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Ted Kooser

What's Wrong With Your Poem (It Has No Mischief!)

L.L. Barkat | Posted 01.04.2015 | Books
L.L. Barkat

The heart of mischief is play and surprise, and this is why every poem should have it. Again, the play can be dark. Or it can be humorous. Through play and surprise, the poem creates an "aha" moment for the reader. And it is the "aha" that causes us to take poems with us rather than, as Kooser puts it, leave them behind post-haste.

Poetry's Lasting Impact

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 05.15.2013 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

I marvel at this impact, more than seven years later, but it only confirms my belief that over time, for even one hour a week, poetry can open the hearts and minds of young people.

Dan Butler on LGBT Issues and His New Film "Pearl" (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 09.17.2012 | Gay Voices
Charlotte Robinson

I talked with actor, writer, director and producer Dan Butler about his new short film, Pearl. It's about a Midwestern poet who brings news of his mother's death to an elderly relative, and the visit takes an unsettling turn.

Take Me to the Intersection of Poetry and Journalism

Jane Dwyre Garton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Jane Dwyre Garton

Journalists today are often stressed rather than inspired. Bring on the poetry. Bring on new voices. Tell us something that matters with words that tell us about the world, about the human condition.