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Viral verse: Poets of Instagram inject new life, fresh voices into poetry genre CBC News
Poetry is having a renaissance thanks to a generation of young, accessible writers breathing new life into the literary form via Instagram.
Poetry Meets the Moment(s) The New York Times
The Book Review's poetry editor, Gregory Cowles, discusses Tracy K. Smith's essay about political poetry and more from this week's special issue.
Dave Lucas: What makes a poem poetry? Canton Repository
What makes poetry poetry?Ask a dozen people and you'll get as many different answers, maybe more. Some won't be much help: “Poetry is the sort of thing ...
Bertolt Brecht: Poet and Communist The New York Times
The Collected Poems of Bertolt Brecht,” translated and edited by Tom Kuhn and David Constantine, brings together more than 1000 poems.
He’s a Legend of Contemporary Poetry. There’s Finally a Volume of His Collected Work. - The New York Times
He’s a Legend of Contemporary Poetry. There’s Finally a Volume of His Collected Work. The New York Times
In poems that cajole, beguile, praise and evoke, Robert Bly makes the case that poetry should be near the center of life.
Poetry performance returns to save Valletta's Skyline Newsbook
The popular poetry performance that delighted audiences at the Teatru Salesjan earlier this year is set to return in February, with a soirée named Folly, Fantasy ...
Political Poetry Is Hot Again. The Poet Laureate Explores Why, and How. The New York Times
Tracy K. Smith, the United States poet laureate, looks at the ways poetry has dealt with the shifting political landscapes of the past two decades.
For an Ohio Poet, Love Is What Gets Us Through The New York Times
Marcus Jackson's collection “Pardon My Heart” celebrates the way deep emotion unfogs and energizes the experience of living.
Annapolis writer Grace Cavalieri named poet laureate of Maryland CapitalGazette.com
Gov. Larry Hogan has appointed Grace Cavalieri, of Annapolis, to be Maryland's new poet laureate.
Two New Volumes by Adrienne Rich, Game-Changing Feminist, Poet and Essayist The New York Times
Selected Poems: 1950-2012,” and “Essential Essays: Culture, Politics, and the Art of Poetry,” are laden with insights that, six years after Rich's death, remain as ...
How to See the Poetry in Plants Atlas Obscura
Researchers who work in tropical rain forests often speak of the hassles of it all: Whacking through dense vegetation is tricky, especially when you're lugging ...
A Poet Takes Aim at the Literary and Political Patriarchy The New York Times
In Anne Waldman's latest collection, “Trickster Feminism,” her verses argue on behalf of collective expression — and collective responsibility.
Can Poetry Help Us Create Meaning Out Of Despair? wgbh.org
Poet Richard Blanco highlighted his favorite works by poet Ada Limón, which are united by a common theme of searching for meaning in "seeming oblivion."
The best Canadian poetry of 2018 CBC.ca
2018 was a great year for books. Here are CBC Books's top 12 Canadian works of poetry that came out this year.
On learning to love yourself through poetry The Boston Globe
The first collection by National Slam Poetry winner Melissa Lozada-Oliva of Newton is “Peluda.''
Solstice performance to feature poetry, music Mount Desert Islander
MOUNT DESERT — A performance featuring the poetry of Paul Weiss and the original music of the folk duo Timbered Lake is planned for Friday, Dec. 21 at 7.
The importance of poetry and reading between the lines The Guardian
Letters: Mary Gameson wants to see poetry on our front pages, while Joan Lewis looks into Sats results and reading ability.
Francis: A Life in Songs by Ann Wroe review – the saint’s life in poetry The Guardian
Among the stranger moments in the saga that is Brexit was Michael Gove's suggestion that Theresa May, “our first Catholic prime minister”, is insufficiently ...
The Best Poetry of 2018 The New York Times
The Book Review's poetry columnist, David Orr, picks 10 collections worth your attention.
Lawson Inada's poetry distills cultural heritage Statesman Journal
Poets are chroniclers. Through careful distillation, they put into a few words what scholars take tomes to relate.
Hollywood Has Long Turned to Novelists for Help. But Poets? The New York Times
In her new film “The Kindergarten Teacher,” Maggie Gyllenhaal plays a frustrated aspiring poet who discovers that a boy in her kindergarten class may be a ...
