John Foster
The Thin Line

Carrie Olivia Adams
When Your Body is Another Stranger: A Poem
When Your Body is Another Stranger: A Poem

Adam Plunkett
On Sylvia Plath’s Drawings
The drawings of Sylvia Plath cause our poetry editor, Adam Plunkett, to revisit her poetry.

Rick Poynor
Rediscovering the Lost Art of the Typewriter
Typewriters are making a comeback and, as a wide-ranging new survey book shows, so is typewriter art.

Adam Plunkett
How to Visualize Poetry — And How Not to
Design Observer's poetry editor, Adam Plunkett, gives us a primer on visual poetry.

An Aposiopesis of Black Honey: or Variations on Dürer’s Melancholia I
A visual poem from Jess.

Philip Schultz
A poem by Philip Schultz.

Tarpley Hitt
Speaking Typography: Letter as Image as Sound
Just as a poet weaves the intent of his poem into its sound and craft, so did Lissitzky, as designer, hope to marry intent with the typography and the design of the book itself. But did he?

Daisy Fried
Women’s Poetry
A poem by Dairy Fried.

Debbie Millman
Card Shark (a Poem)
A visual poem from Debbie Millman's new book Self Portrait as Your Traitor.

Stephen Dunn
A poem by Stephen Dunn.

J.D. McClatchy
J. D. McClatchy on Relationships
J. D. McClatchy is the author of six books of poetry and many texts for musical settings, including eight opera libretti.

Roshanak Keyghobadi
Composing in Space: Tactile Poetry of Farhad Fozouni
A review of work by Iranian graphic designer Farhad Fozouni.

Karen Green
Bough Down
An excerpt from Bough Down, Karen Green's transcendent book about surviving her husband's suicide.

A Nearly Perfect Book
The poetry critic, the publisher, and the art of bookmaking in a digital era.

Kwame Dawes
Coffee Break
A poem by Kwame Dawes.

Dennis O’Driscoll
A poem by Dennis O'Driscoll.

Bob Hicok
A poem by Bob Hicok.

Joshua Weiner
At the Next Hospital
A poem by Joshua Weiner.

Ben Lerner
Didactic Elegy
A poem by Ben Lerner.

James Arthur
Poem from Behind a Gorilla Mask
Poem from Behind a Gorilla Mask by James Arthur.

National Poetry Month Poster
The 2013 National Poetry Month Poster, designed by Jessica Helfand.

Happy Holidays from Robert Frost
A brief history of the collaboration between Robert Frost and Joseph Blumenthal as well as many top woodcut and engraving artists of the day.

Rick Poynor
Dom Sylvester Houédard’s Cosmic Typewriter
Dom Sylvester Houédard: Benedictine monk, champion of concrete poetry, and master of the “typestract.”

Jack Gilbert
Summer at Blue Creek, North Carolina
A poem by Jack Gilbert.

William Butler Yeats
A poem by William Butler Yeats.

Fernando Aguiar
Ecologic Sonnet
'Ecologic Sonnet', a visual poem by Fernando Aguiar.

Claudia Rankine + John Lucas
“Situation 5”
A poem on film by Claudia Rankine and John Lucas.

Michael McGriff
When the Spirit Comes to Him as the Voice of Morning Light
A poem by Michael McGriff.

Rick Poynor
J.G. Ballard’s Terminal Documents
A speculative visual interpretation of one of the surreal image lists in J.G. Ballard’s experimental novel The Atrocity Exhibition.

Debbie Millman
The Art of Poetry
Debbie Millman interview Poetry magazine editor Christian Wiman, plus a slideshow of 67 Poetry covers.

J.D. McClatchy
"A View of the Sea"
A poem by J.D. McClatchy.

James Merrill
"b o d y"
A poem by James Merrill.

Christian Wiman
"Five Houses Down"
Five Houses Down, a poem by Christian Wiman.

Sharon Olds
Q, a poem by Sharon Olds.

Chase Twichell
"Negligent Worldicide"
Negligent Worldicide, a poem by Chase Twichell.

Franz Wright
"Visiting the Library in a Strange City"
A poem by Franz Wright.

Debbie Millman
Spoken Word Broadcast
All spoken word show featuring poems, prose and a short story.

Observed | October 25

An economist explains why you should embrace a disorderly desk. [MB]

British Rail Corporate Identity, 1965–1994. [MB]

House of Wax is a new bar in New York that revives the Victorian art of the Panopticum—in wax. [JH]

Observed | October 24

In Estonia, a one-day design summit stresses the importance of indiscipinarity, teams—and trust. [JH]

“Don’t think that the world of design belongs to designers.” Opening comments from Mark Wigley at the third Istanbul Design Biennial. [JH]

No assigned desks in this new open-plan office created by Clive Wilkinson for the New York office of Publicis. [MB]

“Good design means your phone doesn’t explode.” The New Yorker’s Om Malik weighs in on the Apple Samsung case. [JH]

An entertaining website to launch GT America, a new typeface from Grilli Type. [MB]

Observed | October 21

More on ballot design and its many problems. [JH]

Design is the new currency. [JH]

If Hillary is elected, “...you’re going to have taco trucks on every corner”, warned Latinos for Trump’s Marco Gutierrez. Lana Rigby designs a citywide fleet of taco trucks that double as voter registration booths. [JH]

“Design is the art and science of improving the interface between human beings and their environment.” A new design incubator at MIT. [JH]

Observed | October 20

“Ignore the fads and go back to the typographic principles of print — keep your type black,” says Kevin Marks. More from Cory Doctorow on the web’s “plague” of grey type. [JH]

The Wall Street Journal on design books as eye candy. [JH]

The New Yorker on urban housing, inequality, density, democracy—and Le Corbusier. [JH]

Observed | October 18

Could bad buildings damage your mental health? [MB]

Dutch Design Week! Here’s the program. [JH]

Observed | October 17

Wine labels—and how their design impacts what we want to buy. [JH]

From India, a story on design mistakes for startups. [JH]

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Zur Farbenlehre (“Theory of Colors”), 1810. [MB]

A call to action for design justice. [JH]

The eerie secret apartments of the New York Public Library system [MB]

“Not knowing what you’re doing is a skill you can’t teach.” An interview with Richard Turley (ex-Businessweek, ex-MTV) on his move to Wieden+Kennedy. [MB]

Observed | October 14

“How do you approach an art empty of figures and evident narratives?,” asks New York Times art critic Holland Cotter, writing about the late minimalist painter Agnes Martin. "How do you find out what, if anything, is in it for you? What do you do to make it your own?” To which Martin herself was known to reply: “You go there and sit and look.” A retrospective of Martin’s work is on view at the Guggenheim Museum in New York through early January. [JH]

Magenta debuts! A new online source for design, cultural criticism, and more. [JH]

David Bowie had a vast collection of Memphis furniture. [MB]

Observed | October 13

Non-car designer designs non-car. [JH]

Democratic design—between cultures. [JH]

A day in the life of Tobias Frere-Jones. [MB]

Louise Fili, Goddess of typographic splendor! [JH]

Jobs | October 26