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    • Poem of the Day
      By Natasha Trethewey
      When he tells the story now
      he's at the center of it,

      everyone else in the house
      falling into the backdrop—

      my mother, grandmother,
      an uncle, all dead now—props

      in our story: father and daughter
      caught in memory's half-light.

      I'm too young to recall it,
      so his story becomes...

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      By Anonymous
      The first day of Christmas,
      My true love sent to me
      A partridge in a pear tree.

      The second day of Christmas,
      My true love sent to me
      Two turtle doves, and
      A partridge in a pear tree.
      ...

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      By J. Allyn Rosser
      One can’t help admiring
      their rickety grace

      and old-world feathers
      like seasoned boardwalk planks.

      They pass in silent pairs,
      as if a long time ago

      they had wearied of calling out.
      The wind tips them, their

      ungainly, light-brown weight,
      into...

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    • poem
      By Shane McCrae
      Except most things weren’t clouds      everything there

      Was clouds      the hastily assembled angel

      Before he knew the word      clouds was the last word

      He heard the other angels shouting as

      They shoved him      though he after...

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      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Glitter in My Wounds

      By CAConrad
                                   first and most important
                                   dream our missing friends forward
               ...

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      Appeared in Poetry Magazine The Jealous Minor Gods

      By Amy Beeder
      I have hidden your lost teeth in the net of all my famous hair
      And with foresight promised your umbilicus

      To several minor gods. I paid your fee in fawn skin
      & the lightest fringe of tissue, all the quiet noons assembled,

      In yard...

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      Appeared in Poetry Magazine For My Friend

      By Eileen Myles
      Nothing
      better
      for people
      than dogs
      nothing better than ma
      king
      you scream
      here. There were
      two super
      new cars
      and then
      some pink

    • poem
      By Nikki Wallschlaeger
      Is that your house he asked
      This used to be my house I said

      But those are not your people
      So that can’t be your house

      But it is my house I said
      I had some people maybe a few

      Even though those are not your...

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