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Working-class origins of an American lyric.
Toasts & Celebrations
Poems to celebrate successes, salute loved ones, and offer thanks for life’s blessings, big and small.
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.
Nurseries of Verse
The only way to grow poetry is to make it a habit.
The Original 'Home Ec'
Jonathan Skinner on observing the goings-on in your backyard and why ecopoetics isn’t just for writers.
Meditations on the Merger of T. S. Eliot’s ‘Waste’ and ‘Land.’
Poems for milestone birthdays and those in-between.
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Caroline Kennedy on Learning Poems by Heart
Poems and teaching resources from Kennedy's new anthology.
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.
Native American Poetry and Culture
A selection of poets, poems, and articles exploring the Native American experience