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Susan Mackervoy
I walk out from the tutorial. There are rooms with people reading, conversations. Mountainside, glimpsed through a window. I feel ancient, the oldest one here.

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Ulalume González de León (translated from the Spanish by Terry Ehret, John Johnson, & Nancy J. Morales)
6:13         and all that’s left is time No, not time All that’s left are the goodbyes

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Ellen Bryant Voigt
Sweet are the songs of envy and despair, which count the healthy strangers that we meet and mark the neighbors' illness mild and brief, the birds that go on nesting, the brilliant air.

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Sasha Steensen
Sometimes it is ok to be afraid & necessary I have one hand with fear in it I hold it out toward the wilds

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W.H. Auden
About suffering they were never wrong, The Old Masters: how well they understood Its human position

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I remain amazed by how many rules the poem seems to break. The first stanza of the poem is a direct violation of that old dictum, “show don’t tell.” Auden makes a lot of claims about how the Old Masters depict suffering, and he tells the reader how to interpret the paintings being discussed. The Old Masters might be showing, but Auden is quite definitely telling.

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Camonghne Felix
in high school I failed everything graduated with underwhelming decimals the dark trauma of men lining my transcript but baby girl has got something I don't it's called discipline

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Henri Cole
I sat on the beach in my red pajamas and listened to the sparkling foam, like feelings being fustigated.

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Marcus Wicker
Aristotle claimed, pain arises               from the untoward bracing. He strikes me as a particularly               anxious dude.

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Maya Abu Al-Hayyat (translated from the Arabic by Fady Joudah)
Do you know a road for loss that doesn’t end in a settlement?

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