This week’s NY Times Magazine poem

 

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Moon

-Timothy Yu

 

That cloud-hid moon made a silent Oh
every night my daughter asked for her mother
and maybe I told her the moon was her mother

Read rest of this “Golden Shovel” poem in Matthew Zapruder’s New York Times Magazine column. 

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The original Gwendolyn Brooks poem that Yu’s is based on is called “the sonnet-ballad.” The last word of each line in Yu’s poem comes from the first line of Brooks’ poem.

the sonnet-ballad

Gwendolyn Brooks

Oh mother, mother, where is happiness?
They took my lover’s tallness off to war,
Left me lamenting. Now I cannot guess
What I can use an empty heart-cup for.
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Read rest of poem at Poets.org 

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