On Poetry Archives - The Millions

June 7, 2017

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


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


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


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


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

April 4, 2017

Start With These Five New Books of Poetry 2


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


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


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


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.

November 22, 2016

Big Bad Ted Sings Songs for Little Ones 6


Ted Hughes was about the most frightening poet imaginable. His work invests every corner of existence with menace and unmanageable intensity. So it came as a bit of a shock to find out that he was also a marvelous poet for young people.

September 20, 2016

An Essential Human Respect: Reading Walt Whitman During Troubled Times 18


Rather than succumbing to self-righteous demonization, Whitman illustrated the power of a human empathy that transcends ideological bellicosity.