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November 2007

David Byrne, "Chairs," 2004-2006

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

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  • Kevin Young
  • Heather McHugh
  • Amanda Jernigan
  • Elfriede Jelinek
  • Peter Campion
From this Issue
    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine from Book of Hours

      By Kevin Young
      The light here leaves you
      lonely, fading

      as does the dusk
      that takes too long

      to arrive. By morning
      the mountain moving

      a bit closer to the sun.

      This valley belongs
      to no one—

      except birds who name
      themselves by their songs

      in the dawn.
      What good

      are wishes, if they aren't
      used up


    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Leaf Litter on Rock Face

      By Heather McHugh
      Things are not
      unmoving (or else what   

      is ing there for?)
      The things once-living   

      fall on the never-living   
      all the more movingly for the eye

      that passes over them.
      The wind wells up

      to spill a trail
      of onces...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Adam's Prayer

      By Amanda Jernigan
      In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread:
      you put this rather beautifully,
      and gave me leave to sing my work
      until my work became the song.

      In sorrow shalt thou eat of it:
      a line on...

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