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September 2012

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

  • Jane Hirshfield
  • Frederick Seidel
  • Joan Landis
  • John De Stefano
  • Billy Collins
From this Issue
    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Fado

      By Jane Hirshfield
      A man reaches close
      and lifts a quarter
      from inside a girl’s ear,
      from her hands takes a dove
      she didn’t know was there.
      Which amazes more,
      you may wonder:
      the quarter’s serrated murmur
      against the thumb
      or the dove’s knuckled silence?
      That he found them,
      or that she...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine The Plan

      By Joan Hutton Landis
      Remembering Ann
      Whose beauty began
      At the crown of her head
      And ran to the deep underneath
      Of her feet—
      Never aware of her own élan.
      Now, half mad with pain,
      She crawls through her rooms,
      Calling for doctors,
      Falling,
      Forgetting,
      Consumed,
      Trepanned.

      Ever since the world began—
      Star fall
      Nightfall
      Bomb fall
      Downfall...
      Read the scan:
      Every...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Snow

      By Frederick Seidel
      Snow is what it does.
      It falls and it stays and it goes.
      It melts and it is here somewhere.
      We all will get there.


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