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Foreword

Terrance Hayes

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pp. xxvii-xxx

This project is first and foremost a tribute to Gwendolyn Brooks. Because where do poems come from if not other poems? Where do forms come from if not other forms? So when Peter Kahn brought up the idea an anthology, I may have said something like, “Go for it: Honor Ms. Brooks.” Yes, I did write a poem using her “We Real Cool,” as the spine, but otherwise, I have done little more than admire Kahn’s tireless work to make this anthology come into being. ...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xxxi-xxxiv

The editors would like to show our appreciation for the following people who provided extra time, support, and inspiration during this five-year journey: Terrance Hayes; Quraysh Ali Lansana; Kwame Dawes; Afaa Michael Weaver; Steve Young, Don Share, and the Poetry Foundation; Robert Polito; Alice Quinn, Brett Fletcher Laur, Charif Shanahan, and Laurin Macios of the Poetry Society of America; ...

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Introduction

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It was the beginning of my third year as a high-school English teacher at Oak Park/River Forest High School in 1996. My department head called me into her office and told me she wanted me to host a day at the National Council for Teachers of English annual convention that was being held in Chicago that November. ...

The Golden Shovel

Terrance Hayes

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Selected Poems by Gwendolyn Brooks

A Sunset of the City

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p. xlvii

kitchenette building

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Boy Breaking Glass

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p. xlix

a song in the front yard

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The Bean Eaters

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p. li

The Anniad

After

Aracelis Girmay

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What There Is to Spend

Hailey Leithauser

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Appendix to the Anniad

Next Time Honey

Paul Martinez-Pompa

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A Halo for Her Invisible Hair

Rachel Richardson

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The Artists’ and Models’ Ball

Weather Report

Anne Shaw

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An Aspect of Love, Alive in the Ice and Fire

First Summer Song

Pattiann Rogers

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An Aspect of Love

Renée Watson

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Ballad of Pearl May Lee

Stay, Dear

Susan Wheeler

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The Ballad of Rudolph Reed

Conjunction

Andrew Motion

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The Bean Eaters

Resurrection

Bonnie Jo Campbell

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The Parrot Man

Caitlin Doyle

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pp. 11-12

The Fava Bean-Eaters

Sandra M. Gilbert

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pp. 12-13

At the Evening of Life

Nikki Giovanni

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Evening

Diane Glancy

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pp. 13-14

Roadside Diner: Fairfield, Maine

Jack Powers

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Next to the Flatware

Christian Robinson

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New Year’s Eve in Times Square

Philip Schultz

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Beverly Hills, Chicago

Golden Shovel Buddha

Didi Jackson

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Stand Your Ground

Major Jackson

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pp. 17-18

September, Chicago

Angela Narciso Torres

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pp. 18-19

The Birth in a Narrow Room

Child Tipping Forever

Jenny Boully

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The Blackstone Rangers

What is betrayal but a construct?

Judy Blundell

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The Ache

Chelsea Dixon

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p. 21

A Love Jones in a Booming Economy

Randall Horton

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1972 ford ltd

Quraysh Ali Lansana

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FUNERAL Sign

Mike Puican

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After the Eulogy

Kelly Reuter

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Cure and Curry

Natalie Richardson

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i. Cecil Park—High as the Swings

Debris Stevenson

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ii. Dutch Pot Dancing

Debris Stevenson

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Boy Breaking Glass

Imagine This

Meena Alexander

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Boys Breaking Glass

Catherine Brogan

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Asked why I always have to be so negative I

Hannah Gamble

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Ornithology

M. Ayodele Heath

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Behind in the Count

Pam Houston

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Sleeping under Stars

Troy Jollimore

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The Second Going

Philip Levine

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Meadowlands

Erika Meitner

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Opening Ceremonies, 2012

Michael Meyerhofer

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When He Doesn’t Come Home

Deb Nystrom

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Boy Breaking Glass, Peckham

Clare Pollard

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Vagrant

Emmett, Jim, and Karen Shepard

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That Boy Is Still Breaking Glass

David Wagoner

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So There - John Corey Whaley

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A Bronzeville Mother Loiters in Mississippi. Meanwhile, a Mississippi Mother Burns Bacon

Tallahatchie

Terry Blackhawk

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Grown Up

Kwame Dawes

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Yazoo City

Raven Hogue

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Bronzeville Woman in a Red Hat

anasema kwa haraka

LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs

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The Maid

Eugene Gloria

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At the Capitol Hill Suites, 1985

Maxine Kumin

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In a Red Hat

Stephanie Strickland

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The Chicago Defender Sends a Man to Little Rock

Bleeding Brownish Boy

Sharon Draper

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Meanwhile in the Henhouse

Rita Williams-Garcia

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In Little Rock

Jake Adam York

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The Chicago Picasso

The Seahorse

Maura Stanton

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Ars Poetica Composed While Dressing in the Dark

Kevin Stein

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pp. 43-44

Tender Visits

Liane Strauss

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The Children of the Poor

The Climb

Siobhan Campbell

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What Will We Give Our Children?

