Poetry


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A Different Love: Poetry by Neil Shah

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in loving milieu I’ll dance upon broken boards over bogs that smoke gently in the evening, over rib-cages patched with the enamored and concussed, in such dimly lit admiration I’ll press my tongue into your wine glass, into the almost empty can you hold between your knees, dented, compressed, and full of your spit.  …

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Erasure Beauty: Poetry by Ana Prundaru

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open me first   narrow commitments within me second   bind sharpness outside blurred sex third   dress the new strength   the way of originals Ana Prundaru is the author of Anima (dancing girl press, 2018). She has contributed creative work to DIAGRAM, New England Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, among others. Born in Bucharest,…

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Sweet and Centered: Poetry by Anna Ter-Yegishyan

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Crimson, cool, crescent: I stare at the bowl. Not into it, but at it. The bowl isn’t fishing for compliments, but I need to characterize it to peacefully dismantle its inanimateness. What it needs is unanimity.   The bowl waits to be filled. She calls it a womb for fruits and fingers. A thing to…

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Car Thoughts: Poetry by Craig Patrick

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take any exit that leads beyond the line of trees that guards this highway like occupation soldiers   past construction zones and horn blast hysteria speed trap surveillance and brake light surprise   toward the low-lying sun that marks the horizon like a lidless eye or better still – fly   for the sake of…

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Dancing with Words: Poetry Book Review

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I won’t deny it: I’m a sucker for love poems. Sad love. Happy love. Unsure-if-this-is-love love. Familial love. Big love. Small love. Heartbreaking love. Everyday love. And when it comes down to it, what in life doesn’t really come back to love, in any of its shapes and forms? Now, this is not to say…

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Secrets in Nature: Poetry by Alice Bliss

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Walking Through a Garden on a Sunny Day   Stone bench by slow rill adrift in sunlight, shadows weaving limply through. Thoughts of home, past and future, and the promise of bamboo.   Bamboo bends softly like the curve of an elbow, gracefully resting. Catch glimpses of your face be- tween the click of closing…

Welcome to our collection of FORTH-curated verse. You may not realize it, but you've encountered poetry every day of your life. You read it in college, you hear it on the radio, you see it scrawled in alleyways, you feel it in the eyes of loved ones. FORTH is one of few online poetry magazines for the contemporary, future-wise poet. We’re not simply a poetry journal or blog, but rather one of the best poetry magazines online, featuring beautiful, diverse poems from all over the globe and curated right here in Los Angeles. At FORTH we also cover local poetry events, bringing you inside looks and interviews with today's burgeoning and established poets. Unlike many poetry journals, FORTH is open to verse of all styles and all themes. The one thing that all of our online poetry magazine submissions have in common, however, is a contemporary voice that strikes the modern reader. You can torture yourself through a classical anthology or lose your mind on Twitter; or, you can look to FORTH for poetry that remixes classic themes for the 21st Century poetry fiend. If you've got the verse, we've got the platform. Submit to poetry@forthmagazine.com.

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