This week’s NY Times Magazine poem




-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. 


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.
Read rest of poem at 

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