Poetry

Poem of the week: An Invite to Eternity by John Clare

After a flowing, pastoral start, this quickly becomes a darker glimpse of damaged life in a damaged world – but its songlike beauty carries on<p><b>An Invite to Eternity</b><p>Wilt thou go with me sweet maid<br>Say maiden wilt thou go with me<br>Through the valley depths of shade<br>Of night and dark obscurity<br>Where the …

The 6 Best Books to Read This October

From Whitney Cummings' raunchy memoir to Ta-Nehisi Coates' history of the Obama era.<p>Now that fall's here, you'll need some books to snuggle up with in a cozy nook (or, let's just be honest, bed). From a completist's collection of Joni Mitchell writings to Ellen Pao's account of her groundbreaking …

Books

Jen Benka Believes Poetry Can Improve the World

In October’s edition of Dear Poetry Editor at the <i>Chicago Review of Books</i>, we meet one of the busiest women in poetry. This ongoing series offers …

Poem: "Woo Woo Roll Deep"

"You can’t tell us / shit. We always down for the miracle."<p>it’s not just me. Be clear,<br>the whole squad Woo Woo. Kin<br>stay lifted up in metal clouds. Or<br>knuckle deep in earth. Talking<br>about how they periods right<br>around the corner and what that means<br>alongside <i>Chani’s</i> latest Mercury read.<br>Shira can’t wait to …

An Ode to the Number Pi by Nobel-Winning Polish Poet Wisława Szymborska

“…nudging, always nudging a sluggish eternity to continue.”<p>I am thinking about time this morning — about how it expands and contracts in the open fist of memory, how the same duration can feel like a blink or incline toward the infinite. Eleven years ago today, <i>Brain Pickings</i> began — birthed by what …

Culture

Paris Review - Sons of the Desert

John Ashbery<p>Issue 188, Spring 2009<p>There is a tremendous interest in dog-related items,<br>such as dog-paintings. once they figured out how to print on tin,<br>copper and silver with the horn on it,<br>you have all the written equipment. really major, I’d say.<br>The lucky trees signed on. Then there was no room …

#PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week: An Evening of Poetry and Conversation with Jane Hirshfield and Dan Gerber

Join acclaimed and award-winning poets <b>Jane Hirshfield</b> and <b>Dan Gerber</b> for a poetry reading and book signing on Thursday, October 26, 2017, at the 2017 …

A Conversation with Margo Price - The Poetry Magazine Podcast

Autumn Has Always Been Poets’ Season

All winter, you looked forward to summer. You anticipated the return of the sun with religious fervor, convinced that ecstasy and sunlight are the …

Lifestyle (Canada)

Poetry Daily

The Reading<p>Early mornings, long mornings of low heart rate,<br>softened shoulders, strong supermarket tea,<br>the sofa. Days of pages and page silence.<br>Months …

Poem of the Day: Finishing Up

I wonder if I know enough to know what it’s really like<p>to have been here: have I seen sights enough to give<p>seeing over: the clouds, I’ve waited with …

The Trump-Era Boom in Erasure Poetry

The raw material for Niina Pollari’s poem “Form N-400 Erasures” is the long, opaquely-worded application form for becoming a naturalized U.S. …

Liberal View

To Be Wordless

<i>No Other World: Selected PoemsKunwar Narain<br>Translated by Apurva Narain<br>Rupa, Rs 350</i><br>Kunwar Narain's verse conveys what prose may not<p>Kunwar narain is …

Language

UT Austin’s Harry Ransom Center Acquires Dean F. Echenberg War Poetry Collection

AUSTIN, Texas — The Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin is now home to the Dean F. Echenberg War Poetry Collection. The …

University of Texas at Austin

Remembering Richard Wilbur

Thoughts on the Pulitzer prize–winning poet<p>By A. E. Stallings<p>October 23, 2017<p>I am lucky to have a number of memories of Richard Wilbur, who died on …

Deaf Poet's Visual Poetry: A Creative Storytelling Without Words

Poet Douglas Ridloff creates American Sign Language poetry and performs at ASL Slam, a creative outlet for deaf people.

Entertainment

Poets & Writers Theater | Poets & Writers

“Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, / the world offers itself to your imagination.” In this video poem, produced by We Are Wildness and Live …

Creative Writing

Improving Philly writers with poetry slam-turned game show

As the American dream of a college education leads more and more students to community colleges across the U.S., many schools are grappling with an …

Philadelphia

Poetry From Honduras’ Our Little Roses Home for Girls

Roberto Sosa, a well-known Honduran poet who died the year before I arrived there, said, “It is practically a poetic country. There are more poets …

Marilynne Robinson on the Importance of Humanities, Neruda’s Cause of Death, 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 …

Creative Writing

Poet Nikki Giovanni says Trump is “clearly evil” and she doesn’t regret calling out Bill Cosby

<i>Poet Nikki Giovanni has been telling it like it is for over three decades. The award-winning writer, activist and educator became famous during the</i> …

Women's News

Pablo Neruda Didn't Die Of Cancer, Experts Say. So What Killed The Poet?

Pablo Neruda did not die of cancer, after all.<p>At least, that's the unanimous conclusion of an international group of forensic experts who inspected samples from the Chilean poet's exhumed remains. Official documents say Neruda succumbed to his prostate cancer and a related wasting sickness known as …

Culture

What to see at Lit Crawl in North Hollywood on Oct. 25

Like a pub crawl with a literary bent, the fifth annual Lit Crawl L.A. parades through North Hollywood’s Arts District on Wednesday for an evening of readings, live storytelling, literary quizzes and more. Spanning just a few blocks, Lit Crawl takes over local galleries, restaurants and bars for an …

Los Angeles

Sing, Muse: Three New Books on Literature and Pop Music - Los Angeles Review of Books

WHAT IS THE PROPER relationship between pop music and literature? For the ambitious writer and performer, the dream is often to be the popularizer …

Books

Air this Pain and Alter It: What Can Poetry Do?

In an interview for <i>Black Women Writers at Work</i>, Audre Lorde spoke of her mother’s special relationship to language, “Words had an energy and power, …

Alice McDermott's 6 favorite books of poetry

I love the value of big books of poetry, and for good reason: My parents literally weighed the paperbacks I was required to purchase for school. …

Books

Tara Bergin’s poetry is a perfect guide to these frightened, frightening times

The NS reviews Bergin’s The Tragic Death of Eleanor Marx, along with collections by Nick Makoha and Stephen Romer.<p>Tara Bergin’s first book of poems,</i> …

Books

Secrets

poem<p>1918<p>I love you, malcontent<br>Male wind—<br>Shaking the pollen from a flower<br>Or hurling the sea backward from the grinning sand.<p>Blow on and over my …

Toyota Man - The Street Poet - Blogs - Jerusalem Post

“Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes origin from emotion recollected in tranquillity”<p>William Wordsworth<p>Great cities …

Opinion

What Is Rhetorical Analysis?

<i>Rhetorical analysis</i> is a form of criticism (or close reading) that employs the principles of rhetoric to examine the interactions between a text, an …

Language