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The Lanyard

The other day as I was ricocheting slowly
off the blue walls of this room
bouncing from typewriter to piano
from bookshelf to an envelope lying on the floor,
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Billy Collins
My King

Like a molten plastic I become
To stand straight I forget
Hoping I'm not misdemeanoring
For as a fool I don't want to be described
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Reneilwe Mathipa

Reneilwe Mathipa
Threnody

THRENODY


Blame your Jesus for the sins on earth!
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John Chizoba Vincent

John Chizoba Vincent
Parliament Hill Fields

ale as china
The round sky goes on minding its business.
Your absence is inconspicuous;
Nobody can tell what I lack.
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Sylvia Plath
Adonais

I weep for Adonais-he is dead!
O, weep for Adonais! though our tears
Thaw not the frost which binds so dear a head!
And thou, sad Hour, selected from all years
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Percy Bysshe Shelley

Percy Bysshe Shelley
Spelling

My daughter plays on the floor
with plastic letters,
red, blue & hard yellow,
learning how to spell,
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Margaret Atwood
Values '67

Pass by citizen
don't look left or right
Keep those drip dry eyes straight ahead
A tree? Chop it down- it's a danger
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Spike Milligan
The French Revolution As It Appeared To Enthusiasts At Its Commencement

Oh! pleasant exercise of hope and joy!
For mighty were the auxiliars which then stood
Upon our side, we who were strong in love!
Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive,
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William Wordsworth

William Wordsworth
Plastic

Oh a little bitty termite you know he come knockin' knockin' on my front door
Well he walked right in sat right down started chewin' on the kitchen floor
You know he chewed out the walls and the ceilings and the halls Lord knows he tried
But he kept gettin' thinner and he never got no dinner and finally he sat up and cried
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Shel Silverstein

Shel Silverstein
Ang Tunay Na Lalaki Meets Barbie At The Shark Bar

on Mulberry and Spring on a rainy night.
Her head sticks out of some woman-s tote bag
placed on top of the bar, she winks
at Ang Tunay na Lalaki. He looks at his gin and tonic,
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Nick Carbo
Thousand Star Hotel, Hanoi

I.

Over the road from the three star Galaxy Hotel is our hotel,
the old park on Phan Dinh Phung Street,
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S. K. Kelen
Vacation

When I asked my mother why they were called sand tarts,
she couldn't answer me-

perhaps this ravenous curiosity causes my brother
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Elizabeth Wilcox
Some Days

Some days I put the people in their places at the table,
bend their legs at the knees,
if they come with that feature,
and fix them into the tiny wooden chairs.
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Billy Collins
The Cry Of A Lost Soul

In that black forest, where, when day is done,
With a snake's stillness glides the Amazon
Darkly from sunset to the rising sun,

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John Greenleaf Whittier

John Greenleaf Whittier
Unto Us...

Somewhere at some time
They committed themselves to me
And so, I was!
Small, but I WAS!
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Spike Milligan
Minstrel's Book - Song And Structure

LET the Greek his plastic clay

Mould in human fashion,
While his own creation may
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Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Notes To My Nieces (or, Essays In Fortune-telling )

when i was younger, trees
were green, money was green, money
grew on trees, or trees grew up
and became money. now, money is clearly
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Evie Shockley
Fish

The cop holds me up like a fish;
he feels the huge bones
surrounding my eyes,
and he runs a thumb under them,
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Larry Levis
The Metamorphosis Of Plants

THOU art confused, my beloved, at, seeing the thousandfold union

Shown in this flowery troop, over the garden dispers'd;
any a name dost thou hear assign'd; one after another
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Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
The Library

'Let there be light!' God spake of old,
And over chaos dark and cold,
And through the dead and formless frame
Of nature, life and order came.
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John Greenleaf Whittier

John Greenleaf Whittier
Crossing Nation

Under silver wing
San Francisco's towers sprouting
thru thin gas clouds,
Tamalpais black-breasted above Pacific azure
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Allen Ginsberg
Mugging (i)

I
Tonite I walked out of my red apartment door on East tenth streetâ??s duskâ??
Walked out of my home ten years, walked out in my honking neighborhood
Tonite at seven walked out past garbage cans chained to concrete anchors
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Allen Ginsberg
The Curse Of Minerva.

- "Pallas te hoc vulnere, Pallas
Immolat, et poenam scelerato ex sanguine sumit."

Aeneid, lib. xii, 947, 948.
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George Gordon Byron
Song And Structure.

Let the Greek his plastic clay

Mould in human fashion,
While his own creation may
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Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
The Metamorphosis Of Plants.

Thou art confused, my beloved, at, seeing the thousandfold union

Shown in this flowery troop, over the garden dispers'd;
any a name dost thou hear assign'd; one after another
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Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
The Divine Comedy By Dante: The Vision Of Purgatory: Canto Xvi

Hell's dunnest gloom, or night unlustrous, dark,
Of every planes 'reft, and pall'd in clouds,
Did never spread before the sight a veil
In thickness like that fog, nor to the sense
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Dante Alighieri
The Church At Stratford-on-avon.

