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December 2017

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

  • Cornelius Eady
  • Valzhyna Mort
  • Ange Mlinko
  • Durs Grünbein
  • John Lee Clark
POETRY Magazine cover of December 2017 issue
From this Issue
    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine ABC for Refugees

      By Monica Sok
      Cherub-bee-dee how does a man
      who doesn’t read English well know that cherub-bee-dum
      those aren’t really words-bee-dee.
      But birds.

      Cherub-bee-dum, he stumbles, reading to me
      by the sliding glass door cherub-bee-dee, through which I watch
      my brother play in the dum-dum-yard.

      Cherub-bee-dee, cherub-bee-dum, like how my father...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine What It Sounds Like

      By Forrest Gander
      As grains sort inside a schist

      An ancient woodland indicator called dark dog’s mercury

      River like liquid shale

      And white-tipped black lizard-turds on the blue wall

      For a loss that every other loss fits inside

      Picking a mole until it bleeds

      As the day heaves forward...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine The Doctrine of Photography

      By Durs Grünbein

      The city where I grew up
      was not a western city,
      nor an eastern city.
      It lay north of Bohemia, south
      of Greenland, below sandstone Switzerland
      in a river valley, green with fields.
      It was the dump in the middle, the rump
      of an exquisite gesture in...

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