Plato wanted to banish poetry from the city. We think it is an essential presence in any city worth living in. This year, Boston Review published over 100 poems, including one poem every day for National Poetry Month in April. Take a look back at our twenty most-read poems of 2013 (in alphabetical order):
Catherine Blauvelt, "One Hand in the Fig Basket"
Anne Carson, "Krapp Interviews the Glass Technician"
Andrew Durbin, "Smile on a Jet"
Andrew Elliott, "The Killers"
Ben Fama, "Sunset"
Sasha Fletcher, "when i go to bed i go to bed with the lights on"
John Freeman, "The Boy Under the Car"
Cherry Pickman, "From the Keep"
Roger Reeves, "Before Diagnosis"
Ariana Reines, "Dream House"
Mary Ruefle, "Two Poems"
Lisa Russ Spaar, "Hibernalphilia"
Jordan Windholtz, "Why Sorrow Is Important"
Justin Wymer, Poet's Sampler
Plus, some of our stand-out poetry essays from the year: Evie Shockley on race and the canon, what makes Emily Dickinson Emily Dickinson?, a conversation with Stephen Burt, the paintings of Ficre Ghebreyesus, and Calvin Bedient defends the poetry of affect in "Against Conceptualism."