THE COMPLETE POEMS OF RAY BRADBURY

CONTENTS:

  • Introduction: How to Keep and Feed a Muse

  • Where Robot Mice and Robot Men Run Round in Robot Towns

  • Prologue

  • Byzantium I Come Not From

  • What I Do Is Me—For That I Came

  • I Am the Residue of All My Daughters' Lives

  • We March Back to Olympus

  • Ghost at the Window, Hive on the Hearth

  • Boy Pope Behold! Dog Bishop See!

  • I Have a Brother, Mostly Dead

  • Why Viking Lander, Why the Planet Mars?

  • We Have Our Arts So We Won't Die of Truth

  • I Die, So Dies the World

  • My Love, She Weeps at Many Things

  • Death as a Conversation Piece

  • Remembrance II

  • J.C.—Summer '28

  • The Young Galileo Speaks

  • The Beast Atop the Building, the Tiger on the Stairs 

  • Why Didn't Someone Tell Me About Crying in the Shower?

  • Somewhere a Band Is Playing

  • The Nefertiti—Tut Express

  • Telephone Friends, in Far Places

  • Death for Dinner, Doom for Lunch

  • Out of Dickinson by Poe, or The Only Begotten Son of Emily and Edgar

  • Lo, the Ghost of Our Least Favorite Uncle

  • That Son of Richard III

  • A Poem with a Note: All England Empty, the People Flown

  • The Syncopated Hunchbacked Man

  • If Man Is Dead, Then God Is Slain 

  • Thoughts on Visiting the Main Rocket Assembly Building at Cape Canaveral for the First Time

  • Their Names in Dust, Their Dates in Grass

  • Long Thoughts on Best-Sellers by Worst People 

  • The Haunted Computer and the Android Pope

  • The Haunted Computer and the Android Pope

  • Go Not with Ruins in Your Mind

  • Poem from a Train Window

  • Nor Is the Aim of Man to Stay Beneath a Stone

  • Joy Is the Grace We Say to God

  • They Have Not Seen the Stars

  • This Attic Where the Meadow Greens

  • Abandon in Place

  • The Great Man Speaks 

  • Shakespeare the Father, Freud the Son

  • A Miracle of Popes, All with One Face!

  • The Bike Repairmen

  • The East Is Up! 

  • If Peaches Could Be Painters

  • Once the Years Were Numerous and the Funerals Few

  • Satchmo Saved!

  • God Blows the Whistle

  • The Infirmities of Genius

  • Farewell Summer

  • The Dogs of Mesopotamia—Dyed by Spring

  • Two Impressionists

  • And Yet the Burning Bush Has Voice

  • To an Early Morning Darning-Needle Dragonfly

  • Poem Written on a Train Just Leaving a Small Southern Town

  • Too Much

  • There Are No Ghosts in Catholic Spain

  • I Am God's Greatest Basking Hound

  • Doing Is Being

  • Ode to an Utterance by Norman Corwin, Who Punned the First Line, and Must Suffer the Rest

  • Nectar and Ambrosia

  • We Are the Reliquaries of Lost Time

  • Anybody Who Can Make Great Strawberry Shortcake Can't Be All Bad

  • And Have You Seen God's Birds Collide?

  • You Can't Go Home Again, Not Even If You Stay There!

  • Schliemann

  • Of What Is Past, or Passing, or To Come

  • Within a Summer Frame

  • Ode to Ty Cobb, Who Stole First Base from Second

  • GBS and the Loin of Pork

  • Let Us Live But Safely, No Bright Flags Be Ours

  • Everyone's Got to Be Somewhere

  • The Past Is the Only Dead Thing that Smells Sweet

  • Ode to Trivia

  • Good Shakespeare's Son, the Typing Ape

  • Que Bella! The Flagella of the Beasts

  • Pope Android Seventh

  • Remembrance

  • Pretend at Being Blind, Which Calls Truth Near

  • The Boys Across the Street Are Driving My Young Daughter Mad

  • Old Ahab's Friend, and Friend to Noah, Speaks His Piece

  • When Elephants Last in the Dooryard Bloomed

  • Darwin, the Curious

  • Darwin, in the Fields

  • Darwin, Wandering Home at Dawn

  • Evidence

  • Telling Where the Sweet Gums Are

  • Emily Dickinson, Where Are You? Herman Melville Called Your Name Last Night in His Sleep!

  • O Give a Fig for Newton, Praise for Him!

  • I Was the Last, the Very Last

  • Man Is the Animal that Cries

  • N

  • Air to Lavoisier

  • Women Know Themselves; All Men Wonder

  • Death in Mexico

  • All Flesh Is One; What Matter Scores?

  • The Machines, Beyond Shylock

  • The Beast Upon the Wire

  • Christ, Old Student in a New School

  • This Time of Kites

  • If You Will Wait Just Long Enough, All Goes

  • For a Daughter, Traveling

  • Old Mars, Then Be a Hearth to Us

  • The Thing That Goes by Night: The Self That Lazes Sun

  • Groon

  • That Woman on the Lawn

  • A Train Station Sign Viewed from an Ancient Locomotive Passing Through Long After Midnight

  • Please to Remember the Fifth of November: A Birthday Poem for Susan Marguerite

  • That Is Our Eden's Spring, Once Promised

  • The Fathers and Sons Banquet

  • Touch Your Solitude to Mine

  • God Is a Child; Put Toys in the Tomb

  • Ode to Electric Ben

  • Some Live Like Lazarus

  • These Unsparked Flints, These Uncut Gravestone Brides

  • And This Did Dante Do 

  • You Can Go Home Again

  • And Dark Our Celebration Was

  • Mrs. Harriet Hadden Atwood, Who Played the Piano for Thomas A. Edison for the World's First 
    Phonograph Record, Is Dead at 105

  • What Seems a Balm Is Salt to Ancient Wounds

  • Here All Beautifully Collides 

  • God for a Chimney Sweep

  • To Prove That Cowards Do Speak Best and True and Well

  • I, Tom, and My Electric Gran

  • Boys Are Always Running Somewhere

  • O to Be a Boy in a Belfry

  • If I Were Epitaph 

  • If Only We Had Taller Been

  • Index of Poem Titles


PUBLISHING INFORMATION:

  • Ballantine, New York, September 1982 (paperback)