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October 2016

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

  • Cynthia Zarin
  • Carolyn Forché
  • Jessica Greenbaum
  • Thomas Lux
  • Kaveh Akbar
From this Issue
    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Sunday

      By Cynthia Zarin
      i early morning

      The rain, gray god with its huge hands
      has shredded the roses, and clapping,
      kept us up all night, the bridge washed out,
      the troll waiting to gobble a goat.
      How long has he been there, wet and cold,
      impatient, starving, his coat
      rent...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine The Boatman

      By Carolyn Forché
      We were thirty-one souls all, he said, on the gray-sick of sea
      in a cold rubber boat, rising and falling in our filth.
      By morning this didn’t matter, no land was in sight,
      all were soaked to the bone, living and dead.
      We could...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Days I Delighted in Everything

      By Jessica Greenbaum
      I was listening to a book on tape while driving
      and when the author said, “Those days I delighted in everything,”
      I pulled over and found a pencil and a parking ticket stub
      because surely there was a passage of life where I...

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