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July 2005

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

  • Andrew Hudgins
  • Louise Glück
  • David Wagoner
  • Donald Hall
  • Loren Goodman
From this Issue
    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Playing Dead

      By Andrew Hudgins
      Our father liked to play a game.   
      He played that he was dead.   
      He took his thick black glasses off   
      and stretched out on the bed.      
         
      He wouldn’t twitch and didn’t snore   
      or move in any way.   
      He didn’t even seem to breathe!   
      We asked, Are you...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Humidifier

      By Louise Glück
      Defier of closed space, such as the head, opener
      Of the sealed passageways, so that
      Sunlight entering the nose can once again

      Exit the ear, vaporizer, mist machine, whose
      Soft hiss sounds like another human being
      ...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Olives

      By Donald Hall
      “Dead people don’t like olives,”
      I told my partners in eighth grade   
      dancing class, who never listened   
      as we fox-trotted, one-two, one-two.   
         
      The dead people I often consulted   
      nodded their skulls in unison   
      while I flung my black velvet cape   
      over my shoulders and glowered   
      from...

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