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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.
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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.
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…