“My library is an archive of longings,” wrote Susan Sontag, and the five poems below would find a place on her shelves: a woman’s recklessly chosen tattoo later leads to tender self-discovery; a young couple’s European art tour becomes a souvenir of their estrangement; a lover envies death’s ability to enter a person “fully & without a trace.” Read the Top 5 Poems of the Week in our own (digital) archive of longings, and relive your own moments of yearning and discovery.
Turns out my body’s a dollar sweet potato.
What is perception but a short walk on a long pier?
Florence’s cobbled streets spoke like a broken wheel.
May the wolf carry off the heart of your heart.
2016 Whiting Award
2015 Narrative Prize Winner