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Antonio Machado

Last night as I was sleeping,I dreamt—marvelous error!—that a spring was breakingout in my heart.I said: Along which secret aqueduct,Oh water, are you coming to me,water of a new lifethat I have never drunk? Last night as I was sleeping,I dreamt—marvelous error!—that I had a beehivehere inside my heart.And the golden beeswere making white combsand… Continue reading Antonio Machado

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Jewelle Gomez

I want to hold youin a motel roomwith the sunshine stripeof venetian blindsacross your back.Or I want to dream of that. — Jewelle Gomez, from “At Night,” The Key To Everything: Classic Lesbian Love Poems. Edited by Gerry G. Pearlberg. (St. Martin’s Press; 1st edition December 15, 1994)

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Jessica Piazza

A cloying offering: this summer’s heat, the cheerful greenery deadheaded blooms leave, a leering gaze, a heart’s alarming beat when greeted by her nearness. — Jessica Piazza, opening lines to “Too pretty for words,” The Book of Scented Things: 100 Contemporary Poems about Perfume, eds. Jehanne Dubrow and Lindsay Lusby (Literary House Press, 2014)

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Theodore Roethke

Your words are you. You are them and not much more. The description: The fieldness of fields, the weediness of weeds … When is description mere? Never. A freshness in the seeing, an innocency in the vision, the angle of perception, the bringing together of details, not necessarily as metaphors, even, just as objects. Be… Continue reading Theodore Roethke

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Federico García Lorca

We have said that the duende likes the edge of things, the wound, and that it is drawn to where forms fuse themselves in a longing greater than their visible expressions. — Federico García Lorca, from “Theory and Function of the Duende,” trans. J. L. Gilli, 1933, Toward the Open Field: Poets on the Art… Continue reading Federico García Lorca

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W.S. Mervin

Air Naturally it is night.Under the overturned lute with itsOne string I am going my wayWhich has a strange sound. This way the dust that way the dust.I listen to both sidesBut I keep right on.I remember the leaves sitting in judgmentAnd then winter. I remember the rain with its bundles of roads.The rain taking… Continue reading W.S. Mervin

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Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer

There are many reasons to treat each otherwith great tenderness. One isthe sheer miracle that we are here togetheron a planet surrounded by dying stars.One is that we cannot see whatanyone else has swallowed.” ― Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer, The Poets Project at Casa Grande: A Colorado Anthologythe way your shadow leaves you. (Aha! Process January… Continue reading Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer

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