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I heard Yona Harvey say in an interview that this loose Shakespearean (“the bard”) sonnet was written for her teenage daughter, which makes it…

In many cultural traditions, an encounter with an owl at night is an ominous sign. But here, in a poem by recent Shelley Memorial Award winner…

There is a long and ancient tradition of poetry as a form of prayer, even in the face of faithlessness or persistent belief. Here, in a poem f…

Sometimes defining what we mean by love causes us to fumble around, until we find the right language, or, as in this case, the perfect lived i…

The insane birds in “Almost Forty,” by the always eloquent and emotionally generous poet, Ada Limón, seem to be warning of the coming of winte…

Tracy K. Smith, former poet laureate, has a wonderful way with strange and haunting images, that still manage to tell a resonant story. I thin…

I have a memory of Lucille Clifton responding to a young poet who asked her how she managed to be a productive publishing poet despite having …

June Jordan died in 2002, an American child of Jamaican immigrants whose remarkable poetry is collected in “The Essential June Jordan,” a new …

Missouri poet Kitty Carpenter could have chosen any number of titles for her poem, a moving and difficult accounting of how the roles of paren…

It must be one of the great mercies of life that time provides us with the magical capacity to turn memories of the complete alarm of caring f…

April is National Poetry Month. To celebrate, here are some favorite collections from the Omaha Public Library staff. Find these books and mor…

I have heard so many poets say that they feel like outcasts, until they meet other outcasts and dreamers, people who seem to feel like them. T…

José Alcantara’s poem, which appeared in the Winter 2020 issue of Rattle magazine, seems simple enough — a splendid and hopeful account of a f…

Only .03% of us end up being selected for federal jury duty each year. But we all carry an awareness that it can be us next. According to casi…

Editor’s Note: This column (486) is a reprint from the American Life in Poetry archive as we bid farewell to Ted Kooser, and work to finalize …

Editor’s note: This column (197) is a reprint from the American Life in Poetry archive as we bid farewell to Ted Kooser and finalize a new web…

Editor’s Note: This column (197) is a reprint from the American Life in Poetry archive as we bid farewell to Ted Kooser, and work to finalize …

Editor’s Note: This column (605) is a reprint from the American Life in Poetry archive as we bid farewell to Ted Kooser, and work to finalize …

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