Natalie Linh Bolderston
Because we do not need proof of our women                  to build their temples, to light fires inside. Because no one is ready to map a city as it buckles.
from the journal Poetry London

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Christian Stanzione on Lao-Tzu's <em>Taoteching </em>
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Lao-tzu (translated from the Chinese by Red Pine)
existence makes a thing useful but nonexistence makes it work
Tomaž Šalamun (translated from the Slovene by Matthew Moore)
The ostrich rocks the boat. He cuts the ribbon. You unglue from...
Forough Farrokhzad (translated from the Persian by Elizabeth T. Gray, Jr.)
A window for seeing A window for hearing A window like a well...
Jana Prikryl
Out of the sheath dress gently hopping, sparrow in the lot below in the great complacency of summer...

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