Oh, if Mark Gottlieb’s daddy weren’t the boss . . .
Amazon removes racist products.
The Danielle Smith fallout.
Cockygate stops crowing.
Poetry reading at a 15 year high.
B&N boots yet another CEO.
Worried Playground Daddy’s Blues

Worried Playground Daddy’s Blues

by Justin Hamm

On the playground I strum guitar while my daughter dangles upside down from the bar above the tall slide, and inside my middle-aged brain a movie plays.

Going Once

Going Once

by Allan Peterson

I believe it was either forever or an eight / no longer lazy on the page, / because things took longer after that, / had longer lifetimes, / and that was their sign in continuous curls.

Summit

Summit

by Natalie Homer

I wish the wild mint would bake its scent into my skin, / and I could drag it behind me, as if it were a train of silvery lace. / It never does, and that’s okay.

A Survey of the Sacred

A Survey of the Sacred

by Isabella David McCaffrey

She says, “To write poetry about sacred spaces, I must understand what I mean by sacred spaces, il faut comprendre premièrement ce que je veux dire par Terre Sacrée.”

The Polar Bear

The Polar Bear

by Jennifer Givhan

What I’m asking is will watching The Discovery / Channel with my young black boy instead / of the news coverage of the riot funerals riot arrests / riot nothing changes riots be enough to keep him / from harm?

Long Walk Home

Long Walk Home

by Kristene Brown

Hot summer and birds pillage garbage cans, / squabbling for scraps. / With ripped jeans and knotted hair, I follow / the unpaved road to town.

Putting Out the Trash

Putting Out the Trash

by Robert S. King

My socks are small trash bags, / and the street number of my house is zero. / Garbage cans are my walls on winter nights.

Ten Short Poems

Ten Short Poems

by Simon Perchik

These sheep have no choice either / though even in summer / they still want to hear the truth

Traffic Jam Song #1

Traffic Jam Song #1

by David Tucker

No one understands the traffic jams in this city, / how they just spring from the ground like this / and why, when you reach the head of the line, there is / no accident

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Kazuo Ishiguro won the 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature

A novel about trees by NBA winner Richard Powers

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The true story of a wilderness girl turned socialite

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A provocative debut about the emotional price of success

Beautifully imagined and flawlessly executed —Joyce Carol Oates

A poetry debut that boldly confronts addiction

An electric current runs through the collection that keeps the reader going —Library Journal (starred review)

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