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January 2003

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

  • 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
      and discrete—a mirror come unsilvered,
             loose watch face without the works,
                           a hollowed globe

                           from tip to toe

    • 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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