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Each angry man leaps from a boy tempered by existential harm.

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I say her- it might be him-/ but from a distance I supply the details I prefer.

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Bruce kept his seat, waiting for those in the aisle to begin filing out. But they weren’t moving, and neither was he.

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No twinkle- so, planet, not star./ And bright, so either Venus/ or Jupiter. I’m guessing, Jupiter.

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They wear their bodies recklessly, these cempazuchitl,
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I Am Not Like All The Rest: Funny Lines From Online Dating Profiles

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After becoming single at age 62, I joined an online dating site. After a year of perusing profiles and meeting men for coffee, staying single is starting to look better and better to me. But I've stayed on the site, in part for the pure enjoyment of…

Trader Joe's, on a Sunday

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When you think I'm not looking, I always am. You say it's like nicotine, your best analogy as a non-smoker. The kind of hit that is hard to live without and isn't it human nature, you ponder.

Walking With Cyclop

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I was looking for a house in the French countryside. A small farm, to be precise, one I could buy and rent out. With separate accommodation for me to live in during summer. A place in which I could continue with my studies under a different sky, in the warm weather, the…

The Witch in the Canyon

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There's a witch in Laurel Canyon.She made Wes a promise.Her bungalow smelled like Parliaments. Parliaments, garlic frying in olive oil. Parliaments, garlic frying in olive, and a freshly opened pack of Red Vines. Wes could have curled up into a ball and fallen asleep on her…

The Tower

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Magda drove up the road and circled the park — her usual route for shopping and other duties. She would attend first to her son Gino's piano lessons. Delighted, though quite surprised, at his choice of instrument, she opened her music book for beginners and played a…

Thanksgiving, 2018

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The cornbread for dressing cools./ The cranberries boil with one cup each/ of sugar and water. The aromas are nice


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Happy Valentine's Day From Your Librarian

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Is every librarian a poet at heart? I don't know, but a group of librarians recently put their heads together and came up with these library-themed Valentine's Day poems: Roses are red Your book's overdue You've had it for months Which is…

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everything moved in circles like the music, the booze and the drugs


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... and August's drought/ will yellow lawns, singe the shrubs,/ and amplify cicada song.

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The Muse//has used/ me up

Blades of Grass

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Senseless, inevitable.

Hospice Valediction

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Twelfth Love Poem and Twelfth Song of Despair

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Let us not save each other for special occasions.

Afton Mountain

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fog settles over the mountain laying a ghostly blue shroud