Amazon – Persephone  After – Alison Stone

True, the first time I went willingly. What girl

could resist his leather pants

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In the Year of No Work – Matthew Nienow

I would drive the pre-dawn dark to stake
my spot to fish for dinner, to numb my hands in the ice
bucket, to pluck, from the neat stack, a herring,
to fit the skullcap and pierce the eye with a toothpick,

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Crude Lament – William Carlos Williams

Mother of flames,
The men that went ahunting
Are asleep in the snow drifts.
You have kept the fire burning!

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