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Margaret Atwood

Late August Late August — This is the plum season, the nights blue and distended, the moon hazed, this is the season of peaches with their lush lobed bulbs that glow in the dusk, apples that drop and rot sweetly, their brown skins veined as glands No more the shrill voices that cried Need Need… Continue reading Margaret Atwood

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William Jay Smith

Thinking of you this evening, I think of mystery; I think of umbrellas of crystal Shading a cinnamon sea; I think of swallow-tailed shadows Enveloping history; And the past becomes the future, And the present is yet to be; And life is a rain-swept mirror Through which perpetually A girl with bright hair flowing, Dappled… Continue reading William Jay Smith

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Mary Szybist

I know that darkness. Have stood on that bridge in the space between the streetlights dizzy with looking down. Maybe some darks are deep enough to swallow what we want them to. But you can’t have two worlds in your hands and choose emptiness. — Mary Szybist, from “So-and-So Descending from the Bridge,” Incarnadine. (Graywolf… Continue reading Mary Szybist

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