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Introduction
ANNE BRADSTREET, c. 1612-1672
The Prologue
from Contemplations ["When I behold the heavens as in their prime"]
The Author to Her Book 
Before the Birth of One of Her Children 
To My Dear and Loving Husband 
EDWARD TAYLOR, c. 1644-1729
Meditation Three (Canticles I.3. Thy Good Ointment) 
Meditation Six (Canticles II, 1: I am . . . the lily of the valleys)
The Preface [to God's Determinations] 
Upon a Spider Catching a Fly
Huswifery 
PHILIP FRENEAU, 1753-1832
On the Emigration to America and Peopling the Western Country 
The Wild Honey Suckle
The Indian Burying Ground
PHILLIS WHEATLEY, c. 1753-1784
On Being Brought from Africa to America
To the Right Honourable William, Earl of Dartmouth 
JOEL BARLOW, 1754-1812
The Hasty-Pudding: Canto 1 
FRANCIS SCOTT KEY, 1779-1843
Defence of Fort McHenry (The Star-Spangled Banner)
CLEMENT MOORE, 1779-1863
A Visit from St. Nicholas (The Night Before Christmas)
FITZ-GREENE HALLECK, 1790-1867
from Fanny
WILLIAM CULLEN BRYANT, 1794-1878
Thanatopsis 
To a Waterfowl 
Sonnet - to an American Painter Departing for Europe
RALPH WALDO EMERSON, 1803-1882
A Letter
Concord Hymn 
Each and All 
Water 
Blight 
The Rhodora 
The Snow-Storm 
Hamatreya 
Fable 
Ode, Inscribed to W. H. Channing 
Give All to Love 
Bacchus 
Brahma 
Days 
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW, 1807-1882
The Bridge 
The Fire of Drift-Wood 
The Jewish Cemetery at Newport 
My Lost Youth 
Paul Revere's Ride
The Tide Rises, The Tide Falls 
JOHN GREENLEAF WHITTIER, 1807-1892
For Righteousness' Sake
Telling the Bees 
Barbara Frietchie
What the Birds Said
Oliver Wendell Holmes, 1809-1894
Old Ironsides
The Chambered Nautilus
Contentment 
EDGAR ALLAN POE, 1809-1849
Dreams 
Fairy-Land
To Helen 
The City in the Sea
To One in Paradise
The Haunted Palace
The Raven 
Ulalume
A Dream within a Dream 
Annabel Lee 
JONES VERY, 1813-1880
The New Birth 
The Dead 
The Garden 
The New World
Yourself 
HENRY DAVID THOREAU, 1817-1862
I am a parcel of vain strivings tied 
Inspiration 
JULIA WARD HOWE, 1819-1910
The Battle Hymn of the Republic 
JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL, 1819-1891
from A Fable for Critics 
Emerson 
Poe and Longfellow 
WALT WHITMAN, 1819-1892
Song of Myself 
Crossing Brooklyn Ferry 
Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking 
As I Ebb'd with the Ocean of Life 
I Saw in Louisiana a Live-Oak Growing 
Scented Herbage of My Breast 
To a Stranger 
When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer 
Reconciliation
When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd 
A Noiseless Patient Spider
HERMAN MELVILLE, 1819-1891
The Portent
Misgivings 
Ball's Bluff 
Shiloh: A Requiem 
The House-Top 
The Maldive Shark 
After the Pleasure Party
FREDERICK GODDARD TUCKERMAN, 1821-1873
Dank fens of cedar, hemlock branches gray 
An upper chamber in a darkened house
How oft in schoolboy days
Sometimes I walk where the deep water dips
HENRY TIMROD, 1828-1867
Charleston
EMILY DICKINSON, 1830-1886
Success is counted sweetest (67)
Faith is a fine invention (185)
I taste a liquor never brewed (214)
Safe in their Alabaster Chambers (216)
Wild Nights - Wild Nights! (249)
"Hope" is the thing with feathers (254)
There's a certain slant of light (258)
I felt a Funeral, in my Brain (280)
I'm Nobody! Who are you? (288)
The Soul selects her own Society (303)
A Bird came down the Walk (328)
After great pain, a formal feeling comes (341)
Dare you see a Soul at the White Heat (365)
Much madness is divinest Sense (435)
This was a Poet - It is That (448)
I died for Beauty - but was scarce (449)
I heard a fly buzz - when I died (465)
I am alive - I guess - (470)
I would not paint - a picture - (505)
It was not Death, for I stood up (510)
The Soul has Bandaged moments - (512)
The Heart asks Pleasure - first - (536)
I reckon - when I count at all - (569)
I like to see it lap the Miles - (585)
They shut me up in Prose - (613)
The Brain - is wider than the Sky - (632) 
I cannot live with You (640)
