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Today’s poem: Carl Phillips’s “At Bay.”
"Coral-bells purpled the fallen sycamore leaves, dead, the dead / versus those who attempted death, versus those who effectively / fashioned out of such attempts a style akin to electric guitar / shimmer swelling and unswelling like starlings when they first / lift off…"

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Today’s poem: Carl Phillips’s “At Bay.”

"Coral-bells purpled the fallen sycamore leaves, dead, the dead / versus those who attempted death, versus those who effectively / fashioned out of such attempts a style akin to electric guitar / shimmer swelling and unswelling like starlings when they first / lift off…"

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Our Cyber Monday sale ends tonight at midnight. Everything’s 35% off at the Poets.org store! Discount code: poets35off. Your purchases help support our programs, so go shop your heart out!  http://bit.ly/1cOfQXB

Our Cyber Monday sale ends tonight at midnight. Everything’s 35% off at the Poets.org store! Discount code: poets35off. Your purchases help support our programs, so go shop your heart out!  http://bit.ly/1cOfQXB

Today’s poem: Lisa Robertson’s “Hotel Couplets.”
"It was a clandestine winter of television;We were so tired of the fashion blogs.” 
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Today’s poem: Lisa Robertson’s “Hotel Couplets.”

"It was a clandestine winter of television;
We were so tired of the fashion blogs.” 


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Everything’s 35% off today at the Poets.org store! Discount code: poets35off. Your purchases help support our programs. Thank you! 

On World AIDS Day, this poem, a remembrance, by Marie Howe. 

"I had to ask myself some very important questions: Am I truly American? Do I love America? Is this home?" Richard Blanco talks with Poets.org

 

Dimensionless One, can you hear me?
Me with the moon ears, caught
in ice branches?

Today’s poem: Sarah Messer’s “Prayer from a Mouse.”

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On this day of thanks, we thank you—our readers and poets. Today’s poem: W. S. Merwin’s “Thanks.”"Listenwith the night falling we are saying thank youwe are stopping on the bridges to bow from the railingswe are running out of the glass roomswith our mouths full of food to look at the skyand say thank you”Subscribe to Poem-A-Day and get a new, unpublished poem delivered to your inbox five days a week.

On this day of thanks, we thank you—our readers and poets. 

Today’s poem: W. S. Merwin’s “Thanks.”


"Listen
with the night falling we are saying thank you
we are stopping on the bridges to bow from the railings
we are running out of the glass rooms
with our mouths full of food to look at the sky
and say thank you”


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Today’s poem: Jean Valentine’s “Friend.”"You came in a dream, yesterday—The first day we metyou showed me your dark workroomoff the kitchen, your books, your notebooks.” Subscribe to Poem-A-Day and get a new, unpublished poem delivered to your inbox five days a week.

Today’s poem: Jean Valentine’s “Friend.”

"You came in a dream, yesterday
—The first day we met
you showed me your dark workroom
off the kitchen, your books, your notebooks.” 

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