February 11, 2019

Poetry for People Who Hate Poetry – February

By Dave Lucas

It’s happening again. Even as we speak, elsewhere—in a college dorm, maybe, or some recess of the internet—a word is changing. Just as “cool” evolved in African-American jazz circles of the […]

May 10, 2017

On Why Poem Titles Matter (Part 1 of 2)

By Keith S. Wilson

I. Names Poems are not people. They resist qualitative judgments based on their actions or potential—it doesn’t matter that a poem is musical. So is music. Perhaps this is why […]

June 3, 2016

First Person Plural: Part II

By Dora Malech

In thinking about poems concerned with a sense of “we”—a first person plural—Gwendolyn Brooks’s “We Real Cool” might come to mind first. Last year, I did some thinking about that […]

December 9, 2012

Short Takes: By the Letter, By the Draft

By Andrew David King

August Wilson: “Blues is the bedrock of everything I do. All the characters in my plays, their ideas and their attitudes, the stance that they adopt in the world, are […]