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November 2009

Greg Clarke, “The Poet Takes a Walk,” 2002

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

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  • James Schuyler
  • Gottfried Benn
  • Eric Ekstrand
  • Chloe Honum
  • Joseph Spece
From this Issue
    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Sweet Romanian Tongue

      By James Schuyler
      Drew down the curse of heaven on her umbrella
      furled and smelling of wet cigarettes,
      Jo ran off in rain one pitchy night,
      one bloody a.m. found her staring, snoring.

      “Why do we all stay up so late?” Jo queried.
      “Though I don’t stay up...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine They Are Human After All

      By Gottfried Benn
      They are human after all, you think,
      as the waiter steps up to a table
      out of sight of you,
      reserved, corner table—
      they too are thin-skinned and pleasure-seeking,
      with their own feelings and their own sufferings.

      You’re not so all alone
      in your mess, your restlessness,...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Plumblossom

      By Eric Ekstrand

      The spine is a slide of human marvels; it is a hierarchy of white florets; it is a cult of secret brothers; it is a deliberate list; so look how the spineless relax in their unblushing banality.

      I lose my...

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