Poets Respond®

Poetry Is Back in the News

On average, poems in Rattle are published six months after they were submitted. Then they appear online six months after that. Real poetry is timeless, of course, so usually it doesn’t matter—but this is the age of information. News cycles rarely last more than a week, let alone a year. One reason poetry lags behind other forms of contemporary media might be this delay—how can poetry be part of the conversation when it enters so late? Moreover, poets do often respond to current events in real-time, so why make them wait for our print schedule?

Our solution is Poets Respond—a poem written within the last week about a public event that occurred within the last week will appear every Sunday. Our only criterion for selection is the quality of the poem; all opinions and reactions are welcome. Selected poets will receive $50. To have your own poem considered for next week’s posting, submit at the link below before midnight Friday PST. Any poems sent before the midnights of Sunday and Tuesday will also be considered for bonus postings mid-week.


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Response Poems

2018

Audio Available Chera Hammons The Moon of a Moon Is a Moonmoon (Oct. 14)
Audio Available Abby E. Murray This Is Only a Test (Oct. 7)
Audio Available Danielle DeTiberus An Incomplete List of Last-Minute … (Oct. 2)
Susan Nguyen I Want to Burn the Frat House … (Sep. 30)
Audio Available Dante Di Stefano In a James Dickey Poem (Sep. 25)
Audio Available Bayleigh Fraser Machines (Sep. 23)
Audio Available Matt Dube Kavanaugh Carwash (Sep. 16)
Audio Available Seth Simons Poem for John McCain (Sep. 9)
Audio Available Lauren Johnson For Michael and Louis (Sep. 2)
Audio Available Esther Ra At the Border, Late Summer (Aug. 26)
Audio Available Craig van Rooyen Till She Appeared … (Aug. 19)
Audio Available Ruth Hoberman Chicago Street, Rainy Day (Aug. 12)
Audio Available Amy Miller To the Firefighters Sleeping … (Aug. 5)
Brittany Hause A Cocky Poem (Aug. 5)
Audio Available Craig van Rooyen How to Swim an Elegy (July 31)
William Evans After His Racist Tweet … (July 29)
Audio Available Rosanne Osborne Can the President’s Hair (July 22)
Alida Rol If Men Could (July 17)
Audio Available Melissa Balmain Marooned (July 15)
Audio Available Ruth Bavetta Heat (July 8)
Audio Available Bob Hicok Redundancy Is Only a Problem … (July 3)
Audio Available Linda Dove Fear Is the Day (July 1)
Audio Available Lynne Knight In Memoriam (June 26)
Audio Available Jackleen Holton I’m Sad with You (June 24)
Audio Available Jocko Benoit Someone with a Megaphone (June 19)
Hsien Min Toh DPRK – US (June 17)
Audio Available Sonia Greenfield Call If You Need Me (June 12)
Audio Available Alexandra Umlas Remembering You, Anthony Bourdain … (June 10)
Audio Available Hannah Norman Nine Surprising Things (June 5)
Audio Available Maddie Godfrey Overwhelmed by Something (June 3)
Audio Available D.A. Gray Shadow of a Flag (May 27)
Audio Available Joan Murray Chiarascuro (May 20)
Audio Available Marjorie Lotfi Gill The Wrong Person to Ask (May 15)
Audio Available Chera Hammons Anything Worth Saving (May 13)
Audio Available Annie Woodford In the Pipeline’s Path (May 6)
Audio Available Matthew Murrey Pig Brain (May 6)
Audio Available Marissa Davis Homeland: (May 1)
Audio Available Jessamine Price Another Meeting in Panmunjom (Apr. 29)
