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“Honeymoon Palsy” by Juliana Gray

By On January 17, 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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“Not They Who Soar” by Paul Laurence Dunbar

By On January 15, 2018

"We reclaim, in Paul Laurence Dunbar, a significant American author whose career transcends race and locality even while he makes use of racialized and regional cultural materials to create an African-American… Read More

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“New Year Poem” by Philip Larkin

By On December 31, 2017

"A poetry from which even people who distrust poetry, most people, can take comfort and delight." - X.J. Kennedy … Read More

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Luke’s Favorite Music of 2017

By On December 29, 2017

Associate Poetry Editor Luke Stromberg brings you his favorite music of 2017. If you scroll down to the bottom of the page, we have also included a Spotify playlist of his favorite… Read More

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“Don’t Tell Me There’s No Hope” by Dick Allen

By On December 27, 2017

Dick Allen was the author of several poetry collections, including Zen Master Poems, This Shadowy Place, Present Vanishing, The Day Before, and Ode to the Cold War: Poems New and Selected. He… Read More

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“Christmas” by John Betjeman

By On December 24, 2017

"So far from being the laureate of a few private fads, Betjeman goes further than anyone else towards summarising 'Dear old, bloody old England. Of telegraph poles and tin' simply because no… Read More

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“Trance” by Paul Muldoon

By On December 20, 2017

"Muldoon's is a poetry which sees into things, and speaks of the world in terms of its own internal designs and patterns." - Roger Conover… Read More

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“Villonaud for this Yule” by Ezra Pound

By On December 18, 2017

"Ezra Pound is the poet who, a thousand times more than any other man, has made modern poetry possible in English." - Donald Hall… Read More

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“Fall on your Knees” by Kevin Cutrer

By On December 15, 2017

Kevin Cutrer’s first collection of poems, Lord’s Own Anointed, was published by Dos Madres Press in 2015. More recent work has appeared in Panorama: The Journal of Intelligent Travel, and is forthcoming… Read More

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“Migratory Patterns” by Luke Bauerlein

By On December 4, 2017

Luke Bauerlein's poems and essays have previously appeared in the NY Times, Rattle, BODY, Unsplendid, and elsewhere. He currently resides in Phoenixville PA and writes songs and performs with the band, The… Read More

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Three Poems by Susan Delaney Spear

By On December 1, 2017

Susan Delaney Spear, poet and librettist, holds an MFA in poetry with an emphasis in verse-craft from Western State Colorado University. She teaches poetry and creative writing at Colorado Christian University in… Read More

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“Poetry” by Michael Collins

By On November 27, 2017

Michael Collins is the author of The Traveling Queen: Selected Poems of Michael Collins (Sheep Meadow Press 2013) and Understanding Etheridge Knight (University of South Carolina Press 2012). He has published poems,… Read More

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“A Thanksgiving to God, for his House” by Robert Herrick

By On November 23, 2017

"One of the most accomplished nondramatic poets of his age." - The Poetry Foundation… Read More

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“Childlessness” by Amy Gerstler

By On November 20, 2017

Amy Gerstler is a writer of poetry, nonfiction and journalism. Her books include Scattered at Sea (2015), which was a finalist for the National Book Award; Dearest Creature (2009); Ghost Girl (2004);… Read More

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“First Ghost” by Juliana Gray

By On November 8, 2017

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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“Laughter in the Charnel House” by Jeff Holt

By On November 1, 2017

Jeff Holt is the author of The Harvest (White Violet Press, 2012). Jeff's poem, "A Madwoman," was featured in the most recent issue of Measure, and he has previously published poems in… Read More

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“Dream of Dying” by Thomas Lovell Beddoes

By On October 31, 2017

"Thomas Lovell Beddoes (1803-1849) is a latter-day Jacobean, the author of blank verse plays and poems which are as bold, wild and fresh as they are archaic in manner. We read his… Read More

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“Black Fire” by Christopher Bernard

By On October 26, 2017

Christopher Bernard is author of the novels A Spy in theRuins and Voyage to a Phantom City, the short-story collections Dangerous Stories for Boys and In the American Night, and two poetry… Read More

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“The Pardon” by Richard Wilbur

By On October 16, 2017

"He should be read in the company of Robert Frost and Wallace Stevens" - Harold Bloom… Read More

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“Directions to the Church” by G.M. Palmer

By On October 9, 2017

G.M. Palmer lives with his wife and daughters on a poodle farm in North Florida. Find him online @gm_palmer.… Read More

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“Dwelling” by Catherine Staples

By On October 3, 2017

Catherine Staples is the author of two collections of poems: The Rattling Window (The Ashland Poetry Press) and Never a Note Forfeit (Seven Kitchens Press). Her poems and reviews have appeared in… Read More

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“Love is Merely a Madness” by Terese Coe

By On September 11, 2017

Terese Coe's poems and translations have appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Cincinnati Review, The Hopkins Review, Metamorphoses, New American Writing, Poetry, Threepenny Review, Agenda, Crannog, Cyphers, The Moth, Poetry Review, the TLS,… Read More

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“Late Echo” by John Ashbery

By On September 4, 2017

"There is a meditative Ashbery, a formalist Ashbery, a comic Ashbery, a late-Romantic Ashbery, a Language poet Ashbery, and so on- even a love poet. No poet since Whitman has tapped into… Read More

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“An English Teacher” by Reed Whittemore

By On August 28, 2017

"Whittemore has the saving face of humor. . . . Being middle-aged and academic, Whittemore fights both labels as best he can, and then succumbs. When he is at least experimental and… Read More

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“Vacationists” by P.K. Page

By On August 9, 2017

Patricia Kathleen "P.K." Page was born in England but raised in Canada. She is the author of more than a dozen books of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction, including The Metal and the… Read More

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“Mushroom Hunters, 1957” by Al Basile (with Audio)

By On August 7, 2017

Al Basile is a poet, singer/songwriter, and cornetist. He has fourteen solo CDs under his own name, which regularly reach the top 15 on the Living Blues airplay charts following their… Read More

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“Savior Machine” by Tracy K. Smith

By On July 19, 2017

Tracy K. Smith is the author of three books of poetry: The Body's Question (2003); Duende (2007); Life on Mars (2011), winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry; and Wade in the… Read More

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“Watching My Mother Take Her Last Breath” by Leon Stokesbury

By On July 17, 2017

"Leon Stokesbury writes with a pure and beautiful clarity, and that clarity is exacting. Whether he is elegiac or irate, magnanimous or biting, amused or exasperated, Stokesbury is always clear about what… Read More

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“On The Avenue” by Rhina P. Espaillat

By On July 13, 2017

“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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“Goths” by Ryan Wilson

By On July 6, 2017

Ryan Wilson is the editor of Literary Matters. He has published widely in periodicals such as First Things, Five Points, The Hopkins Review, The New Criterion, The Sewanee Review, and The Yale… Read More