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American Life in Poetry

We're entering a new kind of autumn. This one arrives after months and months when everything was new and strange, and offered very little but bad news for the future. All spring and summer parents wo...

 

American Life In Poetry

What do we select to keep with us when someone we love has died? Here's Gail Mazur, who lives in Massachusetts, opening her closet door to show us. This poem originally appeared in the journal...

 

American Life In Poetry

Maine's former poet laureate, Wesley McNair, is one of my favorite writers. Godine has just published a touching book-length memoir, in verse, entitled Dwellers in the House of the Lord. Though it's...

 

American Life In Poetry

How many poets does it take to change a light bulb? Only one. Here's a poem by Jared Carter from his new book, The Land Itself, from Monongahela Press. This is a fine example of how a talented poet...

 

American Life In Poetry

I'm writing this column on a summer day when a hungry crowd of Monarch butterfly caterpillars are eating the upper leaves of the milkweed just outside my door in Nebraska, and my wife and I are joyful...

 

American Life In Poetry

Here's a poem about something that each of us receives, though only once. If you didn't get yours written into a poem, you've got it put away somewhere. Wyatt Townley lives in Kansas, and "First...

 

American Life In Poetry

I was very sorry to read that the literary journal Field, with a long history of publishing the finest of American poetry, was ceasing publication. All good things must come to an end. Here's a poem...

 

American Life In Poetry

Pauletta Hansel lives in Cincinnati, and today’s poem is from her book Palindrome, from Dos Madres Press in Loveland, Ohio. It’s a collection of poems about her mother’s dementia, and although there have been many individual poems about that...

 

American Life in Poetry

Jim Daniels lives and teaches in Pittsburgh. I love this poem from Street Calligraphy, from Steel Toe Books, of Western Kentucky University, Daniels’ seventeenth book. A young father and his two small children, tucked into a comfortable old chair...

 

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