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Daniel Hoffman Poems

 

Daniel Hoffman was a multi-award winning American poet, literary critic and essayist.  He taught English at three different institutions during his lifetime, one being Columbia University where he had studied on three different degree courses.  In 1973 he became his country’s twenty-second Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. While much of his poetry was based on events from his own life, ...

Stanley Kunitz Poems

 

Stanley Kunitz  was a US born Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and journalist who lived a remarkably long life that spanned a hundred years.  He was appointed Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress twice, the first time in 1974 and then again at the age of 95.  He taught at a number of colleges, travelling the country wherever he could find a position. He ...

Staceyann Chin Poems

 

Staceyann Chin is a Jamaican-born poet and performing artist who campaigns vehemently on behalf of LGBT issues.  She has been openly gay since arriving in the Brooklyn district of New York City and has appeared on television shows such as the Oprah Winfrey Show where she recounted her struggles growing up in the Caribbean.  Her poetry has been published extensively in book form ...

Muriel Rukeyser Poems

 

Muriel Rukeyser was a 20th century American poet who wrote a great deal about social injustice and equality of the races and sexes.  As well as works of poetry she also produced a number of children’s books and wrote feminist-themed plays.  In 1949 she wrote a critical work on American literature called A Life in Poetry.  Being a Jewish female she rose ...

Audre Lorde Poems

 

Audre Lorde was a 20th century American writer of often angry poetry and prose which she used as a weapon against social and racial injustice, two conditions that were on her mind throughout her life.  She campaigned actively on civil rights and feminist issues, in particular for the rights of black women who still did not have the recognition that they craved, and ...

Jayne Cortez Poems

 

Jayne Cortez was a 20th century poet who often presented her own work to live audiences as a performance artist of the spoken word.  Like so many others she was involved in political and social activities and was involved with the Black Arts Movement of writers and artists.  Her work has been much anthologised in publications such as The Jazz Poetry Anthology and Daughters ...

Diane di Prima Poems

 

Diane di Prima is an American writer and artist whose literary output numbers over forty books of poetry, prose and memoirs.  She is popular around the world with her work having been translated into over twenty different languages.  She has also written plays and taught poetry. She was born on the 6th August 1934 in the Brooklyn district of New York City, descended from ...

“PrOtEsT” – Poet Activists Throughout the Years

 

In the days since Trump's inauguration, we’ve witnessed an increase in protesting and grass roots activism. And while it’s an immediate and important part of the democratic process, we’re also consciously looking to the activists who came before us. Here are seven of our favorite poet-activists and the causes that they hold dear. Whether you’re educating yourself on the movements of the past, searching for a line of poetry ...

Sonia Sanchez Poems

 

Sonia Sanchez is an African-American writer of poetry, children’s books, plays and critical essays.  She also spent many years as a school teacher and university professor of English.  During her 30s and 40s, she was heavily involved in the significant cultural revolution called the Black Arts Movement that swept the country, showcasing and encouraging black artists and writers.  Now an octogenarian, she has ...

9 Poets to Remember during Women’s History Month

 

It’s Women’s History Month and here at My Poetic Side we couldn’t be happier. To commemorate the month, we’re celebrating innovative poets of the past and radical poets of the present while maintaining that the future is indeed female. So, dive into the work of these activists, feminists, abolitionists, anarchists, and, above all, poets. Because we can guarantee each and every one of them has something to teach today’s poetry ...