The American Poetry Review11 min. leídos
Mountain Time
In the air you don’t know who you are or where My own self feels it is in wind being born These are currents a man made one eighth of smokeless fire fears but chooses A path south from Anchorage to a Mountain House Ungovern the northern land to pass
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Two Poems
My oars fail me.My arms fail you.Ocean-lostin all the moonrefuses to light.How many waysmust we loveto surviveeach other? Welcome: Here are the blanks. Fill them in. Here are the guns. And the alphabet. You cry first, then it’s my turn. Fritz Ward’s
The American Poetry Review4 min. leídos
Three Triptychs
Woke to the “meanerror,” of birds squawkinginside the blue-greyblackpolyphonies of whathappens when we losethe terminologyto determine how badthings really are. Wasthere no way to puncturethe agonizing filmthat kept us all corralledhere? I looked thr
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Jacob Saenz Throwing the Crown
Throwing the Crown by Jacob Saenz, winner of the 2018 APR/Honickman First Book Prize, is available in APR’s online store at www.aprweb.org and at other outlets. Throwing the Crown was chosen by guest judge Gregory Pardlo. JACOB SAENZ is a CantoMundo
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A Primer On Listening For Bird Species In Lady Bird Johnsongrove, Ca
It’s a brass class of penny-whistleson branches, the black oystercatcherpicked bark; hole struck in a plastic lidburnt by butane. Melted, stingingmissiles marking territory, terror’sa truck right through the base oftrees. Turn down the sound. Talk st
The American Poetry Review18 min. leídosWorld
Notes From The Wilderness
A conversation with poet Philip Metres about his new collection Shrapnel Maps (Copper Canyon Press, April 2020) that takes a deep dive into the Israel-Palestine predicament, which, as the poet quotes a friend in saying, “is not complicated like a car
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Headphone Masterpieces
When poet/singer Gil Scott-Heron and pianist/arranger Brian Jackson entered DB Sound in Silver Spring, Maryland to record Winter in America in October of 1973, the world outside the studio doors was in turmoil. Despite the fact that the U.S. had sign
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Lest I Forget Thee
Ignoring the still watersand the kingdom of Babylonsome call AmericaI practice my different strokesin the three river systems of Pennsylvaniaand once in a wool bathing suitat the far end of the Steel Piera city block away from the safe sandand my two
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Two Poems
Pre-apocalypse, things take on a certain radiance our eye the dystopian lens lingering on death: a field of corpses, say— then resting on an amber ditch where the assassin’s flicked cigar flares red. And now I’m eating wasps. Did you know that figs a
The American Poetry Review4 min. leídos
Two Poems
Light delimits the darkness as snowgives shape to the silence of winter trees.Above a rooftop, the shadow of illness hoversindistinguishable from the wraithsof common chimney smoke.Strip skin from flesh, flesh from boneto behold the comical, adumbrat
The American Poetry Review7 min. leídosFashion
Refusenik
I was promised a girl held her glossy image, shatterable, ice skating on a Soviet pond. I’d never seen snow but for the cut out paper flakes hung in school hallways. I only knew rain as intermittent confusion. Los Angeles in the ’80s. We set fire to
The American Poetry Review4 min. leídos
Six Sonnets
Goldenrod, I could say, you know, everybody wants somethingfrom me, but, well, everybody wants something and nobody wantsnothing from me, goldenrod, towhead, beast. Goldenrod, you packthe meadows like gold-plated sardines. I have heart palpitationsbu
The American Poetry Review12 min. leídos
How Simultaneous We Are
Books Systems for the Future of Feeling by Kimberly Grey Persea Books, Fall 2020 79 pages, $15.95 Nu sculon herigean. —Caedmon When Kimberly Grey stepped onto the stage of poetry, she didn’t sound like anybody else. When I mentioned this to her, she
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Ouroboros Essay
One person who cannot see you is you. We can get an idea from water or gold, depending on the light. So I know myself by approximation. There is a likeness between the curve of the paradisiacal snake and the parabolic arch of the bridge, but placed o
The American Poetry Review1 min. leídos
Letters To The Editor
APR welcomes comments, criticism, and dialogue in response to work in the magazine. Authors of poems, essays, and other work will be given an opportunity to respond to letters scheduled for publication. Letters should be sent to: Letters to the Edito
