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National Poetry Month

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Brian Waldron | Posted 10.19.2016 | Arts
Brian Waldron


This Having Been Earthly Seems Lasting

Poetry Foundation | Posted 05.06.2016 | Home
Poetry Foundation

By Youna Kwak Notes for national corpse month, continued: I am thinking about the garden. Youna Kwak imagines it (first). Then she remembers it. Then...

Reading List: April 2016

Poetry Foundation | Posted 05.06.2016 | Home
Poetry Foundation

From Poetry magazine By Lindsay Garbutt The Reading List is a feature of Poetry magazine's Editors' Blog. This month contributors to the April 2016 i...

BLACK IS... Winner of Inaugural Harper Lee Memorial Award & Scholarship from Facing History

Facing History and Ourselves | Posted 04.28.2016 | Teen
Facing History and Ourselves

BLACK IS... - Diallo Thornton, Moore High School, Louisville KY Black is ... the color they see. Darkness is what they think of me. Find fear is the...

The Culling: An Interview with Poet George Held

Loren Kleinman | Posted 04.27.2016 | Home
Loren Kleinman

An eight-time Pushcart Prize nominee, George Held publishes poems, fiction, and book reviews, both online and in print. About his poetry chapbook Bleak Splendor (2016), Anton Yakovlev writes that it "bear[s] the full weight of a master poet's devastating wit and lifelong wisdom."

2016 Poetry Month: An Interview with Emily Skillings

Jonathan Hobratsch | Posted 04.26.2016 | Home
Jonathan Hobratsch

Emily Skillings is the author of two chapbooks: Backchannel (Poor Claudia) and Linnaeus: The 26 Sexual Practices of Plants (No, Dear/ Small Anchor Press).

It's National Poetry Month. Please Give Me Back My Poem.

Iain S. Thomas | Posted 04.19.2016 | Arts
Iain S. Thomas

I, despite the soft nature of my personality you may assume based off the poem, do care. I make poetry and prose and that's it. It's the end product of what I do. I give it away for free in the hope that someone, somewhere will buy one of my books and I can use that money to support me and my family.

5 New Latino Poetry Books For National Poetry Month

NBC Latino | Tanisha Ramirez | Posted 04.19.2016 | Latino Voices

April is National Poetry Month and this season's releases by Latino poets are exceptional, dealing with social issues like immigration and police brut...

2016 Poetry Month: An Interview With Nicolas Hundley

Jonathan Hobratsch | Posted 04.18.2016 | Home
Jonathan Hobratsch

Nicolas Hundley's first book, The Revolver in the Hive, won the 2012 Poets Out Loud Editor's Prize and was published by Fordham University Press in 2013.

A First-Timer's Guide To Enjoying Poetry

Diana M. Raab | Posted 04.16.2016 | Fifty
Diana M. Raab

Poetry is the voice of the soul and can unleash your subconscious mind. One of the many beautiful aspects of poetry is that it has the ability to tap into your subconscious mind. It also gives you an opportunity to loosen up and allow yourself the freedom to express yourself.

Marking Twenty Years of National Poetry Month

Jennifer Benka | Posted 04.15.2016 | Home
Jennifer Benka

What began as a modest effort (inspired by federally designated occasions like Women's History Month in March) to highlight the cultural contributions of poets, promote the sales and distribution of poetry books, and encourage the reading and teaching of poems, has become a phenomenon positively impacting the state of poetry in the United States.

Smart Girls Read Poetry

Poetry Foundation | Posted 04.12.2016 | Home
Poetry Foundation

On the value of getting your hair wet. By Meredith Walker What is the impact of poetry in our creative, professional, and personal lives? For me, all...

From "The Hatred of Poetry"

Poetry Foundation | Posted 04.12.2016 | Home
Poetry Foundation

Does poetry make us human? By Ben Lerner We were taught at an early age that we are all poets simply by virtue of being human. Our ability to write ...

The Poetic Host

Tamsin Smith | Posted 04.11.2016 | Arts
Tamsin Smith

Compass and clock. People have plans. People set deadlines. Old men and young tourists all crave beauty. But, as each singular human's history proves, the expected is not the actual.

National Poetry Month: Distraction

Max Ritvo | Posted 04.11.2016 | Arts
Max Ritvo

I think being distracted can be good for a poem. When I compose a poem, I usually try to lock myself in a room alone, preferably with no one else in t...

What Is 'Make a Living'?

Poetry Foundation | Posted 04.08.2016 | Home
Poetry Foundation

By Timothy Yu "Would you be up for discussing a time you made money from poetry?" Timothy Yu's answer to my question, the first in a series of compli...

2016 Poetry Month: An Interview With Thylias Moss

Jonathan Hobratsch | Posted 04.07.2016 | Home
Jonathan Hobratsch

Harold Bloom has called you profoundly original and a "hallucinatory force" as a poet. How did you feel when you first found out that he singled you out as one of his favorite contemporary poets?

On National Poetry Month

Poetry Foundation | Posted 04.06.2016 | Home
Poetry Foundation

From Poetry Magazine Featuring Jen Benka, Edward Hirsch, Olivia Morgan, Ali Liebegott, Amanda Johnston, Samantha Giles, P. Scott Cunningham, Jeff Sho...

National Poetry Month Gets Guerilla With ZFG's Andru Defeye

Johnny Taylor | Posted 04.05.2016 | Arts
Johnny Taylor

Show up to a place unannounced with your friends and put on a show. It's a radical idea that has inspired many artists in the area and has gotten him and his crew in some hot water with "the establishment."

5 Deliciously Decadent Ways to Take On National Poetry Month

L.L. Barkat | Posted 04.04.2016 | Home
L.L. Barkat

Photo by Hanna East. Creative Commons, via Flickr. Why should National Poetry Month be oh-so-predictable? It's time to take it into your own hands an...

2016 Poetry Month: An Interview With James Richardson

Jonathan Hobratsch | Posted 04.01.2016 | Home
Jonathan Hobratsch

James Richardson is most recently the author of By the Numbers, which was a finalist for the 2010 National Book Award, and During, just published, which won the Poetry Society of America's Castagnola Prize for best book-in-progress. He teaches at Princeton University.

National Poetry Month Special: Interview With Robin Davidson, Poet Laureate of Houston

Anis Shivani | Posted 04.01.2016 | Home
Anis Shivani

Robin Davidson is Houston's current poet laureate. I was pleased to have a conversation with her about what her new position entails, and what she plans to do to promote the art of poetry in one of the country's largest and most diverse cities.

5 Stress-Free Ways to Spend National Poetry Month

L.L. Barkat | Posted 03.26.2017 | Home
L.L. Barkat

While some of us go all-out during National Poetry Month, using it as a time to challenge ourselves with myriad iterations of how to read a poem and how to write a poem, there are also those of us who would just as easily wish to kick back and enjoy a stress-free spring arrival.

The Poetry of Rabbit Ears: Interview with Joel Allegretti

Loren Kleinman | Posted 01.05.2017 | Home
Loren Kleinman

Joel Allegretti is the author of five collections of poetry, most recently The Body in Equipoise (Full Court Press, 2015), a chapbook on the theme of architecture and design. His second collection, Father Silicon (The Poet's Press, 2006), was selected by The Kansas City Star as one of 100 Noteworthy Books of 2006.

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

Annie Finch | Posted 05.01.2016 | Home
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.