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“Marriage” by Gregory Corso

By On June 22, 2018

"Corso is a poet's Poet, his verses pure velvet...a loner, laughably unlaurelled by native poets, divine Poet Maudit, rascal poet Villonesque and Rimbaudian whose wild fame's extended for decades around the world… Read More

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“Yesterday” by W.S. Merwin

By On June 17, 2018

“Merwin has become instantly recognizable on the page; he has made for himself that most difficult of all creations, an accomplished style.”—Helen Vendler, New York Review of Books… Read More

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“Crying in an Airport” by Victoria Larriva

By On June 15, 2018

Victoria Larriva is a senior at Texas Tech University, where she studies Mathematics, English, and Computer Science and is the President for the Tech Poetry Society. She has been writing poetry since… Read More

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“Mashups—Liquor Store” by David Blair

By On June 13, 2018

David Blair is the author of three books of poetry, Ascension Days, which was chosen by Thomas Lux for the Del Sol Poetry Prize, Arsonville, and Friends with Dogs. His poems have… Read More

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“The Farmer’s Bride” by Charlotte Mew

By On June 11, 2018

"She just knows humanity— one of the rarest things in the world" —Walter de la Mare… Read More

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“Small Lives” by Timothy Steele

By On June 1, 2018

Timothy Steele is the author of four collections of poems: Uncertainties and Rest (1979), Sapphics Against Anger and Other Poems (1986), The Color Wheel (1994), and Toward the Winter Solstice (2006). The… Read More

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“A Lasting Sickness” by James Davis May

By On May 30, 2018

James Davis May is the author of Unquiet Things, which was published by Louisiana State University Press in 2016 and named runner-up for the Georgia Author of the Year Award in poetry… Read More

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“Plugging Up the Holes” by Nomi Stone

By On May 29, 2018

Nomi Stone’s second collection of poems, Kill Class is forthcoming from Tupelo Press in 2019. Winner of a 2018 Pushcart Prize, Stone’s poems appear recently or will soon in POETRY, American Poetry… Read More

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“Randy Used the Word” by Eric McHenry

By On May 25, 2018

Eric McHenry was the poet laureate of Kansas from 2015-2017. He is the author of Odd Evening (The Waywiser Press, 2016), Potscrubber Lullabies (The Waywiser Press, 2006), and Mommy Daddy Evan Sage… Read More

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“The Last Time I Saw Dylan” by Juliana Gray

By On May 24, 2018

Juliana Gray is the author of Honeymoon Palsy (Measure Press, 2017), Roleplay (Dream Horse Press, 2012), which won the 2010 Orphic Prize, and The Man Under My Skin (River City Publishing, 2005),… Read More

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“Station” by Ishion Hutchinson

By On May 23, 2018

Ishion Hutchinson is a current Guggenheim Fellow in poetry. He is the author of two poetry collections, House of Lords and Commons and Far District. Born in Port Antonio, Jamaica, he moved… Read More

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“Fermi’s Paradox” by John Foy

By On May 22, 2018

John Foy’s poems have appeared in the Swallow Anthology of New American Poets, The New Yorker, Poetry, The Hudson Review, The Yale Review, American Arts Quarterly, Alabama Literary Review, The Dark Horse,… Read More

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“The Fireman’s Wife” by Shirley Geok-lin Lim

By On May 21, 2018

Shirley Geok-lin Lim’s first book Crossing the Peninsula received the Commonwealth Poetry Prize. Awarded the Multiethnic Literatures of the United States Lifetime Achievement Award, she’s published ten poetry collections; three short story… Read More

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“Summer Storm” by Dana Gioia

By On May 17, 2018

Congratulations to Dana Gioia for winning the 2018 Poets' Prize for his book 99 Poems: New and Selected! The award ceremony will be held on Friday, May 18 at the Nicholas Roerich… Read More

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“This Amber Sunstream” by Mark Van Doren

