Poetry of Bertolt Brecht

Bertolt Brecht: A Marxist who wore long underwear, looked like Gertrude Stein, and wrote surprisingly good erotic poetry…
Bertolt Brecht: A Marxist who wore long underwear, looked like Gertrude Stein, and wrote surprisingly good erotic poetry… [More]

Modern Wit

Sex and scandal in 18th-century Dublin. Laetitia Pilkington’s path to literary fame ran through debtor’s prison and a minefield of vicious gossip…
Sex and scandal in 18th-century Dublin. Laetitia Pilkington’s path to literary fame ran through debtor’s prison and a minefield of vicious gossip… [More]

Finding poetry in computers

Machines can defeat chess masters, but can they create literature? The age of the computer as author, the “computhor,” is nigh…
Machines can defeat chess masters, but can they create literature? The age of the computer as author, the “computhor,” is nigh… [More]

Poetry and Catastrophe

Poetry has long been enlisted as a witness in dark times, a tonic for forgetfulness. But what happens when it’s as much evidence as art?…
Poetry has long been enlisted as a witness in dark times, a tonic for forgetfulness. But what happens when it’s as much evidence as art?… [More]

Americans love poetry

It’s been said (and said and said) that poetry’s influence is on the wane. Nonsense. Americans are mad for poetry. They call it rap…
It’s been said (and said and said) that poetry’s influence is on the wane. Nonsense. Americans are mad for poetry. They call it rap… [More]

Clive James on poetry

Impoverished by erudition. Learned references can snuff the poetic flame. What we need, says Clive James, is more “brilliantly articulated bitching”…
Impoverished by erudition. Learned references can snuff the poetic flame. What we need, says Clive James, is more “brilliantly articulated bitching”… [More]

Poetry and ethnic cleansing

Karl Kraus said Germany, a country of poets, had with the rise of Nazism become a country of executioners. Such a shift should not surprise us…
Karl Kraus said Germany, a country of poets, had with the rise of Nazism become a country of executioners. Such a shift should not surprise us… [More]

Philosophy Can Change Your Life

Dr. Andrew Jeffrey introduces philosophy in a concise, accessible way. In this article, he talks about the differences between philosophy, religion, poetry, and science, and how philosophy fits in our modern world.
Dr. Andrew Jeffrey introduces philosophy in a concise, accessible way. In this article, he talks about the differences between philosophy, religion, poetry, and science, and how philosophy fits in our modern world. [More]

Poetry of sex

Sex poetry has a history, says Germaine Greer, who distills the genre: Songs of the schlong are elaborations on hymns to quims…
Sex poetry has a history, says Germaine Greer, who distills the genre: Songs of the schlong are elaborations on hymns to quims… [More]

On Auden on Yeats

“He disappeared in the dead of winter,” Auden wrote when Yeats died – lines that would forever link Auden to Yeats, but also to Brodsky, Eliot, Walcott, and Heaney…
“He disappeared in the dead of winter,” Auden wrote when Yeats died – lines that would forever link Auden to Yeats, but also to Brodsky, Eliot, Walcott, and Heaney… [More]