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Poet Photos November 30, 2012: For the “Poet Photos” portfolio in our November issue we invited each poet to tell us more about the circumstances behind his or her photograph. Diane Wakoski's note was too long for us to include in the portfolio, but it's so lovely that we want to share it with you here. She writes: In 1961 I was living on Bank Street in New York [...] by

The art of Poetry magazine August 2, 2012: For the first fifty-seven years of Poetry’s history, the table of contents served as the cover of every issue. In October of 1969, Virgil Burnett changed all that. Under his art direction, each new issue of Poetry had a distinctive illustration on its cover. Burnett served as the magazine’s Art Director through the December 1973 issue, and his [...] by

Prufrock, Adamantine Stupidity, Tennessee Williams, and Latin American Modernists July 3, 2012: We talk a lot about poets' first appearances in Poetry and one of the most influential, and most frequently mentioned, is T.S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.” The poem appeared in the June 1915 issue of Poetry and at the time of its publication, as his biographical note observes, Eliot had “published nothing hitherto in [...] by

Fugitives, works in progress, young Duncan, and Marianne Moore May 31, 2012: Our popular annual translation and Q&A issues are part of a long tradition of special issues that have focused on such subjects as the Objectivists (edited by Louis Zukovsky), Chinese poetry, and post-war Italian poetry. This month we’d like to draw attention to two issues in particular: the May 1932 and April-May 1965. Poetry's May 1932 [...] by

Pound’s “Station,” Lorca’s “Rider,” and Berryman’s “Traveler” May 2, 2012: In April 1913, Ezra Pound published a series of poems under the title "Contemporania" in Poetry. The final poem in the group is one of Pound's most well-known (and frequently memorized) poems, the two-line "In a Station of the Metro," above. Ezra Pound published work in Poetry from its first issue and was Poetry’s long-time foreign [...] by

Tagore’s Soul and Raymond Carver’s “Happiness” February 29, 2012: Diving into the Poetry magazine archives, we came across this minimal ad for Rabindranath Tagore’s Sheaves: Poems and Songs on the back of the February 1933 issue: New poems by India’s beloved prophet and seer, whose verse, like his life, is distinguished by simplicity, strength and delicacy. Poetry introduced Tagore to the [...] by

Double murders & Pound in pidgin February 1, 2012: If you've taken a peek at the January issue of Poetry, you might have noticed something new on the last page. In honor of Poetry's centennial, each month the magazine will be reprinting an artifact from the magazine's history at the back of the issue. Paul Durica has been combing through Poetry's archives month-by-month and he surfaces each [...] by