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    • Poem of the Day
      By St. John of the Cross

      In a dark night,
      With anxious love inflamed,
      O, happy lot!
      Forth unobserved I went,
      My house being now at rest.


      In darkness and in safety,
      By the secret ladder, disguised,
      O, happy lot!
      In darkness and concealment,
      My house being now at rest.


      In that happy night,
      In secret, seen...

    • Audio
      From Audio Poem of the Day June 2022

      By Peter Pereira

    • poem
      By Harriet Beecher Stowe
      Think not, when the wailing winds of autumn
      Drive the shivering leaflets from the tree,—
      Think not all is over: spring returneth,
      Buds and leaves and blossoms thou shalt see.

      Think not, when the earth lies cold and sealed,
      And the weary birds above her...

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  • collection
    By The Editors

    Poems to make you one with the sun.

  • collection
    By The Editors & Robert Eric Shoemaker

    A collection of poems and essays by LGBTQ+ poets on topics and themes of identity, gender, and sexuality.

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Schools and Movements

From the Poetry Magazine Archive

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine june 8, the smiley barista remembers my name

      By Wo Chan
      Beauty on earth so blue, even the cheese flowers
      a culture with no democracy...    Yesterday (for example),
      I ate the same sandwich I eat every week: eggplant
      roasted in red pepper aioli, a focaccia jammed full
      by arugula, capers sweaty in browned butter....

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine The Month of June: 13 1/2

      By Sharon Olds
      As our daughter approaches graduation and   
      puberty at the same time, at her
      own, calm, deliberate, serious rate,
      she begins to kick up her heels, jazz out her   
      hands, thrust out her hipbones, chant
      I’m great! I’m great! She feels 8th grade coming   
      open around her,...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Marriage

      By Baku Yamanoguchi
      Whenever poetry saw me
      It cried out, “Marriage, marriage.”
      Thinking back, I see that I was
      Most eager to marry.
      In other words,
      There are various states in this world:
      The state of getting soaked in the rain,
      The state of being blown by the wind...