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News and Analysis from The Nation on Poetry
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.
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.
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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.
August 19, 2016
‘Hot Sauce in Her Bag’: A Poem for Hillary Clinton
Over the years, you can learn to appreciate slam poetry—much like Hillary Clinton.
July 29, 2016
What Breeds in ‘Standing Water’
Eleanor Chai’s poems require delving below the surface of each compact, enjambment-packed stanza, forcing the reader through a process of discovery not unlike Chai’s own origin story.
June 6, 2016
How Poems Think
The power of lyric poetry lies in negation, not self-assertion.