Link Anthology

  1. “Death and Taxes” – Urayoan Noel
  2. “The Truth” – Tim Dlugos
  3. “Improvisation on Them” – Linda Susan Jackson
  4. “The Tree of Knowledge” – Shane McCrae
  5. “Letter to My Father” – Martin Espada
  6. “In Perpetual Spring” – Amy Gerstler
  7. “Carpet Bomb” – Kenyatta Rogers
  8. “Money” – Philip Larkin
  9. “Redacted from a Know-Your-Rights Training Agenda” – Cynthia Dewi Oka</li>
  10. “Shards” – Aline Murray Kilmer
  11. “The semantics of flowers on Memorial Day” – Bob Hicok
  12. “On Swearing” – Gary Dop
  13. “Poem in Which I Only Use Vowels” – Paola Capó-Garcia
  14. “Questions” – Rachel Richardson
  15. “The Mortician in San Francisco” – Randall Mann
  16. “The Lyric in a Time of War” – Eloise Klein Healy
  17. “San Benito” – Chip Livingston
  18. “A Display of Mackerel” – Mark Doty
  19. “Study Guide of the Naturalization of the Mouth”- Maryam Ivette Parhizkar
  20. “Kissing My Father” – Joseph O. Legaspi
  21. “Introduction to Mycology” – Chelsea Rathburn
  22. “Why Bother?” – Sean Thomas Doughtery
  23. “My Grandmother Washes Her Feet in the Sink of the Bathroom at Sears” – Mohja Kahf
  24. “The S in ‘I Loves You, Porgy'” – Nabila Lovelace
  25. “The God Who Loves You” – Carl Dennis
  26. “José Dominguez, the First Latino in Outer Space” – Dan Vera
  27. “Lemon and Cedar” – Melissa Stein
  28. “Some Interpersonal Verbs, Conjugated by Gender” – Alexandra Petri
  29. “The Prophetess Sojourner Truth Discusses the Two Different Versions of Her Most Well-Known Speech, One Nearly Unknown and One Very Beloved Yet Mostly Untrue” – Honorée Fanonne Jeffers
  30. “Field of Skulls” – Mary Karr
  31. “She Walketh Veiled and Sleeping” – Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  32. “The Loneliness of the Military Historian” – Margaret Atwood
  33. “Losses” – Andrew Motion


I love that imagery of #3 of “braids myths in her hair”

#5 hurts. It’s political, but doesn’t feel overtly so. I’m struck by all of the imagery of bedraggled screaming prophets

I really like the idea of #9 being just some redacted poetry in a training manual somewhere.

#10, again I continue to be surprised by really old 1920s poetry which just feels super modern. The image of the moth is an interesting one right after #9.

#11 – I don’t know why I keep being drawn to these war poems.

Side story: I remember one day in elementary school on Veteran’s Day, I went “Happy Veteran’s Day!” to my dad because I knew he served in the Taiwanese army (drafted right after school like Singaporeans nowadays) and my grandpa had served in Chiang Kai-Shek’s airforce. He gave me a puzzled look and asked me why I said that, saying “I’m not a veteran here”. I was very confused by this and it took me a while to figure out what the difference is. Incomprehensibility of nationalism in the mind of a child.

#13 – I don’t like this poem very much and am only sharing because I’m sorta disappointed that this poem isn’t just AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

#14 – not really a fan – it’s a pretty cold take. I need to continue pressing on the idea of what it means for a company to make money off of idle questions. I also love the idea of Search as a harvest goddess

#16, despite the name, is not really a war poem, but is really sort of beautiful and reminds me of me with its parentheticals

While writing this post up, I found that #20 was tweeted out by Aimee Nezhukumatahil as one she really liked, who I have talked about as a poet that I have found out I really like from doing this anthology series. Kinda reassuring that we have similar tastes ^_^

#23 does a really good job of describing the tension between two cultures

I really like how #24 takes what could be a degrading use of dialect and spins it into something else.

I’m really shocked by the history that #29 talks about

I really like #31 as a companion piece to “She walks in beauty

I’m pretty sure I had posted #33 before, but I can’t find it. I like the simple transition from Petraeus to the TV

On a meta level, since both of my daily sites try to send out thematic poems for the days, I appreciate that you can see the various holidays pass by — tax day, Memorial Day, D-day, etc. in the poems.

Old favorites

Snippet from an author’s note – “‘Improvisation in the Age Beyond Mechanical Reproduction.’ I took some maniacal, non-mechanical notes, improvisationally revising as I unfaithfully transcribed.”

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