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Poetry Sunday: Guest Editor Susan Cohen on ‘Dark Prison Ledger,’ by Lynne Knight

By Rebecca Foust
“Dark Prison Ledger” responds to the release of a Congressional report, a one-day or one-week news story. Will the poem speak to us longer than the particulars of that government document? In any case, the debate over torture continues. In any case, these times are compelling more poets, compulsive observers of their interior lives, to open the window as well.
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Poetry Sunday: 'The Lost Books' and 'Figurines,' by Lucille Lang Day

By Rebecca Foust
I hope you will take a look at the skillful manipulation it takes to work these repeating sentences into new formats with new ideas, and how challenging it can be to find repetends that make sense both on their own and also when finally linked in the last couplet. It’s a challenging form to do well, but many poets take comfort in knowing that once they’ve come up with those two repeating lines, their villanelle is nearly half finished.]]>
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Poetry Sunday: 'Clean,' by Jayne Benjulian

By Rebecca Foust
I love that a woman poet has taken a form invented by men and made it her own, bending the rules to suit her aesthetic purpose and writing about an experience so many women have had. Who among us has not surreptitiously tried on our mother’s, sister’s, or aunt’s bra?]]>
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Poetry Sunday: “I Want to Write a Poem to Celebrate,” by Maria Mazziotti Gillan

By Rebecca Foust
By Rebecca Foust

I found this poem last fall while reading Maria Mazziotti Gillan’s collected works and knew immediately I wanted it for Father’s Day. I’m always looking for poems that celebrate the spirit of such holidays without giving in to Hallmark stereotypes, and this is one: brimming with love for a remembered father but not tainted by sentimentality.

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Poetry Sunday: ‘Anti-Pastoral,’ by Vievee Francis

By Rebecca Foust
By Rebecca Foust

What began as a protest against the pastoral tradition ends up as a new or alternative form of pastoral that can do what is needed here: powerfully convey a message about social justice. This poem gives me hope that language and literature are flexible enough to be adapted to our culture’s changing needs.

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Poetry Sunday: ‘Prayer,’ by Francesca Bell

By Rebecca Foust
I wrote “Prayer” as a note to myself, as a declaration of intention to lean on as I make my way through my forties and beyond. So much of our cultural conversation about aging involves denial, and avoidance, and a strange sort of shame. I want to engage directly with time’s passing and with what happens to my body as living uses it up.
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Poetry Sunday: ‘Sins of Grammar & Usage,’ by Ellen Doré Watson

By Rebecca Foust
“Sins of Grammar & Usage” is free verse, three stanzas of nine lines of roughly equal length except that the last line in each stanza is about half the length of the others. I love the poem for its heightened use of and very canny look at language; that is, words and the grammar and syntax that govern how those words are used.
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