After nearly 47 years, Parnassus is closing.

After nearly 47 years, Parnassus is closing. It has been an exhilarating and wonderful adventure to publish a literary magazine that was in the thick of evaluating new poetry from all corners of the world. Our final issue, our 52nd, will b published in two or three weeks. Here are some of its highlights: a […]

When You Don’t Have Forever: The Poetry of Daniel Brown

by D. M. Black Daniel Brown, Taking the Occasion. Ivan R. Dee 2008. 80 pp. $22.50 Daniel Brown, What More? Orchises Press 2015. 64 pp. $14.95 (paperback) ✥✥✥ John Butler Yeats (father of William) once remarked that a man falls in love with a girl, not because of her beauty or virtue, but because of […]

The Poorly Built House

by Max Ritvo   Venom’s slopped over my heart. The four chambers scuttle away from one another fear-addled, like scorpions   who can only be killed by the venom dripping from the three others’ tails.   The venom, the doctors tell me, is water. I’ve never felt so simple. Water is breaking my heart.   […]

Ecstatic Brain

by Julian Gewirtz Max Ritvo. Four Reincarnations. Milkweed Editions 2016. 79 pp. $22.00 ✥✥✥ One night, Max Ritvo, a vegetarian, mistakenly ate a dish containing meat and became violently sick. He was also stoned. In the altered state that resulted, he had a vision of his dead white poodle, Monday, whom he addresses in “Poem […]

Two Poems by Max Ritvo

Self-Portrait as Jesus and Earthquake Country Before Final Chemotherapy

The Final Voicemails & Down with the Landlord

Two Poems by Max Ritvo

Fruits de Mer

Paula Bohince

Best in Show

by Abigail Deutsch David Yezzi. Birds of the Air. Carnegie Mellon University Press 2013. 88 pp. $15.95 (paper) ✥✥✥ “The poem isn’t complete on the page,” David Yezzi has remarked. “It needs to be spoken out loud. The performance is just as important as the poem itself.” Yezzi’s third book of poems, Birds of the […]

Extinction Song (Remix)

Julie Sheehan

The Suffering of Animals & Inventor of the Porco-Forte

Two poems by Sarah Lindsay


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