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If You Were a Bluebird

Juliana Spahr

‘So the dolphins talks, talks, over thirty distinguishable sounds.’

Two Poems by Jack Underwood

Jack Underwood

‘We are nearing the conclusion of this anatomy. / We are strung between the point of ending, and / the point of having started.’

How to Get Over Someone You Love

Adam Fitzgerald

‘Would you like to come with me for some / old-fashioned inconclusive combat?’

From The Abstract Humanities

Sandra Simonds

‘let us / build the openwork fabric of our garden / on the fear in the body’

Sanjay Nagar Blues

Anjum Hasan

‘motorcyclists like to howl / and dogs drop bulging bags of garbage / from their mouths when they see other dogs / they want to mount’

Citizen

Claudia Rankine

‘Certain moments send adrenaline to the heart, dry out the tongue’

Position Paper

John Ashbery

‘No one was killed.’

Origin Myth

Mary Ruefle

‘Life continually circled in cold inaccessible serenity around unhappy Earth’

High Table

Craig Raine

‘The inescapable smoke of her gown’

The Self-Illuminated

Don Paterson

‘One, perhaps his psalter, / the other, a manuscript, or a portable altar.’

from Long Talking Bad Conditions Blues

Ronald Sukenick

‘She was visibly ageing you could tell / that soon it was going to be a long / desperate race between cellulite and silicone’.

Podcast: Lawrence Joseph

Lawrence Joseph

‘I don’t know / where you are, I don’t know what / I’m going to do, I heard a man say; / the man who had spoken was myself.’

Observations on the Ground

Mary Ruefle

‘Those flowers belong to the dead.’