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Susan Kelly-DeWitt: Maybe I Have No Ideas

Eating a turkey sub from the school cafeteria
I suddenly think of the blonde woman
whose marriage is falling apart and the dark
circles under her eyes

July 28, 2021 · Leave a comment

Rachel Hadas: Lyric Leap

lacuna, hiatus, sidebar,
sudden swerve, and you are far
along already toward surprise.

June 21, 2021 · 1 Comment

Juniper White: Erato

Meet me in the white space between the words, where the language of tongues has no boundary, and end sheets frame the rooting around. We’ll dance the iambic dance, frolic … Continue reading

November 21, 2018 · Leave a comment

Doug Anderson: Waltz Me Deeper

I seem to be arriving at a goal I had not aspired to. The distance between my writing and my being in the world is lessening. My speaking voice is … Continue reading

August 11, 2015 · 2 Comments

Djelloul Marbrook: The Poet is a Luthier

A poem is a musical instrument. The way its author plays it is not necessarily the way others will play it. The poet is a luthier. He uses certain materials … Continue reading

March 22, 2015 · 1 Comment

Video: B.B. King animated by Blank on Blank

In this animated video by Blank on Blank, B.B. King tells the story behind the naming of his legendary guitar Lucille and talks about his attitude toward life and music. … Continue reading

February 9, 2015 · 4 Comments

Video: ‘Dust’ by Dorianne Laux

In this video, Dorianne Laux reads her poem Dust at the 2011 Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival. — Dust Someone spoke to me last night, told me the truth. Just … Continue reading

February 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: What is Poetry For?

A few days ago, an old priest who was a colleague of my wife’s passed away, and Eva came home from work angry at the world. I was worried; Eva … Continue reading

February 1, 2015 · 9 Comments

Doug Anderson: The Fierce Economy of Eros

In creative writing classes I often have students do an exercise where they write the most down and dirty sex scene they can. I tell them that I won’t look … Continue reading

January 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

Naomi Shihab Nye: On Inspiration

“I can never imagine how someone would fall in love with poetry and stop reading poems. But I think that people often talk themselves out of responding…” This video is … Continue reading

December 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

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