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The Golden Shovel Anthology
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The Golden Shovel Anthology celebrates the life and work of poet and civil rights icon Gwendolyn Brooks through a dynamic new poetic form, the Golden Shovel, created by National Book Award–winner Terrance Hayes.

The last words of each line in a Golden Shovel poem are, in order, words from a line or lines taken from a Brooks poem. The poems are, in a way, secretly encoded to enable both a horizontal reading of the new poem and vertical reading down the right-hand margin of Brooks’s original. An array of writers—including Pulitzer Prize winners, T. S. Eliot Prize winners, National Book Award winners, and National Poet Laureates—have written poems for this exciting new anthology: Rita Dove, Billy Collins, Nikki Giovani, Sharon Olds, Tracy K. Smith, Mark Doty, Sharon Draper, and Julia Glass are just a few of the contributing poets.

The poems found here will inspire a diversity of readers, teachers, and writers of poetry while at the same time providing remarkable access for newcomers, making it ideal for classrooms. The Golden Shovel Anthology will also honor Brooks with publication in 2017, the centenary of her birth.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover, inside flap
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  1. Half Title, Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-xxvi
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  1. Foreword
  2. Terrance Hayes
  3. pp. xxvii-xxx
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xxxi-xxxiv
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xxxv-xlii
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  1. The Golden Shovel
  2. Terrance Hayes
  3. pp. xliii-xlvi
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  1. Selected Poems by Gwendolyn Brooks
  1. A Sunset of the City
  2. p. xlvii
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  1. kitchenette building
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  1. Boy Breaking Glass
  2. p. xlix
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  1. a song in the front yard
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  1. The Bean Eaters
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  1. The Anniad
  1. After
  2. Aracelis Girmay
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  1. What There Is to Spend
  2. Hailey Leithauser
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  1. Appendix to the Anniad
  1. Next Time Honey
  2. Paul Martinez-Pompa
  3. p. 4
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  1. A Halo for Her Invisible Hair
  2. Rachel Richardson
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  1. The Artists’ and Models’ Ball
  1. Weather Report
  2. Anne Shaw
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  1. An Aspect of Love, Alive in the Ice and Fire
  1. First Summer Song
  2. Pattiann Rogers
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  1. An Aspect of Love
  2. Renée Watson
  3. pp. 7-8
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  1. Ballad of Pearl May Lee
  1. Stay, Dear
  2. Susan Wheeler
  3. p. 9
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  1. The Ballad of Rudolph Reed
  1. Conjunction
  2. Andrew Motion
  3. p. 10
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  1. The Bean Eaters
  1. Resurrection
  2. Bonnie Jo Campbell
  3. p. 11
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  1. The Parrot Man
  2. Caitlin Doyle
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  1. The Fava Bean-Eaters
  2. Sandra M. Gilbert
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  1. At the Evening of Life
  2. Nikki Giovanni
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  1. Evening
  2. Diane Glancy
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  1. Roadside Diner: Fairfield, Maine
  2. Jack Powers
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  1. Next to the Flatware
  2. Christian Robinson
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  1. New Year’s Eve in Times Square
  2. Philip Schultz
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  1. Beverly Hills, Chicago
  1. Golden Shovel Buddha
  2. Didi Jackson
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  1. Stand Your Ground
  2. Major Jackson
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  1. September, Chicago
  2. Angela Narciso Torres
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  1. The Birth in a Narrow Room