Can't Find Time To Read? Poetry Might Make The Perfect Gift NPR
Poet Tess Taylor says a good poem can "reroute your day" in under five minutes. She offers suggestions for poetry that "takes you to a different place, and then ...
Poetry for people who hate poetry The Clermont Sun
This is a love story. I don't know exactly where or when it begins—only that it's led me here, writing to you about how and why I fell in love with poetry…
Finding Beauty Through Poetry Verily
When you think of poetry, do your palms immediately start sweating? Does your mind go back to high school, when teachers asked you to write essays on the ...
Meena Alexander, Poet Who Wrote of Dislocation, Dies at 67 The New York Times
Meena Alexander, a poet and scholar whose writings reflected the search for identity that came with a peripatetic life, including time in India, Africa, Europe and ...
Visitors enjoy traditional poetry at QNL event Gulf Times
Qatar National Library (QNL) has hosted a traditional Qatari poetry reading, featuring renowned poets Mohamed Yasin, Zainab Almahmood, Nasser al-Wobair ...
Poet Michael Robbins offers picks for best poetry collections of 2018 Chicago Tribune
Poet and critic Michael Robbins offers his picks for best poetry collections of 2018, from a debut by Vanessa Couto Johnson to a new translation of Bertolt Brecht.
Forget Beatnik Cliches: A Fresh Style of Jazz and Poetry is Brewing KQED
It's taken more than five decades, but *fresh* jazz/poetry collaborations have finally shaken the tired cliches festering in the zeitgeist since the Beat movement of ...
Dear Damian Hinds, please stop wrecking poetry for children The Guardian
Do you like poetry? I do. It's an art form that can entertain, provoke, console, reflect, observe and much more. A breakthrough for me was at primary school when ...
Poetry festival to hold in Calabar Daily Trust
Poets in Nigeria (PIN) is set to hold the fourth edition of Festival Poetry Calabar 2018, themed 'The Problem with Silence: Poets in Crises Period'. The 3-day ...
Elena Ferrante: ‘If people still told their stories in verse, I would be too embarrassed to write’ - The Guardian
Elena Ferrante: ‘If people still told their stories in verse, I would be too embarrassed to write’ The Guardian
I grew up with the idea that being a poet is for truly exceptional people, while anyone can have a go at prose. Maybe it was the fault of my school, which instilled ...
Complicated, Challenging 'Revolution Sunday' Mixes Prose And Poetry NPR
Cuban writer Wendy Guerra has lived under surveillance in her home country, and she works that experience into her intense new novel about a young poet in ...
Poems About Loss That Shatter Meaning and Borders The New York Times
Be With,” by Forrest Gander, plumbs death and grief with an alertness to the fragility of life — and of language.
Is contemporary poetry really in 'a rotten state' - or just a new one? The Guardian
Rose Tremain and Robin Robertson have criticised poets for abandoning 'craft' – but that argument silences the possibilities offered by new voices.
Poetry Twitter Erupts over a Plagiarist in Their Midst Vulture
Ailey O'Toole tattooed a poem onto her skin from her Puschart Prize-nominated poem “Gun Metal.” It turns out she'd stolen those words from Rachel McKibbens.
One poet’s advice for feeling at home in the unfamiliar PBS NewsHour
The pages of Jenny Xie's first poetry collection will take you places. Bouncing from Vietnam to New York, reading “Eye Level” feels like leaning your head ...
AM Juster's translation of Maximianus, the Last Roman Poet The Weekly Standard
A.M. Juster makes the bawdiness and decrepitude of the forgotten 6th-century poet Maximianus available for the first time to 21st-century readers of English.
From an Iconoclast and an Icon, Poems of Personal and Public Transformation The New York Times
In “Evolution,” Eileen Myles makes us reconsider the nature of experience and imagination.
Poetry spot: 'Teeth of Our House' by Jennifer Conlon AZCentral
Poetry spot is part of a collaboration with local poets to bring poetry closer to the center of our everyday lives.
On Poetry: Finding the spirit of holiness | Local News Traverse City Record Eagle
I know, I know, not all of us are Christians. The poet himself was Jewish. But it seems like this poem, this story, opens itself to multiple cultures. The story.
