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    • Poem of the Day
      By Carmen Tafolla
      I was the fourth ship.
                Behind Niña, Pinta, Santa María,
                Lost at sea while watching a seagull,
                Following the wind and sunset skies,
                While the others set their charts.

      I was the fourth ship.
                Breathing in salt and flying with clouds,
               ...

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      By Robert Frost
      O hushed October morning mild,
      Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
      Tomorrow’s wind, if it be wild,
      Should waste them all.
      The crows above the forest call;
      Tomorrow they may form and go.
      O hushed October morning mild,
      Begin the hours of this day slow.
      Make the...

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      By Edna St. Vincent Millay
      I think I should have loved you presently,
      And given in earnest words I flung in jest;
      And lifted honest eyes for you to see,
      And caught your hand against my cheek and breast;
      And all my pretty follies flung aside
      That won you to...

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      Appeared in Poetry Magazine 1969

      By Alex Dimitrov
      The summer everyone left for the moon
      even those yet to be born. And the dead
      who can’t vacation here but met us all there
      by the veil between worlds. The number one song
      in America was “In the Year 2525”
      because who has ever...

    • poem
      By Hanif Abdurraqib
      Everyone wants to write about god
      but no one wants to imagine their god
       
      as the finger trembling inside a grenade
      pin’s ring or the red vine of blood coughed into a child’s palm
       
      while they cradle the head of a dying parent.
      Few things...

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      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Matters of the Father

      By Robin Richardson

      She could live on chips on paint chips potato chips the poker chips he stacked in towers on the nightstand she could live in glass or underground or in his Cadillac she lived inside his head his cowboy boots she...

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      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Mansplaining

      By Jennifer Militello
      Dear sir, your air of authority
      leaves me lost. Eases me from
      a place of ease. Contracts with
      my contradictions to take from me
      a place. Autopilots my autobiography.
      Frightens my fright. Sighs with
      my breath. Wins at my race.
      Your certainty has me curtained.
      Your nerve has...

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      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Twelve

      By Lynn Melnick
      When I was your age I went to a banquet.
      When I was your age I went to a barroom

      and bought cigarettes with quarters
      lifted from the laundry money. Last night

      I did all your laundry. I don’t know why
      I thought this love...

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