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May 2004

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

  • W. Di Piero
  • Albert Goldbarth
  • Zach Finch
  • Moira Egan
  • Nance Van Winckel
From this Issue
    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Indiscriminate Kisses

      By Nance Van Winckel
      Foreplay of obscene graffiti carved
      into trees—foot-long boners
      gouge the bark. Beaks and snouts
      on a restroom mirror. Slick lips.
      Succulent lips. I go out among them
      sometimes. So sweet how they pucker up ...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine The God of Inattention

      By Averill Curdy
      After the trumpets, after the incense   
      There were nights insomnia fathered gods   
      I then rejected as too angry or distracted,   
      Or whose appetite for submission revealed   
      Their own lack of faith.   Say our names,   
      All synonyms for trust. Others spoke   
      In sugared paradox:  To know is to...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Staying Power

      By Jeanne Murray Walker
      Like Gorky, I sometimes follow my doubts
      outside to the yard and question the sky,
      longing to have the fight settled, thinking
      I can't go on like this, and finally I say

      all right,...

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