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June 2003

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

  • Christian Wiman
  • Kim Addonizio
  • Billy Collins
  • Steven Cramer
  • Rita Dove
From this Issue
    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Cozy Apologia

      By Rita Dove
      I could pick anything and think of you—
      This lamp, the wind-still rain, the glossy blue
      My pen exudes, drying matte, upon the page.
      I could choose any hero, any cause or age
      And, sure as...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Eating Together

      By Kim Addonizio
      I know my friend is going,
      though she still sits there
      across from me in the restaurant,   
      and leans over the table to dip
      her bread in the oil on my plate; I know   
      how thick her hair used to be,   
      and what it takes for...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Mapping the Genome

      By Michael Symmons Roberts
      Geneticist as driver, down the gene
      codes in, let's say, a topless coupe
      and you keep expecting bends,

      real tyre-testers on tight
      mountain passes, but instead it's dead
      straight, highway as runway,

      helix unravelled as vista,
      as vanishing...

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