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Today’s poem: “They Call This” by C. K. Williams "she in a gleaming helmet, he in a replica of it, smaller, butthe same color and just as shiny.”Subscribe to Poem-A-Day and get a new, unpublished poem delivered to your inbox five days a week.

Today’s poem: “They Call This” by C. K. Williams 


"she in a gleaming helmet, he in a replica of it, smaller, but

the same color and just as shiny.”


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Today’s poem: “Headaches” by Marilyn Hacker.
"Wine again. The downside of any evening’sbright exchanges, scribbled with retribution :stark awake, a tic throbs in the left temple’ssite of bombardment.”

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Today’s poem: “Headaches” by Marilyn Hacker.

"Wine again. The downside of any evening’s
bright exchanges, scribbled with retribution :
stark awake, a tic throbs in the left temple’s
site of bombardment.”


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We never know how high we are   Till we are called to rise;And then, if we are true to plan,  Our statures touch the skies—

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We never know how high we are
   Till we are called to rise;
And then, if we are true to plan,
  Our statures touch the skies—

Please donate to support poets and poetry all year long

 

Today’s poem: “Prayer for a Birthday” by Mark Wunderlich.
"My privilege and my proof, pressing your eternal skin to mine—I feel your fingers touching down on the crown of my headwhere I pray they remain during this life and in the next. The intricacies of your world astound me.”

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Today’s poem: “Prayer for a Birthday” by Mark Wunderlich.


"My privilege and my proof, pressing your eternal skin to mine—
I feel your fingers touching down on the crown of my head
where I pray they remain during this life and in the next.
The intricacies of your world astound me.”


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It’s Letter Writing Day, and while that seems made up, it’s as good a reason as any to get out that fancy stationary you’ve never used and write someone.

It’s Letter Writing Day, and while that seems made up, it’s as good a reason as any to get out that fancy stationary you’ve never used and write someone.









Today’s poem: Howard Altmann’s “in Vino Veritas.”"And I gave myself to the poem.And the poem gave to me.And I gave myself to the sky.And the sky gave to me. And I gave myself to the wind. And the wind took what I gaveand passed it to the sky.” Subscribe to Poem-A-Day and get a new, unpublished poem delivered to your inbox five days a week.
Today’s poem: Howard Altmann’s “in Vino Veritas.”


"And I gave myself to the poem.
And the poem gave to me.
And I gave myself to the sky.
And the sky gave to me. 
And I gave myself to the wind. 
And the wind took what I gave
and passed it to the sky.” 


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Today’s poem: Afaa M. Weaver’s “Flux.”
"I am a city of bonesdeep inside my marrow,a song in electric chords…”
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Today’s poem: Afaa M. Weaver’s “Flux.”

"I am a city of bones
deep inside my marrow,
a song in electric chords…”


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Merriam-Webster announces “Science” as the 2013 Word of the Year. (More info.)
Which word would you nominate? 

Merriam-Webster announces “Science” as the 2013 Word of the Year. (More info.)

Which word would you nominate? 

Today’s poem: Alli Warren’s “My Teacup.”
"trees are steamingever more vital pliant DINKI can’t see a thing in the sky”

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Today’s poem: Alli Warren’s “My Teacup.”

"trees are steaming
ever more vital pliant DINK
I can’t see a thing in the sky”

Subscribe to Poem-A-Day and get a new, unpublished poem delivered to your inbox five days a week.

Celebrating Poet Muriel Rukeyser’s Centenary: This month poetry organizations and publishers will mark Rukeyser’s centenary with three public events in NYC.
12/5, 7-9pm: NYU School of Law12/13, 6pm: CUNY’s Center for Humanities.12/14, 2-5pm: Poets House
More details here.

Celebrating Poet Muriel Rukeyser’s Centenary: This month poetry organizations and publishers will mark Rukeyser’s centenary with three public events in NYC.

12/5, 7-9pm: NYU School of Law
12/13, 6pm: CUNY’s Center for Humanities.
12/14, 2-5pm: Poets House

More details here.