Poetry and Poetics

Way/s of Staying Present: 3 Brief Poems from Michael Hettich’s The Animals Beyond Us

by Jorge Rodriguez-Miralles Poetry and Poetics
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Hettich’s is a poetics of external and internal metamorphosis and regeneration.

Excellence in Student Writing: Favour Onwuka

by Micah Towery Poetry and Poetics
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Keats and Yeats believe that the flaw of human nature is that time is in effect.

My Favorite Dickinson Poem

by Joe Weil Poetry and Poetics
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This is my favorite Emily Dickinson poem, even though it is not her best. It is the poem for which I have the most affection: “I dreaded that first Robin.”

Excellence in Student Writing: Introduction

by Micah Towery Arts & Society
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That’s when I feel most satisfied as a teacher: when I see a spark of something in a student that I admire.

Excellence in Student Writing: Katharine Sell

by Micah Towery Poetry and Poetics
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The poem’s argues that order can be found and already exists among the chaos of nature, but that it takes the individual’s artistic craft to create meaning to make the order’s presence known and evident.

Homer to Gluck: First Lines

by Sarah Foil Poetry and Poetics
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Our twitter and tumblr followers shared their favorite first lines of poetry.

“What Becomes of Us as We Read?”: Ashbery and Ethical Criticism

by Andrew Field Poetry and Poetics
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What are some reasons why we read poetry? Why turn to a poem over a novel, a play, a philosophical treatise?

Tips for Doing a Poetry Reading

by Joe Weil Poetry and Poetics
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The poetry improves, but the presentation of it just keeps getting worse.

Thirteen of the Best Poetry Collections for 2013: Books That Will Sustain a Lifetime and Another and Another

by Sean Thomas Dougherty Poetry and Poetics
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These are serious books. I sometimes wonder if the young poets still know how to make “serious” art, but then I read The Backlit Hour by young Jose Antonio Rodriquez and I know they are more than capable.

Krampus Navidad

by Jeffrey Hecker Poetry and Poetics
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On the thirteenth day of Christmas, your true love returns the partridge in a pear tree, / buys cashmere, hires the Cajun she’s philandering to murder you.

Radical Poetry

by Joe Weil Arts & Society
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The radical poetry of 100 years ago was not radical in terms of style. It was conventional in terms of style and this doomed much of it.

Forgotten Poet of the Day: Denise Levertov

by Joe Weil Poetry and Poetics
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I came to admire Levertov only after I was approaching forty and she had recently died. I was old enough then to appreciate her seriousness of purpose. I came to admire her the way I had Muriel Rukeyser.

Forgotten Poet of the day: Karl Shapiro

by Joe Weil Poetry and Poetics
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There are many reasons why Karl Shapiro is no longer taught or on the lips of MFA students.

Amid Alien Corn in the Communion of Hang

by Joe Weil Arts & Society
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Because I knew how Abraham had traveled under a night sky so vast, so glutted with stars and had heard God’s promise, I wept when I first read Mark Twain’s description of Huck and Jim looking up at the night sky and wondering about the origin of the stars, and I was awed by Cervantes when he had Quixote and Sancha under the same sky.

John Ashbery: A Pageant

by Andrew Field Poetry and Poetics
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Characters:Wallace Stevens, Marianne Moore, Elizabeth Bishop, W.H. Auden, James Merril, Robert Lowell

The Spine of Longing

by Joe Weil Poetry and Poetics
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Certain mechanisms exist in the human brain that when brushed by a combination of memory and bodily functions, demand interpretation.

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