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February 2008

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

  • Louise Glück
  • Samuel Beckett
  • Heidy Steidlmayer
  • Lynn Emanuel
  • Jeffrey Schultz
From this Issue
    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Midsummer

      By Louise Glück
      On nights like this we used to swim in the quarry,
      the boys making up games requiring them to tear off  the girls’ clothes
      and the girls cooperating, because they had new bodies since last summer
      and they...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Fowling Piece

      By Heidy Steidlmayer
      The pull of guns I understand,
      my father taught me hand on hand
      how death is. Life asserts.
      (Best take it like a man.)

      I shot a dove, the common sort
      and mourned not life but life so short...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine An Old Woman’s Painting

      By Lynn Emanuel
      Scrape the sun from the wall of  the sky.
      Cast the great nets of  autumn over the houses.
      Even the throat of  the lily is a dangerous inlet.

      Let the world stand wearily on the stoop of  the jail...

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