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5 poems I read April 3, 2012

1. Odysseus Hears of the Death of Kalypso by Donald 

Revell http://5thin.gs/HbKPYL


All their songs are of one hour

Before dawn, when the birds begin.

I sing another.

In helpless midday, at the hour

Even sparrows have no heart to shrill

Comes news


 . . . Suddenly, the unimaginable

Needs imagination and finds none.


Violet ocean only nothing.

Smoke of thyme and of cedar,

Ornate birds, nothing.

Even a god who came here,

Hearing a sweet voice,   

Would find only old fires now,

Brittle in the blackened trees.   


She was mast and sail. She was

A stillness pregnant with motion,

Adorable to me as, all my life,

I have hidden a cruel, secret ocean

In sinews and in sleep and cowardice.

She forgave me. Once, she wept for me.

Our child died then, and she is with him.


Source: Poetry (June 2008).

2. I Do Not by Michael Palmer http://5thin.gs/HbNZf5


3. Fiction by Rae Armantrout http://5thin.gs/Hc63uo


4. I'm Over the Moon by Brenda Shaughnessy http://5thin.gs/Hc6rsT


5. Blue Statuary by Priscilla Becker http://5thin.gs/Hc821G

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