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December 2002

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

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  • Kim Addonizio
  • Joyce Brown
  • Patricia Clark
  • Marilyn Hacker
  • John Hollander
From this Issue
    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Faith

      By Linda Pastan
      With the seal of science
      emblazoned
      on your forehead,
      like the old Good Housekeeping
      Seal of Approval,
      I believe what you tell me
      about cells and molecules,
      though I can't see them.

      And though the language you speak
      is...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Crossing the Days

      By James Scruton
      My son's been learning time: big hand
      and little, powers of sixty
      and of twenty-four, the slow semaphore
      of days. He's brought home paper plates
      from kindergarten, arrows pointing
      at his favorite hours. So far
      the face of every clock...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Body

      By Alissa Leigh
      Map of terror and pleasure,
      ardent junk, passionate congress
      filled with the arguments of chemicals,

      Echo chamber for the fanatical cries
      of stubborn generations, all the quaint invisibles
      death has grown a beard on,

      labyrinth of desire, playing...

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