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December 1998

Thomas Rowlandson, "Westminster Abbey."

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

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  • David Alpaugh
  • Turner Cassity
  • Richard Cecil
  • Billy Collins
  • Elton Glaser
From this Issue
    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Becune Point

      By Derek Walcott
      Stunned heat of noon. In shade, tan, silken cows
      hide in the thorned acacias. A butterfly staggers.
      Stamping their hooves from thirst, small horses drowse
      or whinny for water. On parched, ochre headlands, daggers

      of agave bristle in primordial defense,
      like a cornered monster backed...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Natural Selection

      By Alan R. Shapiro
      proceeds by chance
      and necessity

      becomes nonrandom
      through randomness

      builds complexity
      from simplicity

      nurtures consciousness

      evolves purposelessly
      creatures who demand

      and discover

      natural selection

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Egg

      By Brian Swann
      The bluebird's cold mistimed egg
      fetched up from the one-legged
      box after the pair had left for
      points south & unknown (never,
      as it turned out, to return) I
      renested in the half-geode by
      the windowsill where it gleamed
      &, months becoming years, seemed
      about to last forever,...

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