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      By Andrew Marvell
      Come, little infant, love me now,
         While thine unsuspected years
      Clear thine agèd father’s brow
         From cold jealousy and fears.

      Pretty, surely, ’twere to see
         By young love old time beguiled,
      While our sportings are as free
         As the...

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      By Richard Wilbur
      One wading a Fall meadow finds on all sides   
      The Queen Anne’s Lace lying like lilies
      On water; it glides
      So from the walker, it turns
      Dry grass to a lake, as the slightest shade of you   
      Valleys my mind in fabulous...

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      By Robert Gibb
      I think he knows I’m alive, having come down
      The three steps of the back porch
      And given me a good once over. All afternoon
      He’s been moving back and forth,
      Gathering odd bits of walnut shells and twigs,
      While all...

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      By Lisel Mueller
      What happened is, we grew lonely
      living among the things,
      so we gave the clock a face,
      the chair a back,
      the table four stout legs
      which will never suffer fatigue.

      We fitted our shoes with tongues
      as smooth as our own
      and hung tongues inside bells
      so we...

    • poem
      By Ross Gay
      You ever wake up with your footie PJs warming
      your neck like a noose? Ever upchuck
      after a home-cooked meal? Or notice
      how the blood on the bottoms of your feet
      just won’t seem to go away? Love, it used to be
      you could retire...

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      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Sunshower

      By Natalie Shapero
      Some people say the devil is beating
      his wife. Some people say the devil
      is pawing his wife. Some people say
      the devil is doubling down on an overall
      attitude of entitlement toward
      the body of his wife. Some people
      say the devil won’t need to...

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      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Perihelion: A History of Touch

      By Franny Choi

      wolf moon

      No moon in sight, so I howled at the exit sign instead. Red runes, electric. Telling an old story of escape, of wind, a wide cold. A distant car alarm. Otherwise: the dark, and our bodies, two strange women...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine A World of Daughters

      By Yusef Komunyakaa
      Say licked clean at birth. Say
        weeping in the tall grass, where
          this tantalizing song begins,
        birds perched on a crooked branch
      over a grave of an unending trek
        into the valley of cooling waters.
          The soil’s thirst, lessons...