Review: The Inspired Poetry of Gandini Juggling The New York Times
In “Smashed,” Gandini Juggling seems to invent a new genre using elements of the dance theater of Pina Bausch and others.
A Poetry Collection That Opens Up Like a Cabinet of Curiosities The New York Times
J. Michael Martinez's “Museum of the Americas” takes on the white gaze, colonial trauma and Mexican migration.
Prize-nominated poet's debut cancelled as plagiarism accusations build The Guardian
Several authors have accused Ailey O'Toole of using their poems to write her own, including the Pushcart-nominated Gun Metal. Alison Flood. Thu 6 Dec 2018 ...
Listen: Poetry in Atlanta shows another side of city culture Atlanta Journal Constitution
Listen now or open in iTunes or Google Play: Atlanta poet Ryan Jones may have felt defea...
Instagram poets make me ask: What is good poetry? America Magazine
If one more Instagram poet tells me how to feel or what to think, I am going to lose my mind. I was bursting to scream this as I read through Nikita Gill's book of ...
Akeem Lasisi: Novel ride through musical poetry, video Guardian
On the Nigerian cultural scene, poetry is being reborn in many interesting guises. No longer is it satisfied with just being confined and read on the pages of a ...
Luciana Souza's New Recording, "The Book of Longing" Translates Poetry into Jazz Forbes
On her new recording, “The Book of Longing,” Luciana Souza marries poetry and Jazz in an idiom all her own with spare accompaniment and her uniquely ...
The power of poetry to bring different cultures closer Daily News & Analysis
The power of poetry to bring different cultures closer - It will be hard for people living today to believe that his sole subject of discourse was Tamil poetry.
Jazz Pianist Helen Sung On Poetry, Being Asian-American And The Debt She Owes Harry Connick Jr. - WBUR
Jazz Pianist Helen Sung On Poetry, Being Asian-American And The Debt She Owes Harry Connick Jr. WBUR
As a student at the University of Texas Austin, pianist and composer Helen Sung was set on a classical career. But when she saw Harry Connick Jr. play at a ...
Poetry in motion along Monroe Street - WISC Channel3000.com - WISC-TV3
All six Madison poet laureates are represented in a Madison Arts Commission project that has embedded 12 poems, two from each poet, in the sidewalks along ...
Robin Robertson: ‘Writing poetry has very little to do with the intellect’ The Guardian
The Scottish poet and editor on defying conventions of genre, the elusive nature of what he does, and the importance of external validation.
Poetry Programme preview: TS Eliot Prize nominee Ailbhe Darcy RTE.ie
In the Poetry Programme at 7:30 pm on Sunday 16th December on RTÉ Radio 1, Olivia O'Leary meets Ailbhe Darcy, whose collection Insistence has been ...
A Debut Poet Confronts the Sexual Violence of an Earlier Generation The New York Times
In “A Cruelty Special to Our Species,” Emily Jungmin Yoon memorializes the Korean “comfort women” who were forced into prostitution during World War II.
UW Researcher Promotes Use Of Poetry In Science Wyoming Public Media
A paper published in BioScience looks at how poetry can be used to teach scientific concepts and how researchers can use poetry to gain a new perspective.
First time out: Debut poetry by Duy Doan, Chanda Feldman, July Westhale San Francisco Chronicle
Opening Duy Doan's debut poetry collection, “We Play a Game” (Yale University Press; $20), we enter an elusive world of syllables and animals, where past and ...
Our favourite books of the year, and prose poetry with Claudia Rankine – books podcast - The Guardian
Our favourite books of the year, and prose poetry with Claudia Rankine – books podcast The Guardian
On this week's show, we reveal the books we loved most in 2018 and discuss the future of prose poetry with poets Rankine, Jeremy Noel-Tod and Emily Berry.
SFA students create book of Latin American art, songs, poetry Lufkin Daily News
NACOGDOCHES — A group of Stephen F. Austin State University students spent the semester creating “Qué Tiene la Música: Canciones, Poemas y Dibujos de ...
Oklahoma woman expresses herself through poetry The State
An Oklahoma woman is expressing herself through poetry.
Monday's Google Doodle Honors Poet Nelly Sachs Forbes
Monday's Google Doodle honors poet and playwright Nelly Sachs, who escaped from Nazi Germany in 1940 and gave a voice to the horrors of the Holocaust ...
