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Jacob Budenz, "1/20/2017–1/20/2021"A River Sings | 02 10 21
02/28/2021
A River Sings | 02 10 21 | Jacob Budenz

Jacob Budenz, "1/20/2017–1/20/2021"
A River Sings | 02 10 21

Jacob Budenz1/20/2017–1/20/2021& we rise swamp-green & gigglingfingers dripping w/citrus juicesreclaiming your coal fires for our sabbats& you will watch one dayorange-stained skindarke…

Kenneth Canatsey, "Diogenes, on How Democracies Die"A River Sings | 02 09 21
02/28/2021
A River Sings | 02 09 21 | Kenneth Canatsey

Kenneth Canatsey, "Diogenes, on How Democracies Die"
A River Sings | 02 09 21

Kenneth CanatseyDiogenes, on How Democracies DieThere is no honest face in Athens. Many a day and night I’ve walked its streets until my feet blistered—and when the blisters burst, and sandals beca…

Michael Lauchlan, "To Freedom"A River Sings | 02 08 21
02/28/2021
A River Sings | 02 08 21 | Michael Lauchlan

Michael Lauchlan, "To Freedom"
A River Sings | 02 08 21

Michael LauchlanTo Freedom Nobody cut the word from our heart walls—Paul Celan (Trans. David Young)Breath by breath between children between sisters parting, between lovers in the rage of love, a w…

Howard Stein, "A Dot’s Journey"A River Sings | 02 07 21
02/16/2021
A River Sings | 02 07 21 | Howard F. Stein

Howard Stein, "A Dot’s Journey"
A River Sings | 02 07 21

Howard F. SteinA Dot’s Journey First a thought,Then a dotWith a circle Faintly in mind.The slightest lineEmerges from the dot, Hesitates, its pseudopodVentures a tiny step, Stops, extends but a hin…

Francis Fernandes, "Fire"A River Sings | 02 06 21
02/16/2021
A River Sings | 02 06 21 | Francis Fernandes

Francis Fernandes, "Fire"
A River Sings | 02 06 21

Francis FernandesFireYou came in out of the crisp morning,still aglow from your run, dressed in your stretch pants and a cap that hid your hair. Your gravity and brisk air, à la Joan of Arc, infect…

Debra Shigley, "Dream Machine"A River Sings | 02 05 21
02/16/2021
A River Sings | 02 05 21 | Debra Shigley

Debra Shigley, "Dream Machine"
A River Sings | 02 05 21

Debra ShigleyDream MachineAmerican Dream:Work hard. Buy a house. Raise a family. Okay, but isn’t thatfor suckers?Here’s another quintessential American Dream:Get rich quick. Gold rush. Dot-com boom…

Patrice Boyer Claeys, "Two Poems"A River Sings | 02 04 21
02/16/2021
A River Sings | 02 04 21 | Patrice Boyer Claeys

Patrice Boyer Claeys, "Two Poems"
A River Sings | 02 04 21

Patrice Boyer ClaeysTwo Poems The Sum of Destructions Thank you, Jesus,that is over—wisdom too long neglectedchasing the dreams of menprotected by wallswith their mouths full.They sang as they roun…

Cal Freeman, "Three Poems"A River Sings | 02 03 21
02/04/2021
A River Sings | 02 03 21 | Cal Freeman

Cal Freeman, "Three Poems"
A River Sings | 02 03 21

Cal FreemanThree PoemsAfter Reading of Mark Truan’s DeathA great confectioner is gone.His little factory in west Detroit will be sold off or abandoned.I spent hours in the store on Ford Road while …

Susan Kay Anderson, "Always Eugene"A River Sings | 02 02 21
02/02/2021
A River Sings | 02 02 21 | Susan Kay Anderson

Susan Kay Anderson, "Always Eugene"
A River Sings | 02 02 21

Susan Kay AndersonAlways Eugene The air runs off the river. All spaceshave given in to dreaming shadows between here and the cedarlengthening my love for Eugene. This is howit always begins with me…

James Diaz, "Three Poems"A River Sings | 02 01 21
02/01/2021
A River Sings | 02 01 21 | James Diaz

