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Gertrude Stein, Kush Thompson, Évelyne Trouillot (From the Notebook #8)

Just three poems this week. A good way to start summer? Enjoy!

“Susie Asado” by Gertrude Stein With a thank you to the lovely Sarah Ruhl, who as guest editor for Poetry‘s Poem-a-Day chose to include it for June. Her note about her choices is also worth reading. I’m really excited for the book she mentioned she’s working on about her teachers. Her editor’s note also includes the below gem on poetic community. While written in the context of queer poets in particular, I think it applies to all of us.

Without models or a listening ear to answer back, we risk an isolation in which writers appear to be sprung out of the head of Zeus like Athena, complete and formed. But I believe we form each other. We form each other in poetic communities that open and circle outward, sometimes starting with an audience of one.

“M A S H” by Kush Thompson This one will get you to look at the old playground game in a new light. Be sure to click on Thompson’s bio and check out her photo: how fun that her earrings incorporate those little fuzzy craft pom-poms!

“A Rain of Stars” by Évelyne Trouillot, translated by Danielle Legros Georges

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