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From This Issue November 2023
  • poem
    By Jake Skeets

    the sun fails to make sense anymore an insect buzzes in overgrown red brome butterfly whistle spark of beetle or wire rush

  • poem
    By Suji Kwock Kim

    fists clenched so tightly the knuckles paled to stone— then calmed myself to keep my brother and sister calm. Who would protect them if I said something back?

  • poem
    By Jarrett Moseley

    What if telling a story was an exercise in forgiveness? A boy slips a rotting peach into his pocket and looks off the edge of a cliff. Here in the airport, waiting

it is this history
I care about

the one we make together

— June Jordan

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From the Poetry Magazine Archive

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine For My Forty-Eighth Winter

      By Buddhadeva Bose
      Draw the window curtains, there’s nothing to see outside.
      Mere seducers all––those grasses, shimmering skies.
      Remove the dolls and goldfish, clear the room of flowers,
      and put your trust in the monotonous void.

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Nocturne

      By Louise Glück
      Mother died last night,
      Mother who never dies.

      Winter was in the air,
      many months away
      but in the air nevertheless.

      It was the tenth of May.
      Hyacinth and apple blossom
      bloomed in the back garden.

      We could hear
      Maria singing songs from Czechoslovakia —

      How alone I am 
      songs of that...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Good Morning Blues

      By Calvin Forbes
      I am fancied by your leech who owns
      My rooms; with a hit like mine center
      Hasn’t a chance. Who stole my blues
      Did I give them away? I work softly,

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Founded in Chicago by Harriet Monroe in 1912, Poetry is the oldest monthly devoted to verse in the English-speaking world. More History