Summer Reads

Some recent favorite features from
By The Editors
Image of a person reading a book on the beach.

As much of the country remains in the clutches of a heat wave, we find ourselves daydreaming of languorous, leisurely activities. For us, that always includes reading. We have chosen six of our favorite Poetry Foundation features—from an essay on Rosemary Tonks, a British poet who abruptly dropped out of literary life at the height of her career, to a deeply relevant and resonant consideration of issues of class in the poetry world.

“There are few questions in life that interest me that have definitive answers,” Maggie Nelson tells Emily Gould in their lively conversation. We hope the features here encourage you to explore such deep questions while enjoying the last month of summer.

Follow Your Dreams

The Writing Class

On privilege, the AWP-industrial complex, and why poetry doesn’t seem to matter.
by Jaswinder Bolina

Maggie Nelson


Maggie Nelson on birth, death, and everything in between.
by Emily Gould

Group Shot

As Ever

The letters of Allen Ginsberg and Lawrence Ferlinghetti chart a 40-year friendship and two storied careers.
by The Editors

Rosemary Tonks

The Disappearance of Rosemary Tonks

Praised by the likes of Philip Larkin, Tonks was a writer to be reckoned with. Why did she vanish?
by Ruth Graham

Frank Stanford

The Long Goodbye

In which our reporter falls for Frank Stanford's poetry, heads for the lost roads of Arkansas, and searches for the man behind the myth.
by Ben Ehrenreich

J. R. Albelda Cortina, 'Joven Dormida'

Sleep as Resistance

Hejinian, Whitman, and the politics of sleep.
by Siobhan Phillips

Originally Published: August 3rd, 2015