Poetry

Poem of the week: In No Strange Land by Francis Thompson

A Victorian mystic’s appeal to the eternal in the everyday includes some gritty details from a troubled life<p><b>In No Strange Land</b><p>O world invisible, we view thee,<br>O world intangible, we touch thee,<br>O world unknowable, we know thee,<br>Inapprehensible, we clutch thee!<p>Does the fish soar to find the ocean,<br>The …

Eight South Asian poets in the diaspora you must read for their striking ideas

They navigate what it means to carry with you your family’s story, habits, preferences and attachments across borders.<p>In a poem about eating fried …

India

Clearing the Cactus Wall - Firstpost

<b>Editor's Note:</b> <i>Naked display of dissent straddles the boundary that separates fear from revolution. For India's Dalits, this proclamation of dissent</i> …

India

Jeremy Corbyn says he wants every child to ‘have the right to’ write poetry and make music at Glastonbury appearance

The Labour leader appeared on the Pyramid Stage ahead of Run The Jewels' set<p><b>Jeremy Corbyn</b> told a massive Glastonbury crowd that he wants every child …

Jeremy Corbyn

Poet Sharon Olds will write about whatever she likes, thank you

Pulitzer prize-winning poet Sharon Olds writes a lot about sex and being a mother. Not everyone expects that from a 74-year-old.

Poetry Daily

Endings<p>The low waves of Kansas plains<br>roll to the border of the farmyard<br>where Dorothy stands. The land arrives<br>to meet her eyes: timothy and …

Videos - Kate Tempest - Glastonbury 2017 - BBC

You must enable JavaScript to play content<p>Kate Tempest<p>View More From Kate Tempest<p>The wordsmith herself came to Pilton and it was amazing.<p>58:37Kate Tempest<p>View More From Kate Tempest<p>02:57Kate Tempest - Lionmouth Door Knocker<p>View More From Kate Tempest<p>02:49Sleaford Mods - Moptop<p>View More From …

Kate Tempest attacks Theresa May in ‘moving’ Glastonbury performance

The spoken word artist told the crowd: "Strong and stable into ruin"<p>Kate Tempest accused Theresa May of “dividing the people” during her Glastonbury …

Elections (UK)

Bayou City Poetry Group Slam

Experience a thrilling display of poetic daring and ingenuity as four teams of five poets wield words like weapons in the Bayou City Poetry Group …

Poet/prophet: Adil Jussawalla on poetry, mortality, and his recent prolific output after years of 'absence'

Adil Jussawalla is one of the most recognisable voices in Indian Poetry in English — and as a former journalist, editor and translator, he has worn …

Poem on life

<b>A Poem on life.</b><p><b>You want to fly,</b><p><b>With a luxurious life.</b><p><b>You want to shine,</b><p><b>Even if others be in dark, you won’t mine.</b><p><b>You want to Rise,</b><p><b>Let someone pay the</b> …

The Truth

<b>Title:</b> The Truth <b><br>Place:</b> Sacramento, CA <b><br>Publisher:</b> 24th Street Irregular Press <b><br>Year:</b> 2001<p>This tiny book contains a single poem, “The Truth,” one of Ted’s …

Books

Poetry Daily

Sealing Woodrow<p>My parents visit me in Salt Lake City<br>and we go let the Mormons tell us who<br>we are, or who we've been. Museum<br>of names of the dead they …

Episode 14: First Fiction 2017, Sherman Alexie, Erika L. Sánchez & More | Poets & Writers

In the fourteenth episode of <i>Ampersand</i>, editor in chief Kevin Larimer and senior editor Melissa Faliveno preview the July/August 2017 issue, which …

Creative Writing

If your mind were a city…

It could still be a trip into the unknown, says this spoken-word poet<p>“Despite the pain this kind of travel entails,<br>I savor adventures across human …

Road Trips

4 poets you need to read, from new poet laureate Tracy K. Smith

Last week, the Library of Congress selected Tracy K. Smith as the new poet laureate. In a conversation with NewsHour correspondent Jeffrey Brown, …

Books

Poem of the Week: ‘The Cellist’ by Galway Kinnell

The late Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winning poet Galway Kinnell excelled at creating immersive moments. The stanzas and scenes of his plain-spoken verse are grounded in physical detail and acute psychological insight, even as they explore more abstract philosophical territory. From his …

Fall 2017 Announcements: Poetry

The poetry oracle offered us a vision in which the all-knowing spirits advised us to save our money for early September and make room on our poetry …

Books

The Afterlife

James Tate, who died in 2015, was one of our greatest contemporary poets. His first book, “The Lost Pilot,” was selected for the Yale Series for Younger Poets when he was still a student at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and he went on to publish 17 books of critically acclaimed poetry. I had the …

Books

Langston Hughes Creates a List of His 100 Favorite Jazz Recordings: Hear 80+ of Them in a Big Playlist

“Langston Hughes was never far from jazz,” writes Rebecca Cross at the NEA’s Art Works Blog. “He listened to it at nightclubs, collaborated with …

Jazz

Poetry Daily

Hard Work<p>There were thousands<br>of production workers at Ford<br>and some rough guys in the mix<br>who fought in<br>World War II<br>Korea<br>Vietnam<br>guys who served time in …

West Virginia

What Trumps Vain Boasts

Impromptu poetry competitions were not uncommon among the English Romantic poets. The poets would be given a quarter of an hour or so to turn out a serviceable sonnet on a chosen theme. In December 1816 John Keats and Leigh Hunt wrote sonnets on “the grasshopper and cricket.” Hunt’s effort holds up …

Opinion

Two Poems by Mu Cao

• Home<br>• Two Poems by Mu Cao<p>Translated By: Jennifer Feeley<p><i>The following two poems are taken from the third issue of PEN America’s translation magazine,</i> …

China

A Poem by Alissa Quart

SAKHALIN/MANHATTAN<p>I. <br>Sanctuary Island.<br>Sakhalin, that<br>Russian penal colony:<br>imprisoned yet free,<br>each person trapped.<br>Chekhov traveled here<br>by rail, …

Arunoday Singh’s love poem talks of a very strange place

‘I’m thinking of a place,’ he says in a poem exclusively for Conde Nast Traveller<p>Is it Utopia he’s talking about? Actor, traveller, poet Arunoday …

Travel

Nick Carbó on Why the NEA Matters

“I received a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in poetry in 1997. I am a holder of a 'green card' and thus classified as an immigrant. That …

National Endowment for the Arts

Curating Resurrection

Jun 22, 2017<p>11 Min read time<p>Susan Howe's <i>Debths</i> is the culminating gesture of her remarkable career.<p><i>Debths</i><br>Susan Howe <b><br>New Directions, $15.95 …

Literature

Seven Reasons Why Kids Should Read Poetry

It’s no secret that poetry isn’t taught in schools well. I say this as a former high school teacher, so I’m not hating on teachers or schools. I’m …

Jewish Culture

Poems to go in the Big Easy:…

Things you would expect to find on the streets of a city nicknamed ‘The Big Easy’ include flamboyant street performers, soul food vendors, public nudity, discarded Mardi Gras beads and left-over cups of NoLa’s infamous ‘hurricane’ cocktail.<p>New Orleans, French Quarter. Image by ShutterstockRF<p>Yet …

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