modern poetry

Forgotten Poet of the day: Karl Shapiro

October 9, 2013
Thumbnail image for Forgotten Poet of the day: Karl Shapiro

There are many reasons why Karl Shapiro is no longer taught or on the lips of MFA students.

Read the full article →

mUutations: Pete Winslow

October 28, 2011
Thumbnail image for mUutations: Pete Winslow

Pete Winslow is a very minor Beat surrealist poet who died young and only published a few books.

Read the full article →

On Gene Tanta’s “Critical Introduction to Unusual Woods.”

October 30, 2010
Thumbnail image for On Gene Tanta’s “Critical Introduction to Unusual Woods.”

Even though both the form and content of Gene Tanta’s work are particular to his Romanian-immigrant experience, he insists that his poetry is accessible to everyone. His poetry, he says, exists both as aesthetic objects and political propaganda. This is absolutely true about all poetry, not just his own. Inevitably, literary criticism will come to see that literature is always both.

Read the full article →