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June 2004

Sebastião Salgado, "Kuwait. 1991. One of the oil firefighters takes a break."

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

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  • Naeem Murr
  • Christopher Logue
  • Roddy Lumsden
  • Kathleen Jamie
  • George Szirtes
From this Issue
    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Cold Calls (War Music, Continued)

      By Christopher Logue
      Many believe in the stars.   

         Take Quinamid   
      The son of a Dardanian astrologer   
      Who disregarded what his father said   
      And came to Troy in a taxi.   


          Odysseus to Greece:   

          “Hector has never fought this far from Troy.   

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Between Hallowe'en and Bonfire Night

      By Roddy Lumsden
      Just then, encountering my ruddy face   
      in the grand piano's cold black craquelure,   
      it conjured the jack-o'-lantern moon   
      dipping up over the roofs of the Tenderloin.   
      Only when I have done with the myths—   
      the inner spill that triggers...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine The Dipper

      By Kathleen Jamie
      It was winter, near freezing,
      I'd walked through a forest of firs
      when I saw issue out of the waterfall
      a solitary bird.

      It lit on a damp rock,
      and, as water swept stupidly on,
      wrung from its own throat
      supple, undammable song.

      It isn't mine to give.

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