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National Poetry Month

Do "Poem in Your Pocket Day" One Better: Seven Tips for Memorizing a Poem

Annie Finch | Posted 05.01.2015 | Books
Annie Finch

When I teach a new group of poets, I often ask who knows some poetry by heart, and it turns out that many of them do.

2015 Poetry Month: An Interview With John Ashbery

Jonathan Hobratsch | Posted 04.27.2015 | Books
Jonathan Hobratsch

John Ashbery is the author of nearly 30 books of poetry. He has won nearly every major American poetry award, starting with the Yale Younger Poets Prize in 1956.

Interview with The Poet

John Malik | Posted 04.21.2015 | Books
John Malik

A Rod McKuen 8-Track. That was my first exposure to poetry and looking back, it didn't resonate with me because if my sisters liked it then I wanted no part of it. And if this guy was so special, how come he didn't have a real band, with electric guitars? Well, that was my 12 year-old mindset.

Thirteen Thoughts on Poetry in the Digital Age

Mandy Kahn | Posted 04.20.2015 | Books
Mandy Kahn

Poetry is not a frippery. It's a useful--even utilitarian--salve for what ails us. It is not the right salve for everyone, but it's right for some, and at times in its history, for very many. If it's right for you, you will know it. When you hear the right poem, you will feel its rightness.

How to Read Like a (21st Century) Poet

Josh Lefkowitz | Posted 04.17.2015 | Books
Josh Lefkowitz

What works for one person may not work for another; you alone know what kind of reading experiences will excite and/or move you. But I do think you have to read, to become a (better) poet; and I do think the internet can provide some remarkable avenues to do said reading.

Celebrating National Poetry Month 2015

Michael Carosone | Posted 04.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

For National Poetry Month 2015, here is one of my poems: "My Laundromat"//I will buy a Laundromat//so that//I can take the perfectly blue and green//rounded sphere which we call planet Earth// and give it a very needed cleaning.

20 Black Poets You Should Know (And Love)

The Root | Hope Wabuke | Posted 04.16.2015 | Black Voices

In 1996 the Academy of American Poets dubbed April National Poetry Month to celebrate the richness of American poetry. In its honor, here are 20 black...

Behind the Issue: Sinister Wisdom 96

Julie R. Enszer | Posted 04.14.2015 | Gay Voices
Julie R. Enszer

I want What Can I Ask to be a root for Dykewomon that holds fast, binding her poetry to the roots of other righteous lesbian-feminist poets, providing a site for engaged reading and interpretation.

2015 Poetry Month: An Interview With Erin Belieu

Jonathan Hobratsch | Posted 04.14.2015 | Books
Jonathan Hobratsch

"I'm not sure I would call it a progression so much as a deepening of consciousness throughout the books. Hopefully we have an increasing sense of truthfulness about ourselves as we grow older, and we grow strong enough to both own and share this."

The Bibliography of Strings

Iain S. Thomas | Posted 04.07.2015 | Arts
Iain S. Thomas

And you taught me what this feels like. And then how it feels to lose it. And you showed me who I wanted. And then who I wasn't. And you ticked every box. And then drew a line.

Easter In Pittsburgh

The Poetry Foundation | Posted 04.13.2015 | Books

Even on Easter Sunday when the church was a jungle of lilies and ferns fat Uncle Paul who loved his liquor so would pound away ...

Wilfred Owen: "Insensibility"

The Poetry Foundation | Austin Allen | Posted 04.13.2015 | Books

From an early age, Wilfred Owen seems to have demanded a lot out of the people around him. His younger brother Harold, as Philip Larkin recounted ...

Why Hip-Hop Has Everything To Do With Poetry

The Poetry Foundation | Nate Marshall | Posted 04.13.2015 | Books

I was born in 1989 at the end of hip-hop’s infancy. By the time I dropped into being, hip-hop had a Grammy and platinum records. Reagan had alre...

Awaking In New York

The Poetry Foundation | Posted 04.13.2015 | Books

Curtains forcing their will against the wind, children sleep, exchanging dreams with seraphim. The city drags itself awake on subwa...

The Versinator: The Perfect Gift for National Poetry Month

Stephen Kuusisto | Posted 04.07.2015 | Books
Stephen Kuusisto

A friend has given me a homely gift. Because he's a poet he likes to tinker, sometimes with words, but he also fools with cast off things. My gift is "The Versinator" -- a glass instrument, formerly a piece of lab equipment.

2015 Poetry Month: An Interview With Kathleen Ossip

Jonathan Hobratsch | Posted 04.06.2015 | Books
Jonathan Hobratsch

The pain of the loss was startling and nervous-system-changing: it's no new revelation that nothing makes us really believe in our own mortality like the death of a parent.

5 Cool, Fun (and Funny!) National Poetry Month Projects

L.L. Barkat | Posted 04.03.2015 | Books
L.L. Barkat

No, you didn't misread that. This fun project debuted on April 1st (fitting), with a full entourage of ticklish chicken comics to inspire you, featuring favored poets such as Emily Chickenson and P.B. Shelly.

Drink a Poem: On Chardonnay, Pinot, and Poetry

Dean Rader | Posted 04.02.2015 | Taste
Dean Rader

Not long ago I was with a friend in Napa, and we were doing what most people in Napa do--drink wine. But, we had also been doing what very few people ...

What to Read When You Don't Read Poetry

Iain S. Thomas | Posted 04.02.2015 | Books
Iain S. Thomas

Maybe you don't read poetry. That wouldn't make you unique by any stretch of the imagination. But allow me to be bold and suggest that maybe you just haven't found the right poetry yet.

2015 Poetry Month: An Interview With T. R. Hummer

Jonathan Hobratsch | Posted 03.30.2015 | Books
Jonathan Hobratsch

"It's a good thing I'm a poet and not a novelist. No publisher of novels in his or her right mind would allow books to have such weird, un-hooky titles. If I'd been a novelist, they'd have been called 1. Sex, 2. Hideous Graphic Death and 3. Football."

Poetry On the Wing

Tamsin Smith | Posted 03.23.2015 | Arts
Tamsin Smith

Honest poems invite return again and again. They beckon sly surrender to the unknown, each in their own fashion. And, as if by tribal rule, one can never enter the same poem the same way twice.

10 Terrific National Poetry Month Titles & Tools

L.L. Barkat | Posted 03.09.2015 | Books
L.L. Barkat

National Poetry Month is just a few weeks away. While you wait for the celebration to begin, you might want to get some great titles and tools onto your list (or your laptop).

Are Too Many People Writing Poetry?

Julie R. Enszer | Posted 09.07.2014 | Gay Voices
Julie R. Enszer

Poetry is a cacophony of voices. I want more people to write poems, especially queer people, feminists, and people of color. For too long LGBT voices, feminist voices, and voices of people of color have been excluded or eluded from literary cultures and canons.

Deconstructing the Poetry Goddess

Jill Di Donato | Posted 07.05.2014 | Books
Jill Di Donato

Who or what is the poetry goddess and what place, if any, does she have in the world of contemporary American poetry? I spoke with some of today's fiercest women poets to try and figure this out.


Alena Dillon | Posted 07.01.2014 | Comedy
Alena Dillon

No birthday presents, anniversaries, or mother in laws. / No Whys? Whens? How could yous?