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He Lives in an Ark and Dreams

My grandfather’s afraid of fortune and sails the world

In his handkerchief

He waves to the bottles in the sea

And reads their messages

The trenches are overflowing… 43 more words

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To celebrate his just-announced Pulitzer win, a poem from Vijay Seshadri!

We hold it against you that you survived.
People better than you are dead, 89 more words

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You are the start of the week
or the end of it, and according
to The Beatles you creep in
like a nun. You’re the second… 106 more words

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Little just-begun, dough rising,
sparrow northward, kicker south.
Lentil to grapefruit, you sleep-step sidewise,
turnover, pop-up, tongue in the mouth.

-Rachel Richardson, Cellpoems

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My Daughter the Sea

“I am saltwater and undercurrents
and not nearly oceanic enough.
I break on these cliff-faces like waves
but I bend where the water would roar. 141 more words

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Gulls, Too

Gulls sensing the fisherman
pulling the

fish from the nets.
This is how I mourned you.
Swimming to the cave, letting the birds
near me.

-Lisa Hiton, Cellpoems

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Reading of Ilya Kaminksy's "Maestro"

Have you followed me on Soundcloud? I’ve begun a process of reading favorite poems (mostly from contemporary poets) there. Recently I did a reading of Ilya Kaminsky, whom I had the great honor of seeing in person at a reading in LA.   50 more words

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