The Eloquent Poem

We’re very excited to welcome Elise Paschen, editor of a gorgeous new anthology of never-before-published poems, The Eloquent Poem. The book is divided into fourteen chapters by poetic approach ― some formal, some occasional, and some thematic ― and includes illuminating micro-essays from the poets on how each poem came to be and how it fits into (or disrupts) its poetic tradition.

Bound to inspire readers and writers, these are innovative poems to marvel at and learn from — among them ars poeticas by Joy Harjo and Cornelius Eady, litanies by Angela Jackson and Joy Ladin, epistles between Molly McCully Brown and Susannah Nevison, persona poems by Laura Kasischke and Marilyn Nelson, and collage poems by Kimiko Hahn and Major Jackson. Other chapters showcase aphorisms, aubades & nocturnes, concrete poems, eclogues, ekphrasis, poems in form, mirror poems, myth poems and prose poems.

In addition to Elise herself, we will be welcoming some of the poets whose work appears in the book to read and discuss their pieces: Jordi Alonso, Aliki Barnstone and Jake Young. It promises to be an unmissable evening.