The Best Poetry Collections of the Summer

Whether you’ve sprawled beneath the shade of a tall tree, lounged on the seashore, or even sought refuge from the heat in the climate-controlled sanctuary of your bedroom, the summer months come tailor-made with opportunities to catch up on the latest books. This...

iPoet: Can Robots Write Poetry?

It’s body consists of 3D printed and precise laser-cut materials. Treads allow it to be fully mobile and self-propelled. An array of sensors enable it to detect temperature, wind speed, sound, and other environmental conditions, and thanks to machine learning, it can...

Asian Americans and Media Representation

On news broadcasts and social media feeds across the country and world, issues surrounding identity politics have taken center stage. Much of the discourse centers on pressing topics like civil rights, racial equality, and immigration. This debate has also sprawled...
Gwendolyn Brooks’ 100th Birthday

Gwendolyn Brooks’ 100th Birthday

To reach the age of 100 bestows a certain illustrious or legendary aura to the centenarian. After all, for something to have endured for so many years—10 decades, hundreds of seasons, more than 36,500 days—it must possess some form of mythical strength or wisdom....

Getting the Goosebumps from Poetry

People often describe their reactions to poetry in physical terms. The words really hit me, one reader might say after hearing a particularly powerful poem, while another reader might reflect that an evocative poem left them stunned. In both of these cases, the...
Plagiarism: What Writers Need to Know

Plagiarism: What Writers Need to Know

In order to write, poets, novelists, and other authors don’t simply need a pen and paper—they also need inspiration. In fact, much of writers’ inspiration comes from the work of other writers, but they must be careful that any of their efforts to pay homage to their...
A More Inclusive Study of Poetry

A More Inclusive Study of Poetry

Today, poetry is alive and well. Leading newspapers frequently publish poems and devote entire sections to the discussion and review of the latest collections; the public, as it always has, turns to poetry for solace or to make sense of uncertain times; thousands of...
Remembering Derek Walcott

Remembering Derek Walcott

Saint Lucia is a tiny island in the Caribbean with a history and culture that are much larger than its mere geographic area. For Derek Walcott, a poet and proud Saint Lucian, the history and the culture of his home–his island–were at the core of all his...

The Best New Poetry Collections of 2017

What better way to celebrate the arrival of Spring than by spending some time outside, armed with a cool drink and a book of poetry? While there’s nothing wrong with revisiting a favorite collection or author, if you want to explore some new volumes of poetry, take a...

Do Translators Deserve Royalties?

There is no culture, past or present, that has a monopoly on poetic achievement. From Ancient Greece to India and now to the United States, wherever and whenever people have been able to hold a pen or raise up their voices, they have done so to create and share...