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Queen-Anne’s Lace

By William Carlos Williams

Her body is not so white as
anemony petals nor so smooth—nor
so remote a thing. It is a field . . .


By J. M. Synge

Seven dog-days we let pass
Naming Queens in Glenmacnass,
All the rare and royal names . . .

Queens Cemetery, Setting Sun

By Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Airport bus from JFK
cruising through Queens
passing huge endless cemetery    . . .


By May Swenson

Body my house
my horse my hound   
what will I do . . .

Quite Frankly

By Mark Halliday

They got old, they got old and died. But first—
okay but first they composed plangent depictions
of how much they lost and how much cared about losing. . . .