Poetry

Poetry and Regret: Louise Glück’s ‘Myth of Innocence’

In honor of Louise Glück’s birthday (April 22), I want to share one of my favorite poems of her’s: “The Myth of Innocence”. This poem comes from Averno, a collection of Glück’s works based on the idea of “Avernus”, the place that the ancient Romans believed held the entrance to the underworld. In addition to the video above,… Continue reading Poetry and Regret: Louise Glück’s ‘Myth of Innocence’

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Poetry Sunday: Reina Maria Rodriguez’s ‘First Time’

i brushed the shells with my fingertips, they were smooth and delicate, but obviously artificial, made to be used once and thrown away. at first touch they might seem real, pearly, perfect, but they’re actually plastic, and they’ve never even seen any sea. So ends Reina Maria Rodriguez’s poem “First Time” (in the video above and… Continue reading Poetry Sunday: Reina Maria Rodriguez’s ‘First Time’

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Poetry Sunday: Marge Piercy’s ‘A Work of Artifice’

Sometimes writing touches on the more suffocating aspects of life. Marge Piercy’s “A Work of Artifice” captures that tension between care and captivity perfectly. American poet and writer Marge Piercy (1936-) grew up and came of age in the Midwest. She first began publishing her poems in the 1960’s, and much of her writing reflects the… Continue reading Poetry Sunday: Marge Piercy’s ‘A Work of Artifice’

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Want Your Kids to Grow Up to Be Writers? Choose These Names

It turns out that if you want your children to be writers, you should consider naming them Kate and Simon. In 2014, Verdant Labs used public records to analyze common names by profession in the United States. They found that people with certain names are disproportionately more likely to have various careers. They based this… Continue reading Want Your Kids to Grow Up to Be Writers? Choose These Names

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The Best Kind of Bot: The New Yorker’s Poetry Bot

As many of you know, I am a poetry nerd, which is why I am incredibly excited to share The New Yorker’s new Poetry Bot. By following the Bot on Twitter or Facebook Messenger, people can receive excerpts from different poems every day for the next three months. The poems have been chosen by The New Yorker’s poetry… Continue reading The Best Kind of Bot: The New Yorker’s Poetry Bot