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The Ant

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A poem celebrating the music and movement inherent in our existence.

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I Have Daughters and I Have Sons

A series of numbered musing quatrains on life.

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After the Funeral

Bly describes a process of grieving encapsulated in poignant dreams.

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Sunday Afternoon

A poem of quietness.

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Courting Forgetfulness

A reminder of the weight, the temptation, and the mercy of forgetfulness.

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Wanting Sumptuous Heavens

A musing on unique human discontentment amidst the natural world.

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The Norwegian Grandson

A lyrical tableau of encapsulations of grief.

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Jerez at Easter

Robert Bly uses comparison to discuss the duality of life, including life and death.

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Song of Myself, 51

This poem about discovery, change, and transformation contains Whitman's arguably most famous lines: “Do I contradict myself? / Very well then I contradict myself, / (I am large, I contain multitudes.)”

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"The Sun Never Says"

This Hafiz-inspired poem by Daniel Ladinsky shows the nature of unconditional love and that selfless quality of really being able to love someone well.

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Twenty-One Love Poems [Poem III]

Rich's “Twenty-One Love Poems,” written between 1974 and 1976, is a moving account of the ups and downs of a romantic relationship.

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