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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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“Celle Qui Fut Heaulmiette” by Wallace Stevens

By On April 2, 2018

“After the reader has admired certain lines because Shakespeare might have written them, he begins to admire them because only Stevens could.” - Robert Fitzgerald … 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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“Scenes from a Storm: Valentine’s Day, 2018” by Olga Dugan

By On March 20, 2018

Olga Dugan is a Cave Canem poet. Her award-winning poems appear or are forthcoming in Virga, The Sunlight Press, Origins, The Peacock Journal, Typehouse Literary Magazine, Kweli, The Southern Quarterly, The Red… 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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“How to Write the Great Jersey Poem” by Danny Shot

By On February 13, 2018

Danny Shot was a longtime publisher and editor of Long Shot arts and literary magazine, which he founded along with Eliot Katz in 1982 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. … 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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“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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“To Eros” by Alfonsina Storni translated from the Spanish by Nicholas Friedman

By On December 28, 2017

Alfonsina Storni (1892-1938) is an important Argentine and Latin-American modernist poet. Nicholas Friedman is the author of Petty Theft, which won the 2018 New Criterion Poetry Prize and will be published by… 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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“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