  1. Child Tipping Forever
  2. Jenny Boully
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  1. The Blackstone Rangers
  1. What is betrayal but a construct?
  2. Judy Blundell
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  1. The Ache
  2. Chelsea Dixon
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  1. A Love Jones in a Booming Economy
  2. Randall Horton
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  1. 1972 ford ltd
  2. Quraysh Ali Lansana
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  1. FUNERAL Sign
  2. Mike Puican
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  1. After the Eulogy
  2. Kelly Reuter
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  1. Cure and Curry
  2. Natalie Richardson
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  1. i. Cecil Park—High as the Swings
  2. Debris Stevenson
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  1. ii. Dutch Pot Dancing
  2. Debris Stevenson
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  1. Boy Breaking Glass
  1. Imagine This
  2. Meena Alexander
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  1. Boys Breaking Glass
  2. Catherine Brogan
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  1. Asked why I always have to be so negative I
  2. Hannah Gamble
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  1. Ornithology
  2. M. Ayodele Heath
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  1. Behind in the Count
  2. Pam Houston
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  1. Sleeping under Stars
  2. Troy Jollimore
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  1. The Second Going
  2. Philip Levine
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  1. Meadowlands
  2. Erika Meitner
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  1. Opening Ceremonies, 2012
  2. Michael Meyerhofer
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  1. When He Doesn’t Come Home
  2. Deb Nystrom
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  1. Boy Breaking Glass, Peckham
  2. Clare Pollard
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  1. Vagrant
  2. Emmett, Jim, and Karen Shepard
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  1. That Boy Is Still Breaking Glass
  2. David Wagoner
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  1. So There - John Corey Whaley
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  1. A Bronzeville Mother Loiters in Mississippi. Meanwhile, a Mississippi Mother Burns Bacon
  1. Tallahatchie
  2. Terry Blackhawk
  3. p. 36
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  1. Grown Up
  2. Kwame Dawes
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  1. Yazoo City
  2. Raven Hogue
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  1. Bronzeville Woman in a Red Hat
  1. anasema kwa haraka
  2. LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs
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  1. The Maid
  2. Eugene Gloria
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  1. At the Capitol Hill Suites, 1985
  2. Maxine Kumin
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  1. In a Red Hat
  2. Stephanie Strickland
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  1. The Chicago Defender Sends a Man to Little Rock
  1. Bleeding Brownish Boy
  2. Sharon Draper
  3. p. 41
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  1. Meanwhile in the Henhouse
  2. Rita Williams-Garcia
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  1. In Little Rock
  2. Jake Adam York
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  1. The Chicago Picasso
  1. The Seahorse
  2. Maura Stanton
  3. p. 43
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  1. Ars Poetica Composed While Dressing in the Dark
  2. Kevin Stein
  3. pp. 43-44
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  1. Tender Visits
  2. Liane Strauss
  3. p. 44
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  1. The Children of the Poor
  1. The Climb
  2. Siobhan Campbell
  3. p. 45
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  1. What Will We Give Our Children?
  2. Brenda Cárdenas
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  1. Sustenance
  2. Kyle Dargan
  3. p. 47
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  1. A Neighborhood in Chicago
  2. Reginald Gibbons
  3. pp. 47-48
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  1. Play the Song
  2. Laurie Ann Guerrero
  3. p. 48
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  1. Eve Wept
  2. Janice N. Harrington
  3. p. 49
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  1. If Divorce Were Our Concerto
  2. Ruth Ellen Kocher
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  1. At the Lake’s Shore, I sit with the sister, resting
  2. Sasha Pimentel
  3. p. 50
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  1. The Inconditions of Love
  2. Shazea Quraishi
  3. pp. 50-51
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  1. On a Station of the L
  2. Don Share
  3. p. 51
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  1. “Cry, Baby” Garnet Mimms & the Enchanters sang & “The Sky is Crying”
  2. Bruce Smith
  3. pp. 51-52
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  1. Women of the Poor
  2. Stephanie Sutton
  3. p. 52
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  1. Slave Ship Captain’s Great-great Granddaughter
  2. Spring Ulmer
  3. pp. 52-53
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  1. Lost softness softly makes a trap for us
  2. Ronald Wallace
  3. p. 53
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  1. The Coora Flower
  1. Stay
  2. Jericho Brown
  3. p. 54
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  1. Exhaust the Little Moment. Soon It Dies.
