poetry

Monstrous Poetry: Kenji Liu Is Using Frankenstein as a Metaphor for Toxic Masculinity

It’s easy to write something that criticizes toxic masculinity, or our current president, or any number of things in the news about guys acting badly.

“Sanctuary of the Psychic Life”: Why Poetry Matters in the Trump Era

All poetry is inherently political. Read more »

6 Rad Poets to Read This National Poetry Month

You should savor the work of these great contemporary poets this month and every month hereafter. Read more »

Andrea Gibson’s “Lord of the Butterflies” Celebrates Constant Transformation

In their fifth collection of poetry, Lord of the Butterflies, Andrea Gibson resists tidy narratives in favor of dramatizing a life that’s vibrant with constant transformation. Read more »

BitchTapes: National Poetry Month

In celebration of National Poetry Month, a mix of spoken word poems and music that could double as poetry.  Read more »

Be Mine: 15 Valentine’s-Day Poems by Queer People of Color

For many, to love is a radical act. Read more »

“A Surprised Queenhood in the New Black Sun” Reveals the Warmth of Gwendolyn Brooks

Angela Jackson’s new biography of Gwendolyn Brooks is a lovingly written genealogy of Black activism and art. Read more »

Popaganda: Growing Up Immigrant

When politicians and pundits talk about immigrants, they far too often use language that makes it seem like immigrants are… other. Not real Americans. Not able to be trusted. Their histories, experiences, and native languages, those should be pushed aside in favor of the “melting pot” of English.... Read more »

Fierce As Fuck: The Future of Poetry Is Brown & Queer

This is a moment of poetic renaissance and poets of color are paving the way. Read more »

Writing Between Resistance and Celebration: Two Black South African Poets On Writing, Urgency, And Changing Minds

It’s an interesting time to be a young poet in South Africa right now. Read more »

BitchReads: 13 Books You Should Read In July

There’s a memoir that’s funny as hell, a deep dive into an iconic comic book character, and even a fantasy. Read more »

Pages