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May 2005

Polly Becker, "La Clemenza de Tito," 2004.

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

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  • Craig Arnold
  • Yusef Komunyakaa
  • Wendy Cope
  • Robert Bly
  • Atsuro Riley
From this Issue
    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Incubus

      By Craig Arnold
      The chain uncouples, and his jacket hangs
      on the peg over hers, and he's inside.   

      She stalls in the kitchen, putting the kettle on,   
      buys herself a minute looking for two   
      matching cups for the lime-flower tea,   
      not really lime but linden, heart-shaped...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Togetherness

      By Yusef Komunyakaa
      Someone says Tristan
      & Isolde, the shared cup
      & broken vows binding them,
      & someone else says Romeo
      & Juliet, a lyre & Jew’s harp
      sighing a forbidden oath,
      but I say a midnight horn
      & a voice with a moody angel
      inside, the two married rib
      to rib,...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Tritina for Susannah

      By David Yezzi
      The water off these rocks is green and cold.
      The sandless coast takes the tide in its mouth,
      as a wolf brings down a deer or lifts its child.
      I walked this bay before you were my child.
      Your fingers stinging brightly in the...

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