Pain - has an Element of Blank - (650) 
I dwell in Possibility (657)
Publication - is the Auction (709)
Because I could not stop for Death (712) 
My Life had stood - a Loaded Gun (754)
A narrow Fellow in the Grass (986)
Bee! I'm expecting you! (1035)
Further in Summer than the Birds (1068) 
Title divine - is mine! (1072)
Tell all the Truth but tell it slant (1129)
The Riddle we can guess (1222)
There is no Frigate like a Book (1236)
Escape is such a thankful Word (1347)
"Go tell it" -What a Message - (1554)
My life closed twice before its close - (1732)
Fame is a Bee (1763)
EMMA LAZARUS, 1849-1887
The New Colossus 
Venus of the Louvre 
Long Island Sound 
1492
EDWIN MARKHAM, 1852-1940
The Man with the Hoe 
KATHARINE LEE BATES, 1859-1929
America the Beautiful 
ERNEST LAWRENCE THAYER, 1863-1940
Casey at the Bat 
EDGAR LEE MASTERS, 1868-1950
The Hill 
Editor Whedon 
Anne Rutledge 
Amanda Barker 
Archibald Higbie
EDWIN ARLINGTON ROBINSON, 1869-1935
The House on the Hill 
An Old Story 
Luke Havergal 
Richard Cory 
Reuben Bright
Credo 
Miniver Cheevy 
For a Dead Lady 
Cassandra 
Eros Turannos 
Mr. Flood's Party 
The Sheaves 
STEPHEN CRANE, 1871-1900
In the desert 
Once there came a man / Who said: / "Range me..." 
I saw a man pursuing the horizon 
Behold the grave of a wicked man 
A man saw a ball of gold in the sky 
I walked in a desert 
The impact of a dollar upon the heart 
JAMES WELDON JOHNSON, 1871-1938
O Black and Unknown Bards 
The Creation 
PAUL LAURENCE DUNBAR, 1872-1906
Dawn 
We Wear the Mask 
He Had His Dream 
A Choice 
ROBERT FROST, 1874-1963
Mending Wall
The Death of the Hired Man 
After Apple-Picking 
Home Burial 
The Wood Pile 
Meeting and Passing 
The Road Not Taken 
Birches 
Putting in the Seed 
The Oven Bird 
 "Out, Out -"
An Old Man's Winter Night 
Fire and Ice 
Dust of Snow 
Nothing Gold Can Stay 
For Once, Then, Something 
Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening 
To Earthward 
Spring Pools 
Acquainted with the Night 
Two Tramps in Mud Time
Desert Places 
Neither Out Far Nor In Deep 
Design 
Provide, Provide
Come In 
The Most of It 
Never Again Would Birds' Song Be the Same 
The Gift Outright 
Directive
AMY LOWELL, 1874-1925
A Decade
A Lover 
The Weather-Cock Points South 
GERTRUDE STEIN, 1874-1946
Guillaume Apollinaire 
Cezanne 
If I Told Him: A Completed Portrait of Picasso
Eleven Prose Poems from A Book Concluding With As a Wife Has a Cow a Love Story: 
 "Key to Closet"
 "Fish"
 "Had a Horse"
 "In Question"
 "Much Later"
 "Emily"
 "There"
 "In English"
 "Not Surprising"
 "A Wish"
 "Fifty"
TRUMBULL STICKNEY, 1874-1904
Live blindly and upon the hour 
He said: `If in his image I was made' 
Six O'Clock
Fragment: I hear a river thro' the valley wander
ADELAIDE CRAPSEY, 1878-1914
 Five Cinquains 
"Release"
 	"Triad"
 	"Trapped"
 	"Susanna and the Elders"
 	"Amaze"
CARL SANDBURG, 1878-1967
Chicago
Grass
WALLACE STEVENS, 1879-1955
Disillusionment of Ten O'Clock
Sunday Morning
Peter Quince at the Clavier 
Domination of Black
Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird 
The Death of a Soldier 
Anecdote of the Jar 
Tea at the Palaz of Hoon 
The Snow Man 
The Bird with the Coppery Keen Claws 
A High Toned Old Christian Woman 
The Emperor of Ice-Cream 
Bantams in Pine Wood 
The Man Whose Pharynx was Bad 
Autumn Refrain 
The Idea of Order at Key West 
The American Sublime 
The Poems of Our Climate 
Study of Two Pears 
The Man on the Dump 
The Sense of the Sleight-of-Hand Man 
Of Modern Poetry 
The Motive for Metaphor 
The House was Quiet and the World was Calm 
The Plain Sense of Things 
The Planet on the Table 
Not Ideas about the Thing but the Thing Itself 
Reality is an Activity of the Most August Imagination 
A Clear Day and No Memories 
Of Mere Being 
ANGELINA WELD GRIMKE, 1880-1958
The Black Finger 
Tenebris
Fragment
MINA LOY, 1882-1966
"There Is No Life or Death" 
"One O'Clock at Night" [part 1 of "Three Moments in Paris"] 
Lunar Baedeker 
Gertrude Stein
WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS, 1883-1963
The Young Housewife 
Smell! 
