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Sale by Theodore Roethke

For sale: by order of the remaining heirs Who ran up and down the big centre stairs The what-not, the settee, the Chippendale chairs —And an attic of horrors, a closet of fears. The furniture polished and polished so grand, … Continue reading

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Blackberries for Amelia by Richard Wilbur

Fringing the woods, the stone walls, and the lanes, Old thickets everywhere have come alive, Their new leaves reaching out in fans of five From tangles overarched by this year’s canes. They have their flowers too, it being June, And … Continue reading

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Digging by Seamus Heaney

Between my finger and my thumb The squat pen rests; snug as a gun. Under my window, a clean rasping sound When the spade sinks into gravelly ground: My father, digging. I look down Till his straining rump among the … Continue reading

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