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November 2011

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

  • Michael Robbins
  • David Shapiro
  • Olivia Clare
  • T. Cotler
  • Marcus Wicker
From this Issue
    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Handy Guide

      By Dean Young
      Avoid adjectives of scale.
      Dandelion broth instead of duck soup.
      Don’t even think you’ve seen a meadow, ever.
      The minor adjustments in our equations
      still indicate the universe is insane,
      when it laughs a silk dress comes out its mouth
      but we never put it on....

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine The World Is in Pencil

      By Todd Boss
      —not pen. It’s got

      that same silken
      dust about it, doesn’t it,

      that same sense of
      having been roughed

      onto paper even  
      as it was planned.

      It had to be a labor
      of love. It must’ve

      taken its author some
      time, some shove.

      I’ll bet...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Birdsong

      By Joanie Mackowski
      Bustle and caw. Recall the green heat
      rising from the new minted earth, granite

      and basalt, proto-continents shuffling
      and stacking the deck, first shadows flung

      from the ultraviolet haze. A fern
      uncurls from the swamp, the microscopic furnace

      of replication warms the world,...

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