Poems and Essays:

“I’ll Settle for a Moment of Glory”: Lesbian-Feminist Poetry in Washington

“Not for Him the Fiery Lake of the False Prophet” by Martín Espada

“What was it like?”

“You have a beautiful voice”: snippets of a laureateship

$80,000, The Panic Room: Louisa Schnaithmann

😶, 💩, 😞: Ravi Shankar

…And Time Said to Me: Nadine Ltaif, translated by Christine Tipper

1/6/21 early impressions: David G. Lott


26 | Sandy Hook*

5AM Blues

8Rock Collective

be loving ourselves/be sisters: Lucille Clifton Reminds Us that We are American Poetry

By Broad Potomac’s Shore: Great Poems from the Early Days of Our Nation’s Capital, Edited by Kim Roberts (University of Virginia Press, 2020)

A Black Girl Sings: Gwendolyn Bennett in the Harlem Renaissance

A Blizzard Blues

A Brother, A Neighbor, A Washingtonian: Gil Scott-Heron

A complete and perfect silence; Stick to intention; We are not separate: Peter Grandbois

A Hindu Prayer

A Hip-Hop Sonnet

A Jewish Cemetery in Büdingen, Germany

A NON-FICTION POEM: Jaime Manrique

A Present

A Small Tribute to Philip Levine

A Splendid Wake Issue

A Sterling of a Man

A Tree; Green Hat; What the Dog Says, Goes: Yu Xinqiao, translated by Anne Henochowicz

A Villanelle after Trump: Kimiko Hahn

A Writing Assignment from Rita Dove

A-Z of Foreign Anguish; Freedom Song with Ginsberg, Dylan, Marley; Prayer: Zilka Joseph

Abandoning Your Car in a Snowstorm: Rosslyn, Virginia

Adulthood; Seeding; The Crying of Page: Henry Crawford

Affinity with Orwell

After I Xeroxed the Sky

After Memo Writing

After the Election, Oakland Burns Down; Reading a Carl Phillips Poem Days after the 2020 Election from an Unread 2002 Issue of the Indiana Review, I Fall in Love, All Over, Again; Rock, Scissors, Paper, the Anniversary Edition, 11 September 2020; Why Law and Order Will Never Be Cancelled: Sandra Yannone

After the Mammogram

Against the Wall

Ahmos Zu-Bolton’s Poetry of Invention

Alain Ginsberg Portfolio

Alchemy; House: Grace Cavalieri


alors (then), tu demandes (you ask), Christine Guinard, translated by Indran Amirthanayagam

Amaterasu, the Sun Goddess’s Complaint; Hopper’s Summer: Luis Francia

Amerindios, Pedro Granados: reviewed by Elizabeth Brunazzi

Ammi, A Prayer: Adeeba Shahid Talukder

Amulet; What I Dwell On; Uninvited Guests; Teeth; What We Shall Become; Dybbuk; There for the Grace; War Doesn’t Want; Far-flung: Barbara Goldberg

An Accounting

An Area of Possible Encounter: William Stafford in Washington, DC

An Interview with James A. Emanuel

An Old Man Listening to a Young Man Listening to Whitman

Andrea Carter Brown: Tenth Anniversary Issue

Anna Nicole’s Dream

Annie Finch Portfolio

Anniversary Elegy; Landscape in December; Rebuttal: Maurya Simon

Annual Report

Annus Mirabilis: Kirk Greenway

Ante Sandy

Antigone in Haiti: Sarah Thilykou

ARGUMENT, DOLE V. ARCO – 921 F.2d 484 (3d Cir. 1990)

Arrivals: Dominique Hecq

As Powerful as a Gun

At the Emlekpont Remembrance Museum

At the One Step

At the Trolley Museum

At Watergate



Back Nine Back Story; Boom-Boom In The Uber Room; Unfunded Phrenology Mandates; Rates of Exchange; Dirt Devils: Marc Nasdor

Back to the Woods

Baltimore Sun

Barbara Goldberg Translates Moshe Dor

Because I Could Mumble Some Words

Beginning of the Shifts; Another Morning the Heat Has Us; Corvid Teachings: Chad Norman

Betty’s Book

Between the Lines, In Their Skin, As Someone Once Said, Gazing at the Sun, Theater, Luis Miguel Nava, translated by Alexis Levitin and Ricardo Vasconcelos

Bharata; Kashmir Sequence; Nightcap: Amit Majmudar

Big Bang

Billy Collins Interview

billy eckstine comes to washington, d.c.