In Recent Poetry Collections, Weapons Made of Words The New York Times
In these four deeply political, deeply personal books, poets grapple with some hot-button issues of the day.
Of bridges and buses: Photographs & poetry from the U.S.-Mexico border Santa Fe New Mexican
Lawrence Welsh reads from Cutting the Wire: Photographs and Poetry from the US-Mexico Border at Garcia Street Books, 376 Garcia St., 505-986-0151, 5 p.m. ...
American Life in Poetry: ‘The Girl from Panama’ by Clemens Starck The Spokesman-Review
Clemens Starck of Oregon has 50 years' experience working with his hands, as a merchant seaman and then a carpenter, and he knows work and working ...
Lemn Sissay’s Superkids — can poetry help troubled minds? Financial Times
“They're thought of as intrinsically bad,” says poet Lemn Sissay, referring to children in care. I would have thought most people would realise that such children ...
Cut & Paste: Justin Phillip Reed's poetry is haunted by St. Louis history St. Louis Public Radio
Justin Phillip Reed's writing career has gotten off to an extraordinary start. Following a chapbook in 2016, this year he published his first collection of poetry ...
How Sadie Dupuis Got Back into Poetry Rolling Stone
Speedy Ortiz singer-guitarist Sadie Dupuis has one of the most distinct lyrical voices in indie rock. Over the last seven years, she's filled albums like 2015's Foil ...
The best poetry books of 2018 The Irish Times
Our critics choose works by Mahon, Jamie, O'Sullivan and others.
A Puschart Prize-Nominated Poet Has Been Accused Of Plagiarism By Numerous Poets Bustle
Another literary prize, another scandal. Poet Rachel McKibbens, whose latest collection, blud, came out earlier this year, has accused Pushcart Prize-nominee ...
Anchorage Museum archives earthquake with viral memes, Twitter poetry Alaska Public Radio Network
How do you measure the impact of a natural disaster? After the devastating Good Friday earthquake in 1964, archivers collected print newspaper headlines, ...
American Life in Poetry: ‘Estelle’ The Spokesman-Review
Alaska Quarterly Review put out a special double issue late in 2017 to celebrate its 35th year, a very long tenure for a literary magazine. Among the many fine ...
The Worst Bad Poem? There’s a Contest for That The New York Times
There was expectation in the room that someone would deliver a poem as lovely as a tree. Or not. The expectation was about choosing the worst of the worst ...
When Church Language Fails Us, We Resist With Poetry Sojourners
Note: A version of this essay was given as a talk at Women Doing Theology 2018, at the Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary on November 9, 2018 in ...
The Great Hall of Poets | Hobbit Movie News and Rumors TheOneRing.net
Welcome to The Great Hall of Poets, our regular monthly feature showcasing the talent of Middle-earth fans. Each month we will feature a small selection of the.
Poet Tracy K. Smith, winner of Hall-Kenyon Prize, to appear in New Hampshire - The Laconia Daily Sun
Poet Tracy K. Smith, winner of Hall-Kenyon Prize, to appear in New Hampshire The Laconia Daily Sun
CONCORD — United States Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith is the 2018 winner of the Hall-Kenyon Prize in American Poetry, honoring the late Donald Hall and ...
Bethel names first poet laureate Danbury News Times
BETHEL — Bethel's new poet laureate finds that it's the experiences that hit close to home for a writer that tend to be the most relatable to others. “In poetry, I ...
Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, Nutley Poetry Festival is Coming, Woo Hoo! TAPinto.net
NUTLEY, NJ - Nutley children will each write a poem, you're invited to listen and know 'em, about cats in hats, baseballs and bats, and you can attend this ...
Quarto's chapbook event hosts a propelling performance of poetry CU Columbia Spectator
Quarto Magazine, a student-run literary magazine, performed the works of the top three chapbook contest contributors at their annual chapbook event last Friday ...
Theater review: 'Dear Elizabeth' a captivating story of love,... Duluth News Tribune
A love story told in letters from two brilliant but damaged poets seems an unlikely topic for an engaging, comic and tragic play. Yet so it is, with Sarah Ruhl's ...
