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Crystal Williams, “Double Helix”

By Amanda Moore
The poem was written in response to the convergence of multiple artistic endeavors, each of which spoke strongly to me about history—one was the 'Migration Series' exhibit at MoMA for which the poem was commissioned, and one was the book 'The Warmth of Other Suns.'
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“Yes,” by Denise Duhamel

By Rebecca Foust
Reading “Yes,” we get a real sense of commitment to making a marriage work and, maybe more importantly, of the sense that this is not just a tedious chore. Real affection, and humor, lighten the touch here.
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Review: Ledger by Jane Hirshfield

By Rebecca Foust
Ledger’s poems take stock of the losses—both personal to this speaker and in the larger sense of our world’s ever-diminishing resources and species—and do so with a mounting sense of crisis.
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Three poems from Indigo by Ellen Bass

By Amanda Moore
With a keen sense of humor that acknowledges how even our saddest moments can offer levity, Ellen Bass offers comfort and assurance in these poems, always leading us back from the brink of intense emotion with wisdom and care.
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“Small Kindnesses,” by Danusha Laméris

By Rebecca Foust
Maybe the best way we can all help now is to stay calm and focused on the goal of emerging from seclusion into a healthier climate in a few weeks or months. And, when we do go out or otherwise interact with others, to be kind and to treat everyone with an extra level of compassion and respect. That’s why “Small Kindnesses” is an important poem to feature this week.
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Rachel Hadas: “Love and Dread”

By Rebecca Foust
Today’s poem does not call for an eradication of dread, though it does lament its existence. Dread plays a necessary role in human life, and the poem seems to acknowledge it as the yin to love’s yang, the dark to the light side of the moon, despair’s counterpart to hope.
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