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(These are excerpts—click on the titles to view the complete poems)
— Word Poems
Poems containing the words branch, daughter, wrinkle, and globe.
Once the hymns begin,
that ramshackle house of worship,
can barely hold the swelling sound.
A Writing Life
Say it was a season in the decline
of the New York Intellectuals,
when Solzhenitsyn and Neruda won Nobels
The sun brays
at everything like a donkey in heat.
C. E. Chaffin
A dozen years ago, she had come to live with us
from the other side.
Shweta S. Banerjee
A History of the Saints
At the door Mrs. Havershaum
Wants to know if I know
Whose baby is howling
It seems to him the old house bulges like a can of beans with botulism—
that all the misery contained within is seeking a way out.
Terri Kirby Erickson
It begins before the scent of Old
Spice through a window of a car
with Kentucky plates.
Crows: The Yard
blizzards by, whitens like the knuckles of a fearful
Sharon F. McDermott
Forever and an hour my headlights swallow
figures not defined enough to wear "tree"
John Sibley Williams
It is going to rain someday.
Kristine Ong Muslim
I don't want to pretend that
this is ever going to
be more than what it is.
I think about furniture:
How still it sits. How uncommunicative it is.
In the Museum
I thought I saw you behind bars
of dinosaur ribs, but I squint
and my focus frees a stranger.