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“Beginning with a Line Overheard in Chicago” by J.D. Smith

By On November 4, 2021

J.D. Smith has published two collections of poetry in 2021: the light verse collection Catalogs for Food Lovers and the free verse collection Glenn Danzig Carries Cat Litter. His first fiction collection,… Read More

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“This Living Hand” by John Keats

By On October 31, 2021

"There is a quality in Keats more clearly present than in any other poet since Shakespeare. This is the gift of tragic acceptance, which persuades us that Keats was the least solipsistic… Read More

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“Dusk in Autumn” by Sara Teasdale

By On October 31, 2021

Sara Teasdale is the author of seven collections of poetry and was a critical and commercial success in the early 20th century. In 1918, her book Love Songs won the first Columbia… Read More

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“The Lost Wine” by Paul Valéry (Translated by Jan Schreiber)

By On October 28, 2021

an Schreiber is a poet and translator whose work has appeared in books and periodicals in the United States, Canada, and the UK over several decades. His collection of translations of Valéry,… Read More

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“Those Boys” by John Wall Barger

By On September 30, 2021

John Wall Barger is a contract editor at Frontenac House; former editor at Painted Bride Quarterly; essayist and book reviewer in Kenyon Review Online, Poetry Northwest, Rain Taxi, Literary Matters, and others.… Read More

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“Going Mad Under Kansas” by Anne-Adele Wight

By On September 23, 2021

Anne-Adele Wight is the author of An Internet of Containment, The Age of Greenhouses, Opera House Arterial, and Sidestep Catapult, all from BlazeVOX Books. She has read extensively in the United States… Read More

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“To One Who Asked, ‘What Is a Melody?’ ” by Claudia Gary

By On September 22, 2021

Claudia Gary lives near Washington DC and teaches workshops on Villanelle, Sonnet, Natural Meter, Poetry vs. Trauma, and the science of poetry at writer.org, currently via teleconference. Author of Humor Me (2006), and of… Read More

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“At the Carnival” by Anne Spencer

By On August 4, 2021

Anne Spencer was a poet, civil rights activist, and teacher who is regarded as an important figure in the Harlem Renaissance. Though she published only thirty poems in her lifetime, she was… Read More

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“I Hear America Singing” by Walt Whitman

By On July 3, 2021

A well-loved poem from The Bard of Democracy. … Read More

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“Why I Think I’m a Writer” by Stephen Dunn

By On June 26, 2021

Stephen Dunn died on his 82nd birthday this past Thursday at his home in Frostburg, MD. He was the author of seventeen collections of poetry, most recently Lines of Defense (2013), Here… Read More

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“To My Father’s Violin” by Thomas Hardy

By On June 20, 2021

Thomas Hardy was English novelist and poet. A Victorian realist in the tradition of George Eliot, he was influenced both in his novels and in his poetry by Romanticism. While Hardy wrote… Read More

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“True Vine” by David Yezzi

By On June 4, 2021

David Yezzi’s More Things in Heaven: New and Selected Poems (Measure Press) will be published later this year. He teaches in the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins.… Read More

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Top 80 Bob Dylan Songs

By On May 24, 2021

In honor of Bob Dylan's 80th birthday, E-Verse Associate Poetry Editor Luke Stromberg has ranked his top 80 songs and created a Spotify playlist. … Read More

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“My Mother’s Sister” by C. Day Lewis

By On May 9, 2021

C. Day Lewis , born in Ireland in 1904, was Poet Laureate from 1968 until his death in May 1972. He published many volumes of poetry, as well as essays, critical studies,… Read More

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“Spenser’s Ireland” by Marianne Moore

By On March 17, 2021

Marianne Moore's first book, Poems, was issued in England by the Egoist Press in 1921. Observations, published three years later in America, received the Dial Award. From 1925 to 1929 she served… Read More

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“I Am Waiting” by Lawrence Ferlinghetti

