i’ve been compiling some select reading for my poetry class this fall, and i thought it might be useful to keep a catalog with links to the essays here. some i use for teaching and some i just like. the list will grow, but for now here are a few of my current-favorite essays on poetry, writing and the poetic life:

the four temperaments by gregory orr

why we wear masks by jeannine gailey

fear of narrative and the skittery poem of our moment by tony hoagland

notes from syntax and line, the sound of poetry, by robert pinsky

the most silent hour by cate lycurgus

against sincerity by louise gluck

disruption, hesitation, and silence by louise gluck

fragment, juxtaposition, and completeness by tony hoagland

a teaching philosophy by carolyn forche


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