Rank #1: The Point of Poetry
Matthew Zapruder on dreams, silence, and smoking with Brodsky.
Dec 03 2019
Rank #2: The Poetry of Everyday Life
How we use poetry to find meaning and to bring disparate aspects of life together.
Apr 18 2017
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 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 #6: A Presence in the Sky
Fanny Howe gives away the secret to being cavalier and brave.
Nov 05 2019
Rank #7: The Poet is Distracted
Distraction may actually be at the heart of poetry.
Nov 28 2017
Rank #8: The Garden We Share
Ross Gay finds joy in life that outlives us.
Oct 22 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: How to Triumph Like a Girl
Ada Limón is done with hiding in poems.
Nov 19 2019
Rank #11: Teaching Poetry in Times Like These
Our back-to-school episode covers alternative approaches to poetry, including student choice.
Aug 29 2017
Rank #12: 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 #13: Poetry Rituals
Exploring exercises to be more present in your life and writing.
Oct 16 2018
Rank #14: Some Love Poems for Your Sweetie
Poems in time for Valentine's Day.
Feb 05 2019
Rank #15: 50 Years of The Lice
A deep look into W.S. Merwin's influential book, which speaks to our moment 50 years after its publication.
Jul 05 2017
Rank #16: Retelling the American Story
Tracy K. Smith discusses her new book and her tenure as current US poet laureate.
Jul 31 2018
Rank #17: Who Reads Poetry
Poetry magazine publishes a selection of their ‘View from Here’ essays in a new book, Who Reads Poetry.
Sep 26 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: From Sickness into Poetry
Meaghan O'Rourke discusses how the experience of illness has informed her poetry.
Oct 10 2017