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April 2016

D.W. Fair, "Self-Portrait," 2015

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

  • Sarah Browning
  • Ocean Vuong
  • Dawn Martin
  • Jennifer Bartlett
  • Jan Beatty
POETRY Magazine cover for April 2016 issue
From this Issue
    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Toy Boat

      By Ocean Vuong
      yellow plastic
      black sea

      eye-shaped shard
      on a darkened map

      no shores now
      to arrive — or
      no wind but
      this waiting which
      moves you

      as if  the seconds
      could be entered
      & never left

      toy boat — oarless
      each wave
      a green lamp

      toy boat
      toy leaf  dropped
      from a toy tree

      as if the sp-
      thinning above you
      are not
      already pierced
      by their...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Our Wandering

      By Dawn Lundy Martin

      If they would only just beat or shoot me, but they wanted soul substance, to harbor that like that, so I could never move from this place. So they reach crackled hands inside and hold it open for raking ...    


    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine From “The Hindrances of a Householder”

      By Jennifer Bartlett
      Jennifer had a tendency to stop in
      the street and listen to the neighbors’

      problems. She was consoling to them.
      Jennifer would look for people in trouble

      and offer help, even though
      her body was relatively weak, and

      she could not carry groceries
      for the old people,...

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