On Poetry Archives - The Millions

August 7, 2017

Must-Read Poetry: August 2017 0

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This is a book to share, a poetic window into someone “standing in line / behind you / the girl you’re pretending not to notice.”

July 24, 2017

Must-Read Poetry: July 2017 1

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2017 is a banner year for poetry: debuts, new takes by established authors, and collections that span careers.

June 7, 2017

The Ministry of the Frost: How I Learned to Love Poetry 0

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My feet were planted in unfamiliar terrain, only to discover a fresh vitality, and growing enjoyment of verse and rhyme.

May 22, 2017

Polish Poetry in a Time of American Resistance 0

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After Donald Trump was elected on November 8, many sought out poetry. “People just were looking for words to help them make sense,” says Jennifer Benka, director of the Academy of American Poets.

April 24, 2017

Inside the Ruins: On Derek Walcott’s Life and Work 1

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Even as a vision of cultural fusion informs the style of his poetry, the soldering of worlds has ethical implications, too. Accounting for the complexities of others’ experiences can remind us of our abiding human bonds, even amidst the blood and muck of the world.

April 6, 2017

The Language of Poets: 10 Notable Forms 1

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Each poetic form is an opportunity. A new house for words.

April 4, 2017

Start With These Five New Books of Poetry 2

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Buy poetry to pause the world, to hide from it, to consider all its hues and microscopic wonders. Buy poetry because poets deserve to get paid.

March 13, 2017

Poetry in Motion 2

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If you should ever come across me on the path and see in my halting stride and grim-faced muttering a defeated man, know that the “viewless wings of Poesy” are transporting me and my aching feet to a better place.

February 7, 2017

Form Reveals Poems for the Machines They Are: The Millions Interviews Saara Myrene Raappana 1

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I’m for the usefulness that can be found in what’s broken. I’ll stand for that any day.

January 5, 2017

Staring into the Soundless Dark: On the Trouble Lurking in Poets’ Bedrooms 11

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Vita Sackville-West — a friend and lover of Virginia Woolf and a poet herself — combated her insomnia by collecting as many dogs as possible and inviting them into bed with her.