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Raven Elegy, photo by Lee Sharkey

POEM FOR THE DAY
from the 64-year BPJ archive:
"Consummation" by R. E. Sebenthall, Fall 1961

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IN THE SPRING 2014 ISSUE
Poems by Alexander Booth, Temple Cone, John F. Deane, Gray Fincke, Alllison Funk, Elizabeth T. Gray, Jr., Kevin Heaton, Nate Marshall, Karen McPherson, Leeya Mehta, M. P. Ritger, Jamie Ross, and more. John Rosenwald reviews new books by Nicelle Davis, Brian Komei Dempster, and TJ Jarrett.

POET'S FORUM
For the April forum, Nate Marshall writes about exploring the effect of violence on young people, in Chicago and elsewhere, through the vehicle of short love letters sent as text messages--"a haven for feeling" among "black boys who had to prove their manhood to each other."

Once in a while, I'll pick up a lit mag and read a great poem by someone I've never heard of. A poem that knocks me down and steals my shoes and makes me walk back to my own poor town over rocks and thorns. A poem that knocks the oomph out of my status quo. A poem I want to read to everybody. One that works and risks while it works. The Beloit Poetry Journal offers such poems.

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