Audio Available Ojo Taiye The Only Foreign Aid … (Apr. 22)
Audio Available Jill M. Talbot I’m Sorry, Moon (Apr. 15)
Audio Available Jhoanna Belfer The Choicest Parts (Apr. 8)
Audio Available Gardner Dorton MEARCSTAPA (Apr. 5)
Margaret Ray The Kids Are Alright (Apr. 1)
Audio Available Stephen Gibson After Mozart’s Le Nozzi di Figaro … (Mar. 27)
Audio Available Craig Kurtz Surveillance (Mar. 25)
Audio Available Jill M. Talbot Questions for Stephen Hawking (Mar. 18)
Audio Available Saumya Kedia In Time (Mar. 15)
Audio Available Sally O’Brien Danger Island (Mar. 11)
Audio Available Megan Falley Why So Many Penises … (Mar. 6)
Audio Available Surendriya Rao I Want to Argue Like Dancing (Mar. 4)
Audio Available Brian Wiora A Political Poem (Feb. 25)
Audio Available Lara Bozabalian The New School (Feb. 22)
Audio Available Dante Di Stefano Love Poem Composed Under the Trump … (Feb. 18)
Audio Available Sally Ashton Let’s Get Rid of Valentine’s Day … (Feb. 13)
Audio Available George Abraham Ode to Mennel Ibtissam … (Feb. 11)
T.R. Poulson Super Bowl Party (Feb. 4)
Audio Available Timothy Liu State of the Union (Feb. 1)
Audio Available Marc Alan Di Martino Worth It (Jan. 28)
Audio Available Noel Quiñones Permission (Jan. 23)
Audio Available Francesca Bell Girlfriend of Las Vegas Gunman … (Jan. 21)
Audio Available Deborah Rasmussen Speaking of Stable Geniuses (Jan. 14)
Bunkong Tuon My Daughter, the Snow Bomb (Jan. 7)
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2017

Audio Available Mai-Lan Pham Rondo for the Night (Dec. 31)
Melissa Balmain Seasons Tweetings (Dec. 25)
Audio Available Brittney Corrigan I’m Trying to Find a Poem About … (Dec. 24)
Audio Available Paul E. Nelson 698. Evidence-Based Poem (Dec. 17)
Audio Available Amy Miller The World Entire (Dec. 12)
Audio Available Mia Kang Graduate Student, Age 27 … (Dec. 10)
Audio Available J. Todd Hawkins Something Less (Dec. 4)
Alexandra Umlas Touring the B-17 Bomber … (Nov. 28)
Audio Available Abby E. Murray What I Didn’t Say at the Table (Nov. 26)
Audio Available Devi S. Laskar Though the Stars Walk Backward (Nov. 19)
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Benjamín Naka-Hasebe Kingsley
I Can’t Close My Eyes … (Nov. 14)
Audio Available Elizabeth McMunn-Tetango Partial List of Men (Nov. 12)
Audio Available Molly Fisk Violence Fractal (Nov. 5)
Audio Available Jeff Whitney The Blessing (Oct. 31)
Audio Available Aaron Poochigian MMXVII (Oct. 29)
Audio Available Emily Sernaker Now When I Think About Women (Oct. 22)
Audio Available Dion O’Reilly Everything That’s Old (Oct. 15)
Audio Available Rebecca Starks Open Carry (Oct. 8)
Audio Available Katie Bickham The Ferryman (Oct. 5)
Meghan Bechtel Being a Girl in My Father’s House (Oct. 3)
Audio Available Dorianne Laux If It’s the Last Thing I Do (Oct. 1)
Audio Available Barry Peters We Saw Mother! (Sept. 24)
Audio Available Raye Hendrix Elegy for a Spacecraft (Sept. 19)
Audio Available Devon Balwit That Feeling (Sept. 17)
Audio Available Bola Opaleke Home That Would Not Let Us Stay (Sept. 12)
Audio Available Eric Steineger She (Sept. 10)
Audio Available Jennifer Hartenburg Houston Is the Body (Sept. 3)
Audio Available Hakim Bellamy Dick Gregory (Aug. 29)
Audio Available Elizabeth Knapp The Year of the Eclipse (Aug. 27)
Audio Available Jennifer Reeser Forensic Anthropologist … (Aug. 22)
Audio Available Stephen Gibson Killers (Aug. 20)
