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November 2005

Mary Lynn Blasutta, "Smoking Lady," 2005

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

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  • Averill Curdy
  • Atsuro Riley
  • Stephen Dunn
  • Elizabeth Bradfield
  • Fleda Brown
From this Issue
    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Sparrow Trapped in the Airport

      By Averill Curdy
      Never the bark and abalone mask
      cracked by storms of a mastering god,
      never the gods’ favored glamour, never
      the pelagic messenger bearing orchards
      in its beak, never allegory, not wisdom
      or valor or cunning, much less hunger
      demanding vigilance, industry, invention,
      or the instinct to claim...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Salvation

      By Stephen Dunn
      Finally, I gave up on obeisance,
      and refused to welcome
      either retribution or the tease

      of sunny days. As for the can’t-be-
      seen, the sum-of-all-details,
      the One—oh, when it came

      to salvation I was only sure
      I needed to be spared
      someone else’s version of it.

      The small prayers...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Canada Anemone

      By Fleda Brown
      I count nineteen white blossoms
      which would not be
      visible except for
      their wiry stems that catapult them
      above the grass like
      the last white pop
      of fireworks, a toothed blast
      of leaf below. It’s
      the Fourth of July
      on the bank of Hinkson Creek
      fifty years ago, the powder-

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