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Elsa Gidlow: Constancy

My sister, I keep faith with love, not lovers.

September 30, 2022 · Leave a comment

Dawn Potter: The Unicorn Is in Captivity and No Longer Dead

Which do I like better, someone asks, fork or spoon?
And I reply, That’s not a question for Thursday.
Ask me instead how I lost my virginity,

September 26, 2022 · 3 Comments

Elsa Gidlow: A Happy Song

Heaped sweets and a treasure
For a new sin to play with,
To pass a night and day with––
Heaped sweets for a pleasure.

August 12, 2022 · 1 Comment

Neil Shepard: Mating Behaviors of Storks, Egrets, Humans

We’re out of love again and wandering
with other birdwatchers over the cedar shakes,
spying on spring nesting sites where great
migrations end and settle into familiar patterns
of rearing and weaning.

August 9, 2022 · 3 Comments

Abayomi Animashaun: History Lesson

On the wall is a map of places, the so-called explorers
— Mungo Park and the rest of them —
Discovered. But did they know
Of my longing to kiss you tonight?

August 2, 2022 · Leave a comment

Mary Jane White: Lindeman

you led me alone
into the sandhills, told me how you were named
for the lindens that grow like smaller oaks
or elms in Europe’s parks

July 20, 2022 · 2 Comments

Edna St. Vincent Millay: Ebb

I know what my heart is like
Since your love died

June 24, 2022 · Leave a comment

Ruth L. Schwartz: Love Letters from the Late Edge

two women, neither of us young, one of us frankly old,
walking our joy like a large animal
around a city lake

June 13, 2022 · 7 Comments

Bill Knott: Sonnet

The way the world is not
astonished at you
it doesn’t blink a leaf
when we step from the house

June 9, 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

Carolyne Wright: Two Poems from ‘Masquerade’

These coastal nights in candle-flickering dark
I ride you easy, bare-backed and bare-breasted,
your sex straight up inside me like a second
spine.

March 16, 2022 · Leave a comment

Mary Jane White: “For You” by Marina Tsvetaeva

For you, I dissolve a handful of
Burnt hair in the glass.
So you will not eat, not sing,
Not drink, not sleep.

February 18, 2022 · Leave a comment

Meleager: A Garland of Love Poems

Ah, little archer, so you thought
to hide from me there
in Zenophila’s eyes!

February 12, 2022 · Leave a comment

Edna St. Vincent Millay: When you, that at this moment are to me

When you, that at this moment are to me
Dearer than words on paper, shall depart,
And be no more the warder of my heart…

February 11, 2022 · 2 Comments

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