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Mary Oliver’s Poetry: Reading Her in the Worst of Times

Not knowing how to be useful in a dying world, one reader has looked to Mary Oliver’s poetry for answers and inspiration.

Emily Dickinson in Pop Culture

From kids' shows to hard rock bands, Emily Dickinson has influenced many different facets of pop culture. And it's just getting started.

9 Poetry Books That Capture The Black Experience

Read your way into outstanding collections of poetry that capture the beauty and the challenges of the Black experience.

Poems About Starting Over To Grace The New Year

It's a new year. Let's honor the turning of a calendar page with these great poems about starting over.

Contemporary Poets Are Demystifying the Poetry Genre

While academia can condition readers to mechanically interpret poems, contemporary poetry adds joy to the reading experience.

The Value of Listening to Poetry on Audio

A reader reflects on the experience of listening to poetry on audio, and the impact of listening to a poet read their words aloud.

How to Read Punctuation in Poetry

You dive into a poem, but then see a comma in a place that doesn't follow any grammar rules you know. How do you read punctuation in poetry?

The Best Emily Dickinson Poems: Ranked

What are the best Emily Dickinson poems? Here's a list of the top 15.

How to Read Line Breaks in Poetry

How, exactly, are you supposed to read a line break? Here’s a brief guide to reading line breaks in poetry.

Ode To a Stethoscope: On Medical Poetry

A look at the history of medical poetry, including the peer-reviewed works that appear in some of the top journals for medical professionals.