Black Hawk Waltz

Black Schist

Blue Coronet, Grey Area, Eighteen, Il passagio della morte (Passage of Death): Dawad Philip

blues poem


Boneyarn, David Mills: reviewed by Jonathan Harrington


Brag: Karl Carter

Brian Gilmore on “May Miller, The Silence”

Brian Gilmore: Tenth Anniversary


Burgi Zenhaeusern Translates Egla Morales Blouin


Butterfly; Rain, Star & Moon; Rainbow: Mari Kashiwagi, translated by Takako Lento

Cabinet of curiosities; Far Planet: Marc Vincenz

Cacayo Ballesteros

Careless Love

Cargo Hold of Stars: Coolitude, Khal Torabully, translated by Nancy Naomi Carlson, reviewed by Luther Jett

Carnival Mask, Pablo Escobar’s Hippos: Andre Bagoo

Case Statement

Cauchemar des feuilles (The Leaves’ Nightmare);Arbre mort( Dead Tree); Règne des cendres (Reign of Ashes); Prologue (Prologue): Denizé Lauture, translated by Keith Cohen

Cecelia Was Born in Chicago And This Imprinted on Her Life


Charles Wright Interview

Chopin in Exile; Playing Brahms’ Intermezzo in A Major: Carol Jennings

Christina Daub Translates Blanca Wiethüchter

Christmas Day in Washington

Chronicling Our Splintered Age: Patricia Spears Jones; Reviewed by Luther Jett

Citizen’s Arrest; Pine Hollow Convict; Fertility Doctor: Margo Taft Stever

Claim Our Chaos

Climber (Enredadera): Pedro Granados, translated by Leslie Bary

coffee with a married woman

Come Si Dice Sponge:Jim Petterson

Coming Home To A Mangrove Forest, Diana Woodcock


Corona Contemplations: Beth Wolfe

Corps Lumière / Body Light: Siham Bouhlal, selections translated by Lulu Norman

Cotton Farm Blues

Cratchit’s Christmas

Crooked Time; Meme; Lucky e Zorba: Antje Stehn



Dan Vera on Sterling A. Brown

Dan Vera: Tenth Anniversary Issue

Danielle Badra Portfolio

Danielle Evennou Portfolio

Danuta E. Kosk-Kosicka Translates Lidia Kosk

David Keplinger Translates Jan Wagner

DC Poetry Anthologies

DC Slam History

Dear Eastern: Don Berger

Deborah Sobeloff Translates Egla Morales Blouin

Decoration Day Poem

Deep in These Woods

Deferment; Count: Luther Jett

Del buen sentido (Of Good Sense), Poema dos (Poem 2), Las muertas de Juárez (The Dead Women of Juarez): Carlos Aguasaco, translated by Carol O’Flynn, Pilar González

Delicious, New Edition, 1986

Destino (Destiny), Desalojo (Sweeping Out), Estrellas (Stars), Mirar el sol (Look at the Sun), Natacha Feliz Franco, translated by Indran Amirthanayagam

Detective Lennie Briscoe: This is His Story

Didn’t We…

Difference Between Heaven and Hell

Dig, Find, Make Way


Distemper Song; My Birthday—One Muggy Saturday in Manhattan—August, 1977: John Wall Barger

Does A City Have A Nightingale; There Will. We Will. Then: Margo Berdeshevsky

Down the Aisle

Dream Variation

Drowning; Family Dinner: A Metaphysical Check-In; Escape and Loss; Eyes of the Dead: Kristin Kowalski Ferragut

Early Cinema

Either way, the fact remains; where once she danced: Anne Casey

El Sueño del Mundo (Dream of the World): Ada Zapata-Arriarán, translated by Indran Amirthanayagam

Elisavietta Ritchie Translates Anna Akhmatova

Epiphany: Beth Dulin


ESTÁN MUERTOS (THEY ARE DEAD); NÓMINA DE HUESOS (PAYROLL OF BONES): Jorge Ureta Sandoval, translated by Indran Amirthanayagam

Estiletes (fratura 1)/ Daggers (Fracture 1); Ordem da horda 1/The Way of the Horde 1; Ordem da horda 2/The Way of the Horde 2; Vulto 1/Shade 1; Vulto 2/Shade 2; Vulto 3/Shade 3: Jose Salgado Maranhão, translated by Alexis Levitin

