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September 2021

Cover artist: Jianan Liu/

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

  • Eugenia Leigh
  • Chris Santiago
  • Janelle Tan
  • Saddiq Dzukogi
  • Danni Quintos
Letters spelling POETRY wiggle into a door frame. Inside is a colorful cityscape. The background is bright blue.
From this Issue
    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Tongues

      By Justin Danzy
      Becoming the raspberry stain on the pink of   your cheek,
      a tongue’s soft landing spot. Becoming the empty ritual,
      what can’t be said. Becoming intercession, my language
      becoming yours, the blessing of tongues. Becoming the river
      in the belly, implanted language, dead boy’s song....

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Hibiscus Dream No. 4

      By Ina Cariño
                            little one, find me on the roadside                      crest

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Blue Chore Coat

      By Daye Phillippo
      I have learned to love turning a bar of soap
           and the calendar’s empty pages in my hands,
      soft lather that soothes, feels like ritual, lifts away
           things I don’t need. I have learned to love
      the chickens’ ways, the hesitating way they walk

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