Copyright © 2023 by José Felipe Alvergue. Originally published in Poem-a-Day on June 28, 2023, by the Academy of American Poets.
I have eaten
that were in
you were probably
they were delicious
and so cold
Copyright © 1962 by William Carlos Williams. Used with permission of New Directions Publishing Corporation. All rights reserved. No part of this poem may be reproduced in any form without the written consent of the publisher.
Copyright © 2023 by Moncho Alvarado. Originally published in Poem-a-Day on October 25, 2023, by the Academy of American Poets.
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From Zong! by M. NourbeSe Philip. Copyright © 2008 by M. NourbeSe Philip. Used by permission of Wesleyan University Press. All rights reserved.