I couldn’t bring myself to read the paper. I wasn’t interested in anyone’s analysis of what had happened, why it had happened, who was most at fault. Instead of reading the news, I read poetry. It spoke to me in fragments, shards of anger, grief, and sadness.

Resistance by Geoffrey Hilsabeck

What half-blind is like:
like two microscopes in my head
each with differently stuck objectives.
They enable the small and the very small
and reduce everything else to blur and shade.
Yet you can train even this.
—Raymond McDaniel

The Interchangeable World of the Micronauts by Raymond McDaniel

Congratulations to the five finalists for the 2017 National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry, who all happen to be POETRY magazine contributors: Ishion Hutchinson (featured in the current issue!), Bernadette Mayer, Tyehimba Jess, Monica Youn, & Robert Pinsky

Finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Awards

I want to read poems at the white house and then like any house reading we will all clean up together.
–Joshua Clover

I Want to Read at the White House - PoetryNow

It’s here we roll along the pavement into hills of conversation we share a ride we share a country but live in alternate nations and here I must tell them what they don’t know or, should I?
—Layli Long Soldier

From “WHEREAS” by Layli Long Soldier

From the civil rights and women’s liberation movements to Black Lives Matter, poetry is commanding enough to gather crowds in a city square and compact enough to demand attention on social media.

Poems of Protest, Resistance, and Empowerment by The Editors

"monsters teach
to kill to violate pull down destroy
the weakly freedom growing fruit
from being born"

June Jordan honors MLK

In Memoriam: Martin Luther King, Jr. by June Jordan

It’s true, your Junk won’t save you from a
tsunami, but I’m descended from a group whose culture history
language gods cosmology calendar stories government gait was
capital “O” Obliterated I’ll stop writing this when it stops hap-
—Tommy Pico, from "Junk"

From “Junk” by Tommy Pico

Learn more about the fly ampersand that graces the cover of our current issue!

January Cover Artist: Armando Veve

The poem’s hour of birth, ladies and gentlemen, lies in darkness. Some claim to know that it is the darkness just before dawn; I do not share this assumption.
—Paul Celan, translated by Pierre Joris

From “Microliths” by Paul Celan

Happy Birthday, Charles Perrault! Read Marie Ponsot's Hommages from the July 1960 issue of POETRY

Cassation for Good Friday, III by Marie Ponsot | Hommages à Charles Perrault by Marie Ponsot

Today marks one year since we lost poet C. D. Wright.
Brian Teare remembers Wright and pays tribute to her work and legacy.

The Best Job on Earth: On the Poetry of C. D. Wright

They carve
names deep in wood, erect beams of metal to hold up
the invincible defense of a bad history.
—Sheryl Luna

The Vocation by Sheryl Luna

those white houses,

stiffened with silence, broke
the private change, the public good
to dive into pits of leaves.
—Ishion Hutchinson on our #podcast (+ bonus audio of Paul Robeson!)

Poetry Magazine Weekly Podcast for January 9, 2017: Ishion Hutchinson reads "Wheel of Fire"

Check out the the first #PoetryOfftheShelf episode in a special series on the women’s movement, featuring Louise Bogan, Anne Bradstreet, Gwendolyn Brooks, Emily Dickinson, Alice Moore Dunbar-Nelson, Camille T. Dungy, Amy Lowell, Honor Moore, Alicia Ostriker, Gertrude Stein, Phillis Wheatley & more!

A Change of World, Episode 1: The Wilderness - Poetry Off the Shelf

I tell my mother she is still beautiful & she laughs. The room fills
with flies.
—Hieu Minh Nguyen

Changeling by Hieu Minh Nguyen

Good morning, poetry fans! Eat well and read well.

5 Poems Cooking Up Meaning in Breakfast

“I feel all this so unreal, almost like a bad dream,” photographer and poet Jun Fujita wrote to a friend at the Department of the Interior. “My future is utterly unpredictable.” Even as Japanese Americans on the West Coast were being held in internment camps by the federal government, he vowed to do anything he could to help the American war effort and sent documents and letters asserting his...
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Behind the Camera by Ruth Graham

"The protesters, the show of solidarity, their chanting, their actions woke me from my election paralysis. I thought of the commercials for Rogue One. I thought of what it meant to say rebellions are built on hope. You rebel because you believe you can affect change, or why else would you bother?"
Ruben Quesada and Brian Kornell on Star Wars, poetry, and resistance in the Harriet blog.

Not One of Us, All of Us: Writers Resist, Chicago