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Claribel Alegría

Accounting

Flowers from the Volcano

Little Cambray Tamales

Elizabeth Alexander
Absence

Fugue

The Venus Hottentot

Meena Alexander

Agha Shahid Ali
A Villanelle

Ghazal

The Dacca Gauzes

Doug Anderson
Bamboo Bridge

Blues

Purification

Sinan Antoon
A Prism: Wet with Wars

To an Iraqi infant

Wars I

 

John Ashbery

 

As You Came From The Holy Land

And Ut Pictura Poesis is her Name

Objection Sustained

John Balaban

 

A Note to Hayden Carruth from Miami

On Sharing a Husband (By Hồ Xuân Hương)

Three-Mountain Pass (By Hồ Xuân Hương)

Van Gogh

Robin Becker
Late Butch-Femme

With Two Camels and One Donkey

Charles Bernstein
from talk alone you don't get a poem

the throat

Verdi and Postmodernism

Frank Bidart
Lament for the Makers

Music Like Dirt

Star Dust

Richard Blanco
Photo Shop

Shaving

Tía Olivia Serves Wallace Stevens a Cuban Egg

Chana Bloch
Please Hold

Psalm

The Kiss

Eavan Boland
That the Science of Cartography is Limited

The Last Discipline

The Pomegranate

Marianne Boruch
Little Fugue

My Son and I Go See Horses

Snowfall in G Minor

Annie Boutelle

Bens

One Way to Varanasi

River

Basket of Fruit


Gwendolyn Brooks
A Bronzeville Mother Loiters in Mississippi.
Meanwhile, a Mississippi Mother Burns Bacon.


The Children Of The Poor

The Coora Flower


Ernesto Cardenal

 

Economic Brief

Excerpt from CANTIGA 2: The Word

Questions by the Lake

Marilyn Chin
Beijing Spring

Hospital Interlude

Tonight while the Stars are Shimmering

Lucille Clifton
moonchild

the photograph: a lynching

the times

Henri Cole
Canard

Pompeian Wall Painting

White Spine

Billy Collins
On Turning Ten

Sonnet

The Iron Bridge

Carolyn Creedon
Wet

First Communion

Medusa's Love Song

Matthew Dickman

 

Slow Dance

Grief

Lents District

Michael Dickman
Nervous System

We Did Not Make Ourselves

Seeing Whales

Stephen Dobyns
Can Poetry Matter?

How To Like It

Oh, Immobility, Death

Mark Doty
A Green Crab's Shell

The Embrace

My Tattoo

Rita Dove
The Bridgetower

Demeter, Waiting

The House Slave

Denise Duhamel


Ferida Durakovíc
It

Look, Someone Has Moved From The Beautiful Neighbourhood Where Roses Die

To The Antelope

Cornelius Eady

 

How I Got Born

I

Thrift

Thomas Sayers Ellis
A Kiss In The Dark

All Their Stanzas Look Alike

View-Master

Martín Espada
Thanksgiving

The Mexican Cabdriver

Two Mexicanos Lynched in Santa Cruz, California, May 3, 1877
 

B.H. Fairchild

 

Excerpt of Beauty

Early Occult Memory Systems of the Lower Midwest

Hearing Parker the First Time

Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Retired Ballerinas, Central Park West

Wild Dreams of a New Beginning

Sandinista Avioncitos

Nikky Finney
Making Foots

Sign Language

Sex

Diane Gilliam Fisher
A Reporter from New York Asks Edith
Mae Chapman, Age Nine, What Her
Daddy Tells her about the Strike


A Woman Is the Heart of a Home

Pink Hollyhocks

Carolyn Forché
Taking Off My Clothes

The Colonel

The Testimony of Light

Gina Franco

 

Fishing

The Bells

passed over the shadows and put our soles on their vanity which seems a body

Daisy Fried
Bulrush

Clean

Correggio

Alice Fulton
Fierce Girl Playing Hopscotch

Industrial Lace

The Priming is a Negligee

 

Jack Gilbert

 

A Brief for the Defense

The Forgotten Dialect of the Heart

The Great Fires

Valerie Gillies
The Well of the Outstretched Hand

A Place Apart

Robert Burns' Mither at the Well

Aracelis Girmay
Teeth

Chernobyl

Consider the Hands That Write This Letter

Louise Glück
Penelope's Song

Brown Circle

Witchgrass

First Memory

Jorie Graham
At Luca Signorelli's Resurrection of the Body

Sea-Blue Aubade

The Swarm

Melissa Green
Excerpt of The Squanicook Eclogues (August, part iv)

