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Magazine Stand :: Poetry – May 2023

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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.

Poem :: Rosa Parks by Nikki Giovanni

Rosa Parks
Poetry Magazine

This is for the Pullman Porters who organized when people said
they couldn’t. And carried the Pittsburgh Courier and the Chicago
to the Black Americans in the South so they would
know they were not alone. This is for the Pullman Porters who
helped Thurgood Marshall go south and come back north to fight
the fight that resulted in Brown v. Board of Education because
even though Kansas is west and even though Topeka is the birth-
place of Gwendolyn Brooks, who wrote the powerful “The
Chicago Defender Sends a Man to Little Rock,” it was the
Pullman Porters who whispered to the traveling men both
the Blues Men and the “Race” Men so that they both would
know what was going on. . . [Read the rest at Poetry Magazine.]

Magazine Stand :: Poetry – March 2023

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The March 2023 issue of Poetry features “How It Continues to Astonish: The Poetry of Ann Lauterbach” with an introduction by Richard Deming, as well as works by Kinsale Drake, Nam Le, Dorothea Lasky, Yahya Hassan, Jenny George, Laura Villareal, Jay Deshpande, Ari Wolff, Cathleen Calbert, Rodolfo Avelar, KB Brookins, Yuki Tanaka, and Yahya Hassan translated by Jordan Barger along with notes on the translation. The “Not Too Hard to Master” series of poets writing on forms and sharing a prompt features Terrance Hayes in this second installment.

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Magazine Stand :: Poetry – February 2023

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The February 2023 issue of Poetry includes the special feature I Hope You LIke Being Here With Me: The Works of William J. Harris with an introduction by Howard Rambsy II and a collection of twenty poems by Harris, an interview, and additional commentaries by Lauri Scheyer and Cornelius Eady. The issue also includes new works from over a dozen contemporary poets. Poetry can be read in full online for free or delivered to your doorstep by subscription.

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Magazine Stand :: Poetry Magazine – December 2022

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Poetry Magazine December 2022 includes the special feature “Wholly Seen: The Work of Diana Solís,” which includes Carlos Cumpián’s essay “Encounter Diana Solís,” a portfolio of Chicago poetry community portraits taken by Solís in the 70s-90s, two poems by Solís, and the essay, “Making Light Together” by Robin Reid Drake. Other contributors to the issue’s regular content include Cindy Juyoung Ok, Tacey M. Atsitty, Alan Pelaez Lopez, Peter Mason, Donte Collins, Rebecca Hazelton, Dara Yen Elerath, Dorianne Laux, Marcus Wicker, Diamond Forde, and Charif Shanahan. Poetry Magazine‘s full content can be found on their website along with subscription information for the print copy.

Magazine Stand :: Poetry – November 2022

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The November 2022 of Poetry, the publication of the Poetry Foundation, includes numerous works by Will Alexander in the special feature “Will Alexander: Poet-As-Spectrometer” introduced by Johannes Göransson along with an interview of Alexander by Jenna Peng. Also included in this volume are works by Troy Osaki, C. Dale Young, Austin Araujo, Wingston González, Julian Randall, Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon, Raquel Salas Rivera, Carl Phillips, Gabrielle Bates, Adam Wolfond, Liliana Ponce, Tina Chang, Torrin A. Greathouse, Tariq Luthun, and Taneum Bambrick. All content is free to read online in addition to many other poetry resources for readers, writers, and teachers.

Magazine Stand :: Poetry – October 2022

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As the newly established editor of this long-standing publication, Poetry Magazine, Adrian Matejka welcomes readers with an ethusiastic Editor’s Introduction, expounding on all the ways she had intended to drive the content to “showcase the beautiful confluence of voices in contemporary poetry” and “to offer an idea of what Poetry might look like in the future.” Instead, Matejka admits, she “began this job in a convergence of ignorant and well-meaning ambition,” and she has no reservations in sharing this, as “one of the things you’ll get from me while I’m an editor here is transparency of process and editorial proclivity.” Tempering the ambitions, Matejka assures, “Instead of trying to curate a single issue celebrating the 110th year of Poetry, we are using this historic issue to begin a multi-year, long-form interrogation of the magazine’s complicated archive in hopes of illuminating some of the brilliant poets who weren’t given access in the previous decades. You get to see the beginning of that excavation in this issue as we highlight the gorgeous work of Carolyn Marie Rodgers, author of numerous books, cofounder of Third World Press, long-time Chicago resident, and a vital Black poet whose work never appeared in the pages of Poetry until now.”

