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May 2007

Polly Becker, Untitled, 2002

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

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  • Bob Hicok
  • Susan Stewart
  • Anne Stevenson
  • Dora Malech
  • Ben Simons
From this Issue
    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine O My Pa-Pa

      By Bob Hicok
      Our fathers have formed a poetry workshop.
      They sit in a circle of disappointment over our fastballs
      and wives. We thought they didn't read our stuff,
      whole anthologies of poems that begin, My father never,
      or those that end, and he...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Inheriting My Grandmother's Nightmare

      By Anne Stevenson
      Consider the adhesiveness of things
             to the ghosts that prized them,
      the "olden days" of birthday spoons
             and silver napkin rings.
      Too carelessly I opened
             that velvet drawer of heirlooms.
      There lay my grandmother's soul
      begging under...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Makeup

      By Dora Malech
      My mother does not trust
      women without it.
      What are they not hiding?
      Renders the dead living

      and the living more alive.
      Everything I say sets
      the clouds off blubbering
      like they knew the pretty dead.

      True, no mascara, no evidence.
      Blue sky, blank face. Blank face,

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