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April 2020

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

  • Joy Ladin
  • Ocean Vuong
  • Tishani Doshi
  • Nelly Sachs
  • Joshua Bennett
From this Issue
    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Famous Poets

      By Michael Hofmann
      Privileged inhabitants of a biotope of vouchers,
      disbursements and residencies; miracles of state support
      and a surprising plethora of who-knew international systems;
      experts at putting the bite on the hand.

      Languishing behind iconic early photographs
      of themselves in camps, at borders, over war zones,
      canvassing the...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine What Carries Us

      By Emily Jungmin Yoon
      First, there was the horse.

      Imagine creatures as majestic,
      standing. All their lives they stand, withholding.

      Imagine being tamed. Learning to be still,
      to be speed. Imagine birds as large

      as horses. We would be flying, grabbing
      a majestic creature by its collar.

      In cylinders of metal,...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Not Even This

      By Ocean Vuong

      I used to be a fag now I’m a checkbox.

      The pen tip jabbed in my back, I feel the mark of progress.

      I will not dance alone in the municipal graveyard at midnight, blasting sad
      songs on my phone, for nothing.

      I promise...

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