The ultimate gift: Iowa teacher pens book of poetry for his mother Des Moines Register
At age 10, John Thompson promised himself he'd write a book about his mom. Now 55, he did — and giving it to her was among the "happiest" moments.
Free Poetry Skool @ Downtown Public Library Boulder Weekly
Poets gather like words on a page scribed in their own handwriting. as illustrious lines they embody poetic form — such as , a tercet , perhaps —. where this ...
Best books of 2018: Poetry Financial Times
The Coming of the Little Green Man, by John Agard, Bloodaxe Books, RRP£9.95. In the year when we learnt of the damage and cruelty that the UK's ...
Poetry on a Budget New York Times
In Sullivan County, N.Y., an architect set out to build the bare minimum of a rural retreat: a pared-down house with soul.
Maya C. Popa Joins 'PW' as Poetry Reviews Editor Publishers Weekly
Maya C. Popa has joined Publishers Weekly as its new poetry reviews editor, effective immediately. Popa succeeds Alex Crowley in the post and will be ...
A Fresh Look at How Poets Evolve Over the Course of a Career The New York Times
In “We Begin in Gladness,” the poet and critic Craig Morgan Teicher considers poets from W.S. Merwin to francine j. harris, in light of changes in their language ...
Pushcart-Nominated Poet Accused of Plagiarizing Multiple Peers Jezebel
Earlier this week, Twitter was full of up-and-coming writers celebrating their Pushcart Prize nominations. The Pushcart, which honors works published by small ...
Berkeley’s beloved ‘Bubble Lady’ poet dies The Mercury News
BERKELEY — Julia Vinograd, who brought bubbles and poetry to all she met during the more than 50 years she ambled along Telegraph Avenue, has died.
Chronicling his times on Earth through poetry and hikes Minneapolis Star Tribune
There is poetry everywhere James Marshall Goff treks. His first book is a collection of selected poems, “Hiking in the Universe,” which Goff admits to getting ...
News Poetry: How to Love a Monster The Colorado Independent
It's all in my head, the morning news, mourning cities and synagogues. I sit here muttering until my mouth goes dry, fingers cramp around the pen. Sorrow is ...
Column | The Poetry of Reality Daily Californian
Last summer I saw myself in a test tube. Watching my amateur-ly extracted DNA swirling in a glass tube, I remember panicking at the enormity of the situation.
SunStar, Superbalita Cebu writers and artist publish books on essays, poetry SunStar Philippines
SATURDAY, Dec. 15, became a celebration of the literary talents of three local artists and writers who launched their books simultaneously. In the company of ...
Susan Middleton wins Beals Prize For Poetry Athol Daily News
WINCHENDON — A panel of three distinguished judges recently proclaimed Susan Middleton of Ashfield the winner of the first Beals Prize for Poetry for her ...
Poetry spot: 'Anarchy on the Edge of a Hairline' by Ernesto L. Abeytia AZCentral
Poetry spot is part of a collaboration with local poets to bring poetry closer to the center of our everyday lives.
'I Write Where I Want To Be': Spoken Word Poet Andrea Gibson WUWM
Andrea Gibson 's poetry covers a wide spectrum of topics, including gender, love, loss, family and mental health. Their (Gibson prefers the they/their/them.
North Pole Poet Laureate Amy Marschak Spreads Christmas Cheer, Poems Westword
Amy Marschak has assumed the mantle of the official North Pole Poet Laureate, and she's pulling plenty of poems out of Santa's bag. “The job of a poet laureate ...
Earl Sweatshirt: Some Rap Songs review – powerful, emotional poetry The Guardian
Cut-up beats are a foil for candid reflections on the artist's battles with drugs and depression, with moving moments of parental reconciliation.
‘The Long Take’ is a poetic call to action The Mercury News
By Sibbie O'Sullivan | Washington Post. When was the last time you said of a book of poetry, “I couldn't put it down?” Well, now's your chance. Moving between ...
Two Sister-Poets Gone Too Soon: Ntozake Shange and My Sister The New Yorker
On the occasion of his late sister's birthday and the recent death of the poet and playwright Ntozake Shange, Hilton Als writes about both women's influence.
