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.
Plath published only two poetry collections, The Colossus and Other Poems and Ariel, and in her short life became one of the most influential poets of her time.
Here are ten poets, from Gwendolyn Brooks and Hughes himself, to contemporary writers like Kevin Young and Tyehimba Jess, who intensify life with every line.
A seasonal riddle in one of Dickinson’s poems.
We can’t always promise you bouquets of flowers, but we can promise you bouquets of poems about flowers..
An imaginative essay and manifesto from the poet Dorothea Lasky, on ghosts, Hall & Oates, poetry, Samuel Johnson, and The Shining.
A scholar finds affinities between both drag and the blues forms Hughes chose for his groundbreaking poems.
Poems from the late poet Lucie Brock-Broido (1956-2018).
Maggie Nelson recently won a MacArthur Grant for her essays and criticism, but the genre-defying writer is a poet, too.
Phillis Wheatley was the first African American of either gender to publish a book of poetry.
What does Taylor Swift have in common with Anne Sexton?
When he was a young up-and-comer in Brooklyn and Manhattan, Walter Whitman—as he still called himself—worked as a printer, writer, and editor. He was also a loyal party Democrat.
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