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December 2015

David M. Cook, "All the Small Things," 2013

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

  • Sheryl Luna
  • Atsuro Riley
  • Donald Revell
  • Joanne Diaz
  • Jaap Blonk
Cover for Poetry Magazine, Dec 2015
From this Issue
    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine The Thief

      By Sheryl Luna
      I am not saying “mark my words,”
      as the thief says early each winter.
      He leaves nothing of value. He too wants.
      A brute with language, he has a fondness
      for preaching. I am bathed to luster.
      Memories move musically through my bones.
      He sings above,...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Moth

      By Atsuro Riley

      I been ‘Candy’ since I came here young.

      My born name keeps but I don’t say.

      To her who my mama was I was
      pure millstone, cumbrance.   Child ain’t but a towsack full of bane.

      Well I lit out right quick.

      Hitched, and so forth.   Legged...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Pericles

      By Donald Revell
      What are my friends? Mouths, not eyes for
      Bitterest underflesh of the farewell.
      I was a man and suffered like a girl.
      I spoke underneath to where the lights are

      Pretty, pretty, pretty whence they came to tell
      One God gets another. My friends are

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