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Poems read July-Sept 2020

Albert Abonado, “Luxury,” in Jaw
John Ashbery, “Iphigenia in Sodus”
Ruth Awad, “We don’t talk about children until we do”
David Baker, “Fire Watch: After You Have Gone”
Wendell Berry, “A Warning To My Readers”
Frank Bidart, “You Cannot Rest”
Yves Bonnefoy, “Wind and Smoke,” [trans. John Naughton]
Lucille Clifton, “blessing the boats”
Peter Clive, “Chimpanzee”
Natalie Diaz, “Isn’t The Air Also a Body, Moving?” in Postcolonial Love Poem
Jack Gilbert, “Walking Home Across the Island”
Aracelis Girmay, “Jacaranda,” [“Listen to me”]
Louise Glück, “Elms,” “October” “The Traveler” and “The Destination,” “Descent to the Valley”
Linda Gregg, “We Manage Most When We Manage Small,” in All of It Singing
Guillevic, tr. Levertov, [“Is there still talk of thee…”]
Joy Harjo, “The Story Wheel”
Jim Harrison, “Return,” “Mary” in Songs of Unreason
Robert Hayden, “Those Winter Sundays”
Denis Johnson, “The Heavens”
Saeed Jones, “A Stranger”
W. Todd Kaneko, “Naming the Birds”
Celia Kim, “We Make the Deer”
Suji Kwock Kim, “The Tree of Unknowing,” in Notes from the Divided Country
Noelle Kocot, “Pressure Belt”
Li-Young Lee, “The Hammock,” [“I loved you before I was born.”]
Ada Limon, “The Conditional”
Timothy Liu, “The Lovers”
Devon Marsh, “Motion”
Jane Mead, “Bounty,” in To the Wren
W. S. Merwin, “Separation”
Emilee Moyce, “To My Younger Self”
Lisel Mueller, “Joy”
John Murillo, “Mercy, Mercy Me”
Frank O’Hara, “To the Harbormaster”
Grace Paley, “Proverbs”
Emily Pettit, “How to Be Alone in a Shape”
Carl Phillips, “For Long to Hold,” [“All night, again…”], “For Chiron”
Ben Purkert, “The Only Conversation”
Adrienne Rich, “Song”
Mary Ruefle, “Blue”
Diane Seuss, “Tear Bottle”
Tracy K. Smith, “The Universe is a House Party,” in Life on Mars
Leon Stokesbury, “Unsent Message to My Brother in His Pain”
D. Thomas, “[see the titbits…]”
Tomas Tranströmer, “Slow Music”
Jean Valentine, “[You ask, Could we have coffee?]”
Diane Wakoski, “Walking Past Paul Blackburn’s Apt. on 7th St.”


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