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Includes: Aliki Barnstone, Donald Berger, Loretta Collins Klobah, Brendan Constantine, Gezim Hajdari, Bob Hicok, Richard Jackson, David Lehman, Timothy McBride, Muriel Nelson, Lynn Pattison, Anita Pinzi, Stanley Plumly, Aaron Poochigian, Doug Ramspeck, Mia Sara, Shane Seely, Carrie Shipers, Robert Vivian & more. COVER: Scott Philip Goergens, American (1973), Maranta Curatio, 2011. COVER DESIGN: Jeremy Teaford
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- » Inside Out by Vona Groarke
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Includes: Coleman Barks, Jeanne Marie Beaumont, Robin Becker, Janet Bowdan, Rachel Hadas, Allen Grossman, James Harms, Claudia Keelan,X.J. Kennedy, Nathaniel Mackey,Peter Meinke, Carl Phillips, Barbara Ras, Harvey Shapiro, Vivian Shipley, Diane Wakoski.
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- Best New Poet Nominations: Hunt & Macormic (March 15th, 2017)
- Writerâ€™s Residency: Day Use (near Baltimore) (February 20th, 2017)
- SP Poet Jacob Polley wins T.S. Eliot Prize (January 21st, 2017)
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- SP Poet Aliki Branstone named MO Poet Laureate (July 2nd, 2016)
She keeps asking if I’m ready for the emptiness.
I hold up two old checks with VOID stamped
on them. Oh yes, I know all about the Void,
I say. It has been yawning in my face all my life.
Even when I am wired into pleasure (sex or music)
the emptiness, I know, is waiting to snatch me up.
It’s almost impossible for me to fall asleep at night
these days because I know I might not come back.
Time is a mighty ocean that wants to pull me in,
a cave when they make everybody turn off their lights,
a black hole of total darkness that swallows us all.
My son is reading the Sunday funnies. He is the light
in the cave. Not emptiness, she says: empty nest.
Oh, I see. That I am absolutely not ready for.