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May 2000

Robert Murphy, "Stand Off," 1999.

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

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  • Philip Asaph
  • Kenyotta Bradley
  • Esther Cameron
  • Turner Cassity
  • Stephen Corey
From this Issue
    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine The Painter of the Night

      By James Tate

      Someone called in a report that she had
      seen a man painting in the dark over by the
      pond. A police car was dispatched to go in-
      vestigate. The two officers with their big
      flashlights walked all around the pond,...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Battlefield

      By Mark Turcotte
      Back when I used to be Indian
      I am standing outside the
      pool hall with my sister.
      She strawberry blonde. Stale sweat
      and beer through the
      open door. A warrior leans on his stick,
      fingers blue with chalk.
      Another bends to shoot.
      His braids brush the green
      felt, swinging...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine That Child

      By David Wagoner
      That child was dangerous. That just-born
          Newly washed and silent baby
               Wrapped in deerskin and held warm
      Against the side of its mother could understand
          The language of birds and animals
               Even when asleep. It knew why Bluejay...

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