On Poetry Archives - The Millions
November 22, 2016
by Jim Cole
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
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.