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August 2000

Wassily Kandinsky, "Improvisation I," 1911.

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

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  • Marvin Bell
  • John Brehm
  • Derick Burleson
  • Michael Eilperin
  • Mary Gilliland
From this Issue
    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Pura Vida

      By John Updike
      Such heat! It brings the brain back to its basic blank.
      Small, recurrent events become the daily news—
      the white-nosed coati treading the cecropia's
      bending thin branches like sidewalks in the sky,
      the scarlet-rumped tanager flitting like a spark

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Deaf Night at O'Donnell's

      By Art Nahill
      I happen in
      from another unremarkable
      Tuesday in the realm
      of gratuitous sound, but here,
      I can hear again
      the quiet voices of the ontological,
      the clink of ice cubes
      in uplifted glasses,
      the scrape of chairs,
      the mournful lowing...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine The Snow Leopard

      By Jason Gray
      He pads on grassy banks behind a fence,
      with measured paces slow and tense.

      Beyond his cage his thoughts are sharp and white;

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