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Robert Hass
He was a solemn and delicate little boy. His father was a physicist, and I could see on the day that I watched him on the beach in La Jolla, that the shell in his hand was no toy to him. He had learned to look at things.

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Ecco Press

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Ghinwa Jawhari
what a doll i was those years after the towers fell. i went blonde as one goes insane, womaned with a new name, an easy olio for the tongues that tsk'd me. gone were the guttural consonants, the hairs connecting my brows.

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Radix Media

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José Luís Peixoto (translated from the Portuguese by Hugo dos Santos)
Alone, I arrive in a looted city and walk slowly, my arms hanging loosely, I look through open doors, what remains is scattered in the streets

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The Common

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Rodney Terich Leonard
Some people don't schwa the A in her name, they won't ah it, like they do for ago & anonymous. Into secondhand enunciation, they dote on & long- chew the alphabet's first letter, its crunch-gristle, A-dele.

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Four Way Books

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Robert Hayden
Sundays too my father got up early and put his clothes on in the blueblack cold, then with cracked hands that ached from labor in the weekday weather made banked fires blaze. No one ever thanked him.

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Liveright Books

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Lauren Camp
With wine, I went right to the open mouth, took it down, familiar with the charm of my own particular sin. It was as if I had already all the history of my two worlds, morning and later—

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Tupelo Press

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Valerie Mejer Caso (translated from the Spanish by Michelle Gil-Montero)
The sky in its ultramarine hour frames that tremendous, impossible moment when the stores close. The seamstresses turn to other seams.

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Action Books

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jayy dodd
before my mouth deads this slick body.                     Sing. wax on testify come, honey come, o they’d be honeycombwax testimony song.                     later, stories better tell could tongue my If.

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Bennington Review

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Geoffrey Nutter
On our visit we stayed at the octagon house— and were sleepless in view of the eight-sided land. Uncombed grass webbed the sides of the angled veranda. And on one side of the eight-sided land the incandescent lanterns of the doll shops flickered on.

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Wave Books

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