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Sister Rosetta

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I left the train, still going nowhere, but in a hurry. Still a boy, but trapped in a suit.

The Nine Mountain Movement

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I wanted these mountains to be prettier and Jerry must have seen it in my face. “Second thoughts?” he asked. I pretended I didn't hear him, but that probably wasn't believable because Jerry knew just how loud to scream…

The Best Banana Bread

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An Uneventful Night in an Italian Hospital

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The voice is back! That voice, like milk and honey, like mother, like the school nurse who bandaged my scraped knee.

Darker

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The moon poured more/ light into the sky/ yet we kept on talking

hendecasyllabic moon

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that moon does not think (unless mineral thoughts) . . .

"Ripping Good Poetry" Punishes Boys Who Curse With Verse

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“I read one of Tennyson's poems, The Lotos-Eaters, which is about sitting around and getting high by eating a natural narcotic. It seems these natives get like totally wasted."

The Dead

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The dead want you to calm down.They are quite fine, and don't needyour post-mortem tears, the flowers and veils; their names mispronounced by preachers. None of your catechisms will do -- especiallyfor the children, who know them well and need no…

Sparrow and Mockingbird Greet the Dawn

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feathered waves of tangerine peach

Cold, Cold Night

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I thought I heard Follow your heart On the cold, cold Night of the soul I thought I heard Follow your heart, follow your heart On this coldest night Of the soul Leaves on fire, leaves on fire They told me look Into the flames To

Serrated Leaves

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The old man watched his cat feel the contours of his lap before settling down in its mould. It's time, he muttered, moving gently to and fro in his rocking chair. Macha had fallen ill. Arlo had been given a two-year gift. Then he had also thought the time had come, but she…

Language

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this reaching, this striving to love like it's there becoming something we need.

Genius

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It was entirely my fault, misreading signals. I have a clumsy imagination, mistook your gushing about my boobs as a soul connection. Then you said something about us being lovers in a past life, and I remembered Bobby Bubion from high school, his strategy for…

Fascination

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Lying all over itself...

I Would Make the Worst Cable News Anchorwoman Ever

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I'd laugh, cry, splutter with confusion or outrage. I'd probably say “Duh” a lot, grow pale, flush, and wink at the viewers. I'd furrow my eyebrows, raise one or both, and my eyes would narrow, widen,…