Sweet dreams

  Last Night As I Was Sleeping by Antonio Machado translated by Robert Bly   Last night as I was sleeping, I dreamt—marvelous error!— that a spring was breaking out in my heart. I said: Along which secret aqueduct, Oh water, are you coming to me, water of a new life that I have never […]

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Bloody beautiful

  to my last period by Lucille Clifton   well, girl, goodbye, after thirty-eight years. thirty-eight years and you never arrived splendid in your red dress without trouble for me somewhere, somehow.   now it is done, and i feel just like the grandmothers who, after the hussy has gone, sit holding her photograph and […]

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Not crazy, just happy

  For the Moment by Pierre Revardy translated by Kenneth Rexroth   Life is simple and gay The bright sun rings with a quiet sound The sound of the bells has quieted down This morning the light hits it all The footlights of my head are lit again And the room I live in is […]

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A powerful woman on powerlessness

  The Slave Auction by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper   The sale began—young girls were there, Defenseless in their wretchedness, Whose stifled sobs of deep despair Revealed their anguish and distress.   And mothers stood, with streaming eyes, And saw their dearest children sold; Unheeded rose their bitter cries, While tyrants bartered them for gold. […]

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And the bride wore dignity

  Thompson and Seaman Vows, African Union Church (ca. 1847) by Marilyn Nelson   Miss Charlotte Thompson, daughter of Ada Thompson of Seneca and the late John, and Timothy James Seaman, son of the late Nancy Seaman, on Sunday. Reverend Rush performed the ceremony. The bride (twenty-four) was educated by a literate friend, and by […]

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