Happy National Poetry Month! To celebrate, we pulled together our best stories about poetry with free links to poems from contemporary and classic American poets.
Sylvia Plath was born on October 27, 1932, and became in her short life one of the most influential poets of the era.
Poems by African-American poets, including Gwendolyn Brooks, Kwame Dawes, Rita Dove, Langston Hughes, Tyehimba Jess, Kevin Young, and more.
Like many of her poems, Emily Dickinson's "The Snow That Never Drifts" presents a riddle for the reader
Our editors pick flower poems from Poetry magazine, American Poetry Review, and the Kenyon Review.
An essay from poet Dorothea Lasky on poetry, ghosts, and the shared imagination.
Langston Hughes' poetry was influenced by the drag scene in 1920s Harlem.
Ten poems by the accomplished poet and teacher Lucie Brock-Broido.
She can pack a room with her prose, but Maggie Nelson's got a poet's ear.
The first African American of either gender to publish a book of poetry has remained a controversial figure in the black community.
Since she first came to prominence, Taylor Swift's songs have been read autobiographically.
Before Walt Whitman was a famous poet, he was a scandalous poet, but before even all that he was in the thick of local and national politics.
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