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May 2011

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

  • Clive James
  • Robert Archambeau
  • Carolyn Forché
  • Michael Robbins
  • Kenneth Share
From this Issue
    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine All You Did

      By Kay Ryan
      There doesn’t seem
      to be a crack. A
      higher pin cannot
      be set. Nor can
      you go back. You
      hadn’t even known
      the face was vertical.
      All you did was
      walk into a room.
      The tipping up
      from flat was
      gradual, you
      must assume.


    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Pity the Beautiful

      By Dana Gioia
      Pity the beautiful,
      the dolls, and the dishes,
      the babes with big daddies
      granting their wishes.

      Pity the pretty boys,
      the hunks, and Apollos,
      the golden lads whom
      success always follows.

      The hotties, the knock-outs,
      the tens out of ten,
      the drop-dead gorgeous,
      the...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Dawn Chorus

      By Sasha Dugdale
      Every morning since the time changed
      I have woken to the dawn chorus
      And even before it sounded, I dreamed of it
      Loud, unbelievably loud, shameless, raucous

      And once I rose and twitched the curtains apart
      Expecting the birds to be pressing in fright
      Against the...

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