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July/August 2007

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

  • Tony Hoagland
  • Joan Murray
  • Patricia Smith
  • Edward Hirsch
  • Brad Leithauser
From this Issue
    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Hip-Hop Ghazal

      By Patricia Smith
      Gotta love us brown girls, munching on fat, swinging blue hips,
      decked out in shells and splashes, Lawdie, bringing them woo hips.

      As the jukebox teases, watch my sistas throat the heartbreak,
      inhaling bassline, cracking backbone and singing thru...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Late March

      By Edward Hirsch
      Saturday morning in late March.
      I was alone and took a long walk,   
      though I also carried a book
      of the Alone, which companioned me.

      The day was clear, unnaturally clear,
      like a freshly wiped pane of glass,
      a window over the water,
      and blue, preternaturally blue,
      like...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Ode to the Midwest

      By Kevin Young
      I want to be doused
      in cheese

      & fried. I want
      to wander

      the aisles, my heart's
      supermarket stocked high

      as cholesterol. I want to die
      wearing a sweatsuit—

      I want to live
      forever in a Christmas sweater,

      a teddy bear nursing
      off the front. I want to write

      a check in...

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