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May 2020

Max Phillips

The oldest monthly devoted to verse in the English-speaking world.

  • Safia Elhillo
  • TC Tolbert
  • Mary Ruefle
  • Inua Ellams
  • Srikanth Reddy
From this Issue
    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Daedal

      By A.E. Stallings
      To build a labyrinth it takes
      A twisted mind, a puzzled art,
      A fractal branching of mistakes.

      Drag out the shovels and the rakes,
      The spirit level, sacred chart.
      To build a labyrinth it takes

      Shadows, stones, a way that snakes
      And ladders to its shaky start;

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine The Acceptance

      By Raymond Antrobus
      Dad’s house stands again, four years
      after being demolished. I walk in.
      He lies in bed, licks his rolling paper,
      and when I ask Where have you been?
      We buried you, he says I know,

      I know. I lean into his smoke, tell him
      I went...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine No Thanks

      By Perry Janes
      ? ? ? ? ? ? every day the world is making its meager
      mea culpas for Easter peeps arranged on dollar store plates
      ? ? ? ? ? ? at dinner parties invisible fences the dogs run past
      for bleach-stained laundry fresh...

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