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

😶, 💩, 😞: Ravi Shankar


26 | Sandy Hook*

5AM Blues

8Rock Collective

be loving ourselves/be sisters: Lucille Clifton Reminds Us that We are American Poetry

A Black Girl Sings: Gwendolyn Bennett in the Harlem Renaissance

A Blizzard Blues

A Brother, A Neighbor, A Washingtonian: Gil Scott-Heron

A Hindu Prayer

A Hip-Hop Sonnet

A Jewish Cemetery in Büdingen, Germany

A Present

A Small Tribute to Philip Levine

A Splendid Wake Issue

A Sterling of a Man

A Writing Assignment from Rita Dove

Abandoning Your Car in a Snowstorm: Rosslyn, Virginia

Affinity with Orwell

After I Xeroxed the Sky

After Memo Writing

After the Mammogram

Against the Wall

Ahmos Zu-Bolton’s Poetry of Invention

Alain Ginsberg Portfolio

Alchemy; House: Grace Cavalieri


Ammi, A Prayer: Adeeba Shahid Talukder

An Accounting

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

An Interview with James A. Emanuel

An Old Man Listening to a Young Man Listening to Whitman

Andrea Carter Brown: Tenth Anniversary Issue

Anna Nicole’s Dream

Annie Finch Portfolio

Annual Report

Ante Sandy

ARGUMENT, DOLE V. ARCO – 921 F.2d 484 (3d Cir. 1990)

As Powerful as a Gun

At the Emlekpont Remembrance Museum

At the One Step

At the Trolley Museum

At Watergate



Back to the Woods

Baltimore Sun

Barbara Goldberg Translates Moshe Dor

Because I Could Mumble Some Words

Betty’s Book

Big Bang

Billy Collins Interview

billy eckstine comes to washington, d.c.


Black Hawk Waltz

Black Schist

blues poem



Brag: Karl Carter

Brian Gilmore on “May Miller, The Silence”

Brian Gilmore: Tenth Anniversary


Burgi Zenhaeusern Translates Egla Morales Blouin


Cabinet of curiosities; Far Planet: Marc Vincenz

Cacayo Ballesteros

Careless Love

Case Statement

Cecelia Was Born in Chicago And This Imprinted on Her Life


Charles Wright Interview

Chopin in Exile; Playing Brahms’ Intermezzo in A Major: Carol Jennings

Christina Daub Translates Blanca Wiethüchter

Christmas Day in Washington

Chronicling Our Splintered Age: Patricia Spears Jones; Reviewed by Luther Jett

Citizen’s Arrest; Pine Hollow Convict; Fertility Doctor: Margo Taft Stever

Claim Our Chaos

coffee with a married woman

Coming Home To A Mangrove Forest, Diana Woodcock


Corona Contemplations: Beth Wolfe

Cotton Farm Blues

Cratchit’s Christmas



Dan Vera on Sterling A. Brown

Dan Vera: Tenth Anniversary Issue

Danielle Badra Portfolio

Danielle Evennou Portfolio

Danuta E. Kosk-Kosicka Translates Lidia Kosk

David Keplinger Translates Jan Wagner

DC Poetry Anthologies

DC Slam History

Dear Eastern: Don Berger

Deborah Sobeloff Translates Egla Morales Blouin

Decoration Day Poem

Deep in These Woods

Deferment; Count: Luther Jett

Delicious, New Edition, 1986

Detective Lennie Briscoe: This is His Story

Didn’t We…

Difference Between Heaven and Hell

Dig, Find, Make Way

Down the Aisle

Dream Variation

Drowning; Family Dinner: A Metaphysical Check-In; Escape and Loss; Eyes of the Dead: Kristin Kowalski Ferragut

Early Cinema

Elisavietta Ritchie Translates Anna Akhmatova


Excerpt from Graffiti Calculus

Facebook Message

Failed Sonnet After the Verdict

Festival of Season Words

Fingering the Past

First Books II

First Books III

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 Gregg Wilhelm

Five Poems by Jona Colson

Five Poems from Between Gods

Five Poems from Drift

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 Shahid Reads His Own Palm

Five Poems from The Heart of a Comet

Five Poems from Umberto’s Night

Five Poems from When the World Breaks Open

Five Poems in Response to “Julius Caesar”

Five Poems in Response to “Romeo and Juliet”

Flamenco: Alexis Soto (translated by Allyson Lima)



