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Thursday Resource: How to Find Any Poem

 

If you"ve ever got a line of poetry stuck in your head, or found yourself betting with a friend about who it was that penned the lines "Tyger Tyger burning bright", this week"s resources are just what you need. These three online poetry databases include searchable indexes of hundreds of thousands of poems by title, poet and text. Two will require that you have a ...

Celebrate Walt Whitman’s Birthday

 

Yes, it is - Walt Whitman was born on this day in 1819. Whitman is widely considered to be one of the most influential American poets of all time. Other poets, from Emerson to Ginsberg, reference his work and claim his influence. Whitman"s most famous works were Leaves of Grass (in several editions over his lifetime) and Drum Taps (eventually incorporated into Leaves ...

Poets Making a Difference Part II

 

Last month, we wrote about the Boston HipHop community pulling together to help bring peace and bring about social change. In the wake of four shooting deaths, the local poets and hip hop artists called upon the mayor of Boston to meet with them and help them help the city. It"s not unusual for poets to step up to the plate when there"s a ...

Solstice Summer Writers’ Conference

 

The Solstice Summer Writers" Conference will take place at Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts June 16-24. Applications received by May 29 will receive priority consideration. The Solstice Writers Conference features daily lectures, workshops in poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction and nightly readings by noted writers and poets. This year"s poetry workshops will be led by Pulitzer-prize winning poet ...

Monday: The Poet’s Bookshelf

 

This week's bookshelf features two older favorites that are timeless in their artistry and information. Published in 1982 and 1968, Deutsch"s Poetry Handbook and Turco"s The Book of Forms offer enduring value to generation after generation of poet. There is a general belief that poets who embrace free verse scorn form and tradition, but nothing could be further from the truth. To examine the works of any contemporary poet is ...

New T.S. Eliot Letters to Be Published

 

AN ACADEMIC from York University is helping to unveil one of the 20th century"s most important literary archives, the bulk of which has been under wraps for more than 50 years, to the public. T. S. Eliot, the iconic contemporary poet, was a man intensely protective of his image, privacy and reputation. protective to the point that he openly asked friends and correspondents to burn his letters. For over two ...

Busy Week for Cool Women Poets

 

It"s a busy week for the Cool Women Poets, a group of widely published poets from Princeton, New Jersey. The seven women started meeting in 1997 to critique and hone each others" work, a meeting that continues to this day. Along the way, each of the writers has built an impressive body of published work - but more importantly, both singly and as ...

Monday: The Poet’s Bookshelf

 

Every Monday we feature a book or books of special interest for poets and those who love poetry. This week, we"ve got a grab bag of books of writing exercises to help you focus your writing and hone your skills - or just plain have fun with writing. Writing Down the Bones (Natalie Goldberg) is a quintessential book of writing exercises and explorations by a ...