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January 2010

Lorenzo Petrantoni, “The Tiger,” 2008

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

  • V. Pelizzon
  • Vera Pavlova
  • Andrea Cohen
  • Donald Hall
  • Mary De Rachewiltz
From this Issue
    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Blood Memory

      By V. Penelope Pelizzon
      Hunched in the bath, four ibuprofen gulped
               too late to dull the muscle cramping
                        to sate a god who thirsts
               monthly for his slake of iron,
      I am just a body bleeding in bad light.

      But after an hour, as the...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Am I lovely? Of course!

      By Vera Pavlova

      Am I lovely? Of course!
      Breathlessly I taste
      the subtle compliment
      of a handmade caress.
      Chop me into tiny bits,
      caress and tame my soul,
      that godly swallow
      you love to no end.

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine To Whom it May Concern

      By Andrea Cohen
      Soon I’ll move to Norway.
      If that’s a bitter pill,

      well, swill, swallow. I’m going,
      and I won’t wallow, not in Norway,

      where they’re so beyond
      slave labor, with laws that say

      a clerk must work within five
      meters of a window through

      which she can see a...

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