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April 2012

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

  • Patricia Kirkpatrick
  • Nate Klug
  • Rick Barot
  • Hailey Leithauser
  • Eduardo Corral
From this Issue
    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Vision Test

      By Patricia Kirkpatrick
      The brain, like the earth, lies in layers.
      Floaters dart and punch. I see the field.
      My face stays numb. Keep your eye on the target.
      Click the button when a light appears.
      Last night I read “So little evidence is left
      of what...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Work

      By Nate Klug

      It hides its edges
      in speed, it has
      no edges. Plus every time
      he thinks he knows

      it close enough, can discriminate
      centripetal force
      from what gets sheared
      straight off,

      direction changes:
      through stunned space the blade
      snaps back,
      turtles into its handle

      and starts over spinning
      the other way.
      All along...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Bad Sheep

      By Hailey Leithauser

      Midnight’s merely blue,
      but me, me, me, I’m
      through
      and through
      sloe, cracked soot-
      on-a-boot,
      nicotine spat, licorice whip.
      You can scratch, scratch, scratch
      but I stay underskin true
      to ebony, ink, crowberry, pitch;
      hoist me up by my hooves
      and shake till...

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