Brenda Cárdenas

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Sustenance

Kyle Dargan

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A Neighborhood in Chicago

Reginald Gibbons

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Play the Song

Laurie Ann Guerrero

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Eve Wept

Janice N. Harrington

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If Divorce Were Our Concerto

Ruth Ellen Kocher

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At the Lake’s Shore, I sit with the sister, resting

Sasha Pimentel

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The Inconditions of Love

Shazea Quraishi

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On a Station of the L

Don Share

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“Cry, Baby” Garnet Mimms & the Enchanters sang & “The Sky is Crying”

Bruce Smith

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Women of the Poor

Stephanie Sutton

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Slave Ship Captain’s Great-great Granddaughter

Spring Ulmer

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Lost softness softly makes a trap for us

Ronald Wallace

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The Coora Flower

Stay

Jericho Brown

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Exhaust the Little Moment. Soon It Dies.

Two Collisions

Karen Volkman

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The Explorer

The Explorer

Adrian Matejka

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First Fight. Then Fiddle.

First Fight. Then Fiddle.

Lisa Williams

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Garbageman: The Man with the Orderly Mind

INSTRUCTIONS: Say it like it is.

Franny Choi

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p. 58

Blue Graffiti

Oliver de la Paz

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Recycling

Denise Duhamel

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The Occasioned Contrition of a Cynic

David Guterson

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Is Light Enough?

Lloyd Schwartz

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Truth and the Garbageman

Graeme Simsion

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Is Light Enough?

Matthew Zapruder

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pp. 61-62

Gay Chaps at the Bar

Non-Commissioned (A Quartet)

Sandra Beasley

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pp. 63-66

Stillborn [In Memory Of]

CM Burroughs

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Amen

Laura Mullen

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Stand Your Ground

Christina Pugh

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The 17 Year-Old & The Gay Bar

Danez Smith

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Omen

Lewis Turco

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Jessie Mitchell’s Mother

Jessie Mitchell’s Father

Jaswinder Bolina

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pp. 71-72

Greatgrandfather’s Woods

Miriam Nash

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Split Personality

Ugochi Nwaogwugwu

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pp. 72-73

Kitchenette Building

Feather and Bone

Gregory Djanikian

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Gray

Peter Kahn

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pp. 74-75

On My Eyelashes

José Oliveraz

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pp. 75-76

Dry Hours

Alicia Ostriker

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Close Memory

Maya Pindyck

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We pray, and

Barbara Jane Reyes

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Who Has Given Us Life

Sasha Rogelberg

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We are things of dry hours and the involuntary plan

George Szirtes

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Even If We Were Willing

Robert Wrigley

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The Last Quatrain of the Ballad of Emmett Till

After the Burial: A Stanza

Christian Campbell

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Len Bias, a Bouquet of Flowers, and Ms. Brooks

Michael Collier

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Money, Mississippi 1955

Myra Sklarew

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Black, Poured Directly into the Wound

Patricia Smith

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The Life of Lincoln West

Variation, the Birth of Lincoln West

Honor Moore

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p. 83

A Light and Diplomatic Bird

Birdie

Fikayo Balogun

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Humbug Epithalamium

Traci Brimhall

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I Do Not Want to Be

Stephen Dunn

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1982

Leontia Flynn

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pp. 85-86

Storm

Nikki Grimes

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A Final and Unrepentant, Silent, Sorry Bird

Dorothea Lasky

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pp. 86-87

the little-known bird of the inner eye

Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet

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Bird Boy

Terese Svoboda

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pp. 87-88

Sanctuary

Tana Jean Welch

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pp. 88-89

Solitaire

Jane Yolen

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p. 89

A Lovely Love

Of Marriage: River, Lake and Vein

Nicole Cooley

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pp. 90-91

House with an X on the Door

Rebecca Hazelton

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p. 91

Throwing Stones at the All White Pool

Colleen McElroy

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p. 91

The Lovers of the Poor

A Legacy

Nathaniel Bellows

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Cartoon

Alison Hawthorne Deming

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pp. 92-93

The Empathy Nest

Nathan Hoks

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pp. 93-94

Logistics for Thursday

Amy Lemmon

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Black Friday

Rachel McKibbens

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p. 95

The Wedding Planners

Gregory Pardlo

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p. 96

The Left-Hour

Leah Umansky

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A Man of the Middle Class

Division Street

Elise Paschen

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Semi-Splendid

Tracy K. Smith

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pp. 97-98

Mentors

Golden Nosegay

Sharon Olds

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p. 99

Sentence

Baron Wormser

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pp. 99-100

The Mother

My Mother Speaks to Her Daughter, Not Yet Born

Jehanne Dubrow

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Daughter-Mother

Rachel Contreni Flynn

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We were gonna go through with it, and then we lost it.

