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Hermitage

Entertainment / Poem Of The Day /

It's true there were times when it was too much
and I slipped off in the first light or its last hour
and drove up through the crooked way of the valley

and swam out to those ruins on an island.
Blackbirds were the only music in the spruces,
and the stars, as they faded out, offered themselves to me
<...Read more

More Stones

Entertainment / Poem Of The Day /

Donald Justice has died twice:
once in Miami, in the sun, on a Sunday,
and once in Iowa City, on a Friday
in August, which was not without
its own sun--if not bright spot.
The first time he died, he was thinking
of Vallejo, who died in Paris, maybe
on a Thursday, surely in rain.
Vallejo died again ...Read more

Gwendolyn Brooks Park, Topeka

Entertainment / Poem Of The Day /

They carved the letters yellow,
and painted
the wood around the letters green,
chained a picnic table to the grass
out near where the roof of the dead
mall directs a crack
of sunset to radiate the Burger King sign gold.
Last place open after midnight:
then apartment windows hold
stars and ...Read more

Summer Morn in New Hampshire

Entertainment / Poem Of The Day /

All yesterday it poured, and all night long
I could not sleep; the rain unceasing beat
Upon the shingled roof like a weird song,
Upon the grass like running children's feet.
And down the mountains by the dark cloud kissed,
Like a strange shape in filmy veiling dressed,
Slid slowly, silently, the wraith-like ...Read more

Stephen Crane

Entertainment / Poem Of The Day /

-It is true, believe me,-
It was all of birds,
And I held them in a basket;
When I opened the wicket,
Heavens! They all flew away.
I cried, "Come back, little thoughts!"
But they only laughed.
They flew on
Until they were as sand
Thrown between me and the sky.


About this ...Read more

Respect

Entertainment / Poem Of The Day /

Because her body is winter inside a cave
because someone built
fire there and forgot to put it out
because bedtime is a castle
she's building inside herself
with a moat
and portcullis
and buckets full of mist
because when you let go
the reins
horses
tumble over cliffs and turn
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Axis Mundi

Entertainment / Poem Of The Day /

Where in the church of the mind,
the mind's sawn down trees,
where hardwood's stacked up,
quartered and milled where under the nave

the painting is placed,
in the left-hand side aisle,

the viewpoint from which one approaches the altar
do the putti recover us and give us wings?

...Read more

Property

Entertainment / Poem Of The Day /

There are these flowers
with centers like liquid
hollows up close
and the outline

melts like a trick.
An illusion is usually

dark by the end.
An illusion is thin

curving for some
spark, along it to trace

a straight
shot to the rigged

bones ...Read more

The Sadness of Clothes

Entertainment / Poem Of The Day /

When someone dies, the clothes are so sad. They have outlived
their usefulness and cannot get warm and full.
You talk to the clothes and explain that he is not coming back

as when he showed up immaculately dressed in slacks and plaid jacket
and had that beautiful smile on and you'd talk.
You'd go to get ...Read more

In Tongues

Entertainment / Poem Of The Day /

1.
Because you haven't spoken
in so long, the tongue stumbles and stutters,
sticks to the roof and floor as if the mouth were just
a house in which it could stagger like a body unto itself.

You once loved a man so tall
sometimes you stood on a chair to kiss him.

2.
What to say when ...Read more

John Keats

Entertainment / Poem Of The Day /

Let it not be among the jumbled heap
Of murky buildings; climb with me the steep,-
Nature's observatory-whence the dell,
Its flowery slopes, its river's crystal swell,
May seem a span; let me thy vigils keep
'Mongst boughs pavillion'd, where the deer's swift leap
Startles the wild bee from the fox-glove bell. ...Read more

The Sun in Bemidji, Minnesota

Entertainment / Poem Of The Day /

The sun isn't even a pearl today-
its light diffused, strained gray
by winter haze-this the grayest
day so far, so when I enter the Wells
Fargo parking lot the last thing I expect
is to see the sun in the car next to mine.
I watch a woman make out with the sun,
and I'm jealous of the sun. Beautiful
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The Sun in Bemidji, Minnesota

Entertainment / Poem Of The Day /

The sun isn't even a pearl today-
its light diffused, strained gray
by winter haze-this the grayest
day so far, so when I enter the Wells
Fargo parking lot the last thing I expect
is to see the sun in the car next to mine.
I watch a woman make out with the sun,
and I'm jealous of the sun. Beautiful
...Read more

Mozart Songbook

Entertainment / Poem Of The Day /

Outside on Fremont Ave, black
snow and no such thing as a
white wig or a lovestruck violet
who sings his heart out. My lungs
ached, huge with breath and the harsh
sweetness of strange words. Veilchen,
Madchen-my brother spoke them
to show how my tongue was a gate
that could open secrets. He pressed...Read more

Stammering translated sonnet in which the poet sends the rains of Havana to her love in New York

Entertainment / Poem Of The Day /

Got your message, here
in the letter you didn't write:
burned, with a forbidden seal,
marking the burial site
of what has neither voice nor definition,
what has no face, no peace, no place to sleep,
a whisper in which I can't [inaudible]
-what the sea doesn't say, whispering, every night,
and when ...Read more

Poem for Beachheads & Briars

Entertainment / Poem Of The Day /

Awoken by the immaculate flaw
in my bed. Quietude, hollowed
limbs through which the breeze
still moves. Despite molecules

I've come to intuit wavelengths,
how Made in America illustrates

that most blown, charitable days
revolve this walk swept of sand.

Smashed & believing ...Read more

Ever

Entertainment / Poem Of The Day /

Never, never, never, never, never.
-King Lear
Even now I can't grasp "nothing" or "never."
They're unholdable, unglobable, no map to nothing.
Never? Never ever again to see you?
An error, I aver. You're never nothing,
because nothing's not a thing.
I know death is absolute, forever,
the guillotine-...Read more

Of Love: A Sonnet

Entertainment / Poem Of The Day /

How love came in I do not know,
Whether by the eye, or ear, or no;
Or whether with the soul it came
(At first) infused with the same;
Whether in part 'tis here or there,
Or, like the soul, whole everywhere,
This troubles me: but I as well
As any other this can tell:
That when from hence she does ...Read more

The Thaw

Entertainment / Poem Of The Day /

I saw the civil sun drying earth's tears -
Her tears of joy that only faster flowed,
Fain would I stretch me by the highway side,
To thaw and trickle with the melting snow,
That mingled soul and body with the tide,
I too may through the pores of nature flow.

But I alas nor tinkle can nor fume,
One...Read more

Living Room

Entertainment / Poem Of The Day /

God sees me. I see you. You're just like me.
This is the cul-de-sac I've longed to live on.
Pure-white and dormered houses sit handsomely

along the slate-roofed, yew-lined neighborhood.
Past there is where my daughters walk to school,
across the common rounded by a wood.

informs me how the earth ...Read more

 

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