Paul Monette's AIDS Poetry

Turning to The Iliad to survive a great loss
Ellis Jaewon Yeo
Photo of Paul Monette by Robert Giard.

Merrill's Last Letters

Writing to the end
James Merrill


Maureen N. McLane

The Children Know

When my father died of AIDS, he couldn’t shield me from his pain
Emily Ziff Griffin
Release of pink and white balloons.

How to Continue

AIDS Elegies After Ashbery
Sam Huber

The original Bambi recharges our perception of the violence and vitality of the natural world.

Charlie Tyson The Darker Side of Bambi

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The grace of black nonchalance
Namwali Serpell
The activist Gloria Richardson walking past National Guardsmen during a civil rights march in Cambridge

Natalie Scenters-Zapico and Dana Levin

Two poets on writing and anxiety
Natalie Scenters-Zapico,
Dana Levin

Longer Than the Longest Rope

A conversation mediated by art
Canisia Lubrin,
Dionne Brand


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How Should One Read a Book?

Read as if one were writing it
Virginia Woolf

From “Siberia” to Siberia

Why Russia is not like Europe's "little countries"
Vivian Gornick

100 Things About Writing a Novel

What to do—and when to do it
Alexander Chee
A typewriter. https://www.flickr.com/photos/22017189@N00/2621358221

The Stakes of Dictee

An introduction to a famously difficult work
Ken Chen

Space to Grieve

An irreducible legacy

The Weight of Memory

Honoring my dear friend
Yong Soon Min

Hidden Words

Searching for meaning in a rubber stamp
Uljana Wolf

Reclaiming Our Language

Dictee as a feminist ritual
Zahra Patterson


Kristen Arnett


Deborah Landau