Emma Aylor

Emma Aylor is a former Melville House intern.

Maxine Kumin, 1925-2014

On February 6, poet Maxine Kumin passed away in her home in Warner, New Hampshire, the Boston Globe reports. She was 88. Kumin’s poetry career began over sixty years ago, as she explainedRead more »

Literature and medicine

In a recent segment on PBS NewsHour, host Jeffrey Brown and poet laureate Natasha Trethewey examined the intersection between poetry and medical healing. The feature, called “Student physicians examine poetry to hone artRead more »

Each poem an elegy

On the cusp of the new year, Octopus no. 16 went live, and with it Heather Christle’s “Poem for Bill Cassidy.” Cassidy, as Christle explained in a blog post, was publishedRead more »

The internet in print

The going hasn’t been so easy for print media lately. New York magazine recently announced that it would be cutting back to biweekly issues in March, causing editor-in-chief Adam Moss toRead more »

On accessibility in poetry

In a recent piece for the New York Times, David Orr investigates “Points of Entry” in poetry. In contrast to the usual argument on accessibility, Orr builds his by beginning with theRead more »

The Library of Lost Books

Apparently there’s a better way to handle books you no longer need than destroying 250,000 of them, as my home county’s library system did this year. The Birmingham Public Library,Read more »