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October 2021

Cover artist: Jianan Liu/

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

  • Anni Liu
  • Destiny O. Birdsong
  • Kitchen McKeown
  • Maya Salameh
  • Carlina Duan
Zebras gallop alongside striped letters spelling POETRY. The background is reddish orange.
From this Issue
    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Outbreaks

      By Kitchen McKeown
      i search for god but the sun is a penny.
      looper moths form halos beneath the streetlamps.
      summer’s ghostly curtains. check the weather.
      haze. i search for god but the moon is gone.
      i search for comfort, and the eels come.
      they cross my meadow...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Haruspex

      By Teresa Pham-Carsillo
      I crouch on grass with wet denim knees,
      smoke in my eyes and a cat-scratched throat,
      hands cupping the air around a fallen form:

                brown and speckled white
                girl bird with entrails as tangled...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine A Tendency toward Violence

      By Destiny O. Birdsong
      Glue the slivers of your great-grandfather’s skull
      back together with spit. You might have to hold it

      in place until it sets, but first, pick the brain
      matter blowback from his wife’s nightdress,

      and poke it back through the holes. You once told
      her you’d...

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