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Golden Retrievals

By Mark Doty

Fetch? Balls and sticks capture my attention
seconds at a time. Catch? I don’t think so.
Bunny, tumbling leaf, a squirrel who’s—oh . . .

The Golden Shovel

By Terrance Hayes

          after Gwendolyn Brooks

  . . .

The Good-Morrow

By John Donne

I wonder, by my troth, what thou and I
Did, till we loved? Were we not weaned till then?
But sucked on country pleasures, childishly? . . .

Good People

By W. S. Merwin

From the kindness of my parents   
I suppose it was that I held   
that belief about suffering    . . .


By Michael S. Harper

In 1915 my grandfather’s
neighbors surrounded his house . . .

Gravelly Run

By A. R. Ammons

I don’t know somehow it seems sufficient
to see and hear whatever coming and going is,
losing the self to the victory . . .

A Graveyard

By Marianne Moore

Man, looking into the sea—
taking the view from those who have as much right to it as you have it to yourself—
it is human nature to stand in the middle of a thing . . .

The Great Blue Heron

By Carolyn Kizer

As I wandered on the beach
I saw the heron standing   
Sunk in the tattered wings . . .

The Greatest Grandeur

By Pattiann Rogers

Some say it’s in the reptilian dance   
of the purple-tongued sand goanna,   
for there the magnificent translation    . . .


By Philip Schultz

My ocean town struggles
to pick up leaves,
offer summer school, . . .

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