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2. "Paradoxes and Oxymorons" by John Ashbery, from Shadow Train (Penguin). Copyright © 1980, 1981 by John Ashbery. Used with permission.

3. "Lost and Found" by Maxine Chernoff, from Leap Year Day: New and Selected Poems (Jensen/Daniels Press). Copyright © 1990 by Maxine Chernoff. Used with permission.

4. "mulberry fields" by Lucille Clifton, from Mercy (BOA Editions, Ltd.). Copyright © 2004 by Lucille Clifton. Used with permission.

5. "The Language" from The Collected Poems of Robert Creeley, 1945-1975 (University of California Press). Copyright © 1992 by The Regents of the University of California. Used with permission.

6. "Tornado Child" by Kwame Dawes, from Midland (Ohio University Press). Copyright © 2001 by Kwame Dawes. Used with permission.

7. "Weighing In" by Rhina P. Espaillat, from Where Horizons Go (Truman State University Press). Copyright © 1998 by Rhina P. Espaillat. Used with permission.

8. "Shiver & You Have Weather" by Matthea Harvey, from Sad Little Breathing Machine (Graywolf Press). Copyright © 2004 by Matthea Harvey. Used with permission.

9. "Those Winter Sundays" by Robert Hayden, from Angle of Ascent (W.W. Norton & Company). Copyright © 1975, 1972, 1970, 1966 by Robert Hayden. Used with permission.

10. "Eleven Eyes" by Lyn Hejinian. Copyright © 2004 by Lyn Hejinian. Used with permission.

11. "The Heat of Autumn"by Jane Hirshfield, from After (HarperCollins). Copyright © 2006 by Jane Hirshfield. Used with permission.

12. "Doña Josefina Counsels Doña Concepción Before Entering Sears" by Maurice Kilwein Guevara, from Poems of the River Spirit (University of Pittsburgh Press). Copyright © 1996 by Maurice Kilwein Guevara. Used with permission.

13. "Chester" by John Koethe. Copyright © 2007 by John Koethe. Used with permission.

14. "Advertisement" by Wislawa Szymborska, from Poems New and Selected , English translation by Stanislaw Barańczak and Clare Cavanaugh. Copyright © 1998 by Harcourt, Inc. Used with permission.

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