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October 2017

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

  • Jorie Graham
  • Harmony Holiday
  • Carl Phillips
  • Karen An-hwei Lee
  • Dean Young
POETRY Magazine cover of October 2017 issue
From this Issue
    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine As a child

      By Vidyan Ravinthiran
      because my voice was not the right voice
      and could not be understood I stood
      before the mirror — a murky glassen word
      this mouth can’t shape right to this day — and was made
      to watch my teeth and lips being imprecise.
      So this is why I come...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine The Stork

      By Hannah Lowe
      The stork arrived alone one day,
      beak sharpened like a bayonet.
      All the love you’ve had turned bad! he sang,
      eyes boring through the dingy nets.
      He hopped onto the patio.
      Good lord! Is this a rented flat?

                      Behind the...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Prayer of Radiolucence

      By Karen An-hwei Lee
      After I turned forty, I received my first 42 millirem dose of X-rays.
      I heated the machine with my uncupped body, tabled my rib cage
      to cool shoulders dear as a beloved relative who could no longer see
      due to intraocular weather in...

From the Editors of Poetry
    • Prose from Poetry Magazine

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Sugarplums

      By Gregory Maguire

      A novel take on epigraphs.

    • Discussion Guide

      Four poems in the October 2017 issue of Poetry

    • Audio
      From The Poetry Magazine Podcast October 2017

      The editors talk with Margo Price about songwriting, Bob Dylan, and poetry. Her essay, “Learning to Fly,” appears in the October 2017 issue of Poetry.

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