Cows

"The problem was excusable, almost: / that they thought there should be a place / in the world that would welcome them. / But why?" A new poem from Steven Kleinman.

Gazing

"so now we [...] may nightly observe [...] the deft undoing of what we once / had thought would long endure." A new poem from Jon Swan.

Two Poems

"And then there will be another election, / and then the takers of bribes will be shown the door, / or possibly fed to the dogs." Two new poems from Stephanie Burt.

Dante’s Politics

The decorative mosaic adorning the ancient synagogue floor

is innocent of its future. Good luck, it means to say, or

 

my swastika hands miming perpetual motion wish you

everlasting peace and prosperity. And what coincidence

 

sends my son running across the plaza, blowing again

and again on his precious pinwheel toy? Say what you mean,

 

I want to shout. I am listening to the politicians

in the courtyard, excavating for small truths buried

 

beneath thick stratum of tedious lies.

Words of Devotion

Before the Door of God
Edited by Jay Hopler and Kimberly Johnson

The Sea Sleeps: New and Selected Poems
by Greg Miller

Once in the West
by Christian Wiman