Summer Reads

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Summer Reads

The dog days of summer are upon us. In some circles, that means time for cheap-thrills beach reads. In ours, it means time for poetry of all kinds. Here we've pulled together some of our favorite essays—ranging from a fascinating introduction to little-known poet Frank Stanford to a modern take on Edna St. Vincent Millay—and made them available as a downloadable eBook you can explore at your leisure.

And as essayist Jeff Gordinier says, “Yes, reader, you have our permission to flip around at random.”


Working Girl

Edna St. Vincent Millay’s most enduring muse was her heart, but her brains and strong work ethic transformed her into a literary sensation.
by Kate Bolick


The Poetry Ward

A doctor dispenses poems to patients and medical students.
by Danielle Ofri


Screen Test Superstar

How Gerard Malanga’s poetry defined the early Andy Warhol era.
by Chelsea Weathers


Lives of the Poets: Laura Jensen

Tacoma, Washington's reclusive genius.
by Heidi Broadhead


The Long Goodbye

In which our reporter falls for Frank Stanford's poetry, heads for the lost roads of Arkansas, and searches for the man behind the myth.
by Ben Ehrenreich


Learning to Breathe under Water

Considering Muriel Rukeyser’s oceanic work.
by Alicia Ostriker


The Fine Art of Flipping

Yes, reader, you have our permission to flip around at random. by Jeff Gordinier

Originally Published: August 20, 2013


On August 27, 2013 at 9:56am Slow Reader wrote:
Truly I cannot thank you enough for this set of wonderful and moving essays I just loaded onto my Kindle to read during my next period of waiting in doctors' offices.
What a superb end-of-summer treat for this lonely parent whose last child (of four) just went to college ...

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