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May 2001

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

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  • Christian Wiman
  • Agha Ali
  • Wendy Barker
  • Liz Beasely
  • Carl Dennis
From this Issue
    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Progressive Health

      By Carl Dennis
      We here at Progressive Health would like to thank you   
      For being one of the generous few who've promised   
      To bequeath your vital organs to whoever needs them.   

      Now we'd like to give you the opportunity   
      To step out far in front of...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Willowspout

      By R. T. Smith
      Because someone thirsty enough
      to trust Old Testament wisdom
      followed the deepening greens

      and found a spring, silver
      in the shadow of blue ridges,
      I can kneel beneath

      this spill of willow
      limbs a century later
      and drink...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Planting the Meadow

      By Mary Makofske
      I leave the formal garden of schedules
      where hours hedge me, clip the errant sprigs
      of thought, and day after day, a boxwood
      topiary hunt chases a green fox
      never caught. No voice calls me to order
      as I enter...

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