306. (William Empson)

Though it is probably the third most famous of Empson’s villanelles, “Reflection from Anita Loos” is a fine example of … More

305. (Lucille Clifton)

To my eyes and ears, the single greatest post-1960s American poet is Lucille Clifton. She is as essentially a lyric … More

301. (Lorine Niedecker)

Lorine Niedecker’s poems are taut as riddles. Here is “Easter”:   A robin stood by my porch and side-eyed raised … More

297. (Geoffrey Hill)

Geoffrey Hill’s The Book of Baruch by the Gnostic Justin takes as its subject and condition the inverse of a … More

293. (Donald Davie)

Donald Davie’s The Purity of Diction in English Verse is, first and foremost, a recovery of poetry written within the … More

289. (Robert Frost)

How stupidly, carelessly I misread and misheard “Directive,” failing first to read it for what it was saying, and second … More