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February 2021

Cover art by Damon Locks; guest edited by Joshua Bennett, Tara Betts, and Sarah Ross

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

  • Christopher Malec
  • Justin Rovillos Monson
  • Sable Elyse Smith
  • Connie Leung
  • V. Ruiz
Poetry February 2021: The Practice of Freedom. Hand-drawn letters spell POETRY in red and blue on a distressed background.
From this Issue
    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine “Fog Count”: Inmates Walk from Chow

      By T.L. Perez
      Fog against the prison fence.

              Crows eating crumbs
                  from the generous.

      The yard’s secure
                  with extra guards.

      Birdsongs interlace
                     their scraggly gaits.

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine A Flower in the Burn Scar

      By Rick Anderson
      I see you peeking timidly
      from between the skeletal bars
      of your bleached, bony fortress,
      vibrant colors a sign of defiance
      in this scorched grayscape.
      I hear your silent exclamation
      of resurgence and rebirth.

      Your seed burrowed deep
      as the buck sheltered you
      from the raging furnace above.
      He must...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Disaster Is in the Eye of the Beholder

      By David A. Pickett
      I used to live in a single­-
      wide, tilted on blocks
      in a dusty trailer park,
      or as the sign said
      to trucks that rumbled by,
      a much more respectable
      Mobile Home Court.

      Thin pressboard panels
      hid a million roachy lives:
      turning on the lights
      sent them fleeing, back
      into the...

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