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By Michael Donaghy

Dearest, note how these two are alike:
This harpsicord pavane by Purcell
And the racer’s twelve-speed bike. . . .

Mad Song

By William Blake

The wild winds weep, 
         And the night is a-cold;
Come hither, Sleep, . . .


By Howard Nemerov

Earth’s Wrath at our assaults is slow to come
But relentless when it does. It has to do
With catastrophic change, and with the limit . . .

The Maid’s Lament

By Walter Savage Landor

I loved him not; and yet, now he is gone,
         I feel I am alone.
I check’d him while he spoke; yet, could he speak, . . .

Make a Law So That the Spine Remembers Wings

By Larry Levis

So that the truant boy may go steady with the State,
So that in his spine a memory of wings
Will make his shoulders tense & bend . . .

Makin’ Jump Shots

By Michael S. Harper

He waltzes into the lane
’cross the free-throw line,
fakes a drive, pivots, . . .

The Maldive Shark

By Herman Melville

About the Shark, phlegmatical one,
Pale sot of the Maldive sea,
The sleek little pilot-fish, azure and slim, . . .

The Man He Killed

By Thomas Hardy

"Had he and I but met
            By some old ancient inn,
We should have sat us down to wet . . .

The Man with Night Sweats

By Thom Gunn

I wake up cold, I who
Prospered through dreams of heat   
Wake to their residue,    . . .

May You Always be the Darling of Fortune

By Jane Miller

March 10th and the snow flees like eloping brides into rain. The imperceptible change begins
out of an old rage and glistens, chaste, with its new
craving, spring. May your desire always overcome . . .

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