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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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TIE Poet of the Month: ‘Reasons to Love NYC’, by Leah Umansky

1. the surprising kindness of strangers 2. the smell of those sugared holiday peanuts & cashews 3. the first snowfall 4. when you make the closing subway door 5. coffee everywhere 6. the whirl of the radiator 7. a juicy cheeseburger 8. eavesdropping 9. knowing everyone around you has their own drama 10. that moment […]

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

We all live in loops, nightmaring and wilding our own narratives. It is no high-fantasy, but we invent our sparks. Yesterday, I walked the loop of the Central Park Reservoir. I entered from the west side. This December, is another stubborn fall. Nothing lets. Nothing lets go: the reds and golds and greens. [And why […]

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TIE Poet of the Month: ‘Stock’, by Tess Taylor

What I love: rough cut onion. Splitting a rooty carrot late in the kitchen. Tossing in sprouted garlic, one blind potato, the wayward lovage from our autumn garden. Salt. Bay. Chicken carcass & spare drumstick roasting. Assemblage of what is nearly garbage, hacked open for flavor— nothing for view. All at the vestige. Softening cells […]

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TIE Poet of the Month: ‘Poem For Heartbreak’, by Tess Taylor

On the morning of my sorrow I soak the beans. In the face of grief separate stems from the garden chard. Admire purple veins in the silvery collard. I wash away the particulate dirt. Mineral earth glitters in the basin. There are horrors to take in today, but before I do I will peel sweet […]

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TIE Poet of the Month: ‘Parable With Figs’, by Tess Taylor

How in this light Anya emails the listserv: Too many figs: Come and take. On her porch, weathering bags. Inside, ripe stars: Dark puckers, O. The pears need eating today says Carl at the farm-stand, stuffing soft fists in my sack. In the hot hour at the end of a market we used to give […]

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How to Prepare Bear, by Laura Budofsky Wisniewski

As soon as you’ve taken her down skin her. That hide holds heat. You’ll be tempted to wrap yourself in her. Don’t. Cool the carcass fast. Every minute counts. Butcher her conventionally: chops, steaks, roasts, shoulders, rump. Let’s talk flavor. If she feasted on acorns, apples, reships, wild grape, black walnut, if she drank upstream, […]

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