On Poetry Archives - The Millions
July 1, 2016
by Ed Simon
For all of our tweedy jingoism, the United States seems rare among nations in not having an identifiable and obvious candidate for national epic.
April 20, 2016
by Peter Gizzi
There is a feeling in this book that a language is coming to the speaker of the poem in the very act of composition — that is, in real time.
April 8, 2016
Novelists and essayists ponder the apocalypse, but poems are particularly suited toward capturing the anxiety of the end.
January 5, 2016
Novels might bore, and short stories can frustrate, but poetry is the only genre of literature that elicits consistent hate.
October 29, 2015
With an archive of blistering personal data at his disposal, but Hughes’s very human survivors more or less at his mercy, Bate faced a crushing ethical dilemma. The work that followed seems perpetually caught between the thrill of scandal and compulsion to soften the blow by selectively presenting Hughes’s most incendiary work as “symbolic.”
October 15, 2015
by Andrew Kay
In poetry’s respiratory patterns, frozen in verse forms that enable us to breathe in concert with their authors, we may discover evidence of a shared humanity.
July 29, 2014
Appalachian literature plays an elegaic refrain. It is a literature of dislocation and transition and survival.
July 21, 2014
by Kate Angus
Although the audience for poetry is vast, despite the very hard and creative work being done by publishers, this wider audience hasn’t yet crossed the bridge from reading poetry into buying poetry books.
July 18, 2014
Novels have hurt me. Stories have punctured my skeptical skin. Essays have made me rethink the world. But a melancholic poem shatters me.
July 9, 2014
by Leah Falk
Why do some poets perform as though they had just come to in a bad dream?