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Poems read Jan-Mar 2020

Here’s some of the poems that have drifted my way, by the thoughtfulness of their sharers and by my good fortune to happen to see them, during the first three months of 2020. I am grateful for these.

John Ashbery, “The Chateau Hardware” in The Double Dream of Spring
Cameron Awkward-Rich, “Meditations in an Emergency”
Anna Akhmatova, “The Last Toast,” [“And here, in defiance of the fact”] (both translated by Judith Hemschemeyer)
Mary-Kim Arnold, “Q1: Who Are You Looking For?”
Mark Bibbins, “13th Balloon”
CL Bledsoe, “A Kind of Spring,” in Grief Bacon
Blake Butler, “Asphyxiation” in Folk Physics
Jennifer Chang, “The Winter’s Wife,” in Some Say the Lark
Lisa Ciccarello, in At Night
Lucille Clifton, “blessing the boats”
Kwame Dawes, “Before Winter”
Heather Derr-Smith, “At the Crossing”
Linh Dinh, “WHOAAAA!!!”
Lauris Edmond, “The lecture”
Laura Eve Engel, “Burden of Belonging”
Ross Gay, “Sorrow is Not My Name”
Brigit Pegeen Kelly, [“It was not a scorpion I asked for…”]
Lisa Matthews, “Of these, abandonment,” in The Eternally Packed Suitcase
Jamaal May, “In the Future You Will Be Your Own Therapist”
Alicia Mountain, “Almanac Traction”
C.D. Wright, “Questionnaire in January,” in The Poet, the Lion…”
Louise Glück, “Crater Lake”, “Reunion,” “March,” “Image”
Linda Gregg, “Heavy With Things and Flesh”
Jim Harrison, “Becoming”
Jane Hirshfield, “I wanted to be surprised”
Kasey Jueds, “Birthday”
Galway Kinnell, “Prayer”
Noelle Kocot, “Ligeti,” in Soul in Space
Ted Kooser, “At the Office Early”
Danusha Laméris, “Small Kindnesses”
Audre Lorde, “October”
Osip Mandelstam, [“A body is given to me”] (trans. Robert Tracy)
Jeffrey McDaniel, “The Quiet World”
Lisel Mueller, “When I Am Asked,” “Snow”
Carl Phillips, “Dirt Being Dirt”
Ellen Bryant Voigt, “Deathbed”
William Bronk, “The feeling”, in The World, The Worldless (translated by Paol Keineg)
Naomi Shihab Nye, “Burning the Old Year”
Vijay Seshadri, “Enlightenment”
Grace Paley, “Proverbs,” “Drowning (II)”
Luke Palmer, “Boy on the Beach”
Nathan Parker, “4”
Linda Pastan, “RSVP Regrets Only”
Carl Phillips, “Said the Horse to the Light”
Eugenia Leigh, “Selah”
Frank Lima, “On Poetry”
Mary Oliver, “A Thousand Mornings”
Adrienne Rich, “Final Notations”
Jaime Sabines, “La luna”
Stevens, “First Warmth”
Adam Tedesco, “Achenes”
Marina Tsvetaeva, “Prayer” [trans. Ilya Kaminsky & Jean Valentine], in Art in the Light of Conscience
Chase Twichell, “Vestibule”
Hannah VanderHart, “Heart: An Anatomy”
W. S. Merwin, “When the War Is Over,” [“I needed my mistakes”]
Mark Strand, “The Man in the Mirror”
Maggie Smith, “Good Bones”
Richard Siken, “Dirty Valentine”
Susan Stewart, “The Forest”
Trakl tr. Tapscott, “A Winter Evening”
Catherine Wing, “The Darker Sooner,” in 32 Poems
Franz Wright, “Petition”
Adam Zagajewski, “Try to Praise the Mutilated World”


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