Today's Featured Poet

Mark Halliday

Poet Mark Halliday earned a BA and an MA from Brown University, and a PhD from Brandeis University. Influenced by New York School poets Kenneth Koch and Frank O’Hara, Halliday writes disarmingly accessible and humorous poems that use conversational markers to lead the...

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.
Meantime their hair got thin and more thin
as their shoulders went slumpy. Okay but

not before...

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