The Yale Younger Poets Prize is the oldest annual literary award in the United States. The competition is open to emerging poets who have not previously published a book of poetry and who reside in the United States.
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You Are Jeff | Crush by Richard Siken

You Are Jeff | Crush by Richard Siken

1 There are two twins on motorbikes but one is farther up the road, beyond the hairpin turn, or just before it, depending on which twin you are in love with at the time. Do not choose sides yet. It is still to your advan- tage to remain impartial. Both motorbikes are shiny red and...
That Light One Finds in Baby Pictures | Green Squall by Jay Hopler

That Light One Finds in Baby Pictures | Green Squall by Jay Hopler

  That Light One Finds in Baby Pictures 1 Being born is a shame— But it’s not so bad, as journeys go. It’s not the worst one We will ever have to make. It’s almost noon And the light now clouded in the courtyard is Like that light one finds in baby pictures: old And...
Of Paradise | Green Squall by Jay Hopler

Of Paradise | Green Squall by Jay Hopler

  Of Paradise There is a black fly drowning in that glass of beer. There is a black fly drowning in that glass of beer. How can no one notice it, That black fly? Black as a zero is useless. Black as grammar school. The man with the beer is a fisherman, Small and gigantic...
In the Garden | Green Squall by Jay Hopler

In the Garden | Green Squall by Jay Hopler

And the sky! Nooned with the steadfast blue enthusiasm Of an empty nursery. Crooked lizards grassed in yellow shade. The grass was lizarding, Green and on a rampage. Shade tenacious in the crook of a bent stem. Noon. This noon— Skyed, blue and full of hum, full of bloom. The grass was lizarding. Further Reading:...
Hearts of the South | Green Squall by Jay Hopler

Hearts of the South | Green Squall by Jay Hopler

In this place, where even the most humdrum of sunsets is one wild thrum and summersault After another,   It is impossible to relax. Even The parakeets,   Usually so drowsy at this time Of night, are darting from one   Palm tree to the next, having given   Up hope of falling asleep before...
Dogs | Green Squall by Jay Hopler

Dogs | Green Squall by Jay Hopler

AFTER JOHN BERRYMAN’S 63RD DREAM SONG Dogs pass no laws against you and knock not they your daughters up and do not to Manhattan go with your last two hundred dollars so, in general, Dogs are A-OK with me. It’s people should be neutered and kept off the grass. People And cats. People—like cats—are mean...
A Combustion of Butterflies | Green Squall by Jay Hopler

A Combustion of Butterflies | Green Squall by Jay Hopler

When the moon’s white push unplumbs the sunflower, The yellow mums behind the summerhouse disappear In a combustion of butterflies. Too bad I am not a lover of butterflies.                                                        Such a rowdy hallelujah Is wasted on me. Even so—, I don’t think it would be Such a bad thing to disappear                                                        In a combustion of...
The History of Solitude | Green Squall by Jay Hopler

The History of Solitude | Green Squall by Jay Hopler

1 From the tall brown grass a small brown rabbit appears. It moves to the middle of the field and sits, Its ribs clearly visible even in the faint, Uneven evening light Of autumn. 2 It is the end of November— Soon, the season’s first fat, wet flakes of snow will fall And that field,...
Epithalamium  | Green Squall by Jay Hopler

Epithalamium | Green Squall by Jay Hopler

The sunlight is falling quietly in the dining room. Why can’t we be as quiet as the sunlight? We might as well get married. Further Reading:
Out of These Wounds, the Moon Will Rise | Green Squall by Jay Hopler

Out of These Wounds, the Moon Will Rise | Green Squall by Jay Hopler

Now that the sun has set and the rain has abated, And every porch light                                            in the neighborhood is lit, Maybe we can invent something; I’d like a new Way of experiencing the world, a way of taking Into myself the single light shining at the center Of all things without losing the dense,...
The Frustrated Angel | Green Squall by Jay Hopler

The Frustrated Angel | Green Squall by Jay Hopler

The Angel says if I want to be a sucker, that’s my business, But it’s all about service, not servitude—in this world, you Either become a monster or you wait on one. O, Hopler! If only sitting on your hands was heroic! If only boredom was a form of prayer! The Angel says I have...
Academic Discourse at Miami: Wallace Stevens and the Domestication of Light | Green Squall by Jay Hopler

Academic Discourse at Miami: Wallace Stevens and the Domestication of Light | Green Squall by Jay Hopler

 I have no beef with Wallace Stevens Even if some of his poems do feel like so much tropical slumming. I only wish he could have lived here, in Florida, instead of simply Visiting once in a while—; how much more essential his summer- Minded poems would have been! Not that a poem like “Farewell...