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“A Song for New Year’s Eve” by William Cullen Bryant

By On December 31, 2016

Happy new year, everyone. … Read More

Poetry

From “Christmas Oratorio” by W.H. Auden

By On December 28, 2016

Well, so that is that. Now we must dismantle the tree, Putting the decorations back into their cardboard boxes— Some have got broken—and carrying them up to the attic.… Read More

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“Christmas in Black Rock” by Robert Lowell

By On December 18, 2016

“I do think free will is sewn into everything we do; you can't cross a street, light a cigarette, drop saccharine in your coffee without really doing it. Yet the possible alternatives… Read More

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“Be Angry At The Sun” by Robinson Jeffers

By On November 8, 2016

"Of all the poets of his generation, [Robinson Jeffers] made our relation to this earth and sea and sky and wheeling seasons and the evolutionary processes that made trees and salmon… Read More

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“Poem Begun on the Autumn Equinox” by Ernest Hilbert

By On September 22, 2016

"The American lyric rendered in these poems follows Coleridge’s description of the sonnet as 'adapted to the state of a man violently agitated by a real passion.' Hilbert’s passion here is… Read More

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“Dog Days (Caniculares Dies)” by Ernest Hilbert

By On August 15, 2016

In his debut collection, Sixty Sonnets, Hilbert establishes a variation on the sonnet form, employing an intricate rhyme scheme and varied line length. A skillful practitioner of form and nuance, Hilbert shifts… Read More

Poetry

“Summer” by John Clare

By On July 19, 2014

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“cruel, cruel summer” by D.A. Powell

By On July 13, 2014

"Born in Albany, Georgia, D.A. Powell received an MA at Sonoma State University and an MFA at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His first three collections of poetry, Tea, (1998), Lunch (2000), and… Read More

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“Christmas at Sea” by Robert Louis Stevenson

By On December 20, 2013

The sheets were frozen hard, and they cut the naked hand . . .… Read More

Poetry

“Prelude: Dusk in the Ruins” by Ernest Hilbert

By On March 29, 2013

“‘Genes clarify the genius and the freak / And prove we descend from a feral band,’ Ernest Hilbert writes in ‘Outsider Art,’ and there is no mistaking the ‘feral’ appetite and… Read More

Poetry

“Christmas Eve” by Anne Sexton

By On December 24, 2012

Oh sharp diamond, my mother! I could not count the cost of all your faces, your moods— that present that I lost. Sweet girl, my deathbed, my jewel-fingered lady, your portrait flickered… Read More

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“BUNGA-BUNGA” by Quincy Lehr

By On November 15, 2011

A brand new poem from one of our favorite young New York poets. … Read More

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“Days of 1987” by Christopher Bakken

By On November 12, 2011

Christopher Bakken’s second book of poetry, Goat Funeral (Sheep Meadow, 2006) was awarded the Helen C. Smith Memorial Prize by the Texas Institute of Letters for the best book of poetry published… Read More

Poetry

Two by Quincy Lehr

By On October 21, 2011

Quincy R. Lehr was raised in Norman, Oklahoma and presently lives in Brooklyn, having returned to the U.S. after two years in Ireland. His work has appeared in print and online venues… Read More

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“After the Rain” by Anthony Hecht

By On October 20, 2011

“It was Hecht's gift to see into the darker recesses of our complex lives and conjure to his command the exact words to describe what he found there. Hecht remained skeptical about… Read More

Poetry

“Azaleas” by Christopher Bakken

By On October 15, 2011

Christopher Bakken’s second book of poetry, Goat Funeral (Sheep Meadow, 2006) was awarded the Helen C. Smith Memorial Prize by the Texas Institute of Letters for the best book of poetry published… Read More

Poetry

“Mad world! Mad kings!”: Philip the Bastard’s “Mad world” speech from King John

By On October 14, 2011

Thanks to David for suggesting this. … Read More

Poetry

“Medusa” by Patricia Smith

By On October 12, 2011

Patricia is also the author of Teahouse of the Almighty (Coffee House Press), a National Poetry Series winner, the Best Poetry Book of 2006 on About.com, and a 2007 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award… Read More

Poetry

“If God is Good” by Quincy Lehr

By On October 10, 2011

Quincy R. Lehr was raised in Norman, Oklahoma and presently lives in Brooklyn, having returned to the U.S. after two years in Ireland. His work has appeared in print and online venues… Read More

Poetry

“After a Death” by Tomas Tranströmer

By On October 6, 2011

Congratulations to the new Nobel Laureate for literature, the first poet since 1996. … Read More

Poetry

“The More Loving One” by W. H. Auden

By On October 3, 2011

"A poet is a professional maker of verbal objects." - W.H. Auden… Read More

Poetry

“Drop Out” by Ernest Hilbert in Horizon Review

By On September 30, 2011

"Horizon Review takes its name and its inspiration from Horizon, the magazine Cyril Connolly ran from the outbreak of the War in 1939 until it closed in 1949. Horizon was very much… Read More

Poetry

“Drunk” by Christopher Bakken

By On September 29, 2011

Christopher Bakken’s second book of poetry, Goat Funeral (Sheep Meadow, 2006) was awarded the Helen C. Smith Memorial Prize by the Texas Institute of Letters for the best book of poetry published… Read More

Poetry

“Another Lullaby for Insomniacs” by A.E. Stallings

By On September 26, 2011

"A. E. Stallings is a poet and translator mining the classical world and traditional poetic techniques to craft works that evoke startling insights about contemporary life. In both her original poetry and… Read More

Poetry

“Out of Shot” by Quincy Lehr

By On September 26, 2011

Quincy R. Lehr was raised in Norman, Oklahoma and presently lives in Brooklyn, having returned to the U.S. after two years in Ireland. His work has appeared in print and online venues… Read More

Poetry

“Bluebells” by Stephen Burt

By On September 25, 2011

Stephen Burt grew up in and around Washington, DC, taught at Macalester College in Minnesota from 2000-07, and is now Professor of English at Harvard. His most recent book is The Art… Read More

Poetry

“House and Home” by Ernest Hilbert in Horizon Review

By On September 25, 2011

"Horizon Review takes its name and its inspiration from Horizon, the magazine Cyril Connolly ran from the outbreak of the War in 1939 until it closed in 1949. Horizon was very much… Read More

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“Balloon Man” by James Matthew Wilson

By On September 24, 2011

James Matthew Wilson teaches in the Department of Humanities and Augustinian Traditions at Villanova University and is an editor of Front Porch Republic (frontporchrepublic.com). He has published many essays, poems, and… Read More

Poetry

“A Change of Season” by Quincy Lehr

By On September 22, 2011

Quincy R. Lehr was raised in Norman, Oklahoma and presently lives in Brooklyn, having returned to the U.S. after two years in Ireland. His work has appeared in print and online venues… Read More

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“Without a Net”: Ernest Hilbert on Optic, Graphic, Acoustic, and Other Formations in Free Verse in the Contemporary Poetry Review

By On September 20, 2011

Many strategies have emerged to cope with the open field of free verse, several of them before Frost was even born. When moving away from oppositional definitions—free verse is non-metrical, non-strophic—one is… Read More