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October 2018

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

  • John Lee Clark
  • Ari Banias
  • Meena Alexander
  • Clint Smith
  • Deborah Landau
From this Issue
    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Otto Dix

      By Molly Brodak
      In Exodus
      Moses is hidden

      in a cleft, behind God’s hand,
      begging,

      and he sees — rushing past him — 
      God’s back, diminishing.

      Moses stops begging.
      God’s back is black fog.

      I know. He, we guess,
      means to do it,
      to do all of this.

      The brute center part
      of an iridescent moth.

      The carnation
      against the...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Where Are the Days of Tobias

      By Sarah Gridley
      The fresco cracks cooperatively over time. Not to give a secret away
      but gradually to break off keeping it. In the sky you make birds
      like this, one wing longer than the other, an asymmetrical v
      wedged against wind, one stroke longer than...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Panic at John Baldessari’s Kiss

      By Elena Karina Byrne
      The aftermath always happening like an airplane falling, or a man
      midair falling from a horse, and an arrow, a gun, many guns
      pointing away, at us, our all bull’s-eye-on-the-mark. This is what he
      sees when he sees. Maybe Wrong or not, the...

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