Poetry

The Claustrophobic Paranoia of Walt Whitman’s Lost Novel

<i>This week Page-Turner is publishing a series on Walt Whitman. Previously, Jia Tolentino wrote about an unusual use of Whitman’s poetry at a drug court in Alabama, Dan Piepenbring wrote on Whitman’s rediscovered men’s-health columns, and Jeffrey Yang wrote on Whitman and the sea.</i><p>Late one night last …

'A sight so touching in its majesty': People share Wordsworth poem about Westminster Bridge after the terror attack

After yesterday's terror attack, along with the expressions of grief and worry, many people have posted messages of hope and defiance on social media.<p>Many people are sharing the William Wordsworth poem "Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802", to show that London's beauty is unmarred …

Westminster Bridge

Take the Road Traveled by Robert Frost: Rent a Spot in the Poet's Former Home

For lovers of the written word, you can now follow the real estate road traveled by one of America’s greatest poets.<p>A one-bedroom, one-bath condo on …

Business

A Poem From A Syrian Psychiatrist: 'Cloud-Cafe'

With his skill as a psychiatrist, Dr. Hussam Jefee-Bahloul is reaching out to the troubled people of his Syrian homeland, offering guidance for health workers who work with mental health issues in a population traumatized by war.<p>And with his love of words, he tries to capture his longing for his …

Medical School

THE DIFFERENCE THAT IS SIMILAR

In light of the racial and xenophobic tensions rising in Souuth Africa, my beloved country, I felt it apt that I share this little poem I wrote in my …

Qur'an

Ten Of The Best Poems About Los Angeles

<i>"Here if anywhere in America, I seem to hear the coming footsteps of the muses," William Butler Yeats wrote on a visit to Los Angeles in 1925. And</i> …

Los Angeles

Poets & Writers Theater | Poets & Writers

“The thing when you write about pop culture—especially pop culture that you’re interested in—that you have to avoid, is just saying ‘isn’t this …

Creative Writing

Bone Music

<b>A Poem to Shout Out Loud</b><p><i>Don’t read this poem</i> — unless <br>you’re set to wail, to bellow, to blow <br>this poem deep and rasping past <br>the spit-wet reed of …

‘The greatest literary editor there has ever been’ – John Banville remembers Robert Silvers

The death this week of the New York Review of Books editor marks the loss of one of publishing’s most brilliant minds<p>Robert Silvers was one of the most significant cultural figures of our time. This will seem a large claim to make about the editor of a twice-monthly literary magazine, but then the …

Literature

Intersectionality and Activism in the Literary Landscape Podcast and Panelist Discussion

On Monday, June 6, 2016 VIDA presented Intersectionality and Activism in the Literary Landscape at Housing Works. The conversation featured …

Activism

The Dogs at Live Oak Beach, Santa Cruz

Alicia Ostriker was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1937. Ostriker received a BA from Brandeis University in 1959 and an MA and PhD in literature, in …

From Suicide Hotlines to Taxidermy

Poet and essayist Anna Journey on the art of the associative leapDeyrolle, Paris. Aaron Fellmeth Photography, via flickr.I came late to the party of …

Storytelling

The Monstrosity of Sor Juana

Mar 23, 2017<p>7 Min read time<p>Two new translations resurrect Mexico’s most enigmatic and paradoxical Baroque poet.<p><i>Sor Juana and Other Monsters</i><br>Luis …

Literature

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Literary Playlist, Mike Huckabee Defends the NEA, and More | Poets & Writers

Every day <i>Poets & Writers Magazine</i> scans the headlines—from publishing reports to academic announcements to literary dispatches—for all the news that …

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Whiting Awards 2017: Simone White, Poetry

Simone White is the author of <i>Of Being Dispersed</i> (Futurepoem Books, 2016), <i>Unrest</i> (Ugly Duckling Presse/Dossier Series, 2013), <i>House Envy of All the World</i> (Factory School/Heretical Texts, 2010) and the collaborative poem/painting chapbook <i>Dolly</i>, with Kim Thomas (Q Avenue Press, 2008). <i>Dear Angel of …

Fish

Cowboy Poetry Is the American Art Form You've Never Heard Of - Vice

When the racket of whistle and applause wanes, Andy Wilkinson sets the ukulele at his feet, spreads a notebook across the lectern and—as he gazes into a 900-seat auditorium—launches headlong into the prologue of his keynote address at the 33rd annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, …

Can poetry be defined? How is it different from prose?