Other poets whose works are featured in this issue include Adrian Matejka, Alex Dimitrov, Dāshaun Washington, Martín Espada, Ruth Ellen Kocher, Yusef Komunyakaa, Karyna Mcglynn, Trevor Ketner, Edgar Kunz, Eugene Gloria, Victoria Chang, Myronn Hardy, Winniebell Xinyu Zong, Ladan Osman, and Diane Seuss.

Magazine Stand :: Poetry – September 2022

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One of my absolute favorite monthly publications, Poetry Magazine never ceases to engage me in the thresholds of change in our literary community. The September 2022 issue, with guest editor Esther Berlin, addresses concerns we have all witnessed and/or been part of transforming. “Dear Reader,” opens: “Honor, celebration, and memory come to mind when I think about the idea of monuments. The process of harnessing collective moments into a physical manifestation, something representational of the essence that surges a person’s core—that’s a monument. All the feels—rage, suffering, release, distrust, comfort, melancholy, ambivalence, ache, compassion, mercy, the urgency to remedy—contribute to constituting and dismantling monuments.” And, addressing both the internal workings at the Poetry Foundation, itself in a process of rebuilding, and those in our surrounding communities, Berlin continues, “This special issue brings attention to the idea of monuments in order to map and reframe contrived or mythical systems of power, to extend narratives through repositioning focal points.” And closes, “In my last issue as guest editor, I invite you to celebrate with me poetry as monuments, as unifying offerings, the revising of history of so many existing monuments, erased and rubbed out, and now redrawn. The unsaid no longer ruminating, no longer a hungry ghost, no longer a missed call.”

Contributors to this issue include Martín Tonalmeyotl, Kierstin Bridger, Lucas Jorgensen, Mansi Dahal, Rena Priest, Janelle Tan, Vance Couperus, Henk Rossouw, Crisosto Apache, Keith S. Wilson, Amber McCrary, Kenzie Allen, Lesley Wheeler, Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach, Krystyna Dąbrowska, Serena Rodriguez, Daniela Ema Aguinsky, Spring Ulmer, Joan Naviyuk Kane, Bes Bajraktarević, Tyler Mitchell, Ajibola Tolase, Christopher Shipman, Joan Wickersham, A. Van Jordan, and Walter Ancarrow.

Magazine Stand :: Poetry Magazine – July/August 2022

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The July/August issue of Poetry Magazine is guest-edited by Esther Belin, a Diné (Navajo) multimedia artist and writer, and is dedicated to the topic of  Land Acknowledgments. In the “Dear Reader” introduction, she writes:

“One of the biggest take backs is the re-territorializing of language. In this issue, quite a number of Indigenous writers are expanding poetics, resuscitating tribal languages, refashioning the English language with tribal meter, rhythm, and sound. I hope more than a few readers will understand the significance of this feat. Little more than fifty years ago, many of these writers would have been overlooked, misunderstood, or questioned about the legitimacy of their poetics. This volume acknowledges the history of racism and privilege in how access to publishing has been extended and the selection process of those eventually published. This volume acknowledges that the represented writers merely hint at the momentum of literary sovereignty occurring in Indian country, in addition to Indigenous writers throughout the globe.”

