Poetry

Craft Capsule: Left Brain, Right Brain | Poets & Writers

This is the ninth in a series of micro craft essays exploring the finer points of writing. Check back each Tuesday for a new Craft Capsule.<p>I attended …

The Brain

Coming to Terms With Loss in Elizabeth Bishop’s ‘One Art’

“One Art” is the only poem I’ve ever lost. My high-school English teacher gave me a wallet-sized copy that I misplaced, along with the wallet, the next year. The wallet I replaced, twice; the poem I did not. Still, a year walking around with it in my pocket was enough to learn the opening lines:<p>The …

Sociology

Reading Whitman

“In the best poems appears the human body, well-formed, accepting itself / unaware of shame.”<p>By Barbara Bair<p>In this month celebrating the work of …

Kobe Bryant emerges from retirement with a slam poetry performance about...Steve Urkle?

Kobe Bryant is a legend on the basketball court, but he's much, much more than that.<p>The former shooting guard for the Los Angeles Lakers appeared on <i>The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon</i> on Monday night to promote his new film, <i>Dear Basketball</i> and while there, he had an opportunity to flex on the haters …

Kobe Bryant

For writer Bob Raczka, a poem is often as playful as a puzzle

Bob Raczka didn’t care much for poetry when he was a kid. The poems he studied at school, most of them written hundreds of years ago by British men who used words such as “thine” and “thou,” didn’t seem interesting or related to his own life.<p>He was climbing trees and running around the suburbs of …

Lifestyle

Report from the Field: On Publishing a First Book at [almost] 50

In the summer of 2015, I opened the covers of a book and read aloud to a sizable audience inside an elegant black box theater. The title of the book …

Literature

Maine poet tells story of husband's dementia

A Maine poet says she hasn't read much about dementia in poetry but she's changing that with a heartfelt poem dedicated to her husband.<p>Lee Sharkey's …

April 25

Inner Preacher vs. Inner Teacher: Ursula K. Le Guin on Meaning Beyond Message and the Primary Responsibility of the Artist

“That’s how an artist can best speak as a member of a moral community: clearly, yet leaving around her words that area of silence, that empty space, in which other and further truths and perceptions can form in other minds.”<p><i>“Once a poem is made available to the public, the right of interpretation</i> …

Cool Stuff

Meet the Lyft driver (and spoken word poet) who took social media by storm | Life

Tro’juan Henderson has given more than 800 rides since starting as a Lyft driver in January. His everyday observations of his passengers inspired him …

Texas

Two Poems | Zeyar Lynn

Translated from the Burmese by ko ko thett<p><b>Sabulous blank</b><p>A nimbus appeared over the mutton shop<br>at the bazaar this morning!<br>People gathered there for a …

Great Books

New Film Project Features Citizens of Alabama Reading Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself,” a Poetic Embodiment of Democratic Ideals

In times of national anxiety, many of us take comfort in the fact that the U.S. has endured political crises even more severe than those at hand. …

Cool Stuff

The Writer’s Almanac for April 25, 2017

Prolonged, they slacken into pain <br>or sadness in accordance with the law <br>of apples. <br>One apple satisfies.<br>Two apples cloy. <br>Three apples <br>glut. <br>Call it a …

Jacaszek - Kwiaty

Alongside contemporaries such as Max Richter and Nico Muhly, Michał Jacaszek is part of a generation of modern classical composers whose music is big …

Music

Translation Tuesday: Two poems by Lee Seong-Bok

Two quiet, wistful recollections of the past by a South Korean poet, for the final Translation Tuesday on the Guardian website<p>By Lee Seong-Bok and Yea Jung Park for Translation Tuesdays byAsymptote, part of the Guardian Books Network<p>It’s been a pleasure bringing you weekly Translation Tuesdays at …

Literature

The History of Google Books, the Hogarth Press Centennial, 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 …

