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Lisel Mueller

We want to hear someone say, “I give you my heart,” meaning, “summer and winter,” meaning, “all my time in this world,” and to imagine what it is like, dying of heartbreak, a subtle, yet extravagant death, nothing to do with the blood supply, or lack of it, that kills us. — Lisel Mueller, from… Continue reading Lisel Mueller

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Allen Braden

Then the bees come, more than you’d ever expect, whirring from sprig to sprig with such meticulous and random urgency you might think they understand each blossom begins to die upon its opening which has been hurried along by your own desire. — Allen Braden, from “Lilacs and Desires,” Louisiana Literature (vol. 34, no. 1,… Continue reading Allen Braden

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Alice Wright

These dogwood branches on the windowsill—they’re my touch, stemming freshly. In my spell I am suspended, seamed into soft-drawn letters I’ve just learned. Is this the floating feeling when you’ve come into love? — Alice Wright, from “Photograph: Alice Allgood Cooper on Her Wedding Trip,” ecotone (Spring/Summer 2017)

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