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Apr 18, 2014
Brokeheart: Just like that
by Patrick Rosal
When the bass drops on Bill Withers’
Apr 17, 2014
Etta's Elegy
by Maureen Seaton
This is where the poem holds its breath,
Apr 16, 2014
Singer
by Valzhyna Mort
A yoke of honey in a glass of cooling milk.
Apr 15, 2014
The Summer of Reconciliation
by D. Nurkse
They’re happy but don’t know it.
Apr 14, 2014
The World Seems…
by Gregory Orr
The world seems so palpable
Apr 13, 2014
The Good-Morrow
by John Donne
I wonder by my troth, what thou and I
Apr 12, 2014
To Amy Lowell
by Eunice Tietjens
who visits me in a hospital
Apr 11, 2014
I Got Heaven...
by Garrett Hongo
Apr 10, 2014
Shakespeare's Horse
by Joseph Harrison
He was a man knew horses, so we moved
Apr 9, 2014
Corruptive
by Olena Kalytiak Davis
The dark wood after the dark wood: the cold
Apr 8, 2014
In the Sanatorium
by Anya Silver
Apr 7, 2014
Kelly Sleeping
by David Bottoms
Sometimes when she sleeps, her face against the pillow (or sheet)
Apr 6, 2014
A Noiseless Patient Spider
by Walt Whitman
A noiseless patient spider
Apr 5, 2014
Travel
by Edna St. Vincent Millay
The railroad track is miles away
Apr 4, 2014
Thief
by Sally Van Doren
I remember the hour

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