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What Sparks Poetry is a serialized feature in which we invite poets to explore experiences and ideas that spark new poems. In our first series, The Poems of Others, we invited our editors to pay homage to the poems that led them to write. The Poems of Others II is a reprise of that series, opening the invitation to twenty-four poets from among our readers.

Jehanne Dubrow on Zbigniew Herbert’s “The Envoy of Mr. Cogito”
Photo: Jehanne Dubrow
Luke Patterson
eat biscuits wait for the wind to calm sheepish hawks circle thermal pockets birdsong warms the valley lips
James Longenbach
A book is the future. You dream Of reading it, and once you’ve finished, it’s a miracle, you know the past.
Yu Xiuhua (translated from the Chinese by Wang Fang & Yvonne Reddick)
I read your poems in a clean yard. All the world’s love-affairs are a blur, like sparrows darting by, and the years are pure as moonlight. No, I’m not being sentimental — if I send you a book, it won’t be poetry.
Anna Swir (translated from the Polish by Czesław Miłosz & Leonard Nathan)
The soul asks the body: Is it true that we do not really exist? The body says: I’m tanning my knees.

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