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Poem: Ritual

by Lori Levy

4 days ago

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Is it for our smiling faces
that she gets up at seven on Fridays to put an apron on
and stand in front of a hot stove, even in... read full article

  • Poem: Dante Lucked Out

    by David Lehman

    2 weeks ago

    T. S. Eliot held that Dante was lucky

    to live in the Middle Ages

    because life then was more logically organized

    and society more coherent. The...

  • Poem: For Rose

    by Rachel Mennies

    August 5, 2015 | 3:20 pm

    Practical, we take the names of our dead

    because the dead are sturdy — stern mantles

    of opportunity, watching as we shoulder them

    from...

  • Poem: Dwelling Place

    by Emily Warn

    July 29, 2015 | 2:03 pm

    Summer beetles augured blue ponds in every leaf

    of the cherry tree.

    Cooler that way. The load lighter.

    Open wells for the sun to fall through.

    ...

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  • Poem: Rabbi Ishmael ben Elisha I

    by Jason Schneiderman

    July 27, 2015 | 9:50 am

    (in which he fails to reverse the decree)

    We thought poverty would protect us

    but it did not.

     

    We thought suffering would weaken us

    but it...

  • Poem: Seamstress

    by Patty Seyburn

    July 16, 2015 | 10:58 am

    My mother saved wrapping paper folded in neat angles and put away for never The tear should be made on the left side, over the heart Hundred of buttons...

  • Poem: Echo Locating

    by M.E. Silverman

    July 2, 2015 | 12:25 pm

    If you are lucky

    you will find your echo,

    not the cartoon version,

    perched on a canyon’s edge

    with the empty yelling

    & cheeks like apples,

    but the space that extends you,

    fills the void

    & becomes you

    the way twigs return to a tree,

    nest-warm.


    First published in “The Breath Before Birds Fly” (2013).

    M.E. Silverman is poetry editor at Blue Lyra Review and review editor of Museum of Americana and author of the chapbook “The Breath Before Birds Fly” (ELJ Press, 2013).

  • Poem: Souvenir

    by Jehanne Dubrow

    June 24, 2015 | 4:26 pm

    In Kraków’s marketplace, the kiosks vend             
    carved men at thirty złotys each:  a Jew                 
    who grips the Torah in his wooden...

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