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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
Uninterrupted silence swings
Invisibly, inaudibly
To and fro in our misgivings.


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


From Natasha Rao:

December 26, 2018

Tonight I am remembering
the Krishna-skin
skies of summer
& the way your laugh
made a jacaranda tree bloom.
We slept in sheets the color of sea glass &
I woke with the taste of salt
in my mouth.

Poem for a Blue Page

From MK Chavez:

December 23, 2018

The secret nests in my marrow.

At the striptease I appear pirouette
and prey.


I might show you
what it means to be consumed.

Little Red Riding Hood/Companion

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