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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

Bhikshuni Vijaya: Keep Going

Sometimes the most direct path is not a straight line.

May 13, 2022 · 1 Comment

David Adès: Walkabout

What is sacred to you should be sacred to me…

May 12, 2022 · Leave a comment

Wendy Mnookin: Celebration

I’ll fill my wedding vase
with deep-veined lilies, harlot asters,
pollen will dust the table
where I mass them every week.

May 11, 2022 · 2 Comments

Kristofer Collins: Jack Teagarden Buries Louis Armstrong’s Oriental Strut, Mesa, NM, ca.1926

lifting the tarnished curve of his horn to papery lips, Jack
Teagarden somewhere in 1947, his heart piled up with booze
and debt, but still a suppleness to his mouth, a flash
of something dangerous in the hard set of his jaw

May 10, 2022 · 3 Comments

Toi Derricotte: Holy Cross Hospital

would our bodies be the same? could we hide among the
childless? she always reminded me of a lady at the bridge
club in her mother’s shoes, playing her mother’s hand.

May 8, 2022 · Leave a comment

Jim Daniels: Strawberry

the final time I saw my mother
she was trying to find
the last strawberry on her plate

May 8, 2022 · 2 Comments

Jose Padua: Puñeta

Mother, you were the history
that never made the books,
the woman who fed us
chicken flavored with garlic
and ginger, sweet pork with
soy sauce and rice

May 7, 2022 · Leave a comment

W.H. Auden: At Last the Secret is Out

At last the secret is out, as it always must come in the end,
The delicious story is ripe to tell to the intimate friend;

May 6, 2022 · 3 Comments

Edison Jennings: Homebound

it wasn’t death that did them part
(that came later), but the lifeguard 
at the public pool who parted them
quite easily

May 5, 2022 · 3 Comments

Alison Luterman: Witch Walk

I don’t know what I’d expected–a portal, perhaps,
to magic me elsewhere, but she spoke only of a slight shift
in perception, that which might allow
a tiny purplish wildflower to be a doorway.

May 4, 2022 · 1 Comment

Richard St. John: The Tao to Disneyland 

Disneyland at last: The draw-bridged entry! Monorail!
Tom Sawyer’s cave. Gators on the Jungle Cruise. Natives
passing in canoes. Snack-bar at the Matterhorn.

May 3, 2022 · Leave a comment

Shannon K. Winston: Lilt

Lilt is the name of the woman you want to be—
someone who pumps her feet like a child on a swing set
and laughs and laughs and laughs into the sky.

May 2, 2022 · Leave a comment

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