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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

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“Literacy” by X.J. Kennedy

By On January 31, 2018

"A worthy heir... to the indispensably impertinent likes of Catullus amd Dean Swift―cheerfully serving notice that there's still nothing like an artfully pithy piece of verse for making short work of killjoys."… Read More

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“The Pool” by Helen Pinkerton

By On January 22, 2018

“A master of poetic style and of her material. No poet in English writes with more authority.” - Yvor Winters … Read More

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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