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Ahyo-oh'-oh-ni

Mark Nepo | Posted 07.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

This fall, Sounds True is publishing a box set of teaching conversations based on the poems in my book Reduced to Joy. The poems are the teachers and ...

World War I Poets: An Interview With Alfred Corn

Jonathan Hobratsch | Posted 07.28.2014 | Books
Jonathan Hobratsch

Therefore, I've decided to focus on the great poets of World War I through an interview with Alfred Corn, a poet equally well-recognized in both America and in the U.K.

For Nine-Week-Old Mira

Mark Nepo | Posted 07.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

This fall, Sounds True is publishing a box set of teaching conversations based on the poems in my book Reduced to Joy. The poems are the teachers and ...

Running the Table

Mark Nepo | Posted 07.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

This fall, Sounds True is publishing a box set of teaching conversations based on the poems in my book Reduced to Joy. The poems are the teachers and ...

The Water Takes Many Forms

Mark Nepo | Posted 06.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

This fall, Sounds True is publishing a box set of teaching conversations based on the poems in my book Reduced to Joy. The poems are the teachers and ...

Behind the Thunder

Mark Nepo | Posted 06.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

This fall, Sounds True is publishing a box set of teaching conversations based on the poems in my book Reduced to Joy. The poems are the teachers and ...

In Remembrance of Maya Angelou

Panache Desai | Posted 06.03.2014 | Arts
Panache Desai

There is deep grief when a cultural touchstone such as Maya Angelou passes on, but her death is not an ending. It is an invitation for us to embody the possibility of love, peace, and inspiration within.

Still I Rise!

Kelsey Minor | Posted 05.30.2014 | Black Voices
Kelsey Minor

I remember the day Maya Angelou came into my life. I was a high school student at a boarding school in a rural area of Mississippi. The words of such a great and prolific writer literally came off the pages at me.

Reflections on the Poetic Mother of a Generation, Dr. Maya Angelou

Ginnie Love | Posted 07.28.2014 | Women
Ginnie Love

You see, in our home Maya is a grandmother. And today that is what my soul feels it has lost. Mother Maya taught me that no matter my scars, I matter. More than that, I have a story(ies) to tell, which I am meant to tell. As one of my life teachers she taught me much about the subject.

Bareback

Mark Nepo | Posted 07.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

There are times when how we operate in the world just turns upside down. This poem speaks to such a time for me. Bareback No question I've been knoc...

Dispelling the Myth of the Poet: Why All Writers Should Defend Their Craft

Lisa Marie Basile | Posted 07.14.2014 | Books
Lisa Marie Basile

I cannot blame people for their lack of understanding. Most educated individuals who spend countless dollars on university expect that other people are on a similar trajectory.

You Ask about Poetry

Mark Nepo | Posted 07.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

The longer I'm blessed to be here, the more I realize (make real) the wonder that poetry is a state of being and not a craft of language. You Ask abo...

5 Questions for Poets: Part 5

Jonathan Hobratsch | Posted 06.28.2014 | Books
Jonathan Hobratsch

Some of America's top poets respond to questions by readers of poetry in this final blog for National Poetry Month 2014.

No Place for Poetry on My Son's Common Core ELA Test

Cynthia Wachtell | Posted 06.28.2014 | Education
Cynthia Wachtell

Ever since Beowulf, poetry has been critical to the development of the English language. We are now seeing a form of literary expression disappear without any discussion of whether it has a role to play in modern education.

Without Knowing

Mark Nepo | Posted 06.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

Our first encounters with love shape us and have a lasting impact on how we meet the world. Triggered by a young couple in a café, this poem helped m...

Turn Around

Mark Nepo | Posted 06.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

It was in a dream in my sixtieth year that I realized that for all my efforts to protect my inwardness from a brutal world, my inwardness is the sourc...

5 Questions for Poets: Part 4

Jonathan Hobratsch | Posted 06.17.2014 | Books
Jonathan Hobratsch

In the 4th part of the National Poetry Month blog, I ask America's best poets to answer five more questions by readers of poetry.

5 Questions for Poets: Part 3

Jonathan Hobratsch | Posted 06.14.2014 | Books
Jonathan Hobratsch

"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."

In the Interior

Mark Nepo | Posted 06.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

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...

5 Questions for Poets: Part 2

Jonathan Hobratsch | Posted 06.08.2014 | Books
Jonathan Hobratsch

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.

For My Brother

Mark Nepo | Posted 06.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

During my father's slow avalanche to death, my brother was a tireless advocate on his behalf, a bodhisattva in the way he cleared debris and made things easier for everyone around him. I was in a plane over the Pacific Ocean when I finally wrote this poem for him.

5 Questions for Poets: Part 1

Jonathan Hobratsch | Posted 06.01.2014 | Books
Jonathan Hobratsch

I have decided to celebrate National Poetry Month by submitting questions by readers of poetry to some of the top poets writing in America today.

The Murmur of Life

Mark Nepo | Posted 05.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

That our heart can receive and hold anything and that we feel that the intensity of living is too much to bear is a paradox we can only live into. Under what is both unbearable and endlessly uplifting is the murmur of life.

T. E. Hulme: The First Modern Poet?

Oliver Tearle | Posted 05.21.2014 | Books
Oliver Tearle

Who wrote the first modern English poem? When -- and, indeed, where -- was it written? There are numerous candidates, but one could do worse than propose the answer 'T. E. Hulme, in 1908, on the back of a hotel bill.'

Out of the Way

Mark Nepo | Posted 05.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

Kindness and suffering are wordless teachers, ready to bend us and soften us until we accept that we are here; that, try as we will, we can't build our way out of existence or dream our way out of being human. Once opened in this way, we come to realize that the only way out is to love being here.