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45 Short Poems to Sneak More Poetry Into Your Life

The first negative review I ever got was for a poem I published in my college lit mag. Titled “In a Booth at the Waffle House,” it was a throwback to …

Literature

How did half of the great Florida coral reef system disappear?

Overfishing, development and pollution have all contributed to the reef’s decline, but climate change is its biggest threat. UN targets must be met to stop ocean acidification<p>The great Florida coral reef system stretches hundreds of miles down the eastern seaboard of the US. It is the world’s third …

En trente ans, près de 80 % des insectes auraient disparu en Europe

Article sélectionné dans<br>La Matinale du 18/10/2017 Découvrir l’application<p>Ce déclin catastrophique est dû à l’intensification des pratiques agricoles …

Insectes

Poem of the week: Ay, But Can Ye? by Vladimir Mayakovsky

To mark the centenary of Russia’s revolution, an energetic reflection on how to make similarly radical art in a startling Scots translation by Edwin Morgan<p><b>Ay, But Can Ye?</b><p>Wi a jaup the darg-day map’s owre-pentit –<br>I jibbled colour frae a tea-gless;<br>Ashets o jellyteen presentit<br>To me the gret sea’s …

Pink: 'Monogamy is work. You have times when you haven’t had sex in a year'

Her daughter may think she’s a ‘total dork’, but the singer – back with her seventh album – has become an outspoken idol to millions of young women. She’s come a long way since being banned from friends’ houses as a rebellious kid. Photograph by Kurt Iswarienko<p>MTV’s Vanguard award, now named after …

The people saving ‘lost’ words

The Endangered Poetry Project has just been launched, aiming to gather up vanishing voices. Fiona Macdonald looks at how preserving a dying language can mean a shift in worldview – and an act of resistance.<p>“They fly to Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea and there they take a bus for three days and …

Language

20 readers who lost fluency in their language

<b>For many of us, the thought of ever forgetting how to speak our native language would seem preposterous. But for some readers, it became a reality.</b><p>During a five-year captivity in Afghanistan, US soldier Bowe Bergdahl apparently lost some of his language capabilities.<p>This prompted the Magazine to …

Unseen Sylvia Plath love letters to Ted Hughes revealed

Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes had one of the most volatile and intriguing marriages of the 20th century, and 15 new letters are set to be released in a book that will give us a visceral taste of what <i>The Bell Jar</i> author really thought about her much maligned husband, who has been blamed by Plath’s …

Literature

Did the Fun Work? | Miya Tokumitsu

If anything can make enchantment terse, it is the German compound noun. Through the bluntest lexical conglomeration, these words capture concepts so …

Most People Blow 70% of Their Money on 3 Things — and Cutting Back Could Be the Key to Retiring Much Earlier

Rule #1: Live below your means.<p>Retirement might seem light-years away, but if you get to your golden years with insufficient funds, it’s guaranteed …

30 creative ways to use Padlet for teachers and students

I’m always excited when I’m using Padlet. Is it the interface, the way everything is designed, its purpose or the fact that I’m organizing things …

Teaching

Profile: John Ashbery

A farmer's son, John Ashbery learned about poetry from an encyclopedia and progressed to student magazines. Part of an avant-garde New York scene in the 50s, he left the city for Paris where he worked as an art critic. His early work was barely reviewed, but his originality and range soon won him …

from Raoul Schrott: Selected Poems

• Home<br>• from Raoul Schrott: Selected Poems<p>Translated By: Iain Galbraith<p><i>PEN America is thrilled to showcase the work of recipients of the 2017 PEN/Heim</i> …

Poetry

"<i>a clangorous, jazzy fanfare…</i>" - Peter Forbes<p>I'm delighted that SMOOTHIE, my debut collection with Carcanet, will be published on National Poetry Day …

Literature

Poem of the week: Helpline by Suzannah Evans

A dystopian narrative, this fragmentary story compellingly depicts a familiar world gone terribly wrong with mystery, horror and a few glints of lyric beauty<p><b>Helpline</b><p>In the call centre at the end of the world<br>everyone is wearing the rags<br>of the clothes they came to work in two weeks ago.<p>From floor ten …

Literature

13 Quotes Honoring Bad Poetry and the Poets We Have to Blame for It

Poets get a bad rap, even when their writing is on point. When it isn’t — and this week’s National Bad Poetry Day will surely dredge up lots of fun examples — then it’s open season on mixed metaphors, forced not-quite-rhymes, and miserably pretentious line breaks.<p>If the following authors seem a …

Literature

38 Years on Books: The Essential Michiko Kakutani Reader

For nearly four decades, Michiko Kakutani, who has decided to step down as chief book critic of The New York Times, has anointed new talent, charted the peaks and valleys of literary careers and memorialized writers when they’re gone. She has stayed up all night reading embargoed memoirs by …

Literature

Love Isn’t Easy When You’re the National Anthem

Image from Flickr via freeparking<p>By <b>Aoko Matsuda</b> <b><br>Brought to you by the Guernica/PEN Flash Series</b><p>The first time I noticed you was during the ceremony …

‘Spring Sleepers’ by Kyoko Yoshida & ‘mariko / mariquita’ by Natsuki Ikezawa (Review)

You may remember a post from last month where I introduced <i>Keshiki – new voices from Japan</i>, a series of eight chapbooks released by <b>Strangers Press</b>, a …

From the Left Bank of the Flu

It was the evening of the 28th of December. Just as I had got out of the bath, and was thinking that the air seemed especially chilly, I felt a …

Great Books

Dead in Venice

‘We meet again, old friend!’ I think, smiling bashfully. I slightly raise my right hand in greeting, taking care the gesture is not mistaken for a …

Italy

Vahni Capildeo – Punishable bodies: poetry on the offensive

Enquiry: Essays on offensiveness, risk and the risqué<p>…<p>“You don’t understand how offensive this poetry is,” I held myself back from saying. “No, …

Literature

This Poem

This is the poem that won’t open<br>no matter where you press.<p>This is the poem that cries on street corners<br>and plays at being lost.<p>This is the poem arranged at a tilt<br>so all the words slide off.<p>This is the poem with lacquered roses<br>closing in on themselves after dark.<p>This is the poem that plays itself …

On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Morning (Haruki Murakami) by tanningtatum - Listen to music

Haruki Murakami

Do you need to rethink your definition of success?

Contemporary society has some very wrong-headed ideas about what constitutes success. Popular thinking holds that a person who went to Harvard is …

How Air Pollution Is Being Turned Into Ink

The soot that comes out of a tailpipe is being used to create art.<p>Anirudh Sharma was at a conference in India when he noticed black particles accumulating on his white shirt. The specks settling on him were from pollution in the surrounding air.<p>Byproducts from burning fossil fuels such as gasoline …

The Tamarind is Always Sour

The tamarind is always sour.If you crouch and hug your knees to your chest, and feel the skin of a man’s arm peeling against your own, and the sweat …

Asia

Station | Ishion Hutchinson

The train station was a cemetery.<br>Drunk with spirits, another being entered.<br>I fanned gnats from my eyes to see into his face.<br>I saw father. I looked …

Great Books

Khadija Saye: artist on cusp of recognition when she died in Grenfell

Work of Khadija Saye, who died in Wednesday’s fire, was being exhibited at Venice Biennale and had caught eye of influential director<p>The day before she died, Khadija Saye had met an influential gallery director who was blown away by the young artist’s work and wanted to meet her. After years of …