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By Charles Bernstein

I ruin my hats and all the mat slides glad
I hop my girls and all is skip again
I jump I run you up inside my truck ...

By Gwendolyn Brooks

Maud went to college.
Sadie stayed at home.
Sadie scraped life ...

By Emily Dickinson

Safe in their Alabaster Chambers -
Untouched by Morning - 
and untouched by noon -...

By Brenda Hillman

Often visitors there, saddened
by lack of trees, go out
to a promontory. ...

By Galway Kinnell

The bud
stands for all things,
even for those things that don’t flower, ...

By Thomas Traherne

These little limbs,
    These eyes and hands which here I find,
These rosy cheeks wherewith my life begins, ...

By Jean Valentine

You       who I don’t know       I don’t know how to talk to you   

—What is it like for you there? ...

By Arthur Hugh Clough

Say not the struggle nought availeth,
     The labour and the wounds are vain,
The enemy faints not, nor faileth, ...

By Helen Mort

My weight is
four whippets,
...

By John Masefield

I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by;
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s......

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Annabelle Emuze
2015 IL POL Champion