It’s been a difficult year in every corner of the land. But there are still neighbors and family, breathtaking landscapes and gratitude for the ‘bend without the break.’
Against overwhelming state violence, poetry might appear to offer little recourse. But for many Uighurs, it’s a powerful form of resistance.
Pamela Sneed’s book powerfully recalls the contributions and leadership of lesbians during the height of the AIDS crisis.
We should be able to use a dating app without fear of winding up in a military database.
“African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle & Song,” edited by Kevin Young, contains an overwhelming amount of variety and history.
Hilary Holladay’s biography examines the upbringing, poems, and political and sexual awakenings of the vital and influential writer.
The ways that dogs grow and age may provide potentially useful similarities with people.
Last chance, Jean. LAST CHANCE.
A petition seeks to honor them, but critics ask if it’s about poetry or sexuality, and whether such rebels would be out of place in an august shrine to national heroes.
She traveled in the circles of Ginsberg and Ferlinghetti, a rare female voice in a male world, and went on to a long, prolific career in poetry.
“Red Comet,” a mammoth new biography by Heather Clark, aims to rescue the poet from the clichés that have dominated her afterlife and secure her status as a major American writer.
In “The Baptism,” Carrie Mae Weems and Carl Hancock Rux find an abstract, elegiac voice in their video honoring John Lewis and C.T. Vivian.
In “Max Jacob: A Life in Art and Letters,” Rosanna Warren retraces the colorful history of a now largely forgotten figure of French modernism who was surrounded by famous friends.
Mohammad Reza Shajarian’s politics were almost never explicit, but the Iranian people knew he stood with them.
“It seemed to be extremely unlikely that I would ever have this particular event to deal with in my life.”
Our critic says it’s relatively easy to understand Glück’s poems, but also impossible to utterly get to the bottom of them.
The “Riverdale” star is reluctant to call herself an activist. But she has a lot to say and isn’t afraid to do so.
He wove together history, personal demons and quiet contemplation in works that could be dark but also spoke of renewal.
Fresh off the success of his play “Barber Shop Chronicles,” Inua Ellams has a new book out, “The Half God of Rainfall,” about a son of Zeus who dominates on the courts.
In William Blake’s engravings for the Book of Job I found a powerful lesson about grief and attachment.
And other six-word memoirs about the pandemic.
“I will mark my heart with an ‘X’ made of ash that says, the power to restore life resides here.”
Fiction contenders include Brit Bennett, the author of “The Vanishing Half”; Randall Kenan, a beloved writer who died in August; and Douglas Stuart, a debut novelist who is also a Booker Prize finalist.
In her new book, “Just Us,” the poet and essayist repeatedly asks how race is understood and manifested in American culture.
“The Selected Works of Audre Lorde,” edited by Roxane Gay, arrives at a time when the poet, essayist and memoirist has rarely been more influential — or misunderstood.
During the Civil War era, the writer emerged as an emblem of the country’s dissonance. Now, in the midst of another all-consuming national crisis, his work feels uncannily relevant.
“The world has never felt smaller.”
Mr. Fenn announced in a 2010 book that he had hidden a chest of gold nuggets, diamonds and other jewels somewhere in the Rocky Mountains. People reacted.
Black artists objected after they discovered their work had been acquired by the museum through discounted sales meant to benefit charities.
He was a Marxist revolutionary and minister in Afghanistan’s short-lived communist government. But Sulaiman Layeq spent the last decades of his life writing an epic poem about an Islamist insurgent.
The artistic polymath has pushed the limits of genre, exploring ideas about gender and politics in nearly every form imaginable.
Tammi Truax, the Portsmouth poet laureate, writes a weekly poem for the city’s coronavirus newsletter, breaking up grim statistics with verse.
Literature is a refuge we turn to when we are forced to confront contradictions that lie beyond reason, writes the Japanese novelist Yoko Ogawa.
Going public with her disability helped her cope with the pain and hardship she felt.
New translations of the “Aeneid,” “Beowulf” and other ancient stories challenge some of our modern-day ideas.
In “Muddy Matterhorn,” Heather McHugh embraces puns, anagrams and other wordplay in the service of philosophical inquiry.
The poet Claudia Rankine writes for the Book Review about the climate in America at this moment.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Jericho Brown writes for the Book Review about life during the pandemic.
Sixteen poets tell us about the verses and books they are reading, or that they hope others seek out.
Susan Howe’s new book, “Concordance,” pastes together collages of word and thought from old letters, manuscripts and (yes) concordances.
In his new biography, “Cross of Snow,” Nicholas A. Basbanes makes a case for the man and the poet.
Many people are finding comfort in reading and writing poetry during these difficult times. Here are some reflections on life amid Covid-19 submitted by readers.
Cheryl Strayed talks with the poet Joy Harjo about beauty, prophecies and listening to your spiritual council.
“The Equivalents,” by Maggie Doherty, combines the story of a Radcliffe College institute to support creative women with that of the friendship forged by five early fellows.
A discussion of wives, husbands and the names we choose to go by.
Compiled by our contributors, a reading list for recreating the ancient trade route from the comfort of home.
Appointment viewing is back. Find out what online events to look for today, and when to tune in.
Cheryl Strayed talks with the poet Billy Collins about memorization, “picture language” and the power of collective silence.
For years, Silk Road travelers made the grueling trek past towering mountain ranges and ancient cities now lost to time. Centuries later, one writer attempts to retrace the journey.
Leaders of the “Poetry in Motion” program hope verse can help to comfort and encourage people as they return to the trains in greater numbers.