Audio Available Raquel Vasquez Gilliland I Know All Mothers Say … (Aug. 17)
Audio Available Megan Fernandes Nukemap.com (Aug. 13)
Audio Available Sonia Greenfield Dear Kim Jong-un (Aug. 8)
Audio Available Jordan Durham After Seeing Princess Diana … (Aug. 6)
Audio Available Bayleigh Fraser Straight Shooter (Aug. 1)
Audio Available Aaron Brown Old Man Watching Dunkirk (July 30)
Audio Available Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach Every Musician’s Suicide … (July 23)
Audio Available Brittney Corrigan Truck Carrying Live Eels … (July 16)
Audio Available Jennifer Rane Hancock The Last Days of Baseball (July 13)
Audio Available Luisa A. Igloria Another Argument for Trying to Live … (July 9)
Audio Available Megan Merchant A Town Praying for Rain (July 2)
Audio Available Meghann Plunkett In Which I Name My Abuser Publicly (June 27)
Audio Available Olga Dermott-Bond Grenfell (June 25)
Joan Colby Lordy (June 18)
Audio Available Alejandro Escudé Republican in Red (June 15)
Audio Available Carter Smith After the Paris Accord (June 11)
Audio Available Jackleen Holton The Untranslatable Word (June 4)
Audio Available Jose A. Alcantara Violaceae (May 28)
Audio Available Matt Hohner How to Unpack a Bomb Vest (May 25)
Audio Available Steve Henn Suicide Note (May 21)
Audio Available Meg Pokrass America (May 18)
Audio Available Alejandro Escudé I Heart James Comey (May 14)
Audio Available Jen Karetnick Nobody Dies Because … (May 9)
Audio Available Ali Sohail Hummingbird (May 7)
Amanda Yskamp Time(s) (Apr. 30)
Audio Available Matty Layne Glasgow What the Mountains Are Silent About (Apr. 23)
Audio Available Robert Keiser The Anti-Protest (Apr. 18)
Audio Available Chaun Ballard How I Survived (Apr. 16)
Audio Available Dante Di Stefano National Poetry Month, 2017 (Apr. 13)
Audio Available Ellen Steinbaum Bids for Border Wall … (Apr. 11)
Audio Available Amy Miller What I Would Tell My Daughter … (Apr. 9)
Audio Available Rachel Custer Togetherness in the Age of Terror (Apr. 7)
Audio Available Robert Peake Homesickness (Apr. 2)
Audio Available Alison Luterman What We Did in the Resistance … (Mar. 26)
Audio Available Emily Sernaker Lawrence Ferlinghetti Is Alive! (Mar. 23)
Audio Available Nanci Lee Happy (Mar. 19)
Audio Available Cristi Donoso Best After a Long Journey (Mar. 12)
Audio Available Jed Myers Jewish Cemetery Night (Mar. 7)
Audio Available Mai-Lan Pham Pause (Mar. 5)
Audio Available Dore Kiesselbach Goldilocks Zone (Feb. 26)
Audio Available Amy Elizabeth Robinson Yesterday We Were Asked … (Feb. 21)
Audio Available Ananda Lima When They Come for Us … (Feb. 19)
Sonya Taaffe An Obedience Experiment (Feb. 12)
Audio Available Craig van Rooyen Why the Bobcat Returned (Feb. 5)
Audio Available Jamaica Baldwin Call Me by My Name (Feb. 2)
Audio Available Richard Garcia The Sublime (Jan. 29)
Audio Available Asiya Wadud The Dog God (Jan. 24)
Audio Available Austin Smith We Defy Augury (Jan. 22)
Audio Available Abby E. Murray Poem for My Daughter … (Jan. 19)
Audio Available Gus Peterson Nautilus (Jan. 17)
Sarah Bates When a Guy at the Bar Tells Me … (Jan. 15)
Audio Available Vicki L. Wilson Shoveling Snow (Jan. 8)
Audio Available Lynne Knight Year’s Beginning. Year’s Ending. (Jan. 3)
Audio Available Jill M. Talbot Nobody (Jan. 1)
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2016

Audio Available Ann Hart Krampusnacht (Dec. 25)
