Poem of the Week: “Tunnel Music” by Mark Doty

Times Square, the shuttle’s quick chrome flies open and the whole car floods with– what is it? Infernal industry, the tunnels under Manhattan broken into hell at last? Guttural churr and whistle and grind of the engines that spin the poles? Enormous racket, ungodly. What it is is percussion: nine black guys with nine lovely,Continue reading “Poem of the Week: “Tunnel Music” by Mark Doty”

Poem of the Week: “HENRY CLAY, 1851” by Cindy Hunter Morgan

Image: Mary Cassat, “Old Woman Knitting”   Join us this week as we celebrate the release of Harborless, with a reading by Cindy Hunter Morgan. Wednesday, 7 p.m., RCAH Theater, Snyder Hall.     HENRY CLAY, 1951 Lake Erie   Baled wool washed ashore for weeks. At first, the appearance of each bundle was sobering and macabre,Continue reading “Poem of the Week: “HENRY CLAY, 1851” by Cindy Hunter Morgan”

Poem of the Week: Not Forgotten, by Toi Derricotte

We hope you’ll join us this week for a workshop with Toi Derricotte at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, and a reading at 7 p.m. the same day. Visit here for details.   BY TOI DERRICOTTE   I love the way the black ants use their dead. They carry them off like warriors on their steelContinue reading “Poem of the Week: Not Forgotten, by Toi Derricotte”

Poem of the Week: The Future is an Animal, by Tina Chang

  The Future is an Animal   In every kind of dream I am a black wolf careening through a web. I am the spider who eats the wolf and inhabits the wolf’s body. In another dream I marry the wolf and then am very lonely. I seek my name and they name me LuckyContinue reading “Poem of the Week: The Future is an Animal, by Tina Chang”