“I know how I could easily have moved in the direction of becoming a dictator myself.”
Let's get live with the 5-7-5 just like we did in middle school except now with 1000% more syllables about our thighs or whatever.
Red – fire and flames as hot as the sun, your passion could burn someone.
Add these to your reading list if you haven't already!
“There’s one person whose fantasy was to be a chicken about to be cooked. But there was also a client whose partner had passed away, and she hired someone to just lay in her lap and stroke her hair.”
"It really shows you what power just the right words can hold."
Are you a Shakespeare, Plath, or Amanda Gorman fan?
Discover your seal of despair and take it straight or slanted.
Introducing the youngest poet ever to speak at a US inauguration.
You might say she out-Foxed herself this Valentine's Day.
In one part of this week's newsletter: How the first national youth poet laureate simply let her work speak for itself — and then the fans followed. Massively.
Amanda Gorman is the youngest poet ever to perform at an inauguration.
Empowering poet and content creator Orion Carloto has mastered the art of putting all of our feelings into words.
Michael Ian Black on toxic masculinity, Stacey Abrams on women's electoral power, two nights of poetry on protest and revolution, and more.
Roses are red, violets are blue, women love women, what's it to you?
Ready to spark your imagination?
"The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep. And miles to go before I sleep. And miles to go before I sleep."
Poetry makes the world go round.
Lit & Lang teaming up to take you down.
Roses are red, violets are blue. If you like Harry Potter, this one's for you!
It's harder than it sounds.
Invite queer women from different decades to hang out with you from this mix of older and modern classics.
"But look at me. Still on my hands and knees—still pushing."
Celebrate National Poetry Month with these evocative, groundbreaking collections.
"How big and how vast our world is around us / So grateful for god we were lost but he found us."
The Pulitzer Prize–winning poet died today at age 83.
Celebrated for her nature-inspired poems, Oliver was named “the country’s best-selling poet.”
"People want me to believe / there’s a difference when the result / is the same, same, same."
Jenny Xie, Tommy Pico, Sam Sax, and seven other poets share their favorite collections of the year.
Each month this year, we asked writers like Meg Wolitzer, Tayari Jones, and Sloane Crosley what they’ve been reading. Here are their picks.
"So here I am / lying next to my husband, / children tucked into their bunks, / divorce papers nesting / in a printer on 138th"
The winners were revealed at the 69th National Book Awards ceremony.
Finally, a quiz for high school English teachers.
For when you just want to feel a little better.
"the train today / is every reason / i love new york / as a place / to visit / but not die in."
"I don’t owe you an explanation. / No one owes anyone their body."
"Tamara was the Flo-Jo of elementary school. / If you were lucky, / you’d catch a glimpse of her trailing hair / before she reached the finish line."
“are you ok is the hook / are you ok is code for / we are not ok / but please remind me you are breathing.”
"We remember the story / we commit to. Then, we tell / ourselves it happened."
It's like a little scrapbook of the soul.
These writers are anything but boring.
"Men have yelled at me in the street since I was twelve."
"what histories are natural & what artifacts art? / how do we decide the borders of a country / or an era or a solar system? when did we decide / our planet meant only this collection of green?"
Two powerful poems about loss.
“The achievement of 'Step 15: Profit' is as simple as reciting the meditative cadences found in this poem.”
"My words echo, thus, in your mind." —T. S. Eliot
Poetry is not dead.
What did Chuck really bring home from the lake?
Here are the poetry collections that we absolutely loved in 2017. (Ranked in no particular order.)
From verse about Columbus Day to trying to masturbate on election night — these poems have range.
Yep, I totally bought this at a fancy boutique.
From memoirs to coffee-table books to how music affects your brain, recommendations from BuzzFeed editors!
The winners were revealed at the 68th National Book Awards ceremony.
Based on a variety of memes, milk and vine takes inspiration from the bestselling milk and honey, and it's way, way, better.
Boys and girls of every age, wouldn't you like to see something strange?
"You can’t tell us / shit. We always down for the miracle."
"What else / have I claimed that was not mine?"
"My mother wept nightly for eight years / my living curled its hands / around her throat not choking exactly."
New books by Salman Rushdie, Jennifer Egan, Jesmyn Ward, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and John Green, oh my!
"What does the moon know of our language, / our care for its perceived loneliness / which may be its one joy."
The milk and honey author's use of unspecified collective trauma in her quest to depict the quintessential South Asian female experience feels disingenuous.
"Life is short, & I show them how to talk / to police without opening the door / how /to leave the social security number blank / on the exam, I tell this to mis hijas."
Sherman Alexie on what it means for Trump to treat the entire country like a reservation — and writing a memoir about a great woman who was not a great mother.
There are no bad results when it comes to good poetry.
These speak for themselves.
I take my coffee with milk, sugar, and a splash of humor. The products in this post were updated in October 2017.
It wasn’t until Maya Angelou died that the full story of her life opened up to me, and helped me open up my own life in turn.
"I'm waiting for a white woman / in this overpriced Equinox / to mistake me for someone other / than a paying member."
"Is there anything that works / that isn’t a machine for killing, / or doomed to collapse, or stolen / from the sweat of the hungry?"
Colson Whitehead won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for The Underground Railroad; Lynn Nottage's Sweat took home the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
It's a whole new season of fresh reads!
"I knew I wasn’t poor, / because I had a choice: / buy tampons or birth control pills."
We asked poet Morgan Parker to curate a suite of poems in celebration of Valentine's Day.
"If I had a flower for every time I thought of you...I could walk through my garden forever.” ―Alfred Tennyson
If You've Ever Read A Book Or Wanted A Tattoo, You HAVE To Read About This Awesome Tattoo Artist/Writer
The writers of today no longer use Word.
"...how you become / the kind of woman who learns when to shut up and take it."
There's no official inaugural poem this year, so here are 14 that describe America as it is and as it could be.
These novels, essay collections, memoirs, histories, and more will help you understand why there is no feminism without intersectionality, why we should remember our history before we repeat it, and why Roe v. Wade is a lot more tenuous than you might think.
"So I’m sitting in the barber shop getting my hair cut when this dude say he would kill his son if he found out he was gay..."
Here are the books we can’t wait to read in 2017! (Ranked in no particular order.)
What's in a name? A lot, actually.
"Strike from yourself / these names that you’ve given yourself / and name each part of yourself once again."
Amidst the ongoing wars over culture, truth and language that defined 2016, here are some of poems we read in order to find America's pulse.
"Every song of this country / has an unsung third stanza, something brutal / snaking underneath us as we blindly sing / the high notes..."
The winners were revealed at the 67th National Book Awards ceremony.
Just some poems about some things that have been going on lately.
"I promised no new doors / into my body."
"you’re dead, America / & where you died / grew something worse"
"The plums rain down and we feel the wind made by their bodies passing before the thuds of them hitting the soft ground."
"Land that mispronounces my grief land that calls my eulogy exotic land that makes a graveyard of my other land..."
"Come back to the classroom, my pretty brown girl / I fear you’re halfway around the world."
This year's theme is “messages”.
"Many men are booby traps. You think you're picking up a song, a shield, or a heart, then, lo and behold, there's a man inside."
"Do you know why a woman bleeds? She bleeds for glee. For happiness. And to create a new life."
"No, see, / spite is so much easier than love..."
"The dogs do not speak English / So you curse each one in French..."
"So why isn’t Lubbock the new Fire Island or P-town? For months I dreamt it was, could be."
The "Maury" show makes everything better. Even poetry.