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In The Panhandle, by Keri Smith

The frozen crab legs and artichoke dip and french fries. Endless chardonnay on the porch at dusk and a cigar and my step mom sneaking off to call her daughter, who she never speaks about. The pool, unused and warm, the sound of frogs calling out around the yard and the ocean, a few blocks […]

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TIE: Poet of the Month: ‘Never In My Life,’ by Kate Angus

have I eaten so much sugar as in Cuba: profligate blizzard thrown over churros warm from their oil bath, now wrapped safe as babies in brown paper blankets. Glamorous Old Hollywood starlet sparkle of sweet diamonds spackled over the fruit (guava, papaya, words thick on the tongue, as if language were edible). Pulped from the […]

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TIE Poet of the Month: ‘February Is An Early Spring’, by Kate Angus

If I slept like an egg (unbroken), my eyes opening crack the shell. This morning, a cloud formation takes the shape of Great Britain; elsewhere, a garage floods, recedes, and America stains concrete. This is a compulsion called cartocacoethes where one sees maps everywhere. I found the website, and now left-over breakfast toast is Cuba, […]

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TIE Poet of the Month: ‘Lune De Miel’, By David Lehman

for Stacey The best thing about Paris is being here with you (a Sauterne with one course, a Cote de Beaune with the next) and the best thing about being here with you is Paris (three letters short of paradise but I wouldn’t have it any other way) on this November day of clean blue […]

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TIE Poet Of The Month: ‘The Way To Daddy’s Heart’, by David Lehman

I wrote this poem in November 2016 for Jessica Alberg, Lily Bowen, Rebecca Endres, Leslie King, Armand Levy, Thomas Moody, Brendan Smith, Keri Smith, Sean Speers, and Virginia Valenzuela — the participants in my poetry writing workshop. We had two standing jokes that are reflected in the poem. One was the observation that almost any […]

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TIE Poet Of The Month: ‘The Four Seasons’, By David Lehman

for Rozanne Gold Lunching with Stacey at the soon-to-close Four Seasons, sipping my champagne cocktail I overheard the State Department is in a state of perpetual war attack counterattack never give an inch just like the English department well, some were born to bicker and they get the prize of being the last one left to […]

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TIE Poet of the Month: ‘from If This Should Reach You In Time’, by Justin Marks

The sun is blood orange Our planet burning toward a new age of extinction An impossible attempt at rhyme Evolution shapes acceptable solutions, not optimal ones, says a scientist whose life’s work is an argument against reality A train that’s not a train, so much as a description created by sensory systems to inform us […]

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TIE Poet of the Month: from ‘If This Should Reach You In Time’, by Justin Marks

It’s dark What light there is is blurry You’re a child holding an ice cream Someone is explaining the Cold War Telling you about nuclear bombs You’re scared, terrified to be precise Awareness of death That’s not new Aware of death and scared That’s new An inauguration of fear that ignites in you an urgency […]

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TIE Poet of the Month: ‘from ‘If This Should Reach You In Time”, by Justin Marks

I’m reading Diane diPrima’s Revolutionary Letters outloud to myself I’m feeling radicalized and near hysterics I’m calling politicians and having voice-to-voice conversations with staffers I’m marching and shouting chants I’m applying for jobs I’m having imaginary conversations with people who support the other side I’m adopting kittens Making salad and eating healthy Typing typing typing […]

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TIE Poet of the Month: ‘Ballad’, by Leah Umansky

I decided to claim more space But I chose the opposite What are the words I would go to: hunger// longing// love When you feel drawn to something you should. Whatever your terrible is is up to you. The question is how you lead. I lead myself to distress; I lead myself to happiness. This […]

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