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April 2009

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

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  • Hester Knibbe
  • Chika Sagawa
  • Ramón Baraibar
  • Franco Fortini
  • Quirinus Kuhlmann
From this Issue
    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Lava and Sand

      By Hester Knibbe
      The soil I’m walking over comes   

      from deeper: a fire had done it in,   
      a stewpot had suddenly popped   
      and its contents streamed   
      out wave over wave until   
      it reached the water, until the sea   
      called it a day and struck back   

      with a counterwave....

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Backside

      By Chika Sagawa
      Night eats color,   
      Flower bouquets lose their fake ornaments.   
      Day falls into the leaves like sparkling fish   
      And struggles, like the lowly mud,   
      The shapeless dreams and trees   
      Nurtured outside this shriveled, deridable despair.   
      And the space that was chopped down   
      Tickles the weeds there by its...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Coal Deliveryman

      By Ramón Cote Baraibar

      Like finding a bar of aluminum wedged in a bull’s jaw. Like discovering in a sea chest a short obsidian head. Like looking through a padlock   and seeing an undeserved dawn. As impossible as all these, as melancholy and lonely, was...

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