Road-Tripping With California's Poet Laureate (Who Helped Invent The Jello Jiggler!) LAist
California poet laureate Dana Gioia made it his goal to visit all 58 counties in California. He made most of those trips in his 10-year-old car. (Carla Javier/LAist).
Poet Natasha Trethewey's new collection 'soars,' says NYT Northwestern University NewsCenter
Renowned poet Natasha Trethewey's new collection is receiving rave reviews. The two-time U.S. Poet Laureate, Pulitzer Prize winner and a member of the ...
Okie from Muskogee: Steward finds herself through poetry Muskogee Daily Phoenix
Two things have long weighed on Jessica Steward's heart — serving her country and sharing her emotions. She said she had wanted to be in the military for as ...
Sheffield’s first hip-hop poet laureate: 'gone are the days of tradition' The Guardian
The poet appointed by lord mayor Magid Magid to champion creative arts wants to change the face of poetry.
Chan Chan and The Gorriones (Two Poems in English and Spanish)
The following two poems, one in English, the other in English and Spanish were done during this ongoing trip in Peru, while in Lima, although the poem concerning: Chan Chan was oriinally started last year,while at the ancient site in Northern Peru, it was just finished recently.The Gorriones of LimaIt is fall all around me-The Gorriones are swimming in the air Underneath the Lima skyAs if-, if fish could fly?Summer has gone its wayIt is fall again I say! The birds-, they just walk on byLooking, as if, if on parade-AndThe world keeps spinning;They just do not see it Until the hour comes?When the sun goes down!?When,Things get a little dim;Yet the Gorriones keep on swimming Gracefully, swimming, in the wind-Under the Lima sky? .
Let Your Feelings Be Your Guide
The light of all eternity shines with me now / My feelings light up my life / How I find my way is determined by them / They illumine my path and show me who I amWhen I was young, I felt so many things / Then came the day when I could not stand the pain / My world was chaos then, filled with sorrow and grief / So I closed up to protect that fragile Self withinYears would go by before I could open again / I was forced to by circumstances beyond my control / Life dealt me blows which I later recognized as my own / To awaken me to that sorrow deep within my SoulI worked hard to find my way back to the Light / To that place within where I could feel once again / There my Heart shone forth with a brave face / And shed light on all that I had concealedNow I see how I closed that tender-hearted Self / How I froze in the face of my destiny / Troubles swirled around as a constant source of grief / And I fell to sleep out of fearI am awakening now to the deep void within / Where I've stored all those troubles and pain / I fight my way back to that center once again / So I can come forth completely and be trueMy life moves forward as of this day / When I committed to finding my true Self / I've engaged all manner of demons on this journey / To return to that Source deep insideI wish for life to fill me now and bring all it can / I am thirsty for experience and for growth / I want lavish riches from my Soul to fill me / So that I can truly enjoy all that I beholdThis work is sometimes difficult as I have learned / But no more than any task requiring Love / This journey enriches me with its purpose / And fills me with Life and SoulThis is my gift to myself, my own holy Soul / To have, to hold and to behold / This Heart that bled is now healing its wounds / And can prosper again from what Life bringsLet there never be a return to where hurts cramp me up / And fill me with bitterness and pain / I am awake now, yes, and can move ahead / To appreciate all that Life has assignedOh glory to you, my Sweet Soul, for coming this day / I thank you from the bottom of my Heart / We two can sing together the praises of Love / That take us forward on this journey through timeNever let it be said that one so deserving / Could not find his or her way Home / All whom will follow shall see this Light in turn / And know that their journey can be wonI take you with me now, my Sweet Soul / For you are here in my hands / Where I can behold you / And together, we can be so bold"Move on," you say to me. "Move on, my love / The Light wishes for us to do so" / And my Heart sings with the possibilities / So that "Yes" is the answer I can render with easeMy Heart is filled with Love and joy in this moment / Knowing that I am with you, my Soul / My feelings tell me you are there and always were / Till that sleep came over me earlier onBy awakening to your touch do I know You / And find my own truth there in your eyes / You show me through Love what my purpose can be / I am inspired by this attentive designI am pleased we are here together, in this life / I am pleased that our love is so strong / For now I can reach you, my Sweet Soul Sublime / When you call to me from deep within my HeartI have your answer Dear, and know this to be true / That you and I are forever to be born / In this life or another, we join with each other / And We Soar .
