• Essay
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    Genocide and madness collide in a reinterpretation of Mary Todd Lincoln.

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From This Issue February 2019
  • poem
    By Traci Brimhall

    I must be the heavy globe

  • poem
    By Mary Meriam

    Who cares about the redbud tree, its flowers

  • poem
    By Jennifer S. Flescher

    The story tells us Sisyphus is being punished.

From Poem TalkFebruary 2019

Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring Mytili Jaganathan, Angela Carr, and Anna Strong Safford.

  • From Poetry Off the ShelfFebruary 2019

    Shortly after Martin Luther King's assassination in 1968, Gwendolyn Brooks wrote a poem about the power of riots.

  • From VSFebruary 2019

    We back and we back and we back with Season 3! We start off a whole new season of the same ole shindig with the brilliant poet Paul Tran. They...

  • From PoetryNowFebruary 2019

    Julian Talamantez Brolaski considers the way we use pronouns to signal gender.

  • From The Poetry Magazine PodcastFebruary 2019

    The editors discuss Traci Brimhall’​s poem “Resistance” from the February 2019 issue of Poetry.


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