Danse Russe 
Portrait of a Lady 
A Coronal 
Great Mullen 
Queen-Anne's-Lace
To Waken an Old Lady 
 from Spring and All:
By the Road to the Contagious Hospital
VII The rose is obsolete
XIV Of death / the barber
XVIII To Elsie 
XXII The Red Wheelbarrow 
XXV (Somebody dies every four minutes) 
Rain 
Nantucket 
Poem ("As the cat. . .") 
This is Just to Say 
Proletarian Portrait 
To a Poor Old Woman 
The Locust Tree in Flower 
Fine Work with Pitch and Copper 
These 
Landscape with the Fall of Icarus 
The Hunters in the Snow
EZRA POUND, 1885-1972
Sestina: Altaforte 
The Seafarer 
The Return 
Portrait d'une Femme 
The Garden 
Salutation 
Alba 
The River Merchant's Wife: A Letter 
In a Station of the Metro 
The Lake Isle 
from Homage to Sextus Propertius I 
from Hugh Selwyn Mauberly IV and V 
Canto XIII 
Canto XLV 
from Canto LXXXI 
ELINOR WYLIE, 1885-1928
Sea Lullaby 
Wild Peaches 
Let No Charitable Hope 
The Puritan's Ballad 
H. D. (HILDA DOOLITTLE), 1886-1961
The Helmsman 
Oread 
Helen 
Epitaph 
The Moon in Your Hands 
Fair the Thread 
ROBINSON JEFFERS, 1887-1962
To the Stone-Cutters 
Shine, Perishing Republic 
Credo 
Hurt Hawks 
Fire on the Hills 
Rock and Hawk 
Ave Caesar 
MARIANNE MOORE, 1887-1972
The Past is the Present 
Poetry [original version] 
Poetry [revised version] 
The Fish 
To a Steam Roller 
To a Snail 
Silence 
Critics and Connoisseurs 
Marriage 
An Octopus 
The Student 
No Swan So Fine 
The Steeple-Jack 
What Are Years? 
T. S. ELIOT, 1888-1965
The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock 
Preludes 
Portrait of a Lady 
La Figlia che Piange 
The Waste Land 
The Hollow Men 
Journey of the Magi 
Little Gidding 
JOHN CROWE RANSOM, 1888-1974
Agitato ma non troppo
Bells for John Whiteside's Daughter
Captain Carpenter
Piazza Piece
Vision by Sweetwater
CONRAD AIKEN, 1889-1973
"Music I heard with you" 
from Preludes I, XIX, XXXIII 
CLAUDE MCKAY, 1890-1948
If We Must Die 
America 
The White City 
The Harlem Dancer
The Tropics in New York
ARCHIBALD MACLEISH, 1892-1982
Ars Poetica 
Invocation to the Social Muse 
What Any Lover Learns 
EDNA ST. VINCENT MILLAY, 1892-1950
Sonnet: "If I should learn, in some quite casual way" 
First Fig 
Sonnet: "Pity me not because the light of day" 
Sonnet: "What lips my lips have kissed, and where, and why" 
Sonnet: "Love is not all: it is not meat nor drink" 
Rendevous (Not for these lovely blooms. . .)
SAMUEL GREENBERG, 1893-1917
East River's Charm 
Conduct 
The Glass Bubbles 
DOROTHY PARKER, 1893-1967
Resume 
Unfortunate Coincidence 
Observation ["If I don't drive around the park"] 
News Item [Men seldom make passes / at girls who wear glasses.]
E. E. CUMMINGS, 1894-1962
All in green went my love riding 
Buffalo Bill's 
"next to of course god america i" 
may I feel said he 
the boys I mean are not refined 
anyone lived in a pretty how town 
my father moved through dooms of love 
plato told him 
l(a leaf falls)oneliness 
		
CHARLES REZNIKOFF, 1894-1976
Beggar Woman [early four-line poem] 
from Testimony IV ["Outside the night was cold. . ."]
The Bridge 
Te Deum 
The Old Man 
Similes 
Epitaph 
H. PHELPS PUTNAM, 1894-1948
Bill Gets Burned 
Sonnet to Some Sexual Organs 
Ship of State and Grandpa 
BESSIE SMITH, 1894-1937
Empty Bed Blues
JEAN TOOMER, 1894-1967
November Cotton Flower 
Beehive 
Reapers 
Georgia Dusk 
The Gods Are Here 
MARK VAN DOREN, 1894-1972
My Brother Lives Too Far Away
Orbit 
LOUISE BOGAN, 1897-1970
Last Hill in a Vista 
Juan's Song 
Men Loved Wholly Beyond Wisdom 
Winter Swan 
Evening in the Sanitarium 
JOHN WHEELWRIGHT, 1897-1940
Why Must You Know? 
