Founded in Oxford, England in 1984, Verse is an international journal that publishes poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and visual art. The print edition publishes portfolios of 20-40 pages, while the Verse site publishes book reviews and individual poems. Verse is edited by Brian Henry and Andrew Zawacki.
Friday, September 07, 2012
NEW! Poem by Peter Shippy
MY RAGGED COMPANY
As the cellist played a gigue, Bach, at Virgil’s, a cantina on Salem Street
known for their garlic martinis, I overheard a man say to a woman:
we’ll be flying to London to see Queen at Wembley, without Freddie Mercury,
once again. And that’s how I knew how I knew it was spring, how I knew
it was time to wax my barque, my balls, wipe the dew off my cheval mirror
to reckon who’s the prettiest of all, and beckon the huntsman’s long knife.