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Poetry for People Who Hate Poetry

Poetry for People Who Hate Poetry: #6

It’s happening again. Even as we speak, elsewhere—in a college dorm, maybe, or some recess of the internet—a word is changing. Just as “cool” evolved in African-American...

Poetry for People Who Hate Poetry: #5

Metaphor helps us see whatever we look at by making us imagine it as something else.

Poetry for People Who Hate Poetry: #4

What makes poetry poetry? Ask that question of a dozen poets, scholars, or readers and you’ll get as many different answers, maybe more. Some...

Poetry for People Who Hate Poetry: #3

“I never got poetry,” someone says to me again. And I sigh. Because I never got it either—at least, not until I learned to stop worrying...

Poetry for People Who Hate Poetry: #2

This is a love story. This is the story that led me here, writing to you about how and why I fell in love with...

Poetry for People Who Hate Poetry: #1

“I, too, dislike it.” Marianne Moore, “Poetry” But you don’t hate it. At least that’s what I hope you’ll discover as you read this column. I don’t want...

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