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April 2013

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

  • Stephen Stepanchev
  • Adam Kirsch
  • Michael Robbins
  • Lucie Brock-Broido
  • Anna Hong
From this Issue
    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine For Jane

      By Stephen Stepanchev
      I know that rarity precedes extinction,
      Like that of the purple orchid in my garden,
      Whose sudden disappearance rattled me.

      Jane, in her way, is also beautiful.
      And therefore near extinction, I suppose.
      She is certainly rare and fragile of  bone.

      She insists she is dying,...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Revolutionaries, 1929

      By Adam Kirsch

      Revolutionaries [Alois Lindner, Erich Mühsam, Guido Kopp], 1929 by August Sander

      Twelve years on, the beard that Lenin wore
      Still sharpens revolutionary chins
      To dagger-points held ready for the war
      In which the outgunned proletarians
      Will triumph thanks to these, their generals,
      Whose rounded shoulders...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Big Country

      By Michael Robbins
      Fiddle no further, Führer. Rome is built.
      It took all day. Now let us so
      love the world. I’m just thinking out loud.
      My stigmata bring out my eyes.

      The smallpox uses every part of  the blanket,
      and the forest is a lady’s purse.
      The Indian...

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