Audio Available Zeina Hashem Beck The Days Don’t Stop (Dec. 18)
Audio Available Sonia Greenfield Ghost Ship (Dec. 11)
Audio Available Kate Peterson Open Season (Dec. 4)
Audio Available Timothy Liu Protest Song (Dec. 1)
Audio Available John Paul O’Connor The Fall (Nov. 27)
Audio Available Karthik Purushothaman Breaking News: Oscar Bait (Nov. 20)
Audio Available Katie Bickham Villanelle for America 2016 (Nov. 15)
Audio Available Richard Garcia Canada (Nov. 13)
Audio Available Barbara Crooker Election Ghazal (Nov. 10)
Audio Available Meryl Stratford My Mother Explains Why … (Nov. 8)
Audio Available Laura Esposto Tradition (Nov. 6)
Jess Rizkallah T.S. Eliot in the Time of Trashfire (Oct. 30)
Audio Available Karthik Purushothaman A Recommendation to the Committee (Oct. 23)
Audio Available Rachel Custer How I Am Like Donald Trump (Oct. 18)
Audio Available Ned Balbo Crybully (Oct. 16)
Audio Available Kathleen Lawrence Trump’s Tip (Oct. 9)
Audio Available Samuel Hughes Representation (Oct. 2)
Audio Available Steve Henn Making Sense of This Election (Sep. 27)
Audio Available Hayden Saunier Hard Facts 3 (Do Not Resist) (Sep. 25)
Joe Balaz In Dis Newfangled Oz (Sep. 18)
Vicki Iorio Why I Don’t Write Poems About 9/11 (Sep. 11)
Audio Available Raquel Vasquez Gilliland Life on Earth (Sep. 4)
Audio Available M.K. Foster Volta (Sep. 1)
Audio Available Mark Wagenaar Poem for Max Ritvo, Perhaps (Aug. 28)
Audio Available Susan Comninos How People End (Aug. 23)
Audio Available Megan Merchant Road Closure, Aleppo (Aug. 21)
Audio Available Jackleen Holton Olympia (Aug. 14)
Julian Randall The Search for Frank Ocean … (Aug. 7)
Audio Available Craig van Rooyen Ode to a Nightingale in a Payload (Aug. 2)
Audio Available Meryl Stratford A Brief History of the World (July 31)
Audio Available Sarah Wells Of Thee I Sing (July 24)
Audio Available Scherezade Siobhan The Mirror I Won’t (July 19)
Audio Available Frank Dullaghan Promenade des Anglais (July 17)
Audio Available Nordette N. Adams Digital Anthropologists … (July 12)
Audio Available Nicole Homer The Dead Line (July 10)
Audio Available Bayleigh Fraser Ghazal on Independence Day (July 5)
Audio Available Patricia O’Neil Who Speaks for the Rock Snot? (July 3)
Audio Available Ryan Dzelzkalns The World’s Smallest Snail … (June 26)
Audio Available Jackleen Holton Alligators (June 21)
Audio Available Leila Chatti While Reading the News … (June 19)
Audio Available Chris Emslie Prayer for Anything but Prayer (June 14)
Audio Available Amy Miller I Am Over Here Sobbing (June 12)
Audio Available Mark Wagenaar Little Song (Altar) (June 7)
Audio Available Akua Lezli Hope Endangered (June 5)
Audio Available Manash Firaq Bhattacharjee No Urdu in Dilli, Mian (May 29)
Audio Available P.C. Vandall At the Circus (May 22)
Audio Available Jana Harris The Healthcare System (May 17)
Audio Available Jay Sizemore Gun of a Bitch (May 15)
Audio Available Ilyse Kusnetz Harbinger (May 10)
Audio Available Brody Parrish Craig Profane Androgen (May 8)
Maisie Williams MTA (May 1)
Audio Available Luisa Muradyan Tannahill Purple Rain (Apr. 24)
Wederic Eubals Jan Böhmermann the Great (Apr. 19)
Audio Available Sonia Greenfield From Nigeria to New Zealand (Apr. 17)
Audio Available Bayleigh Fraser To the Woman Who Ruled … (Apr. 10)
Audio Available E.E. Lampman Letter to a Tardigrade (Apr. 3)
Audio Available Clint Margrave Candidate (Mar. 29)