James Diaz, "Three Poems"
A River Sings | 02 01 21

James DiazThree PoemsI’ll Take It With MeWhat took the most from usgave us back the most in the endadded on like a wisdom tooth I remember almost dying there but for the grace of somethinR…

Michael T. Young, "Three Poems"A River Sings | 01 31 21
02/01/2021
A River Sings | 01 31 21 | Michael T. Young

Michael T. Young, "Three Poems"
A River Sings | 01 31 21

Michael T. YoungThree PoemsThe Day the World Stayed InsideCrouching around tables or stretched over sofas and floor rugs, people tell stories of famous storms that shut down cities and left people …

Elizabeth J. Coleman, "A Long Line in Manhattan on a Glorious Autumn Day"A River Sings | 01 30 21
01/30/2021
A River Sings | 01 30 21 | Elizabeth J. Coleman

Elizabeth J. Coleman, "A Long Line in Manhattan on a Glorious Autumn Day"
A River Sings | 01 30 21

Elizabeth J. ColemanA Long Line in Manhattan on a Glorious Autumn Day I ask the man behind us if he’s a doctor.I wish I were, he laughs.He has a degree in psychology, but a musician now,has been tr…

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01/29/2021
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Beginning January 20, 2021, the Indolent Books website is posting a poem-a-day to celebrate the resurgent spirit of truth, justice, and democracy that awoke in our nation at noon on that day. We wa…

Cole W. Williams, "Flowchart of Binary Fallacies"A River Sings | 01 29 21
01/29/2021
A River Sings | 01 29 21 | Cole W. Williams

Cole W. Williams, "Flowchart of Binary Fallacies"
A River Sings | 01 29 21

Cole W. WilliamsFlowchart of Binary Fallacies —Submitted on 01/27/2021 Cole W. Williams is the author of Hear the River Dammed: Poems from the Edge of the Mississippi (Beaver’s Pond Press, 20…

Marilyn Chambron, "Two Poems"A River Sings | 01 28 21
01/28/2021
A River Sings | 01 28 21 | Marilyn Chambron

Marilyn Chambron, "Two Poems"
A River Sings | 01 28 21

Marilyn ChambronTwo Poems This Place Called Home We stand at the precipice of time. A time which has seen us stumble and falter but not alter our ideals of a nation for the people and by the people…

Catherine Gonick, "That the Past May Enlighten the Present"A River Sings | 01 27 21
01/27/2021
A River Sings | 01 27 21 | Catherine Gonick

Catherine Gonick, "That the Past May Enlighten the Present"
A River Sings | 01 27 21

Catherine GonickThat the Past May Enlighten the Present Let the words written long ago at lastfulfill their promise, may it becomeself-evident that all men, all women,all people, are created, can l…

Elaine Sexton, "Two Poems"A River Sings | 01 26 21
01/26/2021
A River Sings | 01 26 21 | Elaine Sexton

Elaine Sexton, "Two Poems"
A River Sings | 01 26 21

Elaine SextonTwo Poems Fear, Itself I dreamt I was killing myself with heavy cream, whipped to top a key lime pie. The pie is killing me because citrus is bad for my gut, which I ignore. But my gut…

Mary Ann Honaker, "January 6, 2021"A River Sings | 01 25 21
01/25/2021
A River Sings | 01 25 21 | Mary Ann Honaker

Mary Ann Honaker, "January 6, 2021"
A River Sings | 01 25 21

Mary Ann HonakerJanuary 6, 2021 I’d settled in with a jigsaw & CNNto watch the counting of electoral votes;a dull process, one of which I’d notbeen aware of until this year.The pape…

Dion O’Reilly, "Two Poems"A River Sings | 01 24 21
01/24/2021
A River Sings | 01 24 21 | Dion O’Reilly

Dion O’Reilly, "Two Poems"
A River Sings | 01 24 21

Dion O’ReillyTwo Poems Ode to Dolly P. Of course, your breasts— your Motherland. Your Big Sky.Your greatness pulling you forward and forward. We want to live in your cleavage. Gaze at your long nai…

