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"Across the Stuttering Mouths of Those Seeds'against the Sob of My Tongue."
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A Frost Lay White on California by William Everson
"All the Bright Day, As the Mother Sleeps, She Folds Her Wings About Her Sleeping Child."
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Bats by Randall Jarrell
"Always, Always You Recede Through the Evenings Toward Where the Twilight Goes Erasing Statues."
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Clenching Soul by Pablo Neruda
"Among Its Desperate and Slain, the Ogre Stalks With Hands on Hips, While Drivel Gushes from His Lips"
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August, 1968 by W. H. Auden
"and Above Me a Wild Crow Crying 'yaw Yaw Yaw' from a Branch Nothing Cried from Ever in My Life"
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How Many Nights by Galway Kinnell
"And, As Though at a Signal, a Little Man Hurried In, Crossed to the Bar and Said Hello Steve to the Barkeeper"
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The State of the Nation by Kenneth Patchen
"And My Soul from out That Shadow That Lies Floating on the Floor Shall Be Lifted - Nevermore!"
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The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe
"and Somewhere a Small Girl Standing Next to Her Mother Watching to See How It's Done"
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I Stop Writing the Poem by Tess Gallagher
B. 1943
"And then My Heart With Pleasure Fills, and Dances With the Daffodils"
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Daffodils by William Wordsworth
"and There is Possibility, Where There Are Not the Loneliest of All, Oh the Stones Not Yet Cut"
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The Air of June Sings by Edward Dorn
"And We Are Here As on a Darkling Plain Swept With Confused Alarms of Struggle and Flight, Where Ignorant Armies Clash by Night"
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Dover Beach by Matthew Arnold
"As This River Slides Beyond This Lily Bed, and the Thieving Moments Fuse and Disappear in Our Mortal, Timeless Flesh"
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Floating by Kenneth Rexroth
"as We Stood There in the Woodyard Talking Pleasantly, of the Green Wood and the Dry"
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The Rick of Green Wood by Edward Dorn
"Beauty is Truth, Truth Beauty-that is All Ye Know on Earth, and All Ye Need to Know"
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Ode to a Grecian Urn by John Keats
"a Body Rolls, a Thing That Has No Name, a Fallen Cipher, a Cluster of Dead Fruit Thrown Down on the Dump."
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The United Fruit Company by Pablo Neruda
Translated by Robert Bly
"Both Animals Are Covered With Vertical Stripes During Their Session and Move Not at All."
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The Octopus Thinks With Its Arms by Edward Dorn
"A Boy's Will is the Wind's Will, and the Thoughts of Youth Are Long, Long Thoughts"
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My Lost Youth by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
"But I With Mournful Tread, Walk the Deck My Captain Lies, Fallen Cold and Dead."
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O Captain, My Captain by Walt Whitman
Poem about the death of Abraham Lincoln
"The Child is Father of the Man and I Could Wish My Days to Be Bound Each to Each by Natural Piety"
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My Heart Leaps Up When I Behold by William Wordsworth
"coasting over the Crest of Noon Into the Valley of the Evening and Then, Holding Hands, Slip Into the Deeper Valley of Night"
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Eastern Standard Time by Billie Collins
Poet Laureate of the US, 2001-2003
"The Cries on All Sides Must Be a Comfort. We All Go: Only a Few, First Class"
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Titanic by David R. Slavitt
"death Pointed Its Finger, I Held Fast, an Immaculate Drunk Sharing the Stinking Dark With My Brothers"
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Dostoevsky by Charles Bukowski
"Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night Rage, Rage Against the Dying of the Light"
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Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night by Dylan Thomas
"Don't Search the Perennial Border; Look for Me in Disturbed Earth"
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Disturbed Earth by Margaret Atwood
"The Dust of the Travelled Road Shall Touch My Hands and Face"
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The Road and the End by Carl Sandburg
"Even Though the District Attorney Keeps Me Well in Mind, Grace Allows Me Sometimes to Slip Into the Alhambra by Night"
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The Eel in the Cave by Robert Bly
"Father Breath Once More Farewell Birth You Gave Was No Thing Ill My Heart is Still, As Time Will Tell."
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Father Death Blues by Allen Ginsberg
Icon of the beat generation, died 1997
"frightened They Close the Glass Case over Themselves & Their Lovers for Thousands of Years"
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Song of the Tusk by Anselm Hollo
"The Garish and Beautiful Remains of Grasshoppers and Dragonflies That Go With Us; That Do Not Live Again"
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Powwow by W. D. Snodgrass
"Get Drunk! Stay Drunk! On Wine, Virtue, Poetry, Whatever!"
