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February 2001

Giovanni Battista Palatino, from Libro nuovo d'imparare a scrivere, Rome 1540.

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

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  • Pierre Martory
  • Robert Shaw
  • Henry Carlile
  • Elizabeth Curry
  • Susan Donnelly
From this Issue
    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine To the Consolations of Philosophy

      By W. S. Merwin
      Thank you but
      not just at the moment

      I know you will say
      I have said that before
      I know you have been
      there all along somewhere
      in another time zone

      I studied once
      those beautiful instructions

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Sugar Dada

      By J. Allyn Rosser
      Go home. It's never what you think it is,
      The kiss, the diamond, the slamdance pulse in the wrist.
      Nothing is true, my dear, not even this

      Rumor of passion you'll doubtless insist
      On perceiving in my glance. Please...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Implements from the "Tomb of the Poet"

      By A. E. Stallings
      On the journey to the mundane afterlife,
      You travel equipped to carry on your trade:
      A bronze, small-toothed saw to make repairs,
      The stylus and the ink pot and the scraper,
      Wax tablets bound into a little book.

      Here is...

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