Watch 2013 Academy Fellowship recipient Carolyn Forché talk about her experiences around the world as a poet and human rights activist in this year's Blaney lecture, "Not Persuasion, But Transport: The Poetry of Witness" presented at the seventh annual Poets Forum this past October in New York City.
During the month of December, poetry organizations and publishers will mark Muriel Rukeyser’s centenary with three public events in New York City that celebrate the life and work of the poet.
Exclusive Interview with Richard Blanco
When poet Richard Blanco was invited to write a poem for President Obama's Inauguration last year, he had no idea how significantly the experience would change his life. Blanco charts his journey of being Inaugural Poet in his new book, For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet's Journey, published in November by Beacon Press. Read an exclusive interview with the poet about how he approached writing the inaugural poem, plus an excerpt from the new book.
Dec 11, 2013 They Call This by C. K. Williams A young mother on a motor scooter stopped at a traffic light, her little son perched...
Poet Rainer Maria Rilke
Born in Prague on December 4, 1875, Rainer Maria Rilke is recognized by many as a master of verse...
Essay The Great Figure: On Figurative Language by D. A. Powell If rhythm is the heart and breath of poetry, then surely figurative language is its beguiling and sexy skin and musculature....[W]hether we're reading Homer or Williams or a contemporary poet, the figure is what carries us rumbling through the dark. Without it, the poem is simply a mass of words, a clanging that does not move us.