The Edges of Time by Kay Ryan

The Edges of Time by Kay Ryan It is at the edges that time thins. Time which had been dense and viscous as amber suspending intentions like bees unseizes them. A humming begins, apparently coming from stacks of put–off things or just in back. A racket of claims now, as time flattens. A glittering fan […]

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Pairs by Philip Booth

Pairs by Philip Booth Years now, good days more than half the year, they row late afternoons out through the harbor to the bell, a couple with gray hair, an old green rowboat. Given sun, their four oars, stroke by stroke, glint wet, so far away that even in light air their upwind voices barely […]

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Summer 2021 Cicadas by Ellen Steinbaum

Summer 2021 Cicadas by Ellen Steinbaum They’re my last cicadas, though who can be sure, of course. Given my age and their infrequent outings, like scheduled comets and eclipses, they could be penultimate, but most likely my concluding swarm. Every seventeen or thirteen years they come–both prime numbers, though I think they have a mathematics […]

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Curiosity by Alastair Reid

Curiosity by Alastair Reid may have killed the cat; more likely the cat was just unlucky, or else curious to see what death was like, having no cause to go on licking paws, or fathering litter on litter of kittens, predictably. Nevertheless, to be curious is dangerous enough. To distrust what is always said, what […]

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Urn by Dorianne Laux

URN By Dorianne Laux I feel her swaying under the earth, deep in a basket of tree roots, their frayed silk keeping her calm, a carpet of grass singing Nearer my god to thee, oak branches groaning in wind coming up from the sea. We take on trust the dead are buried and gone, the […]

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Becoming by Jim Harrison

Becoming by Jim Harrison Nowhere is it the same place as yesterday. None of us is the same person as yesterday. We finally die from the exhaustion of becoming. This downward cellular jubilance is shared by the wind, bugs, birds, bears and rivers, and perhaps the black holes in galactic space where our souls will […]

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