For Ann Darr at the Air and Space Museum

For Léon Damas

For My Beloved

For My Cross-Dressing Friends

For Peace in the Valley

For The Freddies (And Curtis Mayfield): Bernardine (Dine)Watson

Four excerpts from Scar Tissue

Four excerpts from The South Orange Sonnets

Four Poems

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Four Poems by Carlo T. Paul

Four Poems by Kimberly A. Collins

Four Poems by Natalie Clifford Barney

Four Poems by Rasha Abdulhadi

Four Poems by Ryan Wilson

Four Poems from Blue Skies

Four Poems from Boyishly

Four Poems from Compass

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 La luz de la tormenta/The Light of the Storm

Four Poems from Loose Weather

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 The Silent Art

Four Poems from Words Facing East

Four Poems from Words We Might One Day Say

Four Poems in Response to “Julius Caesar”

Four Poems in Response to “Mary Stuart”

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

Four Poems in Response to “Two Gentlemen of Verona”

Fourteen Poems by Jessie Redmon Fauset


Friday Night


From Sonnets from E—

From Dung Beetles to Bingo

From Friends to Griots: The Modern Urban Griots

From June 2015 in LGBTQ History

Full Moon on K Street

Gallery at the Tate

Gerry & Ray; A Hive; School Bully Song: John Wall Barger

Godmother; Sheet Music; Microelectronic Sonnet: Terence Patrick Winch.

Golem Event

Good Friday

Goodbye Bouquet; New York in Our Hearts; Alone: Jennifer Rathbun

Grace Cavalieri: Tenth Anniversary Issue



Gray Jacobik

Great music: Dmitry Blizniuk


Guilford Courthouse

Gypsy Girls


He Couldn’t Swim; The Year Before The Virus; Small Wars: Mervyn Taylor


Hilary Tham: Tenth Anniversary Issue

Holly Karapetkova Translates Dostena Lavergne

Holly Karapetkova Translates Kiril Merjanski


Homeward endlessly homeward (sigh): Kirk Greenway

Homing; Come and find me; Singularity: Anne Casey

Honest Hope: Stephen Paul Miller

Hong Kong: Anonymous

House Musicians: Allyson Lima

How the Past Appeared

How To Speak American

How to Visit Baba Yaga

How We Crumble: Jalyce E. Mangum

How We Were, How We Are

Howard Nemerov


i come to the city

I Woke from the Dream

I’m In Love with the Morton Salt Girl

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

In the Weeds; What I Had and What I Lost; What Remains: Susana Case


Indran Amirthanayagam

Inner Light; What do you make; What are you drinking; Not traveling: Joan Mazza

Interludes at Union Station; Colony Collapse Disorder: Raga Ayyagari.

Interrupted transmissions


Interview with Danish Kroner

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 and Table of Contents: Plan B Press Issue

Introduction to Some Of Us Press Issue

Introduction to the 20th Anniversary Issue

Introduction to the Cave Canem 20th Anniversary Issue

Introduction to The Jewish Issue

Introduction to the LGBTQ Issue

Introduction to the Poetry in Translation Issue

Introduction to the Slam Issue

Introduction to the Sonnet 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

Introduction: Poets in Federal Government Issue

Isabel’s Corrido

It is a Living Coral

It’s Possible I’m Too Bougie to Be Free

J. Edgar Song

James Dickey: In Touch with Darkness

January 21, 2013

Je suis Paris, Never Haiti: Luz Stella Mejía

Job 62

John Guzlowski Translates Henryk Cierniak

Jona Colson Translates Miguel Avero

Judgment of Paris

Julia Leverone Translates Francisco Urondo

July in Washington


Karl Shapiro, Poet and Anti-Critic

Karl W. Carter, Jr.

Kateema Lee Portfolio

Katie Davis: Tenth Anniversary Issue

Keith Cohen Translates Joseph Polius

Kennedy Center

Kim Roberts on Georgia Douglas Johnson


Kwame Alexander: Tenth Anniversary Issue

La Petite Amie

Lake Rosseau, Canada

Larry Neal: In Service of Art


Leda in Red Sneakers: A Remembrance of Mona Van Duyn

Leeya Mehta Portfolio

Literary Organizations Issue

Lives Like Otters, Seen by Angels

Looking at Buds

Love Among the Ruins

Love’s Austere and Lonely Offices

Love’s Testament

Macomb Street Workshops

Mapping the City

Marching On; Sophia Naz.