Everything All at Once: A Dialogical Review of Ravi Shankar’s The Many Uses of Mint: New and Selected Poems 1998-2018; Lisa Pegram and Paul T. Corrigan

Excerpt from Graffiti Calculus

Facebook Message

Failed Sonnet After the Verdict

Festival of Season Words

Fingering the Past

First Books II

First Books III

First Freed

First Fruit (And Aftermath)

Five Poems

Five Poems

Five Poems

Five Poems

Five Poems

Five Poems

Five Poems

Five Poems

Five Poems

Five Poems

Five Poems

Five Poems

Five Poems

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Five Poems

Five Poems

Five Poems

Five Poems

Five Poems

Five Poems

Five Poems

Five Poems by Anne Lynch Botta

Five Poems by Anya Creightney

Five Poems by Audrey Wurdemann

Five Poems by Carolyn Joyner

Five Poems by Gregg Wilhelm

Five Poems by Jona Colson

Five Poems from Between Gods

Five Poems from Drift

Five Poems from How to Prove a Theory

Five Poems from Lion Brothers

Five Poems from Meanwhile

Five Poems from Meeting Bone Man

Five Poems from Shahid Reads His Own Palm

Five Poems from The Heart of a Comet

Five Poems from Umberto’s Night

Five Poems from When the World Breaks Open

Five Poems in Response to “Julius Caesar”

Five Poems in Response to “Romeo and Juliet”

Flamenco: Alexis Soto (translated by Allyson Lima)


Floyd; Maximum Impact: Pat Kabra


For Ann Darr at the Air and Space Museum

For Léon Damas

For My Beloved

For My Cross-Dressing Friends

For Peace in the Valley

For Raymond Lévy; Brief; Night; Apartment Towers, Manhattan; NFL Poem; Selfie; The New Wave; Dasein: Baron Wormser

For The Freddies (And Curtis Mayfield): Bernardine (Dine)Watson

Four excerpts from Scar Tissue

Four excerpts from The South Orange Sonnets

Four Poems

Four Poems

Four Poems

Four Poems

Four Poems

Four Poems

Four Poems by Carlo T. Paul

Four Poems by Kimberly A. Collins

Four Poems by Natalie Clifford Barney

Four Poems by Rasha Abdulhadi

Four Poems by Ryan Wilson

Four Poems from Blue Skies

Four Poems from Boyishly

Four Poems from Compass

Four Poems from Day of the Border Guards

Four Poems from Elegies for New York Avenue, plus an extra

Four Poems from Immigrant

Four Poems from In the Company of Spirits

Four Poems from La luz de la tormenta/The Light of the Storm

Four Poems from Loose Weather

Four Poems from Monster

Four Poems from Second-Skin Rhinestone-Spangled Nude Soufflé Chiffon Gown

Four Poems from Stronger Than Cleopatra

Four Poems from The Invented Child

Four Poems from The Silent Art

Four Poems from Words Facing East

Four Poems from Words We Might One Day Say

Four Poems in Response to “Julius Caesar”

Four Poems in Response to “Mary Stuart”

Four Poems in Response to “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead”

Four Poems in Response to “Two Gentlemen of Verona”

Four Poems Listening to Music (Blues In The Night, Piece of my Heart, Gymnopedies, Night Train), February 1981: The Systematic Murder of Black Children–Dick Lourie

Fourteen Poems by Jessie Redmon Fauset


Friday Night


From ” The Damage Done”: Selections, Susana H. Case

From Sonnets from E—

From A Series about Calcutta: Naveen Kishore

From Dung Beetles to Bingo

From Friends to Griots: The Modern Urban Griots

From June 2015 in LGBTQ History

From Thinaimayakkam allathu Nenchodu Kilaruthal (“Binary Overlapping or Speaking to the Heart”): R. Cheran, translated by Anushiya Ramaswamy & Geetha Sukumaran

Full Moon on K Street

Gallery at the Tate

Gerry & Ray; A Hive; School Bully Song: John Wall Barger

Godmother; Sheet Music; Microelectronic Sonnet: Terence Patrick Winch.