A Happiness Poem
If a happiness poem could bring forth a smile, Then my face would always dress in style.If my ears could hear my computer screen, From one to another, they, too, would grin.
In the Mountans of Haiti [A Poem: in English and Spanish]
In the Mountains of Haiti(In the City)-July is a hot month-sweating Poverty out on every street (In Port de Prince); mixingMemory with desire causes stirring. Not much rain in Haiti (in 1986); Summer kept us busy, building A medical clinic, in the mountains?.
Thank You To Our Soldiers And A Tribute To Old Glory And A Prayer For Peace
Thank youDedicated to soldiers and their loved onesFor those who have laid in fox holes,carried guns,marched for hours.For those who have had cold sleepless nights,endless days of discomfort.
Hindu Poet - Kamalakanta
Kamalakanta was born in Burdwan India in the late 18th Century. From an early age he expressed an interest in spirituality and later in life Kamalakanta received initiation into Tantric Yoga from a Tantric yogi named Kenaram Bhattacharya.
Its What She Didnt Say
When I hear your voice inside my head it makes me think of you every single day as I fight back tears of sadness and wonder if you're okayMy life is empty without you I wish time would take away the pain but the ache in my heart persists and my simple hopes seem in vainI realize how much I hurt you and now I know it's too late to tell you how sorry I am and expect you not to hateI don't deserve a second chance to show you how much I care when you needed me the most I know I failed to be thereNow your trust in me is gone forever and I will never have the chance to say I really hope your dreams come true and happiness finds you every dayI would give almost anything in life if I could go back to that day and erase everything I said and did to make your heartache go awayWhat hurts the most is this is what you didn't say and the absence of these words haunt me each and every day..
Poems have different cores, or so I believe, and can only be structured well for certain figurative language-heart beats; like all counselors are not made for all clients, so all poems are not made for the same person, or purpose; when we read we all have our likes and dislikes; I do not necessarily know what poetry is per se, but I do know what the greatness of poetry has, and great poetry is close to an illusion?it carries an echo I do believe-figurative yes, at best, and questionable yes, by far. Here are five poems I've recently wrote, all with a different core, focus and style.
Africa - Wheres The Profit?
A poetic comment that just welled up inside my head - why cant we just do something - before many more are dead?How pious those politicians are, When up there on T.V.
The Valley Of Pain
We were exiled from the Garden of Eden. Its sinless wonders nevermore to regain.
Uamaks Aquatic [suspense: now in Spanish and English]
Delicately, my mind was selecting a muffled tune, out of the dead dark empty space surrounding me?I saw a shape on a rock, not sure who it was; I had a sensitivity though, a feeling call it, or second-sight; I've heard that before, not sure if I want to put a lot of credence into it, but so be it, the sensitivity and numbness was there. I didn't' sense any danger in the moment, in the moonlit figure, sitting on the rocks, lurking, looking out into the deep.
Stone Beds [A Poem and an Advance]
Stone Beds [Pompeii's surge]Advance: after the great eruption of Pompeii's nearby volcano, Vesuvius, some two-thousand years ago in the heyday of the Roman Empire, what was left of the city were mostly ashes of stone from an unleashing furnace; it is hard to imagine what the people went through (none, not one person survived). I can only guess from the looks of the city today, and in its early excavations, its people were baked alive or asleep, like pottery.
Anne Bradstreet, To My Dear and Loving Husband, A Discussion
"To My Dear and Loving Husband" was written by America's first female poet, the Puritan, Anne Bradstreet. In fact, Anne Bradstreet is one of only a handful of female American poets during the first 200 years of America's history.
Looking Out the Rear Window
The funeral rite concluded With the pastor shaking hands, Offering words of comfort I didn't quite understand.The undertakers came forth And summoned pallbearers' four.
Writing Innovative Poetry
Writing innovative poetry, the kind of poetry that reputable literary journals publish, entails knowing exactly what each word of a poem does to the reader. A good poem should be evocative, skillful, and cohesive, but before attempting to hone these attributes, a potential poet should be knowledgeable of the various forms and attributes of contemporary poetry.
