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Poem of the Day: Fourth of July
Jul 4th, 2017 by

Freedom is a rocket,
isn’t it, bursting
orgasmically over
parkloads of hot
dog devouring
human beings
or into the cities
of our enemies
without whom we
would surely
kill ourselves
though they are
ourselves and
America I see now
is the soldier
who said I saw
something
burning on my
chest and tried
to brush it off with
my right hand
but my arm
wasn’t there—
America is no
other than this
moment, the
burning ribcage,
the hand gone
that might have
put it out, the skies
afire with our history.
John Brehm, “Fourth of July” from Help Is on the Way. Copyright © 2012 by John Brehm. Reprinted by permission of The University of Wisconsin Press.

Source: Help Is on the Way(University of Wisconsin Press, 2012)

John Brehm

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Poem of the Day: O, Chicago, O’Hare
Jul 1st, 2017 by

One among the shifting mass
   of humanity intent
on countless destinations,
   one hungry stomach
 
and dry mouth among many,
   one brain dazed
by the speed and altitude
   of flights unnatural
 
to any animal, by herding,
   followed by waiting
succeeded by rushing,
   waiting, herding—
 
and more flight
   incomprehensible
to any body contained
   in this seemingly unwieldy
 
mass of metal lifting
   improbably over Chicago,
where a misty orange aura
   hovers over the city’s
 
brighter lights, as if
   its soul sought ascension
it could only attempt,
   as if the aura
 
might break free
   and follow us,
wherever we might fly,
   wheresoever we may rest—
 
one with the multitude
   of humans en route
through mystery,
   to mystery.
 
April Ossmann, "O, Chicago, O’Hare" from Event Boundaries.  Copyright © 2017 by April Ossmann.  Reprinted by permission of Four Way Books, www.fourwaybooks.com.

Source: Event Boundaries(Four Way Books, 2017)

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Poem of the Day: Seaweeds
Jun 27th, 2017 by

I know a little what it is like, once here at high tide
Stranded, for them to be so attached to the bottom’s
Sarcophagus lids, up to their brown green gold wine
Bottle necks in the prevailing booze, riding, as far
As we can see, like a picnic on a blanket.
Whatever plucks them from below the red horizon
Like snapped pulleys and ropes for the pyramidal effort
Of the moon, they come in, they come through the breakers,
Heaps of hair, writing across the beach a collapsed
Script, signers of a huge independence.
Melville thought them pure, bitter, seeing the fog-sized
Flies dancing stiff and renaissance above. But I
Have eaten nori and dulse, and to have gone deep
Before being cast out leaves hardly a taste of loneliness.
And I take in their iodine.
Sandra McPherson, “Seaweeds” from Radiation (New York: The Ecco Press, 1973). Copyright © 1973 by Sandra McPherson. Reprinted with the permission of the author.

Source: Poetry November 1972

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