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Then and Now

By Tom Clark

Then it was always
for now, later
for later. . . .

There Are Birds Here

By Jamaal May

There are birds here,
so many birds here
is what I was trying to say . . .

There’s been a Death, in the Opposite House

By Emily Dickinson

There’s been a Death, in the Opposite House,
As lately as Today —
I know it, by the numb look . . .

They are hostile nations

By Margaret Atwood

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In view of the fading animals . . .

They Flee From Me

By Thomas Wyatt

They flee from me that sometime did me seek
With naked foot, stalking in my chamber.
I have seen them gentle, tame, and meek, . . .

Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird

By Wallace Stevens

I
Among twenty snowy mountains,   
The only moving thing    . . .

This Most Perfect Hill

By Lisa Jarnot

On this most perfect hill
with these most perfect dogs
are these most perfect people . . .

Those Various Scalpels

By Marianne Moore

Those
various sounds, consistently indistinct, like intermingled echoes
   struck from thin glasses successively at random— . . .

Those Winter Sundays

By Robert Hayden

Sundays too my father got up early
and put his clothes on in the blueblack cold,
then with cracked hands that ached . . .

Thou Art My Lute

By Paul Laurence Dunbar

Thou art my lute, by thee I sing,—
     My being is attuned to thee.
Thou settest all my words a-wing, . . .