Excerpt of The Squanicook Eclogues (October, part ii)

Daphne in Mourning

Linda Gregg
Fish Tea Rice

Let Birds

The Precision

Eve Grubin
The Buried Rib Cage

Unhappiness on Earth

A Gate We Might Enter

Laurie Ann Guerrero
A Meal for the Tribe

Roosters: Homecoming

Early Words for my Son

 

Kimiko Hahn

 

Reckless Sonnet #7

Things That Make Me Cry Instantly

Gowanus, Late Summer (2000)

John Haines
Daphne

The Traveler

Trees are People and the People are Trees


Forrest Hamer
Charlene -n- Booker 4Ever

Getting Happy

Pica


Suheir Hammad
exotic

our mothers and their lives of suffer

suicide watch


Joy Harjo
She Had Some Horses

Songline of Dawn

We Encounter Nat King Cole As We
Invent The Future

Robert Hass
Privilege of Being

Ezra Pound's Proposition

First Things at the Last Minute

The Problem of Describing Trees

Terrance Hayes
Woofer (When I consider the African-American)

Touch

Wind in a Box

Seamus Heaney
The Haw Lantern

Postscript

The Clothes Shrine

Höfn

David Hinton

 

Lunar Eclipse

Overnight at Stone-gate Cliffs

The New Moon


Edward Hirsch
A Partial History of My Stupidity

Branch Library

Kraków. Six A.M.

Jane Hirshfield

In a Net of Blue and Gold

Rebus

Salt Heart

Marie Howe
How Many Times

The Last Time

Watching Television

Frieda Hughes
Foxes

Kookaburra

Thief

Kim Hye-sun
A Song

Regarding Love

You

 
 
 

Hiromi ito

 

Marjoram, Dill, Rosemary

Father's Uterus, Or The Map

The Maltreatment of Meaning

 

 

 

 

Angela Jackson

 

Bread

Faith

Practicing Patience

Honorée Fanonne Jeffers
An Old Lady Told Me

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot

Unidentified Female Student, Former Slave
(Talladega College, circa 1885)

 

Galway Kinnell


Karl Kirchwey

 

 

Blackberries

Villanelle

Repair

 

Michael Klein

         The playwright

         The massage

         The twin


Yusef Komunyakka


Mary A. Koncel

Bump

Psalm

Take Your Time

Sharon Kraus
Eighth Week, Driving Home After The Sonogram, Beethoven

Voyage

What If

Maxine Kumin
Where I Live

Waterboarding, Restored

Looking for Luck in Bangkok


Stanley Kunitz

The Portrait

The Layers

Touch Me

 

Joan Larkin

 

Fawn Before Doe Season

Inventory

Want


Li-Young Lee
Persimmons

The Gift

With Ruins


Dana Levin

Ars Poetica

Letter to GC

Techno

Philip Levine

Black Stone On Top Of Nothing

Night Words

The Mercy

Gwyneth Lewis
'One day, feeling hungry'

Aphasia

Midwinter Marriage

 
 
   

 

Anne Marie Macari

Mary's Blood

New York, 1927

Still Life with Magnolia and Dove

Sarah Manguso
The Deer Comes Down the Mountain

This Might Be Real

Burning

Meredith Martin
Apology Five

Apology Two

Nothing Else

Demetria Martinez
Psalm

Tell Me

Untitled

Gail Mazur
Dana Street, December

Air Drawing

Traces

Richard McCann
Ghost Letter

Excerpt of Nights of 1990

Third Premonition: rue des Petits Hôtels

J. D. McClatchy
After Magritte

Honest Iago

My Mammogram

Heather McHugh
Etymological Dirge

Nano-knowledge

Stroke

Semezdin Mehmedinovic
Dates

Wounded Parks

Moorish Fountain

Arvind Mehrotra
Continuities

Canticle for My Son

Where Will the Next One Come from

Constance Merritt
Cradle Song: A Found Poem

Ghazal

The Mother's Seduction

W. S. Merwin
Air

Place

Through a Glass

Abby Minor
All Slack

Honor Moore
Cut Outs

Portrait of Manet's Wife

To Janet, On Galileo

Nancy Morejón

 

I Love My Master

Impressions

The Drum

Donald Morrill

         Enemy Infant

         Let's talk too much...

         Shim


Tracie Morris

Get Away 1928
for Marvin Sewell


Las Brujitas

Writers Are My Nepenthe
with apologies to Ted Joans

Paul Muldoon
Quoof

Aisling

Mules

Wayside Shrines

 
 
   

Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill

Nine Little Goats

Nude

The Language Issue

Naomi Shihab Nye
Muchas Gracias Por Todo

Fold

For Mohammed Zeid of Gaza, Age 15

Cross that Line

 
 
   

Sharon Olds

I Go Back to May 1937

Psalm

Stag’s Leap

April, New Hampshire

Mary Oliver
Morning Glories

Sand Dabs, Five

Yes! No!

