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“Carmel Point” by Robinson Jeffers

By On April 22, 2022

A classic poem from Robinson Jeffers for Earth Day. … Read More

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“Dyeing the Easter Eggs” by A.E. Stallings

By On April 17, 2022

A.E. Stallings is the author of four books of poetry: Like, which is a 2019 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in Poetry; Archaic Smile, which won the Richard Wilbur Award; Hapax, which won… Read More

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“I Have A Vast Traumatic Eye” by Tennessee Williams

By On April 8, 2022

Tennessee Williams is recognized as one of the most important American playwrights of the 20th Century. He is the author of such classics as A Streetcar Named Desire (1947), Cat on a… Read More

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“Ode to Almost-Silence” by Marjorie Maddox

By On March 2, 2022

Professor of English and Creative Writing at Lock Haven University, Marjorie Maddox has published thirteen collections of poetry, including Transplant, Transport, Transubstantiation (Yellowglen Prize), Begin with a Question (Paraclete), and Heart Speaks,… Read More

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“The Wedding Gown” by Alexis Sears

By On February 27, 2022

Alexis Sears is the author of Out of Order, winner of the 2021 Donald Justice Poetry Prize. David Yezzi writes of the book that “her poems draw blood. It’s hard to think… Read More

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“Pandemical #11” by Charlotte Innes

By On February 24, 2022

Charlotte Innes is the author of the chapbook, Twenty Pandemicals (Kelsay Books, 2021) and Descanso Drive, a book of poems, also from Kelsay Books. Her poems have appeared in The Hudson Review,… Read More

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“Moon Over Indianapolis” by Katy Giebenhain

By On February 22, 2022

Katy Giebenhain is a poet advocating for access to essential medicines. She is the author of Sharps Cabaret (Mercer University Press), winner of the Adrienne Bond Award for Poetry.… Read More

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“Love” by Billy Collins

By On February 14, 2022

Billy Collins is the author of eleven collections of poetry, including Aimless Love, Horoscopes for the Dead, Ballistics, The Trouble with Poetry, Nine Horses, Sailing Alone Around the Room, Questions About Angels,… Read More

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“Rare Species” by J.D. Smith

By On January 12, 2022

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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“Autumn Day” by Rainer Maria Rilke, Translated by Ryan Wilson

By On January 10, 2022

Ryan Wilson is the author of The Stranger World, winner of the Donald Justice Poetry Prize, and How to Think Like a Poet, and he is co-editor, along with April Linder, of the forthcoming… Read More

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“The House of Christmas” by G.K. Chesterton

By On December 24, 2021

G. K. Chesterton was one of the most beloved and prolific authors of the twentieth century. He wrote dozens of popular books on a variety of topics and thousands of essays. His… Read More

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“In Love and War” by Ashley Anna McHugh

By On December 21, 2021

Ashley Anna McHugh won the New Criterion Poetry Prize with her debut collection, Into These Knots. Poems from her new manuscript, How to Burn, have most recently appeared in PN Review, Literary… Read More

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“Christmas” by John Betjeman

By On December 10, 2021

"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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“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