The Name of the Island Was Marriage
by Bruce Beasley • from The Kenyon Review
Bruce Beasley is the author of seven collections of poems, most recently Theophobia (BOA, 2012) and The Corpse Flower: New and Selected Poems (University of Washington Press, 2007).
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- Albert Goldbarth
- Wisława Szymborska, tr. Clare Cavanagh
- Clive James
- Adam Day
- Rich Ives
- Rebecca Foust
- Jane Hirshfield
- Arundhathi Subramaniam
- John Amen
- Jared Smith
- Pamela Davis
- Terrance Hayes
- Deborah Meadows
- Re'Lynn Hansen
- Jessica Jacobs
- Carol Potter
- Mark Neely
- Patty Seyburn
- Megan Levad
- Linda Lerner
- Clare MacQueen
- Nathalie Handal
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