Winter/Spring 2001Volume II Issue I

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portal to our archives

from the editors

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who we are & how to submit


Terrance Hayes  received a 1999 Whiting Writers Award and the 2000 Kate Tufts Discovery Award for his first book of poems,

Muscular Music

His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Harvard Review, The Beliot Poetry Journal, Chelsea, Callaloo, and River City, as well as in several anthologies, including American Poetry: The Next Generation.




The Anagram Poems are adopted from the word game puzzles found in several syndicated newspapers: 1. End words must be derived from four or more letters in the title. 2.Words which acquire four letters by the addition of "s" are not used. 3. Only one form of a verb is used.


s a i n t l y

Terrance Hayes


What the Bible said. A satin

cassock. A tail

that never drags in the dirt. No nasty

acne. No yellowed armpit stain.

And no nails

in the hands & feet. No salt

in the wound. Just satiny

sanity. No narrow slit

to stick the tongue through. No tiny

pin pecks for eyes. No last

minute pleas to be added to the list.


2001 by Terrance Hayes

Also by Terrance Hayes:

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