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September 1999

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

  • Kim Addonizio
  • Yehuda Amichai
  • Gerard Chaliand
  • Jonathan Galassi
  • Rick Hilles
From this Issue
    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine The School Where I Studied

      By Yehuda Amichai
      I passed by the school where I studied as a boy
      and said in my heart: here I learned certain things
      and didn't learn others. All my life I have loved in vain
      the things I didn't learn. I am filled with knowledge,
      I...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Letter of Recommendation

      By Robert B. Shaw
      Miss A, who graduated six years back,
      has air-expressed me an imposing stack
      of forms in furtherance of her heart's desire:
      a Ph.D. Not wishing to deny her,
      I dredge around for something laudatory
      to say that won't be simply a tall story;
      in fact, I...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Scrapbook

      By George Scarbrough
      Green and brown current of river:
      Reverberant iron bridge: crossing over,
      Woman and child fixed at the center,
      Holding hands and both weeping:

      Because her child is weeping: because
      His mother weeps: because the river, far
      Underfoot, glitters through cracks
      In the wooden flooring that widen

      Perceptively as...

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