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Reginald Shepherd
You’re walking down the street alone, absorbed in the anticipation of a lunchtime salad with that crusty olive bread you like so much, and suddenly you’re marching in formation in a crowd, it’s called a regiment. You seem to be a soldier this time, you learn to be at war.

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More Truly and More Strange: 100 Contemporary Self-Portrait Poems

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Persea Books

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Choi Seungja (translated from the Korean by Won-Chung Kim & Cathy Park Hong)
Nobody raised me. I was nothing from the beginning, sleeping in a rat’s hole, nibbling on the flea’s liver, dying absentmindedly, in any old place.

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Phone Bells Keep Ringing for Me

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Action Books

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Samuel Amadon
Having to be so without having to be so, I take my seat at the bar. It's my manner. I'm willful. Absent. Crisp. And cold. I know where to point my eyes when speaking, when listening, when the check arrives. I'm having lunch today because I'm pretty civilized.

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Listener

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Solid Objects

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Barbara Jane Reyes

They will say, your language lacks finesse, your words low. They will form air quotes with their white fingers, say something clever about color. They will corral you into their lowness, as you sully their well-lit high poetic annals. With your darkness.

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Letters to a Young Brown Girl

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BOA Editions

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Alexander Vvedensky (translated from the Russian by Matvei Yankelevich)
I find it hard to be with minutes, they have completely confused me. It really upsets me terribly that I can be seen in reality. And then there’s this grudge that I bear, that I’m not a rug, nor a hydrangea.

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An Invitation for Me to Think

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New York Review Books

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Elana Bell
I don’t know when I noticed the pale pink shoots sprouting from the submerged ends: wild, reaching roots, like ginseng, or the hair on an old woman’s chin. Then tiny green leaves began to appear at the tips, curling over themselves with the sheer effort of growing.

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Mother Country

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BOA Editions

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Éireann Lorsung
The nation contains intrinsic defects. Something has been sending out messages at the rate of decay. This varies. Because nò bòdy does nòt respond to radiation. It is concentrated on those who witnessed the explosions, and in the soil.

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The Century

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Milkweed Editions

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Marie Tozier
One spring, sandhill cranes flew into sight. Having landed, they became hard to spot, Their bodies and wings dirt brown, The color of dead willow leaves.

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Open the Dark

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Boreal Books

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Honorée Fanonne Jeffers
Her daughter would speak of water, bowl, sun— light arriving, light gone— sometime after the nice white lady paid and named her for the slave ship.

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The Age of Phillis

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Wesleyan University Press

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Jorie Graham
Today on two legs stood and reached to the right spot as I saw it choosing among the twisting branches and multifaceted changing shades, and greens, and shades of greens, lobed, and lashing sun, the fig...

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Runaway

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Ecco

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