poetry
“The Humility of the Brutes”: We talk with Ron Smith about his latest book of poems.

“The Humility of the Brutes”: We talk with Ron Smith about his latest book of poems.

“The best any of us can do is narrow the inevitable gaps between our best words and the truths they aim to capture and communicate.”   It’s been a few short months since Ron Smith, former Poet Laureate of Virginia and contributor to our “Maps & Legends” issue, published his fourth book, The Humility of...
Share This Poem: "Curiosities of Puritan Nomenclature," by Joshua Poteat.

Share This Poem: “Curiosities of Puritan Nomenclature,” by Joshua Poteat.

“Faint-not: I will take the dark part of your heart into my heart…” Joshua Poteat’s somber dictionary, “Curiosities of Puritan Nomenclature,” first appeared in our “Bedeviled” issue in fall 2015. Click on the broadside below to print a copy for yourself, or scroll down to read the full text without formatting.   ———- Curiosities of...
April is for poetry.

April is for poetry.

We at BROAD STREET celebrate National Poetry Month as a favorite holiday, with an invitation to delve into some of the poems we’ve published in print and as online exclusives. You’ll find a sampling in our banner crawl; see many more under “Share This Poem.” Why not print out one of our broadsides and decorate...
Online Exclusive: Celebrating the Poetry of Marylen Grigas.

Online Exclusive: Celebrating the Poetry of Marylen Grigas.

We at BROAD STREET were honored to publish some of the last work by beloved poet Marylen Grigas, who died in February 2017. Each one was illustrated by her niece, Riley McAlpine-Berthold, with whom Marylen had a remarkable collaborative relationship. We invite you to read about her struggles with cancer, the ironic illusion of home security, and...
Share This Poem: “Bridges,”  by Zara Raab.

Share This Poem: “Bridges,” by Zara Raab.

“With menacing metal jaws that arch and open above the river’s reedy throat …” We continue to celebrate National Poetry Month with this stunner from Zara Raab — a consideration of all a bridge might mean. We offer you a specially formatted broadside to download and print at home,  or you can scroll down to read the...