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Freedom in Poetry
Freedom is where the artist begins: there are no rules, and the principles and habits are up to you.
By Robert Pinsky

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Leaves of Glass
Breaking Bad’s Walt Whitman fixation.
By Kera Bolonik

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The Lives of Lorine Niedecker
How important is a poet's biography?
By Hannah Brooks-Motl

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Lost at Sea
Why shipwrecks have engaged the poetic imagination for centuries.
By Casey N. Cep

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Everything But
Creating tension in love poetry.
By Beth Ann Fennelly

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Learning to Breathe under Water
Considering Muriel Rukeyser’s oceanic work.
By Alicia Ostriker

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Whole Earth Poem Catalog
Is there any blank space left for a new poem, old subjects?
By Jessica Greenbaum

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My Walking Shoes
Working-class origins of an American lyric.
By Afaa Michael Weaver

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Nuptial Matters
How did poetry become an essential part of American wedding ceremonies—and why is it so hard to choose a poem of one’s own?
By Ruth Graham

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Letters from Archibald MacLeish
I was in my 20s when I learned the octogenarian writer was my neighbor, so I wrote him a letter. All I wanted was for his literary greatness to rub off on me; through our correspondence, he became my teacher and more.
By Carl Vigeland

Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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