Golem Event

Good Friday

Goodbye Bouquet; New York in Our Hearts; Alone: Jennifer Rathbun

Grace Cavalieri: Tenth Anniversary Issue

Graph; Thickness: Marie-Ange Claude



Gray Jacobik

Great music: Dmitry Blizniuk


Guilford Courthouse

Gypsy Girls

Hand-me-down Hymnal; Superego: Oak Morse

Harbinger; At The Museum;Neighborhood Holiday Party: Terence Winch


He Couldn’t Swim; The Year Before The Virus; Small Wars: Mervyn Taylor


Here You Are; Seducing the Uncanny; Literal Italy; Interior Life; Immense Prospects; Perpetual Elsewhere: Peter Robinson

Hilary Tham: Tenth Anniversary Issue

Himen Natural (Natural Hymen), De mi terciopelo bajan duendes con agallas magníficas. (From my velvet genies step down with magnificent desires.): Pauline Le Roy, translated by Indran Amirthanayagam

History (redux); Walk on All Fours; Sirens in Queens: Andrei Codrescu

Holly Karapetkova Translates Dostena Lavergne

Holly Karapetkova Translates Kiril Merjanski


Homeward endlessly homeward (sigh): Kirk Greenway

Homing; Come and find me; Singularity: Anne Casey

Honest Hope: Stephen Paul Miller

Hong Kong: Anonymous

House Musicians: Allyson Lima

How the Past Appeared

How To Speak American

How to Visit Baba Yaga

How We Crumble: Jalyce E. Mangum

How We Were, How We Are

Howard Nemerov


i come to the city

I Used to Be Korean, Jiwon Choi: reviewed by Jonathan Harrington

I Woke from the Dream

I’m In Love with the Morton Salt Girl

Impossible Bottle

In Every Dream an Orphan Builds a House

In Siberia

In the Garden

In the Magnificent Region of Courage: An Interview with Louise Glück

In the Weeds; What I Had and What I Lost; What Remains: Susana Case


Indran Amirthanayagam

Inner Light; What do you make; What are you drinking; Not traveling: Joan Mazza

Instrucciones de uso (Usage Instructions): Chema Paz Gago, translated by Indran Amirthanayagam

Interludes at Union Station; Colony Collapse Disorder: Raga Ayyagari.

Interrupted transmissions


Interview with Danish Kroner

Interview with Josephine Jacobsen

Interview with Kim Roberts

Interview with May Miller

Interview with Richard Wilbur

Interview with Sterling A. Brown

Interview with Ted Kooser




Introduction and Table of Contents: Langston Hughes Tribute Issue

Introduction and Table of Contents: Plan B Press Issue

Introduction to Some Of Us Press Issue

Introduction to the 20th Anniversary Issue

Introduction to the Cave Canem 20th Anniversary Issue

Introduction to The Jewish Issue

Introduction to the LGBTQ Issue

Introduction to the Poetry in Translation Issue

Introduction to the Slam Issue

Introduction to the Sonnet Issue

Introduction to the Sterling A. Brown Tribute Issue

Introduction to U.S. Poets Laureate Issue, Part II

Introduction, “Poets Respond to Shakespeare”

Introduction: Envisioning the Future

Introduction: Poets in Federal Government Issue

Isabel’s Corrido

It is a Living Coral

It’s Possible I’m Too Bougie to Be Free

J. Edgar Song

James Dickey: In Touch with Darkness

January 21, 2013

Je suis Paris, Never Haiti: Luz Stella Mejía

Job 62

John Guzlowski Translates Henryk Cierniak

Jona Colson Translates Miguel Avero

Judgment of Paris

Julia Leverone Translates Francisco Urondo

July in Washington


Karl Shapiro, Poet and Anti-Critic

Karl W. Carter, Jr.

Kateema Lee Portfolio

Katie Davis: Tenth Anniversary Issue

Keith Cohen Translates Joseph Polius

Kennedy Center

Kim Roberts on Georgia Douglas Johnson


Kwame Alexander: Tenth Anniversary Issue

La Petite Amie

Lake Rosseau, Canada

Landscape: Fabricio Estrada, translated by Indran Amirthanayagam

Landslide; Turbulence: S.B. Merrow

Larry Neal: In Service of Art


Le chien (Dog), Dieu (God), L’ombre qui boite (The Limping Shadow); Une mésange (A Chickadee): Alexis Bernaut

Leda in Red Sneakers: A Remembrance of Mona Van Duyn

Leeya Mehta Portfolio

Let Them Not Say, Vest, She Breathes in the Scent, Heels, My Hunger: Jane Hirshfield

Literary Organizations Issue

Lives Like Otters, Seen by Angels

Lockdown Aubade on Rimsky-Korsakov’s Birthday; Zooming to Elysian Fields: Nancy Naomi Carlson

