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Mourning Poem for the Queen of Sunday

By Robert Hayden

Lord’s lost Him His mockingbird,   
       His fancy warbler;
       Satan sweet-talked her, . . .

Movement Song

By Audre Lorde

I have studied the tight curls on the back of your neck   
moving away from me
beyond anger or failure . . .


By Robert Frost

There was never a sound beside the wood but one,
And that was my long scythe whispering to the ground.
What was it it whispered? I knew not well myself; . . .

Mr. Darcy

By Victoria Chang

In the end she just wanted the house
               and a horse not much more what
       if  he didn’t own the house or worse . . .

Mrs. Adam

By Kathleen Norris

Wake up,
you’ll need your wits about you.
This is not a dream, . . .

Mrs. Caldera’s House of Things

By Gregory Djanikian

You are sitting in Mrs. Caldera’s kitchen,
you are sipping a glass of lemonade
and trying not to be too curious about . . .

Mrs. Kessler

By Edgar Lee Masters

Mr. Kessler, you know, was in the army,
And he drew six dollars a month as a pension,
And stood on the corner talking politics, . . .

Much Madness is divinest Sense - (620)

By Emily Dickinson

Much Madness is divinest Sense -
To a discerning Eye -
Much Sense - the starkest Madness - . . .

mulberry fields

By Lucille Clifton

they thought the field was wasting
and so they gathered the marker rocks and stones and
piled them into a barn    they say that the rocks were shaped . . .

My Brother, the Artist, at Seven

By Philip Levine

As a boy he played alone in the fields   
behind our block, six frame houses   
holding six immigrant families,    . . .