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July 2001

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

  • Agha Ali
  • Dick Allen
  • Sara Backer
  • Don Barkin
  • Elizabeth Chapman
From this Issue
    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Zen Living

      By Dick Allen
      Birdsongs that sound like the steady determined tapping
      of a shoemaker's hammer,
      or of a sculptor making tiny ball-peen dents in a silver plate,
      wake me this morning. Is it possible the world itself can be happy? The calico cat...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Land

      By Agha Shahid Ali
      Swear by the olive in the God-kissed land—
      There is no sugar in the promised land.

      Why must the bars turn neon now when, Love,   
      I’m already drunk in your capitalist land?

      If home is found on both sides of the globe,
      home is of...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Appetite

      By Paulann Petersen
      Pale gold and crumbling with crust
      mottled dark, almost bronze,
      pieces of honeycomb lie on a plate.
      Flecked with the pale paper
      of hive, their hexagonal cells
      leak into the deepening pool
      of amber. On your lips,
      against palate, tooth...

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