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Kristofer Collins: Looking at the Lake

Where are your
wonderful ideas now? All ten thousand
of them, each one a tiny grain you
let loose in this world.

May 24, 2022 · Leave a comment

Danielle DeTiberus: Selection Pressures

Only a man, 
standing in line at Lowe’s, red leaf blower and blue 
electrical tape in his cart. Unlike the lizard, 
we can imagine his dreams.

May 23, 2022 · 1 Comment

Doug Anderson: Be Whole Again Beyond Confusion

The young blame us for everything that is wrong
with the world, as if we’d plotted it that way
just to torment them, as if poisoned
the very land we’re standing on. Some of us did.

May 22, 2022 · 4 Comments

Robert Bernard Hass: El Duende | On the Origins of Rafael Nadal’s Tennis Artistry

As Rafael Nadal attempts to win his unprecedented 14th French Open title, whether he wins or loses, we can rest assured that he will dazzle us with an athletic beauty that emerges from this ethos.

May 20, 2022 · 14 Comments

Piedad Bonnett: Two Poems (with translations)

Someone is telling us an old tale —
someone is sobbing and praying
to be given a pair of wings.

May 20, 2022 · Leave a comment

T. R. Hummer: Think

It’s impossible sometimes to make your way
through the undergrowth—think of Desoto,
Think of Cabeza de Vaca hacking down briars

May 19, 2022 · Leave a comment

Carolyn Miller: By the Time

By the time the light reaches us, empty
sunflower fields are pitted with more craters.

May 18, 2022 · 2 Comments

Video: The Opposites Game

An English teacher asks his class: ‘What’s the opposite of a gun?’

May 18, 2022 · 2 Comments

Stephen Dobyns: Can Poetry Matter?

Heart feels the time has come to compose lyric poetry.
No more storytelling for him. Oh, Moon, Heart writes,
sad wafer of the heart’s distress. And then: Oh, Moon,
bright cracker of the heart’s pleasure.

May 17, 2022 · 5 Comments

Nina Kossman: Valley of Closed Eyes

Dipping my cheekbones
into the blind substance,
into the cooling water of the maternal yes

May 16, 2022 · 1 Comment

Enheduanna: Seven Sumerian Temple Hymns (2300 BCE)

The temple seems to listen as she describes its resident: “your lady a water bird — sacred woman of the inner chamber,” she says to the temple in the intimate conversation that characterizes each hymn.

May 15, 2022 · 1 Comment

The Tale of the Eloquent Peasant (Egyptian Middle Kingdom 2000 BCE)

A poor peasant, Khun-Anup, is traveling to market with his donkeys heavily laden with goods to exchange for supplies for his family when Nemtynakht, a vassal of the high steward Rensi, notices the peasant approaching his lands and devises a scheme to steal Khun-Anup’s donkeys and supplies.

May 15, 2022 · Leave a comment

Mary Jane White: Friend, You Count Yourself Faithless,

…the Sea and all her ships
are women you are too certain of —
who would not marry you for love.

May 14, 2022 · Leave a comment

Video: Philip Levine reads Federico García Lorca (text included)

Philip Levine reads Federico García Lorca’s “New York (Office and Denunciation)”

May 14, 2022 · 3 Comments

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