Latest from Seth Perlow

What made Amanda Gorman's poem so much better than other inaugural verse

We call poetry an art of the spoken word, but it rarely lives up to this ideal.
  • Jan 22, 2021

The poetry that speaks best to the pandemic

From William Wordsworth to Elizabeth Bishop, poets remind us that it doesn’t take a pandemic to leave us feeling lonesome.
  • Jun 11, 2020

‘Dickinson’ is another example of pop culture trying to liberate Emily Dickinson

TV show also underscores the poet’s powerful intellect and wry sense of humor, which earlier portrayals too often ignored.
  • Oct 31, 2019

There’s no such thing as a good wedding poem

The most romantic lyrics are almost always too specific, too personal or too erotic.
  • Sep 13, 2018