Life, like verse, contains beauty, grit, and uncomfortable truth. Inspired by a couplet from Thoreau, our columnist reflects on the journey of life as an artistic, creative craft, in the vein of lyrical composition.
In poesy and paint, artistic praise for holy birth in Jerusalem and beyond.
A mother's poetic reflection on simultaneously striving to comfort and teach her children, and learn from her own mother, about the growth that can come from struggle.
A father's poetic awe at his elemental connection with his son, and the thrill he feels in witnessing this miracle of new life.
Sometimes a poem offers insight into a dream or an event in the news. And sometimes it's about the everyday thing that never occurs.
Poetic expression is a character with many personalities, much like one's favorite pet dog. A new poem from Mary Oliver on the playfulness of writing verse.
An expression of gratitude for this fine day. A morning murmuration, if you will, for all the things we may take for granted in performing our daily rituals and taking stock of life's simple pleasures.
Rilke follows the course of change through seasons and captures the loneliness of uncertainty in everyday life. Includes Joanna Macy's brilliant reading of "Onto a Vast Plain."
How we arrived at choosing the late Lucille Clifton's "won't you celebrate with me" — with video.
These vids from BBC's "Poetry Season" bring Byron and Blake to life — through punk rock and a soccer presser? Absolutely riveting!
A reflection on the different interpretations of a single poem and how one man's experience of suffering affects his reading of "Le Vase Brisé" ("The Broken Vase").
A preview of one of the beautiful poems read by Alicia Partnoy for this program.
James Wright's poem on the terror of hospital bills and refocusing on what we really value.
Elizabeth Alexander discusses truth, metaphor and language with Stephen Colbert on the Colbert Report the day after delivering "Praise Song for the Day" at Barack Obama's first inauguration.
Sometimes forgiveness comes easiest to the youngest of us.
Marie Howe uses poetry to explore disagreement + the distance between people.
Producing a narrated slideshow takes a fair bit of time, even it's brief. Our producer traces her journey and the small world we travel in.
One thing we know about our fan base — they (you?) love words, especially poesy. The response to Tess Gallagher’s poem about her time with Thich Nhat Hanh made that clear.
So, in one of Krista’s limited face-to-face interviews (see Shiraz’s post about what a more typical interview looks like), she was regaled by the lilting tongue and picturesque poetry of the late Irish poet John O’Donohue in September. Mr. O’Donohue passed away earlier this year, but his verse lives on.