Poetry

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Three Poems by Tara Deal

by: Tara Deal With sharp, precise images and line breaks that slow the reader down, Tara Deals’ poetry asks the question: What does it feel…

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Two Poems by Cal Freeman

by: Cal Freeman Cal Freeman is devoted to paying attention “because each moment is an irrevocable act.” Everybody knows this is a basic fact of…

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Three Poems by Michelle Chen

by: Michelle Chen The enthralling power of Michelle Chen’s work, whether original or translation, is that it moves deftly in two directions simultaneously: 1) a…

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Two Poems by Jake Romm

by Jake Romm In these poems, the promise of America and the promise of poetry become one and the same: a longed for freedom that…

FILE - This May 1, 2014, file photo shows irrigation water runs along a dried-up ditch between rice farms in Richvale, Calif. In Santa Cruz, Calif., dozens of residents who violated their strict water rations take a seat at Water School, hoping to get hundreds of thousands of dollars in distressing penalties waived. California is in the third year of the state's worst drought in recent history. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Three Poems by Alexandra Mattraw

by: Alexandra Mattraw The power of Alexandra Mattraw’s poetry comes from its concision and compression. These poems have been whittled down until we are left with…

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Two Poems by Sneha Subramanian Kanta

by: Sneha Subramanian Kanta Sneha Subramanian Kanta poems struggle to say the unsayable, to illuminate the duality of all things: the ocean gives life; the ocean provides…

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Two Poems by Anne Babson

by: Anne Babson In these poems by Anne Babson, the speaker doesn’t overlay the landscape with meaning and narrative; quite the contrary, the landscape defines…

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Two Poems by Rizwan Akhtar

by: Rizwan Akhtar These poems by Pakistani poet Rizwan Akhtar explore how the natural world impacts our connections to self and other, love and loss,…

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Three Poems by Natalie Crick

by: Natalie Crick With their subtle, graceful music, Natalie Crick’s poems sing with slow and patient melancholy of how the difficult world denies our need…

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24 Cut Lits

by: Noah Eli Gordon Surreal self-help poetry? Aphorisms that question rather than teach? Epigrams that remind us to look in the mirror and out the window?…