The American Poetry Review1 min. leídosPoetry
Taneum Bambrick Vantage
Vantage by Taneum Bambrick, winner of the 2019 APR/Honickman First Book Prize, is available at APR’s website, www.aprweb.org, and at other outlets. Vantage was chosen by guest judge Sharon Olds. TANEUM BAMBRICK is a 2018–2020 Stegner Fellow at Stanfo
The American Poetry Review5 min. leídos
Four Poems
I learned the world through the bottoms of my feet, barein the creeks of summer, stepping on pebbles, the squidgeof moss between my toes. On hot asphalt, the hop and skipover cracks, feet already toughened by bramble, dirt, the pricklyground of pine
The American Poetry Review1 min. leídos
In The Beginning
so little rest. All living things must breathe.Oocyte. Ootid. Ovum.Heifer. Cow. The old milk snakestill shedding her skin to nestthrough cloudy brille in the leaflitter of the melaleuca. The bony oarfish, the shinysea monster washed ashore,her thousa
The American Poetry Review1 min. leídosPoetry
American Poetry Review
Editor Elizabeth Scanlon Business Manager Mike Duffy Editorial Assistant Thalia Geiger General Counsel Dennis J. Brennan, Esq. Contributing Editors Christopher Buckley, Deborah Burnham, George Economou, Jan Freeman, Leonard Gontarek, Everett Hoagland
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Appropriation As Racial Hoax
Dear X: In 2015, The Best American Poetry series anthology included a poem titled “The Bees, The Flowers, Jesus, Ancient Tigers, Poseidon, Adam and Eve.” Perhaps you remember this poem, in particular the fact that it was authored by a White, male poe
The American Poetry Review3 min. leídos
Four Poems
Hooknose, Canada Goose, slit-eyed Toucan.Porch monkey, baboon, trash-talking magpie.I cover my head in adoration, just as you doff your hat.Do not rub my head. Don’t even think about it.I bob as I chant, I pray as I breathe. Does that disgust you?I s
The American Poetry Review4 min. leídos
Two Poems
The sun is a disaster waiting to happen,The gypsy trombone player starts to blareLa Vie en Rose again, and Hello, Dolly.I turn Fairouz up not to have to listen. The gypsy trombone player starts to blare,today, and yesterday, at noon, at seven.I turn
The American Poetry Review13 min. leídos
Constructing Love And Truth
ML Your poems make me fall in love with you. The poet you. That’s because I search my whole life for voices that organically resonate in my bones and spirit and I find one, then I fall in love. These poems in Atomizer make me fall in love in a way th
The American Poetry Review2 min. leídos
Three Poems
You can see here, though the marksare faint, how the river must once have coincidedwith love’s most eastern boundary. But it’s years nowsince the river shifted, as if done with the sameview both over and overand never twice, whichis to say, done at l
The American Poetry Review5 min. leídos
Five Poems
We went to visit our brother.They had a special, blue roomfor the purpose of waiting.A counselor came over andcalled my sweater “too provocative.”Nora started laughingand then I started laughingand then our brother came outand told us about the squir
The American Poetry Review2 min. leídosRegional & Ethnic
Three Poems
I will consider a slice of pizza.For rare among pleasures in Gotham, it is both exquisiteand blessedly cheap.For its warmth is embracing, its smell the quintessence of hope.For it can be found in all boroughs, every few blocks, yetnever two slices th
The American Poetry Review1 min. leídosPoetry
American Poetry Review
Editor Elizabeth Scanlon Business Manager Mike Duffy Editorial Assistant Thalia Geiger General Counsel Dennis J. Brennan, Esq. Contributing Editors Christopher Buckley, Deborah Burnham, George Economou, Jan Freeman, Leonard Gontarek, Everett Hoagland
The American Poetry Review3 min. leídos
Parade (rimbaud #6)
Every morning, without fail, a sparrow perches on the gutter of my mother’s home—my childhood house—and whistles to the reach of the morning sun’s stretch—what she calls miracle, but what now is just routine. Praise be this body that rises, too, in t
The American Poetry Review5 min. leídos
Five Poems
The American linden sways nonplussed by the storm,a bounce here, a shimmy there, just shaking like musicleft over from the night’s end wafting into the avenues before sleep.I remember once walking down Clinton Street, and singingthat line returning,
The American Poetry Review2 min. leídos
Two Poems
Every once in a while, especially at night,in the time it takes to mourn deaths and letters, if I’m dreamingof the theater or the Egyptian exhibit at the MET.If I’m dressed in a sweater. If I’m temptedto kiss the green on the side of the road.Every o
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