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Kirsten Irving

That mouth. That mouth is your homeland’s embassy / in a foreign country, when you have been robbed / and your son is gone...

Gwerful Mechain

Her fuzz was the fuzz of a first rate ballsack, / her welcoming knothole electric and sud-slick! / I say: let the silence end, and bless this bright circle...

Dafydd ap Gwilym

you wetted stump who gasps milk, you crude homage / to a shoot with her bud. Not one more twitch, / you cursed baton, you crooked clutch / who dreams to be the axle of a girl's two halves...

Kyle Vaughn

I have to think of something horrible like someone being flattened by a steamroller, but then I remember this funny Steve Martin bit where he gets flattened by a steamroller and a little girl comes and peels his body off the pavement and folds him up and takes him home in her pocket...

Friday Pick: The Last Vispo Anthology

What is poetry? It would seem a strange poetry anthology that sparks such a question, and indeed, by traditional standards, The Last Vispo Anthology is strange. It is also challenging, eclectic, confounding, erudite, punchy, and, by turns, beautiful.

David Morley

you will not chant us down again. / You will not chant us down in our sorrows. / You will not chant us back into the earth. // For we left the earth where we thought we were alone / yet we are beside you, laughing and singing and unbroken.

Daniil Kharms

Because of me, Marina Petrovna turned completely bald – bald like a baby’s bottom. It happened like this: I went over to visit Marina Petrovna, and bang! she lost all her hair. And that was that.

Jen Metcalf

Even my flat doesn’t think I should be here, Luca. It tipped up really badly again last night. Over the ocean, it's so scary. I was in the kitchen, watching to see if tonight would be his fire, and then in the dark everything came rushing into my head like it does. The flat slid down fast and slammed me against the back wall.

Friday Pick: The Best American Short Plays

Short plays are the poems — or the pop songs — of theatre. The Best American Short Plays 2010—2011 is a fine collection of contemporary short plays that are more charming than challenging, more delightful than demanding.

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