James Arthur: “Reed Ships”, “On Day and Night” by James Arthur. Copyright © 2012 by James Arthur. Reprinted by permission of the author.

Jean Baudrillard: “What is consoling, as we grow old,” “The woman in a vegetative state,” “A large part of contemporary writing,” “The photographer dreams of a hyperborean light,” “Disappearance of the object into its system” from Cool Memories IV. Copyright © 2003 by Jean Baudrillard. Reprinted by permission of Verso.

Norman Dubie: “Death by Compass” from Ordinary Mornings of a Coliseum by Norman Dubie. Copyright © 2004 by Norman Dubie. “On The Ordination of a Zen Monk”, “Out of the Mouth of Cygnus” from The Insomniac Liar of Topo by Norman Dubie. Copyright © 2007 Norman Dubie. Reprinted by permission of Copper Canyon Press, Port Townsend, Washington.

Philip Davis: “Mr. Abbott’s Teaching” from Shakespeare Thinking by Philip Davis. Copyright © 2006 by Philip Davis. Reprinted by permission of Continuum.

Farnoosh Fathi: “Snail” by Farnoosh Fathi. Copyright © 2011 Farnoosh Fathi. Reprinted by permission of the author.

Paul Lake: “The Shape of Poetry” by Paul Lake from The Measured Word: On Poetry and Science, edited by Kurt Brown. Copyright © 2012 by Paul Lake. Reprinted by permission of the author.

James McMichael: “From the Home Place” from Capacity James McMichael. Copyright © 2006 by James McMichael. Reprinted by permission of the author.

Adam McOmber: “Egyptomania” from This New and Poisonous Air by Adam McOmber. Copyright © 2011 by Adam McOmber. Reprinted by permission of BOA Editions.

Cole Swensen: “Ghosts”, “History”, “Echo Body”, “He Who Was”, “The Gesta”, “Defoe’s Story” by Cole Swensen. Copyright © 2012 by Cole Swensen. Reprinted by permission of the author.

Catherine Wagner: “An Hendy Hap” from Macular Hole by Catherine Wagner. Copyright © 2004 by Catherine Wagner. Reprinted by permission of Fence Books.

Lillian-Yvonne Bertram: “With a Candle for a Head” by Lillian Yvonne-Bertram. Copyright © 2011 Lillian Yvonne-Bertram. Reprinted by permission of the author.

Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé: “Reading Rimbaud at Tunstall” by Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé. Copyright © 2011 by Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé. Reprinted by permission of the author.

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