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News in Poetry Feel free to write a bad poem
Posted by Ozymandias on Monday, September 15, 2014 (02:06:41)

One of the most severe problems poets face is perfectionism. Too many poets and aspiring poets feel they have to write a great poem every time they write a poem. They get frustrated when something doesn’t work or they don’t bother to write at all because they just don’t feel “inspired”. This sort of thinking destroys creativity. It stops many poets, and many other writers, from even putting the first word on the page.Link!

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News in Poetry Don't explain everything in your poem
Posted by Ozymandias on Saturday, September 13, 2014 (00:09:44)

Poetry does not have to be expository. A poet can explain, but it isn’t necessary to the form. In many cases exposition can be a detriment. One of the beauties of poetry is that a poet can and should cut out everything that isn’t essential. Link!

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News in Poetry Doctors Writing Poetry
Posted by Ozymandias on Friday, September 12, 2014 (00:47:00)

When we think of doctors writing, we tend to picture illegible prescriptions, not lines of poetry. And yet, increasingly, surgeons and neurologists are producing poems, novels, plays and creative nonfiction, in addition to opinion pieces about current medical issues. Link!

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News in Poetry The worker of poetry
Posted by chameleon on Thursday, September 11, 2014 (15:59:41)

Why did Muktibodh become uniquely significant in the summer of 1964? Why did almost all the weeklies, monthlies and dailies start introducing him to their readers?" Fifty years ago, Shamsher Bahadur Singh asked this question in the preface to Chand Ka Munh Tedha Hai, the first anthology of the poems of Muktibodh. Muktibodh was then in a coma, having been brought to Delhi from Rajnandgaon, a small town in Chhattisgarh, by his young writer comrades - Harishankar Parsai, Shrikant Verma and Ashok Vajpeyi - in a desperate, last-ditch attempt to save their beloved elder poet.

Read the fascinating discussion of the poet Muktibodh and the significance of poetry as work at The Indian Express!


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News in Poetry Hickenlooper names Joseph Hutchison Colorado's eighth poet laureate
Posted by zhaul on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 (17:42:55)

Poetry News: Gov. John Hickenlooper announced Hutchison's appointment Tuesday on the steps of the Capitol, touting the Colorado native as a man who appreciates his surroundings and can encompass the essence of the state. "Poetry speaks to every aspect of our lives," Hutchison said.

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News in Poetry Poetry helps keep offender out of prison
Posted by zhaul on Monday, September 08, 2014 (04:18:04)

Poetry News:

"Inmates with Talent" is a documentary filmed in Indiana at Putnamville Correctional Facility. The nearly two hour film narrated by celebrity Ice-T highlights singers, poets, and comedians in prison.



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Electronic Media Making others less alone
Posted by chameleon on Sunday, September 07, 2014 (15:11:28)

Friday's PBS Newshour featured a segment with the poet Gregory Orr, who discussed the accidental shooting by a nine-year-old girl--with an Uzi submachine gun--of her instructor at an Arizona gun range August 25. When he was twelve, Orr himself accidentally killed his younger brother in a hunting accident, ... led him to writing in the first place, in which he has since found solace.

Read the discussion of poetry as healing art at Commonweal Magazine!


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In the Traditional Media Where Have All The Poets Gone?
Posted by chameleon on Friday, September 05, 2014 (21:48:05)

A valuable discussion posed by the editor of CapeAndIslands.org about the role of poetry and how much it has lessened in today's world. I'm very interested in discussion on this one - it's a variation on the "Poetry Is Dead" meme that crops up so often in the mainstream media. The editor asks "What has happened to poetry? Where have all the poets gone?

Read More at Cape and Islands! Then please, come on back and let's talk!


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News in Poetry Poet's Notebook: Poetry & age
Posted by Ozymandias on Thursday, September 04, 2014 (21:42:24)

Sakari Momoi was, until he retired, a lifelong educator, and is still a lover and reader of Japanese poetry. Link!

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News in Poetry Now Reading: One Poet's Vision To Celebrate The Beauty - And The Warts - Of Taco
Posted by wordsmithwannabe on Thursday, August 28, 2014 (07:00:00)

Poetry News: Tacoma's Poet Laureate, Lucas Smiraldo, wants to hear your poetry, and to share it with others.

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News in Poetry Know This Love: Infatuated with words
Posted by fogglethorpe on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 (14:20:19)

hen I moved here to California, I left behind about half the books I own. I don’t enjoy parting with anything I own — I’m attached to things that way — but I had to do it for space reasons..

