Poetic Wordplay

Poets dole their words out onto the page very carefully—but that doesn’t mean they don’t have fun in the process! Peter Pereira, poet and avid Scrabble player, shows us how anagrams can lead to revelation, while Alice Jones artfully mixes phrases from a rich panoply of sources, including Sesame Street, Macbeth, and Plato. In a quiter voice, Gregory Orr offers a tender meditation on the word yes. And Mexican poet David Huerta reminds us of the great democracy of words, from “short and decisive” ones to those simply held “in the velvety net of memory.”