Inaugural by Jericho Brown

Inaugural by Jericho Brown We were told that it is dangerous to touch And yet we journeyed here, where what we believe Meets what must be done. You want to see, in spite Of my mask, my face. We imagine, in time Of disease, our grandmothers Whole. We imagine an impossible America and call one […]

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A Donation of Shoes by Ted Kooser

A Donation of Shoes by Ted Kooser They’re on their way to Goodwill in Destiny’s old cardboard carton, the flaps folded inside, lending its scuffed shoulders a look of authority, the box knowing the route, the shoes badly lost and confused, their toes starting in every direction at once, clambering over each other, laces entangled—wingtip, […]

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Matins by Louise Gluck

Matins Louise Gluck You want to know how I spend my time? I walk the front lawn, pretending to be weeding. You ought to know I’m never weeding, on my knees, pulling clumps of clover from the flower beds: in fact I’m looking for courage, for some evidence my life will change, though it takes […]

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