Audio Available Judith H. Montgomery B-Word (Mar. 27)
Audio Available William Fargason Images of Kurt Cobin’s Shotgun … (Mar. 22)
Audio Available Meera Jhala I Don’t Quite Know … (Mar. 20)
Audio Available Catherine Pond March 9th, Dusk (Mar. 15)
Audio Available David Miller Elegy (Mar. 13)
Audio Available Victoria Kornick On Access (Mar. 8)
Audio Available Kai Carlson-Wee Signs (Mar. 6)
Audio Available Lea Tieger Electorate (Mar. 1)
Audio Available Cortney Lamar Charleston Chillary Clinton Said … (Feb. 28)
Audio Available Elizabeth Weaver Electing Hell (Feb. 21)
Audio Available Peg Duthie Look at That, You Son of a Bitch (Feb. 14)
Audio Available Rebecca Starks Politicians (Feb. 11)
Jonel Abellanosa To the Red Fire Monkey (Feb. 9)
Audio Available Cade Leebron I’m Drinking in Bed (Feb. 7)
Audio Available Aliki Barnstone Late January Thaw, Refugees … (Jan. 31)
Audio Available Rosemerry Trommer After My Friend Phyllis Shows Me … (Jan. 26)
Audio Available Maureen Doallas Elegy: #LeilaAlaoui (Jan. 24)
Audio Available Maggie Clark Whatever It Is It Comes in Waves (Jan. 17)
Audio Available Colin Pope Major Tom Turns into Light (Jan. 12)
Audio Available Pepper Trail This Refuge from Its Inception … (Jan. 10)
Audio Available Chaun Ballard What Would You Say If You Were … (Jan. 3)
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2015

Wendy Videlock A Toast (Dec. 27)
Lorna Davis The Campaign Before Christmas (Dec. 25)
Audio Available Ramandeep Johal Watching the Sunset … (Dec. 20)
Audio Available Lisa DeSiro Trumped-Up (Dec. 13)
Audio Available Deborah P. Kolodji Haiku (Dec. 7)
Audio Available Lynne Knight America Listen Allen Ginsberg … (Dec. 6)
Audio Available Susana H. Case Level 4: Brussels (Nov. 29)
Lisa Martin If You Aren’t Really a Racist … (Nov. 24)
Audio Available Jessica Goodfellow Perpetuation of the Species (Nov. 22)
Audio Available Joanna Lee Moments of Silence (Nov. 15)
Audio Available Akua Lezli Hope Resignation (Nov. 8)
Audio Available Katherine Lo The Headline Reads, Processed Meat … (Nov. 1)
Audio Available Ariana Brown Ossuary (Oct. 25)
Emmalee Hagarman Things That Happen (Oct. 18)
Audio Available Conor Kelly The Gun and the Gown (Oct. 11)
Audio Available Gary Leising Two Variations on a Triolet … (Oct. 4)
Audio Available Kayla Rae Candrilli Daraprim (Sept. 27)
Audio Available Alejandro Escudé The English Teacher Who Mistook … (Sept. 20)
Audio Available Sam Cha I Am Michael Derrick Hudson (Sept. 13)
Audio Available Zeina Hashem Beck Ghazal: Back Home (Sept. 6)
Conor Bracken I Worry That in the Blue Mornings (Aug. 30)
Audio Available Dore Kiesselbach Mignon (Aug. 23)
Audio Available Rayon Lennon Sky Beer (Aug. 16)
Audio Available Rhina P. Espaillat Rhymes With Banish (Aug. 9)
Audio Available Amy Elizabeth Robinson What Do You Give (Aug. 2)
Audio Available Tiana Clark Sandy Speaks (July 26)
Audio Available Bayleigh Fraser Let Me Tell You About … (July 19)
Audio Available Kerrin McCadden In Praise of Jonathan Matthew (July 12)
Audio Available A.M. Juster Hillanelle (July 5)
Audio Available Stevie Edwards After the Vigil … (June 28)
Patrick Ryan Frank Landscape with Questions (June 21)
Audio Available Ace Boggess Escape Envy (June 14)
Audio Available Suzanne Langlois To Caitlyn Jenner (June 7)
Audio Available Abby E. Murray Memorial Day 2015 (May 31)
Audio Available A.J. Bradley Inheritance (May 24)
