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July/August 2021

Cover artist: Jade Pilgrom

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

  • Crystal Simone Smith
  • Hyejung Kook
  • Kwame Opoku-Duku
  • Aileen Cassinetto
  • L. Lamar Wilson
Two pink issues of POETRY featuring a red and purple patchwork quilt design
From this Issue
    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine sonnet for the day of the lord

      By Kwame Opoku-Duku
      you will be in your living room, singing melismas.
      everything you utter is a prayer. your tears
      water the lush earth as an offering to the lord.
      from out of nowhere, a Chevy Caprice pulls up,
      the windows roll down, St. Michael starts blasting.

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Poetry

      By Rob Schlegel
      is pointless, my son says. If you write that down
      I’ll kill you. I fear he fears
      the attention I give it. I used to drive
      till he fell asleep. Ten minutes, then silence

      the river knit with ice. In tonight’s movie
      a boat swerves...

    • poem
      By L. Lamar Wilson
      We don’t die. We fruitful & multiply like
      The Good Master say. Fields of okra, snap peas,
      Collards, cabbage spring out the ground, so many
      Bullets sagging on the vine, you can hear ’em holla
      Pull me. Cut me. Watch me grin. We oblige....

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