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Viability (Vap)

Viability means, according to a quick search, the ability of a thing (a living organism, an artificial system, an idea, etc.) to maintain itself or recover its potentialities. 109 more words


Every day is another broken
tie on a red-leather shoe. A whodo-
Tonight we’ll be content
with whomever we think we are.

-From ‘Allegory‘ by Mary Jo Bang

30 days of poetry: day twenty-one

February Elegy

By Mary Jo Bang

This bald year, frozen now in February.

This cold day winging over the ugly

Imperfect horizon line,

So often a teeth line of ten buildings. 181 more words


worse :: mary jo bang

You are in the zebra crossing,
Moving into the tornado green morning,
The shabby irradiation
Of sunlight seen though the hint
Or rain about to be. 114 more words


The Best Poetry Books of 2015

This year in poetry was one where certain aspects of the art, certain concepts, we might say, were necessarily challenged and, hopefully, put to rest. 637 more words


The Last Two Seconds (Bang)

It took me some time to find my way into this collection. It’s all angles. It seemed ripe for the comment that what’s most important is what is between the lines, left unsaid. 99 more words