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June 2019

Najeebah Al-Ghadban

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

  • Javier Zamora
  • Ed Roberson
  • Hanif Abdurraqib
  • Khaty Xiong
  • Brad Trumpfheller
Cover of Poetry Magazine June 2019 Issue.
From this Issue
    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine A brief history of the orchid (兰)

      By K-Ming Chang
      My grandmother was born in a city called [宜兰]

      Despite its name, no orchids grow there

      Five of my six aunts have names ending in [兰]

      My mother’s full name is [little wind]

      Orchid seeds are distributed by land, water & wind

      One of my...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine O Calgary

      By Tom Wayman

      In Calgary
      I saw a man marry money
      Who giveth this money?
      the commissioner asked
      The man said
      Everyone who works for me
      The commissioner asked
      Where are they? I don’t hear them declare it
      The man said That’s not their job
      You do yours

      Do you take this money

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Letter to My Blackout

      By Maria Hummel
      Dear sip, dear shotgun, dear pound:
      beneath the house, the kegs roll in;
      the party flips its switches down.

      When drunk comes, it comes as sound,
      a chord, a liftoff. I ride the rim,
      dear sip, dear shotgun, dear pound.

      He could be anyone, and he...

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