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Louise Glück on the writing process, her 13th book of poems, and why she experiences a ‘kind of grief’ upon publication.
Jody Gladding on translation, the sources of language, and how beetles can speak of longing.
Meena Alexander on writing, postcolonialism, and why she never joined the circus.
Widening the Conversation
Edward Hirsch holds forth on his Poet’s Glossary.
Ruth Lilly Prize Winner Nathaniel Mackey speaks about his poetry of process.
Susan Cheever on E. E. Cummings and the state of biography.
‘Are We All Monsters?’
Philip Schultz’s The Wherewithal grapples with the Holocaust, poverty, Vietnam, and then some.
Daniel Redman chants Leaves of Grass to tell the story of queer history.
Tess Taylor on Thomas Jefferson, her family tree, and why literary history is full of omissions.
'Finding a Window'
Nikky Finney on the South, Condoleezza Rice, and why curiosity trumps rage.