Poetry

Poem | Air Waves

Set off by the light-governed timer the lawn-sprinkler waves a rain-wall of water east and west.  A robin, its bright beak still fledgling-yellow, stands...

'You Think It Strange'

There is no release or relief in poet Dan Burt's story, just a stark and pervading sense of emotional sclerosis from the streets of Philly to the halls of Cambridge.

Poem | 'There But for the Grace'

I. Strophe “Whoever does this for the least of these does it for me,” says Jesus Christ my King to Whom I offer thanks on bended knees. Now to my...

Poem | Anti-Narcissus

I can’t be fast as the filmed snake whiplashes. I can’t be fast as the heron snaps. I can be slow. The child streaked from crying against its...

'The Road Not Taken'

Many take Frost’s 'The Road Not Taken' as an American affirmation to choose one's own path. But in David Orr's reading the twenty-line poem is instead about limits.

Poem | Wilderness Experience

Anything can unhappen—   Sunworn canyons could spill ridges, fold flowers and highways and drown        ...

Poem | From Quasi-Stories

The greengrocer counts the shriveled, wrinkled, inhuman apples, and then he sells me celery past it prime and six green bananas. And I take them all....

Poem | Lithium Balloon

I’d sneak off to the creek—the one my mother knew Was plagued by polio.   Its bank was my nest where I gathered my twigs & Sticks, my...

Poem | On the Radio I Heard This Storm

...then my attention came to rest again / on the reaching-me-clearly breaking / voice of a woman testifying // she thought fireworks / were going off in a theater...

Bookmarks | Almost-Madness in Love & Loss

How to describe the almost-madness of loss? Macdonald uses hawk-taming, Smith "ordinary" poetry about death, and Chapman "Christian love of existence."

Poem | Sandpiper

He flies only to scurry along another / reach of surf where he / pricks the cold for / prey smaller / than grains of prose. The freedom / to guess right is his...

Poem | Adjustment

Mighty planet Earth / orbits to order, its greenest blues / attractive, to make our / life-giving aerial envelope / lawful, obedient, singing. / It turns...
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