Jacqueline Osherow
At the Wailing Wall

Cherries

Spring Sonnet, with my sister’s favorite bit of Deborah

 
 
   

Michael Palmer

 

Autobiography 3

Lens

The Library is Burning

Carl Phillips
Custom

Ravage

Sudden Scattering of Leaves, All Gold

Marie Ponsot
One is One

The Story After The Story

Winter

Adélia Prado


Kevin Prufer
Ars Poetica

Air Disaster Over Kansas

Ode to Rome

 
 
     
 
   

Claudia Rankine

 

The Room is a Fountain in Experience

["As if I craved error, as if love was ahistorical"]

["What we live"]

Barbara Ras
The Sadness of Parents

The Sadness of Puppies

You Can't Have It All

Spencer Reece
Tonight

Morbidizza

To Those Grown Mute

Martha Rhodes
It Being Forbidden

John

This May Be

Adrienne Rich
Four: History

There Is No One Story and One Story Only

Translations

Fox

Aleida Rodriguez
Lexicon of Exile

Extraída

Extracted

Jerome Rothenberg
Shaman Dreamwork Two

There Is Never Enough Time

"Lorca's Spain: A Homage"

Carl Hancock Rux
Asylum Of Gestures

Elmina Blues (pidgin Drum Song)

Just Asking

 
 
   

Tomaz Salamun

 

Acquedotto

History

Lacquer

Mary Jo Salter
Distance

The Twelfth Year

Young Girl Peeling Apples
(Nicolaes Maes)

Sonia Sanchez
An Anthem

Depression

Present

Maureen Seaton


Tim Seibles
Each Letter

Kerosene

The Caps on Backward

Ntozake Shange
Bocas: A Daughter's Geography

resurrection of the daughter

senses of heritage

Charles Simic
Windy Evening

My Noiseless Entourage

The Birdie

Leaves at Night

Tracy K. Smith
excerpt of "The Nobodies"

excerpt of "Duende"

A Hunger So Honed

 

Patricia Smith NEW!!!

 

Siblings

Man on the TV Say

What was the First Sound


Susan Snively

 

A Woman Holding a Balance

Second Glance

Spencer Tracy


Gary Snyder
Riprap

We Wash Our Bowls in This Water

Excerpt of "Four Poems for Robin"

Song of the Taste


Cathy Song
Girl Powdering Her Neck

Picture Bride

Untouched photograph of passenger

Gerald Stern
Behaving Like a Jew

Grapefruit

Grass and Water

Ruth Stone
Etc.

Hummingbirds

Words

Susan Stewart
Let me tell you about my marvelous god

When I'm crying, I'm not speaking

moon at morning

Mark Strand
Old Man Leaves Party

The Garden

For Her

Adrienne Su
Address

Men

Savannnah Crabs

 
 
   

James Tate

 

Memory

Read the Great Poets

The Workforce

Brian Turner
Eulogy

Here, Bullet

In the Leupold Scope

Chase Twichell
Architecture

The Paper River

Zazen and Opium

 
 
     
 
   

Jean Valentine

 

Dream Barker

Elegy For Jane Kenyon (2)

To Plath, To Sexton

Reetika Vazirani
Excerpt of the sonnet sequence White Elephants

English

It's Me, I'm not Home

Ellen Bryant Voigt

 
 
   

Derek Walcott

 

A Far Cry from Africa

Elsewhere

Love after Love

Ellen Doré Watson

As it Was

Yours, Lena

God or No God

Women for the World


Richard Wilbur
For C.

The Writer

This World

Eleanor Wilner
Emigration

Her Body is Private

Of a Sun She Can Remember

Jay Wright
Bolero 9

Indian Pond

The Albuquerque Graveyard

 
 
     
 
   

Abe Louise Young

 

Torn Screens

Ninth Ward Jazz

Feminesto: dialogue

Saadi Youssef
Poetry

Solos on the Oud

The New Baghdad

 
 
     
 
 
 
Donald Morrill Lennel Moise Michael Klein Maxine Kumin Edward Hirsch Gwyneth Lewis Mark Strand Jacqueline Osherow Spencer Reece Arvind Mehrotra Tracy K. Smith Marianne Boruch Aracelis Girmay Sujane Wu Paul Muldoon Smith College