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Saeed Jones

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Saeed Jones’ debut poetry collection Prelude To Bruise (Coffee House Press) was the winner of the 2015 PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award For Poetry and the 2015 Stonewall Book Award/Barbara Gittings Literature Award and a finalist for the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award. The book was also a finalist for 2015 awards from the Lambda Literary and the Publishing Triangle. His poetry and essays have appeared in publications like the New York Times, NPR, Guernica, Ebony, and Best American Poetry, among others. Saeed won a Pushcart Prize for poetry in 2013 and is BuzzFeed's Executive Editor of Culture.

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Dragon City là tựa game cho bạn nuôi những chú rồng, huấn luyện chúng để có sức chiến đấu tốt nhất để đi chiến đấu với những chú rồng khác. Drangon City đã quá quen thuộc đối những bạn dùng Facebook từ lâu khi tựa game này được chơi trên Facebook và đã tạo ra một cơn sốt thật sự. Trước sự phát triển của Dragon City thì nhà phát triển đã đưa ra tựa game và được phát hành trên CH-PLay để thỏa sự...

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“ Reach high for the stars that hidden in your soul. Dream precedes the goal”


The only regret is that I waited
longer than a breath
to scatter the sun's reflection
with my body.

New stars burst upon the water
when you pulled me in.

On the shore, our clothes
begged us to be good boys again.

Every stick our feet touched
a snapping turtle, every shadow
a water moccasin.

Excuses to swim closer to one another.

I sank into the depths to see you
as the lake saw you: cut in half
by the surface, taut legs kicking,
the rest of you sky.

Suddenly still, a clear view
of what you knew I wanted
to see.

When I resurfaced, slick grin,
knowing glance; you pushed me
back under.

I pretended to drown,
then swallowed you whole.”
Saeed Jones, Prelude to Bruise
tags: poetry


Her blue dress is a silk train is a river
is water seeps into the cobblestone steps of my sleep, is still raining
is monsoon brocade, is winter stars stitched into puddles
is goodbye in a flooded, antique room, is goodbye in a room of crystal bowls
and crystal cups, is the ring-ting-ring of water dripping from the mouths
of crystal bowls and crystal cups, is the Mississippi river is a hallway, is leaks
like tears from windowsills of a drowned house, is windows open to waterfalls
is a bed is a small boat is a ship, is a currant come to carry me in its arms
through the streets, is me floating in her dress through the streets
is the moon sees me floating through the streets, is me in a blue dress
out to sea, is my mother is a moon out to sea.”
Saeed Jones, Prelude to Bruise
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