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The outgoing Children’s Poet Laureate in conversation with the incoming Poet Laureate.
Field of Power
Fady Joudah is known as much for his own verse as for his translations of Palestinian poets.
The Original “Home Ec”
Jonathan Skinner on observing the goings-on in your backyard and why ecopoetics isn’t just for writers.
For decades, film editor and sound designer Walter Murch has been a champion of the Italian writer Curzio Malaparte. But it wasn’t enough to read his work; he had to translate him.
Lawrence Ferlinghetti on his new book, the old days, and why poetry needs to be beat up.
Veteran Kevin Powers’s celebrated novel The Yellow Birds has its origins in his poetry.
To the People
Richard Blanco on being chosen as the nation’s fifth inaugural poet.
Nearly 60 years ago, Weldon Kees vanished without a trace. Why is Kathleen Rooney summoning him today?
Lettering the Stage
Sarah Ruhl on her latest play Dear Elizabeth, and why the Bishop-Lowell correspondence is so compelling and what poetry can accomplish that theater cannot.
A “Poetry-Fueled War”
During the Civil War, poetry didn’t just respond to events; it shaped them.