Books

Kobe Bryant performs Family Matters slam poetry on The Tonight Show

From slam dunk to slam poetry, Kobe Bryant paid tribute to Steve Urkel on Monday night with a special <i>Family Matters</i>-themed spoken word performance on <i>The Tonight Show</i>.<p>“Transformation,” he began amidst a blacked-out stage. “Urkel to Urquelle. Suspenders to lapels, from nerdy Steve, ‘got any cheese?’ …

Kobe Bryant

Five Spoken Word Poets Whose Work Will Change You

Plus, their must-read books<p>Spoken word poetry has a history rich with traditions of hip-hop and blues, comedy, performance, and, most importantly, radical young artists. The art form is apparent in everything, from the writing that emerged out of the Harlem Renaissance to Gil Scott-Heron’s famed …

Editorial: The poetry inside you

<i>if you like my poems let them</i><p><i>walk in the evening, a little behind you</i><p><i>— e.e. cummings</i><p>This is just a reminder, for those who need it, that life is …

Hampton Roads

See Something Where There is Nothing: A Poetry Lesson

April is National Poetry Month. Even though I tend to find crevices of time throughout the year to teach poetry and weave it within units of study I …

Education Technology

The Fact of Feeling in Robert Frost’s ‘Directive’

Robert Frost once described his initial joy in making a poem as “the surprise of remembering something I didn’t know I knew.” As a method of getting at the truth, poetry has no claims to scientific rigor—and that’s not why I read it. Rather, I think of poetry as the fact of feeling: what happens …

Dystopia

TIME 100: Former U.S. poet laureate Rita Dove writes tribute to LeBron James

<i>This story was originally published on the TIME 100, a list of the 100 most influential people of 2017. Click here to view the original …

Cleveland

Poetry Daily

Espresso<p>A minuscule bird<br>clinging to a twig<p>is shredding a loop<br>of knotted string<p>to a fibre-fuzzy<br>mist in its bill,<p>a haze as soft<br>as cotton wool<p>with which …

Strong Words About Dead Artists, and Other News

• There’s a massive Robert Rauschenberg retrospective coming to the MoMA next month, which means we can expect a host of Serious Opinions on the Significant Artist™ to appear in lofty periodicals everywhere. Look to the horizon and you can see the storm clouds gathering, as the assessors assess and …

Pop Art

This Poem About The Darkness Of Depression Gets Beautifully Animated

How do you draw the line between not wanting to live anymore and wanting to die?<p>I first began writing poetry when I was in high school to escape the constant and merciless torture inflicted on me by the homophobic monsters I called my classmates. My biology teacher, bless her, let me hide out in …

Mental Health

Divergent Streams: The Poetry of Roberto Echavarren

By Anthony Seidman The notion of a singular “Latin American poetry” perturbs the reader who discerns the radiant gathering of traditions, ruptures, …

Latin America

This poet explores the high-flying realms of space — but also the earthly problems of growing up poor

The Milky Way is seen in the night sky around telescopes in May 2015. Credit: REUTERS/Amr Abdallah DalshWhen Adrian Matejka and his family moved to …

Authors

Why are Alys’s letters to her husband Faiz Ahmed Faiz consigned to elite private readings?

The poet’s Britain-born wife was anything but a passive voice. She subverted genre and gender roles.<p>This is the story of an Alys not known to many. …

Pakistan

Nikki Giovanni on trusting your own voice

<b>You’ve written that you grew up with your mother’s library, reading Richard Wright and Langston Hughes. When you began to choose books on your own,</b> …

Mind

Poem of the week: In the Evening by Anna Akhmatova

Translated by the late Richard McKane, this strikingly love-deprived love poem is a fine example of the author’s intense focus on personal experience<p><b>In the Evening</b><p>There was such inexpressible sorrow<br>in the music in the garden.<br>The dish of oysters on ice<br>smelt fresh and sharp of the sea.<p>He said to me …

Rosa Barba: From Source to Poem to Rhythm to Reader - Announcements - e-flux

<b>Rosa Barba</b><b><br>From Source to Poem to Rhythm to Reader</b><br>May 5–October 8, 2017<p><b>Press conference:</b> May 4, 11am–2pm <b><br>Opening:</b> May 4, 7–11:59pm<p><b>Pirelli …