Poems

  • October 3, 2017 | Rita Valdivia
    Mural in Cochabamba, Bolivia / Photo by proyecto mARTadero For more on the poetry of Valdivia, read the companion essay by Margaret Randall.   Aullido poema octogonal En el graznido de mi...
  • January 25, 2017 | Elisabeth Eybers
    Antti T. Nissinen, “Untitled” (spirit level), May 25, 2011 Homesickness  A house is something that stands up to a slopeby what it confronts on every side.But take note: say house in this cou...
  • November 16, 2016 | Stephanie Papa
    “When I read a necessary poem (which is different from just a good poem), it shakes me, even changes me a little, and deepens my understanding of the world,” Zeina Hashem Beck, Lebanese poet, said in...
  • July 11, 2016 | Aaron Brown
    Aaron Brown, “Brickyard,” Ati, Chad, March 2007 Author’s note: I recently returned to Chad after a five-year absence and found the nation of my youth to be both the same and yet rem...
  • July 5, 2016 | Stephen Behrendt
    Christopher, Tania, and Isabelle Luna, “Mountains and Rain” (the hills of Fuzhou), September 2009   The Hills Overlooking Fuzhou Looking north you see them,roads like ragged scars on hard lean ribs:t...
  • April 20, 2016 | The Editors of WLT
    Photo by Guillermo Galan/Flickr Keeping tabs on the poets in your city or state can be a daunting task, but poets all over the world? To help with that, we’ve put together this short but powerful lis...
  • April 13, 2016 | Piotr Florczyk
    Like most immigrant kids, John Guzlowski never wanted to write about his Polish parents and the world they left when they came to America. They had been slave laborers during World War II, while he, b...
  • November 17, 2015 | Jesse Lee Kercheval
    The image is central to most poets and poetry. In Elizabeth Bishop’s poem “The Fish,” the image is the poem. “His brown skin hung in strips / like ancient wallpaper, / and its pattern of dark...
  • September 9, 2015 | Jorge Ortega
    Guillermo Arreola, Ni tú escaparás (2005), mixed media on canvas, 90 x 80cm. Courtesy of the artist. Durability of Materials                                  L’Art est l...
  • August 12, 2015 | Zhu Zhu
    史国瑞 (Shi Guorui), “Shanghai,” 15–16 October 2004, unique camera obscura, gelatin silver print,129 x 440 cm. By permission of the photographer. In this YouTube video, he discusses the genesis...
  • April 16, 2015 | Skyler Stanley
    Photo by Silvestri Matteo/Unsplash April means three things: national poetry month, radiant nature, and beautiful poems inspired by it. If you know and love acclaimed naturalist writer Mary Oliver, c...
  • December 15, 2014 | Guo Jian
    A Review of Ancestral Intelligence, by Vera Schwarcz (Atrium House, 2013) Photo by Eki Ramadhan 1 Where thought could not be free,Death was a more...
  • September 19, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    News, Reviews, and Interviews In one of the most controversial articles to circle the web recently, NPR writer and critic Juan Vidal wonders what has happened to political poets. (For...
  • September 4, 2014 | Tammy Ho Lai-Ming
    Hartwig HKD, “Black Icarus,” 2010. Old photographs and their conventions are both familiar and foreign to us, with their alienated and uncanny appeal. They also often seem very formal and stiff compa...
  • August 4, 2014 | Naomi Shihab Nye
    Photo by M./Flickr   Today on the phone,first time in thirty years,my friend didn’t know me.Who? Where do you live?Where did we meet?She’s been slipping for a while.I wonder if that’s how God feelsab...
  • April 25, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    This week was full of celebrations, once again. Though we said goodbye to Gabriel García Márquez, literary readers, writers, and publishers around the globe celebrated his exceptional life. We also c...
  • December 11, 2013 | Yuri Andrukhovych
    Protesters in Kiev on December 9th. Photo by Ivan Bandura/Flickr Editorial note: In solidarity with the protesters in Ukraine, WLT offers the following selections...
  • August 22, 2013 | Jen Rickard Blair
    When mortals love one anotherthey will live in mutual understanding forever;and many things will succeed,...
  • December 6, 2012 | Melissa Weiss
    Tibetan poet Woeser  Since China’s invasion in the 1950s, the West’s main focus has been on the struggle for independence in Tibet, reporting the monks’ fiery suicides and protestors or journalists d...

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