The Exoskeleton and the BluesStructural amazements are buoyed by inner music in Terrance Hayes’ How to Be Drawn.
The Book of InjusticeTarfia Faizullah’s poems wrestle with the mass rapes of Bangladesh’s 1971 Liberation War.
The Beautiful Uncut Hair of GravesBrian Teare’s poetry is about grass, but it’s also about life and death.
The Wheat and the ChaffLucille Clifton is the rare poet good enough to survive the Collected Poems treatment.
Blackness VisibleClaudia Rankine’s poems explore how to write about yourself when your language pretends you don’t exist.
Steak-Umm out of Sacred CowsPatricia Lockwood’s poetry, and the discomfort it’s meant to cause squares like me.
The Love of Two People Staring in the Same DirectionA new book of poems from American master Frank Bidart.
Love Letters to Kenny G, Dave Chappelle, and RuPaulMarcus Wicker’s poetry buzzes with the energy, and loneliness, of pop culture.
The Best Police Blotter in America The procedural poetry of the Sheriff’s Calls column in the Point Reyes Light.
McDonald’s, Unable to Fix Its Dismal Monthly Sales Numbers, Will Now Just Stop Sharing Them
It's Not Just Josh Duggar—A String of Sex-Abuse Scandals Have Recently Rocked Christian Fundamentalism
Behind the Scenes
A Day in the Life A behind-the-scenes look into how Slate’s daily podcast, The Gist, is made.
The NYT’s Summer Reading List Is All Books From White Writers. That’s Not Its Only Problem.
Play It Out Before You Live It Out Are ethical video games the future of on-the-job training?
How Things Break Ali fought Liston 50 years ago. Two legends were born, but another was broken.