By On February 23, 2021

Happy 100th birthday to Lawrence Ferlinghetti! Ferlinghetti is best known as the author of the 1958 poetry collection A Coney Island of the Mind, which has sold over a million copies, and… Read More

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“Excerpt from ‘The Parliament of Fowls’ (Lines 295-371)” by Geoffrey Chaucer

By On February 14, 2021

The first known reference to Valentine's Day as a day for lovers comes from Geoffrey Chaucer's poem "The Parliament of Fowls." In the poem, Chaucer's narrator describes how several species of… Read More

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“Ruins of Paestum” by Wendy Sloan

By On January 18, 2021

Wendy Sloan practiced labor and civil rights law with the firm of Hall & Sloan before returning to poetry. Her collection is Sunday Mornings at the Caffe Mediterraneum (Kelsay Books, 2016). Sloan’s… Read More

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“Hoop Earrings, Bare Legs” by Alexis Sears

By On January 11, 2021

Alexis Sears is a graduate of the MFA program in poetry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and she earned her Bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University, where she majored in Writing Seminars.… Read More

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“The Self and the Mulberry” by Marvin Bell

By On December 15, 2020

The poet Marvin Bell passed away yesterday. Bell was born in New York City 1937, and raised in rural Long Island. He attended Alfred University and the University of Chicago. He enjoyed… Read More

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“Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein” by George Green

By On November 30, 2020

George Green’s book, Lord Byron’s Foot, won the New Criterion Prize, The Poet’s Prize, and an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His poems have appeared in ten… Read More

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“‘What Are You Grateful For?’” by Chelsea Rathburn

By On November 26, 2020

Chelsea Rathburn is the author of three full-length poetry collections, most recently Still Life with Mother and Knife, a New York Times “New & Noteworthy” book released by Louisiana State University Press… Read More

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“60s Love” by Mac Gay

By On November 23, 2020

Mac Gay's latest is Farm Alarm, runner up for the Robert Phillips Poetry Prize, out last July from Texas Review Press. Ghost Hunt is forthcoming from Eyewear Publishing, Ltd. in early 2021.… Read More

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“The Blind” by Luke Bauerlein

By On November 19, 2020

Luke Bauerlein’s poems and essays have previously appeared in the NY Times, Rattle, BODY, Unsplendid, and elsewhere. He currently resides in SE PA and has been known to emerge from basements, blinking.… Read More

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“Fire in the Angels” by Anne Higgins

By On November 16, 2020

Anne Higgins teaches at Mount Saint Mary's University in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Nine books of her poetry have been published: At the Year's Elbow, Scattered Showers in a Clear Sky, Pick It… Read More

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“Smithsonian 11/21” by Rick Mullin

By On November 2, 2020

Rick Mullin’s poetry has appeared in various journals and anthologies, including American Arts Quarterly, The New Criterion, The Dark Horse, and Rabbit Ears: TV Poetry. His latest collection is Lullaby and Wheel,… Read More

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Anne Sexton Reads “Her Kind”

By On October 31, 2020

Anne Sexton (1928-1974), the author of ten collections of poems, received the Pulitzer Prize in 1967.… Read More

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“Two galaxies – after Reginald Gibbons reads Mandelshtam” by Lisa Naomi Konigsberg

By On October 30, 2020

Lisa Naomi Konigsberg is Assistant Professor of English at West Chester University in West Chester, Pennsylvania. She has been published in various journals including INK, and is one of the featured poets… Read More

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Two Poems by Indran Amirthanayagam

By On October 26, 2020

Indran Amirthanayagam edits The Beltway Poetry Quarterly. He writes in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Haitian Creole. He has published 19 poetry collections, including The Migrant States (Hanging Losse Press, 2020), Sur… Read More

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“The Cricket” by Joshua Eric Williams

By On October 12, 2020

Joshua Eric Williams is from Carrollton, GA. He graduated with an MFA in Poetry from Western Colorado University in August of this year. His poetry has appeared in Measure, Frogpond, Modern Haiku,… Read More