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The Layers

By Stanley Kunitz

I have walked through many lives, some of them my own,
and I am not who I was,
though some principle of being . . .


By David Yezzi

I don’t say things I don’t want to say
or chew the fat with fat cats just because.
. . .

Le Maudit

By Richard Aldington

Women’s tears are but water;
The tears of men are blood.
. . .

Learning to Love America

By Shirley Geok-Lin Lim

because it has no pure products

because the Pacific Ocean sweeps along the coastline . . .

Learning to swim

By Bob Hicok

At forty-eight, to be given water,
which is most of the world, given life
in water, which is most of me, given ease, . . .


By H. D.

Where the slow river   
meets the tide,
a red swan lifts red wings . . .

Leda and the Swan

By William Butler Yeats

A sudden blow: the great wings beating still
Above the staggering girl, her thighs caressed
By the dark webs, her nape caught in his bill, . . .

The Legend

By Garrett Hongo

In Chicago, it is snowing softly
and a man has just done his wash for the week.   
He steps into the twilight of early evening,    . . .

Lenten Song

By Phillis Levin

That the dead are real to us
Cannot be denied,
That the living are more real . . .

Let Evening Come

By Jane Kenyon

Let the light of late afternoon
shine through chinks in the barn, moving   
up the bales as the sun moves down. . . .