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Uttara: Fire

As dawn was breaking,
wisdom rose in the east—
and set fire to the long dark night.

December 2, 2022 · Leave a comment

Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum: The Toddler

Almost anything will break
The toddler’s heart: His mommy’s keys
Singing from the bowl of loose ends
And change on her way out the door
For work.

December 1, 2022 · 2 Comments

Nancy Krygowski: “Here’s a Partial List of Mass Shootings in the United States So Far This Year”

Here’s the full list of the people the murdered have kissed.
Here’s a pair of slippers made of birds’ beaks, ear plugs made of screams.

November 30, 2022 · 17 Comments

Tony Gloeggler: Working Class Heroes

My father opened the trunk, 
tossed me my glove with a worn 
hardball tucked in its pocket, eased 
into a catcher’s crouch as I paced 
60 feet away.

November 29, 2022 · 8 Comments

Patricia Jabbeh Wesley: Erecting Stones

Here, in Congo Town, I’m picking up debris
from twenty years ago. Some remnants of bombs
and missile splinters, old pieces of shells from
the unknown past.

November 28, 2022 · 2 Comments

Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer: The Prayers

I had not imagined drowning 
was the way to reach the shore.

November 27, 2022 · 17 Comments

Video: Kae Tempest performs More Pressure | Grace

I used to think
Things were so clear
I was so near to nowhere

November 26, 2022 · Leave a comment

Fred Everett Maus: Listening to Bach, Three Days after a Shooting

It’s quiet in the room where I am writing. 
Bright afternoon sun flows in, oblique, 
glorious light in these days of mourning, 
perfection pouring down on a shattered world.

November 25, 2022 · 4 Comments

Christina Rossetti: A Dirge

Why were you born when the snow was falling?

November 25, 2022 · 2 Comments

Barbara Crooker: Poem For My Birthday

Send me a heart of gratitude for this long afternoon
of goldenrod light falling across my typewriter
and a sky so blue I want to bite it like an apple.

November 23, 2022 · 5 Comments

Gerard Robledo: Off Brand Man

No woman
can resist a man who cooks for them,
my brother said. It’s your only hope to find love

November 22, 2022 · 2 Comments

Denise Duhamel: Ego

I just didn’t get it— even with the teacher holding an orange (the earth) in one hand and a lemon (the moon) in the other, her favorite student (the sun) … Continue reading

November 21, 2022 · 4 Comments

Lasse Söderberg: The dead children in the Tajo River

They have left the city
and their blind games
under the white bone of the sun

November 20, 2022 · 4 Comments

John Crowe Ransom: Bells for John Whiteside’s Daughter

We looked among orchard trees and beyond  
Where she took arms against her shadow,  
Or harried unto the pond
The lazy geese

November 18, 2022 · 4 Comments

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