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Travis Nichols

Travis Nichols

National Poetry Month: Breeding Hyperlinks Out of the Dead Land

Posted: 04/ 5/10 02:14 PM ET

It's National Poetry Month, so media outlets all across the country are shining a spotlight on the art form they normally ignore, mangle, or treat with derision. Hooray!

Every year some spittle gets flecked from speakers who question the value of a month specifically set aside for poetry, but anything that gets Ed Sanders in the Wall Street Journal and Amber Tamblyn to send a mash note to Linh Dinh can't be all bad, right?

What other poetry related hooha do you need to gorge on in this cruelest month only to forget once National Mental Heath Awareness month kicks off in May (also: National Moving Month)? Well, I'm glad you asked. Here's a quick primer:

*The Atlantic is showcasing a daily poem from their vast archives of print and audio.

*The Rumpus is featuring a new, previously unpublished poem a day. Today is Mahmoud Darwish. Tomorrow, Katrina Vanderberg.

*The Philadelphia Inquirer profiles seven area poets, including Sonia Sanchez and Bob Perlman.

*The San Francisco Chronicle rounds up reviews of Bay Area poets, including National Book Critics Circle Award finalist D.A. Powell.

*Poetry Magazine includes a Q&A with each of the poets featured in this month's issue. Poets such as Rae Armantrout discuss what the hell they were thinking when they wrote what they wrote.

*PBS has launched a new season of Poetry Everywhere, featuring videos of poets Martin Espada, C.D. Wright, and more.

*Farrar, Straus, and Giroux editor Jonathan Galassi offers up his thoughts on Jenny Holzer, Elizabeth Bishop, and more throughout the month on the FSG blog.

*The aforementioned Wall Street Journal is featuring conversations with different poets throughout the month. Today is Edward Hirsch and Marie Ponsot chatting about form.

*And last but not least, over at Harriet we invited over thirty poets (from Iraq war vet Brian Turner to poetry slam champ Patricia Smith) to discuss poetry, politics, and whatever else strikes their fancy.

This is only a taste of what's out there, so please leave any further leads in the comments to help spread the cruelty (and the attention) around to all the newly minted verse hives. Onward!

 
 
 

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