  1. Two Collisions
  2. Karen Volkman
  3. p. 55
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  1. The Explorer
  1. The Explorer
  2. Adrian Matejka
  3. p. 56
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  1. First Fight. Then Fiddle.
  1. First Fight. Then Fiddle.
  2. Lisa Williams
  3. p. 57
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  1. Garbageman: The Man with the Orderly Mind
  1. INSTRUCTIONS: Say it like it is.
  2. Franny Choi
  3. p. 58
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  1. Blue Graffiti
  2. Oliver de la Paz
  3. pp. 58-59
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  1. Recycling
  2. Denise Duhamel
  3. p. 59
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  1. The Occasioned Contrition of a Cynic
  2. David Guterson
  3. pp. 59-60
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  1. Is Light Enough?
  2. Lloyd Schwartz
  3. p. 60
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  1. Truth and the Garbageman
  2. Graeme Simsion
  3. p. 61
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  1. Is Light Enough?
  2. Matthew Zapruder
  3. pp. 61-62
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  1. Gay Chaps at the Bar
  1. Non-Commissioned (A Quartet)
  2. Sandra Beasley
  3. pp. 63-66
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  1. Stillborn [In Memory Of]
  2. CM Burroughs
  3. pp. 66-67
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  1. Amen
  2. Laura Mullen
  3. p. 67
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  1. Stand Your Ground
  2. Christina Pugh
  3. p. 68
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  1. The 17 Year-Old & The Gay Bar
  2. Danez Smith
  3. p. 69
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  1. Omen
  2. Lewis Turco
  3. pp. 69-70
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  1. Jessie Mitchell’s Mother
  1. Jessie Mitchell’s Father
  2. Jaswinder Bolina
  3. pp. 71-72
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  1. Greatgrandfather’s Woods
  2. Miriam Nash
  3. p. 72
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  1. Split Personality
  2. Ugochi Nwaogwugwu
  3. pp. 72-73
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  1. Kitchenette Building
  1. Feather and Bone
  2. Gregory Djanikian
  3. p. 74
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  1. Gray
  2. Peter Kahn
  3. pp. 74-75
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  1. On My Eyelashes
  2. José Oliveraz
  3. pp. 75-76
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  1. Dry Hours
  2. Alicia Ostriker
  3. pp. 76-77
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  1. Close Memory
  2. Maya Pindyck
  3. p. 77
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  1. We pray, and
  2. Barbara Jane Reyes
  3. pp. 77-78
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  1. Who Has Given Us Life
  2. Sasha Rogelberg
  3. p. 78
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  1. We are things of dry hours and the involuntary plan
  2. George Szirtes
  3. p. 79
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  1. Even If We Were Willing
  2. Robert Wrigley
  3. p. 79
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  1. The Last Quatrain of the Ballad of Emmett Till
  1. After the Burial: A Stanza
  2. Christian Campbell
  3. p. 80
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  1. Len Bias, a Bouquet of Flowers, and Ms. Brooks
  2. Michael Collier
  3. pp. 80-81
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  1. Money, Mississippi 1955
  2. Myra Sklarew
  3. p. 81
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  1. Black, Poured Directly into the Wound
  2. Patricia Smith
  3. pp. 81-82
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  1. The Life of Lincoln West
  1. Variation, the Birth of Lincoln West
  2. Honor Moore
  3. p. 83
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  1. A Light and Diplomatic Bird
  1. Birdie
  2. Fikayo Balogun
  3. p. 84
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  1. Humbug Epithalamium
  2. Traci Brimhall
  3. pp. 84-85
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  1. I Do Not Want to Be
  2. Stephen Dunn
  3. p. 85
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  1. 1982
  2. Leontia Flynn
  3. pp. 85-86
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  1. Storm
  2. Nikki Grimes
  3. p. 86
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  1. A Final and Unrepentant, Silent, Sorry Bird
  2. Dorothea Lasky
  3. pp. 86-87
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  1. the little-known bird of the inner eye
  2. Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet
  3. p. 87
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  1. Bird Boy
  2. Terese Svoboda
  3. pp. 87-88
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  1. Sanctuary
  2. Tana Jean Welch
  3. pp. 88-89
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  1. Solitaire
  2. Jane Yolen
  3. p. 89
