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Opening the luminous door in your writing.
By Rachel Richardson

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Going Electric
One poet’s beginnings—and interruptions.
By Aram Saroyan

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First Loves
A formative moment, fixed in poets’ minds.
By Lynn Melnick, Brett Fletcher Lauer

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Snow Days
From flurries to relentless storms, why snow makes American poetry American.
By Stephen Burt

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Keats and King Lear
For the poet, Sundays were not for church, but for Shakespeare.
By Adam Plunkett

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Their Living Names
Elegies in the letters of Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell.
By Austin Allen

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Sex with Brent Reiten
How an obscure 1980s collection might be poetry's best one-night stand.
By Jason Tesauro

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The Disappearance of Rosemary Tonks
Praised by the likes of Philip Larkin, Tonks was a writer to be reckoned with. Why did she vanish?
By Ruth Graham

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‘In Time of Plague’
How poetry about AIDS has shifted through the years.
By John McIntyre

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Who Are We, Really?
What poems about murder can reveal about ourselves.
By Laura Sims

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