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By Jack Collom

Surrounded by bone, surrounded by cells,
by rings, by rings of hell, by hair, surrounded by
air-is-a-thing, surrounded by silhouette, by honey-wet bees, yet . . .

Eddie Priest’s Barbershop & Notary

By Kevin Young

is music    is men
off early from work    is waiting
for the chance at the chair . . .

El Olvido

By Judith Ortiz Cofer

It is a dangerous thing
to forget the climate of your birthplace,
to choke out the voices of dead relatives . . .

Elegy for Blue

By J. T. Ledbetter

Someone must have seen an old dog
dragging its broken body through
the wet grass; . . .

Elegy on Toy Piano

By Dean Young

You don't need a pony
to connect you to the unseeable
or an airplane to connect you to the sky. . . .

The Emperor of Ice-Cream

By Wallace Stevens

Call the roller of big cigars,
The muscular one, and bid him whip
In kitchen cups concupiscent curds. . . .


By Lorna Dee Cervantes

When summer ended
the leaves of snapdragons withered
taking their shrill-colored mouths with them. . . .

End of Days Advice from an Ex-zombie

By Michael Derrick Hudson

To think I used to be so good at going to pieces
gobbling my way through the cops
. . .

End of Summer

By Stanley Kunitz

An agitation of the air, A perturbation of the light
Admonished me the unloved year
Would turn on its hinge that night. . . .

The End of the World

By Dana Gioia

“We're going,” they said, “to the end of the world.”   
So they stopped the car where the river curled,   
And we scrambled down beneath the bridge    . . .