Poems By Letter


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Poem Title   Author
Ultima Thule: Dedication to G.W.G.
Feb. 27, 2003
Mar. 6, 1999
Jun. 16, 2009
Un Bel Di
Mar. 2, 2010
Unable to find
Feb. 12, 2012
Uncle Jim
Feb. 6, 2009
Feb. 13, 2013
Undelivered Mail
Sep. 8, 2006
Jan. 25, 2007
Nov. 12, 2006
Unfortunate Location
Jan. 8, 2009
Unhappiness Begins at Home
May. 17, 1996
Jul. 31, 2012
Unknown Neighbor
Apr. 2, 2003
Unknown, The
Aug. 24, 1994
Apr. 14, 2003
Feb. 14, 2004
Oct. 27, 2014
Jun. 17, 2011
untitled ("The first time I remember waking up")
Dec. 26, 2000
Sep. 23, 2011
Unwise Purchases
Apr. 3, 2007
Up against the Sea
Jul. 19, 2008

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