“The Unexplorer” — Edna St. Vincent Millay

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“Hey!” — William Carlos Williams

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“Of Mere Being” — Wallace Stevens

“The Ritualists” — William Carlos Williams

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“O Florida, Venereal Soil” — Wallace Stevens

“O Florida, Venereal Soil”

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Wallace Stevens


 

A few things for themselves,
Convolvulus and coral,
Buzzards and live-moss,
Tiestas from the keys,
A few things for themselves,
Florida, venereal soil,
Disclose to the lover.

The dreadful sundry of this world,
The Cuban, Polodowsky,
The Mexican women,
The negro undertaker
Killing the time between corpses
Fishing for crayfish…
Virgin of boorish births,

Swiftly in the nights,
In the porches of Key West,
Behind the bougainvilleas,
After the guitar is asleep,
Lasciviously as the wind,
You come tormenting,
Insatiable,

When you might sit,
A scholar of darkness,
Sequestered over the sea,
Wearing a clear tiara
Of red and blue and red,
Sparkling, solitary, still,
In the high sea-shadow.

Donna, donna, dark,
Stooping in indigo gown
And cloudy constellations,
Conceal yourself or disclose
Fewest things to the lover —
A hand that bears a thick-leaved fruit,
A pungent bloom against your shade.

Or shroud of gnome / Himself, himself inform (Emily Dickinson)

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Daniel Borzutzky poems (Books acquired, 9 March 2017)

Big thanks to BLCKDGRD for sending me two books of poetry by Daniel Borzutzky. I’d never read Borzutzky before, but I dig it so far. These poems are abject—stuff about what it means to have a body, to have some horror at having a body, etc.

A bit from “The Blazing Cities of Your Rotten Carcass Mouth,” collected in The Performance of Becoming Human:

The older we get the more we write elegies | RIP Derek Walcott

RIP Derek Walcott, 1930-2017

Hear him read his poem “For Oliver Jackman” around the 6:00 mark.

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“Tired” — Fenton Johnson

“Rising Waters” — Langston Hughes

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Alla Tha’s All Right, but – June Jordan

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Tomer Hanuka’s illustrations for Poe’s poem “The Raven”

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Creation – Kenneth Patchen

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“Karma” — Tom Clark

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I have a bad cold – Fernando Pessoa / Álvaro de Campos

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(Translation: Richard Zenith.)

“The Spirit Ink” – Frank O’Hara

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“It’s Me!” – Florbela Espanca

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Translated by Richard Zenith.