By On May 16, 2018

"I have loved Mark Van Doren's poetry all my life, or for thirty years. He was the first modern poet I seriously read, and I have never recovered, or tried to recover."… Read More

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“Visiting Day” by Rhina P. Espaillat

By On May 13, 2018

“To Rhina Espaillat the quotidian is no malady . . . it is the source of inspiration. Hers is a voice of experience, but it is neither jaded nor pedantic. She speaks… Read More

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“Hard-Shell Clams” by Marie Ponsot

By On April 27, 2018

"We read such poets because we want to know how a poetic intelligence inhabits the world—or invents it." — William Logan… Read More

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“Kill Poem” by Frederick Seidel

By On April 23, 2018

"He radiates heat. It is apparent that he has asked himself frightful questions and has not dodged the implications of their equally frightful answers" - Louise Bogan… Read More

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“God the Eater” by Stevie Smith

By On April 18, 2018

"On gray days when most modern poetry seems one dull colorless voice speaking through a hundred rival styles, one turns to Stevie Smith and enjoys her unique and cheerfully gruesome voice. She… Read More

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“Mag” by Carl Sandburg

By On April 16, 2018

"Sandburg continually touches us by his power to be aware of fugitive circumstances that betray deep truth." - Mark Van Doren… Read More

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“Resignation” by J.D. McClatchy

By On April 11, 2018

“There are very few poets writing today who, poem by poem, move me from admiration to admiration, and always with renewed and novel delight. There is no poet writing whose intelligence, dexterity,… Read More

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“In Praise of Diversity” by Phyllis McGinley

By On April 9, 2018

"I start a sentence : 'The poetry of Phyllis McGinley is...,' and there I stick, for all I wish to say is '...is the poetry of Phyllis McGinley'" - W.H. Auden … Read More

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“Easter Communion” by Gerard Manley Hopkins

By On April 1, 2018

"Closer to Dylan Thomas than Matthew Arnold in his ‘creative violence’ and insistence on the sound of poetry, Gerard Manley Hopkins was no staid, conventional Victorian. His verse is wrought from the… Read More

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“The Donkey” by G.K. Chesterton

By On March 25, 2018

"In his obituary, T. S. Eliot alluded to GKC’s capacity for 'first-rate journalistic balladry,' and this high praise I think almost insufficient, because it understates his magic faculty of being unforgettable." -… Read More

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“Ring The Bells Backward: Give Up The Gun” by Ray Bradbury

By On March 24, 2018

"The poems in I Live By The Invisible: New & Selected Poems from the unquenchable Bradbury all have his evergreen touch- accessible, humorous, quietly emotional... Bradbury fans, Hibernophiles, general readers, even some… Read More

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“Glengormley” by Derek Mahon

By On March 17, 2018

"Mahon’s is a poetry that represents a decisive adaptation of Auden and MacNeice, Mahon’s two acknowledged masters...It may well in the end form an oeuvre fit to stand beside theirs in literary… Read More

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“The Aphrodisiac” by Medbh McGuckian

By On March 16, 2018

"Her language is like the inner lining of consciousness, the inner lining of English itself, and it moves amphibiously between the dreamlife and her actual domestic and historical experience as a woman… Read More

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“The Woman Turns Herself into a Fish” by Eavan Boland

By On March 7, 2018

"Boland pursues an important, feminist revision of the history-making so often praised or inherited by MacNeice and Heaney. Not so much outside of history as counter to it, or in the process… Read More

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“Peace” by Michael Longley

By On February 28, 2018

"Longley is not only a lyric poet of the first rank, but a clear-sighted observer who knows the real world when he sees it, even as he knows that it cannot be… Read More

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“Heart to Heart” by Rita Dove

By On February 14, 2018

"Ms. Dove’s poems have earthiness, originality, power and range. Despair and loss are among her central themes, but so is the hunt for bedrock human pleasures.” - Dwight Garner, New York Times… Read More