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June 2009

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

  • Averill Curdy
  • Michael Hofmann
  • Stephen Edgar
  • Rae Armantrout
  • Timothy Murphy
From this Issue
    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Hardware

      By Averill Curdy
      You lean disconsolate on your stool,
                                              Sullen and certain

      As minor royalty rusticated to this
      Unhelpful climate of solvents, gaskets, pliers, and bolts.

      Because they are new and manifold and useful

      You feel their whispers against you. The staunch
      Resistance of objects. How...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Cricket

      By Michael Hofmann
      Another one of those Pyrrhic experiences. Call it
      an expyrrhience. A day at Lords, mostly rain,
      one of those long-drawn-out draws so perplexing to Americans.

      Nothing riding on the game, two mid-table counties
      at the end of a disappointing season, no local rivalry or...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine The Building of Light

      By Stephen Edgar
      Mauve mist-shadow cloaks the sky’s
      River-blurred, inchoate border.
      Dawn’s old story; and light tries—
      Not the last time—to devise
                 Lasting order;

      From first principles assigns
      Laws to frame day’s jurisdiction;
      Drawing contours, shapes, and lines
      From the nebula, it shines,
                 Strange as fiction.

      Such designs, though, won’t appear
      In...

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