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From This Issue June 2022
  • Prose from Poetry Magazine
    By Esther Belin

    I am bubbling with anticipation at the image of you reading through the varied poetic offerings contained in my first issue as guest editor.

  • poem
    By Patricia Jabbeh Wesley

    She searches the ruins like someone

  • poem
    By Chad Bennett

    I wanted to know what the grain in a photograph is, a film photograph,

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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...


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Founded in Chicago by Harriet Monroe in 1912, Poetry is the oldest monthly devoted to verse in the English-speaking world. More History