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March 2021

Guest edited by Margarita Engle, Naomi Shihab Nye, and Jacqueline Woodson; cover art by Colin Laurel

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

  • Kara Jackson
  • Luis Salgado
  • Suma Subramaniam
  • Mariana Llanos
  • Tanaya Winder
The March 2021 cover of POETRY Magazine. The background color is purple and the vertical texts spells POETRY in yellow.
From this Issue
    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Every day as a wide field, every page

      By Naomi Shihab Nye

      Standing outside
      staring at a tree
      gentles our eyes

      We cheer
      to see fireflies
      winking again

      Where have our friends been
      all the long hours?
      Minds stretching

      beyond the field
      their own skies

      Windows   doors
      grow more

      Look through a word
      swing that sentence
      wide open

      Kneeling outside
      to find
      sturdy green

      glistening blossoms
      under the breeze
      that carries us silently



    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine One of Us

      By Joyce Sidman
      “That kid is weird,” says
      the teacher, flipping her shining hair.
      “I don’t know where he’s at.”
      Indeed, he is quiet
      in the way of a giraffe:
      ears tuned to something we can’t hear.
      He turns his sleepy eyes on me—
      chocolate brown
      with long, extraordinary lashes—
      as I...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Mi Casa

      By Luis Daniel Salgado
      When I was a boy
      I was either a child eating bugs
      or a child being eaten by bugs, but
      now that I am older am I a man
      who devours the world or am I a man
      being devoured by the world?

      Someone once told...

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