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The line’s for real June 24, 2009: Not infrequently, we get letters or blog-responses to individual poems published in Poetry that cite particular phrases or lines in order to prove somehow that a poem or poet (and, by implication, [...] by

I Hate Poetry… Reviews? June 4, 2009: Pictured above: not quite a dead horse, but one that looks a little flogged. Randall Jarrell said: “When we read the criticism of any past age, we see immediately that the main thing wrong with it [...] by

Standing and waving May 18, 2009: The idea that poets and novelists possess separate and incompatible temperaments, like fortune-tellers and pharmacists, that poets are preoccupied with language (“for the life of the language”) [...] by

Craig Arnold May 8, 2009: 5/13: According to the Associated Press, “a team from a Japanese climbing group called Canyons will descend the steep, vegetation-covered slope where Arnold was tracked…. the climbers [...] by

What Do You Know? April 13, 2009: Judith Shklar introduced her book Ordinary Vices by saying, “It is only if we step outside the divinely ruled moral universe that we can really put our minds to the common ills we inflict upon [...] by

Happy Birthday!!! March 25, 2009: Some folks didn’t care for our recent commemoration of the centennial of Futurism – like we were endorsing it somehow, sheesh! Well, it’s time to celebrate yet another birthday. On [...] by

So Little Depends upon a Little Red Rooster! March 18, 2009: Image courtesy of Muhammad Mahdi Karim, www.micro2macro.net Should poets write poems that describe things (like, say, this silly-looking rooster) … or not? Poetry contributor Seth Abramson [...] by

Translation and its discontents, part quatre February 27, 2009: “When I was reading an anthology of contemporary European poetry, I was struck by how much its poems tended to sound alike: in most cases, I couldn’t really tell what country or language a [...] by

I’ve decided to draw poems… February 2, 2009: Jason Guriel recently took a keen-eyed look at the visual poetry we presented in the November 2008 issue of Poetry. One of our readers, Jerry Payne, in Clearwater, Florida, wrote in to say: [...] by

Of poetry and privilege January 23, 2009: Despite its principles, the Republic of Letters, as it actually operates, is a closed world, inaccessible to the underprivileged. OK, I appropriated that wording from Robert Darnton’s recent [...] by