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January 2011

Genevieve Simms, "A Meeting with Oneself," 2008

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

  • Mark Strand
  • Jill Essbaum
  • David Harsent
  • Jennifer Chang
  • Rae Armantrout
From this Issue
    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Mystery and Solitude in Topeka

      By Mark Strand

      Afternoon darkens into evening. A man falls deeper and deeper into the slow spiral of sleep, into the drift of it, the length of it, through what feels like mist, and comes at last to an open door through which...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Moppet

      By David Harsent

      Consider the rip for a mouth, the rip in the crotch, the hank of hair,
      consider the flair for ill-fortune, the empty stare, the done deal
      with sorrow, the rich and rare nest-egg of dreams, the share and share
      alike in matters...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Would-Land

      By Jill Alexander Essbaum
      5 am.  One-quarter past.
      Distant chimes inform me this.

      A bell peal knells the mist.
      And sunlight’s

      not yet bludgeoning.
      But some light gets blood going.  

      Last night it was snowing
      and now

      every path’s a pall.
      Though mine the only footfalls

      at this hour of awe. Above...

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