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2016 Republican National Convention
June 6, 2016
How Poems Think
The power of lyric poetry lies in negation, not self-assertion.
May 5, 2016
Letters From the May 23-30, 2016, Issue
Childbearing vs. child-rearing… Lost in translation?…
April 8, 2016
The Need of the Forgotten
The novelist and poet Carmen Boullosa talks about her obsession with lost stories and found textual objects, and how rereading gives books new faces.
March 31, 2016
Less Is Moore
is one of the great verbal works of art of the 20th century, in part because of Marianne Moore’s infectious devotion to everything small.
March 24, 2016
Joseph Brodsky, Darker and Brighter
A spellbinding new biography rescues the poet from sentimentality and kitsch.
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November 25, 2015
Letters From the December 14, 2015, Issue
Sanders, Denmark, and Debs… tourists at the end of life… all that jive… food for the mind… one side of the story…
November 17, 2015
A Poet Who Believed in Nothing As in Love
After first writing poetry to impress and entertain his wealthy parents’ guests, cosmopolitan James Merrill went cosmic.
October 30, 2015
October 30, 1885: Ezra Pound Is Born
“There is no reason why poetry should not be so perplexingly simple as Mr. Pound’s, and be about nothing at all.”
October 29, 2015
Modernist Poetry in a Crowdsourcing Age
Jorie Graham resists classic pleasures like closure, a concept anathema to the poet and her country.
October 24, 2015
October 24, 1923: Denise Levertov Is Born