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    • Poem of the Day
      By Edward Thomas
      Often I had gone this way before:
      But now it seemed I never could be
      And never had been anywhere else;
      'Twas home; one nationality
      We had, I and the birds that sang,
      One memory.
       
      They welcomed me. I had come...

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      By Weldon Kees
      Looking into my daughter’s eyes I read   
      Beneath the innocence of morning flesh   
      Concealed, hintings of death she does not heed.
      Coldest of winds have blown this hair, and mesh
      Of seaweed snarled these miniatures of hands;
      The night’s slow poison, tolerant and bland,
      Has moved...

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      By January Gill O'Neil
      You are the start of the week
      or the end of it, and according
      to The Beatles you creep in
      like a nun. You're the second
      full day the kids have been
      away with their father, the second
      full day of an empty house.
      Sunday, I've missed...

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      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Hymn to Life

      By James Schuyler
      The wind rests its cheek upon the ground and feels the cool damp   
      And lifts its head with twigs and small dead blades of grass   
      Pressed into it as you might at the beach rise up and brush away   
      The sand. The day...

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      Appeared in Poetry Magazine January Drought

      By Conor O'Callaghan
      It needn’t be tinder, this juncture of the year,   
      a cigarette second guessed from car to brush.   

      The woods’ parchment is given   
      to cracking asunder the first puff of wind.   
      Yesterday a big sycamore came across First   
      and Hawthorne and is there yet.   

      The...

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      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Near-Earth Object

      By John Shoptaw
      Unlike the monarch, though
      the asteroid also slipped
      quietly from its colony
      on its annular migration
      between Jupiter and Mars,
      enticed maybe by
      our planetary pollen
      as the monarch by my neighbor’s
      slender-leaved milkweed.
      Unlike it even when
      the fragrant Cretaceous
      atmosphere meteorized
      the airborne rock,
      flaring it into what might
      have looked to...

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      Appeared in Poetry Magazine The Truth

      By James Tate
                Mitzy fell asleep as soon as we got home, but I didn’t.
      The evening had upset me. Why did Jack keep asking me if I’d
      been married before? And why did my answer not satisfy him?
      It was...

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      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Lychee Express

      By Adrienne Su
      What would the lovely Yang Guifei,
      concubine to the emperor,
      a Helen of China, have made
      of our gleaming grocery stores,

      always awash in berries, melons,
      tangerines? Her passion for lychees,
      rushed north by a chain of horsemen,
      laid waste to a dynasty.

      She must have understood,
      at least...

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