220px-Ralph_Branca_1953.jpg Photo of Ralph Branca found at Wikipedia. 

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BRANCA – Robert Pinsky

Ralph Branca was the fifteenth of seventeen children.

This poem is not the poem of “the speaker.”

His father was an immigrant from Calabria.

These words are those of Robert Pinsky. Speaking.

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Self-Portrait as So Much Potential – Chen Chen

 

 

Dreaming of one day being as fearless as a mango.

As friendly as a tomato. Merciless to chin & shirtfront.

Realizing I hate the word “sip.”

But that’s all I do.

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NAVESINK – Meghan O’Rourke

 

Before he died, blind and emaciated,

my grandfather, who loved the opera,

told me sometimes

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I’ll put up links to recent Rattle “Poets Respond” poems in a later post, as I’m later w/this column than usual and there are now more up at their site than is usual when I post. 🙂