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Blue-Crested Cry

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We’re through, we’re through, we’re through, we’re through, we’re through

and—flanking, now, the edges of our schism—
it seems your coldness and my idealism
alone for all this time have kept us true.

Credulous I and hedonistic you:
opposed, refracting angles of a prism
who challenged sense with childish skepticism—
and every known the bulk of mankind knew.

Source: Poetry (December 2005)

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Blue-Crested Cry

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  • Jennifer Reeser is the author of four books of poetry, including Sonnets from the Dark Lady and Other Poems (2012), which was a finalist for the Donald Justice Prize, and The Lalaurie Horror (2013), which debuted as an Amazon bestseller in the category of epic poetry. Her books have received criticial praise, and X.J. Kennedy wrote that Reeser's debut collection “ought to have been a candidate for a Pulitzer.” Her poems, essays and translations of French and Russian literature have appeared in the French, and her writing has appeared in many anthologies, including An Introduction to Poetry, Phoenix Rising: The Next Generation of American Formal Poets, and Poets Translate Poets: A Hudson Review Anthology. Her translations of the Russian poet Anna Akhmatova are authorized by FTM Agency, Moscow. Reeser's own work has been translated into Persian, Czech, and Hindi, and composer Lori Laitman has set her poetry to music for the song cycle tribute to...

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