Diane Ray, "A flaw in the inauguration, otherwise perfect as its palindromic"A River Sings | 01 23 21
01/23/2021
A River Sings | 01 23 21 | Diane Ray

Diane Ray, "A flaw in the inauguration, otherwise perfect as its palindromic"
A River Sings | 01 23 21

Diane RayA flaw in the inauguration, otherwise perfect as its palindromicdate, the rarely formatted 1/20/2021, somehow symbolic of the rarity of this moment in time to save a nation and a planet be…

Rachel Ida Buff, "Pandemic Winter"A River Sings | 01 22 21
01/22/2021
A River Sings | 01 22 21 | Rachel Ida Buff

Rachel Ida Buff, "Pandemic Winter"
A River Sings | 01 22 21

Rachel Ida BuffPandemic WinterThe unhoused man who comes to our door,Asking for money for food, for bus fare, or rent, when he has a placeAnnoys my husband. “If you give him things,He’ll just come …

Jade Yeung, "I Consider Blocking My Mom Until the Presidential Inauguration"A River Sings | 01 21 21
01/21/2021
A River Sings | 01 21 21 | Jade Yeung

Jade Yeung, "I Consider Blocking My Mom Until the Presidential Inauguration"
A River Sings | 01 21 21

Jade Yeung I Consider Blocking My Mom Until the Presidential Inauguration WeChat Message / December 19, 2020 / Brooklyn, NY [#] Daughter daughter I worry about you.1 [#] You need to stock up the ho…

Sandra Shagat, "Empty Saddle Trail"A River Sings | 01 20 21
01/20/2021
A River Sings | 01 20 21 | Sandra Shagat

Sandra Shagat, "Empty Saddle Trail"
A River Sings | 01 20 21

Sandra Shagat Empty Saddle TrailI take you on a path I’ve found toshow you the peacocks that strut wild on Strawberry Lane, introduce you to horses, so many horses—young horses, old horses with sun…

Tara Menon, "Eve of the Presidential Inauguration"Transition: Poems in the Afterglow | 01 20 21
01/20/2021
Transition: Poems in the Afterglow | 01 20 21 | Tara Menon

Tara Menon, "Eve of the Presidential Inauguration"
Transition: Poems in the Afterglow | 01 20 21

Tara MenonEve of the Presidential InaugurationDusk is settingon the eve of the presidential inauguration.There hasn’t been such a transitionfrom evil to good in this century.The earth heaves,expell…

Marjorie Moorhead, "Another Chickadee Poem"Transition: Poems in the Afterglow | 01 19 21
01/19/2021
Transition: Poems in the Afterglow | 01 19 21 | Marjorie Moorhead

Marjorie Moorhead, "Another Chickadee Poem"
Transition: Poems in the Afterglow | 01 19 21

Marjorie MoorheadAnother Chickadee PoemAll pandemic long, I’ve been watching chickadees. Observing their swooping flightto the feeder from scraggly branches.Always taking turns; no collisions, no f…

Ellen S. Jaffe, "They Came to the Capitol"Transition: Poems in the Afterglow | 01 18 21
01/18/2021
Transition: Poems in the Afterglow | 01 18 21 | Ellen S. Jaffe

Ellen S. Jaffe, "They Came to the Capitol"
Transition: Poems in the Afterglow | 01 18 21

Ellen S. JaffeThey Came to the Capitol And what rough beast, its hour come round at last, Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?—W.B. Yeats We saw the rough beast slouch, slither, and stompits way …

Ronda Piszk Broatch, "Two Poems"Transition: Poems in the Afterglow | 01 17 21
01/17/2021
Transition: Poems in the Afterglow | 01 17 21 | Ronda Piszk Broatch

Ronda Piszk Broatch, "Two Poems"
Transition: Poems in the Afterglow | 01 17 21

Ronda Piszk BroatchTwo Poems Where There is No Hope, One Must Invent Hope When my bleary eyes pull heart blade from hearth side, I think of Job – let my cryhave no resting place. I believe th…

Kathy Nativo, "Two Poems"Transition: Poems in the Afterglow | 01 16 21
01/16/2021
Transition: Poems in the Afterglow | 01 16 21 | Kathy Nativo

