“PrOtEsT” – Poet Activists Throughout the Years

 

In the days since Trump's inauguration, we’ve witnessed an increase in protesting and grass roots activism. And while it’s an immediate and important part of the democratic process, we’re also consciously looking to the activists who came before us. Here are seven of our favorite poet-activists and the causes that they hold dear. Whether you’re educating yourself on the movements of the past, searching for a line of poetry ...

9 Poets to Remember during Women’s History Month

 

It’s Women’s History Month and here at My Poetic Side we couldn’t be happier. To commemorate the month, we’re celebrating innovative poets of the past and radical poets of the present while maintaining that the future is indeed female. So, dive into the work of these activists, feminists, abolitionists, anarchists, and, above all, poets. Because we can guarantee each and every one of them has something to teach today’s poetry ...

US Poets Laureate and the Presidents They Served Under

 

With Presidents' Day coming up in the United States, we're thinking a lot about Poets Laureate, the official poets of the nation. The Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, as they're formally known, is appointed by the Librarian of Congress for a one year term, serving from October to May. It's fairly common, however, for the Librarian of Congress to renew a Poet Laureate's term for an ...

New England Poets to Curl up With This Winter

 

#canvas { border: 1px solid black; position: absolute; z-index: 10000; } #flake { color: #CCC; position: absolute; font-size: 25px; top: -50px; } We’re bundled up to our noses and snow is quietly falling. It’s officially winter. Here at My Poetic Side, we’re paying tribute to the picturesque winters of New England by reading tomes upon tomes of poetry by the writers who call the Northeast home. So light some candles, grab a blanket, and curl up with a book of poetry ...

51 Immigrant Poets – An interactive map on the ‘Muslim ban’

 

In light of recent events concerning Donald Trump’s refugee ban, which has, for the moment, been stopped in its tracks by US judge James Robart, we decided to delve a bit deeper into the lives of poets that have moved to the U.S. and who, if the ban was effective at the time, may never have been able to tread on US soil. For those who are unaware, America’s ...