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April 4, 2017

Start With These Five New Books of Poetry 2

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Buy poetry to pause the world, to hide from it, to consider all its hues and microscopic wonders. Buy poetry because poets deserve to get paid.

March 13, 2017

Poetry in Motion 2

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If you should ever come across me on the path and see in my halting stride and grim-faced muttering a defeated man, know that the “viewless wings of Poesy” are transporting me and my aching feet to a better place.

February 7, 2017

Form Reveals Poems for the Machines They Are: The Millions Interviews Saara Myrene Raappana 1

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I’m for the usefulness that can be found in what’s broken. I’ll stand for that any day.

January 5, 2017

Staring into the Soundless Dark: On the Trouble Lurking in Poets’ Bedrooms 11

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Vita Sackville-West — a friend and lover of Virginia Woolf and a poet herself — combated her insomnia by collecting as many dogs as possible and inviting them into bed with her.

November 22, 2016

Big Bad Ted Sings Songs for Little Ones 6

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Ted Hughes was about the most frightening poet imaginable. His work invests every corner of existence with menace and unmanageable intensity. So it came as a bit of a shock to find out that he was also a marvelous poet for young people.

September 20, 2016

An Essential Human Respect: Reading Walt Whitman During Troubled Times 18

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Rather than succumbing to self-righteous demonization, Whitman illustrated the power of a human empathy that transcends ideological bellicosity.

September 15, 2016

The Intimately Epic Poem We Need: On ‘IRL’ by Tommy Pico 0

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The digitized, the pop culture, the intimate, the political, and the literary all bleed together, revealing the connective tissue of language that often is as confusing as it is humorous.

September 7, 2016

Weaving Images into Verse: Prose for Poets 0

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Poets should write prose. I say this well aware that suggesting how another should write is akin to telling someone how they should raise their children.

August 29, 2016

The Nu-Audacity School of Poetry 8

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For the Nu-Audacists, being a poet is nothing to celebrate, at least not in any conventional sense.

August 24, 2016

The Many Labors of Philip Levine 1

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To read Philip Levine in this moment is to crack open a road map into the zeitgeist of populist, nativist, and nationalistic sentiments fueling unrest in globalized, post-industrial nations across the world.