“Sometimes a poem will require you to make room for people who aren’t like you.”
Joanna Lisek’s book on the dramatic history of Yiddish women poets absolutely needs to be translated into English.
At some point in your life, you will likely hear the maxim that the personal is political.
Oliver became the voice of something essential and unsung about the country.
“I have never felt I ‘wrote’ the poem,” Nye said. “I have always felt that it was given to me when I needed it.”
“I am the real Kanye West,” writes Cohen.
He was an original, an individualist, both in his life and his work.
Whether you prefer your poems timely or unbound from any particular political moment, we’ve picked some that will refresh your sense of syntax.
“Sparrows were feeding in a freezing drizzle/That while you watched turned to pieces of snow.”
The poets’ voices and powerful imagery allowed students to empathize with the Israeli and Palestinian speakers without rushing to assign blame.