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Poetry news and analysis from The Nation
November 15, 2017
Between the News and a Prayer
Danez Smith’s poetry bends language to hope for the possibility of a better world.
David B. Hobbs
October 19, 2017
The Loneliness of Elizabeth Bishop
Using antique verse structures to expose and heal her personal wounds, the poet often hid in plain sight.
August 7, 2017
‘The Nation’ Names Steph Burt and Carmen Giménez Smith Poetry Editors
Burt and Smith take over stewardship of the magazine’s storied poetry section.
July 6, 2017
The Poet in James Comey’s Soul
The G-man as bard.
June 1, 2017
Czesław Miłosz’s Space Travels
Having spent four decades in exile, the Polish poet discovered a homeland in his writing.
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April 5, 2017
On the Poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko
The “poetician, not politician” always seemed conscious of the Russian adage that a great writer is more than a writer—he is a second government.
Katrina vanden Heuvel
March 17, 2017
The Model of Perfection in Morgan Parker’s Poems
The poet allows the struggles and the messiness of life—with a particular focus on black womanhood—to breathe.
March 13, 2017
Stop the Trump Administration From Defunding the Arts and Humanities
This is not about fiscal responsibility.
December 1, 2016
Letters From the December 19-26, 2016, Issue
Return of the repressed… Book therapy… Happily enough ever after… Dylan revisited… Bentham’s revenge…
November 19, 2016
Seeing Mars, Seeing Red
As the climate warms and this planet of ours continues sprinting toward extinction, we’re seeing the cultural fixation with Mars take center stage.