Editors’ Picks: National Poetry Month

Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson via Wikimedia Commons

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

Ten Poems by Sylvia Plath

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.

 

 


african american poets10 Poems by African-American Poets

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.

 

 


whitmanThe Snow that Never Drifts: Emily Dickinson’s Slant Winter

A seasonal riddle in one of Dickinson’s poems.

 

 

 


laskySeven Favorite Flower Poems

We can’t always promise you bouquets of flowers, but we can promise you bouquets of poems about flowers..

 

 

 


laskyA Belief in Ghosts: On Poetry and the Shared Imagination

An imaginative essay and manifesto from the poet Dorothea Lasky, on ghosts, Hall & Oates, poetry, Samuel Johnson, and The Shining.

 

 


hughesThe Drag Aesthetic of Langston Hughes

A scholar finds affinities between both drag and the blues forms Hughes chose for his groundbreaking poems.

 

 

 


lucie brock-broido10 Poems by Lucie Brock-Broido

Poems from the late poet Lucie Brock-Broido (1956-2018).

 

 

 


nelsonMaggie Nelson’s Poetry

Maggie Nelson recently won a MacArthur Grant for her essays and criticism, but the genre-defying writer is a poet, too.

 

 


phillis wheatleyThe Privileged and Impoverished life of Phillis Wheatley

Phillis Wheatley was the first African American of either gender to publish a book of poetry.

 

 

 


swiftTaylor Swift: Confessional Poet

What does Taylor Swift have in common with Anne Sexton?

 

 

 


whitmanWalt Whitman the…Politician?

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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