Poems and Essays:

“I’ll Settle for a Moment of Glory”: Lesbian-Feminist Poetry in Washington

“What was it like?”

“You have a beautiful voice”: snippets of a laureateship


26 | Sandy Hook*

5AM Blues

A Black Girl Sings: Gwendolyn Bennett in the Harlem Renaissance

A Blizzard Blues

A Hindu Prayer

A Jewish Cemetery in Büdingen, Germany

A Present

A Small Tribute to Philip Levine

A Splendid Wake Issue

A Writing Assignment from Rita Dove

Affinity with Orwell

After I Xeroxed the Sky

After the Mammogram

Against the Wall

Alain Ginsberg Portfolio

An Accounting

An Area of Possible Encounter: William Stafford in Washington, DC

An Interview with James A. Emanuel

Andrea Carter Brown: Tenth Anniversary Issue

Anna Nicole’s Dream

Annie Finch Portfolio

Ante Sandy

As Powerful as a Gun

At the Emlekpont Remembrance Museum

At the One Step

At the Trolley Museum

At Watergate


Back to the Woods

Barbara Goldberg Translates Moshe Dor

Betty’s Book

Big Bang

Billy Collins Interview


Black Schist

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Burgi Zenhaeusern Translates Egla Morales Blouin

Cecelia Was Born in Chicago And This Imprinted on Her Life


Charles Wright Interview

Christina Daub Translates Blanca Wiethüchter

Christmas Day in Washington

Claim Our Chaos

coffee with a married woman




Dan Vera: Tenth Anniversary Issue

Danielle Badra Portfolio

Danielle Evennou Portfolio

Danuta E. Kosk-Kosicka Translates Lidia Kosk

DC Poetry Anthologies

DC Slam History

Deborah Sobeloff Translates Egla Morales Blouin

Deep in These Woods

Delicious, New Edition, 1986

Detective Lennie Briscoe: This is His Story

Difference Between Heaven and Hell

Dig, Find, Make Way

Down the Aisle

Dream Variation

Early Cinema

Elisavietta Ritchie Translates Anna Akhmatova

Excerpt from Graffiti Calculus

Festival of Season Words

First Freed

First Fruit (And Aftermath)

Five Poems

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Five Poems by Anne Lynch Botta

Five Poems by Anya Creightney

Five Poems by Audrey Wurdemann

Five Poems by Carolyn Joyner

Five Poems by Jona Colson

Five Poems from Between Gods

Five Poems from How to Prove a Theory

Five Poems from Lion Brothers

Five Poems from Meanwhile

Five Poems from Meeting Bone Man

Five Poems from Umberto’s Night

Five Poems from When the World Breaks Open

Five Poems in Response to “Romeo and Juliet”


For Ann Darr at the Air and Space Museum

For My Beloved

Four Poems

Four Poems

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Four Poems by Kimberly A. Collins

Four Poems by Natalie Clifford Barney

Four Poems by Rasha Abdulhadi

Four Poems from Boyishly

Four Poems from Day of the Border Guards

Four Poems from Elegies for New York Avenue, plus an extra

Four Poems from Immigrant

Four Poems from In the Company of Spirits

Four Poems from Monster

Four Poems from Second-Skin Rhinestone-Spangled Nude Soufflé Chiffon Gown

Four Poems from Stronger Than Cleopatra

Four Poems from The Invented Child

Four Poems from Words Facing East

Four Poems from Words We Might One Day Say

Four Poems in Response to “Mary Stuart”

Four Poems in Response to “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead”

Fourteen Poems by Jessie Redmon Fauset



From Friends to Griots: The Modern Urban Griots

From June 2015 in LGBTQ History

Good Friday

Grace Cavalieri: Tenth Anniversary Issue


Gray Jacobik


Guilford Courthouse

Gypsy Girls



Hilary Tham: Tenth Anniversary Issue

Holly Karapetkova Translates Dostena Lavergne

Holly Karapetkova Translates Kiril Merjanski


How the Past Appeared

How to Visit Baba Yaga

How We Were, How We Are

Howard Nemerov


i come to the city

I Woke from the Dream

Impossible Bottle

In Every Dream an Orphan Builds a House

In Siberia

In the Garden

In the Magnificent Region of Courage: An Interview with Louise Glück



Interview with Josephine Jacobsen

Interview with Kim Roberts

Interview with May Miller

Interview with Richard Wilbur

Interview with Sterling A. Brown

Interview with Ted Kooser


Introduction and Table of Contents: Langston Hughes Tribute Issue

Introduction to The Jewish Issue

Introduction to the LGBTQ Issue

Introduction to the Slam Issue

Introduction to the Sterling A. Brown Tribute Issue

Introduction to U.S. Poets Laureate Issue, Part II

Introduction, “Poets Respond to Shakespeare”

