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September 22, 2017

A Rare and Beautiful Creature: On the Life and Work of Frank Stanford 0

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It seems fair to suggest that the anxiety of influence—a creative necessity for so many poets—may have failed to penetrate the mobile-homed hamlets where Stanford roamed, rambled, mused, and wrote with prolific intensity.

September 11, 2017

Must-Read Poetry: September 2017 1

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Isn’t that one of the purest goals of poetry—to justify our breaths? To recognize that we matter?

August 18, 2017

Better Experienced than Explained: On ‘Why Poetry’ by Matthew Zapruder 4

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Poetry is not the only genre that requires resident apologists, but poetry’s form and function inherently require defense. Simply put, prose is our default mode. Poetry is a process of selection, of white space and rhythm. If prose is prayer, poetry is hymn.

August 17, 2017

Think What a Poem Might Do: A Conversation with Jill Bialosky and Matthew Zapruder 1

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What, if anything, do you think poetry can do for us in these difficult times?

August 7, 2017

Must-Read Poetry: August 2017 0

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This is a book to share, a poetic window into someone “standing in line / behind you / the girl you’re pretending not to notice.”

July 24, 2017

Must-Read Poetry: July 2017 1

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2017 is a banner year for poetry: debuts, new takes by established authors, and collections that span careers.

June 7, 2017

The Ministry of the Frost: How I Learned to Love Poetry 0

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My feet were planted in unfamiliar terrain, only to discover a fresh vitality, and growing enjoyment of verse and rhyme.

May 22, 2017

Polish Poetry in a Time of American Resistance 0

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After Donald Trump was elected on November 8, many sought out poetry. “People just were looking for words to help them make sense,” says Jennifer Benka, director of the Academy of American Poets.

April 24, 2017

Inside the Ruins: On Derek Walcott’s Life and Work 1

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Even as a vision of cultural fusion informs the style of his poetry, the soldering of worlds has ethical implications, too. Accounting for the complexities of others’ experiences can remind us of our abiding human bonds, even amidst the blood and muck of the world.

April 6, 2017

The Language of Poets: 10 Notable Forms 1

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Each poetic form is an opportunity. A new house for words.