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Pay For Coffee With A Poem To Celebrate World Poetry Day

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 03.21.2016 | Arts

Remember when McDonald's asked the McMuffin-consuming public to "pay with lovin'"? In 2015, the massive international fast food chain launched a promo...

Daily Meditation: Show Us The Way

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 03.14.2016 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

Animated Poem Paints Moving, Playful Portrait Of True Love In Old Age

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 03.08.2016 | Fifty

Being in love at age 85 is something all of us can aspire to, if we haven't been there already. And if the romance is anything as described in the bea...

Thoreau's Nephew: Romania's Literary Slaughterhouse

Tara Skurtu | Posted 02.24.2016 | Arts
Tara Skurtu

Poets be warned. Only in Romania is there a poetry reading series known as the slaughterhouse. It's called Thoreau's Nephew (Nepotu´ Lui Thoreau) and...

Poetry at Stake

Tara Skurtu | Posted 02.09.2016 | Arts
Tara Skurtu

Poetry has the logic of memory, the spontaneity of dreams, yet is much like calculus--each line is, in a sense, an asymptote composed of and continual...

I Don't Like Poetry, I'm Not a Poetry Person

Tara Skurtu | Posted 01.25.2016 | Arts
Tara Skurtu

Every time I hear someone say "I don't like poetry," or "I'm not a poetry person," I think the opposite is true. I believe everyone is a poetry person. Poetry is just a form of storytelling, and we're born to tell stories.

Winter Solstice Chant

Annie Finch | Posted 12.22.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Annie Finch

Vines, leaves, roots of darkness, growing, now you are uncurled and cover our eyes with the edge of winter sky leaning over us in icy stars. Vines, le...

Archivists In Paris Are Saving Poems And Drawings Left By Passersby

Associated Press | Katherine Brooks | Posted 12.15.2015 | Arts

PARIS (AP) — The city of Paris has decided to collect and archive the notes, poems and drawings left by passers-by on informal memorials at the site...

Does She Still Like The Same Things?

Elijah Sevier | Posted 12.02.2015 | Arts
Elijah Sevier

Does she still like the same things? I could tell you she does. Emphatically so. She likes the same things even more than she used to, she likes the...

Poet Beautifully Describes Why Spanish Accents Are So Special

The Huffington Post | Tanisha Ramirez | Posted 12.01.2015 | Latino Voices

“My mom holds her accent like a shotgun. With two good hands. Her tongue all brass knuckled, slipping in between her lips." That’s how Denice Froh...

Dear Kobe: A Poem From The Rest Of The 2015-16 Lakers Roster

The Huffington Post | John Trowbridge | Posted 11.30.2015 | Comedy

The remaining Los Angeles Lakers players wrote their own poem in response to Kobe Bryant's poem, in which he announced his retirement. --------- Dea...

A Poem -- Holidazed

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 11.25.2015 | Arts
Bruce Reyes-Chow

Too often we forget that the holidays season isn't always filled with joy. Weaved throughout the celebrations, goodwill and giving are stories of sadness, exclusion and despair. Keeping these things in mind, here are some words.

Poet Describes The Frightening 'Adrenaline Rush' That Comes With Being Black

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 11.16.2015 | Black Voices

"It must be nice to feel so safe you have to invent new ways to put yourself in danger," That's how Rudy Fransisco describes the frustration of being ...

Tomboy, Baby Girl, Jackrabbit

Elijah Sevier | Posted 11.04.2015 | Arts
Elijah Sevier

Tomboy is an awkward rose with red flesh. Tomboy is American summer. She hangs on beehives with callused honeycomb hands. Hive child running wayward and somnolent away from apiary adulthood

This Poet Nails Why 'All Lives Matter' Will Always Be A Horrible Argument

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 10.14.2015 | Black Voices

"Just because I own slaves doesn't mean I'm racist." This is the first line from Anthony McPherson's poem "All Lives Matter: 1800s Edition," which he ...

This Poet Heartbreakingly Recalls The First Time She Hated A Cop

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 09.17.2015 | Black Voices

Poet Aja Monet recalls the first time she “hated a cop” in her poem “The First Time,” which she performed at the 2015 College Unions Poetry Sl...

A Moyers Recommendation: James Autry's 'On Paying Attention'

Bill Moyers | Posted 09.16.2016 | Books
Bill Moyers

I've been reading Jim's poems, and listening to him read them aloud, for 30 years now. They still snatch my breath with revelations of the man's great heart, his keen eye, his feeling for the experience of others.

What This 'Black Boyfriend' Wants White Fathers To Know

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 08.05.2015 | Black Voices

"I always see it. That surprised face. That face that says, 'Oh shit! My daughter did not bring home a black guy." This is one of the first lin...

Read The Poem Bringing Happiness To People Across The World

The Huffington Post | Katie Sola | Posted 07.27.2015 | Good News

This uplifting poem is opening hearts all over the world, from the Hasidic Jewish community of New York to the streets of London. Its cross-cultural m...

We Will Never Leave Earth

Iain S. Thomas | Posted 07.21.2016 | Books
Iain S. Thomas

We will, never, leave Earth. Except as dust and ashes and minerals, returned to the sender, to be light, burning, in someone else's stars.

Two Poets Just Called Out The Black Men Who Hate Black Women

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 07.20.2015 | Black Voices

"These black girls need to watch out, 'cause white girls is winning." Thus begins the viscerally honest poem, 'To Be Black and Woman and Alive," perf...

Girl Who Fought the Lion

Kanan Dhru | Posted 07.10.2016 | Women
Kanan Dhru

Our society has become so adept at creating Chitras -- filling their minds with fears and insecurities making them under confident, so afraid about what might life have in store for them lest they take the less trodden path. Any semblance of courage left to break out is snubbed so strong that it forgets its own existence.

Dear Mom

Deborah Chang | Posted 06.24.2016 | Parents
Deborah Chang

As a teenager, I often felt at odds with my mom. However, I also know that despite the differences we may have, my mom and I will always share a deep bond of love that will only mature and grow stronger.

A Day in the Life of a Modern Poet

Maya Stein | Posted 06.23.2016 | Arts
Maya Stein

This morning, we are under-slept and under-caffeinated, but the usual weekend lolling doesn't apply when you're trying to cobble together a living through your creative work.

This Poet's Powerful Take On ‘Black Privilege' Will Give You Chills

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 06.12.2015 | Black Voices

“Black privilege is a myth, is a joke, is a punchline, is a time a teacher asks a little boy what he wanted to be when he grew up and he said alive....