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June 2002

Adolf Boetticher, "Kopf des Hermes," 1886.

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

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  • David Bottoms
  • Alissa Leigh
  • Anna Meek
  • Rich Murphy
  • Wayne Miller
From this Issue
    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Nomadology

      By Alissa Leigh
      In the beginning, a word, move;
      then a plan and then the reasons,
      which I do not remember exactly.
      I remember clearly only the clothes
      we were given for the journey
      and the last, silent meal we ate.
      We left...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Casanova's Bossa Nova

      By Rich Murphy
      The dance shoes, seduction
      and coercion, owned by male feet,
      roam floors that beg for chandeliers.
      In search of flat-footed beauty

      and a bed, where ever they might be,
      the handsome conversation attracts
      female followers trading on the smiles...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Dear Mr. Merrill

      By Moira Egan
      I hope you'll pardon the informality   
      of this letter, postmarked Olympia   
      (Greece, not Washington), its task not simple:   
      crossing lines you've crossed, time, mortality,   
      to find you, who spent a lifetime crossing lines   
      out, twisting, polishing them to shine   

      cool and lustrous as the statue...

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