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February 7, 2017

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.

July 1, 2016

Songs of Ourselves: Searching for America’s Epic Poem 5


For all of our tweedy jingoism, the United States seems rare among nations in not having an identifiable and obvious candidate for national epic.

April 20, 2016

These Poems Will Never Become a Nostalgic Object 0


There is a feeling in this book that a language is coming to the speaker of the poem in the very act of composition — that is, in real time.