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Israel Is

Israel is he or she who wrestles

with God--call him what you will,

not some goon (with a rabbi and gun)

in a pre-fab home on a biblical hill.

for Aaron Korkegian

Helen Adam wrote to raise gooseflesh. A new collection of her work takes her on her own terms.

The Zen reflections in Philip Whalen's poetry have been collected in one beautiful book.

Celebrating Alice Notley, winner of the 2007 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize.

Justice may appear in the
guise of a hard, devious mother
I want shoes for my baby
son my werewolf son

in the antediluvian island
in the primordial swamp
Hardwood was already my friend

Thank Gerard
Cascade: rain torrential rain
waterfalls down our stone facade.

a prisoner is bound and gagged in free fall
the backdoor gift exposes an exchange rift
while a cognitive switch haunts its own turncoat


Meditations on writers’ conferences, Schlesinger Jr. on America, an Auden poem.

May 15, 2014

We published some of his earliest poems as well as his great 1964 essay on Sonny Liston vs. Cassius Clay.

January 11, 2014

How do you rhyme “Obama” with “Yokahama”?

December 16, 2012

Todd Akin, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan all have me thinking of June Jordan’s great “Poem about My Rights.”

August 22, 2012

A poet passionately engaged with writing and politics, she said "art means nothing if it simply decorates the dinner table of the power which holds it hostage."

March 28, 2012

If the great Hiroshima novel remains unwritten, a number of major poets have written brilliantly on nuclear concerns.

August 16, 2011