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Enivrez-Vous by Charles Baudelaire
"Here We Lie Entranced by the Starlit Water, and Moments That Should Each Last Forever Slide Unconsciously by Us Like Water."
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Another Spring by Kenneth Rexroth
"How Glad the Clock is Then, when It Feels the Arms of the Junk Man Close Around It a Carry It Away"
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The Junk Man by Carl Sandburg
"I'd Rather Have Him Play a Fiddle Than Rise and Bow and Speak an Idyll"
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Alfred, Lord Tennyson by Dorothy Parker
1893-1967, American poet
"If but a Few Shall Know My Worth and Proudly Call Me Friend"
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Success by Edgar A. Guest
"If I Have Freedom in My Love And in My Soul Am Free Angels Alone, That Soar Above, Enjoy Such Liberty."
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To Althea, from Prison by Richard Lovelace
"Stone walls do not a prison make, Nor iron bars a cage; Minds innocent and quiet take That for an hermitage;" "If I have freedom in my love And in my soul am free, Angels alone, that soar above, Enjoy such liberty."
"I Got Into Bed. I Said Some Words to the Close and Holy Darkness, then I Slept."
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A Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas
"I Hope to See My Pilot Face to Face When I Have Crossed the Bar."
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Crossing the Bar by Alfred Lord Tennyson
"For tho' from out our bourne of Time and Place The flood may bear me far, I hope to see my Pilot face to face When I have crossed the bar."
"In the Long Way That I Must Tread Alone, Will Lead My Steps Aright."
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To a Waterfowl by William Cullen Bryant
"He, who, from zone to zone, Guides through the boundless sky thy certain flight, In the long way that I must tread alone, Will lead my steps aright."
"I Only Know That Summer Sang in Me a Little While, That in Me Sings No More."
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Sonnet XLIII by Edna St Vincent Millay
"I Shiver, Cross Myself, Soak Myself With Holy Water, Carve Talismans, Touch Wood, Iron, My Pendant"
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Magic Spell by Bartolo Cattafi
Sicilian, 1922-1979
"It Must Be Amusing to Be Poor, N'est-ce Pas?"
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The Grand Palace of Versailles by Kenneth Patchen
"It's the Beauty That Thrills Me With Wonder, It's the Stillness That Fills Me With Peace"
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The Spell of the Yukon by Robert W. Service
"I Walked Into the Kitchen to Inspect My Blue Maine Lobster. It Was Boiling Nicely, and Now She Was Too."
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Upon Phoning an X-wife Not Seen for 20 Years by Charles Bukowski
Bukowski, a popular and prolific poet from Los Angeles was the subject of the film "Barfly".
"I Wander'd off by Myself, In the Mystical Moist Night-air, and from Time to Time, Look'd up in Perfect Silence at the Stars."
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When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer by Walt Whitman
"When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns...When I was shown the charts and diagrams...I became tired and sick, till rising and gliding out...."
"I Want to Drink Its Crystal-pure Oblivion, to Be Forever; but Never to Have Been"
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The Enigmas by Jorge Luis Borges
"The Joy, I've Heard, That Isn't Shared, Dies Young"
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Welcome Morning by Anne Sexton
"Just Enough Light to Make out The Strange Writings, the Star-charts On the Inner Walls."
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Stone by Charles Simic
"a Kind of Awesome Virginal Guile, Brought the Heart of Man and the Hunger of God to Heel"
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Missa Sanctorum by William Everson
"lie Gently and Wide to the Light-year Stars, Lie Back, and the Sea Will Hold You."
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First Lesson by Philip Booth
B. 1925
"Lilac and Star and Bird Twined With the Chant of My Soul, There in the Fragrant Pines and Cedars Dusk and Dim"
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When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd by Walt Whitman
Poem about the death of Abraham Lincoln
"Many a Soldier's Loving Arms About This Neck Have Cross'd and Rested, Many a Soldier's Kiss Dwells on These Bearded Lips"
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The Wound-Dresser by Walt Whitman
Whitman served as a field nurse during the American Civil War
"moving Unnoticed Into the Ponderous is of the Boulder, Breaking Down Rock"
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Reindeer Moss on Granite by Margaret Atwood
"My Bright Mane Forever Shall Shine Like the Gold As I Guard O'er the Fold"
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Night by William Blake
"New Cares May Claim Me, New Loves Inflame Me, She Will Not Blame Me, But Suffer It So."
