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Yusef Komunyakaa: “Facing It”
What happens when metaphor meets a monument?
Lucille Clifton: “won't you celebrate with me”
Lucille Clifton celebrates self-discovery in “won’t you celebrate with me.”
Emily Dickinson: “I Started Early — Took my Dog —”
The poet puts her vast imagination on display at the beach.
Louise Bogan: “A Tale”
Was her first poem her best?
Thom Gunn: “From the Wave”
Touch, risk, trust, improvisation—“the intellect as powerhouse of love.”
William Carlos Williams: “To a Poor Old Woman”
A poem from the Great Depression reveals the egalitarian nature of pleasure—and the formal innovation of a modernist master.
Amy Lowell: “The Garden by Moonlight”
Ezra Pound thought she ruined imagism, but her erotic lyricism turned it into a style all her own.
Gerard Manley Hopkins: “The Windhover”
A rapturous re-reading of the poet's love poem to life.
Charlotte Mew: “The Trees Are Down”
A poet anticipates the contemporary narrative lyric—and her own unfortunate end.
Walt Whitman: “Time to Come”
The young poet shows the first stirrings of genius.