December 3, 2019
Matthew Zapruder on dreams, silence, and smoking with Brodsky.
November 19, 2019
Ada Limón is done with hiding in poems.
November 5, 2019
Fanny Howe gives away the secret to being cavalier and brave.
October 22, 2019
Ross Gay finds joy in life that outlives us.
October 1, 2019
Toi Derricotte on feeling part of something bigger.
September 10, 2019
Sally Wen Mao reanimates the past.
August 27, 2019
Two teachers on life through children's eyes.
August 13, 2019
The healthcare industry through the eyes of two doctor-poets.
July 23, 2019
Forrest Gander talks about love, loss, and the remarkable properties of lichen.
July 2, 2019
Naomi Shihab Nye talks about a trunk full of treasures, childhood in Palestine, and her grandson's poetic bone.
June 18, 2019
A look into the various approaches to the U.S. poet laureate position.
June 4, 2019
On Whitman's bicentennial, a contemporary poet finds a Whitmanic kinship with wonder, language, and the environment.
May 21, 2019
Marilyn Nelson's poetic legacy, through the eyes of one of her many protégés, Tyehimba Jess.
May 7, 2019
Two Muslim American poets discuss the intersections between poetry and Ramadan.
April 23, 2019
Carolyn Forché discusses her memoir of the same title, about her time in pre-civil war El Salvador in the late 1970s.
April 2, 2019
The life and legacy of Vladimir Mayakovsky.
March 19, 2019
Reading a trailblazing second-wave feminist poet.
March 1, 2019
Meryl Streep narrates our hour-long radio documentary special about how the Women’s Movement changed poetry, and how women poets changed the culture.
February 19, 2019
Shortly after Martin Luther King's assassination in 1968, Gwendolyn Brooks wrote a poem about the power of riots.
February 5, 2019
Poems in time for Valentine's Day.
January 22, 2019
A look into Duncan's poems on the centenary of his birth.
January 8, 2019
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Prohibition in the U.S., we discuss drinking poems over a few cocktails.
December 25, 2018
Remembering and listening to those who died this year.
December 11, 2018
The centenary of the first volume by Gerard Manley Hopkins, the Jesuit Victorian experimentalist was posthumously published among the Modernists.
November 20, 2018
Looking back in a meditative mood around Thanksgiving.
November 13, 2018
Poetry's possible liberty or obligations in the wake of the US midterm elections.
October 30, 2018
What copywriting and poetry have in common.
October 16, 2018
Exploring exercises to be more present in your life and writing.
October 2, 2018
Rereading the great modern Greek poet C.P. Cavafy.
September 11, 2018
During the current nationwide prison strike, we look back at Etheridge Knight's influential poems he wrote while incarcerated.
August 28, 2018
John Keats's life and body of work, then and now.
August 14, 2018
Reading and exploring poetry along with students this school year.
July 31, 2018
Tracy K. Smith discusses her new book and her tenure as current US poet laureate.
July 18, 2018
Remembering Donald Hall and his advocacy for archival audio recordings of poets.
July 3, 2018
For July 4, we talk about US immigration, Central American refugees, and poems across borders with Javier Zamora.
June 19, 2018
Poems about soccer, aka football, aka the beautiful game, in time for the World Cup.
June 5, 2018
When poets used tape recorders to compose not for the page, but for the audio environment.
May 22, 2018
Maureen McLane on semi-autobiographical epic poems, narrative melodrama, and the dissociation of sensibility.
May 8, 2018
Exploring the work of the 2018 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize winner Martín Espada.
April 25, 2018
The legacy of second-wave feminism through the lens of anthologies, and the ongoing pursuit of equality and inclusion.
April 10, 2018
How women poets made birth, motherhood, and parenting central preoccupations of contemporary poetry, just as it is in life.
April 3, 2018
In the '70s, poetry workshops run by women, for women, sprang up in cities around the country. They mirrored what was happening in the women’s movement, and they became communities unto themselves.
March 20, 2018
Our series dedicated to the women's movement continues with the changing cultural roles of the 1970s, when women poets refused to be marginalized or tokenized, and public poetry readings and writing workshops for women spread across the U.S.
March 13, 2018
The second episode of our special series exploring poetry and the women's movement looks at several books in the 1960s and '70s that fought for a place for women.
March 6, 2018
The first episode in a special series on the women’s movement
February 27, 2018
Shelley's famous poem “Ozymandias” is germane 200 years after its publication.
February 20, 2018
Poems responding to past gun violence, mass murders, and school shootings.
