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May 2012

Marian Bantjes

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

  • Devin Johnston
  • Spencer Reece
  • Adam Vines
  • Rae Armantrout
  • Alice Fulton
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From this Issue
    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine New Song

      By Devin Johnston
      As sweetness flows through these new days,
      the woods leaf out, and songbirds phrase
      in neumes of roosted melody
      incipits to a new song.
      Then love should find lubricity
      and quicken, having slept so long.

      The bloodroot blossoms, well and good,
      but I receive no word that...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine The Prodigal Son

      By Spencer Reece
      In Miami, this May afternoon, I look up,
      the sky hot, so hot, always, and heating up hotter —
      how long I have loved this scene.
      The clouds are white optimistic churches;
      I cannot number them.
      Herons, pelicans, and gulls glide like dreams

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine River Politics

      By Adam Vines
      I spit my smack,

      Jim slugs his Jack,

      Rob stews his lack,

      Carey prepares his rack,

      herons hunker on blowdowns,

      deer wait on high moon for their rounds,

      and the campfire

      might as well be an empire

      we all

      watch dissolve

      (in the slough, a carp roll, a...

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