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August 1989

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

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  • David Baker
  • Peter Balakian
  • Thomas Carper
  • G. Chandra
  • Robin Chapman
From this Issue
    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Onions

      By William Matthews
      How easily happiness begins by   
      dicing onions. A lump of sweet butter   
      slithers and swirls across the floor   
      of the sauté pan, especially if its   
      errant path crosses a tiny slick
      of olive oil. Then a tumble of onions.

      This could mean soup...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Arroyo: Flash Flood

      By John Unterecker
      The canyon walls close in again,
      slant light a silver glare in brown water.
      The water is only knee deep, but when the boy reaches the
         boulders—
      purple dark, silvered by the smash of brute water—
      water will tear...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Summer at North Farm

      By Stephen Kuusisto
      Fires, always fires after midnight,
      the sun depending in the purple birches

      and gleaming like a copper kettle.
      By the solstice they’d burned everything,

      the bad-luck sleigh, a twisted rocker,
      things “possessed” and not-quite-right.

      The bonfire coils and lurches,
      big as a house, and then it settles.

      The...

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