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Plaint in a Major Key

By Jorge Sánchez

The rumble of the night sounds
even in the bright daylight
of morning. Life blooms amid . . .

Planetarium

By Adrienne Rich

A woman in the shape of a monster   
a monster in the shape of a woman   
the skies are full of them . . .

Pleasures

By Denise Levertov

I like to find   
what's not found   
at once, but lies . . .

Poem

By Muriel Rukeyser

I lived in the first century of world wars.
Most mornings I would be more or less insane,
The newspapers would arrive with their careless stories, . . .

Poem about People

By Robert Pinsky

The jaunty crop-haired graying   
Women in grocery stores,   
Their clothes boyish and neat,    . . .

Poem for Haruko

By June Jordan

I never thought I’d keep a record of my pain
or happiness
like candles lighting the entire soft lace . . .

Poem for My Twentieth Birthday

By Kenneth Koch

Passing the American graveyard, for my birthday
the crosses stuttering, white on tropical green,
the years’ quick focus of faces I do not remember . . . . . .

The Poet

By Yone Noguchi

Out of the deep and the dark,
A sparkling mystery, a shape,
Something perfect, . . .

The Poet As Hero

By Siegfried Sassoon

You've heard me, scornful, harsh, and discontented, 
   Mocking and loathing War: you've asked me why 
Of my old, silly sweetness I've repented—  . . .

The Poet Orders His Tomb

By Edgar Bowers

I summon up Panofskv from his bed
    Among the famous dead
To build a tomb which, since I am not read, . . .