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February 2013

Aimée van Drimmelen, “Don’t Give Up, Don’t Give In,” 2012

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

  • Joshua Mehigan
  • Ricardo Pau-Llosa
  • Lisa Spaar
  • Sara Peters
  • Dan Beachy-Quick
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From this Issue
    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine The Orange Bottle

      By Joshua Mehigan
      The clear orange bottle was empty. 
      It had been empty a day.
      It suddenly seemed so costly
      and uncalled for anyway.
      Two years had passed. They had passed
      more or less the way years should.
      Maybe he’d changed. Or maybe
      the doctors had misunderstood.
      It was...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Monstrance Man

      By Ricardo Pau-Llosa
      As a boy he had trouble speaking,
      past three before a real word preened
      from his lips. And for the longest time,
      malaprops haunted him. His older sister
      did what she could to train the bitten seal
      of   his brain to twirl the red ball...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Temple You

      By Lisa Russ Spaar
      What is mysterious about loss,
      flush of arm pulled from a wilted sleeve,

      summer’s urine-tang in autumn leaves?
      Let   John Keats light another fag.

      Or Brontë refuse the doctor
      on her black sateen settee.

      For whatever part of   you
      may be taken away, you said,


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Joan Mitchell: At Home in Poetry
Letters to the Editor