Rank #1: The Problem of Love
Rank #2: Who Are They Anyway?
Old and new poems about unnamed lovers
Rank #3: A Change of World, Episode 1: The Wilderness
The first episode in a special series on the women’s movement
Rank #4: Poetry and PTSD
The skeptical, clear-eyed poetry of Alan Dugan
Rank #5: This Poet Never Gets Old
John Keats's life and body of work, then and now.
Rank #6: The Poetry of Everyday Life
How we use poetry to find meaning and to bring disparate aspects of life together.
Rank #7: The Uses of Anger
Audre Lorde then and now
Rank #8: The Inner Life in the Age of Social Media
Making money from poetry, and opting to be forgotten
Rank #9: 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.
Rank #10: A Very Short, Very Famous Poem
Rank #11: A First Book 50 Years Later
Looking at Seamus Heaney's debut, Death of a Naturalist
Rank #12: The Poet is Distracted
Distraction may actually be at the heart of poetry.
Rank #13: A Radical Poet's Radical Poet
Rank #14: Some Love Poems for Your Sweetie
Poems in time for Valentine's Day.
Rank #15: 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.
Rank #16: Drinking in Poetry
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Prohibition in the U.S., we discuss drinking poems over a few cocktails.
Rank #17: 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.
Rank #18: Fathers Never Die
The poignancy of Father's Day, for those who have lost their fathers
Rank #19: “It's the Language, Stupid.”
Matthew Zapruder discusses the role of language and meaning in poetry and his book of criticism, Why Poetry.
Rank #20: Poetry as Play
Giving children the permission to be free.