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  1. Thread: Poetry

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    Brazilian telephone

    In the peach orchard in an old bathtub
    the children are standing someone
    in a bath of salt water, and one
    gently attaches electrodes
    to the nipples of the one
    in the bath. Out of the weeds runs...
  2. Thread: Poetry

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    Of all that God has shown me . . .

    Of all that God has shown me
    I can speak just the smallest word,
    Nor more than a honey bee
    Takes on his foot
    From an overspilling jar.

    - Mechtild of Magdeburgh as translated by Jane...
  3. Thread: Poetry

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    The Posture

    Of like importance is the posture too,
    In which the genial feat of Love we do:
    For as the females of the four foot kind,
    Receive the leapings of their Males behind;
    So the good Wives, with loins...
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    Talk about boring. I watched for 15 minutes one...

    Talk about boring. I watched for 15 minutes one year. Enough for a lifetime.
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUA-DcW1lFc

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUA-DcW1lFc
  6. Thread: Poetry

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    A True Account of Talking to the Sun at Fire Island

    The Sun woke me this morning loud
    and clear, saying "Hey! I've been
    trying to wake you up for fifteen
    minutes. Don't be so rude, you are
    only the second poet I've ever chosen
    to speak to...
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    Have a great day! I'm thinking of starting a...

    Have a great day! I'm thinking of starting a collection to buy you a rocking chair for the front porch of the DG&B.
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    Happy happy!

    Happy happy!
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    Say All Star Game and I immediately think of...

    Say All Star Game and I immediately think of 1999. Pedro Martinez v Curt Schilling. Martinez began the game by striking out Barry Larkin, Larry Walker, and Sammy Sosa, in order. He began the...
  10. Thread: Poetry

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    Gettysburg: July 1, 1863

    The young man, hardly more
    than a boy, who fired the shot
    had looked at him with an air
    not of anger but of concentration,
    as if he were surveying a road,
    or feeding a length of wood into a saw:...
  11. Thread: Poetry

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    Siren Song

    This is the one song everyone
    would like to learn: the song
    that is irresistible:

    the song that forces men
    to leap overboard in squadrons
    even though they see the beached skulls

    the song...
  12. Thread: Howard Baker

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    Howard Baker

    "In the current political and cultural environment, civility is going the way of the dinosaur. Our 'leaders' now argue for the sake of argument, accuse for the sake of advantage, and seek to demonize...
  13. Thread: Poetry

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    “Is my team ploughing, That I was used to...

    “Is my team ploughing,
    That I was used to drive
    And hear the harness jingle
    When I was man alive?”

    Ay, the horses trample,
    The harness jingles now;
    No change though you lie under
    ...
  14. Thread: Poetry

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    Bed in Summer

    In winter I get up at night
    And dress by yellow candle-light.
    In summer, quite the other way,
    I have to go to bed by day.

    I have to go to bed and see
    The birds still...
  15. Thread: Poetry

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    The Fly

    O hideous little bat, the size of snot,
    With polyhedral eye and shabby clothes,
    To populate the stinking cat you walk
    The promontory of the dead man’s nose,
    Climb with the fine leg of a...
  16. Thread: Poetry

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    Blackberry Picking

    Late August, given heavy rain and sun

    for a full week, the blackberries would ripen.

    At first, just one, a glossy purple clot

    among others, red, green, hard as a knot.

    You ate that first...
  17. Thread: Poetry

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    You must spread some Reputation around before...

    You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to faybe again.
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    http://youtu.be/VozfcBz5KZQ

    http://youtu.be/VozfcBz5KZQ
  19. Thread: Poetry

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    Aubade

    I work all day, and get half-drunk at night.
    Waking at four to soundless dark, I stare.
    In time the curtain-edges will grow light.
    Till then I see what’s really always there: ...
  20. Thread: Poetry

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    TERENCE, this is stupid stuff

    ‘TERENCE, this is stupid stuff:
    You eat your victuals fast enough;
    There can’t be much amiss, ’tis clear,
    To see the rate you drink your beer.
    But oh, good Lord, the verse you make, ...
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    http://youtu.be/BV03illYdTM

    http://youtu.be/BV03illYdTM
  22. Thread: Poetry

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    Mending Wall

    Something there is that doesn’t love a wall,
    That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it,
    And spills the upper boulders in the sun;
    And makes gaps even two can pass abreast.
    The work of hunters...
  23. Thread: Poetry

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    Thanks, JFM, for making me look up Hafiz

    I Have Learned S Much

    I
    Have
    Learned
    So much from God
    That I can no longer
    Call
    Myself
  24. Thread: Poetry

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    Rape Joke

    The rape joke is that you were 19 years old.

    The rape joke is that he was your boyfriend.

    The rape joke is it wore a goatee. A goatee.

    Imagine the rape joke looking in the mirror, perfectly...
  25. Thread: Poetry

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    Sympathy

    I KNOW what the caged bird feels, alas!
    When the sun is bright on the upland slopes;
    When the wind stirs soft through the springing grass,
    And the river flows like a stream of glass;
    ...
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