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February 2011

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

  • Carolyn Forché
  • Thomas Lynch
  • Todd Swift
  • Jessica Jopp
  • John Ridland
From this Issue
    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Travel Papers

      By Carolyn Forché
      By boat to Seurasaari where
      the small fish were called vendace.  
      A man blew a horn of birchwood
      toward the nightless sea.

      Still voice. Fire that is no fire.
      Ahead years unknown to be lived—



      Bells from the tower in the all-at-once,...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine His Ambulations

      By Thomas P. Lynch
      On shanks’ mare Argyle talked to himself.
      Alone, he’d carry on whole colloquies
      en route to some poor corpse’s obsequies—
      these dialogues, the way he kept his wits
      about him, body and soul together,
      fit for the wretched work of sin-eating.
      Sometimes he counted words or...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Slieve Donard II

      By Todd Swift
      The suite on the side
      facing away from the sea
      is the suite with the fireplace
      and two plasma screen tvs.
      Better luxury compensates
      for lack of view. Before
      the perpetual gas fire, stunned
      as if into stone, entering

      as you enter your Anne Brontë,
      a world muted, chemically...

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