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October 2015

Clay Hickson, "Shattered Cherries," 2013

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

  • Matthew Sweeney
  • Guillaume Apollinaire
  • Eleanor Hooker
  • Franz Wright
  • Rae Armantrout
Cover for Poetry Magazine, October 2015
From this Issue
    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Five Yellow Roses

      By Matthew Sweeney
      What stopped her bawling was the doorbell
      ringing, and a man standing there with five
      yellow roses, bulked up with green fronds
      and tied in a dinky knot with olive twine.

      There was no card to say who the flowers
      came from. The man’s uniform...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine The Seasons

      By Guillaume Apollinaire
      It was a blessèd time we were at the beach
      Go out early in the morning no shoes no hats no ties
      And quick as a toad’s tongue can reach
      Love wounded the hearts of the mad and the wise

      Did you know Guy...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Nailing Wings to the Dead

      By Eleanor Hooker
      Since we nail
      wings to the dead,
      she calls ravens
      from the sky
      to inspect our work. “For flight,”
      they say, “first remove their boots.”

      She leans in,
      inspects a fresh hex
      behind my eyes,
      takes my feet
      and lays them on the fire,
      to burn it out, roots first.


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