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John Keats

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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

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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

Sonnet

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Lo, even as I passed beside the booth
Of roses, and beheld them brightly twine
To damask heights, taking them as a sign
Of my own self still unconcerned with truth;
Even as I held up in hands uncouth
And drained with joy the golden-bodied wine,
Deeming it half-unworthy, half divine,
From out the sweet-...Read more

Thought Poem for Victor Martinez (Undelivered)

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You said:
What you wrote (at this moment-here)
was being written by someone somewhere else
at the same time (this is the question) some
country some town on stilts-in a broken
concentration bus or a polished make-believe desk
a cheap jungled-up clinic an empty one no supplies
for the sickly aged children...Read more

Employment

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At the time the time felt well spent but now
I see it was wasted. Not a waste-it just had
no point-no shape-no hourglass' tapering
waist. At a certain point, bliss gets replaced
by disinterest. If you will allow me for once
to be honest. I left the sea's lacy wake, waking
each day well-rested, untested, unmet....Read more

Ali! Ali!

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It's late and your heart skips watching
that young man fight. The Garden, the left
jab lashes like a frog's tongue catching
a fly. There you go again with an undeft

image to his arthropod conceit. You know he'll win,
an old victory. They hate him there, sore
that he joined your faith, a strapping boy, ...Read more

After the First Child, the Second

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for Chris Martin
To you
through whom

these sudden days
blowse & hum

thirst & quench
a tide of tensing trees

days tick by
beats in a song

my body grows
fuller each day

I think my life
has always been

for this quiet
...Read more

Spell to Locate the Unreachable

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As no assistance could be expected
of the ocean, I turned to the trumpeting
tunnel of sky and rummaged
the tops of plum birch turning
their leaves like coins, then
to the tumbler sweating
on the porch rail. The sky,
the color of whale oil. The wind,
a box of uncolored letters. And so
I was ...Read more

The Thaw

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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

Experience

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This morning I looked at the map of the day
And said to myself, "This is the way! This is the way I will go;
Thus shall I range on the roads of achievement,
The way is so clear-it shall all be a joy on the lines marked out."
And then as I went came a place that was strange,-
'Twas a place not down on the map!
...Read more

Dear Reader,

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Through what precinct of life's forest are you hiking at this moment?
Are you kicking up leaf litter or stabbed by brambles?
Of what stuff are you made? Gossamer or chain mail?
Are you, as reputed, marvelously empty? Or invisibly ever-present,
even as this missive is typed? Have you been to Easter Island? Yes?
Then ...Read more

Museum

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I walked the three floors
of the local antique store
and imagined white plaques
adorning each room
-but unlike museums
I could touch the displays,
and could take a seat
at a beautiful walnut table-
I could wonder about the moment
its palm-stained patina
went from simply dirty
to ...Read more

Dragged Mass

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What are we supposed to make
of the granite block dragged across the dirt lot
behind a tractor that has been instructed
to build up a mound out of the displaced dirt, a mess

far away from what we would call the aesthetic
and more to do with the disturbance

of fresh graves or construction, the ...Read more

Maureen McLane

Entertainment / Poem Of The Day /

and learn again to begin
oh something different
from repetition

Let's go to the morning
and watch the sun smudge

every bankrupt idea
of nature "you can't write about

anymore" said my friend
the photographer "except

as science"
Let's enroll ourselves
<...Read more

America

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Although she feeds me bread of bitterness,
And sinks into my throat her tiger's tooth,
Stealing my breath of life, I will confess
I love this cultured hell that tests my youth!
Her vigor flows like tides into my blood,
Giving me strength erect against her hate.
Her bigness sweeps my being like a flood.
...Read more

The Unexplorer

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There was a road ran past our house
Too lovely to explore.
I asked my mother once-she said
That if you followed where it led
It brought you to the milk-man's door.
(That's why I have not traveled more.)

About this poem
"The Unexplorer" was published in "A Few Figs From Thistles" (Harper & Brothers...Read more

A Confession to a Friend in Trouble

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Your troubles shrink not, though I feel them less
Here, far away, than when I tarried near;
I even smile old smiles-with listlessness-
Yet smiles they are, not ghastly mockeries mere.

A thought too strange to house within my brain
Haunting its outer precincts I discern:
-That I will not show zeal again ...Read more

Vapor

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Tonight I'm to occupy a single breath:
to let it slowly out as an open kettle might
release its steam, left long on the stove.
Eventually all substance turns to vapor

& accumulates in the air, then falls
again as a globe under its own weight.
Bodies must be near each other, it seems,
even when the...Read more

Falling Peacock in Rainstorm at Night

Entertainment / Poem Of The Day /

My tail of colored feathers
hangs matted
closed behind me

It weighs me down

In this wet darkness
I can neither
dance nor fly

This darkness
weighs me down

No one here
to see my splendor

My only company
the relentless rain

...Read more

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