E. E. Cummings accomplished the rarest of balancing acts: He managed to be both a deeply committed experimentalist and a very popular poet.
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November 01, 2007
October 22, 2007
Octavio Paz, winner of the Nobel Prize in 1990, was arguably the most influential Mexican poet and essayist of the 20th century.
October 17, 2007
Readings by Martine Bellen, Cao Shuying, Charles Borkhuis, Caroline Crumpacker, Joseph Donahue, John Hig
Edna St. Vincent Millay, an elfin, red-haired diva of the sonnet, published some of the wisest, sexiest, and most feminist poetry of the 20th century.
October 16, 2007
The greatest iconoclasts don't set out to. Take Emily Dickinson. She just couldn't do some things as others did them.
October 11, 2007
Elaine Equi and Aram Saroyan reflect on their minimalist propensities and the work of influential practitioners of this spare aesthetic, including e.e.
Matsuo Bashō, wandering the back-country fields, mountains, and cities of 17th-century Japan and of his own life, distilled the immensities of human experience into single images of striking depth
October 09, 2007
Poet Dick Davis expands our understanding of the period that gave rise to such voices as Rumi and Omar Khayyam by exploring several poems from the canon of Medieval Persian literat