The Poet as Seven-Year-Old Baseball Fan ~ John Drury

  In an old photo, I’m crouching by a blackboard, wearing pajamas, pointing at a line-up in chalk.  And batting fourth, bold-lettered, starred, appears a forgotten player, Al Pilarcik. I can’t recall his team or his position. He was a nobody, but his name enchanted, the lilting, heft, and click of syllables. More than the […]

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June 26, Madison ~ Robin Chapman

    Dear Ones—solstice, and cool, rain off and on on the green leafy canopies rising through the depths of our canted back yard—locusts and walnuts, pine and cherry, dogwood and the young bur oak we planted for future centuries, an ocean of phlox; leaves in all the shades of green, gray, chartreuse and teal […]

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Wavering ~ Joannie Stangeland

    She’s losing faith in oscillations— the egg tossed up will crack on the kitchen floor. The shell splits. She wipes worn linoleum, imagines its color new. Not moving. She’s losing trust in balance and the pure arc—that petite stall at the swing’s top as temporary as this breath—gravity gives her a chance to […]

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Moctezuma In His Cape ~ Aaron Krol

      If it were not woven from the bluegreen feathers of the quetzal, the sun would at once plummet from the sky. If his earplugs were not the hard shell of the June beetle, a hundred stars would descend to devour his people’s cornseed. By summer a child would be born with webbed […]

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After the Storm ~ Kathleen Hellen

    Soft, accumulating… persistent, last night the snow began then pinked quiet, you know… beautiful…the quiet of hard layering, frosting the street, the car, the walk to it a skid, then wind that sends a leaf to sparkling crust, the thinner branches shaking off their little flurries. Little brown jobs starving feeders, feathers up, […]

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Ice Age ~ Katharine Coles

    The aurochs spins in firelight suspended On the tent.  Appears to run, remarkable  Shadows, foolery already Leaping.  Carved from bone: a map, A tool for scraping snow, river, a blizzard, A fish.  What is a wonder of nature?  A leaf, A weapon, a lion-man 40,000 years ago Carved from the bone of a […]

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