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  1. A Lovely Love
  1. Of Marriage: River, Lake and Vein
  2. Nicole Cooley
  3. pp. 90-91
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  1. House with an X on the Door
  2. Rebecca Hazelton
  3. p. 91
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  1. Throwing Stones at the All White Pool
  2. Colleen McElroy
  3. p. 91
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  1. The Lovers of the Poor
  1. A Legacy
  2. Nathaniel Bellows
  3. p. 92
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  1. Cartoon
  2. Alison Hawthorne Deming
  3. pp. 92-93
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  1. The Empathy Nest
  2. Nathan Hoks
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  1. Logistics for Thursday
  2. Amy Lemmon
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  1. Black Friday
  2. Rachel McKibbens
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  1. The Wedding Planners
  2. Gregory Pardlo
  3. p. 96
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  1. The Left-Hour
  2. Leah Umansky
  3. p. 96
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  1. A Man of the Middle Class
  1. Division Street
  2. Elise Paschen
  3. p. 97
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  1. Semi-Splendid
  2. Tracy K. Smith
  3. pp. 97-98
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  1. Mentors
  1. Golden Nosegay
  2. Sharon Olds
  3. p. 99
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  1. Sentence
  2. Baron Wormser
  3. pp. 99-100
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  1. The Mother
  1. My Mother Speaks to Her Daughter, Not Yet Born
  2. Jehanne Dubrow
  3. p. 101
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  1. Daughter-Mother
  2. Rachel Contreni Flynn
  3. pp. 101-102
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  1. We were gonna go through with it, and then we lost it.
  2. Adam M. Levin
  3. p. 102
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  1. Believe That Even in My Deliberateness I Was Not Deliberate
  2. Gail Mazur
  3. p. 103
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  1. Childless Woman
  2. Patricia McCarthy
  3. pp. 103-104
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  1. The Ghost Song
  2. Paula Meehan
  3. p. 104
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  1. Missing Miss Brooks
  2. Sharon Olds
  3. pp. 104-105
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  1. From the Hospital
  2. Kevin Prufer
  3. pp. 105-106
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  1. Even-Keeled and At-Eased
  2. Alberto Ríos
  3. p. 106
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  1. My Own Dead
  2. Joshua Marie Wilkinson
  3. p. 106
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  1. The Single Neighbor Threatens My Family
  2. Richard Zabransky
  3. p. 107
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  1. My Dreams, My Works, Must Wait till after Hell
  1. Body of a Woman, Tail of a Fish
  2. Ama Codjoe
  3. p. 108
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  1. I remember those long nights when I
  2. Billy Collins
  3. p. 109
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  1. Her Mouth, His Eyes
  2. Andrea Hollander
  3. p. 109
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  1. After Hell
  2. Patricia Spears Jones
  3. p. 110
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  1. ASEA
  2. Joyelle McSweeney
  3. pp. 110-111
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  1. The Best Thing to Do
  2. Willie Perdomo
  3. p. 111
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  1. So I Wait
  2. Richard Powers
  3. pp. 111-112
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  1. Send Me Home
  2. Bob Shacochis
  3. p. 112
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  1. Key to the Dollar Store
  2. Al Young
  3. pp. 112-113
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  1. My Own Sweet Good
  1. From the Sidelines
  2. Rita Dove
  3. p. 114
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  1. The Near-Johannesburg Boy
  1. Johannesburg 2013
  2. Jackie Wills
  3. p. 115
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  1. Negro Hero
  1. The Killer inside Me
  2. John Koethe
  3. p. 116
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  1. Exact Change
  2. David Lehman
  3. pp. 116-117
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  1. Of De Witt Williams on His Way to Lincoln Cemetery
  1. Incarceration Blues
  2. Wesley Rothman
  3. p. 118
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  1. Of Robert Frost
  1. Of Gwendolyn Brooks
  2. Jon Davis
  3. p. 119
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  1. Homage: Gwendolyn Brooks
  2. Ishion Hutchinson
  3. p. 120
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  1. Some Glowing in the Common Blood
  2. Elizabeth Macklin
  3. pp. 120-121
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  1. No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader.
