almond loveable almond from me
god of beginnings May he expand. he expands delivered banished delivered banished
laurel of bad luck ill-omened ill-omened
wiping away breaking fear Nimble. nimble
Advice. guidance instruction a praise a cry From the hide.
god of the crafts a digger She is my delight. she is my delight She is my delight.
Devout. basis, foundation ardent Diminutive of Diminutive of
vapor Catches birds. ideal ideal aim
rose diminuitive of rose thinker a thinker
Drawing water. draw water from the little field from the little field tame a beautiful vision one who gentles Demon.
Tenderness;barren. narrow, tender sickness of a company of dancers
river of sorrow/woe lipless a handsome figure
Real Beauty. Without fear. a forgetfulness, he that is forgotten
son of the pure one son of the heir son of the champion son of the conquering people maker son of the parson son of the proud son of the good man son of grace enduring the end of the path
his multitude, his uproar an ass clay dirt indignation
howling for sin robbery forsaking sin
White crest of the wave Famous Famous Famous Famous
ruler of death castle ever young. son of an heir
to be charming My joy. joy is mine
broken belly heaping up mother
From the tower from the tower bitter, woman from magdalena
their chamber their bank a chamber covered the sea liberty whiteness hole red start reddish
ruddy colored love a peak of the day
the destroyer gives joy gives joy clear distant made of a stone building passages passengers gives joy father of a multitude stem pleasent meeting born on Thursday
chaste grandfather of perseus a hunter dismembered settlement of oak trees kills kills
a valley a depth to pet her faithful or roaring streams
pain infirmity graceful graceful graceful Secret.
beautiful sky liberty anger golden girl a golden egg
he that covers, my fist timekeeper timekeeper timekeeper timekeeper
happy she was born announce stays at home Stays at home stays at home Stays at home
flourishing blooming i have no child long awaited child clearness oil
jewel broken in pieces descending be happy hyacinth
life existence neck of a horse life the rosy meadow
my hour or time that increases or sends increased, nourished perfumer
From the heath covered me heath near the wasteland from the heath dark dark
Notes on selected poems
This selection is an excerpt from a larger ongoing project titled Namesake. Each line is the meaning of a different first name, found at www.meaning-of-names.com. The site lists names and their meanings alphabetically. My selection process is guided by an interest in the tension between momentum and stagnation, and how that relates to a generic hope attached to birth.
Adrienne Herr is a poet and textile artist based in New York City. She wonders how commodity and poetry are involved. You may read most of her poetry online at adriennes.site