Rank #1: A Presence in the Sky
Fanny Howe gives away the secret to being cavalier and brave.
Nov 05 2019
Rank #2: The Garden We Share
Ross Gay finds joy in life that outlives us.
Oct 22 2019
Rank #3: A Change of World, Episode 1: The Wilderness
The first episode in a special series on the women’s movement
Mar 06 2018
Rank #4: This Poet Never Gets Old
John Keats's life and body of work, then and now.
Aug 28 2018
Rank #5: The Poetry of Everyday Life
How we use poetry to find meaning and to bring disparate aspects of life together.
Apr 18 2017
Rank #6: The Late Great John Ashbery
Ashbery's poems can be a new way of seeing and experiencing things, a "daydream from which there's no obvious exit," an ode to neglected emotions or the insignificant, an inside joke you may or may not be in on, and a reordering of the world and ourselves.
Sep 12 2017
Rank #7: The Poet is Distracted
Distraction may actually be at the heart of poetry.
Nov 28 2017
Rank #8: Drinking in Poetry
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Prohibition in the U.S., we discuss drinking poems over a few cocktails.
Jan 08 2019
Rank #9: Walt Whitman's Divided America
As one of the U.S.'s greatest patriots and most trenchant critics of his time, Whitman never lost hope in his country.
Feb 21 2017
Rank #10: Who Are They Anyway?
Old and new poems about unnamed lovers
Apr 18 2016
Rank #11: The Problem of Love
Feb 10 2016
Rank #12: Some Love Poems for Your Sweetie
Poems in time for Valentine's Day.
Feb 05 2019
Rank #13: Whitman and our Warming World
On Whitman's bicentennial, a contemporary poet finds a Whitmanic kinship with wonder, language, and the environment.
Jun 04 2019
Rank #14: Retelling the American Story
Tracy K. Smith discusses her new book and her tenure as current US poet laureate.
Jul 31 2018
Rank #15: Poetry Rituals
Exploring exercises to be more present in your life and writing.
Oct 16 2018
Rank #16: 50 Years of Ariel
The legacy of Plath's posthumous classic
Mar 08 2016
Rank #17: “It's the Language, Stupid.”
Matthew Zapruder discusses the role of language and meaning in poetry and his book of criticism, Why Poetry.
Aug 15 2017
Rank #18: A Change of World, Episode 2: Books that Broke Down Barriers
The second episode of our special series exploring poetry and the women's movement looks at several books in the 1960s and '70s that fought for a place for women.
Mar 13 2018
Rank #19: A Change of World, Episode 3: Shattering the Blue Velvet Chair
Our series dedicated to the women's movement continues with the changing cultural roles of the 1970s, when women poets refused to be marginalized or tokenized, and public poetry readings and writing workshops for women spread across the U.S.
Mar 20 2018
Rank #20: Everyone Always Gets Lost
Gay Pride in the shadow of the Orlando nightclub shooting
Jun 28 2016