Writers included in this seminal issue are Allison Akootchook Warden, Manny Loley, Beth Piatote, Dean Rader, Abigail Chabitnoy, Valerie Wallace, Elise Paschen, Gabriel Dunsmith, Anthony Cody, Max Early, Franklin K.R. Cline, Michael Thompson, Megha Rao, Jayant Kashyap, Hao Guang Tse, Micaela Merryman, Halee Kirkwood, Ariana Benson, Arthur Sze, Michelle Whitstone, Tina Deschenie, Majda Gama, Ibe Liebenberg, Carol Moldaw, Toni Giselle Stuart, Jake Skeets, Laura Da’, Jay Wieners, Yvonne, Jennifer Militello, Krysten Hill, Jessica Kim, Khải Đơn, Yaccaira Salvatierra, Bai Juyi, Tim Tim Cheng, and Adedayo Agarau. There is also an interview with Arthur Sze. Poetry Magazine and its many wonderful resources are free online.

Magazine Stand :: Poetry Magazine – June 2022

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The June 2022 issue of Poetry Magazine is guest-edited by Esther Belin, who offers a “Dear Reader,” introduction that is as beautiful and compelling to read as any poem she has selected for this month’s collection. Uniquely offering two different writing prompts in her note, she closes by commenting on writing from “a mountain desert region in the American Southwest”: “Once again, reader, I think of you as I write from a hardback chair at my dining table placed near a south-facing window. This window is comforting to me, as is this table and chair. I have labored from this place, I have experienced joy from this place, and now I experience grief from it. The familiarity and safety of this space help me to propel toward the essential and recalibrate my center. That is my offering to you. May you align with a poem (or many) in this volume that propels you back to your center.” Guiding the readers in their alignment with poems in this issue are Esther Belin, Jill Zheng, Ae Hee Lee, Fatemeh Shams, Armen Davoudian, Max Schleicher, Cindy Juyoung Ok, Rajiv Mohabir, Patricia Jabbeh Wesley, Monica Sok, Tarik Dobbs, Sarina Romero, Romeo Oriogun, Madeleine Wattenberg, Qiang Meng, Heather Nagami, Orlando White, Courtney Faye Taylor, Shook, and Chad Bennett, Shelby Handler. All of Poetry Magazine‘s content is free to read online.

Magazine Stand – Poetry May 2022

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The May 2022 issue of Poetry Magazine begins with Guest Editor Srikanth Eddy’s final Editor’s Note, providing context for the theme “Make It Old,” with “old” being a “comparative measure.” The issue features “old” works in contemporary translations, and this is one time where the online version may rival the print publication. The print issue features English-only versions whereas online, readers can view the original text, the translation, and translators’ notes on their poems. Some works include “an avant-garde Brazilian poem from 1912, a Mayan creation myth, fragments of a pre-Socratic cosmology, the first circle of Dante’s Inferno stripped down to couplets, Medieval rune poems excavated after a fire in the harbor district of Bergen, Norway, a Nahuatl drinking song, a late Tang dynasty love letter, Osage talk, what might e the first Japanese tanka about baby diapers, and many more contributions.”

Magazine Stand :: Poetry – April 22

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Available in print and fully online, Poetry, the “oldest monthly devoted to verse in the English-speaking world,” celebrates National Poetry Month with an issue devoted to “exophonic” authors – “those who write in a language not generally regarded as their first or mother tongue” (Wiki). The contributors in this issue include Dunya Mikhail, Ilya Kaminsky, Dong Li, Tsering Wangmo Dhompa, Michael Dumanis, Jila Mossaed, Laura Theis, Mónica De La Torre, Johannes Göransson, Sawako Nakayasu, Ukata Edwardson, Amlanjyoti Goswami, Sarah Ghazal Ali, Jack Jung, Ahmad Almallah, Armen Davoudian, Hiromitsu Koiso, Suphil Lee Park, Marina Dora Martino, Hajar Hussaini, Farid Matuk, Khaty Xiong, Shash Trevett, Ida Börjel, Lehua M. Taitano, Zêdan Xelef, Emi Miyaoka, Javier Zamora, Somto Ihezue, Abdulkareem Abdulkareem, Mayowa Oyewale, Don Mee Choi, Atar Hadari, Öykü Tekten, Sara Abou Rashed, Tino Zhang, Lynn Xu, Jeffrey Angles, Aldo Amparán, Sasha Pimentel, Dani Charles, Valzhyna Mort, and Moriana Delgado.

