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Why I Write Poetry: Courtney O’Banion Smith

Several weeks ago, I posted about “Why I Write Poetry” and encouraged others to share their thoughts, stories, and experiences for future guest posts. I’ve already received so many, and I hope they keep coming in (details on how to contribute below). Show More Summary

Chanso: Poetic Form

Today’s form is kind of cool, because it affords a bit of creativity. Let’s look at the chanso! Chanso Poems Chanso poems are adaptable to the needs of the poet. This French form consists of five or six stanzas with an envoy that is roughly half the size of a regular stanza. Show More Summary

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 405

For today’s prompt, write a money poem. The poem could be about currency, having money, not having money, wanting more money, etc. The poem can just mention money in passing or take place somewhere that money is changing hands. Like usual, feel free to get creative with your interpretations of the prompt. Show More Summary

Why I Write Poetry: Steve Cushman

Several weeks ago, I posted about “Why I Write Poetry” and encouraged others to share their thoughts, stories, and experiences for future guest posts. I’ve already received so many, and I hope they keep coming in (details on how to contribute below). Show More Summary

Why I Write Poetry: Stuart Peacock

A few weeks ago, I posted about “Why I Write Poetry” and encouraged others to share their thoughts, stories, and experiences for future guest posts. I’ve already received so many, and I hope they keep coming in (details on how to contribute below). Show More Summary

The Shade In The Night

Give me one beautiful thing in the darkness to hold onto. Even if it’s only the ghost of good light.

10 Years Later

10 years ago today, I posted the first entry on a blog called I Wrote This For You. I had just turned 27 a month earlier. I wrote most of the first 100 entries in one big push, in December 2006, and then they just sat there in a word...Show More Summary

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 400

2 months agoWriting / Poetry : Poetic Asides

I have to admit: Today’s prompt kind of snuck up on me. But now that it’s here, I’m taking a moment to soak it in. 400 Wednesday poetry prompts is pretty cool! With 10 April PAD Challenges and 9 November PAD Chapbook Challenges, it means...Show More Summary

The Not-Fully-Seen Beyond of Collaborative ‘Executive Orders’

MobyLives breathes the executive order anew by interviewing three poets about “Executive Orders,” a new project and “online collaboration in which a veritable sleigh-team of poets (more than twenty have participated so far) are creating some binding directives of their own.” Started by members of the Organism for Poetic Research Rachael Wilson, Andrew Gorin, and […]

An Inclusionary Education: Bertha Rogers Guest Blogs

Education Week invites guest blogger Bertha Rogers, a teaching artist with Teachers & Writers Collaborative, to share her thoughts on “Teaching Poetry as a Means to Inclusion.” Rogers writes that although our world is diverse and feels smaller every day, the reality is that the “ways we learn must widen so that inclusion becomes second […]

Jameson Fitzpatrick Reviews Ugo Rondinone: I ? John Giorno

At Art in America, Jameson Fitzpatrick dons his art-critic hat, writing about the rather wild first major U.S. exhibition about the American poet, artist, activist, and muse John Giorno. Ugo Rondinone: I ? John Giorno, is “up” now in 13 locations across New York, produced by Artists Space and featuring several partner venues. “In celebration […]

On Assisting Adrienne Rich

At Literary Hub, Victoria Redel recounts her time spent assisting Adrienne Rich (her literary hero) and Michelle Cliff with Sinister Wisdom, a literary journal “by and for lesbians,” that Cliff and Rich had recently taken on as editors. How did she even apply for that job? Redel explains: “Conjuring all the bravado I didn’t really […]

Paris Review Previews Susan Howe’s Debths

For those still deciding whether to walk or run to the bookstore to purchase a copy of Susan Howe’s latest book, Debths, this Paris Review preview (Susan Howe’s introduction to Debths) may help solidify one’s quest: run. Howe begins the introduction by recalling one ritual from her childhood, summer camp: “When I was eight my […]

Just as Bronze: Memories of the West Side & Gwendolyn Brooks

First, you’ve got to know about the West Side. Not the West Side of right now, with bland, suspicious dwellings sprouting up in the dead of night and white women slicing through on their Schwinns, hair rippling like a wrong silk. Not the West Side suffering the sudden hilarious appearance of pâtés and confit, slant-rhymed […]

The Functions of Image & Fragment in Jennifer S. Cheng’s House A

Jennifer S. Cheng talks with The Rumpus about her first poetry collection, House A, chosen by Claudia Rankine for the 2015 Omnidawn 1st/2nd Poetry Book Contest. “House A” is “the first house, house of beginnings, house of embodied language, house archetype, foundational house, primordial house, house of our first cosmos, house with our angled roof, […]

Bowery Poetry Club: Poetry Spotlight

2 months agoWriting / Poetry : Poetic Asides

Last week, I highlighted Poetry Slam Inc., in an attempt to share some slam poetry. This week that continues as I spotlight the Bowery Poetry Club. As always, I appreciate the poetry spotlight ideas people send my way. Keep them coming at robert.brewer@fwmedia.com with the subject line: Poetry Spotlight Idea. Show More Summary

Yoko Ono Receives Songwriting Credit for ‘Imagine’

This is poetry news, right? Yoko Ono receives a songwriting credit for John Lennon’s “Imagine”! An updated report from Jen Aswad at Variety: At the annual meeting of the National Music Publishers Association in New York on Wednesday, Yoko and Sean Ono Lennon received the organization’s new Centennial Song award for John Lennon’s legendary 1971 […]

On ‘the Shadow of Austerity’ in Greek Poetry

The New Yorker’s David Wallace introduces readers to a new anthology, Austerity Measures, which collects Greek poets’ responses to the nation’s financial disaster. It’s somewhat of a trend at the moment, Wallace contextualizes, referring in part to Karen Van Dyck’s introduction to the compendium. In his words, Wallace writes, “It’s become a cliché to say […]

Steven Zultanski Reviews Juliana Huxtable’s Mucus in My Pineal Gland

At 4Columns, Steven Zultanski reads the debut book by performer, photographer, and D.J., Juliana Huxtable. Published by Capricious & Wonder, Zultanski writes that it’s “a dense and sprawling set of texts with no particular allegiance to genre or perspective. Billed as ‘poems, performance scripts, and essays,’ the pieces don’t fit neatly into any of those […]

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