Adam M. Levin

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p. 102

Believe That Even in My Deliberateness I Was Not Deliberate

Gail Mazur

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Childless Woman

Patricia McCarthy

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pp. 103-104

The Ghost Song

Paula Meehan

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p. 104

Missing Miss Brooks

Sharon Olds

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pp. 104-105

From the Hospital

Kevin Prufer

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pp. 105-106

Even-Keeled and At-Eased

Alberto Ríos

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My Own Dead

Joshua Marie Wilkinson

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p. 106

The Single Neighbor Threatens My Family

Richard Zabransky

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p. 107

My Dreams, My Works, Must Wait till after Hell

Body of a Woman, Tail of a Fish

Ama Codjoe

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p. 108

I remember those long nights when I

Billy Collins

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p. 109

Her Mouth, His Eyes

Andrea Hollander

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p. 109

After Hell

Patricia Spears Jones

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p. 110

ASEA

Joyelle McSweeney

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The Best Thing to Do

Willie Perdomo

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p. 111

So I Wait

Richard Powers

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pp. 111-112

Send Me Home

Bob Shacochis

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p. 112

Key to the Dollar Store

Al Young

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pp. 112-113

My Own Sweet Good

From the Sidelines

Rita Dove

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p. 114

The Near-Johannesburg Boy

Johannesburg 2013

Jackie Wills

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p. 115

Negro Hero

The Killer inside Me

John Koethe

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p. 116

Exact Change

David Lehman

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pp. 116-117

Of De Witt Williams on His Way to Lincoln Cemetery

Incarceration Blues

Wesley Rothman

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p. 118

Of Robert Frost

Of Gwendolyn Brooks

Jon Davis

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p. 119

Homage: Gwendolyn Brooks

Ishion Hutchinson

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p. 120

Some Glowing in the Common Blood

Elizabeth Macklin

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pp. 120-121

No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader.

Michael Ryan

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p. 121

Old Mary

Go

Tara Betts

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p. 122

One Wants a Teller in a Time like This

One Wants a Teller in a Time like This

Bob Holman

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A Penitent Considers Another Coming of Mary

