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Alison Pelegrin

May you witness cherry blossoms surrender, and, in surrendering, utter an opera of sighs as the wind shudders through the leaves. May you be wise in the way of mystics who know that sometimes words are not enough and who then welcome silence in the shadows of flowering trees. — Alison Pelegrin, from “The Words… Continue reading Alison Pelegrin

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M. E. Silverman

Take a minute to contemplate the thin slice of absence, the meaning of sinking & draining, how confusing a smile is, & how it only takes a few seconds for us to easily mix up cold for warm, yes for no, or a piece of hello for a peaceful goodbye. — M. E. Silverman, from… Continue reading M. E. Silverman

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Brenda Marie Osbey

these women know subtlety sleight of hand cane liquor island songs the poetry of soundlessness. a man could get lost in such a house as this could lose his way his grasp of the world between the front room and the crepe myrtle trees out back. — Brenda Marie Osbey, from “In These Houses of… Continue reading Brenda Marie Osbey

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Frank Stanford

Each dawn love is a captain Without a ship. The only instrumentation The sad and imaginary Sound of his voice, love with its own Words for music, the low light Of a fairly good star. — Frank Stanford, from “With the Approach of the Oak the Axeman Quakes,” What About This: Collected Poems of Frank… Continue reading Frank Stanford

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