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July 23, 14

“Cut your losses,” said the Viking. / This is supposed to be fun. / But then your neighbor & her friend invite themselves in. / Ask if we’re having a party (are terrible dancers). / Improvisers in mirage. / They whistle. / Write that down. Read More  »

July 16, 14

Mercilessly I’m spared: / others drink the red wine in the cellar. / More and more weightless / my body: the clothes on the pole / are an image of me I agree with. / I’m living too long. That’s okay. Read More  »

July 9, 14

what company am I / keeping? // Only that of someone whose liver is / a lily, whose lover was a likeness / in this light—come here, I'll show you— / everybody has a likeness, / not so much a light. Read More  »

July 2, 14

grass cooling my temples / i thought of miklos / how all i wanted was to / hold miklos / bodies on top of / bodies he wanted / to smile at and in / death with what / little warmth you / have left please hold miklos Read More  »

June 27, 14

Deborah Landau reads sections of Walt Whitman's "Leaves of Grass" and "Respondez" at the Paradise Banned: Poetry Readings from Banned Books event, co-hosted by PEN American on September 30, 2013. Read More  »

June 26, 14

that even a dog has more rights to run free. but that oranges glimmer. so as not to be slurped up by dog-tongue. excuse-moi, dog. excuse-moi, docteur. can he not betake himself away and take the warding off, the water, the cups and every wall they...Read More  »

June 19, 14

He was close by and very eerie / He did not do the dishes / He retreated into our house / or he rode away in cabs / He rode far away from me / Of the two lakes he chose the closest Read More  »

June 13, 14

Three Wishes I have a dream for my family.Read More  »

June 13, 14

As Afghans hit the polls for today's presidential run-off, the Afghan Women's Writing Project is helping to make sure that women and girls are not only heard, but educated and valued. Aspiring poet Mahnaz reflects on her—and Afghanistan's—"good old...Read More  »

June 11, 14

Little has changed since the turbulent summer of 2013, and the issue of surveillance remains an unsolved and chilling mystery. These four poems wrestle with the ethics of observation, technology, art, and language, “like those invisible stars,” as...Read More  »