Mary Timony is the Neighbor I Hate the Least

Mathematics of a Storm Surge

Maureen Thorson: Tenth Anniversary Issue

Max and Frieda’s Guide to Fine Dining for Sexagenerians

Mea Culpa


Merrill Leffler on Ernest Kroll (1913-1995)

Merrill Leffler: Tenth Anniversary

Messages from the Other World

Metal Anniversary

Michelangelo’s David

Migraine; ‘America is Dead’: Serena Agusto-Cox

Minus the Body


Misty Friday Morning


Montana Terrace

Monumental Merrill

Moonlight Dries No Mittens: Carl Sandburg Reconsidered

Moonrise Over Washington

More A’s B’s C’s & D’s, or The President Is About To Grab Victim’s Money Like It’s Pussy

Morning with Butter Sky

Mother Night


Mural for the Heart

My Jacob

My Mother’s Belly

Mycophobia: Jeannine M. Pitas

Myra Sklarew on William Stafford

Nafas in the Kitchen; To the Israeli Officer Who X-rayed and Swabbed Our Mother’s Ashes: Zeina Azzam

Nancy Arbuthnot and Lê Pham Lê Translate Lê Pham Lê

Naomi Ayala: Tenth Anniversary Issue

Natasha Trethewey Interview


Necessity; Lines In A Time of Lockdown; When You Are Called; Does Not Your Experience…: Bonnie Naradzay

Ned Balbo Translates Georg Trakl


New York

Nine Poems by Charlotte Forten Grimké

Nine Poems by Gwendolyn Bennett

Nine Poems in Response to Richard III

No Crying in Baseball

No Longer Disastrous

Not a Ghazal: Snapshots from the Museum of Life

Not Thirst. Preparation.

Note to An Old Friend: Nancy Lefenfeld

Notes on Debridement

Now Let the City Slumber

Ode to Urban Dictionary

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

Of Thee I Sing III – America You Deserve

Offbounce: Jules Desroches

Office Suicide

Old Coat

Old Egg

On Archibald MacLeish

On Sensitivity: A Brief Philosophy of Political Choice

On the Bus with Rita Dove

On the Incoming Tide

One Poem

One Poem from These Days

Ooth Jazz

Oracle of the First Kiss

Orphan of Silence: Charles Simic

Our Situation By W. Luther Jett: Reviewed by Kristin Kowalski Ferragut


Paperwork, Your Name is Martha

Passer domesticus: Mark Pawlak

Patricia Davis Translates Francisco de Oraá

Patricia Davis Translates Juan Garrido Salgado

Patricia Davis Translates Lucia Robles

Peer Review

Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Federal Worker

Père Lachaise Cemetery, 1991: William Notter


Perspective from My Parents’ Bed


Peter Montgomery on Eugene McCarthy (March 29, 1916, Minnesota – December 10, 2005, Washington, DC)

Pioneers of a New Breed

Poem, Valentina Rojas: Translated by Indran Amirthanayagam

Poems, Lilian Silva: Translated by Indran Amirthanayagam

Poems, Renato Sandoval: Translated by Roxana Peramás

Poetic Ancestors

Poetry and Happiness

Poetry Behind the Scenes at the Library of Congress

Prawn Woman

Preface to the Some Of Us Press Issue




Prose Poem Issue

Prose Poem Issue Introduction


Queer Currency

Queuing for Lenin

Randall Jarrell in Washington

Randi Ward Translates Guðrið Helmsdal

Reasons for Poetry

Red Cabooses

Red-Winged Blackbird at Gettysburg Field

Regie Cabico on Essex Hemphill

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

Resurrection Issue



Revisionist History

Rick Black translates Rachel Bluwstein

Rita Dove Interview

Robert Hayden on the Art of Saying What Cannot Be Said

Robert Pinsky Interview

Rochester and Jane on the Kiss-Cam

Rod Jellema Translates J.D. DeJong

Rod Jellema Translates Tjitte Piebenga

Rod Jellema Translates Tsjêbbe Hettinga

Rodeo, North Dakota

Roland Flint and Siv Cedering Fox

Ryan Wilson Translates Horace

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

Saxophone Lesson

Scars of Last Year’s Leaves


Selected Haiku from The Magic of Madagascar: Abhay K.

Selektion (1943): Michael H. Levin

Self-Driven: Ariel Montoya, translated by Silvia Rafti

Self-Portrait with Ball; Lament for an Accountant (1959); A Memorable Occasion: Opening the Doors; At the orphanage Lee told another kid that; On a Contemporary Locution: Baron Wormser

Sergio Waisman Translates Yaki Setton

Seven excerpts from the DC Sonnets

Seven Poems

Seven Poems

Seven Poems

Seven Poems

Seven Poems by Elinor Wylie

Seven Poems in Response to “Romeo and Juliet”

