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.
Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, shocked the establishment by publishing poems and plays under her own name.
One day in 1971, the hard-drinking Beat poet Lew Welch walked into the woods of Nevada County and disappeared, possibly angling to be eaten by vultures.
The Anthropocene requires a new history to explain how humans transform the planet. The work of poet John Clare is a good place to start.
Poetry about all kinds of travel—from grand adventures to family vacations—by Elizabeth Bishop, Rita Dove, and more.
Creature of the court, royalist and fop, dandy and dilettante, John Wilmot, Second Earl of Rochester, knew how to scandalize with verse.
The loss and recovery of a poetic genre shows how the canon of literary history treats women writers the moment they start to gain attention and approval.
Summery poems by Mary Oliver, Matthew Zapruder, and other poets, along with seasonal paintings by Claude Monet and other artists.
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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