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Dec 1 deadline for our first book prize: www.poets.org/whitman

Dec 1 deadline for our first book prize: www.poets.org/whitman

Skinny dirt road
In the middle of the ocean.
That led to the house of art.
Today’s poem: Ana Božičević’s “Joyride.”

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Today’s poem: Tony Hoagland’s “Coming and Going.”"My marriage ended in an airport long ago."Subscribe to Poem-A-Day and get a new, unpublished poem delivered to your inbox five days a week.

Today’s poem: Tony Hoagland’s “Coming and Going.”

"My marriage ended in an airport long ago."

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Today’s poem: Adrian Matejka’s “Mural with HUD Housing & School Bus (1980)”"When 213b finally opens in a crack of yellow linoleum, Garrett comes out with the left side of his afro as flatas the tire that used to be on his mom’s car & the stucksnick of the cheap door locking behind him sounds exactlylike someone trying to light a smoke with an empty lighter.”Subscribe to Poem-A-Day and get a new, unpublished poem delivered to your inbox five days a week.

Today’s poem: Adrian Matejka’s “Mural with HUD Housing & School Bus (1980)”

"When 213b finally opens in a crack of yellow linoleum, 
Garrett comes out with the left side of his afro as flat
as the tire that used to be on his mom’s car & the stuck
snick of the cheap door locking behind him sounds exactly
like someone trying to light a smoke with an empty lighter.”

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Today’s poem: Josh Bell’s “One Shies at the Prospect of Raising Yet Another Defense of Cannibalism.”


"You can’t kiss a movie," Jean Luc Godard said, and this is mostly true, in that you cannot / initiate the kiss."


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Today’s poem: Josh Bell’s “One Shies at the Prospect of Raising Yet Another Defense of Cannibalism.”

"You can’t kiss a movie," Jean Luc Godard said, and this is mostly true, in that you cannot / initiate the kiss."

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Today’s poem: Louise Mathias’s “The Problem of Hands.”"And how to fill themis the problem of cigarettes and paint.”Subscribe to Poem-A-Day and get a new, unpublished poem delivered to your inbox five days a week.

Today’s poem: Louise Mathias’s “The Problem of Hands.”

"And how to fill them
is the problem of cigarettes and paint.”

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Today’s poem: Diane Seuss’s “Toad.”"The grief, when I finally contacted itdecades later, was black, tarry, hot,like the yarrow-edged side roadswe walked barefoot in the summer.” Subscribe to Poem-A-Day and get a new, unpublished poem delivered to your inbox five days a week.

Today’s poem: Diane Seuss’s “Toad.”

"The grief, when I finally contacted it
decades later, was black, tarry, hot,
like the yarrow-edged side roads
we walked barefoot in the summer.” 

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Today’s poem: John Gallaher’s “In a Landscape IV”

"Now the scene changes, we say, and the next few years
are quiet.” 

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Today’s poem: John Gallaher’s “In a Landscape IV”

"Now the scene changes, we say, and the next few years

are quiet.” 

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