Monthly Archives: April 2016

National Poetry Month 2016: April 18th, Stephanie Gray

Stuff I probably did and didn’t By Stephanie Gray After Tim Dlugos’ Things I Might Do I probably didn’t tell you that the last Line of your poem left me on a plane of Movement somewhere between the best of … Continue reading

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National Poetry Month 2016: April 17th, Billy Collins

Design By Billy Collins I pour a coating of salt on the table and make a circle in it with my finger. This is the cycle of life I say to no one. This is the wheel of fortune, the … Continue reading

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National Poetry Month 2016: April 16th, Ellen Bass

Relax By Ellen Bass Bad things are going to happen. Your tomatoes will grow a fungus and your cat will get run over. Someone will leave the bag with the ice cream melting in the car and throw your blue … Continue reading

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National Poetry Month 2016: April 15th, Margaret Avison

A Nameless One By Margaret Avison Hot in June a narrow winged long-elbowed-thread-legged living insect lived and died within the lodgers’ second-floor bathroom here. At six a.m. wafting ceilingward, no breeze but what it living made there; at noon standing … Continue reading

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National Poetry Month 2016: April 14th, Luz Machado

La Casa Por Dentro Luz Machado La casa necesita mis dos manos. Yo debo sostener su cal como mis huesos, su sal como mis gozos, su fábula en la noche y el sol ardiendo en mitad de su cuerpo. Deben … Continue reading

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National Poetry Month 2016: April 13th, Helen Hoyt

Park Going to Sleep By Helen Hoyt The shadows under the trees And in the vines by the boat-house Grow dark, And the lamps gleam softly. On the street, far off, The sound of the cars, rumbling, Moves drowsily. The … Continue reading

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National Poetry Month 2016: April 12th, Brenda Shaughnessy

Last Sleep Best Sleep By Brenda Shaughnessy Life, this charade of not-death. Amnesiac of our nights together, overheard talking in some other voice. The great fruits of my failure: silk milk pills with little bitter pits. Who talks like that? … Continue reading

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National Poetry Month 2016: April 11th, Ocean Vuong

A Little Closer to the Edge By Ocean Vuong Young enough to believe nothing will change them, they step, hand-in-hand, into the bomb crater. The night full of black teeth. His faux Rolex, weeks from shattering against her cheek, now … Continue reading

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National Poetry Month 2016: April 10th, Claudia Rankine

Don’t Let Me Be Lonely [There was a time] By Claudia Rankine There was a time I could say no one I knew well had died. This is not to suggest no one died. When I was eight my mother … Continue reading

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National Poetry Month 2016: April 9th, Hafez

Ode 487 By Hafez Translated By Richard Le Gallienne With last night’s wine still singing in my head, I sought the tavern at the break of day, Though half the world was still asleep in bed; The harp and flute … Continue reading

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