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April 2004

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

  • Christian Wiman
  • A. Stallings
  • Kay Ryan
  • Bruce Smith
  • Campbell McGrath
From this Issue
    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Another Lullaby for Insomniacs

      By A. E. Stallings
      Sleep, she will not linger:
      She turns her moon-cold shoulder.
      With no ring on her finger,
      You cannot hope to hold her.

      She turns her moon-cold shoulder
      And tosses...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Sharks' Teeth

      By Kay Ryan
      Everything contains some   
      silence. Noise gets
      its zest from the
      small shark's-tooth
      shaped fragments
      of rest angled
      in it. An hour   
      of city holds maybe   
      a minute of these   
      remnants of a time   
      when silence reigned,   
      compact and dangerous   
      as a shark. Sometimes   
      a bit of a tail   
      or...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Obbligato

      By Bruce Smith
      Late August was a pressure drop,
      rain, a sob in the body,

      a handful of air
      with a dream in it,

      summer was desperate
      to paradise itself with...

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