One autumn day, when hedges yet were green,
And thick-branched trees diffused a leafy gloom,
Hard by where Avon rolls its silvery tide,
I stood in silent thought by Shakspeare's tomb.
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Horatio Alger, Jr.
Beauty

Am as lovely as a dream in stone,
And this my heart where each finds death in turn,
Inspires the poet with a love as lone
As clay eternal and as taciturn.
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Charles Baudelaire

Charles Baudelaire
The Dream Land

I

To think that men of former days
In naked truth deserved the praise
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Arthur Hugh Clough

Arthur Hugh Clough
The Æolian Harp

My pensive SARA! thy soft cheek reclined
Thus on mine arm, most soothing sweet it is
To sit beside our Cot, our Cot o'ergrown
With white-flower'd Jasmin, and the broad-leav'd Myrtle,
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Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Samuel Taylor Coleridge
The Pleasures Of Hope: Part 1

At summer eve, when Heaven's ethereal bow
Spans with bright arch the glittering bills below,
Why to yon mountain turns the musing eye,
Whose sunbright summit mingles with the sky?
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Thomas Campbell
In A Balcony

First part

Constance and Norbert

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Robert Browning

Robert Browning
French Revolution

As It Appeared To Enthusiasts At Its Commencement. Reprinted From "The Friend"

Oh! pleasant exercise of hope and joy!
For mighty were the auxiliars which then stood
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William Wordsworth

William Wordsworth
The Prelude - Book Eleventh

FRANCE (concluded)

From that time forth, Authority in France
Put on a milder face; Terror had ceased,
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William Wordsworth

William Wordsworth
The Prelude - Book Second

SCHOOL-TIME (continued)

Thus far, O Friend! have we, though leaving much
Unvisited, endeavoured to retrace
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William Wordsworth

William Wordsworth
The Pleasures Of Imagination - The Second Book

When shall the laurel and the vocal string
Resume their honours? When shall we behold
The tuneful tongue, the Promethéan hand
Aspire to ancient praise? Alas! how faint,
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Mark Akenside

Mark Akenside
Solomon On The Vanity Of The World, A Poem. In Three Books. - Power. Book Iii.

The Argument
Solomon considers man through the several stages and conditions of life, and concludes, in general, that we are all miserable. He reflects more particularly upon the trouble and uncertainty of greatness and power; gives some instances thereof from Adam down to himself; and still concludes that All Is Vanity. He reasons again upon life, death, and a future being; finds human wisdom too imperfect to resolve his doubts; has recourse to religion; is informed by an angel what shall happen to himself, his family, and his kingdom, till the redemption of Israel; and, upon the whole, resolves to submit his inquiries and anxieties to the will of his Creator.

Come then, my soul: I call thee by that name,
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Matthew Prior

Matthew Prior
The Dunciad: Book I

The Mighty Mother, and her son who brings
The Smithfield muses to the ear of kings,
I sing. Say you, her instruments the great!
Called to this work by Dulness, Jove, and Fate;
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Alexander Pope

Alexander Pope
Reverie

What ogive gates from gold of Ophir wrought,
What walls of Pariah, whiter than a rose,
What towers of crystal, for the eyes of thought,
Hast builded on far Islands of Repose?
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Madison Julius Cawein

Madison Julius Cawein
Snow Day

Today we woke up to a revolution of snow,
its white flag waving over everything,
the landscape vanished,
not a single mouse to punctuate the blankness,
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Billy Collins
The City Planners

Cruising these residential Sunday
streets in dry August sunlight:
what offends us is
the sanities:
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Margaret Atwood
Adam: A Sacred Drama. Act 1.

CHORUS OF ANGELS, Singing the Glory of God.

To Heaven's bright lyre let Iris be the bow,
Adapt the spheres for chords, for notes the stars;
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William Cowper

William Cowper
Aeolian Harp, The

My pensive SARA ! thy soft cheek reclined
Thus on mine arm, most soothing sweet it is
To sit beside our Cot, our Cot o'ergrown
With white-flower'd Jasmin, and the broad-leav'd Myrtle,
.....
Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Samuel Taylor Coleridge
The First Men On Mercury

â?? We come in peace from the third planet.
Would you take us to your leader?

â?? Bawr stretter! Bawr. Bawr. Stretterhawl?
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Edwin Morgan
Where You Are Planted

He's as high as a georgia pine, my father'd say, half laughing. southern trees
as measure, metaphor. highways lined with kudzu-covered southern trees.

fuchsia, lavender, white, light pink, purple : crape myrtle bouquets burst
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Evie Shockley
The Study

YET in the darksome crypt I left so late,
Whose only altar is its rusted grate,â���­
Sepulchral, rayless, joyless as it seems,
Shamed by the glare of Mayâ��s refulgent beams,â���­
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Oliver Wendell Holmes
Rabbi Ben Ezra

Grow old along with me!
The best is yet to be,
The last of life, for which the first was made:
Our times are in His hand
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Robert Browning

Robert Browning
Composed At Clevedon, Somersetshire

My pensive Sara, thy soft cheek reclined
Thus on mine arm, most soothing sweet it is
To sit beside our cot, our cot o'ergrown
With white-flowered jasmine and the broad-leaved myrtle
.....
Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Part 10 Of Trout Fishing In America

WITNESS FOR TROUT FISHING

IN AMERICA PEACE

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Richard Brautigan