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Poetry Sunday: “Fig,” by Amy Glynn

By Rebecca Foust
“Fig” is a wonderful lyric to a fruit that, at least in Amy Glynn’s treatment, becomes the epitome of extreme satisfaction, the perfect poem after many of us have just enjoyed our annual Thanksgiving feasts.
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Poetry Sunday: ‘Word Pond,’ by Susan Kolodny

By Rebecca Foust
The relationship between memory retrieval and creativity is explored in “Word Pond,” whose 16 lines are characteristic of Susan Kolodny’s poetry in their taut suspension of few sharply drawn images such as the mossy pond and the broken watch.
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Poetry Sunday: ‘Coy Mistress,’ by Annie Finch

By Rebecca Foust
By Rebecca Foust

So, the opening salvo is a powerful one, and with it the speaker reveals herself to be smart, competent, and truly the mistress of this situation; in other words, the very opposite of the stereotypical demure, falsely reluctant woman barely seen in Andrew Marvel’s poem.

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Poetry Sunday: ‘Ghazanelle,’ by Moira Egan

By Rebecca Foust
I very much admire this poem for its inventiveness and elegance of execution. Besides its intricate and seemingly effortless fusion of a ghazal, a villanelle, and a sonnet, the form so perfectly fulfills its subject as to not feel in any way contrived or imposed, that is, does not creak, stall out, surprise, or otherwise inform us of its presence.
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