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From This Issue March 2019
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If all your friends read poetry, would you read it too? We think so, and here’s why.

From the Poetry Magazine Archive
    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine The Months

      By Linda Pastan
      January

      Contorted by wind,
      mere armatures for ice or snow,
      the trees resolve
      to endure for now,

      they will leaf out in April.
      And I must be as patient
      as the trees—
      a winter resolution

      I break all over again,
      as the cold presses
      its sharp blade
      against my throat.


      February

      After endless
      hibernation
      on the...

    • poem
      By Osip Mandelstam
      Alone I stare into the frost’s white face.   
      It’s going nowhere, and I—from nowhere.   
      Everything ironed flat, pleated without a wrinkle:   
      Miraculous, the breathing plain.   

      Meanwhile the sun squints at this starched poverty—
      The squint itself consoled, at ease . . .   
      The ten-fold forest almost...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Afterword

      By Louise Glück
      Reading what I have just written, I now believe
      I stopped precipitously, so that my story seems to have been
      slightly distorted, ending, as it did, not abruptly
      but in a kind of artificial mist of the sort
      sprayed onto stages to allow for...

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Founded in Chicago by Harriet Monroe in 1912, Poetry is the oldest monthly devoted to verse in the English-speaking world. More History