Kathy Nativo, "Two Poems"
Transition: Poems in the Afterglow | 01 16 21

Kathy NativoTwo PoemsLive in the MomentEncourage yourself, Humanity, to live as young as you are.You are in primary school and most survive it.There is no need to invent holidays.Every day is one.L…

Crystal Valerie Rea, "January 6th, 2021"Transition: Poems in the Afterglow | 01 15 21
01/15/2021
Transition: Poems in the Afterglow | 01 15 21 | Crystal Valerie Rea

Crystal Valerie Rea, "January 6th, 2021"
Transition: Poems in the Afterglow | 01 15 21

Crystal Valerie ReaJanuary 6th, 2021I said I am hungrynot Hunger Games. $800 fine for gatherings more than 10. Quebec institutes curfew;this Saturday, 8pm. Another curfewat six, this day.Not very P…

Pam Sinicrope, "My Teratoma"Transition: Poems in the Afterglow | 01 14 21
01/14/2021
Transition: Poems in the Afterglow | 01 14 21 | Pam Sinicrope

Pam Sinicrope, "My Teratoma"
Transition: Poems in the Afterglow | 01 14 21

Pam SinicropeMy Teratoma The doctor tells me my teratoma looks like a pocket of bones and cartilage, bulging with hair, bright yellow, fat-rich. This random mutation gone rogue will not cease fabri…

Iain Haley Po***ck, "Not A Prayerful Kneeling (for John Lewis)"Transition: Poems in the Afterglow | 01 13 21
01/13/2021
Transition: Poems in the Afterglow | 01 13 21 | Iain Haley Po***ck

Iain Haley Po***ck, "Not A Prayerful Kneeling (for John Lewis)"
Transition: Poems in the Afterglow | 01 13 21

Iain Haley Po***ckNot A Prayerful Kneeling (for John Lewis) I did not learn you had died until the dayafter you died.I bought a children’s book, on the day you died,about Muddy Waters.When I cashed…

Chad Parenteau, "Riot Acts"Transition: Poems in the Afterglow | 01 12 21
01/12/2021
Transition: Poems in the Afterglow | 01 12 21 | Chad Parenteau

Chad Parenteau, "Riot Acts"
Transition: Poems in the Afterglow | 01 12 21

Chad ParenteauRiot ActsThe flags are so they know they’re home.U.S.A.! U.S.A! U.S.A.! U.S.A!They just want what was always theirs.Four more years! Four more years!U.S.A.! U.S.A! U.S.A.! U.S.A!Trump…

Kate Lutzner, "Three Poems"Transition: Poems in the Afterglow | 01 11 21
01/12/2021
Transition: Poems in the Afterglow | 01 11 21 | Kate Lutzner

Kate Lutzner, "Three Poems"
Transition: Poems in the Afterglow | 01 11 21

Kate LutznerThree Poems Glassed In I feel glassed in in your newapartment. So long ago I feltlike this. Then the White Housemade me think about youand me and what we wereto each other. You put on y…

Shei Sanchez, "Rupture, A Definition"Transition: Poems in the Afterglow | 01 10 21
01/12/2021
Transition: Poems in the Afterglow | 01 10 21 | Shei Sanchez

Shei Sanchez, "Rupture, A Definition"
Transition: Poems in the Afterglow | 01 10 21

Shei SanchezRupture, A Definitionnounthat percolating sensation born right in the center of the gut, where a clock-shaped bruisepulses like a ravaged woundready to burst from an unrepentant heatmag…

Michael Quattrone, "Responses to Tina Chang’s Instagram Post, 12/18/20"Transition: Poems in the Afterglow | 01 09 21
01/12/2021
Transition: Poems in the Afterglow | 01 09 21 | Michael Quattrone

Michael Quattrone, "Responses to Tina Chang’s Instagram Post, 12/18/20"
Transition: Poems in the Afterglow | 01 09 21

Michael QuattroneResponses to Tina Chang’s Instagram Post, 12/18/20 Problem is, it snowed last night and the day is inviting me to play and to feel that first crunch of foot to frost. That is also …

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