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    • poem
      By Thom Gunn
      The snail pushes through a green
      night, for the grass is heavy
      with water and meets over
      the bright path he makes, where rain
      has darkened the earth’s dark. He
      moves in a wood of desire,

      pale antlers barely stirring
      as he hunts. I cannot tell
      what power...

    • poem
      By Robin Becker
      We are walking our very public attraction
      through eighteenth-century Philadelphia.
      I am simultaneously butch girlfriend
      and suburban child on a school trip,
      Independence Hall, 1775, home
      to the Second Continental Congress.
      Although she is wearing her leather jacket,
      although we...

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      Appeared in Poetry Magazine A Horse Named Never

      By Jennifer Chang
      At the stables, each stall was labeled with a name.

      Biscuit stood aloof — I faced, always, invariably, his clockwork tail.

      Crab knew the salt lick too well.

      Trapezoid mastered stillness: a midnight mare, she was sternest and tallest, her chest stretched against the edges...

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From this issue July/August 2017
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    By Paisley Rekdal

    Quick swim up through my headlights: gold eye

  • poem
    By Prageeta Sharma

    I’ve been sad and can’t find a seasonal sequence. I go forward

  • poem
    By Craig Santos Perez

    I dreamed of you tonight, Wayne Kaumualii Westlake, as I walked down

From Poetry Off the ShelfJuly 2017

Our series dedicated to the women's movement continues with the changing cultural roles of the 1970s, when women poets refused to be marginalized or tokenized, and public poetry readings and writing workshops for women spread across the U.S.

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Poems about the good guys, the villains, and the in-betweens.

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    Emily Dickinson is one of America’s greatest and most original poets of all time. She took definition as her province and challenged the...

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    Ha Jin, born in Liaoning Province, China, grew up during the Cultural Revolution when schools were closed and books were burned. While...

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