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Carl Sandburg

What is there for you in the birds, the birds, the birds, crying down in the north wind in September—acres of birds spotting the air going south? Is there something finished? And some new beginning on the way? — Carl Sandburg, from section “Falltime” in “Redhaw Winds,” Poetry (October 1918)

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Mark Strand

Afternoon darkens into evening. A man falls deeper and deeper into the slow spiral of sleep, into the drift of it, the length of it, through what feels like mist, and comes at last to an open door through which he passes without knowing why, then again without knowing why goes to a room where… Continue reading Mark Strand

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Ocean Vuong

 Say surrender. Say alabaster. Switchblade.             Honeysuckle. Goldenrod. Say autumn. Say autumn despite the green             in your eyes. Beauty despite daylight. Say you’d kill for it. Unbreakable dawn             mounting in your throat. My thrashing beneath you             like a sparrow stunned with falling. —  Ocean Vuong, from “On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous,” Poetry… Continue reading Ocean Vuong

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Richard Jackson

Silences The world is made of water. —Parmenides I can barely remember, now, that unwritten poem in which you suddenly appeared, and which disappeared the way your Mohawk fathers disappeared from the valley I lived in once. I have only these words that seem as if they climbed up from the bottom of a dry… Continue reading Richard Jackson

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