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June 2023

Cover artist: Tré Seals

Hush, listen, this
song has a thousand verses.

Joan Larkin
  • Marwa Helal
  • Sa Whitley
  • Joan Larkin
  • Latif Askia Ba
  • Noah Eli Gordon
From this Issue
    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine What Is the Measure

      By Donika Kelly
      I catalog what I cannot capture:
      the sun, its ragged stumble into rockface,
      the precise elevation of this plateau or the next,
      the sea, of course, against which everything is measured.

      My tools are insufficient, inexact.

      For instance: there is no way to measure
      the peak...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Maroon

      By Kuhu Joshi
      I haven’t been touched
      in months. My mother appears in mirrors.
      Her cheeks full like roses to plant
      my lips against when she wakes. We huddle
      under heavy razais, paisleys to our mouths. Delhi creeps
      in fingers of smog through windows. My father
      likes to leave...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine My First Orgasm at Main Street Baptist Church

      By LaWanda Walters
      It was the little Bible I had on my lap—the New
      Testament. It was “white patent,” like my shoes.
      It might be a clutch purse, I felt,
      and I was being admirably still and quiet

      with my white patent-leather clutch purse,
      pretending I was a...

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