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Valerie Duff: Russian Chapter

Deserters call and wave their sacks
at the carriage bound for Petersburg.

August 4, 2021 · Leave a comment

Christopher Bursk: Nor are we fit to force our way across

when I was a child
I wanted with all my heart to be the one
to suffer

August 3, 2021 · 1 Comment

Tayve Neese: Still, we wait for sounds of plumage

Still, we wait for sounds of plumage
in this world even angels shun.

August 2, 2021 · 2 Comments

Marianne Moore: Marriage

I wonder what Adam and Eve
think of it by this time,
this firegilt steel
alive with goldenness…

July 30, 2021 · 1 Comment

Audio: Gregory Corso reads his poem “Marriage”

Beat generation poet Gregory Corso reads his classic poem “Marriage” from his book, The Happy Birthday of Death, first published in 1960.

July 30, 2021 · 2 Comments

Peter Makuck: Two Poems

The beam
catches a raccoon
out on the flats

July 29, 2021 · 1 Comment

Susan Kelly-DeWitt: Maybe I Have No Ideas

Eating a turkey sub from the school cafeteria
I suddenly think of the blonde woman
whose marriage is falling apart and the dark
circles under her eyes

July 28, 2021 · Leave a comment

George Drew: Positive Space

he taught me how to make a military tuck
of the sheets and blankets; the way a quarter should bounce,
and when it did, the way he’d smile and clap my back. I lived for that.

July 27, 2021 · 5 Comments

Josephine Dickinson: The Water Bearers

we wriggled and followed
the path upstream,
coigned in its armbends, whinsill, lime,
dumped peatblocks,
humped heather, deer grass

July 26, 2021 · 1 Comment

Video: Hurray For the Riff Raff | PA’LANTE

Winner of the 2019 Jury Award at SXSW, Director Kristian Mercado Figueroa’s music video PA’LANTE performed by Hurray for the Riff Raff  takes us inside the Puerto Rican experience of life post Hurricane Maria and the pressures facing an estranged family attempting to reconnect amid the wreckage.

July 24, 2021 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: Heart of Glass

In Herzog’s great visual opera
The hero stands on a cliff
Above a valley where a river
Of molten glass carries
Light to the sea

July 24, 2021 · 6 Comments

Video: Poetry and Immortality in Keats’ Ode to a Nightingale | Belinda Jack

John Keats’ “Ode to a Nightingale” — a lecture by Oxford Professor Belinda Jack

July 23, 2021 · 6 Comments

Doug Anderson: Negative Capability

…art that honors the art and artist as well as its content, and apprehends it as more than its socio-political reality. Art is hard to do and not everybody can do it. It is not merely a pretext for theory.

July 23, 2021 · 4 Comments

Robert Bernard Hass: Oedipus in Thebes

When he left the palace, the streets were nearly empty
Save for the women wailing at the altar, rending air
With sobs and litanies, the smoke from their incense pots
Thick and fragrant, perfuming the shrouded dead.

July 22, 2021 · Leave a comment

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