Introduction: Envisioning the Future

James Dickey: In Touch with Darkness

January 21, 2013

Julia Leverone Translates Francisco Urondo


Karl Shapiro, Poet and Anti-Critic

Kateema Lee Portfolio

Katie Davis: Tenth Anniversary Issue


La Petite Amie

Lake Rosseau, Canada


Leda in Red Sneakers: A Remembrance of Mona Van Duyn

Leeya Mehta Portfolio

Lives Like Otters, Seen by Angels

Looking at Buds

Love’s Austere and Lonely Offices

Macomb Street Workshops

Mathematics of a Storm Surge

Maureen Thorson: Tenth Anniversary Issue

Max and Frieda’s Guide to Fine Dining for Sexagenerians

Mea Culpa


Messages from the Other World

Metal Anniversary

Michelangelo’s David

Minus the Body



Moonrise Over Washington

Morning with Butter Sky

My Jacob

My Mother’s Belly

Myra Sklarew on William Stafford

Nancy Arbuthnot and Lê Pham Lê Translate Lê Pham Lê

Naomi Ayala: Tenth Anniversary Issue

Natasha Trethewey Interview



Nine Poems by Charlotte Forten Grimké

Nine Poems by Gwendolyn Bennett

No Longer Disastrous

Not a Ghazal: Snapshots from the Museum of Life

Notes on Debridement

Of Course, Volcanic Activity Has Nothing To Do With Climate Change

Of Thee I Sing III – America You Deserve

On Archibald MacLeish

On the Bus with Rita Dove

On the Incoming Tide

One Poem from These Days

Oracle of the First Kiss


Patricia Davis Translates Francisco de Oraá

Patricia Davis Translates Juan Garrido Salgado

Patricia Davis Translates Lucia Robles



Pioneers of a New Breed

Poetry Behind the Scenes at the Library of Congress

Prawn Woman

Preface to the Some Of Us Press Issue


Queer Currency

Queuing for Lenin

Randall Jarrell in Washington

Randi Ward Translates Guðrið Helmsdal

Reasons for Poetry

Regie Cabico: Tenth Anniversary Issue

Reinaldo Arenas and Roberto Valero: Friends and Exiles in Washington, DC

Relax, Relate, Release

Remembered by Name

Remembering Frost at Kennedy’s Inauguration


Revisionist History

Rick Black translates Rachel Bluwstein

Rita Dove Interview

Robert Pinsky Interview

Rochester and Jane on the Kiss-Cam

Rodeo, North Dakota

Roland Flint and Siv Cedering Fox

Sam Allen, aka Paul Vesey

San-San Tin Translates San-San Tin

Sarah Browning: Tenth Anniversary Issue

Saundra Rose Maley Translates Rainer Maria Rilke

Saundra Rose Maley: Tenth Anniversary Issue

Scars of Last Year’s Leaves

Seven Poems by Elinor Wylie

Shake, Alabama

Shallows II


Shiloh Baptist Church Cemetery, Caddo Parish

Shoes of the Dead

Six Poems

Six Poems

Six Poems

Six Poems from A Language the Land is Inventing

Six Poems from The January Children

Six Poems from The Mustard Seed


Some of My Favorite Jokes


Sonnet for a Namesake


Spender on Political Poetry in the 1930s and Auden’s Poetic Brinksmanship


Storm Crossing Key Bridge

Tea in the Late Afternoon

Tender Days

Tercentenary of the Landing of Slaves at Jamestown

Teri Ellen Cross: Tenth Anniversary Issue

The Baby

The Bee

The Correspondence of Louise Bogan

The Day of the Gwendolyn

The Elephant in the Room: Kay Ryan

The Facts of Life

The Field at Potts Camp

the fire this time. remembering april, 1992.

The Generous Spirit of American Poetry: An Interview with Joseph Brodsky

The Goldfinch

The Howard Poets in Perspective

The Library and its Laureates: The Examples of Auslander, Williams, Dickey & Kumin

The Lyrebird

The Marital Bed

The Neighborhood, Changing

The Poet and the Mule

The Poetry Office: A Photo Essay

The Tenaciousness of Spark Matsunaga

The Uncontrollable Elements: An Interview with Mark Strand

The Writer Who Changed the Future: On Gwendolyn Brooks

Things I never want to hear again about race and racism

Things My Mother Taught Me

Thirteen Poems by Leonora Speyer

Three Minutes Apart

Three Poems

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Three poems from Blocks

Three Poems from High There

Three poems from Ice Fishing

Three Poems from Moving Violation

Three Poems in Response to “Richard III”

Three Poems in Response to “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead”

Three Skulls on an Oriental Rug

Ting Wang Translates Chen Li

To Dr. Mary Church Terrell, Crusader

To John Brown

To Keep the Memory of Charlotte Forten Grimké

To the Dunbar High School


Toni Asante Lightfoot: Tenth Anniversary Issue

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Two Poems from A Little Truth on Your Shirt

Two Poems from Lamplights Used to Feed the Deer

Two Poems in Response to Two Gentlemen of Verona

Two Prose Poems

Two Prose Poems

Two Prose Poems

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Two Sonnets

Two Sonnets

Visits to St. Elizabeths

W.S. Merwin and Eco-Justice

Walt Whitman Visits the Civil War Hospital in the Patent Office (Now the National Portrait Gallery)

Walt’s Notebook

Whale Songs

What Part of Me Will Die Today?

What to Call Her

While in Pursuit of the Perfect Summer Purse


Why I Don’t Write Nature Poems


Woman’s Home


Yvette Neisser Moreno and Patricia Bejarano Fisher Translate Maria Teresa Ogliastri