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I Need Not Go by Thomas Hardy
1840-1928); English poet
"The Newts in the Creek Had Gone, Already. I Don't Know Where. I Can't Remember Your Face or Anything You Said"
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September by W. D. Snodgrass
"The Night Gallops on Its Shadowy Mare Shedding Blue Tassels over the Land"
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Leaning Into the Afternoons by Pablo Neruda
"No Farther Seek His Merits to Disclose, Or Draw His Frailties from Their Dread Abode (There They Alike in Trembling Hope Repose), The Bosom of His Father and His God."
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Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard by Thomas Gray
"No One Knows Why He Came, or Why He Turned Away, and Did Not Climb the Hill"
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Snowbanks North of the House by Robert Bly
"Not to Sink Under Being Man and Wife, but Get Some Color and Music out of Life?"
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The Investment by Robert Frost
"Now Give God Praise. Send up the Strict Articulation of Your Throats, and Say His Name"
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A Canticle to the Waterbirds by William Everson
"Oh the Road to Mandalay Where the Flyin' Fishes Play, an the Dawn Comes up Like Thunder Outer China Crost the Bay"
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Mandalay by Rudyard Kipling
"on the Dusty Ground Under My Hand, on This Cheap Grey Paper, I'm Placing a Small Stone, Here: O"
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War Photo by Margaret Atwood
"One Could Do Worse Than Be a Swinger of Birches"
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Birches by Robert Frost
"Our Hearts Slow, Quite, Reliable in Their Interlocked Rhythms, the Pulse in Your Thigh Caressing My Cheek. Quite."
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Quietly by Kenneth Rexroth
"our Lives Are Leaking from the Places, and the Day's Brightness Dwindles Into Stars"
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Heart and Clock by Charles Reznikoff
"Peaceful, Touched and Atoned, He Sinks Into Sleep. And the Scale Flakes from His Eyes"
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The Conversion of Saint Paul by William Everson
"Poor Ladies, Do Not Despair- God Will Come to Your Window With Skylarks And Pluck Each Year Like a White Rose."
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There Has To Be a Jail for Ladies by Thomas Merton
"Quietly They Go, the Intelligent, the Witty, the Brave. I Know. But I Do Not Approve. And I Am Not Resigned."
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Dirge Without Music by Edna St Vincent Millay
"Right Onward Drive Unharmed, the Port, Well Worth the Cruise, is Near, and Every Wave is Charmed"
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Terminus by Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Set Every Threadbare Sail, and Give Her to the God of Storms, the Lightening and the Gale"
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Old Ironsides by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Physician and poet, 1809-1894
"the Signals We Give - Yes or No, or Maybe - Should Be Clear: the Darkness Around Us is Deep."
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A Ritual To Read To Each Other by William Stafford
"softening Consonants, Darkening Vowels, Till They Sound Like the Sea Moving Icebergs Back and Forth in Its Mouth"
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The Icelandic Language by Bill Holm
B. 1943
"Suddenly I Realize That if I Stepped out of My Body I Would Break Into Blossom."
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A Blessing by James Wright
"sweet Exhalations of Timothy and Vetch Go out With the Song of the Bird, the Ravaged Field Grows Wet With Dew"
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Twilight: After Haying by Jany Kenyon
"that is Where We Leave Him to Go on Hurtling Through the Geat Warp & at Our Own Ineffable Goals"
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Old Space Cadet Speaking by Anselm Hollo
"That Only I Remember, That Only You Admire, of the Broad Road That Stretches and the Roadside Fire."
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I Will Make You Brooches by Robert Louis Stevenson
Set to music by Ralph Vaughn Williams as part of his song cycle, "Songs of Travel".
"Their Sons Grow Suicidally Beautiful at the Beginning of October, and Gallop Terribly Against Each Other's Bodies"
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Autumn Begins in Martins Ferry, Ohio by James Wright
"then the Time Lifted Them up the Dark Passage They Had No Name For"
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Another River by W. S. Merwin
"they lay becalmed on the reflection of their Half Moon"
"They Place Her in the Kiln of the Earth, Where Clay is Fired Until the Bones Shine Like Porcelain."
