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How Poetry Came to Matter Again

The poetry world would hardly seem a likely place for a “race row,” the phrase The Guardian applied in 2011 to a blunt exchange of literary verdicts. The celebrated (and white) critic Helen Vendler ... read more

Poem: How’d Your Parents Die Again?

Does it matter how? There’s no place to see them again ... and her “Collected Poems: 1974-2004” was published in 2016. Fatimah Asghar is a Pakistani-Kashmiri-American poet and screenwriter and the ... read more

How a Fateful Encounter Led This American Poet Into a Civil War

“It wasn’t like writing poetry,” she says. “You have to go into a prose book and stay there. With poems, you can come in and out ... that awareness even if its ostensible subject matter has nothing to ... read more

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How To Write Love Poems That Don't Suck

The trouble is not really the poetry but the feelings. We are raised on such cockamamie folklore that it’s all rather depressing when experience teaches us that the prince is not going to come riding ... read more

How To Come Up With The Right Title For Your Poem (With Examples)

We love the title of Maya Angelou’s poem “Still I Rise.” Not only do the monosyllabic words make a big impact, but the meaning of the words suggests an inherent conflict — an opponent or obstacle that ... read more

Want to be the next David Harsent? A guide on how to write a poem

This year the UK’s biggest poetry award, the TS Eliot prize, has gone to David Harsent for his 11th collection ... In the words of Beckett: Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. ... read more

The Language the Poet Knows

Read more: How poetry came to matter again Teicher suggests that harris’s style reflects those of two American poets who each invoked marginalized perspectives: Lucille Clifton, who often wrote about ... read more

A Love Letter to Joan

I came to miss our conversations and sent several postcards. When I returned, we spoke for four hours catching up. This beautiful woman who I had never really seen became more beautiful than ever. It ... read more

Political Poetry Is Hot Again. The Poet Laureate Explores Why, and How.

Perhaps America’s individualism predisposed its poets toward the lyric poem, with its insistence on the primacy of a single speaker whose politics were intimate, internal, invisible. Then came the ... read more

How Poetry Quiets the ‘Pandemonium of Blab’

Why does this matter? It matters because ... “Art is not enough,” he writes, and again, “poetry is not enough” because “at some point you need a universally redemptive activity. You need grace that ... read more

Can Instagram Make Poems Sell Again?

Is poetry dead ... and they have students who come in and have read Milk and Honey, and that gives the professors a starting point to recommend more authors who have a subject matter the students ... read more

Poetry And Ruthless Careerism: How To Become The Most Famous Poet In America Overnight

[Editor's note: This talk was originally delivered in slightly different form at the St. Mark's Poetry Project on ... but facts don't actually matter. If I say that Obama is a strong and effective ... read more

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