Man Making the Bed Man Making the Bed

Psalm after psalm into a dead sea of silence: they invite their own enormous, endangered day. Scalded, lord, by sunlight and the lizards watching, licking dust,

Nov 13, 2003 / Books & the Arts / Eamon Grennan

2003 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize 2003 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize

The Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize of $25,000, awarded annually for the most outstanding book of poems published in the United States by an American, is administered mutually by ...

Nov 13, 2003 / Books & the Arts / Robert Wrigley

A Configuration of Themes A Configuration of Themes

This essay--Edward W. Said's first piece for The Nation from the magazine's May 30, 1966, issue--is a special selection from The Nation Digital Archive. If you want to read everyth...

Oct 30, 2003 / Books & the Arts / Edward W. Said

Two Poems by Marianne Moore Two Poems by Marianne Moore

Eight of Marianne Moore's major poems were published in The Nation in the 1940s and '50s, including "The Mind Is an Enchanting Thing," "In Distrust of Merits" and "A Carriage F...

Oct 9, 2003 / Books & the Arts / The Nation

What Are They Reading? What Are They Reading?

I'd like to say that I came across the poet Agha Shahid Ali of my own accord, browsing through the shelves of a bookshop or library and taking immediately to his finely structure...

Sep 8, 2003 / Books & the Arts / Priyanka Motaparthy

The Blue Laws The Blue Laws

My mother, a brunette, hurried in her cloth coat through postwar Sundays, which fell

Sep 4, 2003 / Books & the Arts / William Logan

Walt Whitman Walt Whitman

In 1848, 29-year-old Walt Whitman was for three months a reporter for the Daily Crescent in New Orleans, writing fluff pieces about local color and charm as seen through Yankee...

Jul 2, 2003 / Books & the Arts / Richard Gambino

Immortality Immortality

There are killer weeds, deep in the flower patch, down at the bottom of the tombstone. Only they'll seem to breed out of the ground itself.

Jun 26, 2003 / Books & the Arts / Robert Mazzocco

Passport: A Manifesto Passport: A Manifesto

This is your passport I hold in my hand: a hemisphere, half red ink, half blue-- as yet untorched by terror, but polluted

Jun 12, 2003 / Books & the Arts / Carol Muske-Dukes

When Poetry Was the Rage When Poetry Was the Rage

"That was a benefit shooting." So said a shaken Kenneth Koch to a stunned audience seconds after a tall, scraggly man fired a pistol at him on January 10, 1968.

May 29, 2003 / Books & the Arts / John Palattella