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Yes, It Could Be Worse

Hit play below to hear Yusef Komunyakaa read his poem “Yes, It Could Be Worse” and scroll down for the full text. The poem is featured in MQR’s Summer 2020 issue. MQR · Yusef Komunyakaa – It Could Be Worse I was not strong as Jean Valjean


When the north wind came down
out of the cedars
onto the bay
the boat turned slowly


A gift economy stuffs its pockets
with stones that hold their shape like water.

The Loneliness of Animals

The Loneliness of Animals I don’t think I know what it feels like I know I don’t            to drag one’s self so   slowly “like a zombie” down a cracked hard, rock-cut creek bed     in Illinois   to be lifted    still churning one’s legs to