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January 2021

Cover artist: Dani Choi

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

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  • Emily Spencer
  • Raymond Luczak
  • Seungja Choi
  • Willie Kinard III
  • Aram Saroyan
Poetry January 2021. Red, yellow and purple stairstep forms spell POETRY on a green background.
From this Issue
    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine A Tangle of Gorgons

      By Willie Lee Kinard III
      The lesbians that lived in the apartment to the left
      of my grandmother’s were always described in whispers.

              Caught in her teeth, her jokes: a pile of serpents
              thrown at her neighbors for stealing her...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Occasion

      By Tyler Mills
      Gatsby is not drinking a gin rickey.
      Dracula not puncturing a vein.
      Jack the Ripper does not knife a teenage girl
      deep into her abdomen and then snake her intestines
      through the town square. The birds remain in the pines.
      Hunter S. Thompson isn’t dropping...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Dog Autumn

      By Seungja Choi
      Dog autumn attacks.
      Syphilis autumn.
      And death visits
      one of twilight’s paralyzed legs.

      Everything dries out
      and all roads’ boundaries blur.
      The old singer’s voice
      droops on the recording.

      “Hi Jugsun—no? This isn’t Jugsun? Jugsun.”
      In midair, the telephone line
      loses the receiver, and once-departed lovers
      never return, not even in...

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