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February 2019

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

  • Traci Brimhall
  • Monica Youn
  • Pascale Petit
  • Cortney Lamar Charleston
  • Beth Bachmann
Poetry Magazine February 2019 issue cover
From this Issue
    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Resistance

      By Traci Brimhall
      I must be the heavy globe
      of hydrangea, always bowing
      by summer’s end. Must be salt,
      like sadness at a burning city,
      an ethical disobedience. I must be
      a violet thorn of fire. These days
      I don’t taste good, but I must
      be singing and boneless, a...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine When I Die

      By Donald Revell
      A scherzo of thumbnail butterflies, white ones,
      Covers the hillside. God is more
      Adorable than music. Nevertheless,
      On a given morning, as the wind drops,
      Music pries Heaven apart from itself,
      Like flowers beneath the wings unfolded on them.

      Every breeze is self-registering.
      This morning, I walked...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Beachcomber

      By Stanley Moss
      I know something about godforsaken places.
      Walking on the beach alone, far from the Dead Sea,
      I thought I saw a horseshoe crab crawling slowly—
      it was a Gideon Society, black Bible cover.
      Another time, washed up on a Montauk dune,
      I found a Chianti...

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