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Two Poems

Astrid Alben

‘High up in atmosphere, vertigo intact inside Vodka & Lime’

Enjaracon Sponaeda

Will Alexander

‘how can all the pressures of surveillance / fail to describe me?’

Advice Column

Kazim Ali

‘Falaq in Corpus Christi / Whose name means Dawn’


Gillian Allnutt

‘We waited quietly for the Queen who wasn’t there’

The Emotional Life of Plants

Rae Armantrout

An exciton consists / of the escaped negative / (electron) / and the positive hole / it left behind.

Two Poems

Rae Armantrout

‘My long career / in explaining / my career.’

Reception and Openings

Rae Armantrout

‘Because children suspect that objects conceal their powers and intentions, animators make an alarm clock run, screaming, in circles.’

Sonnet 3

Rae Armantrout

‘Your dad told me to tell you / how good you look to him right now.’ Rae Armantrout revisits Shakespeare’s sonnet 3.


Rae Armantrout

‘Music needs silence / more than silence needs music.’ New poetry by Rae Armantrout.

Position Paper

John Ashbery

‘No one was killed.’

John Balaban: Two Poems

John Balaban

‘forensic anthropologists / sorted human from animal bones from Trade Center restaurants, / all buried together in the Pompeian effect of incinerated dust.’

A Numbered Graph That Shows How Each Part of the Body Would Fit Into A Chair

Mary Jo Bang

‘It’s a simple truth that one can occupy two / places at one time while sitting in a chair—the same way a / poseable doll can be divided from her dress.’


Fiona Benson

Up in shorn Drake’s Meadow the hay bales shine. / They’re sheathed in plastic tubing and the plastic / is slack at each end then tight round the bale / like a film.