Tony Hoagland
Because it is all right to be in a bad mood there, slouching along through the underground garage...
from the book Turn Up the Ocean: Poems / Graywolf Press

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Sarah Audsley on Suji Kwock Kim's <em>Notes from the Divided Country</em>
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Mosab Abu Toha
My father gave me a difficult name. Inside it sit two letters that don’t exist in English.
Susan Stewart
Now that the thread has caught fire,             the hem lies ragged. Now that the pain throbs deep,             the vein appears.
Szilárd Borbély (translated from the Hungarian by Ottilie Mulzet)
We are troubled if we must speak of death, which is merely a part of existence. It is not existence itself. It is nothing but a ray of light falling obliquely on the forking branches bending above the path.

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