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September 2002

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

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  • J. McClatchy
  • D. Nurkse
  • David Wagoner
  • Jay Parini
  • Sandra McPherson
From this Issue
    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Searchers

      By D. Nurkse
      We gave our dogs a button to sniff,   
      or a tissue, and they bounded off   
      confident in their training,   
      in the power of their senses   
      to recreate the body,   

      but after eighteen hours in rubble   
      where even steel was pulverized   
      they curled on themselves   
      and stared up...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine In Rubble

      By David Wagoner
      Right after the bomb, even before the ceiling
         And walls and floor are rearranging
            You and themselves into a different world,
      You must hold still, must wait for them
         To settle down in unpredictable ways,...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Thinking about the Enemy

      By J. P. White
      In the beginning we could hear their swords cutting jewels
      From the protected orchard while our children heard fine teeth
      Dragging along empty granary floors. Between us and them
      Stands the great wound, swallowing all tears, all voices.

      Transfixed...

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