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Poetry Launches Digital Subscription May 8, 2013: After years of tinkering and experimenting, and dreaming with my colleagues, I’m excited to announce that starting with the May 2013 issue, Poetry will be available through a digital subscription. For $29.99 per year, iPhone and iPad users can access a digital package that includes everything in the print magazine, the monthly Poetry [...] by

100 Years January 2, 2012: Here at Poetry, we're celebrating the new year along with readers everywhere; but 2012 marks a particularly important year for us.  As we write in a note to our January 2012 issue, it has now been a full century since that intrepid and ingenious woman, Harriet Monroe, founded a small but seismic magazine for modern poetry.  Ezra Pound, T.S. [...] by

A damp squid and an angelbeast: observations on poetry and mishearing December 2, 2011: Damp squids have been much in the news lately. As a public service, I'm providing some links to information that might be of use to our readers, especially those who are somewhat familiar with British literature.  After all, as a blog post by Sushrut Munje explains: Many phrases we use are often misquotes from Shakespeare and other [...] by

Poetry Day(s) October 6, 2011: Depending on what country you live in, there's a Poetry Week, a Poetry Day, a or even, as in the US (which does everything big) an entire National Poetry Month.  The latter has come in for some ribbing from American poets, e.g., Charles Bernstein, who called April "the cruelest month for poetry."  Then, too, there's an official Bad Poetry [...] by

Samuel Menashe, 1925-2011. August 23, 2011: We are sad to learn that Poetry contributor and recipient of the Poetry Foundation's Neglected Masters Award, Samuel Menashe, died peacefully in his sleep on the night of August 22, 2011.  Sam was a longtime friend to so many of us, who will miss the phone calls, faxes, and handwritten letters though which he liked to share his latest [...] by

A Valediction Forbidding Mourning July 26, 2011: How can we be forbidden to mourn?  The notion seems shocking, yet it is espoused in John Donne's great poem, "A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning." It might take some acquaintance with Christian theology, the science of alchemy, Donne's penetrating use of conceits and metaphors, and much else besides to explain this mystery, but one is [...] by

Twombly. Poetry. The Crisis of the Line. July 6, 2011: The painter Cy Twombly, who died recently, meant a great deal to poets - and it's no wonder.  As The New York Times put it: Mr. Twombly, a tall, rangy Virginian who once practiced drawing in the dark to make his lines less purposeful, steadfastly followed his own program and looked to his own muses — often literary ones, like Catullus, Rumi, [...] by

I Think That I Shall Never See June 13, 2011: As most literate folks know by now, Leonard Stern, co-creator of Mad Libs, has died. For many of us, Mad Libs was a first introduction to the considerable pleasures of wordplay. The most apt obituary I've come across is one with a Mad Lib lead-off at the Washington Post. Well, I thought I'd honor Stern's memory with the above poetry Mad [...] by

First a parrot… now an iguana? May 13, 2011: In my last post, I mentioned Carolyn Forché's parrot. This time, as you can see, I'm featuring another poet/pet combination.  Here's Ruth Lilly Prize winner and Poetry contributor David Ferry, having an intense tête-à-tête with an iguana. The photo was taken by the poet's son; David says: "I think Stephen sees that my characteristic [...] by

Carolyn Forché’s parrot… and other news from the magazine May 3, 2011: I let the Chicago Reader (happy 40th birthday, CR!) scoop us on this, but check out our appearance in, of all things, a bona fide gossip column: What Was Arcade Fire's Will Butler Really Doing at Poetry Magazine? My lips are sealed - except to say that when Will Butler appeared in the doorway of my office with his friend and former teacher, [...] by