Alta Journal’s Top Poetry 2021

Poems from James Cagney, Ada Limón, and the late Jim Harrison are among the works featured in the past year’s pages of Alta.

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In 2021, Alta Journal published 20 poems, including a special keepsake collection of the final works of poet Jim Harrison. Some of those poems are included here, as are ruminations on Christ, companionship, and cancel culture. Lose yourself in these pieces from some of the West’s most talented poets.

“CANCEL CULTURE (THE BARDO),” BY CEDAR SIGO
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Andy Warhol
“DOG IN THE TOMB,” BY JIM HARRISON
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Joe Ciardiello
“GHOSTS,” BY JIM HARRISON
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Joe Ciardiello
“HOW TO DRAW THE HORIZON,” BY MIA NOLTING
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Mia Nolting
“PORTRAIT OF A BRACERO AS JOSÉ OLIVARES,” BY JOHN OLIVARES ESPINOZA
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J. R. Eyerman
“PREFACE TO A PHOTOGRAPH — DELANO, CA 1976,” BY JAMES CAGNEY
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James Cagney
“STILLWATER COVE,” BY ADA LIMÓN
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Yuri Smityuk
“[TRANCE POEM WITH THE GRAY STONE],” BY BRENDA HILLMAN
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