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Death of a Potter by Linda Pasten
B. 1932
"This Misty Mid Region of Weir: Well I Know, Now, This Dank Tarn of Auber, This Ghoul-haunted Woodland of Weir."
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Ulalume by Edgar Allan Poe
"This One Whom Habit of Memory Propels to the Ground of His Making, Sleeper Only the Mortal Sounds Can Sing Awake, This Blessing Love Gives Again Into Our Arms"
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After Making Love We Hear Footsteps by Galway Kinnell
"till We Have Built Jerusalem in England's Green and Pleasant Land"
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And Did Those Feet in Ancient Time by William Blake
"to Hear the Soft Ticking of Weeds Springing Back, Undeterred, in the Lane That Leads Nowhere the Dead Want to Go"
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Old Cemetery by Ted Kooser
"The Train Pulls Down the Track. We Go About Our Business; I Have Turned My Back"
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The First Leaf by W. D. Snodgrass
"Two Phosphorescent Amoebas Overhead, and Two in the Bottomless Water"
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The Family by Kenneth Rexroth
"The Magellanic Clouds - Two phosphorescent amoebas overhead, and two in the bottomless water"
"Up, Lad: when the Journey's over There'll Be Time Enough to Sleep."
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Reveille by A.E. Housman
"Clay lies still, but blood's a rover; Breath's a ware that will not keep. Up, lad: when the journey's over There'll be time enough to sleep."
"Was It a Vision, or a Waking Dream? Fled is the Music, Do I Wake or Sleep?"
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Ode to a Nightingale by John Keats
"Watching the Water in the Foreground Dream Reflectively, Taking a View of Delft As It Was, Under a Wide and Darkening Sky."
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Vermeer by Howard Nemerov
"We Are All So Foolish, My Long Bebop Solo Begins by Saying, So Damn Foolish, We Have Become Beautiful Without Even Knowing It."
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Nightclub by Billy Collins
"what, Anyway, Was That Sticky Infusion, That Rank Flavor of Blood, That Poetry by Which I Lived?"
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The Bear by Galway Kinnell
"What Immortal Hand or Eye Dare Frame Thy Fearful Symmetry?"
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The Tygre by William Blake
"The Wheat Leans Back Toward Its Own Darkness and I Lean Toward Mine"
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Beginning by James Wright
"Wheels Shake the Roadbed Stone, the Pistons Jerk and Shove, I Stay up Half the Night to See the Land I Love."
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Night Journey by Theodore Roethke
"when Death Opens the Back Door You'll Put on Your Carpet Slippers and Stride Out."
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Courage by Anne Sexton
"when the Grunion Run the Pacific, and the Plunging Shearwaters, Insatiable, Stun Themselves in the Sea"
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The Poet Is Dead by William Everson
For Robinson Jeffers
"where Even Now an Old Fisherman Only the Pine Tops Can See Sits in the Dry Gray Wood of His Rowboat, Waiting for Pickerel"
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Fergus Falling by Galway Kinnell
"Where the Vulva and the Cod, Clutched in the Blood's Devouring Paroxysm, Beat Back Death"
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Missa Defunctorum by William Everson
"Whether Love Talks and Roses Grow and the Sun Breaks at Morning Splattering the Sea With Crimson"
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To a Dead Man by Carl Sandburg
"Whisper to the Earth, Mother, I Have Found Her, and I Am Safe and Always Have Been"
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Kaddish by David Ignatow
"the Wild Freedom of the Dance, Extasy Silent Solitary Illumination, Enstasy Real Danger. Gambles. and the Edge of Death.
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What You Should Know to Be a Poet by Gary Snyder
B.1930, US
"You Confide Yourself to the Darkness. You Step In. The Door Swings Closed."
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The Door by Margaret Atwood
"your Song Dies and Changes and is Not Here Tomorrow Any More Than the Wind Blowing Ten Thousand Years Ago"
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Languages by Carl Sandburg
"You Think I'm Not a Goddess? Try Me. This is a Torch Song. Touch Me and You'll Burn."
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Helen of Troy Does Countertop Dancing by Margaret Atwood
Canadian poet, novelist, critic, b. 1939
"you'v Carried Me Along on This Bloody Voyage, Carry Me Now Into That Cloud, Into the Marvel of This Final Night."
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Counting Birds by Jim Harrison
American poet and novelist, b.1937

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Allan R. Matthes

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