Rank #1: A Change of World, Episode 1: The Wilderness
The first episode in a special series on the women’s movement
Rank #2: This Poet Never Gets Old
John Keats's life and body of work, then and now.
Rank #3: The Poet is Distracted
Distraction may actually be at the heart of poetry.
Rank #4: The Poetry of Everyday Life
How we use poetry to find meaning and to bring disparate aspects of life together.
Rank #5: Retelling the American Story
Tracy K. Smith discusses her new book and her tenure as current US poet laureate.
Rank #6: 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 #7: 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.
Rank #8: Who Are They Anyway?
Old and new poems about unnamed lovers
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: 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 #11: Drinking Poetry
Jeff Gordinier and Rosie Schapp discuss poetry over a few cocktails.
Rank #12: Some Poems of Transcendent Surrender
Spencer Reece discusses classic and contemporary religious poems for this time of year.
Rank #13: A Very Short, Very Famous Poem
Rank #14: The Problem of Love
Rank #15: Prosey Poems
Maureen McLane on semi-autobiographical epic poems, narrative melodrama, and the dissociation of sensibility.
Rank #16: A Misunderstood Chestnut
The different ways of reading a classic American poem