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    • Poem of the Day
      By Shin Yu Pai
      From the remains
      of his cremation,
      the monks recovered
       
      the seat of Thich Quang Duc’s
      consciousness —
       
      a bloodless protest
      to awaken the heart
      of the oppressor
       
      offered
      at the crossing of
      Phanh Dinh Phung
                                           & Le Van Duyet
      doused in gasoline &
      immolated by 4-meter
      flames the orange-robed
       
      arhat folded in
      the stillness
      of full...

    • poem
      By Rudyard Kipling
      If you can keep your head when all about you   
          Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,   
      If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
          But make allowance for their doubting too;   
      If you can wait and not be...

    • poem
      By Emily Rosko
      We were thinking of starting a band,
      all lined up like ducks in a shooting gallery.

      This one would be gem, that one
      metamorphic, the rest pebbles and some

      laboratory-grown, semi-precious stones. The trees
      were in it for the long-run; they swayed or...

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    • poem
      By Robert Lowell
      The stiff spokes of this wheel

      touch the sore spots of the earth.



      On the Potomac, swan-white

      power launches keep breasting the sulphurous wave.



      Otters slide and dive and slick back their hair,

      raccoons clean their meat in the creek.



      On the circles, green statues ride...

    • poem
      By Robin Coste Lewis
      Last summer, two discrete young snakes left their skin
      on my small porch, two mornings in a row. Being

      postmodern now, I pretended as if I did not see
      them, nor understand what I knew to be circling

      inside me. Instead, every hour I...

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Poem Samplers
    • Poem Sampler
      By Tao Lin

      An emotionally devastating analysis of five love poems.

    • Poem Sampler
      By The Editors

      Poems to celebrate successes, salute loved ones, and offer thanks for life’s blessings, big and small.

    • Poem Sampler
      By The Editors

      Poets lend voices to current events and elections as they critique and defend the social and political issues of their day.

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      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Sea Church

      By Aimee Nezhukumatathil
      Give me a church
      made entirely of salt.
      Let the walls hiss
      and smoke when
      I return to shore.

      I ask for the grace
      of a new freckle
      on my cheek, the lift
      of blue and my mother’s
      soapy skin to greet me.

      Hide me in a room
      with no windows.
      Never...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Ode with Interruptions

      By Rick Barot
      Someone is in the kitchen washing the dishes.
      Someone is in the living room watching the news.

      Someone in a bedroom is holding a used stamp
      with tweezers and adding it to his collection.

      Someone is scolding a dog, barking now for
      decades, a different...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine I Eat Breakfast to Begin the Day

      By Zubair Ahmed
      I create time
      I cannot create time
      I’m frozen in place
      I cannot be frozen
      I’m moving but don’t notice
      I notice me moving, I pay attention
      To the small yet immense yet
      Small movements that guide
      My limbs, my hair growth, my joint oils
      I don’t think about...