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April 2008

Balint Zsako, "Untitled," 2006.

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

  • Håkan Sandell
  • Yannis Ritsos
  • Anna Akhmatova
  • Marina Tsvetaeva
  • Francis Ponge
From this Issue
    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine "Poetry rejoices..."

      By Håkan Sandell
      Poetry rejoices even if the culture dies,
      over the girl with her first electric, how her high,
      thin voice, amplified many times
      over by the loudspeaker, is like a giant's
      in the green grass of the festival site.
      Over the fragile bells of digitalis, how...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine The Crane Dance

      By Yannis Ritsos
      The clew paying out through his fingers, a deftness   
      that would bring him back to her, its softness the softness   
      of skin, as if drawn from herself directly, the faint   
      labial smell, guiding him up and out, as some dampness   
      on the air might...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine In Memoriam, July 19, 1914

      By Anna Akhmatova
      We aged a hundred years and this descended
      In just one hour, as at a stroke.
      The summer had been brief and now was ended;
      The body of the ploughed plains lay in smoke.

      The hushed road burst in colors then, a soaring
      Lament rose,...

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