Shake, Alabama

Shallows II


Shelter in Place

Shiloh Baptist Church Cemetery, Caddo Parish

Shoes of the Dead

Six Poems

Six Poems

Six Poems

Six Poems

Six Poems by Anthony Hecht

Six Poems by Reed Whittemore

Six Poems from A Language the Land is Inventing

Six Poems from The January Children

Six Poems from The Mustard Seed

Slack Tide, Massey’s Landing, David Salner

Sleep and go tidal

Slow Through the Dark


Some Notes on Form

Some of My Favorite Jokes


Sonnet 130; Sonnet 129: Liza Achilles

Sonnet 57

Sonnet for a Namesake

Sonnet for This Week’s Terror Alert

Sonnet on an Old Comic Strip

Sonnet, for Alice

Sonny Boy Williamson I: Clifford Bernier



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

Stanley Kunitz: Naked in His Prose


sterling brown’s house, washington dc 1990’s

Storm Crossing Key Bridge

Subject to Change

sunset from the cliffs; when it drops you gonna feel it: Karren LaLonde Alenier

Survivor’s Song

Swing It

Tea in the Late Afternoon

Tender Days

Tenth Anniversary Issue

Tercentenary of the Landing of Slaves at Jamestown

Teri Ellen Cross: Tenth Anniversary Issue

The “Thinghood” of Monuments

The arc of the rainbow has only one arrow: Kirk Greenway

The Baby

The Ballad of Alice Hortense

The Bard of Main 903: M.L. Rosenthal Revisited

The Bee

The Blue Years; When The Sky Is Upside Down: E. Ethelbert Miller

The Boatman: Carolyn Forché

The Collector; Global Warning: W. Luther Jett

The Columbiad

The Commuter

The Correction

The Correspondence of Louise Bogan

The Curse

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 Happy Genius of the Household

The Howard Poets

The Howard Poets in Perspective

The Immigrant Museum

The Imperial Cockroach; The South, Entropy: Jonathan Harrington

The Joke

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

The Lyrebird

The Makers of Memorials

The Marital Bed

The Mechanical Jew

The Meeting

The Melancholy Sound Of Fog Horns; To Merope, Somewhere In The Sky: Stephen Dunn

The Neighborhood, Changing

The Neon Distances

The New Normal: Gillian Thomas

The Poet and the Mule

The Poetry Office: A Photo Essay

The Sick Person

The Snake

The Snares of This World; Walking the River: Roberto Christiano

The Summer Without a Bug, Bruce Spang

The Switch

The Tecata Dances on Park Road

The Tenaciousness of Spark Matsunaga

The Uncontrollable Elements: An Interview with Mark Strand

The Viscosity of Corona Time: Carol Jennings

The Woman’s Wardrobe

The Writer Who Changed the Future: On Gwendolyn Brooks

There are No Black Bears in My State, Ron Riekki

Things I never want to hear again about race and racism

Things My Mother Taught Me

Thinking of James Wright

Thirteen Moons: Mark Pawlak

Thirteen Poems by Leonora Speyer

Three Anecdotes About Anthony Hecht

Three Ghazals

Three Lessons Lawrence Wheatley Dropped on Spanish Joe

Three Minutes Apart

Three Poems

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Three poems from Blocks

Three poems from Edge

Three Poems from High There

Three poems from Ice Fishing

Three Poems from Moving Violation

Three poems from Rocks and Chairs

Three Poems from The Ultimate Double Play

Three Poems in Response to “Richard III”

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

Three Skulls on an Oriental Rug

Three Translations of Poems About Moscow

Three translations of poems by Gerardo Diego

Three translations of poems by Rene Char

Three untitled poems

Three Winter Poems

Ting Wang Translates Chen Li

To Dr. Mary Church Terrell, Crusader

To John Brown

To Keep the Memory of Charlotte Forten Grimké

To My Laundress

To the Dunbar High School


Toni Asante Lightfoot: Tenth Anniversary Issue

Trimming Plastic Flowers

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Two Poems from A Little Truth on Your Shirt

Two Poems from Boning Up

Two Poems from Lamplights Used to Feed the Deer

Two Poems in Response to Two Gentlemen of Verona

Two Prose Poems

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Two Sonnets

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Unfurl the Flags of April

United and the PBGC

US Landscapes

Variety in Poetry



Visiting the Convent at San Marco; On Expecting a Notice of Eviction: Catherine Gonick

Visits to St. Elizabeths

Vodka in the Freezer; puddles: Caleb Knight

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

Washington Migrants

Watch Your Ears

Watching Godzilla in 3D

We repeat our names to each other

Whale Songs

What Part of Me Will Die Today?

What to Call Her

When I’m Gone, I’ll Come Back as a Window; You Won’t Know This Love; Love in the Arctic: Claudia Serea

While in Pursuit of the Perfect Summer Purse


Why I Don’t Write Nature Poems


Woman’s Home

Work Song

Working for the Government


Your Favorite Number

Your Poem

Yvette Neisser Moreno and Patricia Bejarano Fisher Translate Maria Teresa Ogliastri