Looking at Buds

Los Amantes/The Lovers, Hablando con mi padre/Talking with my Father: Marilia Peceros Valencia, translated by Indran Amirthanayagam

Lost Day: Carolyn Tipton

Lot fala com o anjo (Lot Speaks to the Angel), Folhas Novas (Fresh Leaves), Através da chuva e da névoa ( Through Rain & Fog), Um dia não muito longe não muito perto (One Day Not Too Far Off and Not Too Soon): Ruy Belo, translated by Alexis Levitin

Love Among the Ruins

Love’s Austere and Lonely Offices

Love’s Testament

Macomb Street Workshops

Malach HaMavet; Egg, Seed, Pupa, Spore; Labor: Lisa Rosinsky

Mama, Who’d Have Thought: Zilka Joseph

Man crying, raw footage(Llorando en crudo), Rising Waters (La crecida): Luis Bravo, translated by Catherine Jagoe & Jesse Lee Kercheval

Mapping the City

March 21, 2021; Patricia Spears Jones

Marching On; Sophia Naz.

Mary Timony is the Neighbor I Hate the Least

Mathematics of a Storm Surge

Maureen Thorson: Tenth Anniversary Issue

Max and Frieda’s Guide to Fine Dining for Sexagenerians

Mea Culpa


Merrill Leffler on Ernest Kroll (1913-1995)

Merrill Leffler: Tenth Anniversary

Messages from the Other World

Metal Anniversary

Michelangelo’s David

Mientras nacen las ciudades (While cities are born), Natalia Gomez, translated by Indran Amirthanayagam

Migraine; ‘America is Dead’: Serena Agusto-Cox

Minus the Body


Misty Friday Morning


Montana Terrace

Monumental Merrill

Moonlight Dries No Mittens: Carl Sandburg Reconsidered

Moonrise Over Washington

More A’s B’s C’s & D’s, or The President Is About To Grab Victim’s Money Like It’s Pussy

Morning with Butter Sky

Mother Night


Mujer 1 (Woman 1), Ana Guillot, translated by Indran Amirthanayagam


Mural for the Heart

My Jacob

My Mother’s Belly

My Russia, from SOVIET TEXTS, Dmitri Alexandrovich Prigov– translated by Simon Schuchat with Ainsley Morse

Mycophobia: Jeannine M. Pitas

Myra Sklarew on William Stafford

Nafas in the Kitchen; To the Israeli Officer Who X-rayed and Swabbed Our Mother’s Ashes: Zeina Azzam

Nancy Arbuthnot and Lê Pham Lê Translate Lê Pham Lê

Naomi Ayala: Tenth Anniversary Issue

Natasha Trethewey Interview

Native Gifts; Steeple Chase; The Patience of Dogs: Elizabeth Brunazzi


Necessity; Lines In A Time of Lockdown; When You Are Called; Does Not Your Experience…: Bonnie Naradzay

Ned Balbo Translates Georg Trakl

Nephophobia: Jeannine Pitas


New York

Nine Poems by Charlotte Forten Grimké

Nine Poems by Gwendolyn Bennett

Nine Poems in Response to Richard III

No Crying in Baseball

No hables de la belleza (Do not speak of beauty); Y sin embargo algo nos eleva, algo nos salva (And nevertheless something raises us, something saves us); Esta vez (This time): América Merino, translated by Katrin Rahe

No Longer Disastrous

No Modifier at All: Margo Berdeshevsky

Not a Ghazal: Snapshots from the Museum of Life

Not Thirst. Preparation.

Note to An Old Friend: Nancy Lefenfeld

Notes on Debridement

Now Let the City Slumber

Now you see it- now you don’t see it ( true account of Gregory Corso): Nina Zivancevic

O Calvin, O Calvin: Ralph James Savarese

Ode to Urban Dictionary

Of Course, Volcanic Activity Has Nothing To Do With Climate Change

Of Thee I Sing III – America You Deserve

Offbounce: Jules Desroches

Office Suicide

Ogres (Ogros), From the same kettle (Del mismo caldero): Linda Morales Caballero, translated by the author

