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February 2023

Cover artist: Arif Qazi

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

  • William J. Harris
  • Pascale Petit
  • Tina Cane
  • Deborah Landau
  • George Abraham
cover of poetry with celestial looking pink pegasuses against a black starry background
From this Issue
    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Rain, First Morning

      By Joanna Klink
      Rain falls across the avenues.
      What can I say anymore that might be
      equal to this sound, some hushed
      drumming that stays past the gravelly
      surge of the bus. In the apartment complex
      a songbird strikes a high glass note above those
      rushing to work, uneasy...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Self-Portrait as Masturbator

      By Yuxi Lin
      Come—swim in me, tread
      upon shores of cenotes
      unburied. In the

      water is a sheep
      led by the horns, a hand there,
      white-knuckled, grasping,

      but it’s you blinking
      through her slow lashes. You had
      convinced yourself (or

      were convinced) that Out
      There is where Fear lives, walking
      in a body not


    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine The Almost Love Poem of Eloise and Kofi

      By Brian Gyamfi
      When Eloise tells Kofi she wants a divorce,
      he sits naked on the kitchen floor skinning
      an ox tongue to prepare Eloise’s favorite dish.
      Blood trickles down his fingers onto the floor.
      This is not in my head, in my head the bruised
      organ is...

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