As Poetry Foundation permissions coordinator Michael Slosek pointed out in his 2010 best of the year pick, City Lights has done great things with its Spotlight series with new titles by Andrew Joron, Norma Cole, Anselm Berrigan, and "Craft Work" blogger Cedar Sigo. Michael and archive editor James Sitar have added a few poems by these authors to the Poetry Foundation archive, including this one from Norma Cole:


“and then looks at
the stars” from the
bed in the ambulance

looks up at boughs of
trees shifting quickly
lit in blackness

blackening soft, deep
siren’s song—she died
several times that night

and only in the weeks
to come started and
started to come back

then forward which is
real life

Originally Published: December 15th, 2010