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In

By Andrew Hudgins

When we first heard from blocks away
the fog truck’s blustery roar,
we dropped our toys, leapt from our meals,    . . .

In a Dark Time

By Theodore Roethke

In a dark time, the eye begins to see,
I meet my shadow in the deepening shade;   
I hear my echo in the echoing wood— . . .

In a London Drawingroom

By George Eliot

The sky is cloudy, yellowed by the smoke.
For view there are the houses opposite
Cutting the sky with one long line of wall . . .

In the Basement of the Goodwill Store

By Ted Kooser

In musty light, in the thin brown air
of damp carpet, doll heads and rust,
beneath long rows of sharp footfalls . . .

In California: Morning, Evening, Late January

By Denise Levertov

Pale, then enkindled,
light
advancing, . . .

In the Desert

By Stephen Crane

In the desert
I saw a creature, naked, bestial,
Who, squatting upon the ground, . . .

[in Just-]

By E. E. Cummings

in Just-
spring          when the world is mud-
luscious the little . . .

In Love, His Grammar Grew

By Stephen Dunn

In love, his grammar grew
rich with intensifiers, and adverbs fell
madly from the sky like pheasants . . .

In Memoriam: Martin Luther King, Jr.

By June Jordan

I

honey people murder mercy U.S.A.    . . .

In My Craft or Sullen Art

By Dylan Thomas

In my craft or sullen art   
Exercised in the still night   
When only the moon rages    . . .