poetry

The Embarrassing 1,000-Year History of the Male Power Ballad

While power ballads have plenty in common with the Romanticism of the 1800s, their roots go all the way back to the 11th century

The Male Poets of Instagram Know What You Think of Them

Sparse lines about heartbreak in faux-typewriter font are still the style du jour, but the men of Poetry Instagram are more sincere (and self-aware) than you’d think

David Berman Could Never Be Forgotten — No Matter How Hard He Tried to Disappear

For the late poet and musician, obscurity was its own art

Meet the Poet Laureate of Tinder

A guy called drewhead118 became internet famous for writing sonnets for his matches—but he says that’s not his secret to love