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NEW YORK (AP) — Louis Menand's Cold War cultural history “The Free World” and Hanif Abdurraqib's meditation on Black artistry “A Little Devil in America” are among the works on the nonfiction longlist for the National Book Awards.

What haunts this loose sonnet by Carrie Green is loss, anticipated loss, but loss, nonetheless. Yet, what emerges is an elegant “pre-elegy.” A…

Jehanne Dubrow’s finely crafted sonnet, her own “simple machine”, reminds us so well of that moment, full of contradictory emotions, when the …

It’s been some months since our last election, but it is always good to be reminded, in this poem by Kamilah Aisha Moon, of how precious and h…

Kimiko Hahn’s father was born and raised in Wisconsin. A place that has now become part of his daughter’s imagination. She herself is a woman …

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Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman has two books out this fall, the picture story "Change Sings" and the poetry collection "Call Us What We Carry." Louise Glueck's "Winter Recipes from the Collective" is her first poetry book since winning the Nobel Prize last year, and new works also are expected from Pulitzer Prize-winners Paul Muldoon, Frank Bidart and Tracy K. Smith, and from Kevin Young, Amanda Moore and Mai Der Vang.

In this tiny conundrum of a poem, Ross Gay, a poet who defiantly affirms the possibilities of hope and gratitude, reminds us that the capacity…

French American poet, Natalie Handal, has lived in Europe, Latin America and the Arab world since her birth in Haiti. She offers here a clever…

There is nothing quite like the relief of good news from the doctors. Of course, it is a reminder of the bad news we eventually expect, the fa…

Sasha Pimentel’s poem is a splendid example of the poetic device called the conceit, which refers to an extended metaphor, and of course, the …

In this typically plain-spoken poem by North Carolina poet, Terri Kirby Erickson, from her new collection, “A Sun Inside my Chest”, there is, …

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…

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"Parenting isn’t just a practical experience. It’s also an emotional minefield. That’s why the books that helped me the most as a new mom weren’t the ones that talked about taking care of my baby."

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 …

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