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Pittsburgh Is

“Pittsburgh Is”

(Feb. 7, 1998)

A large woman gabbing at the bus stop.

She mistakes me for someone who gives a damn,

For a native son of her gray industrial breast. 169 more words

Favorite Poems

A Noiseless Patient Spider


A noiseless patient spider,

I mark’d where on a little promontory it stood isolated,

Mark’d how to explore the vacant vast surrounding, 67 more words

Leaves Of Grass

Trust your heaviness ...

How surely gravity’s law,
strong as an ocean current,
takes hold of even the smallest thing
and pulls it toward the heart of the world. 115 more words

Favorite Poems

Whale Trip: Into the Blue

Colours have always eluded me. I never played with all the colour blocks and toys that fill so many kids’ playrooms. I cannot name a cyan or maroon or indigo or magenta or violet. 347 more words


this poem struck me:

The Second Coming


Turning and turning in the widening gyre

The falcon cannot hear the falconer;

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; 144 more words


Every day I write the book

I love this moment from Dan Beachy-Quick’s This Nest, Swift Passerine:

I see the sun will

in a single line

bind its whole light… 149 more words

"The Enigma" by Anne Stevenson

Falling to sleep last night in a deep crevasse

between one rough dream and another, I seemed,

still awake, to be stranded on a stony path, 236 more words