Would You Think? 
There Is No Opera Like Lohengrin 
Train Ride 
A Poem by David McCord 
STEPHEN VINCENT BENET, 1898-1943
American Names 
MELVIN B. TOLSON, 1898-1966
Sootie Joe
Mu (from Harlem Gallery)
LEONIE ADAMS, 1899-1988
Magnificat in Little 
The Horn 
The Figurehead 
Bell Tower 
HART CRANE, 1899-1932
Emblems of Conduct 
Chaplinesque 
My Grandmother's Love Letters 
Repose of Rivers
At Melville's Tomb 
For the Marriage of Faustus and Helen 
from Voyages (1 & 2)
from The Bridge 
	To Brooklyn Bridge
	The Harbor Dawn 
	The River 
	The Tunnel 
O Carib Isle!
- And Bees of Paradise
To Emily Dickinson
The Broken Tower
ALLEN TATE, 1899-1979
Ode to the Confederate Dead
The Wolves 
The Mediterranean 
The Ivory Tower 
YVOR WINTERS, 1900-1968
Before Disaster 
A Summer Commentary 
Much in Little 
At the San Francisco Airport
STERLING BROWN, 1901-1989
Bitter Fruit of the Tree 
Master and Man 
Southern Cop 
Harlem Happiness 
Legend 
LAURA RIDING, 1901-1991
Postponement of Self 
Opening of Eyes 
The Unthronged Oracle 
The World and I 
Because of Clothes
KENNETH FEARING, 1902-1961
Green Light 
Dirge 
X Minus X 
LANGSTON HUGHES, 1902-1967
The Weary Blues 
Juke Box Love Song 
Twelve Parts of "Montage of a Dream Deferred": 
 "Dream Boogie" 
"Passing" 
 "Nightmare Boogie" 
 "Neighbor"
 "Chord"
 "Fact" 
 "Hope" 
 "Dream Boogie: Variation" 
 "Harlem" 
 "Good Morning" 
 "Same in Blues" 
 "Comment on Curb" 
Dream Variations 
Luck 
OGDEN NASH, 1902-1971
Long Time No See, 'Bye Now 
Just How Low Can a Highbrow Go when a Highbrow Lowers His Brow 
COUNTEE CULLEN, 1903-1946
Colored Blues Singer
To John Keats, Poet At Spring Time 
EDWIN DENBY, 1903-1983
Summer 
The Silence at Night 
On the Home Front - 1942 
Sonnet: "Alex Katz paints his north window" 
LORINE NIEDECKER, 1903-1970
If I Were a Bird 
Poet's Work 
Who Was Mary Shelley? 
My Life By Water 
Lake Superior 
I married 
Wilderness 
LOUIS ZUKOFSKY, 1904-1978
 "A" - 11 
 "To my wash-stand" 
 "No it was no dream of coming death" 
STANLEY KUNITZ, 1905-
Three Small Parables for My Poet Friends 
KENNETH REXROTH, 1905-1982
Delia Rexroth 
Vitamins and Roughage 
The Signature of all Things 
Empty Mirror 
ROBERT PENN WARREN, 1905-1989
Watershed 
Brotherhood in Pain 
The Whole Question 
W. H. AUDEN, 1907-1973
It's no use raising a shout / No honey you can cut that right out
As I Walked Out One Evening 
Musee des Beaux Arts 
In Memory of William Butler Yeats 
September 1, 1939 
Law, say the gardeners, is the sun 
In Memory of Sigmund Freud 
But I Can't (villanelle) 
 "Jumbled in the common box..." 
A Healthy Spot 
Under Which Lyre 
In Praise of Limestone 
The Shield of Achilles 
The More Loving One
LINCOLN KIRSTEIN, 1907-1996
Rank 
JOSEPHINE JACOBSEN, 1908-2003
The Monosyllable 
The Birthday Party 
The Blue-Eyed Exterminator 
GEORGE OPPEN, 1908-1984
Chartres 
The Undertaking in New Jersey 
Boy's Room 
The Gesture 
Psalm 
The Building of the Skyscraper 
THEODORE ROETHKE, 1908-1963
The Minimal 
My Papa's Waltz 
Root Cellar 
Dolor 
The Lost Son 
The Waking 
The Waking 
I Knew a Woman 
In a Dark Time 
CHARLES OLSON, 1910-1970
The Kingfishers 
WINFIELD TOWNLEY SCOTT, 1910-1968
The U. S. Sailor with the Japanese Skull 
ELIZABETH BISHOP, 1911-1979
A Miracle for Breakfast 
Seascape 
Roosters 
Over 2000 Illustrations and a Complete Concordance 
At the Fishhouses 
Rain Towards Morning 
The Shampoo 
Exchanging Hats 
Questions of Travel 
Sestina ("September rain falls on the house") 
In the Waiting Room 
Crusoe in England 
One Art 
Five Flights Up 
J. V. CUNNINGHAM, 1911-1985
For My Contemporaries 
Montana Pastoral
from Epigrams "An Epitaph for Anyone" 
from Epigrams "Lip was a man who used his head" 
 "In a few days now when two memories meet" 
Jack and Jill 
PAUL GOODMAN, 1911-1972
The Lordly Hudson 
 "I Planned to Have a Border of Lavender" 
A Chess Game 
									
JOSEPHINE MILES, 1911-1985
Center 
Government Injunction Restraining Harlem Cosmetic Co. 
