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Andrea Gibson

My mouth is a fire escape.The words coming outdon’t care that they are naked.There is something burning in here. — Andrea Gibson, from “I Sing the Body Electric, Especially When My Power’s Out,” The Madness Vase. (Write Bloody Publishing September 15, 2011)

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Jeffrey McDaniel

I want to cut the silence with one of your shoulderblades, blow moon-shaped kisses to orbit your skull as you sleep on the highest ledge of my insomnia, but I’m a broken promise in a pawn shop, and this is just a secret that happens to involve you. — Jeffrey McDaniel, from “Another Long Night… Continue reading Jeffrey McDaniel

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Andrea Gibson

‘cause I might be naked and lonely shaking branches for bones but I’m still time zones away from who I was the day before we met you were the first mile where my heart broke a sweat and I wish you were here — Andrea Gibson, from “Photograph,” When the Bough Breaks. (October 10, 2006)

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Catalina Ferry

Because you can’t be this afraid of losing everything if you don’t love everything first because you have to have a soul-crushing hope that things will get better to be this afraid of missing it. — Catalina Ferry, from “Anxiety Group.” NYC Urbana Poetry Slam. The Bowery Poetry Club, 5/12. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVEf6jS8GdU

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Rudy Francisco

My hobbies include Editing my life story Hiding behind metaphors And trying to convince my shadow That I’m someone worth following — Rudy Francisco, from “My Honest Poem,” Getting Stitches. (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, January 21, 2013)

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Natalie Díaz

Ode to the Beloved’s Hips Bells are they—shaped on the eighth day—silvered percussion in the morning—are the morning. Swing switch sway. Hold the day away a little longer, a little slower, a little easy. Call to me— I wanna rock, I-I wanna rock, I-I wanna rock right now—so to them I come—struck-dumb chime-blind, tolling with… Continue reading Natalie Díaz

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Andrea Gibson

Autumn is the hardest season. The leaves are all falling, and they’re falling like they’re falling in love with the ground. ― Andrea Gibson, from “Photograph,” Pole Dancing To Gospel Hymns (Write Bloody Publishing, 2008)

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