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November 2012

Alex Nabaum, “Pegged,” 2012

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

  • Elizabeth Spires
  • Hailey Leithauser
  • Vijay Seshadri
  • Idra Novey
  • Casey Thayer
From this Issue
    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Pome

      By Elizabeth Spires
      From flowering gnarled trees
      they come, weighing down
      the branches, dropping
      with a soft sound onto
      the loamy ground. Falling
      and fallen. That’s a pome.

      Common as an apple. Or
      more rare. A quince or pear.
      A knife paring away soft skin
      exposes tart...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Mockingbird

      By Hailey Leithauser
      No other song
                          or swoop (part
             quiver, part swivel and
                   plash) with
        tour de force
      stray the course note
             liquefactions
         (its new,
      bawdy air an
             aria hangs in) en-
      thralls,
                   trills, loops, soars,
                          startles, out-warbles,
      out-brawns, more
             juicily,
                          lifts up
      the dawn, outlaws from
                              sackcloth,...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Sequence

      By Vijay Seshadri
      1. HELL

      You’d have to be as crazy as Dante to get those down,
      the infernal hatreds.
      Shoot them. Shoot them where they live
      and then skip town.

      Or stay and re-engineer
      the decrepit social contraption
      to distill the 200-proof
      elixir of fear

      and...

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