Galway Kinnell, Lucille Clifton, Thomas Lux and Naomi Shihab Nye are among the poets that Murray chose to include in the issue.
Some of his comments:
On Kinnell's "Oatmeal," about the poet sharing a meal with the late John Keats: "Alas, Kinnell, too, is now available for breakfast." (Kinnell passed away in 2014.)
Lux's odd romantic ode "I Love You Sweatheart" starts out:
A man risked his life to write the words.The poem got this note: "This poem vibrates the insides of my ribs, where the meat is most tender."
A man hung upside down (an idiot friend
holding his legs?) with spray paint
to write the words on a girder fifty feet above
Nye's poem "Famous" says:
I want to be famous in the wayMurray comments on it: "It's not the dream of being big. It's the dream of being real. That's what stands out to me."
a pulley is famous
or a buttonhole, not because it did
but because it never forgot
what it could do.