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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 ( He has published many essays, poems, and… Read More


“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


“Couple” by Justin Quinn

By On September 17, 2011

Justin Quinn was born in Dublin in 1968 and educated at Trinity College. Since 1995 he has taught American literature at the Charles University, Prague. He has published three books of criticism,… Read More


“Nibble Song” by J.H. Prynne

By On September 16, 2011

"The poetry of J. H. Prynne is both obscure and difficult; qualities tolerated in canonical and foreign writers (Blake, Mallarmé, Celan, late Beckett), but treated with enormous resentment and suspicion in contemporary… Read More


“Palm” by Laura Kasischke

By On September 15, 2011

Laura Kasischke's work has appeared in the American Poetry Review, Poetry, Southern Review, Iowa Review, New Republic, and elsewhere. She lives in Chelsea, Michigan, with her husband and son,… Read More


“Darkness” by George Gordon, Lord Byron

By On September 14, 2011

"Mad, bad, and dangerous to know." - Lady Caroline Lamb… Read More


“Laryngitis Lights” by Paul Siegell

By On September 10, 2011

"I haven’t had this much fun reading a book of poems in a long time. Paul Siegell’s fast-paced rave-on-the-page jambandbootleg follows a loose narrative in which the speaker and his friends travel… Read More


“Fame is a fickle food” (1659) by Emily Dickinson

By On September 6, 2011

Fame is a fickle food . . .… Read More


“Curriculum Vitae” by Samuel Menashe

By On September 2, 2011

"The public career of Samuel Menashe demonstrates how a serious poet of singular talent, power, and originality can be utterly ignored in our literary culture. There are, of course, several reasons for… Read More


“Sepsis” by C. Dale Young

By On September 1, 2011

C. Dale Young practices medicine full-time, serves as Poetry Editor of the New England Review, and teaches in the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers. He is the author of The… Read More


“Sci-Fi” by Tracy K. Smith

By On August 31, 2011

"We read poems because they change us, and our reasons for writing them hover around that same fact. A poem, a good poem, speaks to and from a place that belongs to… Read More


“Sonnet 66” by William Shakespeare

By On August 30, 2011

Tired with all these, for restful death I cry . . .… Read More


“In the great snowfall before the bomb” by Lorine Niedecker

By On August 24, 2011

"It's hard to write about Lorine Niedecker without using the terms that have, in part, kept her in critical obscurity. Her poems are plain styled and folk driven, wryly in love with… Read More


“The Death of a Wasp” by Quincy Lehr

By On August 23, 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


“Earth Tremors Felt in Missouri” by Mona Van Duyn

By On August 22, 2011

"Mona Van Duyn has assembled, in a language at once beautiful and exact, one of the most convincing bodies of work in our poetry." - Alfred Corn… Read More


“Sentence” by Witter Bynner

By On August 21, 2011

“Witter Bynner, you’re going to have a bitter winter.” - a "badly soused" Hart Crane… Read More


“27,000 Miles” by Albert Goldbarth

By On August 19, 2011

"Half of Goldbarth's imagination . . . is what is usually called religious. Goldbarth's tenderness toward the mystical does not, however, vitiate his enormous curiosity, or the momentum of his zest, or… Read More


“Drum” by Philip Levine

By On August 17, 2011

"I believed even then that if I could transform my experience into poetry I would give it the value and dignity it did not begin to possess on its own. I thought… Read More


“Poem for Happiness” by Matthew Zapruder

By On August 16, 2011

"Zapruder's innovative style is provocative in its unusual juxtapositions of line, image and enjambments." - Library Journal… Read More


“Confusion . . . Distaste . . . Impatience . . . Inadequacy . . . Ambivalence . . . . Television”: Notes on Poetry

By On August 12, 2011

Thanks to Casey for sending this one in. … Read More


Ode 1.11 by Horace, translated by Steven Willett

By On August 11, 2011

Aequam servare mentem. … Read More


“While Reading the Revelation of St. John the Divine, I Turn on the Television” by Garrick Davis

By On August 10, 2011

Garrick Davis is an American poet and critic. He was born in Los Angeles, California in 1971. He served as the literary specialist of the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington,… Read More


“Leviathan” by W.S. Merwin

By On August 9, 2011

"Can you draw out leviathan with an hook? or his tongue with a cord which you let down?" - Job 41:1, KJV… Read More


“Questions for Leonardo” by Malinda Miller

By On August 8, 2011

Malinda C. Miller has served as an editor of Many Mountains Moving, and her poetry has appeared in Improv, Open Windows III, and In the Named World, and Poems from the Poetry… Read More


“Summer Stars” by Carl Sandburg

By On August 4, 2011

“The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring.” - Carl Sandburg… Read More


“A Lesson for This Sunday” by Derek Walcott

By On August 1, 2011

"The English language is nobody's special property. It is the property of the imagination: it is the property of the language itself." - Derek Walcott … Read More


“For Once, Then, Something” by Robert Frost

By On August 1, 2011

"In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on." - Robert Frost… Read More


“A Green Crab’s Shell” by Mark Doty

By On July 30, 2011

"Doty's fourth collection, coming after the 1993 National Book Critics' Circle award-winning My Alexandria, is anchored in the lush and pressing world of loss. He begins calmly with sensually descriptive poems that… Read More


“The Transformation of Arachne into a Spider” by Ovid, translated by Sir Samuel Garth, John Dryden, et al, from Book the Sixth of Metamorphoses

By On July 28, 2011

"The first taste I had for books came to me from my pleasure in the fables of the Metamorphoses of Ovid. For at about seven or eight years of age I would… Read More


“Epilogue” by Robert Lowell

By On July 26, 2011

"All's misalliance . . ."… Read More