Mary

Amanda Auchter

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pp. 124-125

Primer for Blacks

The Hunger

Dominique Christina

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p. 126

When Grandma Goes to the Moon

Aaron Samuels

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pp. 126-127

Pygmies Are Pygmies Still, Though Percht on Alps

Cosmic Party Crasher

Amy Gerstler

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p. 128

Pygmalion Director Wishes to Enliven Production

John Hegley

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pp. 128-129

Queen of the Blues

Queen of the Game

Kim Addonizio

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p. 130

Riders to the Blood-Red Wrath

From Iraq, A Tattoo

Jennifer Perrine

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Riot

Stolen Sonnet

David Baker

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pp. 132-133

Gravestones

Asia Calcagno

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pp. 133-134

Taunting the Turkey Vultures with Love

Rachel DeWoskin

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p. 134

Softer Sounds

Helen Frost

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pp. 134-135

Beyond It

Liz Lochhead

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p. 135

Brixton Revo 2011

Roger Robinson

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pp. 135-136

The Rites for Cousin Vit

Blue Finch

Mona Arshi

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p. 137

Offbeat

Hoa Nguyen

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pp. 137-138

Cousin

William Stobb

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p. 138

There Are Mornings

Dan Sullivan

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p. 139

Sadie and Maud

Sadie and Maud

Florence Ladd

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p. 140

Maud and Sadie

Gail Carson Levine

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p. 141

The Second Sermon on the Warpland

Medics

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pp. 142-143

Advice from Ms. Brooks, With Elaborations

Mark Doty

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pp. 143-144

Reflections on Invictus

Cherise A. Pollard

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p. 144

Bigly in the Wild Weed

Maureen Seaton

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p. 145

The Sermon on the Warpland

A Parable of Sorts

Malika Booker

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p. 146

A Song in the Front Yard

A Peek at the Back

John Burnside

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p. 147

My Life Has Been No Smaller Than My Mind

Peter Cooley

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pp. 147-148

Gap-Toothed Woman

Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie

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pp. 148-149

Walthamstow Central

Aisling Fahey

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p. 149

Our Home

Lindsay Hunter

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pp. 149-150

Troubled

Angela Johnson

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p. 150

Twelve Weeks

Jacob Polley

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pp. 150-151

Statue

Jon Sands

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pp. 151-152

back yard song

Diane Seuss

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pp. 152-153

song in the back yard

Evie Shockley

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pp. 153-15

Careful the Blood

Jeanann Verlee

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pp. 154-155

Somewhere where

Fred Wah

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pp. 155-156

The Sonnet-Ballad

Deployed

Nick Lantz

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p. 157

The Names of Leaves in War

Jamaal May

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pp. 157-158

Breaking House

Michele Parker Randall

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p. 158

Dusk

Virginia Euwer Wolff

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p. 159

Moon

Timothy Yu

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p. 159

Speech to the Young, Speech to the Progress-Toward

Bird-Feeder

Marilyn Nelson

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p. 160

Still Do I Keep My Look, My Identity

I still don’t know

Moniza Alvi

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p. 161

The Artist

Raymond Antrobus

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p. 161

Third Infidelity

Hannah Srajer

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p. 162

Strong Men, Riding Horses

Pasted to Stars Already

Oni Buchanan

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Strong Men, Riding Horses

Tishani Doshi

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pp. 164-165

The Strong Strong Men Riding Strong Strong Horses after the West

Douglas Kearney

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pp. 165-167

The Sundays of Satin-Legs Smith

Her Secret

Patience Agbabi

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p. 168

One Night Stand

Teri Cross Davis

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pp. 168-167

note to the unconceived

Marty McConnell

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p. 169

Hot Water

Eileen Myles

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pp. 169-170

Judas

Lawrence Raab

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p. 170

The Narcissist Breaks Up

Ravi Shankar

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pp. 170-172

For Gwendolyn Brooks

Dara Wier

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p. 172

A Sunset of the City

Yard Sale

Elizabeth Berg

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p. 173

The sun had dimmed already

Maxine Chernoff

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pp. 173-174

Somerset

Daniel Donaghy

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pp. 174-175

A circle finds its way and

Percival Everett

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p. 175

In Honor of Gwendolyn Brooks: A Shovel Poem

Maria Mazziotti Gillan

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pp. 175-176

Twang they. And I incline this ear to tin.

Fanny Howe

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p. 176

This Feels Permanent

Langston Kerman

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pp. 176-177

Lapse

Dorianne Laux

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p. 177

Twig by Twig

Lee Martin

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p. 178

Just a Friend after Sunset

E. Ethelbert Miller

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p. 178

Golden Shovel

Kamilah Aisha Moon

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p. 179

Awaiting Dawn

Nii Ayikwei Parkes

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pp. 179-180

One Day Soon

Linda Pastan

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p. 180

American Realness

Kathleen Rooney

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pp. 180-181

Travel Literature

Fiona Sampson

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p. 181

Funland

Martha Serpas

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p. 182

Already

Lee Upton

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pp. 182-183

Avow

Julie Marie Wade

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p. 183

Cold Sore

Danielle Zipkin

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pp. 183-184

Throwing Out the Flowers

Over and Over and All

Eleanor Wilner

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pp. 185-186

To An Old Black Woman, Homeless, and Indistinct

Necessarily

Yona Harvey

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p. 187

To Be In Love

Two Poems for Alec

Julia Glass

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pp. 188-189

Hotel Lobby, April Evening

Maura Snell

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p. 189

To Be in Love

Tony Trigilio

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pp. 189-190

To Black Women

She never saw life as hard

Sharon G. Flake

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p. 191

To the Young Who Want to Die

Oath

Bob Hicok

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p. 192

Truth

What I would ask of Manman Brigitte after seeing the African Burial Ground

Camara Brown

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p. 193

No apps for sunlight

Inua Ellams

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p. 194

The dark hangs heavily

Chris Haven

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pp. 194-195

True & False

Ellen Doré Watson

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p. 195

Truth

Indigo Williams

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pp. 195-196

The Vacant Lot

The Way He Lived Now

Sue Dymoke

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p. 197

Memento Mori

Philip Gross

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pp. 197-198

The Lot, Vacant Then

Francine J. Harris

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pp. 198-199

We Real Cool

1950: Norco, Louisiana

Mary Calvin

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pp. 200-201

Parisian Shuffle

Stuart Dischell

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pp. 201-202

Because it looked hotter that way

Camille T. Dungy

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pp. 202-203

An American Sunrise

Joy Harjo

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pp. 203-204

As Young Poets in Chicago

Edward Hirsch

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p. 204

How Cool Are We?

