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March 2014

Lorna Simpson, "Back of Yellow Dress," 2013

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

  • Sarah Browning
  • Sheila Black
  • Yusef Komunyakaa
  • Eduardo Corral
  • Natalie Diaz
From this Issue
    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Istanbul 1983

      By Sheila Black
      In the frozen square, the student asks me if I will
      sell him the books from my backpack. He hides them
      under his winter coat. Steam rises from the whole
      wheat rolls we break open at the breakfast table.
      We drink hot apple tea...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine The African Burial Ground

      By Yusef Komunyakaa
      They came as Congo, Guinea, & Angola,
         feet tuned to rhythms of a thumb piano.
            They came to work fields of barley & flax,

      livestock, stone & slab, brick & mortar,
         to make wooden barrels, some going
            from slave to servant...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine To Juan Doe #234

      By Eduardo C. Corral
      I only recognized your hair: short,
      neatly combed. Our mother

      would’ve been proud.
                                  In the Sonoran desert
      your body became a slaughter-

      house where faith and want were stunned,
      hung upside down, gutted. We

                                                 were taught

      to bring roses, to aim for the bush. Remember?
      You tried...

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