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Google The Bard

 

Think you know everything there is to know about Shakespeare? Find yourself looking for that perfect Bard quote? Ever have a need to settle a barroom argument about who said what in which Shakespeare play? If so, then Google has just made it easier for you. Google"s infamous Books project has completed scanning in the complete works of Shakespeare. You can now ...

Thursday Resource: Interboard Poetry Community

 

Poking through the places where I find news, poetry and interesting things on which to follow up, it occurred to me that I haven"t shared the Interboard Poetry Community as the resource most likely to drag me in for hours and make me late for everything else in my life. Rus Bowden introduced me to it a while back, when we talked ...

New Frost Exhibit Highlights Poet’s Personal Life

 

Robert Frost may be one of the most well-loved American poets of any era. A new exhibit at the Robert Frost Stone House Museum in Vermont takes a look at a different side of the poet. Assembled by Frost scholar, Donald Sheehy, the exhibit features 11 key women in Robert Frost"s life. Those women include his mother, his wife Elinor, his sister, his daughters, writer Dorothy Canfield Fisher, and ...

Seamus Heaney Nomination Sparks Discussion

 

The Guardian, a UK newspaper, reported Saturday that Nobel Prize Laureate Seamus Heaney"s 12th book, District and Circle, has made the short list for the prestigious Forward Poetry Prize. Established in 1991, the Forward Poetry Prize is awarded each year to the year"s Best Collection, Best Single Poem and Best First Collection. Its £10,000 prize is one of the ...

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 ...