Magazine Stand :: Poetry – March 2022

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Srikanth Reddy’s Editor’s Note to Poetry Magzine begins by describing a photo included in the March issue, identifying a woman in the image, “Overlooked in her lifetime and ours, Margaret Esse Danner (1915–1984) made an art of looking intently at the world around her. As the first Black woman on Poetry’s editorial staff, she routinely sought out other overlooked writers to publish under the magazine’s ‘Open Door’ policy during her workday at the office.” She boldly states, “This issue of Poetry seeks to address an overlooked poet.” with Reddy’s admission, “I’m not sure how many times I’ve overlooked her.” Read more in the full issue content on the Poetry website.

Poetry – February 2022

Poetry magazine’s February 2022 issue includes new work from Suzi F. Garcia, Muna Abdulahi, Ada Limon, Keith Donnell Jr., Jeremy Michael Clark and more. “Grief in Three Bodies: A Conversation” is Khaty Xiong’s “intimate discussion that formed in the early months of COVID-19 lockdown, when I talked with poets and writers Victoria Chang and Prageeta Sharma about our personal experiences living with profound grief.

Read more about the current issue at the Poetry website.

Poetry – November 2021

The November issue is centered around collaborative poetry and prose with work by Nilufar Karimi & Eliseo Ortiz; Miriam Karraker; Gabrielle Bates & Jennifer S. Cheng; She Who Has No Master(s); Jan Dennis Destajo & Kabel Mishka Ligot; Kim Seong Eun & Cindy Juyoung Ok; Traci Morris, Harryette Mullen, Jo Stewart, & Yolanda Wisher; Kimberly Blaeser, Molly McGlennen, & Margaret Noodin; Cindy Juyoung Ok on the collaborative process; and Noam Dorr & Cori A. Winrock. See what else you can find in this issue at the Poetry website.

Poetry – July August 2021

In this issue of Poetry, enjoy poetry by L. Lamar Wilson, Aliyah Cotton, Joann Balingit, Debora Kuan, Kimberly Casey, Jacqueline Allen Trimble, Pablo Otavalo, Elizabeth Bradfield, Nabila Lovelace, Hyejung Kook, Kwoya Fagin Maples, Crystal Simone Smith, Laura Secord, Jason Méndez, Charlotte Pence, Janice Lobo Sapigao, Alina Stefanescu, Beth Ann Fennelly, Josh Alex Baker, Sofia M. Starnes, Voice Porter, and more.

Poetry – June 2021

The June 2021 issue of Poetry is out. In this issue, we are brought back to the body. Poetry by Lauren Whitehead, Felicia Zamora, Xaire, Cathy Linh Che, Lindsay Stuart Hill, Darius V. Daughtry, Christa Romanosky, Annik Adey-Babinski, Susan Browne, Sandra Gustin, Michaella Batten, Julia Edwards, Austin Rodenbiker, Tina Mozelle Braziel, Nyah Hardmon, Amorette “Epiphany” Lormil, Nicole Cooley, Ray McManus, and Marlanda Dekine-Sapient Soul. Nonfiction by Laura Kolbe.

Poetry – March 2021

Contributors to the March 2021 issue of Poetry include Jacqueline Woodson, Luis Daniel Salgado, Cornelius Eady, Marilyn Nelson, Mariana Llanos, Nour Al Ghraowi, Mosab Abu Toha, Nikki Grimes, Renée Watson, Michael Simms, Margarita Engle, Linda Sue Park, Elizabeth Acevedo, Kimberly Blaeser, Chen Chen, Pat Mora, Kim Stafford, Ari Tison, and Heid E. Erdrich.

Poetry – December 2020

This issue of Poetry features poetry by Jane Wong, Noor Hindi, Pippa Little, Marcus Wicker, Talvikki Ansel, Darius Simpson, Lance Larsen, Maggie Millner, William Fuller, Alec Finlay, Jon Davis, Jordan Keller-Martinez, Ashley M. Jones, Anna Leahy, Jayy Dodd, A.D. Lauren-Abunassar, Austin Smith, Brayan Salinas, John Lennox, Kemi Alabi, Isabella Borgeson, Philip Gross, Ange Mlinko, Cyrée Jarelle Johnson, Imani Cezanne, Leila Chatti, Luther Hughes, and T.J. Clark.

