Poem: Götterdämmerung

Götter­däm­merung –Rita Dove From On the Bus with Rosa Parks A straw reed climbs the car anten­na. Beyond the tint­ed glass, gold­en waves of grain. Gol­ly! I can’t help exclaim­ing, and he smirks— my born-again nat­u­ral­ist son with his souped-up lap­top, dear prodi­gy who insists…

Poem: Death By Wind

Death By Wind –Ger­ald Stern From Save the Last Dance As for those who face their death by wind and call it by the weird name of for­give­ness they alone have the right to mar­ry birds, and those who stopped them­selves from falling down by…

Poem: Yellow Glove

Yellow Glove –Nao­mi Shi­hab Nye From Yel­low Glove, reprint­ed in Words Under the Words: Select­ed Poems What can a yel­low glove mean in a world of motor­cars and gov­ern­ments? I was small, like every­one. Life was a string of pre­cau­tions: Don’t kiss…

Poem: What Is There Beyond Knowing

What Is There Beyond Know­ing –Mary Oliv­er From New and Select­ed Poems: Vol­ume Two What is there beyond know­ing that keeps call­ing to me? I can’t turn in any direc­tion but it’s there. I don’t mean the leaves’ grip and shine or even the…

Poem: Morning on the Island

Morn­ing on the Island –Car­olyn Forché From The Nation 290:15, 19 April 2010 The lights across the water are the wak­ing city. The water shim­mers with imag­i­nary fish. Not far from here lie the bones of conifers washed from the sea and piled…

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