Jennifer Begg

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Saturday Night Live: Poetry Teacher

A poetry teacher shows students how writing poetry can transport them to a place beyond detention.

Poetry Isn't as Useless as a Lot of Poets Say It Is

A recent speech at Yale inadvertently sums up what's wrong with the art form these days: Its gatekeepers believe poetry matters because it's poetry, not because of what it says.<p>Oddly, this isn't just the position of outsiders. It often seems to be the position of poets themselves. In a recent …

Poetry Comes to Life at Calhoun

Students took part in the Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest.<p>Calhoun High School students gave poetry new life during their recent Poetry …

Sinéad Morrissey's poetry and literary heroines – books podcast

Sinéad Morrissey reads from her TS Eliot prize-winning poems, and Samantha Ellis reflects on her literary heroines<p>Fresh from winning the TS Eliot prize for poetry, Sinéad Morrissey joins us in the studio to read from her collection, Parallax. One of its poems recounts going into labour with her …

John Lennon’s Semi-Sensical Poetry and Prose, Illustrated with His Charming Drawings

There is something singularly heartening about famous creators with secret talents, about discovering such little-known delights as William Faulkner’s Jazz Age art, Richard Feynman’s drawings, Marilyn Monroe’s poetry, Rube Goldberg’s political art, Liberace’s culinary zest, Hans Christian …

Pranav Menon Wins 2014 Poetry Out Loud at BHS

Senior Pranav Menon won this year's Poetry Out Loud poetry recitation competition at BHS in a tough final round against seven of the other top …

Get Over the Fear of Poetry

Poetry. It’s not a scary word. Just six letters, nothing too major. But the concept of poetry, wrapping your head around the idea can be somewhat …

Poetry in Extremis

Can atrocity be the subject matter of poetry? Carolyn Forché’s prose poem “The Colonel” was published in “The Country Between Us” (1981), a volume whose best-known poems concern the civil war in El Salvador. That conflict was just beginning when Forché travelled to the country, on a Guggenheim …