A Speaker to Root For

Magazine Review by Katy Haas

During the first few months of the pandemic, I couldn’t read anything. My attention span was gone and anything I did manage to read left my mind immediately. But that ended when I sat in the park and read Dorothy Chan’s Revenge of the Asian Woman (Diode Editions, 2019) from cover to cover. My locked-away ability to read had found its key. Already a fan of Chan’s work, this just helped solidify my love for her poetry even more, and I’m always more than happy to check out any of her newly published poems. The October 2020 issue of Poetry gives the gift of her poem, “Ode to Chinese Superstitions, Haircuts, and Being a Girl.”

The poem flows in a rush, like a held breath finally exhaled. Chan begins with the Chinese superstition “it’s bad luck / to get a haircut when I’m sick” and leads into the role the speaker fulfills as a daughter, as a girl, as someone who “always bring[s] / the party, cause[s] the trouble . . . .” While there are specifics tied to her own self, culture, and family—her brother’s fate, her mother’s thoughts on her future, her father’s opinion on how “good Chinese girls” wear their hair—Chan leaves the reader plenty of room to relate to her words. If we don’t feel like her, we can still root for her and her “short skirt,” her “forehead forever exposed.”

Poetry – October 2020

The October 2020 issue of Poetry is out. Work by Maya C. Popa, Ed Roberson, Dorothy Chan, Arvind Krishna Mehrotra, Chester Wilson III, Oli Rodriguez, Tianru Wang, Nathan Sppon, heidi andrea restrepo Rhodes, Cathy Song, Orlando Ricardo Menes, Martin Dyar, Ingrid Wendt, John Lee Clark, Jennifer Jean, Adrienne Su, Tom Pickard, Katie Hartsock, and more.

Poetry – May 2020

In the May 2020 issue of Poetry, find work by A.E. Stallings, Perry Janes, Raymond Antrobus, Mary Ruefle, D. M. Spratley, Desirée Alvarez, Kelle Groom, Kayleb Rae Candrilli, Safia Elhillo, Janice N. Harrington, Zakia El-Marmouke, Eileen Myles, Lupe Mendez, TC Tolbert, Karen Skofield, Daniel Poppick, Jennifer Barber, Inua Ellams, Stuart Barnes, Travis Nichols & Jason Novak, Kyle Carrero Lopez, Ricki Cummings, Dean Browne, Jennifer L. Knox, Jayme Ringleb, Gerard Malanga, Helen Mort, and Srikanth Reddy. Plus, Vidyan Ravinthrian in the Comment section.

Poetry – April 2020

Poetry Magazine - April 2020

The latest issue of Poetry features work by Michael Hofmann, Martha Sprackland, Harmony Holiday, Pascale Petit, Jeannine Hall Gailey, Gertrude Stein & Bianca Stone, Tishani Doshi, Madeline Gins, Joy Ladin, Emily Jungmin Yoon,Sumita Chakraborty, Katie Pyontek, Sun Yung Shin, Torrin A. Greathouse, Sally Wen Mao, Lucy Ives, Shane Neilson, Nelly Sachs, Ocean Vuong, and more. Plus, an essay by Joy Ladin.

Poetry Offers April 2020 Issue Free During NaPoMo

Poetry Magazine - April 2020April is here, ringing in National Poetry Month. To celebrate the occasion, Poetry Magazine is currently offering a free download of the April 2020.

You can find the free issue in the Poetry Magazine App, available through the Apple App Store, Google Play, and Amazon.

Poets in this issue include Ocean Vuong, Emily Jungmin Yoon, Jeannine Hall Gailey, Gertrude Stein and Bianca Stone, Michael Hoffman, and plenty more. Go snag your free copy and spend the month celebrating the poems and poets you love.