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“Kochi by the Sea”

Poetry by Meena Alexander: “Noke—the sky has pink streaks shiny as a shell. / You always saw those things so well.”
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Tomorrow night, I'm taking part in a celebration of the poetry of Philip Larkin at the Cooper Union in New York City at 7 pm. There will be readings by Meena Alexander, Archie Burnett, Billy Collins, James Fenton, Jonathan Galassi,....

What Poems Are For

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Meena Alexander plumbs the meaning of poetry, which tries to render into words “what is deeply felt and is essentially unsayable.” One of her more striking meditations: The poem is an invention that exists in spite of history. Most ...

What Poems Are For, Ctd

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Noah Berlatsky counters Meena Alexander’s thesis that “poetry is useful because of its useless essence, not because of its individual meaning”: When poets or writers have been persecuted, it’s generally not because of some abstract ...

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