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February 2009

Tony Fitzpatrick, detail from "Red Diamond Horse," 2008.

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

  • Virgil
  • David Ferry
  • Michael Ryan
  • Marianne Boruch
  • Kevin Powers
From this Issue
    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Aeneid, II, 692 - end

      By Virgil
      As he spoke we could hear, ever more loudly, the noise   
      Of the burning fires; the flood of flames was coming   
      Nearer and nearer. “My father, let me take you   
      Upon my shoulders and carry you with me.   
      The burden will be easy. Whatever...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine to where

      By David Ferry
      Wearing a tawny lion pelt upon   
      My spindly shoulders I carry both of them,   
      My father and my mother, into the darkness,   
      My father hoarsely singing, “They are there!”   
      —The glimmer of something that is glimmering there—   
      “I see the glow of weapons in the...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine He was touched or he touched or

      By Marianne Boruch
      He was touched or he touched or   
      she did and was, or they were   
      and would. Or the room could, its   
      three doors, two windows or   

      the house on a slant touching,   
      touched by the drift down street, cars   
      pressing quick or slowing. All along   

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