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Poetry news and analysis from The Nation
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.
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November 7, 2016
Did Medieval Muslims Invent Modern Secularism?
The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
was embraced by many Western intellectuals as an aid to their own secularization.
October 13, 2016
Bob Dylan, Nobel Laureate in Ashtray-Binding
The poetry in Dylan’s music has always been something different from the language on the page that we associate with poets.
October 7, 2016
A Seat at Solange’s Table
A poem inspired by her new album.
September 22, 2016
A Poet Undone
Poetry defeats poems. Beguiled by this decorous paradox, Ben Lerner’s
The Hatred of Poetry
evades the art’s difficulty and strangeness.
September 20, 2016
A Part of Denise Riley’s Song
The shadow of ballad meter haunts Riley’s poems, which can never not be a sign of vitality.