Old Coat

Old Egg

On Archibald MacLeish

On Sensitivity: A Brief Philosophy of Political Choice

On the Bus with Rita Dove

On the Incoming Tide

One Poem

One Poem from These Days

Ooth Jazz

Oracle of the First Kiss

Orphan of Silence: Charles Simic

Our Situation By W. Luther Jett: Reviewed by Kristin Kowalski Ferragut


Paperwork, Your Name is Martha

Passer domesticus: Mark Pawlak

Patricia Davis Translates Francisco de Oraá

Patricia Davis Translates Juan Garrido Salgado

Patricia Davis Translates Lucia Robles

Peer Review

Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Federal Worker

Père Lachaise Cemetery, 1991: William Notter


Perspective from My Parents’ Bed


Peter Montgomery on Eugene McCarthy (March 29, 1916, Minnesota – December 10, 2005, Washington, DC)

Pilgrim & Guest Upon the Earth; Summer and Fall; Are Olive Trees Sad?; The True Season; A Bowl of Soup: Ruy Belo, translated by Alexis Levitin

Pioneers of a New Breed

Poem about Love (Not a Love Poem): James McKee

Poem in Which I Dream of Ice; Hippo River: W. Luther Jett

Poem, Valentina Rojas: Translated by Indran Amirthanayagam

Poems, Lilian Silva: Translated by Indran Amirthanayagam

Poems, Renato Sandoval: Translated by Roxana Peramás

Poetic Ancestors

Poetry and Happiness

Poetry Behind the Scenes at the Library of Congress

Postcard: Lake Calhoun, Minnesota*; Barbed Wire in the Desert*: Anya Achtenberg

Prawn Woman

Preface to the Some Of Us Press Issue




Prose Poem Issue

Prose Poem Issue Introduction


Qué empieza, qué termina (What begins, what ends) Álvaro Mata Guillé, translated by Daniela Bliss

Queer Currency

Queuing for Lenin

Randall Jarrell in Washington

Randi Ward Translates Guðrið Helmsdal

Reasons for Poetry

Red Cabooses

Red-Winged Blackbird at Gettysburg Field

Regie Cabico on Essex Hemphill

Regie Cabico: Tenth Anniversary Issue

Reinaldo Arenas and Roberto Valero: Friends and Exiles in Washington, DC

Relax, Relate, Release

Remembered by Name

Remembering Frost at Kennedy’s Inauguration

Resurrection Issue

Retrato (Portrait), Vento (Wind): Astrid Cabral, translated by Alexis Levitin



Review of Indran Amirthanayagam’s The Migrant States; by Jonathan Harrington

Revisionist History

Rick Black translates Rachel Bluwstein

Rien (Nothing), Veuillez m’excuser pour ce retard (Please Excuse Me for Being Late), Mon ventre (Womb), Katia-Sofia Hakim: translated by Indran Amirthanayagam

Rita Dove Interview

Robert Hayden on the Art of Saying What Cannot Be Said

Robert Pinsky Interview

Roberto; Girl in a Ballpark with Her Back to the Stands; The Scout; Lost in the Sun: E. Ethelbert Miller

Rochester and Jane on the Kiss-Cam

Rod Jellema Translates J.D. DeJong

Rod Jellema Translates Tjitte Piebenga

Rod Jellema Translates Tsjêbbe Hettinga

Rodeo, North Dakota

Roland Flint and Siv Cedering Fox

Romance; Aubade: Sally Bliumis Dunn

Rules for the Direction of the Maid: Dawn Potter

Ryan Wilson Translates Horace

Saline Drip; Love in the Time of Corona; Obituary; Hope: Light Leaks; Asthma; Quarantine; Newsreel: Sudeep Sen

Salute to a Snail in Jail; The Anatomy of Melancholy; Twenty Six Factorial; “Sulmo Mihi Patria Est”; M Theory; God Botherers: Şebnem Şenyener

Sam Allen, aka Paul Vesey

San-San Tin Translates San-San Tin

Sarah Browning: Tenth Anniversary Issue

Saundra Rose Maley Translates Rainer Maria Rilke

Saundra Rose Maley: Tenth Anniversary Issue

Saxophone Lesson

Scars of Last Year’s Leaves


Selected Haiku from The Magic of Madagascar: Abhay K.

