PN Review Print and Online Poetry Magazine
News and Notes
Digital Access to PN Review
Access the latest issues, plus back issues of PN Review with Exact Editions For PN Review subscribers: access the PN Review digital archive via the Exact Editions app Exactly or the Exact Editions website, you will first need to know your PN Review ID number. read more
Most Read... Rebecca WattsThe Cult of the Noble Amateur
(PN Review 239)
Vahni CapildeoOn Judging Prizes, & Reading More than Six Really Good Books
(PN Review 237)
Eavan BolandA Lyric Voice at Bay
(PN Review 121)
Drew MilneTom Raworth’s Writing ‘present past improved’: Tom Raworth’s Writing
(PN Review 236)
Alejandro Fernandez-OsorioPomace (trans. James Womack)
(PN Review 236)
Kei MillerIn the Shadow of Derek Walcott 1930–2017
(PN Review 235)
Poems Articles Interviews Reports Reviews Contributors
Oxford University Press
Gratis Ad 1
Next Issue Kei Miller on poetry and volume control Parwana Fayyaz's Afghan poems Gabriel Josipovici bids farewell to Aharon Appelfeld Craig Raine plants a flag A.R. Ammons from two angles

This poem is taken from PN Review 171, Volume 33 Number 1, September - October 2006.

Three Poems William Virgil Davis

 ' Red Flowers on Black'

after a painting by Elizabeth Bishop

 Elizabeth Bishop's Devil's Paintbrush bouquet
 sprouts out of thin air, from a fourteen fingered
 fist of leaves. The red heads bud on the flat black
 background and nod in conversation like old
 straight-laced ladies. Several, in small groups
 of three or more, lean their heads together
 or half turn away to whisper over their shoulders.
 One seems about to wander away into another
 room off-right to think it all over, or to say quietly
 something she's been thinking about for years.

Sestina with Two Lines by Charles Tomlinson

 Summer thunder darkens: the evening is falling apart.
 It is the end of the end of the second season of the year.
 We have lived through the apocalypse for too long.

Searching, please wait... animated waiting image