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America

By Claude McKay

Although she feeds me bread of bitterness,
And sinks into my throat her tiger’s tooth,
Stealing my breath of life, I will confess . . .

American Smooth

By Rita Dove

We were dancing—it must have
been a foxtrot or a waltz,
something romantic but . . .

The American Soldier

By Philip Freneau

Deep in a vale, a stranger now to arms,
Too poor to shine in courts, too proud to beg,
He, who once warred on Saratoga’s plains, . . .

American Solitude

By Grace Schulman

Hopper never painted this, but here   
on a snaky path his vision lingers:
. . .

Amor Mundi

By Christina Rossetti

“Oh where are you going with your love-locks flowing
   On the west wind blowing along this valley track?”
“The downhill path is easy, come with me an it please ye, . . .

Analysis of Baseball

By May Swenson

It’s about                    Ball fits
the ball,                      mitt, but
the bat,                       not all                  . . .

And If I Did, What Then?

By George Gascoigne

“And if I did, what then?
Are you aggriev’d therefore?
The sea hath fish for every man, . . .

And Soul

By Eavan Boland

My mother died one summer—
the wettest in the records of the state.
Crops rotted in the west. . . .

Anecdote of the Jar

By Wallace Stevens

I placed a jar in Tennessee,
And round it was, upon a hill.
It made the slovenly wilderness . . .

Angels

By B. H. Fairchild

Elliot Ray Neiderland, home from college   
one winter, hauling a load of Herefords   
from Hogtown to Guymon with a pint of    . . .