My favorite poems from each issue along with the first runner up. Plus, my favorite line or lines from each issue.
Rae Armantrout : Just Saying
David Harsent : Moppet
Thomas Lynch : He Posits Certain Mysteries
Alicia Ostriker : Song
Paul Hoover : The Watchman of Ephraim
Kabir (tr. by A.K. Mehrotra) : Brother, I’ve seen some
Atsuro Riley : Sunder
Averill Curdy : Ovid in America
Malachi Black : from Quarantine
Sophia Cabot Black : The One Turn That Makes the New World
Edith Sodergran (tr. by Brooklyn Copeland) : The Portrait
Labid (tr. by Ange Mlinko) : Lament
David St. John : In the High Country
David Ferry : The Crippled Girl, The Rose
Reginald Dwayne Betts : “For you: anthophilous, lover of flowers”
Mary Ruefle : Shalimar
D. A. Powell : Boonies
Rae Armantrout : Spent
Olivia Clare : Enoch’s Blocks
John Rybicki : If
Dan Beachy-Quick : In a Station of the Metro
Dick Allen : With Drizzled Warm Butter, Intensely Rendered
So do not strike me, Heart.
I am, too, tinder.
-Jill Alexander Essbaum
I know what you mean said the tulip
When bones and flesh have finished their business together
No midnight is so private as the sea’s
Ceaseless blue lightning, this
love passing through me
three years spun a novel
-Hsia Yu (tr. by Karen An-hwei Lee)
on the scales of the ocean
the child’s head outweighs the sun.
To love the children, so full of neurons and consciousness. What a joy to clean up and put a shine on their mess.
the moon’s neck wobbled on the Charles
a man is a sum
off what women he knows
Giddy with sacrament and the impure
gluttony of blood and air and skin