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Lee Ann Roripaugh
the hunger of trying to hold back the hunger a little bit longer the hunger of restraint and pullback

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Milkweed Editions

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Henk Rossouw
I was the sea-foam kid                bruises on my face with a school tie                copied from the British and knotted like a garrote.

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Fordham University Press

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Brett Shaw
A filament fused. Director says, the hips should draw down. The spine stairways, a column of clouds.

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BOAAT

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Fog

Giovanni Pascoli (translated from the Italian by Geoffrey Brock)
Hide what is far from my eyes, pale fog, impalpable gray vapor climbing the light...

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PN Review

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Farid Matuk
                shavings of metal on her fingertips animal grease     in her teeth in her century                 no edits or quick takes outside of a train

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The University of Arizona Press

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Fatimah Asghar
1947: a man sees a girl crying as she begs for water he stares for a while & then lights her on fire.

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One World

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Gwendolyn Brooks
Let it be stairways, and a splintery box Where you have thrown me, scraped me with your kiss, Have honed me, have released me after this...

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Library of America

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Jehanne Dubrow
For a few days: frost remakes the lawn as frozen spines. I’m stepping on small bones.

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Diode Editions

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Michael Bazzett
What made it worse                         was how good- natured the little bears turned out to be,     how accepting            of their fate...

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Tin House

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Daisy Lafarge
To paint someone 'approaching' is to keep them at arm's length. Safer this way...

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The Dark Horse

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