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By Edward Hirsch

A poetry primer for the uninitiated.

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The struggle for social justice remembered through poetry.

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    By Annie Finch

    Poets have a close relationship to this tender season.

  • Essay on Poetic Theory
    By Denise Levertov 1965

    For me, back of the idea of organic form is the concept that there is a form in all things (and in our experience) which the poet can discover and...


Featured Poet: Philip Larkin

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      By Philip Larkin
      When I see a couple of kids
      And guess he’s fucking her and she’s   
      Taking pills or wearing a diaphragm,   
      I know this is paradise

      Everyone old has dreamed of all their lives—   
      Bonds and gestures pushed to one side
      Like an outdated combine harvester,
      And everyone...

    • Poem Guide
      By Jeremy Axelrod

      Does a notoriously grumpy poet believe in everlasting love?

    • Prose from Poetry Magazine

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Going, Going

      By William Logan

      Two New Editions of Philip Larkin

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