“The world is wrong. You can’t put the past behind you. It’s buried in you; it’s turned your flesh into its own cupboard.”  -Claudia Rankine from Citizen

“She’s the wrong woman, she’s a car wreck in a silk dress and he can’t wait to touch her.” -Kim Addonizio “‘Round Midnight” from What is This Thing Called Love

“Now I watch the dumb machine Of your body loving With the loveless wedge of you That made me.” -Tracy K. Smith from “Shadow Poem,” The Body’s Question

“Sweet oil, the white of eggs, mustard and water soapsuds and stomach pumps rescue the people one knows.”  -Ernest Hemingway from the prose poem, Montparnasse