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Cartoon Physics, part 1

By Nick Flynn

Children under, say, ten, shouldn't know
that the universe is ever-expanding,   
inexorably pushing into the vacuum, galaxies . . .

Catch a Little Rhyme

By Eve Merriam

Once upon a time
I caught a little rhyme
. . .

Cathedral of Salt

By Nick Flynn

Beneath all this I’m carving a cathedral
of salt. I keep
. . .

A Celebration of Charis: I. His Excuse for Loving

By Ben Jonson

Let it not your wonder move,
Less your laughter, that I love.
Though I now write fifty years, . . .

A Certain Kind of Eden

By Kay Ryan

It seems like you could, but you can’t go back and pull
the roots and runners and replant.
It’s all too deep for that. . . .

Channel Firing

By Thomas Hardy

That night your great guns, unawares,
Shook all our coffins as we lay,
And broke the chancel window-squares, . . .

The Charge of the Light Brigade

By Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Half a league, half a league,
Half a league onward, . . .

Chez Jane

By Frank O'Hara

The white chocolate jar full of petals
swills odds and ends around in a dizzying eye   
of four o’clocks now and to come. The tiger,    . . .

Chicago and December

By W. S. Di Piero

Trying to find my roost   
one lidded, late afternoon,   
the consolation of color    . . .


By Charles Wright

Dove-twirl in the tall grass.
                                              End-of-summer glaze next door
On the gloves and split ends of the conked magnolia tree. . . .