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Mystery and the Psyche

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 11.18.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Jane Simon, M.D.

"It began in mystery, and it will end in mystery, but what a savage & beautiful country lies in between." This beautiful quote by poet Diane Ackerm...

Black Poet Explains Painful Reality Of Police Violence To His 4-Year-Old Nephew

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

"I'm not happy with the way we raise our black boys. Don't like the fact that he learned to hide from the cops before he knew how to read. Angrier tha...

9 Fantastic Poets Who <3 The Internet

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 11.10.2015 | Arts

A recent article in The New York Times, cleverly titled “Web Poets’ Society: New Breed Succeeds in Taking Verse Viral,” highlights ...

QUIZ: Drake Lyric Or 18th Century Poem?

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 10.24.2015 | Black Voices

Drake is well-known for his soft, sensitive lyrics and R&B vocals from hits like "Take Care" and "Hold On, We're Going Home." In honor of his 28th...

Letters, To The Men I Have Loved With Author Mirtha Michelle Castro Mármol

Eva Augustina Sinotte | Posted 10.08.2015 | Books
Eva Augustina Sinotte

Mirtha Michelle Castro Mármol, actress, artist, good friend and author of the poetry book "Letters, To The Men I Have Loved", sat down with me in 2014, one sunny Summer afternoon in L.A., for a glass of rosé at Jones on Third.

Review: A History Of The Unmarried By Stephen S. Mills

Michael Ernest Sweet | Posted 09.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Ernest Sweet

Image Courtesy of Sibling Rivalry Press Given that gay marriage has dominated the American political landscape for far too long, it should come as n...

Psychotherapy in (and of) Everyday Life

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 09.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

We don't often stop to realize that our daily interactions with other people -- to whom we might feel love, hate or indifference -- can help us bec...

The Story of Jonas Mekas

Louisiana Channel | Posted 08.17.2015 | Arts
Louisiana Channel

We had the unique pleasure of meeting the great avant-garde filmmaker Jonas Mekas, who never goes anywhere without his camera. Mekas here shares his...

The Light Shift

The Huffington Post | Mallika Rao | Posted 08.07.2015 | Arts

If you like your mysteries regular and small, you would have done well to park yourself all summer 2015 outside a house exactly 100 years old, in the ...

Poet Shira Erlichman Beautifully Destigmatizes Mental Illness

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 07.20.2015 | Arts

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A Day in the Life of a Modern Poet

Maya Stein | Posted 06.23.2015 | 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.

The Art of Translation: On Confessional Writing

Cole Cohen | Posted 06.12.2015 | Books
Cole Cohen

We read and also fall in love not only to see ourselves reflected back to us, but also to meet someone outside of ourselves, for both affinity and exception.

Terrance Hayes On The Joys Of Poetry: 'Poets Are... The Decathletes Of Literature'

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 06.01.2015 | Arts

Too often, writing is swept into two neat categories: We have fiction, and we have nonfiction. A novel? Fiction. A memoir? Nonfiction. But what ab...

Poetry Review: Martha Serpas' "The Diener"

Ben Evans | Posted 05.15.2015 | Books
Ben Evans

The best poets concede to uncertainty and are thereby able to write beyond the confines of knowing towards the ineffable, the sublime. It is in fashion for poets to proclaim this lack of surety, but a different game altogether to abandon the didactic and pitch pen-first into the void.

A Friend Is...

Stanley Ely | Posted 06.16.2015 | Fifty
Stanley Ely

My friend was a person of value whom I foolishly discarded. I stopped at some point replying to her Christmas cards. I hope she didn't feel hurt, but likely she did. For her, I let "a friend is' become "a friend was."

2015 Poetry Month: An Interview With Erin Belieu

Jonathan Hobratsch | Posted 06.14.2015 | 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."

A Poet's Truth, and a Mother's

Jeremiah Horrigan | Posted 06.10.2015 | Parents
Jeremiah Horrigan

In late December, my daughter Annie asked me how to repair a poorly-mounted drawing I'd made for her some dozen years ago. ​The drawing was my attempt to illustrate a favorite poem of ours, "Days," by the English poet Philip Larkin.

Less Fortunate Pirates: Poems From The First Year Without My Father By Bryan Borland

Michael Ernest Sweet | Posted 06.10.2015 | Books
Michael Ernest Sweet

There is a distinct pleasure in rediscovering a favorite book. There is both familiarity and newness. We read words we've read before, and yet we re...

The Bibliography of Strings

Iain S. Thomas | Posted 06.07.2015 | 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.

The Peaceful Poetics of Afaa Michael Weaver

Ben Evans | Posted 06.06.2015 | Arts
Ben Evans

These days, I've come to believe that the value of suffering lies not in the artistic material it provides, but in the peace and clarity of vision its endurance affords. The poet Afaa Michael Weaver seems to lend evidence to this.

2015 Poetry Month: An Interview With Kathleen Ossip

Jonathan Hobratsch | Posted 06.06.2015 | 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.

Call Me What You Like; They Call Me 'Mom'

Lulu Salavegsen | Posted 06.01.2015 | Parents
Lulu Salavegsen

Most of those moments depart as swiftly as they arrive because we can't find a sock, or a school form needs to be signed while a reading level book gets sounded out.

Tomas Tranströmer: "The Music Says Freedom Exists"

Louisiana Channel | Posted 05.30.2015 | Arts
Louisiana Channel

When we visited him, the poet offered to play a piece of music for the camera. In this video, we hear the voice of Tomas Tranströmer reading "Allegro," one of his most famous poems related to music.

The Last Ringmaster

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 05.25.2015 | Entertainment
Johnathan Lee Iverson

As both a ringmaster and a man, it is all at once awe-inspiring and humbling to look upon the enormity of a life such as Col. John Herriott's. A steep standard he has left, and it is well worth the ascent. In circus, we never say "goodbye," rather we say "see you down the road."

Poet David Baker on His Craft and Process

Ben Evans | Posted 04.22.2015 | Books
Ben Evans

Earlier this month, poet and contributing editor to Fogged Clarity Daniel DeVaughn interviewed the distinguished poet (and poetry editor of The Kenyon Review) David Baker about Robert Frost.