In this issue: Suzi F. Garcia, Taylor Johnson, Tamara Panici, Bryan Byrdlong, John Lee Clark, Angelo Mao, Simon Shieh, Kelan Nee, Lilly Bechtel, Eleanor Stanford, Paul Hlava Ceballos, Aurielle Marie, Julian Randall, Diannely Antigua, Alexis V. Jackson, Ugochukwu Damian Okpara, Steven Espada Dawson, and Camille Carter. See “Respect the Mic” contributors at the Mag Stand.
The November issue is centered around collaborative poetry and prose with work by Nilufar Karimi & Eliseo Ortiz; Miriam Karraker; Gabrielle Bates & Jennifer S. Cheng; She Who Has No Master(s); Jan Dennis Destajo & Kabel Mishka Ligot; Kim Seong Eun & Cindy Juyoung Ok; Traci Morris, Harryette Mullen, Jo Stewart, & Yolanda Wisher; Kimberly Blaeser, Molly McGlennen, & Margaret Noodin; Cindy Juyoung Ok on the collaborative process; and Noam Dorr & Cori A. Winrock. See what else you can find in this issue at the Mag Stand.
The October issue of Poetry is now at the Mag Stand. It features work by Destiny O. Birdsong, Maya Salameh, Anni Liu, Lindsay Sletten, Stevie Edwards, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Kitchen McKeown, Anuradha Bhowmik, Allyson Paty, Aubrey King, Arthur Sze, Yasmine Ameli, Julie Carr, Mai Der Vang, Carlina Duan, L.A. Johnson, E.J. Koh, and Teresa Pham-Carsillo.
In this issue of Poetry: work by Justin Danzy, Ina Cariño, Daye Phillippo, Jai Hamid Bashir, Eugenia Leigh, Christell Victoria Roach, Janelle Tan, Marianne Chan, Jinhao Xie, RK Fauth, Philip Metres, Saddiq Dzukogi, Danni Quintos, and more. See a full list of contributors at the Mag Stand.
In July and August, enjoy poetry by L. Lamar Wilson, Aliyah Cotton, Joann Balingit, Debora Kuan, Kimberly Casey, Jacqueline Allen Trimble, Pablo Otavalo, Elizabeth Bradfield, Nabila Lovelace, Hyejung Kook, Kwoya Fagin Maples, Crystal Simone Smith, Laura Secord, Jason Méndez, Charlotte Pence, Janice Lobo Sapigao, Alina Stefanescu, Beth Ann Fennelly, Josh Alex Baker, Sofia M. Starnes, Voice Porter, and more. Find a full contributor list at the Mag Stand.
The June 2021 issue of Poetry is up at the Mag Stand. In this issue, we are brought back to the body. Poetry by Lauren Whitehead, Felicia Zamora, Xaire, Cathy Linh Che, Lindsay Stuart Hill, Darius V. Daughtry, Christa Romanosky, Annik Adey-Babinski, Susan Browne, Sandra Gustin, Michaella Batten, Julia Edwards, Austin Rodenbiker, Tina Mozelle Braziel, Nyah Hardmon, Amorette “Epiphany” Lormil, Nicole Cooley, Ray McManus, and Marlanda Dekine-Sapient Soul. Nonfiction by Laura Kolbe.
The May 2021 issue features work by Ashlee Haze, Emily Gallacher Viall, Imru Al-Qays, Rebecca Foust, Rachel Jamison Webster, Tarik Dobbs, Courtney Faye Taylor, Rosemary Catacalos, Casey Thayer, and more. Find a full list of contributors at the Mag Stand.
Contributors to the March 2021 issue of Poetry include Jacqueline Woodson, Luis Daniel Salgado, Cornelius Eady, Marilyn Nelson, Mariana Llanos, Nour Al Ghraowi, Mosab Abu Toha, Nikki Grimes, Renée Watson, Michael Simms, Margarita Engle, Linda Sue Park, Elizabeth Acevedo, Kimberly Blaeser, Chen Chen, Pat Mora, Kim Stafford, Ari Tison, and Heid E. Erdrich. Find more contributors at the Mag Stand.
This issue features poetry by Jane Wong, Noor Hindi, Pippa Little, Marcus Wicker, Talvikki Ansel, Darius Simpson, Lance Larsen, Maggie Millner, William Fuller, Alec Finlay, Jon Davis, Jordan Keller-Martinez, Ashley M. Jones, Anna Leahy, Jayy Dodd, A.D. Lauren-Abunassar, Austin Smith, Brayan Salinas, John Lennox, Kemi Alabi, Isabella Borgeson, Philip Gross, Ange Mlinko, Cyrée Jarelle Johnson, Imani Cezanne, Leila Chatti, Luther Hughes, and T.J. Clark. See more contributors at the Mag Stand.
During the first few months of the pandemic, I couldn’t read anything. My attention span was gone and anything I did manage to read left my mind immediately. But that ended when I sat in the park and read Dorothy Chan’s Revenge of the Asian Woman (Diode Editions, 2019) from cover to cover. My locked-away ability to read had found its key. Already a fan of Chan’s work, this just helped solidify my love for her poetry even more, and I’m always more than happy to check out any of her newly published poems. The October 2020 issue of Poetry gives the gift of her poem, “Ode to Chinese Superstitions, Haircuts, and Being a Girl.”
The poem flows in a rush, like a held breath finally exhaled. Chan begins with the Chinese superstition “it’s bad luck / to get a haircut when I’m sick” and leads into the role the speaker fulfills as a daughter, as a girl, as someone who “always bring[s] / the party, cause[s] the trouble . . . .” While there are specifics tied to her own self, culture, and family—her brother’s fate, her mother’s thoughts on her future, her father’s opinion on how “good Chinese girls” wear their hair—Chan leaves the reader plenty of room to relate to her words. If we don’t feel like her, we can still root for her and her “short skirt,” her “forehead forever exposed.”
The October 2020 issue of Poetry is at this week’s Mag Stand. Work by Maya C. Popa, Ed Roberson, Dorothy Chan, Arvind Krishna Mehrotra, Chester Wilson III, Oli Rodriguez, Tianru Wang, Nathan Sppon, heidi andrea restrepo Rhodes, Cathy Song, Orlando Ricardo Menes, Martin Dyar, Ingrid Wendt, John Lee Clark, Jennifer Jean, Adrienne Su, Tom Pickard, Katie Hartsock, and more.