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Sorting &Wonder of Birds

Two linked poems from Joanna Klink rummage through a failed relationship, struggling with the challenge of compassion, the violence of the outside world, and the wish to anchor both in something true.

An Immigrant Woman

An engine of New York City’s growth becomes a terrifying example of its failures in Anne Winters’s intricate and harrowing account.

The Begotten

James McMichael builds to an uncanny version of the Irish potato famine, invoking the forces of appetite, increase, and distant authority.

Tantalus in Love

Alan Shapiro weaves Greek myth into a dramatic rendering of a marriage’s last moments and its tendency to reanimate itself every time it seems beyond hope.

Being Serious

Christian Wiman tells the life story of a man named Serious with unerring wit and mounting poignancy.