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July/August 2017

The oldest monthly devoted to verse in the English-speaking world.

  • Aimee Nezhukumatathil
  • Rick Barot
  • Mei-mei Berssenbrugge
  • Hayan Charara
  • Ocean Vuong
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From this Issue
    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Sea Church

      By Aimee Nezhukumatathil
      Give me a church
      made entirely of salt.
      Let the walls hiss
      and smoke when
      I return to shore.

      I ask for the grace
      of a new freckle
      on my cheek, the lift
      of blue and my mother’s
      soapy skin to greet me.

      Hide me in a room
      with no windows.
      Never...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Ode with Interruptions

      By Rick Barot
      Someone is in the kitchen washing the dishes.
      Someone is in the living room watching the news.

      Someone in a bedroom is holding a used stamp
      with tweezers and adding it to his collection.

      Someone is scolding a dog, barking now for
      decades, a different...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine I Eat Breakfast to Begin the Day

      By Zubair Ahmed
      I create time
      I cannot create time
      I’m frozen in place
      I cannot be frozen
      I’m moving but don’t notice
      I notice me moving, I pay attention
      To the small yet immense yet
      Small movements that guide
      My limbs, my hair growth, my joint oils
      I don’t think about...

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