Poetry, fiction, and nonfiction that killed it this year. Ranked in no particular order.
Poet Danez Smith’s “Not An Elegy For Mike Brown” and “Alternate Names for Black Boys.” Republished with permission.
“The fear of being alone makes these hands and this mouth do a hundred dirty things.”
I’mma let you finish, but Robert Frost had the best woods of all time.
For every question you get right, an angel gets its wings.
As written by John Keats (and as portrayed by Ben Wishaw). Happy 219th birthday, John!
The best blackout poetry… in the world.
Computer or bard? This is quite hard. Via Botpoet.
Looks like Blake has found a career outside of basketball.
Cigar factories in Puerto Rico! The streets of East L.A.! Love and loss in Washington Heights! In time for Hispanic Heritage Month, a non-exhaustive list of Latino authors writing in English in the United States.
Watch out, e. e. cummings.
These poems leave bruises. And you’ll love them.
“My sex cannot be packaged. My sex is magic.”
The story of the only undocumented writer to graduate from the University of Michigan’s MFA program.
You’ll never guess what happens when these men try on Spanx!
From honey bees and marsh flies, to black holes and dark energy.
If cider is your kind of drink, then you should drink 5 Seeds, we think.
Beauty truly is all around us.
How I learned to read Maya Angelou — lessons America is still learning.
Rest in peace, Marguerite Johnson.
The award-winning author, poet, and civil rights activist was found unresponsive inside her Winston-Salem, N.C., home.
Warning: this post includes the full poem.
I mean, if I’m comparing thee to stuff.
Much like their pub and bookstore brethren, these café cats deserve your attention.
“Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it.”
A series of limericks for our literary buddies.
Seriously, I have nothing more to say – just watch.