A. M. Juster
The caution tape is tattered and flapping in the wind. Birds guard the median where glass and steel lie shattered.
from the book Wonder & Wrath / Paul Dry Books
What Sparks Poetry is a serialized feature in which we invite poets to explore experiences and ideas that spark new poems.

In Delineated: Prose Writers on Poetry, we invite prominent writers of fiction and non-fiction to reflect on the poetry that inspires them. Our featured writers describe how poetry illuminates their creative lives, whether as inspiration, a daily practice, or a thread of hope through difficult times.

Nina McConigley on Tarfia Faizullah's "Self-Portrait As Mango"
Photo: Nina McConigley
Rosebud Ben-Oni
You say you know the reason why Archimedes died tracing circles in the sand & how you’ll go out this way, a man too in love with unifying theorem & consequence.
Kayleb Rae Candrilli
In the beginning, there was a boy who touched me as he shouldn't have. His hands around my ankles—claustrophobic— a plot of cattails on the water's black silt.
Raymond Antrobus
Gaudí believed in holy sound and built a cathedral to contain it, pulling hearing men from their knees as though Deafness is a kind of Atheism. Who would turn down God?
Corey Van Landingham
Yet the women who ate from German plates—Paris paraded them naked in the streets. Painted swastikas across their chests. Yes, it feels good to be right.

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