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Take if you will this improbable boy,
skin like August arcing toward its apex,
heat sheen across the highway, hazy
gloss on the way things seem, in transit

End with a comma, the end
The more decisive because
Inadvertent, broken off,

The implied
Clause, whatever
Qualification or

We give our names to things.
This creek is Cobweb Creek,
named for our cat, who is named
for one of the fairies
in A Midsummer Night's Dream

The line we must walk
without any shadow

of a doubt, echoes
in the heart. The

history of each person's
bread. Everything is,

And you go down that street
Rainbows ahead bling you
like midnight never does
and I wonder where
evening will be tonight
My loved ones waiting there

Saw you walking barefoot
taking a long look
at the new moon's eyelid

Always dawn, eve. Embanked fog,
settled in, is loathed to lift. M., I
see and raise your AKG C414,
wager singing--not singed--star

There were two or three stragglers who couldn't keep up

with the rest. I said to the captain, "What should we do about

Israel Is

Israel is he or she who wrestles

with God--call him what you will,

not some goon (with a rabbi and gun)

in a pre-fab home on a biblical hill.


Meditations on writers’ conferences, Schlesinger Jr. on America, an Auden poem.

May 15, 2014

We published some of his earliest poems as well as his great 1964 essay on Sonny Liston vs. Cassius Clay.

January 11, 2014

How do you rhyme “Obama” with “Yokahama”?

December 16, 2012

Todd Akin, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan all have me thinking of June Jordan’s great “Poem about My Rights.”

August 22, 2012

A poet passionately engaged with writing and politics, she said "art means nothing if it simply decorates the dinner table of the power which holds it hostage."

March 28, 2012

If the great Hiroshima novel remains unwritten, a number of major poets have written brilliantly on nuclear concerns.

August 16, 2011