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June 2017

Slang, "Through the Words of Miss Brooks," 2017

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

  • Patricia Smith
  • Jacqueline Jones LaMon
  • Randall Horton
  • CM Burroughs
  • Mahogany L. Browne
Sketch of Gwendolyn Brooks, cover of Poetry Magazine
From this Issue
    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine A Street in Lawndale

      By Patricia Smith
      i. the old marrieds

      But why the moon rose so cruelly, neither of them would say.
      Though a listless jazz buzzed obediently beneath their day,
      and he had seen the hand-in-hands dotting the dim streets.
      And she had heard the morning skillet scorch its...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Socratic

      By Jacqueline Jones LaMon
      The students know the agenda. When I step
      inside our classroom, the PowerPoint is loaded,
      the student presenting her report stands poised

      to begin. And so she does. This day is her
      second try, the first a wash due to our failed
      technology. I ask,...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Chicago: A Historical & Literary Review

      By Randall Horton

              chicago: city of ice-cold wind — elbow city of the rectangular block, where bigger thomas choked mary dalton in a drunken stupor on cottage grove, that great avenue divider between the haves & have-nots, where my uncle sydney...

From the Editors of Poetry

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From “Matter in the margins: Gwendolyn Brooks at 100”