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January 1999

John Cieslinski, Untitled, 1986.

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

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From this Issue
    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Study in Orange and White

      By Billy Collins
      I knew that James Whistler was part of the Paris scene,
      but I was still surprised when I found the painting
      of his mother at the Musée d'Orsay
      among all the colored dots and mobile brushstrokes
      of the French Impressionists.

      And I was surprised to...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Men Say Brown

      By Henry M. Seiden
      On the radio this morning: The average woman knows
      275 colors—and men know eight. Women say coffee,
      mocha, copper, cinnamon, taupe. Men say brown.

      Women know an Amazon of colors I might have said
      were green, an Antarctica of whites, oceans of colors
      I'd stupidly...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Iceberg Lettuce

      By Joanie Mackowski
      What vegetable leviathan
      extends beneath the dinner table,
      an unseen, monstrous green that pulls
      the chair out from under our faith
      in appearances: see a mere tuft
      of leaf on the plate like a wing,
      but if it flies away, it undoubtedly
      will disturb the continental drift

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