In the Editor’s Note introducing the May 2023 issue of Poetry, Guest Editor Charif Shanahan writes, “In this issue, I have endeavored to include a range of voices, aesthetics, geographies, languages, identities, and subjects. We have poems from first-time contributors and long-time ones; folks with one book and folks with a dozen; and poems from six different countries, in as many languages. The unifying thread—at times subtle, at times demonstrative—is how we shape one another, for better or for worse; how we induce change and growth in those around us, intergenerationally or laterally; and how this influence shapes, or even dictates, the ways in which we live our lives.”
Contributors to this issue include Marie Howe, Robert Wood Lynn, Brian Tierney, Danusha Laméris, Álvaro De Campos, Margaret Jull Costa and Patricio Ferrari, Mona Kareem, Sara Elkamel, Cynthia Cruz, Kathryn Nuernberger, Lucia Cherciu, Rodney Gómez, Kim Hyesoon, Rachel Linn, Diana Marie Delgado, D. Nurkse, Randall Mann, Toi Derricotte, Rodrigo Toscano, Tomaž Šalamun, Brian Henry, and J. Mae Barizo. There is also a folio of work by Assotto Saint introduced by Pamela Sneed.