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Elizabeth Macklin

If there were a word that meantthought, mind, spiritand wish, desire,appetite.                   And memory,and recall. And finally alsowill, purpose, intention, we might have it down:The impatient childfilled without being filledfilled despite                                        the longing, being justsated enough. Pears poached long enough,making their long, light syrup. And if we did have the word?Not just one thing… Continue reading Elizabeth Macklin

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Matthew Dickman

Getting It Right. Your ankles make me want to party,want to sit and beg and roll overunder a pair of riding boots with your ankleshidden inside, sweating beneath the black tooled leather;they make me wish it was my birthdayso I could blow out their candles, have them hungover my shoulders like two bagsfull of money.… Continue reading Matthew Dickman

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Sara Teasdale

STREPHON kissed me in the spring,    Robin in the fall,But Colin only looked at me    And never kissed at all. Strephon’s kiss was lost in jest,    Robin’s lost in play,But the kiss in Colin’s eyes   Haunts me night and day. —Sara Teasdale, “The Look,” Love Songs. (BookSurge Classics May 1, 2009) Originally published 1917. First… Continue reading Sara Teasdale

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`W.S. Merwin

For some time I thought there was timeand that there would always be timefor what I had a mind to doand what I could imaginegoing back to and finding itas I had found it the first timebut by this time I do not knowwhat I thought when I thought back then there is not time… Continue reading `W.S. Merwin

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David Ferry

The plane of water is like a page on whichPhrases and even sentences are written,But because of the breeze, and the turning of the year,And the sense that this lake water, as it is beingExperienced on a particular day, comes fromSome source somewhere, beneath, within, itself,Or from somewhere else, nearby, a spring, a brook,Its pure… Continue reading David Ferry

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Bill Knott

Blame it on fate, on beach memories—pebble put in the pocket or shellfragments; any memento carriesus as much as we it. Time capsule contains every evening’s interval.The ocean observes its own puddle. — Bill Knott, from “Fragments from the Beach,” MaverickMagazine 11. Published 02/23/2005.

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Kip Moore

I have my dark days, and I have my days of hope about all of it, but to be honest, those days of hope are a bit of a forced hope. — Kip Moore, from “Kip Moore: Moore Authenticity” by Tricia Despres, American Songwriter (vol. 36, no. 3, March / April 2021)

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F. Scott Fitzgerald

A love letter should come like a fresh stream from the heart, with no leaf on its current. —  F. Scott Fitzgerald, “Image on the Heart.” Written in in September 1935 with the working titles “Finishing School” and “A Course in Languages.” After the Saturday Evening Post apparently declined it, it was finally published in… Continue reading F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Jonathan Galassi

These little irises could be your eyes’if they were twice as large and twice as dark,but if I got inside them–can I findthe vein that is the tunnel to your heart?I may be in there: I see signs of movementunder the silky shadow/luminescence;is it feeling’s fierce integumentor a more troubled, more elusive essence?Your other eyes… Continue reading Jonathan Galassi

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