum jam"	357
"First full moon of a new and final decade"	357
"I train my eyes to see"	358
Kissing God Goodbye (1997)	360
POEM FOR A YOUNG POET	362
NOVEMBER POEM FOR ALEGRÍA: 1996	364
WHAT GREAT GRIEF HAS MADE THE EMPRESS MUTE	365
ARGUMENT WITH THE BUDDHA	366
MERRY-GO-ROUND POETRY	368
LEBANON	369
LEBANON	369
SHORT TAKES	374
SOMETIMES CLARITY COMES IN THE DARK	375
POEM AFTER RECEIVING VOICEMAIL FROM YOU AFTER (I DON'T EVEN KNOW ANYMORE) HOW LONG!	375
TANKA TRIO	375
GHAFLAH	376
HAIKU FOR THE WOULD-BE KILLERS OF A TEACHER	379
BRIDGET SONG #1	379
STUDY #1	379
THE ECLIPSE OF 1996	382
MESSAGE FROM BELFAST	382
LETTER TO MRS. VIRGINIA THOMAS, WIFE OF WHATZHISNAME LAMENTABLY APPOINTED TO THE SUPREME COURT, U.S.A.	385
FIRST POEM AFTER SERIOUS SURGERY	387
THE BOMBING OF BAGHDAD	388
OCTOBER SNOWPEA POEM	390
CAMPSITE #21	391
BOSNIA BOSNIA	392
FOCUS IN REAL TIME	394
POEM IN MEMORY OF ALAN SCHINDLER, 22 YEARS OLD	394
POEM BECAUSE THE 1996 U.S. POET LAUREATE TOLD THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE THERE ARE "OBVIOUS" POETS - ALL OF THEM WHITE - AND THEN THERE ARE "REPRESENTATIVE" POETS - NONE OF THEM WHITE	395
POEM TO CONTINUE A CONVERSATION	399
CHRISTMAS POEM	399
POEM AT THE END OF THE THIRD YEAR	400
BIRTHDAY IN PARIS	401
STUDY #2 FOR b.b.L.	401
POEM #1 FOR b.b.L.	403
POEM #3 FOR b.b.L.	404
FACT SHEETS FOR b.b.L.	405
POEM #4 FOR b.b.L.	406
POEM FOR LAURA	407
POEM #6 FOR b.b.L.	407
POEM #7 for b.b.L.	408
INTIFADA INCANTATION:	408
POEM #8 FOR b.b.L.	408
TANKA METAPHORS OR NOT FOR b.b.L.	409
HAIKU FOR b.b.L.	409
POEM #9 FOR b.b.L.	409
KISSING GOD GOODBYE	410
Last Poems (1997 - 2001)	417
1997 BIRTHDAY POEM FOR b.b.L.	418
POEM ON THE DEATH OF PRINCESS DIANA	418
FOR ALICE WALKER	418
POEM AGAINST THE TEMPTATIONS OF AMBIVALENCE	418
POEM TOWARDS THE END OF A WINTER EVENING	418
T'ANG POEM #2	419
1998 MID-DAY PHILADELPHIA HAIKU	419
T'ANG POEM #3	419
FIRST ANNIVERSARY T'ANG POEM	419
POEM OF COMMITMENT	419
THE END OF KINDNESS: POEM FOR DR. ELIZABETH ANN KARLIN	421
POEM FOR ANNIE TOPHAM, PARTNER OF DR. ELIZABETH ANN KARLIN	422
I GUESS IT WAS MY DESTINY TO LIVE SO LONG	423
BRIDGET RUNNING	424
PLEASURES OF LOVE	425
SHAKESPEARE'S 116TH SONNET	425
IN BLACK ENGLISH TRANSLATION	425
POEM TO TAKE BACK THE NIGHT	426
KOSOVO FUGUE IN SEVEN PARTS	427
T'ANG POEM	431
NEW YEAR POEM	431
AS THE SUN SETS ALL THE WATER LETS	433
THE SKY SLIP	433
AWAY	433
2/27/01	433
SCENARIO REVISION #1	433
BUZZ OFF: ROMANTIC POEM #1	434
INTERIM MYSTERY POEM FOR HARUKO	434
LO QUE TENGO QUE DECIR	435
ODE #2 WRITTEN DURING CHEMOTHERAPY AT UCSF	435
OR	435
ODE TO I'D REALLY RATHER BE SAILING	435
POEM AT THE END OF THE THIRD WEEK	436
A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS	437
"Drizzle spills soft air"	439
(THOUGHTS OF) A TEENAGE AFRICAN GIRL	439
STANDING ON THE AUCTION BLOCK	439
"Bay waters rolling"	439
"Trumpet vine sneaks in"	440
FOR MOHAMMED AL-DIREH	440
MY VICTIM POEM	440
SNOW PEA	441
T'ANG POEM FOR AMADOU DIALLO	441
DECEMBER SNOWPEA POEM	442
LOVE SONG ABOUT CHOOSING YOUR BOOZE	443
RACIAL PROFILE #1	444
RACIAL PROFILE #2	444
RACIAL PROFILE #3	445
POEM FOR BLACK ENGLISH	445
OWED TO EMINEM	446
DEMOCRACY POEM #1	449
OWED TO EMINEM #2	449
POEM FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES	451
DEDICATED TO DR. ELIZABETH ANN KARLIN	452
ODE TO THE GUN LOBBY	453
IT'S HARD TO KEEP A CLEAN SHIRT CLEAN	453
TO BE CONTINUED:	456
POEM FOR SIDDHARTHA GAUTAMA OF THE SAKYAS:	456
THE ORIGINAL BUDDHA	456

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