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Wallace Stevens: “Sunday Morning”
The first great flight of a Modernist legend
By Austin Allen

Essay
Life Upon These Shores
How did Robert Hayden, devoted formalist, suspicious of identity politics, come to write the most powerful poem about the transatlantic slave trade? 


By Lavelle Porter

Prose from Poetry Magazine
Introduction
The lives of Frank Lima
By Garrett Caples

Prose from Poetry Magazine
So Much Better Than Most Things Written on Purpose
Mark Ford’s This Dialogue of One: Essays on Poets from John Donne to Joan Murray and Michael Hofmann’s Where Have You Been? Selected Essays
By David Wheatley

Interview
Wild Love
Ross Gay on the connections between gardening and poetry.
By Kyla Marshell

Essay
Distances
PJ Harvey publishes her first book of poetry, a collaboration with photographer Seamus Murphy.
By Ruth Graham

Poem Guide
Anne Sexton: “The Truth the Dead Know”
The impersonal power of a confessional classic
By Austin Allen

Essay
In Search of “Desiderata”
The tangled story behind a most popular poem.
By Daniel Nester

Essay on Children's poetry
Lift Every Voice
By Jacqueline Woodson

Poem Guide
James Merrill: “The Victor Dog”
The poet inhabits a dog and listens to his master’s voice.
By Ange Mlinko

Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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