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TWO POEMS by Angela Peñaredondo

ANOTHER WORLD GATHERS

I sleep in a bedroom once a horse
stable for a monastery.
The monks have all turned
& the cork trees stripped to red.
I am a weak thing. A body down,
an eaten up mosquito net…

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TWO POEMS by Derrick Austin

TIDEWATER PSALM …in heaven it is always Autumn —John Donne, Christmas Sermon, 1624 By sunset, the crickets’ trilling begins in the airless damp, rich with salt and the sulfurous fumes the Gulf flags off. Bristling cattails brush my hands. The light-crested water rises and falls like a chest flecked with blonde hairs. I feel estranged […]

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TWO POEMS by Sally Wen Mao

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MUTANT ODALISQUE
This is not an ode. February’s ice razor scalps the gingko trees, their hair pulled skyward like the ombre roots of young women…

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TWO POEMS by Patrick Rosal

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UPTOWN ODE THAT ENDS ON AN ODE TO THE MACHETE
What happens when me and Willie
run into each other on a Wednesday night
in Brooklyn? He asks, “Where we going?”

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TWO POEMS by Danielle Mitchell

GOOGLE CENTO             Enter: kim kardashian body If you know nothing else about Kim Kardashian, you know that she is an actual woman, a physical body: 5 feet 2 inches, 130 pounds, 38-26-42, 34D Kim Kardashian is queen of her self-made kingdom Kim Kardashian’s Entire Body Is Naked in These […]

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TWO POEMS by Sierra Golden

LIGHT BOAT n. A small fishing boat equipped with several 1,000-watt light bulbs hung from aluminum shades to attract squid to commercial fishing grounds. Jesse isn’t really a pirate, but the Coast Guard thinks so when he calls to say he found a body. It doesn’t matter that she’s still alive, so cold she stopped […]

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TWO POEMS by Jennifer Givhan

NOCTURNE

Then I remembered: Mama wasn’t gone
but safe, in her bed, turning in sleep. It was I

who went away—from Chopin in the bones,
palms heavy with dates like dark

purple fingers reaching toward sand, toward fruit
sickly sweet…

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TWO POEMS by Airea D. Matthews

SEXTON TEXTS ON INDEPENDENCE DAY
Sat. July 3, 8:14 am
(1/2) Because there was no other place
I went home
away from the scene of crazy-making senses
came back before dawn
in heavy July

Sat. July 3, 8:15 am
(2/2) my purse wide, thighs wet
keys set down
bedroom bound
where one child also sleeps.

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TWO POEMS by Corey Van Landingham

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VIEW POINT, SAN ANDREAS FAULT

From here, I see the up-thrust of collision,
how the Indio Hills have changed

through time. In a year, the sign says…

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TWO POEMS by Joy Ladin

EARLY MORNING FLIGHT

Half-empty plane, hot black coffee – it takes so many people
to keep my body soaring.
I must be important, or at least not dead,

and my not being dead must matter, or it wouldn’t be so sunny…

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TWO POEMS by Rachel Eliza Griffiths

DEAR AMERICA

I pick you up
& you are a child made of longing
clasped to my neck. Iridescent,
lovely, your inestimable tantrums,
I carry you back & forth
from the underworlds
where your giggles echo,
grow into howls.

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TWO POEMS by Lee Sharkey

CIVILIZATION

Even in the most inhospitable circumstances there is always time for a cup of tea.
Say you live in a cup with a hole blasted in its side in a blasted landscape, by a blasted tree
and an empty barrel.

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