Selektion (1943): Michael H. Levin

Self Portrait In A Laundromat Mirror; Passport to Equality; Don’t I Wish I Was Taking Giant Steps: Karthik Purushothaman

Self-Driven: Ariel Montoya, translated by Silvia Rafti

Self-Portrait with Ball; Lament for an Accountant (1959); A Memorable Occasion: Opening the Doors; At the orphanage Lee told another kid that; On a Contemporary Locution: Baron Wormser

Sergio Waisman Translates Yaki Setton

Seven excerpts from the DC Sonnets

Seven Poems

Seven Poems

Seven Poems

Seven Poems

Seven Poems by Elinor Wylie

Seven Poems in Response to “Romeo and Juliet”

Shake, Alabama

Shallows II


Shelter in Place

Shiloh Baptist Church Cemetery, Caddo Parish

Shock, Enrique Bernales Albites: Translated by Sarli E. Mercado and Lori DiPrete Brown

Shoes of the Dead

Six Poems

Six Poems

Six Poems

Six Poems

Six Poems by Anthony Hecht

Six Poems by Reed Whittemore

Six Poems from A Language the Land is Inventing

Six Poems from The January Children

Six Poems from The Mustard Seed

Slack Tide, Massey’s Landing, David Salner

Sleep and go tidal

Slow Through the Dark


Some Notes on Form

Some of My Favorite Jokes


Sonnet 130; Sonnet 129: Liza Achilles

Sonnet 57

Sonnet for a Namesake

Sonnet for This Week’s Terror Alert

Sonnet on an Old Comic Strip

Sonnet, for Alice

Sonny Boy Williamson I: Clifford Bernier

Soy un río (I Am a River), Una idea en el comienzo (An Idea In the Beginning), Poética (Poetics): Jorge Contreras Herrera, translated by Indran Amirthanayagam

Spa Pass; Spy Talk: Karen Poppy



Spender on Political Poetry in the 1930s and Auden’s Poetic Brinksmanship

Stanley Kunitz: Naked in His Prose


sterling brown’s house, washington dc 1990’s

Storm Crossing Key Bridge

Subh-e-firaaq: Morning of Separation; at West 4th; Until; Image: Adeeba Shahid Talukder

Subject to Change

Sunday Drive, Legacy of the Golden Calf, Lock-Down Three Times, Social Distancing Three Times: Don Krieger

sunset from the cliffs; when it drops you gonna feel it: Karren LaLonde Alenier

Survivor’s Song

Swing It

Syrian Refugee at the Dental Clinic; Traveling with the Speed of Light: Zeina Azzam

Take me to the light – where: Antigoni Katsadima

Take, If I Saw You Now, Other Fish: Karina van Berkum

Tea in the Late Afternoon

Tender Days

Tent City (Sonnet For Homeless Youth); Stuck In The Break Room (Sonnet for Financial Coaching): Gale Hemmann

Tenth Anniversary Issue

Tercentenary of the Landing of Slaves at Jamestown

Teri Ellen Cross: Tenth Anniversary Issue

That Was Now, This Is Then, Vijay Seshadri: reviewed by Jeannine M. Pitas

The “Thinghood” of Monuments

The Aquarium: Lalita Noronha

The arc of the rainbow has only one arrow: Kirk Greenway

The Baby

The Ballad of Alice Hortense

The Bard of Main 903: M.L. Rosenthal Revisited

The Bee

The Blue Years; When The Sky Is Upside Down: E. Ethelbert Miller

The Boatman: Carolyn Forché

The Collector; Global Warning: W. Luther Jett

The Columbiad

The Commuter

The Correction

The Correspondence of Louise Bogan

The Curse

The Day of the Gwendolyn

The Elephant in the Room: Kay Ryan

The Facts of Life

The Field at Potts Camp

The Fire That May Never Come; Don’t Wait Until the Bitter End: Alison Palmer

the fire this time. remembering april, 1992.

The Generous Spirit of American Poetry: An Interview with Joseph Brodsky

The Goldfinch

The Happy Genius of the Household

The Howard Poets

The Howard Poets in Perspective

The Immigrant Museum

The Imperial Cockroach; The South, Entropy: Jonathan Harrington

The Joke

The Library and its Laureates: The Examples of Auslander, Williams, Dickey & Kumin

The Lyrebird

The Makers of Memorials

The Marital Bed

The Mechanical Jew

The Meeting

The Melancholy Sound Of Fog Horns; To Merope, Somewhere In The Sky: Stephen Dunn

The Neighborhood, Changing

The Neon Distances

The New Normal: Gillian Thomas

The Nora Arcane, The Gaza Arcane: Jack Hirschman

The Patent Lawyer Had It Wrong; Listen to the Drums; All the Stops; Shifting Planktons of Later Joy; I Was Always On An Aeroplane: Marc Vincenz

The Poet and the Mule

The Poetry Office: A Photo Essay

The Poets’ Country; Candid Climax; Ghost Party: Pauline LeRoy, translated by Indran Amirthanayagam

