'Tomorrow I will begin to try to forget'

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Poems that move back and forth through time can be intriguing.  In this poem by Pat Schneider, she looks deep into the past and evokes it in compelling detail, though the poem speculates that there will arrive a future in which this particular moment in the past is all but forgotten. Yet it's vividly remembered, in that same future, which is now. Schneider lives in Massachusetts and this is from h...

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'They die on the rug. We find them there, eyes open in surprise'

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I've had a couple of aquariums (or is the plural aquaria?), but I didn't take very good care of either one.  The glass clouded over with algae, and the fish had to live on whatever they could scrounge because I'd forget to feed them. Some liked eating each other. But here's a poem (a sonnet!) about ...

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'How blindly we stumble ahead with such hope, a light flares briefly'

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This is the sixth poem we've published by Peter Everwine, which testifies to how much I admire his writing. How fine it is when a memory arrives from the past to surprise us into happiness. Everwine l...

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'An otter slaps the water with his paw to feel the current's pulse'

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James Crews, now living in Vermont, was for a couple of years our assistant here at American Life in Poetry. He came to us having already won the Prairie Schooner book prize, and his poems have gotten...

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