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David Kirby: Taking it home to Jerome

Everything else was to come, everything about love:
the sadness of it, knowing it can’t last, that all lives must end,
all hearts are broken.

February 2, 2023 · 5 Comments

Doug Anderson: Distance

She said my poems had emotion in them
as if they might have syphilis.

November 10, 2022 · 10 Comments

Houman Harouni: The Dervish

The postures I held for long breaths by the flow of the Ganges I did not hold to achieve light I held no star in sight as I turned my … Continue reading

September 13, 2022 · 5 Comments

Sharon Fagan McDermott | Fragments: An Ars Poetica

within the word “ventriloquist,”
there’s “trout” and “rust” and “silver”

April 4, 2022 · 5 Comments

Katy Giebenhain: Forget Beauty

Forget family, inheritance,
the name
of any mountain, holler,
creek, county, neighbor you know.
But especially, forget beauty.

December 30, 2021 · 2 Comments

Matt Hohner: Where Are You Sending Your Poems This Week?

I’m sending my poems to reform school.
To prison. To the front lines. Straight to hell
on a one-way ticket.

February 23, 2021 · 3 Comments

Doug Anderson: Because Poetry

Has become of such little use to you Has no meaning outside its tribe Has been supplanted by music lyrics for most of the population who might otherwise be reading … Continue reading

September 8, 2017 · 3 Comments

John Samuel Tieman: The Art

To honor Lawrence Ferlinghetti on his 96th birthday, I send along this poem about poems. i I’ve never written a poem that said what I meant one means as much … Continue reading

July 14, 2015 · 2 Comments

Doug Anderson: An Ars Poetica

In the dark of the jeweled cities, below the mirror
buildings, in the wind that funnels up the street canyons
blowing hats off and women’s hair sideways
poets are passing a small flame from one pair
of cupped hands to another.

June 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

Doug Anderson: Rediscovering our world through poetry

Morning rumination: Hive mind, large and small. Some years ago, having been trained in the tight modernist lyric, the poem that adds up to the neat conclusion, usually with an … Continue reading

December 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

Jose Padua: Words and Letters

Originally posted on Shenandoah Breakdown:
When I was in first grade I hated the box of little cardboard squares with the letters printed on them, because whenever they took it…

October 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

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