Poetry

W.B. Yeats’ Classic Poem “When You Are Old” Gets Adapted Into a Beautiful Short Film

W.B. Yeats’ 1891 poem “When You Are Old” is widely considered a commentary on his unrequited lifelong passion for actress, Irish Republican and …

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‘Sex and poetry have always gone together’ – meet Grindr’s new poet in residence

The gay dating app has appointed LGBT writer Max Wallis to be its first resident bard. I’m continuing what Byron started, he says<p>Poetry and sex have a long and venerable history, one often being used in the service of setting up the other. Catullus kicked things off, and Lord Byron, Sharon Olds and …

How Did You Die? (By Edmund Vance Cooke) Poem by Ray Kinard

Autoplay next video<p>Did you tackle that trouble that came your way<br>With a resolute heart and cheerful?<br>Or hide your face from the light of day<br>With a …

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The Problem<p>First, out of the scraps of dreams,<br>and later out of the clashing loyalties<br>of belief and skepticism,<br>he believed he could live<br>a thoughtful, …

What is Syntax?

In his 1985 book, 100 Ways to Improve Your Writing: Proven Professional Techniques for Writing with Style and Power, Gary Provost demonstrated what …

Literature

Death in the School-Room

<b>Walt Whitman (1819–1892)</b><br>From <i>Walt Whitman: Poetry & Prose</i><b><br>Interesting Links</b><br>“In a Walt Whitman Novel, Lost for 165 Years, Clues to <i>Leaves of Grass</i>” …

Literature

Exhibition celebrates WW1 poets Hedd Wyn and Edward Thomas

<b>An exhibition commemorating two Welsh poets killed during World War One has opened in Ceredigion.</b><p>The display at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, will celebrate "the life, work and legacy" of Hedd Wyn and Edward Thomas.<p>Both poets died in 1917.<p>Linda Tomos, the National Library of Wales' …

51 Writing Contests in March — No Entry Fees(Erica Verrillo)

March is a great month for writing contests. There are over four dozen free contests this month, covering the full range of topics, styles and …

Publishing

165-year-old Walt Whitman novel discovered

It was searching for the name "Jack Engle" in mid-19th-century newspapers that put Zachary Turpin on to the "warm lead" that turned into a "white …

25 Protest Poetry Collections To Read Right Now

1 ‘Against Forgetting: Twentieth-Century Poetry of Witness’ by Carolyn Forché<p>Featuring the words of more than 140 poets from five continents, all …

Great writers go unnoticed

Julius Chingono<p>Most followers of Zimbabwean literature first came across the works of Samuel Chimsoro in his first collection of poetry entitled …

African Languages

Round Lake by Grace Bonner

I was preparing to cartop my rowing shell after an outing on Oregon’s Lost Lake when Grace Bonner appeared on the shoreline trail in the company of …

2017 Ezra Jack Keats Book Award Winners Announced

<b>31st Annual Awards for New Writer and New Illustrator</b><p><b><br>Ezra jack Keats Foundation and De Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at The University of</b> …

Jack Kerouac's debut album Poetry for the Beat Generation gets first vinyl reissue

February 24, 2017 In News<p><b>On limited black and white “Beatnik Smoke” vinyl.</b><p>First issued in 1958, Beatnick legend Jack Kerouac’s debut recording <i>Poetry</i> …

Music

Oxford Dictionary’s New Words, Herrera Speaks Out, and More

StaffDaily NewsTwenty-four senators sign letter to White House to defend the NEA and NEH; the risks of depicting family members in fiction; the <i>New</i> …

Creative Writing

12 Poets From The Countries Affected By Trump's Travel Ban

1 Solmaz Sharif<p>Poet and author of the 2016 National Book Award-nominated poetry collection <i>Look: Poems</i>, Solmaz Sharif is an Iranian-American writer, a …

Maya Angelou Reads Her Poem “On the Pulse of Morning” (1993)

The footage above features Maya Angelou reciting her poem “On the Pulse of Morning” at President Bill Clinton’s Inauguration. It was recorded on …

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Celebrate Black History Month with Poetry | NEA

Today we're celebrating Black History month with a six-pack of poems celebrating historic African-Americans, including Rosa Parks, Billie Holiday, …

Black History

How Emma Lazarus came to write the famous poem about refugees

The widely adopted anecdote about the most famous poem of the moment, that it was written by a woman who didn’t want to write it, is not quite …

Statue of Liberty

Unreconciled: Poems 1991-2013 review: novel ideas

Michel Houellebecq sends postcards from the disenchanted universe his fiction also covers

Literature

The Saturday poem: One Night Comes Like a Blessing

by Grace Nichols<p>Like a cruel lover or spiteful mistress<br>No-Sleep demands my restless attentiveness.<p>No-Sleep prefers me stripped –<br>a dark projectionist<p>winding and unwinding the reel of my thoughts.<br>An old grained movie I can’t switch off –<p>a starring of loves and loss, TV footage,<br>soft tears, …

Entertainment

Megan Mayhew Bergman, Author at The Paris Review | The Paris Review

<i>Meditation on a life of birding.</i><p>Every fall, thousands of snow geese descend on Addison, Vermont, stark-white birds with black wing tips falling to the fields and ponds near the Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area. Every fall I intend to drive north to see them, and every fall I forget and am left …

George Michael

Column: How poet John Keats met his early end

A memorial stone to poet John Keats, (1795-1821) is seen in Rome’s “Non Catholic Cemetery.” John Keats, one of England’s most famous poets, died …

History

The Island Within

Chaos, control, and Elizabeth Bishop.<p>The first of Elizabeth Bishop’s losses was her father, who died when she was eight months old. The second loss was more protracted: Bishop’s mother, shattered by her husband’s death, suffered a series of breakdowns. Sometimes loving in her behavior, sometimes …

Popular Fiction

5 of the Most Inspirational Poems to Restore Your Mental Grit and Courage

These outstanding verses offer a pick-me-up that's better than a million cups of coffee.<p>It's okay.<p>No, really. It's okay if you're not feeling 100 percent today. Nobody feels like they can conquer the Orcs of life or Tom Brady their career to the end goal all the time. But you know what's not okay? …

Success

A Genius Lost Too Soon: 9 of John Keats’ Best Poems That Remind Us of the Young Poet’s Intensity

John Keats, many say, would have gone on to become the best Romantic poet, if only he had lived longer. Born in London in 1795, Keats' interest in …

Indies Recommend: 10 Small Press Books You Should Read Right Now

<i>As the nation’s only non-profit distributor, Small Press Distribution is dedicated to getting small press literature to the people who want to read</i> …

Why Maya Angelou Matters More Than Ever

There was one important rule to keep in mind if you stayed at Maya Angelou's house: Don't startle her in the middle of the night. Angelou, who died …

Black History

Agony and ecstasy of Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Bishop

In 1947, Elizabeth Bishop and “Cal” Lowell met at a dinner party that led to a long and vital correspondence. Devotees of poetry and each other, and …

Langston Hughes: Poet Laureate of the Negro Race

The voice of Langston Hughes was the voice of black America.<p>He knew rivers “ancient as the world and older than the flow of human blood in human …

Black History