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March 1999

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

  • Carole Bernstein
  • Deborah Burnham
  • Roger Caldwell
  • Nancy Carlson
  • Elizabeth Chapman
From this Issue
    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Evening Conversation

      By Allan Johnston
      Reckless and white as a flashlight beam cast
      into some dark corner, the moon
      insists on the deeper blackness

      surrounding it. Perhaps it wishes
      to be a woman or a window, 
      cushioning everything, full of itself

      for the moment, yet frightened, like any egotist.
      But still the...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Far Company

      By W. S. Merwin
      At times now from some margin of the day
      I can hear birds of another country
      not the whole song but a brief phrase of it
      out of a music that I may have heard
      once in a moment I appear to have
      forgotten for...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Mountain Dulcimer

      By Robert Morgan
      Where does such sadness in wood come
      from? How could longing live in these
      wires? The box looks like the most fragile
      coffin tuned for sound. And laid
      across the knees of this woman
      it looks less like a baby nursed
      than some symbolic Pietà,
      and the...

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