poetry

Talking with Valorie K. Ruiz

Talking with Valorie K. Ruiz

“I was stuck on the image of a sunflower, stuck on the Spanish word for it, and questioning what it meant for me to constantly be looking at the good or the light in my life.”

Talking with Monika Zobel

Talking with Monika Zobel

“To me, a line break is equally as important as the image/the sentiment that is broken apart.”

Talking with Lauren Myers-Hinkle

Talking with Lauren Myers-Hinkle

“I am also influenced by the idea that worlds on screen, and in commercials in particular, seep into our consciousness and the very fabric of our thought processes.”

Talking with Lizzy Petersen

Talking with Lizzy Petersen

“For this poem, I was thinking about the apps, but I was also thinking about the game you play when you are dating, the one where you pretend to be disinterestedly interested.”

Talking with Greg Allendorf

Talking with Greg Allendorf

“The poem is true to a moment—I remember when and where I wrote it: I saw two men in the library on campus and instantly felt them to be in love.”

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Suzannah Russ Spaar

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Suzannah Russ Spaar

“The fact is, we survive these changes, and hopefully weather them together until we change them in a way we can live with, not just survive.”

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Rachel Kaufman

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Rachel Kaufman

“The poem wrestles with the temporally difficult quality of expectation; each moment comes too late or too soon.”

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Bill Neumire

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Bill Neumire

“It’s like the way we know we’re mortal, but we need to suppress that knowledge most times in order to make a life.”

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Matt McBride

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Matt McBride

“Perhaps composing this poem was my subconscious' way of reminding me that I've got to make room for accident or I'll lose the joy in writing.”

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Holly Wren Spaulding

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Holly Wren Spaulding

“For the last few years, I've been experimenting with setting type in a letterpress, which forces you to reckon with every word and piece of punctuation in a way that I've found revelatory.”

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Shavahn Dorris-Jefferson

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Shavahn Dorris-Jefferson

“I don’t think of myself as a poet’s poet. I want to write poetry that speaks to a broad audience—people who like poetry and people who think they don’t.”

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Mimi Plevin-Foust

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Mimi Plevin-Foust

“I write poems for many reasons, often to figure out the messy, lovely wackiness of life, to protest injustice, and also to tell individual stories of courage and grace.”

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Mat Wenzel

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Mat Wenzel

“It’s been helpful to think of each line or stanza as a switchback on a mountain or valley trail—a back-and-forth with some kind of elevation change.”

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Kimberly Grabowski Strayer

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Kimberly Grabowski Strayer

“The body is an intermediary between our experience of the world and the world itself. Language is an intermediary, as well.”

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Anna Bernstein

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Anna Bernstein

“This particular poem was influenced more in form than in content—before writing it I felt like I had lost the rhythm in my poems that made them feel urgent or fresh, and when I read a poem that embodied the kind of syntactic pacing I had been struggling with, I decided to try copying that pacing (though of course none of the words).”

Meet our new Poetry Editor: Ana Cottle

Meet our new Poetry Editor: Ana Cottle

“In much the same way you try to keep a translation loyal to the original text, I think “honest poetry” shows a constancy in relating to the human condition.”

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Renée Christine Ehle

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Renée Christine Ehle

"What’s really at stake in helping kids write better? It’s not about passing exams or getting a diploma or even about gaining the skills for college or career. It’s about using words to claim and proclaim your own life."

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Georgia Dennison

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Georgia Dennison

"It’s the season of the open window and I have no intention of installing screens."

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Heather Cahoon

Q&A with Poetry Contributor Heather Cahoon

"I also felt a subtler awareness of the power dynamics at play in all of it, too; one of us was going to come out of the situation as the casualty."

Q&A with Poetry Contributor José del Valle

Q&A with Poetry Contributor José del Valle

“I think poetry should take us places. And not always places within ourselves.”