“Pickwick Papers” explains why Charles Dickens first became popular, but “David Copperfield” demonstrates why Dickens has endured.
Megan Willome’s reading of Rita Dove’s Thomas and Beulah is a reminder that sometimes the moments that change us most aren’t the ones that make the news.
“Disinheritance” by John Sibley Williams is a beautiful, moving collection of poems dealing with grief, both real and imagined.
Reading poetry can lead to the discovery of other poets and their poetry, such as what happened when other poets led to Norman Nicholson and Frank Stanford.
In times of great change – political, social, economic – we turn to poetry to make sense of what seems nonsensical, to comfort, to explain, says poet Jane Hirshfield.
“Wife,” winner of the Forward Prize for best first collection, challenges our notions of what marriage mean, but ends up reaffirming the idea of commitment.
Forward Prize winner Vahni Capildeo and her “Measures of Expatriation” challenge our notions of what a poetry collection is and can be.
Don Paterson is an important voice in British poetry and letters. He writes of both the light and the dark in life and in ourselves.
Megan Willome ends her 4-part series about creating The Joy of Poetry with a simple admonition for writers: be open to what your book needs.
In “Hagar Poems,” poet Mohja Kahf tells and retells the biblical story of Hagar, Abraham, and Sarah, weaving threads between ancient and contemporary times.
As Megan Willome approaches the task of rewriting The Joy of Poetry, she finds a different rhythm to her work.
In Megan Willome’s second installment about writing The Joy of Poetry, she wrestles with the problem of not one, but two elephants in the room.
Gather your books, a comfy blanket and a cup of tea. Andy Hayes has 10 great ideas to inspire you to create your dream reading nook.
When people ask Megan Willome why she wrote The Joy of Poetry, they are usually shocked when she tells them: “I was asked to.”
In two new poetry collections, poet Jen Karetnick asks us to consider the reality behind what is often invisible, be it illness or climate change.
Songwriter Leonard Cohen is also a poet, and in “Songs and Poems,” he mixes song lyrics with poetry, suggesting there’s little difference.
Put down the device and journey with us as we learn more about our attention span and the joy of getting lost in a book. Then get lost in your poetic thoughts and write them down.
A wrong shipment by Amazon turned into a discovery of poet John Holmes (1904-1962), who wrote his own poetry and encouraged other poets.