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Martha Collins

Kenyon College


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Ed Pavlić

Jimmy's Blues: Discussing the Poetry of James Baldwin


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Patricia Kirkpatrick

Great Twin Cities Poetry Read


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Joanna Higgins answers youth questions on WAITING FOR THE QUEEN

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April 2014 Newsletter: Poetry Takeover

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Materials for Poem in your Pocket Day

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"Volt of hysteria jag me, zigzagged and holyI will not unravel: O, pinking shears. O sawtoothed one."

"I am a good stenographer. My fingers tap out thoughts upon my thighs before they cross my lips' lush seam."

This just in! Enjoy this free sample of Martha Collins' new collection DAY UNTO DAY (what a beautiful book cover):

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