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January 2003

Nicolas Spirinx, "Gores for a celestial globe," 1610.

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

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  • Wendy Barker
  • Marvin Bell
  • Sophie Black
  • Jean Burden
  • Catherine Carter
From this Issue
    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Dio Ed Io

      By Charles Wright
      There is a heaviness between us,   
      Nameless, raised from the void, that counts out the sprung hours.   
      What ash has it come to purify?   
      What disappearance, like water, does it lift up to the clouds?   

      God of my fathers, but not of mine,   

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine 0

      By Hailey Leithauser
      in its complex, ovoid emptiness,
      a skillful pundit coined it as a sort
          of stopgap doorstop for those
                 quaint equations

                 Romans never
      dreamt of. In form completely clever

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Knots & Splices

      By Bruce F. Murphy
      Take hold of the bitter end;
      pass carefully around
      the standing part,
      being mindful of the bight.
      Finish with a round turn,
      make the knot up tight
      and it will not slip under load.

      But you'll find it not

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