December 7, 1941 
Ride 
Reason 
The Doctor Who Sits at the Bedside of a Rat 
"As difference blends into identity. . ." 
Conception 
ANNE PORTER, 1911- 
For My Son Johnny 
ROBERT JOHNSON, 1911-1938
Me and the Devil Blues 
JEAN GARRIGUE, 1912-1972
Dialog 
Movie Actors Scribbling Letters Very Fast in Crucial Scenes 
Song in Sligo 
Grenoble Café 
Bad Times Song 
ROBERT HAYDEN, 1913-1980
Those Winter Sundays 
Middle Passage 
Homage to the Empress of the Blues 
MURIEL RUKEYSER, 1913-1980
Waiting for Icarus 
Myth 
DAVID SCHUBERT, 1913-1946
Kind Valentine 
Peter and Mother 
Midston House 
DELMORE SCHWARTZ, 1913-1966
Far Rockaway 
"All clowns are masked" 
Pleasure 
KARL SHAPIRO, 1913-2000
Buick 
Troop Train 
The Funeral of Poetry 
MAY SWENSON, 1913-1989
Question 
Riding the A 
The Wave and the Dune 
Four-Word Lines 
Waterbird 
Staring at the Sea on the Day of the Death of Another 
JOHN BERRYMAN, 1914-1972
Winter Landscape 
The Traveler 
Seven "Dream Songs"
	13 
	14 
	23 ("The Lay of Ike") 
	29 
	61 
	147 
	235
Henry's Understanding 
Randall Jarrell, 1914-1965
The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner 
A Sick Child 
The Woman at the Washington Zoo 
The Lost Children 
The Player Piano 
WELDON KEES, 1914-1955
For My Daughter 
Crime Club 
Robinson 
River Song 
Round 
1926 
Aspects of Robinson 
WILLIAM STAFFORD, 1914-1993
Traveling Through the Dark 
Ask Me 
An Archival Print 
RUTH STONE, 1915-
Winter
The Latest Hotel Guest Walks over Particles that Revolve in Seven Other Dimensions Controlling Latticed Space 
Resonance 
For My Dead Red-Haired Mother 
Train Ride 
GWENDOLYN BROOKS, 1917-2000
A Song in the Front Yard 
The Mother 
Negro Hero 
"Still Do I Keep My Look, My Identity. . ." 
We Real Cool
RUTH HERSCHBERGER, 1917-
The Virgin 
Page Torn from a Notebook 
The Huron
ROBERT LOWELL, 1917-1977
Colloquy at Black Rock
Memories of West Street and Lepke 
Skunk Hour 
Night Sweat 
For the Union Dead
Fall 1961 
Waking Early Sunday Morning 
Dolphin 
Epilogue 
JOAN MURRAY, 1917-1942
Lullaby
You Talk of Art 
Men and Women Have Meaning Only as Man and Woman 
Even the Gulls of the Cool Atlantic 
WILLIAM BRONK, 1918-1999
I Thought It Was Harry 
The Ignorant Lust After Knowledge 
ROBERT DUNCAN, 1919-1988
The Temple of the Animals 
Often I Am Permitted to Return to a Meadow 
Poetry, a Natural Thing 
My Mother Would Be a Falconress
The Torso (Passages 18)
CHARLES BUKOWSKI, 1920-1994
my old man 
freaky time 
comments on my last book of poesy 
me against the world 
so you want to be a writer
AMY CLAMPITT, 1920-1994
Marine Surface, Low Overcast 
The Sun Underfoot Among the Sundews 
Palm Sunday 
					
BARBARA GUEST, 1920-
Parachutes, My Love, Could Carry Us Higher
On the Verge of the Path 
Words 
HOWARD NEMEROV, 1920-1991
Brainstorm 
Style 
Because You Asked About the Line Between Prose and Poetry
MONA VAN DUYN, 1921-2004
Open Letter from a Constant Reader 
Relationships 
Causes 
RICHARD WILBUR, 1921-
The Beautiful Changes
Love Calls Us to the Things of This World
Mind 
Boy at the Window 
A Baroque Wall Fountain in the Villa Sciara 
Advice to a Prophet 
Shame 
A Shallot 
Lying 
Man Running
HOWARD MOSS, 1922-1987
King Midas 
The Long Island Night 
