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Technorati Your Poetry Fix

 

I just found the absolute coolest tool on Technorati. It"s called Technorati Mini, and it"s a mini search window that is updated every minute or so with the search of your choice. Now, understand, if there"s one thing that I love almost as much as I adore poetry, it"s little techie toys. Not hardware toys, though those are nice enough, but the soft ...

Quick Ketchup

 

I spent some time this morning dropping back in on folks I"ve written about in the past thanks to Frank Wilson at BooksInq, who graciously helped put out the word about Carlos Contreras, the New Mexico teacher looking for poems to hand out to his students. The followup on that - Carlos is still looking, and thanks those that have sent poems. He says ...

Another 9/11 Tribute

 

In the bustle of the past week, this story escaped me. I saw it and read it early in the week, and tucked it away for later, then completely forgot about it till I was poking through the latest poetry news. Reported in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on September 6 is this little tidbit about a poet with a mission. Diane ...

Sonibyte Poem of the Day

 

I"m not often one to follow media hype to something slick and commercial. I"m always the last one on the block to read the current bestseller out of sheer stubbornness - and this press release that showed up in my mailbox really nicked at my resistance to commercializing art. Then again - it"s a poem a day project so I had to ...

Poems of Solace and Healing

 

It"s been five years since the morning that I stood in front of a television set watching in stunned horror as the news services replayed over and over and over the footage of a plane crashing through the second of the twin towers at the World Trade Center. I have yet to write about it. The enormity of it staggers me still, ...

Hungarian Poet Gyorgy Faludy Dies at 95

 

Gyorgy Faludy, the Hungarian poet who lived through years of censorship and exile from his native country, died Friday night at his home in Budapest. He was 95, and had spent decades of his life living outside Hungary, the country that he always thought of as "home". Faludy was born in 1910, and published his first works, translations of the French poet, Francois Villon, at 27. ...

This Week In Poetry

 

If you"re going to be anywhere in the neighborhood of Providence, Rhode Island this coming Tuesday night, you have GOT to be at Reflections Cafe on Wickendon Street. That"s the night that Patricia Smith will be featuring at the GotPoetry Live reading - and Patricia Smith reading her poetry is something not to be missed. I"ve written about Smith here before, and I promised ...

Not Just for Women Poets

 

Random web searches sometimes turn up some lovely finds - and this is one of them. Todays-Woman.net is an active portal for poets - and despite the name of the site, it"s not just for women poets. Named one of Writers" Digest"s Top 101 Sites of 2006, Todays-Woman.net welcomes both men and women - in fact, nearly half of their members are ...

Kids and Poetry Blogging

 

Want to do something really special this year? How about inspiring a young poet and encouraging them to keep on with their writing? For many adults, poetry was something we memorized in school, often taught by someone who had about as much interest in trophes and iambs and lyrical feet as we did. That sort of teaching made for a healthy dislike of anything bearing ...

Poet’s Bookshelf: Forms and Poetry

 

I am a lover of poetic forms. Language is music and magic and poetry. Fitting language and meaning together into a set form is like working a puzzle, creating a work of art from scattered thoughts. This is not to say that free verse has no place in poetry - it is very much in favor in most academic circles at the moment ...