"The waters of poetry run wild and deep."<p>Although Muhammad Ali spent a long time training to become a boxing legend, he is also known for having …

A 19th-century poet’s trick for cultivating a creative mindset

If you’re a musician, writer, or other creative type, you’ve probably felt pressure at some point to cultivate a unique artistic “brand.” That could mean sharing opinions about developments in your field on Twitter, carefully curating your aesthetic on Instagram, or otherwise endeavoring to …

National Poetry Day: Fantasy in Verse

It’s National Poetry Day, and while verse may not be the first thing that comes to mind when it comes to science-fiction and fantasy, it has …

J.R.R. Tolkien

Meryl Streep and Others to Champion Poetry at Lincoln Center

Actresses Meryl Streep, Meg Ryan, and Uzo Aduba; Grammy-winning jazz singer Cécile McLorin Salvant; best-selling author Sebastian Junger; food and …

The Arts

Just Before Her Death, Elise Partridge Produced Breathtaking Poetry of Mortality

The poet's posthumous collection 'The If Borderlands' blazes, even at its darkest.<p>When it comes to poets, we like to hold a torch for firebrands who flared out early—see Sylvia Plath, John Keats, and Hart Crane. In-depth profiles of living practitioners often favor the conspicuously youthful, such …

The “Sea-Salt” in Walt Whitman’s Poetry

<i>This week Page-Turner is publishing a series on Walt Whitman. Previously, Jia Tolentino wrote about an unusual use of Whitman’s poetry at a drug court in Alabama, and Dan Piepenbring wrote on Whitman’s rediscovered men’s-health columns. Check back tomorrow for Joshua Rothman on reading Whitman’s</i> …

A Colourful and Artistic Journey with Rumi

I express my vision through colours, just like Rumi did with words. My art goes beyond being just strokes of a paintbrush, to being strokes of the …

Painting

The bad poetry of Donald Trump, vol. 3

Scott Feschuk finds inadvertent and revealing poetry in the President’s recent remarks<p><i>Aside from the titles, these are the words of Donald</i> …

Donald Trump

Joanne Kyger, trailblazing Beat poet, dies at 82

Joanne Kyger, a leading poet of the San Francisco Renaissance and a rare female voice of the male-dominated Beat generation, has died.<p>Ms. Kyger, who …

San Francisco

Airea D. Matthews: Texting with Anne Sexton

For the second installment in a monthly series of interviews with contemporary poets (read part one here), Peter Mishler corresponded with poet Airea …

VISIBLE: Women Writers of Color: Yona Harvey

Yona Harvey has the best laugh. It’s impossibly high-pitched, and if you were thinking about not laughing at what she’s laughing at, you can forget …

Comics

Passion and truth come through in Poetry Out Loud competition

My fourth-grade teacher made us memorize “If” by Rudyard Kipling — all four rhymed verses, beginning, “If you can keep your head when all about …

Go listen to Meryl Streep read poetry at Lincoln Center next month

Meryl Streep could do pretty much anything and we'd eagerly watch it. She could hold an event in which she yanks on her elbow skin for three hours, …

New York City

Whiting Awards 2017: Phillip B. Williams, Poetry

Phillip B. Williams. Photo by Rachel Eliza Griffiths.<p>Phillip B. Williams is the author of <i>Thief in the Interior</i>, a finalist for an NAACP Image Award, and winner of the 2017 Kate Tufts Discovery Award. He received a 2013 Ruth Lilly Fellowship and is the co-editor-in-chief of the online journal <i>Vinyl</i>. …

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