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Stephen Dunn

More and more you learn to live with the unacceptable. You sense the ever-hidden God retreating even farther, terrified or embarrassed. — Stephen Dunn, from “Before the Sky Darkens,” as quoted in “Down from the Tower: Poetry as Confabulation,” by Bill Christophersen, Poetry (January 2002)

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Brenda Cárdenas

Sonnet for Thunder Lovers and Primary Colors When Sweet Nothings Just Don’t Cut It You’re more than soda fizz, than sparklers lit for kids at play, than fireflies’ flit in sky. You spin around my heart and up my thigh with the whistle and boom of a bottle rocket. Baby, those other jugglers’ gigolo tricks—… Continue reading Brenda Cárdenas

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Lori Lamothe

The twilight smells like moths. Moths and libraries and children’s breath preserved in formaldehyde. It’s in our hair and our cloaks reek of it. Everywhere the years have accumulated in layers like the stale smoke of magic. — Lori Lamothe, from “Gray Sisters to Perseus,” Linebreak (30 September 2008)

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Martin Willitts Jr.

Time does not stand still; it is writing itself into the leaves how fatal life can be. Fog is burning. The fields are evolving as light arrives in a slow assured way. Like a passing rain, light arrives! And it is not any more beautiful one day than another; it just seems that way, narrowing… Continue reading Martin Willitts Jr.

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