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Remembered moment lamenting
its exit, the anaphylactic aria
fell away.
Today’s Poem: Nathaniel Mackey’s “Said to Have Been Heard to Say Hush.” Read more here, or subscribe to our Poem-A-Day series. 
What I had wanted was to be chaste,
sober and uncomfortable
for a sprawling episode on a beach somewhere
dirty, perennially out of fashion;
Today’s Poem: August Kleinzahler’s “As You Never Bothered to Return My Call.” Read more here, or subscribe to our Poem-A-Day series.

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Check out our exclusive clip from Wendell Berry’s interview with Bill Moyers! Wendell Berry: Poet & Prophet airs October 4th. Check your local PBS listings for times.

Check out our exclusive clip from Wendell Berry’s interview with Bill Moyers! Wendell Berry: Poet & Prophet airs October 4th. Check your local PBS listings for times.

Why preyest thou thus upon the poet’s heart,
Vulture, whose wings are dull realities?
Today’s poem: “Sonnet — To Science,” by Edgar Allan Poe. Read more here, or subscribe to our Poem-A-Day series.
The poor waters spill
The stars, waters broken, forsaken.
Today’s poem: D.H. Lawrence’s “In a Boat.” Read more here, or subscribe to our Poem-A-Day series.
And I understand well now, it is beautiful
to be dumb: my tyrannical inclinations, my love
for the prodigal jocks aging from primetime
to pastime, the pixilated plain people and colored folk
with homemade signs.
From Terrance Hayes’ “For Crying Out Loud.” Read more here, or subscribe to our Poem-A-Day series.
Postcard advice from Rita Dove.

Postcard advice from Rita Dove.