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: A Very Short, Very Famous Poem
Looking back at Robert Creeley's “I Know a Man”
Rank #4: Who Are They Anyway?
Old and new poems about unnamed lovers
Rank #5: The Poet is Distracted
Distraction may actually be at the heart of poetry.
Rank #6: 50 Years of Ariel
The legacy of Plath's posthumous classic
Rank #7: Some Love Poems for Your Sweetie
Poems in time for Valentine's Day.
Rank #8: Retelling the American Story
Tracy K. Smith discusses her new book and her tenure as current US poet laureate.
Rank #9: The Poetry of Everyday Life
How we use poetry to find meaning and to bring disparate aspects of life together.
Rank #10: Drinking in Poetry
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Prohibition in the U.S., we discuss drinking poems over a few cocktails.
Rank #11: 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 #12: Poetry and PTSD
The skeptical, clear-eyed poetry of Alan Dugan
Rank #13: Poetry for Young People
Talking with the new Young People's Poet Laureate, Jacqueline Woodson
Rank #14: 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 #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 Poetry
Jeff Gordinier and Rosie Schapp discuss poetry over a few cocktails.
Rank #17: The Next Poet Laureate
The poetry and activism of Juan Felipe Herrera
Rank #18: Some Poems of Transcendent Surrender
Spencer Reece discusses classic and contemporary religious poems for this time of year.
Rank #19: All Artists Are Dogs
James Merrill envisions the figure of the artist through the ears of a dog
Rank #20: The Poetry Inside of Words
A look at Paul Celan's later poems