The Harriet “Open Door” section features one-time posts that document the dynamic interaction poetry creates through community, scholarship, and performances, and in response to current events.
Open DoorBy Corinne Segal March 28, 2022
When the earliest cartographers set out to draw the world—seeking a way to understand their place on Earth, and Earth’s place in the universe—they also had to find a method...
Open DoorBy Megan Fernandes December 23, 2021
I always return to Lisbon. It's October 2021, and I am back in the city for the “Vulnerable Bodies” assembly curated by Andrea Bagnato and Ivan Munuera at the Museum of...
Open DoorBy Ryo Yamaguchi December 23, 2021
Early in the pandemic I made a faulty assumption. If my poet friends could stay safe, I thought, this time would be a boon. We were confronting a great crisis,...
Open DoorBy Layla Benitez-James December 22, 2021
In the seven years since I graduated from the University of Houston’s creative writing program, I’ve joked that I needed to deprogram with translation before I could write my own...
Open DoorBy Harriet Staff December 20, 2021
In keeping with our annual tradition, Harriet asked Poetry Foundation staff to share a book (or two) that helped them get through another challenging year. *** Evalena Friedman, Library Assistant I was completely entranced by Latitude, the debut collection...
Open DoorBy David Woo December 20, 2021
If finding someone literal-minded is an occasion to celebrate the complexity of one’s own mind, it is also an accusation that can summon the most extreme aspects of consciousness.
Open DoorBy Honey Crawford June 14, 2021
The recent release of Fodder, a literary‑sonic collaboration between Douglas Kearney and Val Jeanty, brings the dynamic poet/performer/librettist and the visionary composer of Afro-Electronica together in a masterful demonstration of...
Open DoorBy Dorothea Lasky March 9, 2021
I. When Diane di Prima left the world of the living this past October, the poetry community seemed to shudder in sadness. When a great poet dies, you feel the weight...
Open DoorBy Brenda Coultas January 19, 2021
I first met Lewis in 1994, upstairs in the office of The Poetry Project where I had just started working after finishing my MFA at the Naropa Institute (University). He said that he...
Open DoorBy Karthik Purushothaman December 15, 2020
The Voice of Sheila Chandra (Alice James, 2020) is Kazim Ali’s seventh book of poems. In it, Ali explores the overlapping narratives of the past to consider what “history” really...