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By Annie Finch

That hour-glass-backed,
heavy-headed will, . . .

Inside Out

By Diane Wakoski

I walk the purple carpet into your eye
carrying the silver butter server
but a truck rumbles by, . . .


By Dana Gioia

Now you hear what the house has to say.  
Pipes clanking, water running in the dark,   
the mortgaged walls shifting in discomfort,    . . .


By Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Thin are the night-skirts left behind
By daybreak hours that onward creep,
And thin, alas! the shred of sleep . . .


By Amy Lowell

When I have baked white cakes
And grated green almonds to spread upon them;
When I have picked the green crowns from the strawberries . . .

An Introduction to My Anthology

By Marvin Bell

Such a book must contain—
it always does!—a disclaimer.
I make no such. For here . . .

Introduction to the Songs of Innocence

By William Blake

Piping down the valleys wild 
Piping songs of pleasant glee 
On a cloud I saw a child.  . . .

Inventing a Horse

By Meghan O'Rourke

Inventing a horse is not easy. One must not only think of the horse.
One must dig fence posts around him.
One must include a place where horses like to live; . . .


By William Ernest Henley

Out of the night that covers me,
      Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be . . .

Invitation to Love

By Paul Laurence Dunbar

Come when the nights are bright with stars
Or come when the moon is mellow;
Come when the sun his golden bars . . .