February 13, 2018
For Valentines's Day, three poems exploring the most common symbol in love poetry.
February 6, 2018
After Martin Luther King's assassination 50 years ago, Gwendolyn Brooks wrote a poem about the power of riots.
January 9, 2018
Jeff Gordinier and Rosie Schapp discuss poetry over a few cocktails.
December 26, 2017
Spencer Reece discusses classic and contemporary religious poems for this time of year.
December 12, 2017
Millay's legacy, upon the centennial of her first book, Renascence and Other Poems (1917).
November 28, 2017
Distraction may actually be at the heart of poetry.
November 1, 2017
Poems about baseball, in time for the World Series.
October 10, 2017
Meaghan O'Rourke discusses how the experience of illness has informed her poetry.
September 26, 2017
Poetry magazine publishes a selection of their ‘View from Here’ essays in a new book, Who Reads Poetry.
September 12, 2017
Ashbery's poems can be a new way of seeing and experiencing things, a "daydream from which there's no obvious exit," an ode to neglected emotions or the insignificant, an inside joke you may or may not be in on, and a reordering of the world and ourselves.
August 29, 2017
Our back-to-school episode covers alternative approaches to poetry, including student choice.
August 15, 2017
Matthew Zapruder discusses the role of language and meaning in poetry and his book of criticism, Why Poetry.
August 1, 2017
Fatimah Asghar on telling the stories that need to be told, in poetry and on television.
July 5, 2017
A deep look into W.S. Merwin's influential book, which speaks to our moment 50 years after its publication.
June 20, 2017
Margarita Engle on the subject of her poetry, and her message to young readers.
June 6, 2017
This year's Lilly Prize winner discusses the intersection of poetry and music, as well as the women's rights and Indigenous rights movements that much her poetry is borne out of.
May 16, 2017
An appreciation of an underrecognized poet's vision, lyricism, fragments, and humor
May 2, 2017
A new anthology collects poems addressing our current political climate.
April 18, 2017
How we use poetry to find meaning and to bring disparate aspects of life together.
March 22, 2017
Remembering the Nobel Laureate's poetry upon his death, and the commitment to the arts and humanties
March 7, 2017
Robert Lowell’s former students look back on their poetry classes with an American master.
February 21, 2017
As one of the U.S.'s greatest patriots and most trenchant critics of his time, Whitman never lost hope in his country.
February 8, 2017
The late Carolyn Kizer on the erotic side of love
January 24, 2017
Ron Padgett on having his poems appear in Jim Jarmusch's film Paterson.
December 20, 2016
Listening to some of the poets who died this year
December 7, 2016
Two additional poets react to the U.S. presidential election
November 15, 2016
Responses to last week's U.S. presidential election
November 1, 2016
What poetry has to say about substance abuse, and how some poems can help.
October 18, 2016
Making peace with the grief and release of death
October 4, 2016
The different ways of reading a classic American poem
September 20, 2016
Over three million high school students have participated in this recitation contest.
September 6, 2016
Giving children the permission to be free.
August 22, 2016
The many successes of Cave Canem.
August 9, 2016
Looking at Seamus Heaney's debut, Death of a Naturalist
July 26, 2016
Two poets who are applying new uses of language to approach social issues
July 12, 2016
Yezzi looks into Geoffrey Hill's poetry upon Hill's death
June 28, 2016
Gay Pride in the shadow of the Orlando nightclub shooting
June 15, 2016
The poignancy of Father's Day, for those who have lost their fathers
June 1, 2016
Making money from poetry, and opting to be forgotten
May 17, 2016
Audre Lorde then and now
May 3, 2016
Recent approaches to poetry, from the perspective of mothers
April 18, 2016
Old and new poems about unnamed lovers
April 4, 2016
The skeptical, clear-eyed poetry of Alan Dugan
March 22, 2016
Poems to mark a new, fragile season
March 8, 2016
The legacy of Plath's posthumous classic
February 24, 2016
Danez Smith and Brian Russell examine how we label acts of violence, and the power of poetry to connect the political with the deeply personal.
February 10, 2016
All about flarf.
January 27, 2016
Lola Ridge's poetry of social protest
January 13, 2016
Hannah Gamble and Roger Reeves talk about girlhood and growing up in the Pentecostal Church.
December 23, 2015
Remembering and celebrating some of the poets who died in 2015
November 25, 2015
Erika L. Sánchez and Jacob Saenz talk about sex in music and poetry.
November 11, 2015
James Merrill envisions the figure of the artist through the ears of a dog
October 28, 2015
Franny Choi and Saeed Jones blend poetry and culture.
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