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A Soft Sonnet

From Sleep, which was republished by New York Review Books in November 2023. a soft sonnet is all the strength i have to create, full easy life have i ever…

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By Forrest Gander, from Be With, a collection of poetry that will be published next month by New Directions. At which point my grief-sounds ricocheted outside of language. Something like…

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By Andrea Brady, from a work in progress. Brady’s most recent book is The Strong Room (Crater Press).

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After a Pageant, Before a Birth

By Brenda Hillman, from a work in progress. Hillman’s collection Extra Hidden Life, Among the Days was published last month by Wesleyan University Press.

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The Black Saint & The Sinner Lady & The Dead & The Truth

By Morgan Parker, from the poetry collection Magical Negro, which will be published by Tin House in 2019. Parker’s collection There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé was published last year by Tin…

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Poem with Orpheus

By Emily Skillings, from Fort Not, her first book of poetry. The collection was published by The Song Cave in October.

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Dear Rose

Introduction by Ben Lerner Oceans and roses are surely among the most shopworn images in poetry, as Ocean Vuong is well aware: “I place your finger on a flower so…

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