“A short talk with a long list inside it. . .” We're thrilled to share here Robert Polito's recent address at AWP 2016 in LA, in which he praises the power of works that “operate along the seams of poetry, fiction, and essay”

Sjohnna McCray’s debut collection of poems, Rapture, releases this week, and he shares here his formative experience in a creative writing workshop led by the poet Henri Cole.

To celebrate today's publication of Maggie Nelson's The Red Parts: Autobiography of a Trial, we share her new preface to the paperback edition.

In advance of this Saturday's panel on The Darkening Trapeze at AWP in LA, we conclude our series of writers celebrating the work of Larry Levis with these high words from Mark Doty.

of the Week
May 2, 2016
Gretchen Marquette

The annual parade which inspired this poem took place last Sunday, as Minneapolis emerged (finally!) into bloom, and we're further celebrating the season with Gretchen Marquette's lovely debut May Day, out this week. Just as spring is sweeter after a long winter, the vernal imagery in this poem belies a persistent darkness haunting the speaker, who nonetheless looks to the light, noting all the beauty it reveals to her. — Susannah Sharpless, editorial assistant

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