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News in Poetry India-born author brings Ghalib's treasure to Americans
Posted by Essex68 on Monday, August 25, 2014 (10:07:39)

Poetry News: ... verse translation of Ghalib's entire Urdu divan titled "The Treasure: A Modern Rendition of Ghalib's Lyrical Love Poetry" was released here last week. It's not easy to understand Ghalib even for those who have a normal level of proficiency in Urdu, ...

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News in Poetry Collateral damage: South Whidbey poet discusses trauma through poetry
Posted by Essex68 on Saturday, August 23, 2014 (18:37:37)

Poetry News: ... to Beeman he suffered from post-traumatic stres disorder, turned her stories and those of others into a book of poetry about the many facets of the conflict in Afghanistan. The purpose of her reading, she said, was to give the audience a chance to ...

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News in Poetry Finding the Poetry in Hip-Hop
Posted by zhaul on Friday, August 22, 2014 (10:22:40)

Poetry News: ... English and creative writing at NYU, I had already started to identify myself as a poet. I lived and breathed poetry; it was the only way I could compute and make sense of my surroundings. Simultaneously, I was also an EDM head, before electronic ...

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News in Poetry This Week's Haiku, Next Week's Tanka
Posted by wordsmithwannabe on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 (07:05:00)

Poetry News: ... 's haiku: Farm implements-W. C. Williams's red wheelbarrow, for instance-have a distinguished history in American poetry. I like the personification of the sickle in Breslin's "August" and the way the poem captures the fleeting instant between ...

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News in Poetry Transfiguration :Poetry in Nyack
Posted by induce on Monday, August 18, 2014 (22:42:07)

Poetry News: Friends, Today our circle Transfiguration held a special small event north of the City in Nyack on the Hudson particularly for members living in the area... It was a poetry reading and I hope to be able to share some of the poems which were outstanding from Dr. Fred Arzola, Elaine Lux and Frank Purcell who came up from the City.

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News in Poetry Carl Adamshick, Portland poet, talks about his new book 'Saint Friend'
Posted by Essex68 on Monday, August 18, 2014 (21:28:35)

Poetry News: ... with many hours to think about her family and her marriage. This book is a relief to read because unlike a lot of poetry, it is devoid of pretension. It is clear and straight. Has this sensibility always been present in your writing, or did you ...

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News in Poetry Elite literature prize stirs questions
Posted by Essex68 on Monday, August 18, 2014 (05:00:00)

Poetry News: China's prestigious Lu Xun Literature Prize has come under fire after its most recent award winner for poetry was denounced as a "shame on poetry."

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News in Poetry Required Reading
Posted by fogglethorpe on Sunday, August 17, 2014 (17:06:39)

Adorno wrote that philosophy lives on because the moment of its realization has passed. The same could be said of poetry..

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Current Poetic Events DE Summer School: SOS- Poetry Slam
Posted by Essex68 on Saturday, August 16, 2014 (09:00:00)

Poetry News: ... Gaussoin ( @tgaussoin ) from Albuquerque Public Schools for sharing how she brought this SOS to her students. The SOS Poetry Slam strategy suggests, "If pictures are worth a thousand words then why not use imagery to inspire student writing?" Why ...

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News in Poetry Neihardt's novel 'Life's Lure,' at 100 years old, is read and discussed online
Posted by Essex68 on Thursday, August 14, 2014 (12:33:02)

Poetry News: ... United States to be named a state poet, is the state poet in perpetuity of Nebraska and is best known for his epic poetry and for his book "Black Elk Speaks" recollecting Wounded Knee. He moved to Nebraska with his family as a boy and later to ...

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Art in the News In Conversation... Anne Kennedy and Iain Sharp
Posted by Essex68 on Thursday, August 14, 2014 (12:00:00)

Poetry News: Anne Kennedy has had success in every genre she tackles - fiction, poetry and film.

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News in Poetry The poetic physician: Momin and his art
Posted by induce on Thursday, August 14, 2014 (09:47:18)

Poetry News: ... some were much more popular then and just one couplet of one of them had sent him into raptures. It is only Urdu poetry's devoted connoisseurs who will recall the era had the monarch of poetry, titular emperor Bahadur Shah 'Zafar', whose melancholy ...

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News in Poetry The August Haiku
Posted by fogglethorpe on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 (05:04:25)

The traditional haiku may make an evocative reference to a season. With this in mind, and on the conviction that constraints are paradoxically liberating, I would add two more rules as suitable to this august Asian form: your haiku must include the word “August” and you are not allowed to use the words “I,” “me,” “my,” or “mine.”

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News in Poetry 'And You May Contribute a Verse': Robin Williams' Poignant Apple Ad
Posted by Ozymandias on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 (03:45:30)

We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry, because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering — these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love — these are what we stay alive for.Link!

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