Rick and Tomaz

Four Elegies by Richard Jackson

  THE MUD PUDDLE   It exists only in the mud puddle just as Escher saw another world at the bottom of his painting, but here now,...
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Gift and Gear: The Work of Thomas McGrath

Twenty five years ago, when I was still just learning how to write a poem, and trying to locate the deeper sources for the poetry I wanted to write, Thomas McGrath’s example stood as a sign post.  Here was a poet who could write any kind of poem he wanted ...

Joseph Massey

Friday Pick: Joseph Massey’s To Keep Time

Usually when poetry turns to the individual and the spirit, it includes love, but Massey lacks even this. There are no accounts of relationships, no “I love her” and “she loves me”. But many other types of relationships are described ...

Weiner-Seal

Re: Word: Joshua Weiner’s “To Disturb Profoundly The Senses”

"To Disturb Profoundly the Senses" is a deconstructed appropriation of material from the so-called "Torture Memos" penned by the Bush Six at the Office of Legal Counsel

Richie McCaffery

Richie McCaffery

What’s the first thing you do / in a house you suspect haunted? / You sing.

Ashbery

THE POEM: Jacek Gutorow on John Ashbery’s “The One Thing That Can Save America”

Definitely, [the one thing that can save America] is not a thing that can be found and grasped or a message to be sent and read. It is more of a process that we can enjoy in all its inconclusiveness."

Arthur Vogelsang

Arthur Vogelsang

I motion the black beggar at the intersection into my car. / We drive along and interrupt each other. / He doesn’t know he’s going to Burbank but he is...

FM Stringer

FM Stringer

I // became an envelope / licking itself // in anticipation of a letter.

photo: Nick Rosza

Jane Hirshfield

The rain is string / for wrapping a package no one knows / the inside of, they just keep trying to mail it.

BP

Bradley Paul

Something about this room is off. / The timbre of its air. / The flavor of its existence.

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