Category: Poetry

Let’s celebrate National Poetry Month!

Happy National Poetry Month! To commemorate this important month, Illinois Poet Laureate and Northwestern University Press author Angela Jackson has written a statement to celebrate the rich tradition of poetry… READ MORE

“Crossing”

By Sterling Brown This is not Jordan RiverThere lies not CanaanThere is stillOne more wide river to cross. This is the MississippiAnd the stars tell us onlyThat this is not… READ MORE

“The Star”

by Reginald Harris Her closet is a universe made for trying on the brightly colored dresses, a standing field of flowers wider than the cramped stamp of dirt behind the… READ MORE

“HAPPY?”

by Vievee Francis List to a Tale of Love in Acadie, / home of the happy. —Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, “Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie” HAPPY? I would not say so…. READ MORE

from “The Akhmatova Journals”

Lydia Chukovskaya was an author and passionate defender of Russian letters and human rights. Her books include the frequently studied Sofia Petrovna and To the Memory of Childhood. In 1987, in the twilight… READ MORE

Nikky Finney’s “HOTBED 224”

NIKKY FINNEY is the author of five books of poetry, including Head Off & Split (NU Press, 2011), winner of the National Book Award for Poetry. She is the John H. Bennett, Jr., Chair… READ MORE

“Daily Conscription”

by Kyle Dargan We can no longer afford that particular romance. —James Baldwin Brother Rickey halts me before I cross East Capitol. He trumpets that we are at war. I… READ MORE