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October 1999

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

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  • David Bottoms
  • Alfred Corn
  • Albert Goldbarth
  • Marilyn Hacker
  • Yusef Komunyakaa
From this Issue
    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Looking Around

      By Charles Wright
      I sit where I always sit, in back of the Buddha,
      Red leather wing chair, pony skin trunk
                                                               under my feet,
      Sky light above me, Chinese and Indian rugs on the floor.
      1 March, 1998, where to begin again?

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine The Months

      By Linda Pastan

      Contorted by wind,
      mere armatures for ice or snow,
      the trees resolve
      to endure for now,

      they will leaf out in April.
      And I must be as patient
      as the trees—
      a winter resolution

      I break all over again,
      as the cold presses
      its sharp blade
      against my throat.


      After endless
      on the...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Rarefied

      By Albert Goldbarth
      “Fancy-schmancy,” my father would have said,   
      whose snazziest sweater was still a declassé   
      synthetic from the sweatshops of Taiwan. My friend   
      Deloris, however, who really owns such clothes,   
      would say “exquisite” or “sublime”—her opened closet’s   
      row of shoulders teases late-day bedroomlight   
      along such textures, there are...

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