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Molly Fisk: A Brief for the Defense

The other night I was eating dinner with some friends and the conversation turned, as it does these days, toward the coming apocalypse. There was some talk about Victory Gardens, … Continue reading

September 28, 2017 · 5 Comments

Paul Christensen: Images

One powerful image can overthrow the whole decaying edifice of empiricism and thrust us back into the medieval mind of gods, miracles, witches, and the wonders of an empowered and … Continue reading

September 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

Stephen Dobyns: Ducks

For David Fenza Warm in my truck by the lighthouse at Watch Hill on a sunny morning in mid-winter, I observe the ducks bobbing among ice-covered rocks and think of … Continue reading

June 25, 2017 · 7 Comments

Walter Bargen: Gorilla God

The interview room cold, the angles softly hardened against sound. The inevitable question arises: What makes a good poem? I’m never prepared. On radios across the country, silence pulls a … Continue reading

February 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

Doug Anderson: What is Poetry For?

I’ve been thinking about all the conversations about whether or not poetry “matters” in this culture and thinking maybe it’s a silly question. We have a country on the verge … Continue reading

May 15, 2015 · 1 Comment

Djelloul Marbrook: What is Poetry For?

To say the unsayable is the province of poetry in society—to say it in such a way that it occupies the rafters, the eaves, the cantilevers, cornerstones, ogees and Palladians … Continue reading

February 1, 2015 · 6 Comments

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: Shakespeare in the Schools

I grew up with Shakespeare. Even the working class side of the family could quote his poetry and apply it to their lives. Reading Shakespeare created imaginative range and intellectual … Continue reading

November 18, 2014 · 2 Comments

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