Poetry is meant to inspire readers and listeners, to connect them more deeply to themselves even as it links them more fully to others. But many people feel put off by the terms of poetry, its odd vocabulary, its notorious difficulty.
"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."
This poem speaks to a lifelong journey with my oldest friend Robert. We have known each other for close to thirty years. In the Interior When you le...
A high school dropout that grew up in the Queensbridge projects, Nas preached to the world what the reality was like in his universe. Now, 20 years later, Illmatic is regarded as one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time.
While fine arts can be found all over the Muslim world, Turkey certainly has major contributions to Islamic art, both historically and still today.
Meet the 18-year-old sensation Yahya Hassan, who has written literary history in Denmark with his powerful, personal poems criticizing his family and Muslims in the Danish welfare system.
(With abject apologies to the few, brave, and fey who have mastered the villanelle.) My temperomandibular is shot. No shit. It's history. Some 60 y...
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.
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.
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.
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
How can creatives who freelance, wait tables, and piece together stressful hodgepodge livings achieve security?
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.
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!
I want you to see me as a human being. Not as a check written in the amount of 35 dollars a week. See daddies are supposed to be like a hero but heroes should never replace your dad.
I was one of the attorneys that represented the family of Trayvon Martin, but I felt sole responsibility for the miscarriage of justice. Not even blessed to be a mother yet, but I already failed my distant relatives. I failed to set the future at the feet of my son.