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Writing Poetry

When a Sad Song Made It Better

Sherry Stanfa-Stanley | Posted 02.02.2015 | Fifty
Sherry Stanfa-Stanley

Dropping the needle, I would rush to sprawl across my twin bed and pick up the stiff cardboard album jacket. Only then, once the music began, did I allow myself the magic of studying the album's back cover and the lyrics printed on the inside liner.

The Reading Series: Zachary Pace's 'The Lovers'

Alina Gregorian | Posted 11.26.2012 | Home
Alina Gregorian

Zachary Pace's poem moves forward quickly because it only rests on one period. The incorporation of m-dashes, commas, line breaks, and parentheses create necessary pauses (breaks for both the reader and the poet).

Poetic Justice: Marie Howe Named New York Laureate

Mark Matousek | Posted 11.20.2012 | Home
Mark Matousek

Marie Howe isn't a woman with grand illusions about things like awards, career, or the mawkish vicissitudes of the book world. Still, she's grateful to have been chosen to be New York's new poet laureate and determined not to waste this opportunity.

Rethinking Time

Mark Nepo | Posted 09.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

Everyone in life must face and move through time. Feeling how precious life is, we tend to squeeze as much as we can out of the moment.

Gift a Poem: Please a Heart

Anthony Strano | Posted 09.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Anthony Strano

So often we are told "think before you speak." In our world of mass media most words are collections of mass trinkets that say very little of worth. A poem is different.

The Flame of Beauty: Reflections On A Poet's Journey

Vanessa D. Fisher | Posted 07.19.2012 | Healthy Living
Vanessa D. Fisher

Poetry has been my quiet and humble redeemer, and it has also taught me that there is nothing that art can't hold, no matter how dark.

What Happens When A Bro Writes Poetry?

Brian McGackin | Posted 09.14.2011 | Home
Brian McGackin

Why are so many guys afraid of poetry? Is it because they don't think they'll get it? Is it too mushy and emotional and girly for their manliness to handle? Screw that.

WATCH: Virtual Book Tour

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Anis Shivani

We introduce three brilliant emerging poets, all with poetry books out in early 2011. They give us an intimate look at what these books mean for thei...

What’s Your Word?

Karen Benke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Karen Benke

A sense of play and magical thinking is what's naturally alive in children. Poem making is a means for them to strengthen and explore that part of themselves.

Poetry Isn't Dying, It's Experiencing A Renaissance

The Denver Post | David Milofsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Without obvious fanfare, over the past 10 to 20 years a seismic change in publishing has occurred: Poetry has become our fastest-growing literary cott...

Poetry Reviews: What's The Point?

Publishers Weekly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

But in almost any conversation on the topic of poetry reviews, one question comes up: what's the point? This question isn't always asked with the flip...

The Creative Spark

Tamsin Rothschild | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tamsin Rothschild

It took me months and years before I finally gathered enough courage to print off a bunch of my poems, and plonk them furtively on the table of a trusted friend.

Writing Self, Best Self?

Melanie Drane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Melanie Drane

Through writing we may access our most alert, best self, and perhaps that's what makes the work so irresistible, despite the uncertainty of employment or publication.