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.”
Edna St. Vincent Millay’s most enduring muse was her heart, but her brains and strong work ethic transformed her into a literary sensation.
The Poetry Ward
A doctor dispenses poems to patients and medical students.
Screen Test Superstar
How Gerard Malanga’s poetry defined the early Andy Warhol era.
Lives of the Poets: Laura Jensen
Tacoma, Washington's reclusive genius.
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.
Learning to Breathe under Water
Considering Muriel Rukeyser’s oceanic work.
The Fine Art of Flipping
Yes, reader, you have our permission to flip around at random.