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Derek Walcott

B. 1930 D. 2017

2 poems available

“What's poetry, if it's worth its salt, / but a phrase men can pass from hand to mouth?”

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3 poems available

"So what if a piece of wood discovers it’s a violin..." - Arthur Rimbaud

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The Connoisseuse of Slugs - Sharon Olds
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Ode to the Hymen - Sharon Olds
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“Olds writes “poetry more faithful to the felt truth of reality than any prose could be.” – Richard Wakefield.

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Race Riot, Tulsa, 1921 - Sharon Olds
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The Norton Anthology of Poetry has been in existence for almost fifty years, and during that time the way its audience experiences poetry has changed dramatically. Readers now expect to use their ears as much as their eyes when they encounter…

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Edgar Allan Poe

B. 1809 D. 1849

2 poems available

All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream. - A Dream Within a Dream by Edgar Allan Poe

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Phyllis Wheatley

B. 1753 D. 1784

1 poem available

Remember, Christians, Negros, black as Cain/ May be refin'd, and join th' angelic train.- Phillis Wheatley

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To soothe you / I ran back down to take a photo: / it's a splendid one of the horse / but you're only a hurrahing speck

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'this spiral / of making while unmaking while / the world goes round' -- Mary Jo Salter, 'Young Girl Peeling Apples'

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