The Birth of a Poetry Journal

As often as I"ve mourned the loss of poetry venues here, noting how sad it makes me to click a link to a poetry journal or review or ezine or other publication, only to find that the editors have stopped publication, this announcement brings me a great deal of pleasure. Not only do I get to announce the birth of a new review ...

Poets and War

A short post at Stick Poet Super Hero led me to this story written by a woman living in the midst of the bombings in Beirut. Headlined Bombs, Rubble and Poets, it is written in prosaic, matter-of-fact language that blunts the impact of the world it presents - which makes it all the more horrifying when you realize ...

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...