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LETTER TO AMERICA BY JANE HIRSHFIELD

Spell To Be Said Against Hatred Until each breath refuses “they,” “those,” “them.” Until the Dramatis Personae of the book’s first page says “Each one is you.” Until hope bows to its hopelessness only as one self bows to another. Until cruelty … Continue reading

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Digging

Digging BY SEAMUS HEANEY Between my finger and my thumb The squat pen rests; snug as a gun. Under my window, a clean rasping sound When the spade sinks into gravelly ground: My father, digging. I look down Till his … Continue reading

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Place Name: Oracabessa by Kei Miller

Oracabessa – origins disputed but most likely leave over from the Spanish. Oracabeza, Golden Head, though what gold was here other than light shining off the bay, other than bananas bursting out from red flowers? But this too is disputed … Continue reading

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A Small Needful Fact

A Small Needful Fact Ross Gay Is that Eric Garner worked for some time for the Parks and Rec. Horticultural Department, which means, perhaps, that with his very large hands, perhaps, in all likelihood, he put gently into the earth … Continue reading

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jasper texas 1998

jasper texas 1998 BY LUCILLE CLIFTON i am a man’s head hunched in the road. i was chosen to speak by the members of my body. the arm as it pulled away pointed toward me, the hand opened once and … Continue reading

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the battlefiled

The Battle-Field By William Cullen Bryant ONCE this soft turf, this rivulet ’s sands,   Were trampled by a hurrying crowd, And fiery hearts and armed hands   Encountered in the battle-cloud. Ah! never shall the land forget         5   How gushed the … Continue reading

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Walter “Walt” Whitman

Walter “Walt” Whitman (/ˈhwɪtmən/; May 31, 1819 – March 26, 1892) was an American poet, essayist, and journalist. A humanist, he was a part of the transition between transcendentalism and realism, incorporating both views in his works. Whitman is among the … Continue reading

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O Captain! My Captain! (Walt Whitman)

  O CAPTAIN! my Captain! our fearful trip is done; The ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won; The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting, While follow eyes the steady keel, … Continue reading

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Song of Myself (1892 version) BY WALT WHITMAN

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Drum-Taps

“Drum-Taps” by Walt Whitman FIRST, O songs, for a prelude, Lightly strike on the stretch’d tympanum, pride and joy in my city, How she led the rest to arms—how she gave the cue, How at once with lithe limbs, unwaiting … Continue reading

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