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In Memoriam: Martin Luther King, Jr.

By June Jordan

I

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

In Memory of Joe Brainard

By Frank Bidart

the remnant of a vast, oceanic
bruise (wound delivered early and long ago)
. . .

In Praise of My Bed

By Meredith Holmes

At last I can be with you!
The grinding hours
since I left your side! . . .

In Praise of Pain

By Heather McHugh

A brilliance takes up residence in flaws—
a brilliance all the unchipped faces of design
refuse. The wine collects its starlets . . .

In School-days

By John Greenleaf Whittier

Still sits the school-house by the road,
   A ragged beggar sleeping;
Around it still the sumachs grow, . . .

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 the Desert

By Stephen Crane

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

In the Past

By Trumbull Stickney

There lies a somnolent lake
Under a noiseless sky,
Where never the mornings break . . .

In the Woods

By Kathryn Simmonds

The baby sleeps.
Sunlight plays upon my lap, through doily leaves a black lab comes,
a scotty goes, the day wears on, the baby wakes. . . .

Infelix

By Adah Isaacs Menken

Where is the promise of my years;
    Once written on my brow?
Ere errors, agonies and fears . . .