“We know what we are, but not what we may be,” Shakespeare famously opined. The five poems featured below take us on eloquent journeys of self-discovery: a descendant of an American Indian tribe wrestles with her right to that identity; after a lifetime in the ring, a boxer surrenders to a more tender version of himself; a grieving woman uncovers some mysterious truths about herself inside a dream she shares with her dog. Read the Top 5 Poems of the Week, and embark on your own voyage of discovery.
You’re one Indian and a fraud, flying toward Delaware.
Surrender me to the snail shell’s supple purple curve.
What do I love? I love the dog. I love an empty room.
They needed to fight, and that’s as honest as it gets.
All I am is a singing saw through a bell of flesh.