Poetry

If You Only Listen To One Poem This Year, Make It This One From The Manchester Vigil

He did what only poets can<p>Whatever you think of poetry, there is a reason why we tend to reach for it during the overwhelming moments in life - …

This is the Place: how a poem gave voice to Manchester's grief

In the midst of the pain, the capacity of poetry to connect with people was illustrated by Tony Walsh. Walsh’s poem “This is the Place”, which was …

Manchester

Poetry Reading – “Let Your Soul Fly Free To Heaven”

November 7, 2016, in a phase of deepest sadness and depression, I wrote and published a poem, “Let Your Soul Fly Free To Heaven”.<p>Until this day I’m …

Two unseen Sylvia Plath poems have been discovered

For decades, the poems were sitting in the back of an old notebook owned by the late author<p>Sylvia Plath, beloved author of melancholic totem <i>The Bell Jar</i>, also published a wealth of poetry. 54 years after her death, we thought we had seen her entire output as a writer. We were wrong. Scholars Gail …

Poetry Daily

In Memory of Mark Strand<p><i>Krumville Cemetery, Olivebridge, New York</i><p>I'm not sure why I glanced back<br>At the bus driver grinding a cigarette butt<br>With her …

Poets & Writers Theater | Poets & Writers

Dawn Lundy Martin On Discomfort and Creativity<p>“If I say that I am black, what do you know about my interior?” Poet Dawn Lundy Martin delivers the …

Creative Writing

Director Terence Davies finds a soul mate in Emily Dickinson

"A Quiet Passion" is Terence Davies' eighth feature, and the 71-year-old English native has made a stern, evocative feature on the life and poetry of …

Emily Dickinson

Glasgow schoolgirl to read her own poem for Barack Obama

A schoolgirl from Glasgow is to read a poem she wrote called 'If I Ruled Scotland' to Barack Obama during his visit to Scotland.<p>Mila Stricevic, 13, won a competition to perform for the former president at a charity fundraiser in Edinburgh on Friday.<p>Her poem opens with the line: "If I ruled …

Barack Obama

Paris Review - Learning from History

David Ferry<p>Issue 22, Autumn-Winter 1959-1960<p><b>I</b><p>They said, my saints, my slogan-sayers sang,<br>Be good, my child, in spite of all alarm.<br>They stood, my fathers, tall in a row and said,<p>Be good, be brave, you shall not come to harm.<br>I heard them in my sleep and muttering dream,<br>And murmuring cried. How shall …

Books

Not Forgotten: On the Sonoran Poet Abigael Bohórquez (1936-1995)

By Anthony Seidman Last year, the Mexican poet Mijail Lamas organized a reading for my third collection of poetry, A Sleepless Man Sits Up in Bed …

Mexico City

Poet, author and former Jewish studies instructor Chana Bloch dies

Chana Bloch’s name has been a familiar one at the University of California, Berkeley, over the decades, as she taught Hebrew on campus in the early …

UC Berkeley

Writer’s Project | GaYoung's blog

For the past few weeks, we were asked to write anyhting you want and MinJu and I decided to be a partner and write a poem about how we feel of India, …

India

Paris Review - Dreaming Over a Page

Lewis Warsh<p>Issue 40, Winter-Spring 1967<p>This field they’ve contracted <br>us to separate from its surroundings <br>I’ve stayed in bed watching as the <br>moon above it turns <br>its globes of earth with spit on every glacier <br>into landmarks hostile to language <br>spoken by tyrants <br>someone is looking over your shoulder …

Books

Art Talk with Poet Barbara Jane Reyes | NEA

Born in the Philippines and raised in the Bay Area, Barbara Jane Reyes has been navigating the nuances of multiple languages from an early age. Her …

Language

Why Langston Hughes Still Reigns as a Poet for the Unchampioned

The poet, playwright and novelist Langston Hughes died 50 years ago this week. At his death, Hughes’ stature as a canonical figure in American …

Black History

‘We poets are the absolute antitheses of Trump’: a new collection takes a stand

<b>Resistance, Rebellion, Life: 50 Poems Now</b> (Knopf) conveys the shock and dismay many esteemed poets — like many Americans — have felt since the presidential election. The slim volume, which includes work by Robert Pinsky, Christian Wiman, Ada Limón, Sharon Olds, Kevin Young and Lucie Brock-Broido, …

Books

What these humble one-liners can teach us about the times we live in

International travelers arrive at John F. Kennedy international airport in New York City, U.S., February 4, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid<p><i>“In the</i> …

John F. Kennedy International Airport

Polish Poetry in a Time of American Resistance

<b>1.</b><i>The pageant of digits comprising the number pi</i> <i><br>doesn’t stop at the page’s edge.</i> <i><br>It goes on across the table, through the air,</i> <i><br>over a wall, a leaf, a</i> …

March for Science

On Mary Oliver's Poetry

[In a second, expanded edition of his 1985 <i>Imagining the Earth,</i> Elder included a final chapter in which he appreciated Oliver’s ability to conceive …

Before a Million Universes

The pros and cons of the digitized Whitman and his “lost” novels.<p>When I was a history graduate student in the waning days of the analog nineties, there were three kinds of researchers. Most impressive were the archive rats. These chain-smoking, type-A cranks entered an archival collection, knew …

Literature

Celebrating Langston Hughes — Black, Red, and Gay

By Peter Dreier Long before “Make America Great Again” became Donald Trump’s campaign slogan, Langston Hughes’s 1935 poem “Let America Be America …

Black History

Poem of the week: Wedding by Alice Oswald

Skilfully moving through changing similes, this outstanding modern sonnet pays tribute to the balancing act of love<p><b>Wedding</b><p>From time to time our love is like a sail<br>and when the sail begins to alternate<br>from tack to tack, it’s like a swallowtail<br>and when the swallow flies it’s like a coat;<br>and if the …

Chana Bloch

Chana Bloch was born in New York City and grew up in the Bronx. She received a BA from Cornell University, MA degrees in Judaic studies and English …

Beyond the Painful Chains of Slavery: Phillis Wheatley, the First Published Female African-American Poet

BY WALTER OPINDE<p>Despite being enslaved from Africa, Phillis Wheatley became the first slave, the first African-American, and the third female in the …

Black History

Gerard Manley Hopkins, a terrible teacher who hated UCD

The poet, as a professor in 19th-century UCD, could not control his students

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How can Shakespeare’s ‘Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?’ be a love poem in blazing India?

An environmentally aware reading of the sonnet during a cruel Indian summer leads to odd results. But hilarity is assured.<p>There’s this silly …

William Shakespeare

Rupi Kaur, poet, internet sensation

<i>"He only whispers I love you as he slips his hands down the waistband of your pants</i>," Rupi Kaur writes.<p><i>"This is where you must understand the</i> …

Brisbane

Lorna Goodison is Jamaica's new Poet Laureate

<b>Accomplished author, Lorna Goodison, has been selected to be Jamaica’s first woman Poet Laureate. She is the second nationally appointed Poet</b> …

6 Amazing Hindi Poets You Should Know About

No one can deny the fact that Hindi as a language has a rich history. It has been blessed with great poets who have made amazing contributions to …

India

A Sentiment Poem by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Autoplay next video<p>The pledge of Friendship! it is still divine,<br>Though watery floods have quenched its burning wine;<br>Whatever vase the sacred drops …

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