The Summer Thunder 
Making a Bed 
ANTHONY HECHT, 1923-2004
The Dover Bitch 
A Hill 
Third Avenue in Sunlight 
The Book of Yolek 
To Fortunate Parvulorum 
RICHARD HUGO, 1923-1982
Montesano Unvisited 
Degrees of Gray in Philipsburg 
DENISE LEVERTOV, 1923-1997
Illustrious Ancestors 
The Ache of Marriage 
The Mutes 
Abel's Bride 
JAMES SCHUYLER, 1923-1991
A White City 
Things To Do 
Korean mums 
Dec. 28, 1974 
Dining Out with Doug and Frank 
Haze 
LOUIS SIMPSON, 1923-
The Silent Generation 
To the Western World 
My Father in the Night Commanding No
DONALD JUSTICE, 1925-2004
On the Death of Friends in Childhood 
But That Is Another Story 
Men at Forty 
The Tourist from Syracuse 
Self-Portrait as Still Life 
In the Attic 
Villanelle at Sundown 
CAROLYN KIZER, 1925-
Bitch 
The Erotic Philosophers 
KENNETH KOCH, 1925-2002
You Were Wearing 
Permanently 
The Railway Stationery 
Variations on a Theme by William Carlos Williams 
The Circus 
The Circus 
One Train May Hide Another 
To World War II 
Proverb 
JACK SPICER, 1925-1965
Improvisations on a Sentence by Poe 
A Book of Music 
Thing Language 
The Sporting Life 
A Red Wheelbarrow 
A. R. AMMONS, 1926-2001
So I Said I Am Ezra 
Mansion 
Still 
Corsons Inlet 
Reflective 
Cascadilla Falls 
Mountain Talk 
The City Limits 
Triphammer Bridge 
Ballad 
Easter Morning 
Anxiety's Prosody 
Their Sex Life 
In View of the Fact
ROBERT BLY, 1926-
Johnson's Cabinet Watched by Ants
After the Industrial Revolution, All Things Happen at Once 
After Long Busyness 
My Father at 85 
The Resemblance Between Your Life and a Dog 
The Night Abraham Called to the Stars 
ROBERT CREELEY, 1926-
 
I Know a Man 
Heroes 
After Lorca 
The Dishonest Mailmen 
Like They Say 
Kore 
To And 
"I Keep to Myself Such Measures . . ." 
Kitchen 
Other
ALLEN GINSBERG, 1926-1997
A Supermarket in California 
Kaddish (I) 
from Kaddish (III-V) 
America 
To Aunt Rose 
City Midnight Junk Strains 
JAMES MERRILL, 1926-1995
A Dedication 
Charles on Fire 
Days of 1964 
Days of 1935 
Syrinx 
Lost in Translation 
Grass 
Graffito 
Self-Portrait in Tyvek(tm) Windbreaker 
b o d y 
Days of 1994
FRANK O'HARA, 1926-1966
Autobiographia Literaria 
Poem (The eager note on my door) 
Memorial Day 1950 
The Critic 
Blocks 
To the Harbormaster 
My Heart 
A Step Away from Them 
Why I Am Not a Painter 
To the Film Industry in Crisis 
A True Account of Talking to the Sun on Fire Island 
The Day Lady Died 
Personal Poem 
Poem (Light clarity avocado salad in the morning) 
Lana Turner Has Collapsed 
W. D. SNODGRASS, 1926-
April Inventory 
Mementos I 
DAVID WAGONER, 1926-
The Words 
Dead Letter from Out of Town 
Curtains 
LEW WELCH, 1926-1971
The Basic Con 
"Whenever I make a new poem" 
JOHN ASHBERY, 1927-
The Instruction Manual 
"How Much Longer Will I Be Able to Inhabit the Divine Sepulcher..." 
Decoy 
Soonest Mended 
Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror 
The One Thing That Can Save America 
Wet Casements 
At North Farm 
One Coat of Paint 
How to Continue 
My Philosophy of Life 
A Poem of Unrest 
This Room 
The History of My Life 
GALWAY KINNELL, 1927-
Saint Francis and the Sow 
The Man Splitting Wood in the Daybreak 
Hitchhiker 
Why Regret? 
