Public Debates on Poetry

Commentary on why poetry matters.

"The Word Sonnet: A Distillation" (2021)

Read a conversation between author, Seymour Mayne, and editor and translator, María Laura Spoturno in Tusaaji: A Translation Review.

"No One Gets Sylvia Plath" by Emily Van Duyne (2020)

Read in Literary Hub.

"Super-Close Reading: On Marjorie Perloff’s Infrathin: An Experiment in Micropoetics" by Tal Goldfajn (2022)

Read in the Los Angeles Review of Books.

"A Poem (and a Painting) About the Suffering That Hides in Plain Sight" by Elisa Gabbert (2022)

Read in The New York Times.

"The Job of a Poet Is to Witness" by Saeed Jones (2021)

Read in Poetry Foundation.

"'Why try / to revive the lyric': Hoa Nguyen and the Singing of Loss" by Patrick Flanery (2022)

Read in the Chicago Review of Books.

"Why We Need Revolutionary Poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz More Than Ever" by Rajat Singh (2016)

Read in Literary Hub.

"3 Contemporary Poets on Identity, Form, and Politics" by Ruben Quesada (2018)

Read in the Chicago Review of Books.

"Literary scholar and poet Lucy Alford on Poetry and Attention" (2015)

Read on the Stanford Humanities Center website.

"When We Dead Awaken: Writing as Re-Vision" by Adrienne Rich (1972)

Read in College English.

"Poetry Is Not A Luxury" by Audre Lorde (1985)

Read the essay here.

"The Poetics of Disobedience" by Alice Notley (2010)

Read in Poetry Foundation.

"The Places Bodies Can’t Reach" by Mia You (2021)

Read in Poetry Foundation.

"'America Is a Myth': A Conversation with Natalie Diaz" by Natasha Hakimi Zapata (2021)

Read in The Los Angeles Review of Books.

“The Poet and the Reader: Nobel Lecture” by Louise Glück (2020)

“Close Readings” by Seamus Perry and Mark Ford (2020)

“Part of Your America” by Kevin Okoth (2020)

“This Is Not an Essay on Poetry of the Past 20 Years” by Maureen N. McLane (2020)

“Poetic Politics” by Nicole Brossard (1990)

“On the Function of the Line” by Denise Levertov (1979)

“Sounding Auden” by Seamus Heaney (1987)

“Instant Poetry: A Sign of Cultural Decline” by David Solway (2020)

“When the Spirit Moves” by Eavan Boland (1944-2020) (1995)

“Why Poetry Is Having a Moment Amid the Global Quarantine” by Keziah Weir (2020)

“That Formal Feeling” by Elisa Gabbert (2018)

“Instagram, PBS, 'The Nation': Poetry Is Everywhere” by Megan Garber (2018)

“How Poetry Came to Matter Again” by Jesse Lichtenstein (2018)

“Poetry Is a Way of Being in the World that Wasn't Made for Us” by Jennifer Bartlett (2018)

“How Poetry Helps Me Fulfill My Hipocratic Oath” by Danny W. Linggonegoro (2018)


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