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National Poetry Month

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.

iGirlfriend

Alena Dillon | Posted 07.01.2014 | Comedy
Alena Dillon

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

5 Questions for Poets: Part 5

Jonathan Hobratsch | Posted 06.28.2014 | Books
Jonathan Hobratsch

Some of America's top poets respond to questions by readers of poetry in this final blog for National Poetry Month 2014.

Ode to the Sonnet

Evan Gottlieb | Posted 06.25.2014 | Books
Evan Gottlieb

One fixed poetic form clearly stands the test of time: the sonnet. Even if you don't read poetry regularly, you probably know the basics: the average sonnet contains only 14 lines, and each line should be written in the same meter.

Why Poetry Matters

Pam Allyn | Posted 06.21.2014 | Books
Pam Allyn

Poetry is how we say to the world, and to each other, "I am here." Some of my most beloved poets -- Walt Whitman, Langston Hughes, Billy Collins and Naomi Shihab Nye -- talk about poetry as a way to document the world and our common experiences, to say what needs to be said in a direct, powerful and beautiful way.

5 Questions for Poets: Part 4

Jonathan Hobratsch | Posted 06.17.2014 | Books
Jonathan Hobratsch

In the 4th part of the National Poetry Month blog, I ask America's best poets to answer five more questions by readers of poetry.

5 Questions for Poets: Part 3

Jonathan Hobratsch | Posted 06.14.2014 | Books
Jonathan Hobratsch

"I know a handful (if not a heartful) of poems by heart. Lines surface and go under. They keep me company, whether on the tip of my tongue or in the basement of my unconsciousness."

5 Questions for Poets: Part 2

Jonathan Hobratsch | Posted 06.08.2014 | Books
Jonathan Hobratsch

Last week, some of America's top poets answered five questions from a pool of questions offered by readers of poetry for National Poetry Month. In this second part of the series, our poets tackle five more of their questions.

Book Review of Compass by Luc Phinney

Cameron Conaway | Posted 06.07.2014 | Books
Cameron Conaway

With Compass, a debut collection awarded the 2013 T.S. Eliot Prize from Truman State University Press, Luc Phinney has burst onto and worked his way into the upper echelon of contemporary American poetry.

Mi Madre

Quassan Castro | Posted 06.05.2014 | Latino Voices
Quassan Castro

You ride the silent subway from Spanish Harlem to the Bronx at 4 a.m. fists pound on the empty seat beside you face-hardened like a solider in combat lips locked tight

7 Poetry Collections For Every Type Of Reader

Zola Books | Posted 06.07.2014 | Books
Zola Books

National What Month? you ask. Though more and more poetry collections are published every year, there's no use in beating around the bush when it comes to popularity of poetry as a literary genre.

Finding the Words for Fort Hood

Cassie Premo Steele | Posted 06.03.2014 | Impact
Cassie Premo Steele

For those in the military and their families, the wars are not yet over. The recent shooting at Fort Hood is a reminder that the wars will not even be over when those in uniform come home.

I Want Poetry to Matter: A Manifesto

Michael Carosone | Posted 06.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

In celebration of National Poetry Month 2014, I present my new poem: a poetic manifesto for a new world. By the way, I also think that we need to queer or gayify National Poetry Month!

5 Questions for Poets: Part 1

Jonathan Hobratsch | Posted 06.01.2014 | Books
Jonathan Hobratsch

I have decided to celebrate National Poetry Month by submitting questions by readers of poetry to some of the top poets writing in America today.

National Poetry Month Emerging Poet Spotlight: Interview with Amanda J. Bradley, Author of Oz at Night

Anis Shivani | Posted 06.29.2013 | Books
Anis Shivani

Amanda J. Bradley has recently published her second poetry book, Oz at Night. This follows her debut collection, Hints and Allegations. I interviewed Amanda about her sources, inspirations and aesthetic choices.

What Is Queer Poetry?

Michael Carosone | Posted 06.26.2013 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

In celebration of National Poetry Month, I'm sharing this project of mine, which I completed for a poetry course that I took last semester. I created a handbook that asks and answers the question "what is queer poetry?" For this project I interviewed five queer poets.

At the Intersection of Earth Day and National Poetry Month

Meg Waite Clayton | Posted 06.22.2013 | Books
Meg Waite Clayton

Can I resist the excuse of the intersection of Earth Day and National Poetry Month to share two favorite poems that explore the earth and nature?

Poetry and Healing

Diana M. Raab | Posted 06.22.2013 | Fifty
Diana M. Raab

For most of my writing life, which has been nearly six decades, I have written narrative poetry either from a place of darkness or pain or a place of extreme joy.

The Nation Puts a Poem in Its Pocket

John Lundberg | Posted 06.21.2013 | Arts
John Lundberg

Thursday was National Poem In Your Pocket Day, perhaps the most popular of the many events that highlight National Poetry Month.

Poet Jackie Kudler Interviewed

David Kudler | Posted 06.16.2013 | Books
David Kudler

As a fitting tie-in to National Library Week and National Poetry Month, the Marin County Free Library is launching a new monthly television series in partnership with the Marin Poetry Center, and in collaboration with Community Media Center of Marin.

National Poetry Month Emerging Poet Spotlight: Interview with Lynn Xu, Author of Debts and Lessons

Anis Shivani | Posted 06.15.2013 | Books
Anis Shivani

Lynn Xu's debut book of poetry, Debts & Lessons, has just appeared (April 1) from the always terrific Omnidawn Publishing.

The Librotraficante Creed: A Poem

Tony_Diaz | Posted 06.12.2013 | Latino Voices
Tony_Diaz

Celebrate National Poetry Month Read poems. Write Poems. Defend freedom of speech & critical thinking. Work By Tony Diaz, El Librotraficante...

The Poetry of Women's Work

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 06.10.2013 | Women
Dr. Peggy Drexler

What a better time than this, National Poetry Month, to enter another sort of discussion: the common space poems create for reflection -- on the challenges we face, the choices we make, and the invaluable importance of all women do.

Dear Filipino Immigrants Who Will One Day Read Our Books

Bino A. Realuyo | Posted 06.10.2013 | Books
Bino A. Realuyo

Time and again, I get together with my Filipino-American writer friends to discuss the state of our Filipino readership. It is often the most depressing conversation.