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"Heaviness evokes fear and desperation and, most importantly, a soulfulness. It’s something most people try to avoid, but it’s also something that I need to make it through the day."
In our column Poetry Rx, readers write in with a specific emotion, and our resident poets take turns prescribing the perfect poems to match. This week, Kaveh Akbar is on the line.
In our column Poetry Rx, readers write in with a specific emotion, and our resident poets—Sarah Kay, Kaveh Akbar, and Claire Schwartz—take turns prescribing the perfect poems to match. This week, Claire Schwartz is on the line. Dear Poets, I a…
Our monthly column Feminize Your Canon explores the lives of underrated and underread female authors.
“Another thing I need to do, when I'm near the end of the book, is sleep in the same room with it. . . . Somehow the book doesn't leave you when you're asleep right next to it.”
Poet Joshua Rivkin’s new book about Cy Twombly is “stranger and more personal than a biography.”
Cooking up recipes drawn from the works of various writers.
Henri Michaux, the famous French poet and painter, has long been interested in the effects of mescaline, the drug derived from the Peyotl cactus which traditionally has been taken by the Indians of Mexico and the American Southwest to induce ecstatic religious visions. More recently it has attracted the interest of psychologists investigating the physical roots of mental disorder and of Aldous Huxley who describes his experiences with it in The Doors of Perception.
I hold no greater value / than the secret / Please believe I strive / to share ...