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Monday Bookshelf: Let the Crazy Child Write

 

Clive Matson once described himself as a journeyman poet - not an accomplished master of the art of poetry, but one who has learned the basics and is polishing his craft to perfection. His book, Let the Crazy Child Write, is more than just another writing book. It is, all at the same time, an homage to creativity, ...

The Weekly Blogger: Mike Snider’s Sonnetarium

 

To begin reading Mike Snider"s blog at Sonnetarium is to step into his mind, and into his life. Don"t get me wrong - Sonnetarium is not someone"s personal journal full of "what I did today" type ephemera. Snider is open and candid, and his writing style leads you on and on as if you were sitting in a comfortable chair in a friend"s living ...

Missing Shelley Poem Redefines What Poetry Has Always Been

 

A radical journalist reports on the horrors of war in the national press, and finds himself imprisoned for his words. A young, impressionable writer is moved by the incident to write a stirring poem that criticizes the nation"s national policies and calls for total reform in the licentiousness, luxury, depravity, prejudice, which involve society The ...

Thursday Resource: Council of Literary Magazines and Presses

 

Anyone who has followed along through my Tuesday Markets post has heard me complain more than once about the number of dead links, and bemoan how many small press publications disappear without a whimper. Some weeks, I go through half a dozen or more small magazines and press links that either lead to 404 errors, or to pages thanking ...

Wake Up to Poetry

 

How would you like to wake up to poetry every morning - or just one special morning? Maybe there"s someone in your life that deserves to hear a poem when they pick up the phone? That"s the premise behind Wake Up Call, a six month old service based in Pittsburgh that has gone national. Based on the hotel wake up call, Wake Up Call allows ...

The 24 Hour Poem

 

What happens when you invite poets from all around the world to a party that lasts all day? If you plan it right and advertise it right, you just may come up with The 24 Hour Poem. That was the plan two years ago when the staff at LitKicks announced The 24 Hour Poetry Party to celebrate their 10th anniversary. They started things off by ...

Three Blogs

 

Something a little different this week. Instead of one featured blog with an interview, I"m tossing three interesting poetry blogs at you. I"ll even be perfectly honest and admit that it"s because - what with the holiday weekend and all - I never did manage to catch up with one single blogger to talk with them about their work and why they do what they ...

Thursday: Resources This Week

 

Poetry - ask ten poets to define it and chances are that you will get ten different answers. For most, the answer is closest to the old cliche definition of art - I can"t define it, but I know when I see it. Or, in this case, hear it. Or read it. We know that the answer to "what is poetry?" is one that"s ...

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Works to Form Bonds with Bulgaria

 

One of the commitments made by any incoming poet laureate of the United States is to help create an awareness of poetry in the country and throughout the world. William Meredith, U.S. Poet Laureate 1978-1980, held to that commitment during his tenure by inviting poets from Bulgaria to come and share their works with us. The bond created then has endured throughout the intervening decades, ...

River of Words Anthology Released

 

One of the things that many of our past poets laureate have shared - not only among themselves but with the poets laureate of numerous states, cities and other nations - is an abiding passion for opening the world of poetry to children. Billy Collins created Poetry 180 to share a new poem every day of the school year with schoolchildren. In Chicago, the ...