The Pure: Adeeba Shahid Talukder

The Screeching Of Cats In Thessalonica: Jennifer O’Riordan

The Sick Person

The Snake

The Snares of This World; Walking the River: Roberto Christiano

The Succubus Visits Potus; Letter In Lockdown; Ava Tells The White Audience Again; A Few Months In; The Need For Herd Immunity: Cathy Gonick

The Summer Without a Bug, Bruce Spang

The Switch

The Tecata Dances on Park Road

The Tenaciousness of Spark Matsunaga

The Uncontrollable Elements: An Interview with Mark Strand

The Viscosity of Corona Time: Carol Jennings

The Weight of an Empty Room; Tomorrows; Will-o’; Lozenges: Cassandra Atherton and Paul Hetherington

The Woman’s Wardrobe

The Writer Who Changed the Future: On Gwendolyn Brooks

There are No Black Bears in My State, Ron Riekki

Things I never want to hear again about race and racism

Things My Mother Taught Me

Thinking of James Wright

Thirteen Moons: Mark Pawlak

Thirteen Poems by Leonora Speyer

Three Anecdotes About Anthony Hecht

Three Ghazals

Three Lessons Lawrence Wheatley Dropped on Spanish Joe

Three Minutes Apart

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Three poems from Blocks

Three poems from Edge

Three Poems from High There

Three poems from Ice Fishing

Three Poems from Moving Violation

Three poems from Rocks and Chairs

Three Poems from The Ultimate Double Play

Three Poems in Response to “Richard III”

Three Poems in Response to “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead”

Three Skulls on an Oriental Rug

Three Translations of Poems About Moscow

Three translations of poems by Gerardo Diego

Three translations of poems by Rene Char

Three untitled poems

Three Winter Poems

Ting Wang Translates Chen Li

To Dr. Mary Church Terrell, Crusader

To John Brown

To Keep the Memory of Charlotte Forten Grimké

To My Laundress

To Tele Exist Or Not, That Is The Question: Gladys Mendia, translated by Indran Amirthanayagam

To the Dunbar High School


Toni Asante Lightfoot: Tenth Anniversary Issue

Trimming Plastic Flowers

Tu as marché nue dans mes rêves ( You walked naked in my dreams): Cherlie Rivage, translated by Indran Amirthanayagam

Turning Sixty; Selfie; Signals from Earth; The Death of Words; I Am Not A Robot: Jonathan Harrington

Turtle Mom; Raspberry Lockdown: Olga Livshin

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Two Poems from A Little Truth on Your Shirt

Two Poems from Boning Up

Two Poems from Lamplights Used to Feed the Deer

Two Poems in Response to Two Gentlemen of Verona

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Under; At your window; Sylvie Poisson, translated by Indran Amirthanayagam

Unfurl the Flags of April

United and the PBGC

Unsought Pickings; The Rug Weaver; Lotus Feet: Usha Akella

Unstitched threads; Earthworms; Changing: Antje Stehn

US Landscapes

Variety in Poetry



Viral Dream: Rana Bitar

Visiting the Convent at San Marco; On Expecting a Notice of Eviction: Catherine Gonick

Visits to St. Elizabeths

Vladimir Gandelsman, Three Translations: Olga Livshin, Andrew Janco

Vodka in the Freezer; puddles: Caleb Knight

W.S. Merwin and Eco-Justice

Walt Whitman Visits the Civil War Hospital in the Patent Office (Now the National Portrait Gallery)

Walt’s Notebook

Washington Migrants

Watch Your Ears

Watching Godzilla in 3D

We repeat our names to each other

Whale Songs

What Part of Me Will Die Today?

What to Call Her

When I’m Gone, I’ll Come Back as a Window; You Won’t Know This Love; Love in the Arctic: Claudia Serea

When We Lose Poems, Mario Murgia; Barbarians, Antonio Rodríguez Jiménez; Catalogue of Bones, Cesar Vallejo: translated by Alfred Corn

While in Pursuit of the Perfect Summer Purse


Why I couldn’t sleep until morning: Tara Campbell

Why I Don’t Write Nature Poems


Woman’s Home

Work Song

Working for the Government


You Do Not Have to Be Good: Madeleine Barnes

You Say We’re Like Magnets; The River: Kristin Ferragut

Your Favorite Number

Your Lotus Gaze; I am a Shrine: Kashiana Singh

Your Poem

Yvette Neisser Moreno and Patricia Bejarano Fisher Translate Maria Teresa Ogliastri