The American Poetry Review1 min de lecturePoetry
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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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
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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,
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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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Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize
APR announces the Twelfth Annual Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize for poets under 40 years of age. A prize of $1,000 Publication in APR May 15, 2021 deadline A prize of $1,000 and publication of the winning poem in The American Poetry Review will be awa
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Two Poems
my brother‘s keeper? at best i am biologically my brother’s brother. twenty some years ago i wasborn into a club he was already a member of. we were kid-roommates in a carpeted midwest atticin Ohio winter arrives late October unannounced with bags an
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Somebody Else Sold The World
& before I knew it, the violet skyflagged with the sun’s violentdemands: for magnolias in bloom,for natural light, anyplace withoutlocks or doors. Different kindsof masks for being & breathing.The antagonists with their vanitytans sang the usual jing
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Six Bestiary Poems
The world, is it finite? Pliny the Elderon what he saw and heard, 37 “books” toround that up, early C.E. as heproceeded to be infinite. His Naturalis. His Historia.First bestiary ever in Book 8. Land lifeand sea life and through-the-air and undergrou
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Fur Below
Born in the year of the dog & bittenby one six years later walking home solofrom first grade & turning into an alleywhere a brown mutt mounted a dirty poodleI didn’t take their bodies for orangecones to swerve or turn back fromI paused & watched as t
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Emily Dickinson And The Presence Of Poetry
Because the moment of our reading inflects what we notice, to read Emily Dickinson today is to read her differently than in the past. Not long ago, with global warming in the headlines, I noticed (as if for the first time, though I had seen it before
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Two Poems
Three corpses bound to a tree stump,castrated, one without arms, its head impaledon a branch. A dark impression, richly inked,with a delicate burnishing of figures. Pondering it,I feel like a worm worming. If I want the truth,I must seek it out. The
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The Long War
it’s winter orit’s the last day of winterand they’re calling for a second warit’s winterit’s the second day of the new decadethey’re callingyou have only just acceptedwhat happened to your father’s fatherwho died long before you were bornleft the men
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Four Poems
Sitting in the cafe of a local bookstore, I listen to the coffeecolored woman lull her child to sleep. A soothing tongue passes through the gap in her teeth and I can’t help but wonder if this were the song my ancestress sang to give me breath. Givin
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The Archi-texture Of The City As A Network Of Translation
APZ Books Street Gloss by Brent Armendinger Brooklyn, NY: The Operating System, 2019 Paperback, 126 pages Translation is a practice fraught with unequal power relations, a site where belonging and exclusion are negotiated and legitimized, and one in
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The National Poetry Series
PARTICIPATING PUBLISHERS: BEACON PRESS, ECCO, MILKWEED EDITIONS, PENGUIN BOOKS, UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA PRESS ENTRY PERIOD: January 1, 2021 through March 1, 2021 ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Previously unpublished book-length manuscripts of poetry accompanied b
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Some History Of Field Work
Then November seemed like a whole other gender:the veins of wet leaves splayed upon the bedrock.Skin of the land beneath which you could hear yourown blood rushing boyhood out. Under orders nowto be a man, I lie down on a large nurse tree, a fallenlo
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Five Poems
He kept me through childhood.There was a reasonhe kept me from sin like a biscuitwarming in the oven.It’s okay I tell the rain to keep him a theorybut bring him downonce in a while.It’s okay to be honest or selfishbut find the spot where you sinka li
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LA CAMA TIENE CANDELA, or THE BED IS ON FIRE1
Would you believe me if I told youshe loved me, she loved me evenwith perejil on her breath. She said,I was her garden of Hibiscus,of Bayahibe Roses. She kissedmy forehead. A bell was ringing.A light flickered and in it, our arms:the same deep brown
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Water Believes What We Cannot
I wrote this love letter in the spring, when there was pandemic, which was news, and weather, which was not. Now pandemic has been superseded by police brutality, the American presidential election, and wildfires. The unknowns, the unknowable, accumu
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2020 APR/HONICKMAN First Book Prize
The APR/Honickman First Book Prize is an award of $3,000 and publication of a volume of poetry. Chessy Normile’s Great Exodus, Great Wall, Great Party, with an introduction by Li-Young Lee, was published in September 2020, with distribution by Copper
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Three Poems
1 The doctor makes a curving incision in the left topback of my skull andlifts the cap— “What areaam I here to work on?” But Ijust want to wish his son a Happy Birthday—It had been my aim, the reason I’dwalked right into this Doctor dream—In the morn
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Air Rights
The French Church—never much on looks, red brick leaningin the direction of Romanesque—settled into modest circumstanceshow many decades on West 16th?Nothing divine in the details,veneer peeling from doors nevermeant for here, never open. No light,ev
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Walmart
I got all my jeans from Walmartuntil a girl giggled to her friend,“Does he get all his jeans from Walmart?” Now I import them straight from Japan;spun on vintage Levi looms.The thighs come in a little tightuntil I break them in.Only takes a couple mo
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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
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Engagement, Again
By and large, political poetry—poetry responding to national or global events, poetry of “engagement” or even “witness”—was not the norm in the United States through the 20th century. When it was written and when it was read, critical reception was h
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