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    Pinched last night and posted today -

    West Fourth Street
    —for Jerry Stern

    The sycamores are leafing out
    On West Fourth Street and I am weirdly old
    Yet their pale iridescence pleases me

    As I emerge from the subway into traffic
    And trash and patchouli gusts—now that I can read
    Between the lines of my tangled life

    Pleasure frequently visits me—I have less
    Interfering with my gaze now
    What I see I see clearly

    And with less grievance and anger than before
    And less desire: not that I have conquered these passions
    They have worn themselves out

    And if I smile admiring four Brazilian men
    Playing handball on a sunny concrete court
    Shouting in Portuguese

    Goatskin protecting their hands from the sting of the flying ball
    Their backs like sinewy roots, gold flashing on their necks
    If I watch them samba with their shadows

    Torqued like my father fifty years ago
    When sons of immigrant Jews
    Played fierce handball in Manhattan playgrounds

    —If I think these men are the essence of the city
    It is because of their beauty
    Since I have learned to be a fool for beauty.

    - Alicia Suskin Ostriker.

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    I like poetry
    Masquerading as a normal person day after day is exhausting.

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    If you liked, "West Fourth Street", you might like to see and hear the poet, Alicia Suskin Ostriker, talking about you and poetry. Just click on - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9YlospAzbs

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aquarelle View Post
    I like poetry
    And poetry likes you.

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    Hacked last night and released today -

    The Sycamore on Balance

    A symmetry of forces, yes,
    but not of shape. The roots: a mess
    of curves. Like slow snakes
    they incorporate
    rocks. The tree's full weight press-

    ing down, the trunk arrows skyward.
    For humans, centering's awkward.
    You lack longevity,
    can't fight gravity,
    grow heavy. What wayward

    cantilevering keeps you calm?
    When sorrow settles, blights your limbs,
    what dark contortions
    fix you to the source?
    Contrition. The light-aimed psalm.

    - Katy Didden.

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    If you liked the poem, "Sycamore on Balance", by the poet Katy Didden, you might like to see Katy by clicking on - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxvWiJrQTs4

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    Féis

    How long since you last gazed into a face
    this beautiful, since a face this beautiful
    opened its gaze for you? A full moon couldn't
    loom any larger, rising late and low
    in hazy autumn, couldn't fill any
    lake or pool more full than your eye is full,
    holy water rising in the holy well.

    You can't follow a third of what he's saying,
    his lips moving slow, then fast, then slow, tilting
    his face from seduction into friendliness
    and back again, the words flying fast, birds
    surprised from hedges, the lashes raising
    and lowering their heavy wings, the hair
    a dense cloud stroking and unravelling

    over the hill's brow, the shirt washed to a
    pale soft heft. Behind him in the pub, two
    pipers, one's lean head shaved down to a shadow,
    self-absorbed, arrogantly serious;
    one curly-haired, wind-blown, gregarious
    and gap-toothed. This one's different, looks at you,
    at you only, your search-light. Is there danger?

    There's always danger. The pipers pack their
    sticks and bags, the guitarists click shut the doors
    of their cases, the fiddlers raise their bows
    precisely together, the lights go up
    without your seeing. So this is what they once
    called glamour: leave him so much as a ribbon,
    your world can age without you. Water rising in the well.

    - Nathalie Anderson.

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    If you liked the poem, "Féis", or even know what it means, here is a picture of the poet Nathalie Anderson, just click on - http://www.swarthmore.edu/academics/...son-x11232.xml

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    Eased from the internet last night -

    Ease
    after Carl Phillips

    The difference
    between To Be Comfortable
    and To Be

    Prosperous,
    he has pulled back
    the covers, called her;

    he has stripped off his robe,
    climbed in.

    She does what she does—
    presumes to be a clementine,
    easy to peel, that
    soon the crate,

    netted, must deliver
    to someone.

    Is this how it will continue?
    Is ease entitlement's
    best reward? Is there

    no withholding
    what exposes itself?

    At which time
    she came
    as if her will was his,

    his will was
    Spanish moss she'd pulled down
    months ago and stuffed,
    dry, cured,

    in the summer mattress.

    Rest well, she told him. Only he
    wasn't tired;
    he asked, How was your day?

    A new girl
    came this morning, she said,
    but we won't be keeping her.

    She tried her best, I imagine,

    but I had to
    clean up behind.

    - Camille T. Dungy.

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    If you liked the poem, "Ease", you might like to see and hear the poet, Camille T. Dungy, by clicking on - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hStSqbgMH98

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