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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 ...

The Weekly Blogger: The PoetGuru Podcast

 

The PoetGuru Podcast: Day # = Lines in a Poem (http://poetguru.blogspot.com) Thom Ingram has been blogging about poetry since December 9, 2002. I know this because he started hunting for his earlier blogging sites while we were talking in IM tonight and was stunned to find this: 9th December 2002 8:56am: Welcome to the Poem A Day Project Welcome, hello and good day! The goal of this ...

EPC – Electronic Poetry

 

Indeed, charting the production and circulation of poetry is germane to any study of poetry since poetry"s circulation has always been related to its making. The same was true of poetry in the past century, when its means of production and distribution was a crucial consideration of writing. The rise of little magazines and the small press from hand presses of the Fifties through the mimeo, Xerox, and offset production ...

Monday Bookshelf: Rose, Where Did You Get That Red?

 

Don"t be fooled into thinking that just because this book is aimed at elementary school students, it has nothing to teach adults. Kenneth Koch"s Rose, Where Did You Get That Red? has been around long enough to be called a "vintage" book, but the lessons it teaches are still fresh and bright. Originally published in 1972, the book is ...

Resource of the Week: Claremont Review

 

There"s an odd little dichotomy in the world of publishing poetry, an age skip that"s akin to the soap opera kid trick - that"s the one where the cutesy seven year old kid brother or daughter of one of the major characters goes off to boarding school, and returns a month later at the start of the summer season as a 16 year old, thereby skipping ...

SlamNation Lives On

 

It started back in 1998 - not slam poetry. That was already into its teens. No, we"re talking about the art of documenting the Slam scene. That was the year that Paul Devlin"s SlamNation was released to rapidly become a must-own-must-see video for any fan of the spoken word scene. It documented the behind the scenes and onstage action of the National Poetry Slam. ...

The Monday Bookshelf

 

2006 Poet"s Market Nancy Breen, Editor It"s the one indispensible book for any poet who wants to publish. This year"s Poet"s Market has more than 1,800 listings of markets that publish poetry. In addition to contact information, each listing also notes whether the market pays for poetry, and how, as well as giving a brief overview of the publication"s style and needs. You"ll also find a ...