Dailies 4/26/17: the afterlife of the rich, young love vs. the love of longtime couples, despair, & the body compass

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b.t.w: tomorrow is Poem in your Pocket Day. According to the Academy of American Poets, “Every April, on Poem in Your Pocket Day, people celebrate by selecting a poem, carrying it with them, and sharing it with others throughout the day at schools, bookstores, libraries, parks, workplaces, and on Twitter using the hashtag #pocketpoem.” Read more here. 

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Wayne Miller – From the Afterlife of the Rich

 

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We were rich. In the dark valley
the highway formed a pavé river

and down in the orchestra pit
the players were clothed in our
sustaining contributions.

Read rest of poem 

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Anya Krugovoy Silver – At the Station

When the girl got off the train at the college town,
she leapt up and wrapped her legs around the waist
of the boy she’d come to visit, and they spun
around, embracing and shrieking with joy.
Their love set off a piccolo’s vibration.
Those years are gone for us—I see you every day,

Read rest of poem

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Dorothea Lasky – Promised Years

I would tell her
Except she wouldn’t care
I’d write him
Except he’d never write me back
There is a rat they left hanging
I’d save it
Except it’s dead

Read rest of poem 

 

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Erin Rodini – The Body Compass

—–True north is the nook behind your knee

where my patella nests like the skull

Read rest of poem 

 

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