From the New York Times: Adrienne Rich, a poet of towering reputation and towering rage, whose work — distinguished by an unswerving progressive vision and a dazzling, empathic ferocity — brought the oppression of women and lesbians to the forefront of poetic discourse and kept it there for nearly...
E.E.Cummings (1894-1962) was a preeminent American poet of the 20th century, best known for his colloquial and experimental style that plays with punctuation, syntax and imagery.
[i carry your heart with me(i carry it in]
i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
Teresa Carson grew up in New Jersey, as the youngest of ten in a blue-collar family. At the age of 18 she was one of the first women hired by the local phone company to work in a technical job. She continued working as a technician (and then union manager) even as she built her career as a poet.
William Carlos Williams was a 20th century American poet and physician. He sought to invent an entirely fresh-—-and singularly American–—poetic, written in unadorned language, whose subject matter was centered on the every day lives of common people.
Après le Bain
buy me a new
Virginia Hamilton Adair was a 20th century American poet whose work was frequently compared to TS Eliot, Wallace Stevens, and Robert Frost. Her first book of poetry was published in 1996 when she was 83 years old. She died in 2004.
Cutting the Cake
Gowned and veiled for tribal ritual
in a maze of tulle...
Born in New England and raised in Nova Scotia, Elizabeth Bishop was one of America’s greatest 20th century poets. She served as Poet Laureate of the US, and won both the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award for poetry.
The art of losing isn’t hard to master;
so many things seem...
Let’s just say I was really feeling this poem late last night…
Another Reason Why I Don’t Keep A Gun In The House
The neighbors’ dog will not stop barking.
He is barking the same high, rhythmic bark
that he barks every time they leave the house.
They must switch him on on their...
Naomi Shihab Nye is an award-winning poet and short-story writer. The daughter of a Palestinian father and American mother, she has lived in Ramallah and Jerusalem but calls San Antonio, Texas home.
Sewing, Knitting, Crocheting…
A small striped sleeve in her lap,
navy and white,
Wislawa Szymborska was born in Bnin, Poland in 1923. She won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1996.
Children of Our Era
translated by Joanna Trzecia
We are children of our era;
our era is political.
All affairs, day and night,
yours, ours, theirs,
are political affairs.
Like it or not,
Jeanne Marie Beaumont is a New York-based poet, editor, and teacher of poetry.
When I am in the Kitchen
I think about the past. I empty the ice-cube trays
crack crack cracking like bones, and I think
of decades of ice cubes and of John Cheever,
of Anne Sexton making cocktails, of decades
Today is MamaSharper’s birthday, so in her honor, I’m posting one of her favorite poems. Taylor Mali is a New York-based slam poet and teacher’s advocate who often writes poems about his students and the nobility of teaching.
I’m writing the poem that will change the world,
Natasha Trethewey is a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet who currently holds the Phyllis Wheatley Distinguished Chair and is Professor of Poetry at Emory University. She often writes about the experience of growing up biracial in the Deep South.
–New Orleans, 1910
Four weeks have passed since...