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From Dorianne Laux:

January 19, 2019

If there is
a purpose, maybe there are too many of us
to see it, though we can, from a distance,
hear the dull thrum of generation’s industry,
feel its fleshly wheel churn the fire inside us, pushing
the world forward toward its ragged edge, rushing
like a swollen river into multitude and rank disorder.
Such abundance. We are gorged, engorging, and gorgeous.

Life is Beautiful

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From George Seferis:

January 17, 2019

I’ve kept a rein on my life, kept a rein on my life, travelling
among yellow trees in driving rain
on silent slopes loaded with beech leaves,
no fire on their peaks; it’s getting dark.
I’ve kept a rein on my life; on your left hand a line
a scar at your knee, perhaps they exist
on the sand of the past summer perhaps
they remain there where the north wind blew as I hear
an alien voice around the frozen lake.

Epiphany, 1937

From W.S. Merwin:

January 15, 2019

With what stillness at last
you appear in the valley
your first sunlight reaching down
to touch the tips of a few
high leaves that do not stir
as though they had not noticed
and did not know you at all
then the voice of a dove calls
from far away in itself
to the hush of the morning

To the New Year

From D.H. Lawrence:

January 13, 2019

Because of the silent snow, we are all hushed
Into awe.
No sound of guns, nor overhead no rushed
Vibration to draw
Our attention out of the void wherein we are crushed.

A crow floats past on level wings
Noiselessly.
Uninterrupted silence swings
Invisibly, inaudibly
To and fro in our misgivings.

Winter-Lull

From Nickole Brown:

January 1, 2019

Come here, big man. It is time you
wake. It is time you find a different answer,
time to solve your own riddle
once again:

Out of the eater, something to eat;
out of the strong, something sweet.

Because the answer is no longer
fear curdled into rage,
a murdered lion with a swarm
sugaring his remains.

Answer me.

To Those Who Were Our First Gods: An Offering

From Gabrielle Civil:

December 30, 2018

a stolen wish, this city
of bridges valving the heart,
ancient and scarred, tongues
of stone, this haughty sister,
matronly and jeweled, who
straightened her skirts,
looked me down in the eye.
Girl, are you sure
you’re ready to rise?

19th Birthday in Paris

From Johannes Göransson:

December 28, 2018

nobody wants to tell me
with summer-breaths
where it hurts or who was injured
when I broke into a toxic garble
with a hissing snake for a heart
when I was sweaty and tired
I learned to kiss in the underworld
with my mother tongue
and my hymn to inflation
already sung
in a dazzling killer language
I learned to speak
in the most toxic state

Summer

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