Archive for March, 2007

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Listen: there was a goat’s head hanging by ropes in a tree.
All night it hung there and sang. And those who heard it

-Brigit Pegeen Kelly

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Still Life Or

that the wind can catch at,
against itself,..

-Robert Creeley

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Today, I was in a state, as they say,
fit to be tied.
My arm, I wore it like a long noose
Tucked under my neck,
The elbow up high
Pointing at God.

Today, I was tied in knots,
as they say, I found
I had beaten the great
Mohammed Ali
Out of a lifespan.

Today, I sprung to action
My feet waltzed beneath me
The pavement danced,
Two-stepped with
An iron banjo.

I had no right to give
in this life,
but I did
and it became like a song
that kept me alive.

-Nina Alvarez

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How Poetry Comes to Me

It comes blundering over the
Boulders at night, it stays…

-Gary Snyder

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The Little Mute Boy

The little boy was looking for his voice.
(The king of the crickets had it.)
In a drop of water
the little boy was looking for his voice…

-Frederico Garcia Lorca

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If You Forget Me

I want you to know
one thing.

You know how this is:
if I look
at the crystal moon, at the red branch…

-Pablo Neruda

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