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June 2020

Christine Shan Shan Hou

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

  • Rita Dove
  • Cynthia Guardado
  • Karen An-hwei Lee
  • Meg Day
  • Rodney Gomez
From this Issue
    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine On June Blossoming in June

      By Karen An-hwei Lee
      This summer, we drank cardamom iced tea sweetened with agave—
      savoring an idea of sweetness lingering, not as if we actually ate honey
      from the lovely overflow of ?liquid summer heat and soft beeswax
      tongued with a wedge of spanakopita and a platter...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Crisscross

      By Jan Freeman
      Crisscross the lines from mother to daughter
      crisscross the lines raggedy zigzag in wide strokes
      the mother the daughter crisscross their dull thoughts
      crisscross their sharp thoughts ziggity zag the lines
      crisscross their softening lines
      crisscross the brown lines widening above the blue lines
      crisscross the...

    • poem
      By Ashanti Anderson
      This, what God feels like: laughing
      alone in an empty room of tiny doors,
      behind every door a metal box, inside each
      a man’s red heart, lying. I don’t write
      of the cartoonish thing split and jagged
      at its insides. Instead, of how I break
      even...

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