Ellen Hopkins

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pp. 204-205

The Old NZ

Gahl Liberzon

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pp. 205-206

Hansel in College

Tyler Mills

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pp. 206-207

Cool Kids

Dorothy Moore

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pp. 207-208

Thanks to Miss Brooks

Sharon Olds

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pp. 208-209

The Golden Shovel (to bury the ghost)

Haley Patail

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pp. 209-210

Kriolising Kulcha

Kadija Sesay

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p. 210

Jessie from the Golden Shovel

Mags Webster

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pp. 211-212

We, the Basij

Sholeh Wolpé

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pp. 212-213

When You Have Forgotten Sunday: The Love Story

Orb-Weaver Spiders, In Early Spring

Brenda Hillman

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p. 214

Unforgivable

Alyssa Kelly

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pp. 214-215

Before That Sunday

Marcus Sedgwick

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p. 215

A Love Story

Leona Sevick

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pp. 215-216

XV

Places Never Gathered

Dan Beachy-Quick

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p. 217

You Did Not Know You Were Afrika

She Shall Not Be

Wang Ping

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p. 218

Young Afrikans

Neo-Afronaut Anthem

Dexter L. Booth

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p. 219

The Real Cool

Kimiko Hahn

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p. 220

Non-Brooks Golden Shovels

Golden Shovel

Hana Beachy-Quick

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p. 221

On the other side of that window

Curtis Crisler

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p. 222

Parenthood

Phil Dacey

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pp. 222-223

Last Night On Earth We Go to Wendy’s

Kendra DeColo

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pp. 223-224

It takes so little

Sharon Dolin

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p. 224

Sky Burial

Nick Flynn

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p. 225

She threw verbs and arrows at my

Anthony Joseph

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pp. 225-226

Death in Brain

Ian Khadan

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p. 226

Middle Dreams

Toni Asante Lightfoot

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pp. 227-228

At Johnnie’s after Basketball Practice

Billy Lombardo

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pp. 228-229

The Shepherd . . .

Nick Makoha

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pp. 229-230

The Road to Wales

Blake Morrison

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p. 230

Immigrant

John O’Connor

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pp. 231-232

Square de la Place Dupleix

Pascale Petit

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p. 232

Social Security

Kevin Simmonds

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pp. 232-233

Headway

Dorothea Smartt

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p. 233

Even a Broken Clock Is Right Twice a Day

Lisa Russ Spaar

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p. 234

Robert Johnson’s Double-Edged Shovel

David St. John

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pp. 234-235

Poem with Endwords by Reginald Shephard

Jean Valentine

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p. 235

Of Ownership

Karen McCarthy Woolf

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p. 236

pedagogy of a whoopin

Avery R. Young

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p. 237

Variation and Expansions on the Form

Double Golden Shovel

Raphael Allison

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pp. 238-239

Behind the Scenes

Julia Alvarez

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p. 239

Morning (a twisted shovel)

Ellen Bass

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p. 240

Frijolero Ex-Pats

Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor

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pp. 241-242

Sadie and Maud, Redux

Marilyn Chin

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p. 243

Golden Shovel Borrowed from Derek Walcott and Gwendolyn Brooks

Fred D’Aguiar

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pp. 243-244

The Devil’s Own

Calvin Forbes

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pp. 244-245

When a Grief Has Come

David Gilmer

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pp. 245-246

Outside St. Dominic’s Priory. Snapshot, July 2015.

Keith Jarrett

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pp. 246-247

People Who Have No Children Can Be Hard

A. Van Jordan

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p. 248

Selected Psalms from the Book of Brooks

Amit Majmudar

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pp. 248-249

Accident

Carol Muske-Dukes

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pp. 249-250

The Art of the Stroke:

Molly Peacock

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pp. 250-251

Net

Tom Sleigh

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pp. 251-253

Father

Jacinda Townsend

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p. 253

A Chat with the Endwords

Catherine Wagner

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p. 254

A Private Service Announcement

Buddy Wakefield

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pp. 254-255

That’s Mr. Robert Johnson to You

Tyrone Williams

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pp. 255-256

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Afterword

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pp. 257-258

A century after her birth, Gwendolyn Brooks remains a pioneer; hopefully this anthology has sent you back to her magisterial work, not just to the widely anthologized poems, but to those poems you might not have encountered before. This collection testifies to her influence, still strong among contemporary writers, and to the invention of a brand new form, the Golden Shovel, something which we imagine Ms. Brooks would heartily approve. ...

Title Index

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pp. 259-268

Author Index

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pp. 269-279

Back cover flap

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