Five powerful poems to commemorate this moment in time, as we look toward the 2017 US Presidential inauguration ceremony.

Maria Popova of shares some of her favorite books relating to dreams and dreaming.

In the “hell” of incarceration, Cristina Domenech finds the raw material for poetry

Professional aphorist and all round word nerd James Geary shares his list of must-read books from authors covering literary life, proverbs, aphorisms, and the art of being quoted.

“How weird will the future be?” we asked. And how else could writer and performer Ben Burke respond but with a poem penned and recorded especially for the occasion? Behold: THE TRANSHUMANIST’S LAMENT or TOO MANY RIVERS, NOT ENOUGH LAKES or OH, FUTURE- YOU SO CRAZY.

Quite a bit, in fact. As poetry critic Stephen Burt will tell you: Poetry may not move the sun and stars, but it can certainly move you.

How a performance by Rives conjured a much-loved poem for Helen Walters, and helped her develop a new appreciation for the art of poetry. Maybe.