Exploring the Edges of Contemporary Poetry

Poetry: Why Do You Answer in Yoruba by Mayowa Oyewale

Mayowa Oyewale seeks out the roots, through language, of connection and disconnection. “Fine forgetfulness,” the poem calls it, the state of a tongue transformed, making room for new words to share its mouth. Why Do You Answer in Yoruba III…

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Poetry: Sundays by Megan Nichols

Some poems wade in with the tide, some pour down your scalp like oil—”Sundays” throws fistfuls of paint, covers you in heated stones. Megan Nichols has made every square inch of language a lever and a weight, a clockwork machine…

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Editors Talk: Angela Flores, Assistant Editor of Poetry Magazine

As a platform for emerging poets, our mission is to provide practical help for serious writers. The community lifts itself up together or not at all. In that light, we’ve been asking some great editors from around the literary community…

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Opportunity Cost

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Shadow Black

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How Often I Have Chosen Love

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