Poetry

The Greatest Ex-Nazi Writer

Never heard of Gottfried Benn? It's because of his politics

Gottfreid Benn was a Nazi very briefly in the early 1930s. Why did it erase him from literary history?

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The Prophet in the Library

The previously undiscovered speech that launched Leonard Cohen's career

When Leonard Cohen was asked about his plans for the future in 1964, he grinned and said “suicide.” This previously undiscovered speech recreates his thinking at the time.

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Sex may be behind every poem ever written, but relatively few are actually about it, and even less are actually ''sexy.

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Boys

We’d cut school like knives through butter, the three ...

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Plath's tragic death can make her seem legacy more important than it really is. 

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Maxine Kumin passed away yesterday at age 88. Here, two poems from The New Republic archive.

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There's way more to Frost than "The Road Not Taken."

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The Best New Year's Drinking Advice Comes from Dionysus

The Greek god of wine says quit after three drinks

The Greek god of wine says quit after three drinks.

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These photos bring Dickinson to life better than any biography.

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John Milton Was Born 405 Years Ago Today.

Here's Why He Still Matters.

Poet John Milton turns 405 today.

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