A Perfect DiscomfitWilliam Blake's two poems called "The Chimney Sweeper" create art by keeping us uncomfortable.
"The Self-Consumer of My Woes"The enigmatic and enduring art of John Clare, a mad pauper and brilliant poet.
"The Rooster King"East of the Western Fence
Wild ChildThe best poems for kids aren't the soft and saccharine ones.
Firmness in the WriteWhy Abraham Lincoln's poetry is the real thing.
"The Quaintness of the Past"
Something From NothingPoets like John Wilmot cut their world down to size with wit—then built it up again in art.
Old Made NewWas Robert Frost a Modernist?
Sex, Violence, and the SupernaturalBefore the tabloids, there were the folk ballads.
"Bats Perish, and No One Knows Why"—headline in the New York Times
"Wherever My Dead Go When I'm Not Remembering Them"
"The Day You Left // Mammogram"
"The Witch and Macduff Exit My Neighbor's House"