Audio Available Susan Cohen The Boston Marathon Bombing (May 17)
Audio Available Bayleigh Fraser Unsigned Mother’s Day Card (May 10)
Audio Available Jennifer Givhan The Polar Bear (May 3)
Will Nixon National Poetry Month (Apr. 25)
Audio Available Meryl Stratford Section B, Page 6 (Apr. 18)
Audio Available Cortney Lamar Charleston Feeling Fucked Up (Apr. 11)
Audio Available Jackleen Holton The Poetry Lesson (Apr. 4)
Audio Available Chera Hammons The Descent of the Germanwings (Mar. 29)
Janice D. Soderling Dolphin Legend of the World Before (Mar. 22)
Damian Caudill How Florida Lost Its Edge (Mar. 15)
Audio Available Marie-Aline Roemer Questions for Lyudmila (Mar. 8)
Audio Available C. Wade Bentley Perfidious Under Fire (Mar. 1)
Audio Available Dante Di Stefano Elegy for Philip Levine (Feb. 22)
Audio Available Leila Chatti The Words Come, They Choke Me (Feb. 15)
Audio Available Beth Gylys Levels of Shit or Thom Tillis … (Feb. 8)
Audio Available Vincent Toro Gratuitous Super Bowl Poem (Feb. 1)
Audio Available Andrew Collard Realism: For an Infant … (Jan. 25)
Audio Available Conor Kelly Words for a Craven Editor (Jan. 18)
Audio Available R.G. Evans Pussy Nation (Jan. 11)
Audio Available Chera Hammons Sparrows (Jan. 4)
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2014

Audio Available Emily Yoon Hello Miss Pretty Bitch (Dec. 28)
Audio Available Russell Colver The Night Before Christmas 2014 … (Dec. 25)
Audio Available Mihir Vatsa In the Winter of 2014 … (Dec. 21)
Audio Available Lynne Knight Dark Prison Ledger (Dec. 14)
Audio Available Marjorie Lotfi Gill The Gun in Its Holster (Dec. 7)
Audio Available Lynne Thompson Sonnet Consisting of One Law (Nov. 30)
Audio Available Rachel J. Bennett Unsent Letter from Philae … (Nov. 23)
Audio Available Lynne Knight On Hearing of Robin Williams’ … (Nov. 16)
Audio Available Kevin Heaton The Electorate (Nov. 9)
Audio Available Sneha Madhavan-Reese Nathan Cirillo (Nov. 2)
Audio Available Cortney Lamar Charleston Miley Cyrus Presides Over … (Oct. 26)
Audio Available Jay Sizemore How to Remove a Hazmat Suit (Oct. 19)
Audio Available Devin Kelly Fear Of (Oct. 12)
Audio Available Amy Miller For Those Who Would Kill … (Oct. 4)
Audio Available Julie Henson I’m Not Calling It a Chasm (Sept. 28)
Audio Available Christopher Kempf I Shot an Arrow … (Sept. 21)
Audio Available Sonia Greenfield The Spokesperson Said … (Sept. 14)
Audio Available Peter E. Murphy Labor Day: Atlantic City (Sept. 7)
Audio Available Lynne Knight The Letter from James Foley (Aug. 31)
Audio Available Mark Smith-Soto Streamers (Aug. 25)
Audio Available Sonia Greenfield Corpse Flower (Aug. 24)
Audio Available Gabrielle Bates Of the Lamp (Aug. 18)
Jason McCall Roll Call for Michael Brown (Aug. 17)
Audio Available Marjorie Lotfi Gill Picture of Girl … (Aug. 10)
Audio Available Elise Liu She Runs from the River (Aug. 3)
Audio Available Zeina Hashem Beck Ya’aburnee (July 27)
Audio Available Megan Collins How I Fathom the Crash (July 20)
Audio Available Elly Bookman On July 8 (July 13)
Audio Available Rebecca Schumejda Black Banana (July 6)
Audio Available Megan Collins After the Memorial (June 29)
Audio Available Kari Gunter-Seymour A Letter to Jani Larson … (June 22)
Albert Haley Presidential Poetry Briefing (June 15)
Audio Available Alejandro Escudé The Other Me (June 8)
Audio Available Tria Wood Instructions (June 1)