W. S. MERWIN, 1927-
Departure's Girl-friend 
Dusk in Winter 
For the Anniversary of My Death 
A Thing of Beauty 
Yesterday 
The Stranger 
One of the Lives 
Waves in August
JAMES WRIGHT, 1927-1980
Lying in a Hammock at William Duffy's Farm in Pine Island, Minnesota 
Autumn Begins in Martins Ferry, Ohio 
A Blessing 
In Response to a Rumor That the Oldest Whorehouse in Wheeling, West Virginia, Has Been Condemned
Youth 
Hook 
DONALD HALL, 1928-
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The Impossible Marriage 
Prophecy 
When the Young Husband 
Her Garden 
PHILIP LEVINE, 1928-
Baby Villon 
They Feed They Lion 
You Can Have It 
The Return 
ANNE SEXTON, 1928-1974
All My Pretty Ones 
Wanting to Die 
The Fury of Cocks 
JOHN HOLLANDER, 1929-
The Lady's-Maid's Song 
Swan and Shadow 
The Bird 
Adam's Task 
Three poems from Powers of Thirteen # 162, 163, 164 
An Old-Fashioned Song 
RICHARD HOWARD, 1929-
209 Canal 
Like Most Revelations 
Job Interview 
Among the Missing 
At 65 
ADRIENNE RICH, 1929- 
Aunt Jennifer's Tigers 
The Middle-Aged 
Living in Sin 
A Marriage in the 'Sixties 
Ghost of a Chance 
A Valediction Forbidding Mourning 
Translations 
Diving into the Wreck 
One Life 
Living Memory 
1948: Jews 
HARRY MATHEWS, 1930-
Histoire 
GARY SNYDER, 1930-
"Piute Creek" 
"Riprap" 
"Mid-August at Sourdough Mountain Lookout"
Above Pate Valley 
"Things to Do Around San Francisco" 
"The Snow on Saddle Mountain" 
"What You Should Know to be a Poet" 
SYLVIA PLATH, 1932-1963
The Hanging Man 
Mirror 
The Applicant 
Lady Lazarus 
Elm 
Daddy 
Words 
Fever 103 
The Arrival of the Bee Box 
Edge 
Poppies in October 
 TED BERRIGAN, 1934-1983
Three from The Sonnets 
	(XV) In Joe Brainard's collage its white arrow 
	(XXXVI) It's 8:54 am in Brooklyn it's the 28th of July
	(LXX) After Arthur Rimbaud 
Living with Chris 
My Autobiography 
JOSEPH CERAVOLO, 1934-1988
The Wind is Blowing West 
Drunken Winter 
Happiness in the Trees 
Rain 
Dusk 
Fill and Illumined 
MARK STRAND, 1934-
Keeping Things Whole 
Reading in Place 
Orpheus Alone 
The Idea 
The Philosopher's Conquest 
2002 
2032 
JAY WRIGHT, 1935-
The Homecoming Singer 
The Cradle Logic of Autumn 		
RUSSELL EDSON, 1935-
The Fall 
Antimatter 
The Neighborhood Dog [1976]
The Rule and its Exception [2001]
MARY OLIVER, 1935-
Some Questions You Might Ask 
Rain 
CHARLES WRIGHT, 1935-
Snow 
Reunion
Self-Portrait 
The Other Side of the River 
In Praise of Han Shan 
FREDERICK SEIDEL, 1936-
Racine 
Love Song 
C. K. WILLIAMS, 1936-
Love: Beginnings 
The Lover 
Money 
CHARLES SIMIC, 1938-
My Shoes 
Watermelons 
December 
My Beloved 
St. Thomas Aquinas 
The Devils 
The Scarecrow 
Country Fair 
Evening Chess 
Cameo Appearance 
FRANK BIDART, 1939-
Another Life 
The Yoke 
For the Twentieth Century 
Curse 
CARL DENNIS, 1939-
History 
World History 
TOM DISCH, 1940-
A Concise History of Music 
The Crumbling Infrastructure 
FANNY HOWE, 1940-
Veteran 
Goodbye, Post Office Square 
9 - 11 - 01 
ROBERT PINSKY, 1940-
Shirt 
From the Childhood of Jesus 
Round 
Ode to Meaning 
Samurai Song 
XYZ 
TOM CLARK, 1941-
Dover Beach 
Elegy 
Prophet 
BILLY COLLINS, 1941-
Introduction to Poetry 
Another Reason Why I Don't Keep a Gun in the House 
Workshop 
Lines Composed Over Three Thousand Miles From Tintern Abbey 
Shoveling Snow with Buddha 
Dharma 
Man Listening to Disc 
No Time 
Litany
BOB DYLAN, 1941-
Desolation Row 
ROBERT HASS, 1941-
				
On the Coast Near Sausalito 
Meditation at Lagunitas 
Against Botticelli 
A Story about the Body 
Forty Something 