Contract of Death [Now: in SPANISH and English]
Contract of DeathI heard today, the preacher say: "Daniel has warned us long ago, Of the trials and tribulations we Are now facing, with our foes?"He says the 'Antichrist' was now In Europe crying: 'peace,' and the 'Axis of Evil,' had already placed Hidden Atomic Russian weaponsUnder our feet, here in the good Ole heart of the United States; 'Palestine's cry for peace,' he adds, Is a loaded Gun for Revelation 3:10;America. A 'Contract for Death,' Is what he called it.
Testimony to the Night [In English and Spanish]
In the quiet of the arctic night- In its deep northern skies, Dim are the lights, in its coldEvening frost?! Even the stars of the arctic Seem silently stone frozen!Here, here is where you find Peace and the beast within-! Remote, no ears or wordsTo clutter the mind To entrench the throat; Here, here is where you die?(for a moment).Here, the sky has eternal eyes Eyes with cosmic tides Tides that never rest: they warWith the Universe- Likened to a dark deep abyss; Endless and never resting?Here my eyes seek and search In countless hours, ebbing and Sweeping the heavens aboveNumbing, changeless- Are the cosmos, the heavens? Here resides a strange peace?Here, resides a strange peace With an army of stars to defeat Shinning, silently in the darkThe ebbing, eldritch dark; Time has no relevance here, Here, resides a strange, peace?Cold and oddly numb are my feet, As I look up, upon the many bridges One star bridging the next-as if,If Kings and Queens were Guarding them-the Hosts- O-Yes! A strange, strange peace?Ah! Praise, praise be to thee, to thee Flaming, blazing firmaments-ye, Ye, remind me not, of the wars I left,Of the foes, divine immortals?The enemies that never rest Ah! Praise, praise be to thee, to theeI hear music, harmony from afar (there) There are storms hidden in a storehouse, For tomorrow-war beyond, beyondOrion's dust?perpetual dust; There, there the sun is dim to bleak.
Rules for Writing Poetry
You've been writing poetry since that first assignment in your high school writing class. You know the rules about writing poetry, right? Are there rules? Well, if you frequent the poetry forums across the Internet as much as I do, you'd find that there are a lot of amateur poets who adamantly declare that there are no rules for writing poetry and if someone even suggests reading poetry or books on poetry, many of the amateur poets will throw up a defensive front.
Two Poems and an Analysis ['Witness,' & 'An Old Love']
Two Poems and an Analysis ['Witness,' & 'An Old Love']WitnessMy face belongs to whoever sees it Everything has a meaning but life Even the bugs strive for existence God saved man, from God Ghosts have lonely sins Her bones are stones Up and down the hill Gardens blossom Spotless skies Dramatists August I can not rest!..
Memoirs of a Wastelands Rim [a Poem: now in Spanish and English]
Memoirs of a Wasteland's RimIt still was light when she paused at the wasteland's rim- Over, the rim rest like a sleeping brute, a wooden frame Adjacent to the blue where early stars hung like oil lamps Hanging from old beams and shade?the wooden frame Her footing caught the beams, as she had fallen onto it Alone, she watched the forenoon, climbing around her A drifter woman, marked by life, and slanting dreams With appearance of hurt and molded muscle on her face Her figure etched against the wooden frame, She tried to jump, and lost her balance, hanging like a bird Now sipping the gloom in the ledge and shattered hopes She yielded before the sluggish advance of sunset Blood dripped, with her dying darkness And a crimson moon hurled a flame across The shadowy clouds, burning throughout the sky The tormented sky above her?Crossing the valley's floor her eye gripped it Rocky images, highest points Thrusting herself up boldly from to the ledge The painted morning blushed over the rim Her brows and nose, face against the granite stone Massive injuries was taking form, Her silhouette floating so indolently across the sun It was too great a task-to die alone?she wished now She had not jumped?a thousand feet below, yet to go. Too much for any woman in a lost world Out of the weak wood her mind had peace; She knew soon it would all be over-alas Mute and protesting against life's uselessness A narrow path lay below her slender body Between death and attainment, a careless foot The rocks beneath her weakening, she plunged Plunged to her death, in the carving hands of the valley Thinking of it, as she fell, thinking with a smiled, Saying, looking up-dead before her echoes: 'Time is short?time is short?time is short!' When they found her, her face was unafraid of falling.
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