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December 2012

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

  • Lucie Brock-Broido
  • Mary Karr
  • Richard Kenney
  • Marilyn Chin
  • David Harsent
From this Issue
    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Father, in Drawer

      By Lucie Brock-Broido
      Mouthful of earth, hair half a century silvering, who buried him.
      With what. Make a fist for heart. That is the size of it.
                                                                   Also directives from our  DNA.
      The nature of  his wound was the clock-cicada winding down.
                                                                  He wound down.
      July,...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine A Perfect Mess

      By Mary Karr
      I read somewhere
      that if pedestrians didn’t break traffic laws to cross
      Times Square whenever and by whatever means possible,
            
the whole city
      would stop, it would stop.
      Cars would back up to Rhode Island,
      an epic gridlock not even a cat
      could thread through. It’s...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine March

      By Richard Kenney
      Sky a shook poncho.
      Roof   wrung. Mind a luna moth
      Caught in a banjo.

      This weather’s witty
      Peek-a-boo. A study in
      Insincerity.

      Blues! Blooms! The yodel
      Of   the chimney in night wind.
      That flat daffodil.

      With absurd hauteur
      New tulips dab their shadows
      In water-mutter.

      Boys are such oxen.
      Girls! — sepal-shudder, shadow-
      Waver....

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