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January 2009

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

  • C. Williams
  • Kim Addonizio
  • Peter Munro
  • Roddy Lumsden
  • J. Barbarese
From this Issue
    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Wait

      By C. K. Williams
      Chop, hack, slash; chop, hack, slash; cleaver, boning knife, ax—
      not even the clumsiest clod of a butcher could do this so crudely,   
      time, as do you, dismember me, render me, leave me slop in a pail,
      one part of my...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine The First Line is the Deepest

      By Kim Addonizio
      I have been one acquainted with the spatula,
      the slotted, scuffed, Teflon-coated spatula

      that lifts a solitary hamburger from pan to plate,
      acquainted with the vibrator known as the Pocket Rocket

      and the dildo that goes by Tex,   
      and...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Names

      By Peter Munro
      If the sea is a cathedral, a tide pool
      is a chapel. Sculpins dart under the wind
      that blusters their cupped oceans.
      Sculpted by wave on rock, their pockets of salt
      grow thin from the rain, the suffocating
      fresh water....

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