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Meghan O’Rourke

Meghan O’Rourke is a former editor at The New Yorker and The Paris Review. Her latest book is Once: Poems (Norton, 2011). Her collection Halflife (Norton, 2007) was a finalist for both the Patterson Poetry Prize and Britain’s Forward First Book Prize. Her criticism and poems have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, The Nation, Poetry, and The Kenyon Review. She lives in New York City.


At Père Lachaise

Spring 2012 | Poetry

It wasn’t always going to be like this You were going to read books and grow up and understand more you weren’t going to bury people you were going to study Proust’s gray-black grave at Père Lachaise and read the note the Chinese girl left the [...]

For Apollinaire

Spring 2012 | Poetry

The river goes under the Pont Mirabeau … The green trysting trees in July breeze, the tourists and their summer hats, the SOLDES signs in every plate-glass window. The river goes under the Pont Mirabeau. I wanted to make you feel the heat of the su [...]