Misery and Splendor 
LYN HEJINIAN, 1941-
from My Life ["What is the meaning hung from that depend"]
from The Fatalist ["I arrived with biographical context"] 
MARILYN HACKER, 1942-
Nights of 1964 - 66: The Old Reliable 
LINDA GREGG, 1942-
Marriage and Midsummer's Night 
A Dark Thing Inside the Day 
The Singer Changes, The Music Goes On
ANN LAUTERBACH, 1942-
Santa Fe Sky 
Invocation 
Hum 
WILLIAM MATTHEWS, 1942-1997
Bud Powell, Paris, 1959 
Mingus at the Showplace 
Inspiration 
Vermin
SHARON OLDS, 1942-
Satan Says 
The One Girl at the Boys Party 
The Pope's Penis 
Topography 
The Race 
RON PADGETT, 1942-
Reading Reverdy
Poetic License
Voice
LOUISE GLUCK, 1943-
Gratitude 
The Drowned Children 
The Mirror 
Mock Orange
The Triumph of Achilles 
Celestial Music 
Vespers 
The Red Poppy 
Siren 
Circe's Power
MICHAEL PALMER, 1943-
Fifth Prose 
A man undergoes pain sitting at a piano 
I Do Not 
JAMES TATE, 1943-
The Lost Pilot 
Failed Tribute to the Stonemason of Tor House, Robinson Jeffers 
Teaching the Ape to Write Poems 
Distance from Loved Ones 
I Am a Finn / I Am Still a Finn 
How the Pope is Chosen 
Inspiration 
Dream On 
The Promotion 
Bounden Duty 
DOUGLAS CRASE, 1944-
The Continent as the Letter M 
There Is No Real Peace in the World 
Astropastoral
PAUL VIOLI, 1944-
Index
Appeal to the Grammarians
JOHN KOETHE, 1945-
Morning in America 
Sorrento Valley 
Moore's Paradox 
BERNADETTE MAYER, 1945-
Sonnet: "Love is a babe as you know and when you" 
Sonnet: "You jerk you didn't call me up" 
"Holding the Thought of Love" 
Sonnet: "So long honey, don't ever come around again, I'm sick of you" 
J. D. MCCLATCHY, 1945-
The Landing 
What They Left Behind 
Pibroch 
ALICE NOTLEY, 1945-
"A woman came into" 
April Not an Inventory But a Blizzard 
KAY RYAN, 1945-
A Bad Time for the Sublime 
Poetry is a Kind of Money 
Blandeur 
Failure 
Home to Roost 
TERENCE WINCH, 1945-
Mysteries 
PATTI SMITH, 1946-
Dream of Rimbaud
RAE ARMANTROUT, 1947-
Traveling through the Yard 
Articulation 
							
AARON FOGEL, 1947-
The Printer's Error 
JANE KENYON, 1947-1995
Let Evening Come 
Otherwise 
Man Eating 
YUSEF KOMUNYAKAA, 1947-
Tu Do Street 
We Never Know 
Thanks 
Facing It 
No-Good Blues 
Troubling the Water 
SUSAN MITCHELL, 1947-
Havana Birth 
MOLLY PEACOCK, 1947-
The Lull 
Next Afternoon 
Buffalo 
BOB PERELMAN, 1947-
Chronic Meanings 
DAVID SHAPIRO, 1947-
Canticle 
Giants 
For the Princess Hello 
Father Knows Best 
To My Son 
JAMES CUMMINS, 1948-
Fling 
RACHEL HADAS, 1948-
The Red Hat 
Riverside Park 
LAWRENCE JOSEPH, 1948-
Some Sort of Chronicler I Am 
HEATHER MCHUGH, 1948-
"Form" 
I Knew I'd Sing 
"ID" 
"What He Thought"
LYNN EMANUEL, 1949-
Of Your Father's Indiscretions and the Train to California 
Blonde Bombshell 
At the Ritz
KATHA POLLITT, 1949-
"Failure" 
The Mind-Body Problem 
CHARLES BERNSTEIN, 1950-
Solidarity is the Name We Give to What We Cannot Hold
ANNE CARSON, 1950-
Eight poems from "The Truth about God": 
 "My Religion," 
 "By God," 
 "God's Woman," 
 "God's Mother," 
 "God's Justice," 
 "God's Christ Theory," 
 "God's List of Liquids,"
 "God's Work"
CAROLYN FORCHE, 1950-
The Colonel 
DANA GIOIA, 1950-
The Archbishop 
Summer Song 
JORIE GRAHAM, 1950-
Orpheus and Eurydice 
Fission 
EDWARD HIRSCH, 1950-
The Man on the Fire Escape 
Days of 1968 
RODNEY JONES, 1950-
My Manhood 
Small Lower-Middle-Class White Southern Male 
JOHN YAU, 1950-
January 18, 1979 
Domestic Bliss
Credits
Index

Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:

American poetry.