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Sylvia Plath’s ‘Nick and the Candlestick’ September 25, 2013: Virtuosity, sheer eloquence, in great work has its own meanings: in the best Shakespeare sonnets, as a kind of sexual display or gift to the courted person, with the acrobatic wit amplifying [...] by

Louise Bogan’s ‘Women’ September 18, 2013: Unlike her elders T.S. Eliot and Marianne Moore, and unlike her juniors Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell, Louise Bogan was born into the working class. Her father was a mill worker. She won [...] by

Edwin Arlington Robinson’s ‘Eros Turannos’ September 11, 2013: Is “Eros Turannos” by Edwin Arlington Robinson an “overwhelming” work of art? I’d be tempted to say so (and possibly have). I’ve written about the remarkable form of the poem as a [...] by

Stevie Smith’s ‘Thoughts on the Person from Porlock’ September 4, 2013: On a personal level, affectionate teasing can express love, of course. In some families, benign mockery is a prized, vital form of intimacy. Comedy of the self, comedy of the other person, a [...] by

The Man Behind the Piano Van: Chris Stroffolino in Conversation July 22, 2013: Last month Chris Stroffolino wrote in to Harriet to follow up on the news story we ran in March about his music, poetry, and the recent difficult events in his life, including a stroke and job loss. [...] by

Experience Unlimited at the East Bay Poetry Summit June 17, 2013: I told lots of people that I was going to write about the East Bay Poetry Summit for Harriet’s “Open Door” series. And each time, I followed it up with a confession: “It was so [...] by

The 2013 Buffalo Small Press Book Fair Recap May 29, 2013: On Friday, April 5th I found myself in the wrong rust belt city, surrounded by the wrong group of rust belt poets. I was in Cleveland when I was supposed to be getting ready to write an “Open [...] by

Native Innovation at Poets House March 29, 2013: Who: Native American Poets What: Native Innovation: Indigenous American Poetry in the 21st Century When: March 21 through March 24, 2013 Where: Poets House, New York *** The ghosts of the Mohawk [...] by

The National Mall, Washington, D.C. January 21, 2013: Who: Richard Blanco What: President Obama’s Second Inauguration When: January 21st, 2013 Where: The National Mall, Washington, D.C. *** “Knock knock.” “Who’s there?” “Inaugural [...] by

Everything Begins Elsewhere August 7, 2012: Who: Tishani Doshi and composer Max Ablitzer What: Everything Begins Elsewhere, a collaborative performance of music and poetry When: Tuesday, 26 June 2012, 7 PM Where: Queen Elizabeth Hall, [...] by