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September 2018

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

  • Franz Wright
  • Donika Kelly
  • Ange Mlinko
  • Aram Saroyan
  • Inger Christensen
POETRY Magazine cover of September 2018 issue
From this Issue
    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine The Playwright’s Daughter

      By Virginia Keane
      I was one year old when my nanny went away
      leaving no memory of a face that watched,
      arms that held, hands that fed and cleaned me,
      left no record of her voice or name. My father
      died, leaving wisps of pipe smoke for...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Heliocentric

      By Keith S. Wilson
      I’m striving to be a better astronaut,
      but consider where I’m coming from,

      the exosphere,
      a desk where the bluest air

      thins to a lip. Impossible
      to know the difference

      from where I sit and space.
      I promise I still dream

      of coming back to you, settling
      on your...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine The Rule

      By Franz Wright

      Father trellis of my voice (or noose) abruptly vanished — 


      I wear this razory fishhook
      of crucifix.

      How it helps me
      keep my head

      down with shame,
      the glory
      and shame

      see this frail weightless chain:

      there is another
      like it.
      my neck feels
      like it’s
      breaking — 

      It hangs right here
      near the heart’s
      hidden room

      where a...

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