On Poetry Archives - The Millions
September 20, 2016
Rather than succumbing to self-righteous demonization, Whitman illustrated the power of a human empathy that transcends ideological bellicosity.
September 15, 2016
The digitized, the pop culture, the intimate, the political, and the literary all bleed together, revealing the connective tissue of language that often is as confusing as it is humorous.
September 7, 2016
Poets should write prose. I say this well aware that suggesting how another should write is akin to telling someone how they should raise their children.
August 29, 2016
For the Nu-Audacists, being a poet is nothing to celebrate, at least not in any conventional sense.
August 24, 2016
by Mike Broida
To read Philip Levine in this moment is to crack open a road map into the zeitgeist of populist, nativist, and nationalistic sentiments fueling unrest in globalized, post-industrial nations across the world.
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.”