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May 1998

Thomas Hart Benton, "Threshing," 1941.

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

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  • Kath Anderson
  • Jorge Andrade
  • David Baker
  • Neal Bowers
  • Maria Cariño
From this Issue
    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine FOR GRANT WOOD

      By Margaret Mackinnon
      A shy man seeks perfection in his art:
      Across vast acres, color and shape of tidiness,
      Iowa's unruly grass submits, blade by blade.
      The blue of Mother's dishes tints the sky.

      Across vast acres, color and shape of tidiness,
      sloping rows...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine THE ODD LAST THING SHE DID

      By Brad Leithauser
      A car is idling on the cliff.
      Its top is down. Its headlights throw
      A faint, bright ghost-shadow glow
      On the pale air. On the shore, so far
      Below that the waves' push and drag
      Is dwindled to a hush—a...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine SALVATION

      By James Kimbrell
      It’s not that I harbor a weeping willow
      Shadow’s worth of longing for those cloaked
      Turns and straight-aways, or that swampy
      South Mississippi was ever half as tragic
      As I dreamed it could be, but that I still cruise
      From time to time...

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