  2. Michael Ryan
  3. p. 121
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  1. Old Mary
  1. Go
  2. Tara Betts
  3. p. 122
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  1. One Wants a Teller in a Time like This
  1. One Wants a Teller in a Time like This
  2. Bob Holman
  3. p. 123
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  1. A Penitent Considers Another Coming of Mary
  1. Mary
  2. Amanda Auchter
  3. pp. 124-125
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  1. Primer for Blacks
  1. The Hunger
  2. Dominique Christina
  3. p. 126
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  1. When Grandma Goes to the Moon
  2. Aaron Samuels
  3. pp. 126-127
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  1. Pygmies Are Pygmies Still, Though Percht on Alps
  1. Cosmic Party Crasher
  2. Amy Gerstler
  3. p. 128
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  1. Pygmalion Director Wishes to Enliven Production
  2. John Hegley
  3. pp. 128-129
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  1. Queen of the Blues
  1. Queen of the Game
  2. Kim Addonizio
  3. p. 130
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  1. Riders to the Blood-Red Wrath
  1. From Iraq, A Tattoo
  2. Jennifer Perrine
  3. p. 131
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  1. Riot
  1. Stolen Sonnet
  2. David Baker
  3. pp. 132-133
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  1. Gravestones
  2. Asia Calcagno
  3. pp. 133-134
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  1. Taunting the Turkey Vultures with Love
  2. Rachel DeWoskin
  3. p. 134
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  1. Softer Sounds
  2. Helen Frost
  3. pp. 134-135
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  1. Beyond It
  2. Liz Lochhead
  3. p. 135
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  1. Brixton Revo 2011
  2. Roger Robinson
  3. pp. 135-136
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  1. The Rites for Cousin Vit
  1. Blue Finch
  2. Mona Arshi
  3. p. 137
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  1. Offbeat
  2. Hoa Nguyen
  3. pp. 137-138
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  1. Cousin
  2. William Stobb
  3. p. 138
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  1. There Are Mornings
  2. Dan Sullivan
  3. p. 139
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  1. Sadie and Maud
  1. Sadie and Maud
  2. Florence Ladd
  3. p. 140
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  1. Maud and Sadie
  2. Gail Carson Levine
  3. p. 141
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  1. The Second Sermon on the Warpland
  1. Medics
  2. pp. 142-143
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  1. Advice from Ms. Brooks, With Elaborations
  2. Mark Doty
  3. pp. 143-144
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  1. Reflections on Invictus
  2. Cherise A. Pollard
  3. p. 144
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  1. Bigly in the Wild Weed
  2. Maureen Seaton
  3. p. 145
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  1. The Sermon on the Warpland
  1. A Parable of Sorts
  2. Malika Booker
  3. p. 146
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  1. A Song in the Front Yard
  1. A Peek at the Back
  2. John Burnside
  3. p. 147
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  1. My Life Has Been No Smaller Than My Mind
  2. Peter Cooley
  3. pp. 147-148
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  1. Gap-Toothed Woman
  2. Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie
  3. pp. 148-149
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  1. Walthamstow Central
  2. Aisling Fahey
  3. p. 149
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  1. Our Home
  2. Lindsay Hunter
  3. pp. 149-150
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