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Today's poem is "Elegy for a Game"

from the Southern Review

Mary Ruefle's latest book, Selected Poems, won the 2011 William Carlos Williams Award. Her collected lectures, Madness, Rack, and Honey, is forthcoming from Wave Books this autumn.

Other poems by Mary Ruefle in Verse Daily:
August 1, 2011:   "The Estate of Single Blessedness" "In this room..."
February 18, 2011:   "Like a Daffodil" "What went on when I suddenly understood him..."
January 3, 2011:   "Why I Am Not a Good Kisser" "Because I open my mouth too wide..."
November 1, 2008:   "Spanish Fruit Bomb" "My literary inclinations..."
July 10, 2008:   "A Certain Swirl" "The classroom was dark, all the desks were empty..."
July 1, 2008:   "Snow" "Every time it starts to snow, I would like to have..."
August 2, 2004:  "Speak, Zero" "There was a morning bowl of cereal..."

Books by Mary Ruefle:

Other poems on the web by Mary Ruefle:
Two poems
"Magnificat"
"The Art of Happiness"
"Helium"
Four poems
"Talking to strangers"
from A Little White Shadow,
"The Hand"
"Ballad"
"Storm Window"

Mary Ruefle's Website.

Mary Ruefle According to Wikipedia.

About the Southern Review:

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The Southern Review * Old Presidentís House * LSU * Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Editor: Jeanne M. Leiby

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The Southern Review * Louisiana State University * Old President's House * Baton Rouge, LA 70803-0001
Editor: Jeanne M. Leiby

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February 16, 2012:   "Words, what is the word, matter" by Bob Hicok
January 26, 2012:   "Thames Music" by William Wenthe
September 23, 2011:   "Questions about the Wife" by Rebecca Hazelton
September 22, 2011:   "Coxwain" by Nance Van Winckel
November 13, 2010:   "The Former Pirate on His Way Back to Lisbon" by Weston Cutter
May 27, 2010:   "Dead Telegram to a Dead Poet" by Bruce Cohen
March 2, 2010:   "Teaching 'The Red Wheelbarrow' the Thirtieth Time" by Wendy Barker
January 9, 2010:   "Elegy as Spot's Lift-the-Flap Book" by Victoria Chang
January 8, 2010:   "An Algebra of Fifty" by Catherine Abbey Hodges
September 12, 2009:   "I Was Thinking of Beauty" by Sydney Lea
September 11, 2009:   "Cosmonauts" by Rhett Iseman Trull
June 5, 2009:   "Teaching Mrs. Dalloway I'm Thinking" by Weston Cutter
June 3, 2009:   "Rain on the Roof" by Beverley Bie Brahic
June 2, 2009:   "Questions about Birds" by Billy Collins
February 20, 2009:   "Holidays and Sundays" by David Bottoms
November 21, 2008:   "Approaching Thunder" by Amaud Jamaul Johnson
November 20, 2008:   "Patterns" by Theodore Worozbyt
August 29, 2008:   "A Convincing Story" by Beth Bretl
August 28, 2008:   "Siren Song for Late September" by Alice Friman
August 27, 2008:   "Scavengers" by Fleda Brown
August 26, 2008:   "Settle" by Chanda Feldman
May 11, 2008:   "Midden" by Brendan Galvin
February 3, 2008:   "Hordes of Indigent Psychologist" by Scott Coffel
January 29, 2008:   "Runaway Bride" by Allison Seay
November 10, 2007:   "Columba livia" by Sandra Meek
November 9, 2007:   "Poltergeist" by Jennifer Metsker
November 6, 2007:   "A celebration of lasting achievment" by Bob Hicok
August 5, 2007:   "Be the Dog" by J. Allyn Rosser
August 2, 2007:   "Haruspicy" by Sarah Hannah
June 6, 2007:   "Not Mattering to the Earth" by Colette Inez
June 5, 2007:   "Something in My Eye" by Allison Smythe
February 9, 2007:   "Mysterious Ways" by Alison Pelegrin
September 15, 2006:   "God of The" by Garrett Doherty
September 14, 2006:   "One Morning a Rose Blooms" by Richard Tillinghast
September 13, 2006:   "Aubade" by Rhoda Janzen
June 22, 2006:   "Trouble." by Melissa Stein
June 19, 2006:   "Love of Sport" by Bob Hicok
January 19, 2006:   "Key to Pronunciation: /sälm/" by Rita Mae Reese
January 17, 2006:   "Leaving the Land" by Stephen C. Behrendt
January 16, 2006:   "The Clown's Mother" by Brent Pallas
November 25, 2004:  "Founder's day" by Bob Hicok
November 24, 2004:  "In Thrush Light" by Gyorgyi Voros
November 23, 2004:  "To Acedia" by Daniel Tobin
November 22, 2004:  "Close Quarters" by Cathryn Essinger
September 25, 2004:  "Dry Brush Painting of Winter Crows" by Barry Sternlieb
September 23, 2004:  "James McNeill Whistler at St. Ives, 1883" by Floyd Skloot
September 22, 2004:  "Keep and Give Away" by Susan Meyers
September 21, 2004:  "The Wife of Job" by Morri Creech
September 20, 2004:  "Indian River Inlet" by Fleda Brown
March 10, 2004:  "See! I Will Not Forget You. I Have Carved You on the Palm of My Hand." by Thomas Reiter
March 9, 2004:  "Mary Rockwell Talks to Her Son in the Hospital after He's Been Stabbed During a Fencing Lesson" by Julianna Baggott
August 20, 2003:  "Water Rising" by Fleda Brown
August 19, 2003:  "Neither the Season, nor the Place" by Susan Meyers
August 18, 2003:  "Revival" by Lynn Powell
June 7, 2003:  "The Reliquary" by Ann Townsend
June 5, 2003:  "Hieronymus and the Lion" by Maurya Simon
June 3, 2003:  "Pink Salmon" by Cecily Parks
May 1, 2003:  "Heron" by John Drury
April 29, 2003:  "For the Fog Horn When There Is No Fog" by Sarah Hannah
December 30, 2002:  "Brains" by Rodney Jones
December 16, 2002:  Heaven by Natasha Saje
September 9, 2002:  "My Emotions Are Like Fish" by John Brehm

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