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      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Catullus I

      By David Ferry
      Who is it I should give my little book to,
      So pretty in its pumice-polished covers?

      Cornelius, I’ll give my book to you:
      Because you used to think my nothings somethings,

      At the time when you were the first in Italy
      To dare to write...

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      By Gladys Cardiff
      O Ancient One,
      your web hangs down from the pines.
      I am of the Owl clan.
      I have been to water,
      my dress is of red clay.
      He moves at the edge of you,
      binds us with your threads.
      The center of his soul shall be my...

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      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Love Lessons in a Time of Settler Colonialism

      By Tanaya Winder

      They too know all too well that some cracks were built just for us to fall through.
 We live in a world that tries to steal spirits each day; they steal ours by taking us away.

      From Industrial Schools to forced...

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      By Maggie Dietz
      Show's over, folks. And didn't October do
      A bang-up job? Crisp breezes, full-throated cries
      Of migrating geese, low-floating coral moon.

      Nothing left but fool's gold in the trees.
      Did I love it enough, the full-throttle foliage,
      While it lasted? Was I dazzled? The bees

      Have up...

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      By Elizabeth Alexander
      My mother loves butter more than I do,
      more than anyone. She pulls chunks off
      the stick and eats it plain, explaining
      cream spun around into butter! Growing up
      we ate turkey cutlets sauteed in lemon
      and butter, butter and cheese on green noodles,
      butter melting...

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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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