National Poetry Month: April 13th

April 13, 2010

Blue Rainbow by M.L. Wylie Blue, my love is blue Dazzled by glass Like frozen fire For blue flame burns hottest and most pure And so my love is azure Blue, my love is blue A thousand feet of sky And sunlight in my eye You lift me in the air And so my love is […]

National Poetry Month: April 12th

April 12, 2010

The Different Stars by W.S. Merwin I could never have come to the present without you remember that from whatever stage we may again watch it appear with its lines clear pain having gone from there so that we may well wonder looking back on us here what tormented us what great difficulty invisible in […]

National Poetry Month: April 11th

April 11, 2010

Forgetfulness by Billy Collins The name of the author is the first to go followed obediently by the title, the plot, the heartbreaking conclusion, the entire novel which suddenly becomes one you have never read, never even heard of, as if, one by one, the memories you used to harbor decided to retire to the […]

National Poetry Month: April 10th

April 10, 2010

The Lama by Ogden Nash The one-L lama, He’s a priest. The two-L llama, He’s a beast. And I would bet A silk pajama There isn’t any Three-L lllama. This poem was selected by Barb L. (Reader’s Services) Poetry Copyright Notice

Did you know poet Gwendolyn Brooks also wrote a novel?

February 18, 2010

Gwendolyn Brooks was known for poetry, but she wrote a novel, too Gwendolyn Brooks is known as a great poet. Poet Laureate of Illinois from 1968 until her death in 2000, she won the Pulitzer Prize for “Annie Allen” in 1950. She was the first African-American to win the prize and continued to collect accolades […]

“Howl” at the Movies

February 3, 2010

As the 2010 Sundance Film Festival wrapped up last weekend, word about one film in particular came echoing down the Utah mountainside to catch the ear of the literary community.  With a Grand Jury Prize nomination to its credit, the experimental biopic “Howl” has the book world buzzing.  Based on the life of poet Allen Ginsberg and the 1957 […]

Poetry that Sucks . . . BLOOD!!!

October 30, 2009

It’s that time of year again. Time to slap on a multicolored wig, a pair of fangs, and maybe a poorly ventilated rubber mask  and head on out into the night with the rest of the world’s sugar hungry ghouls for an evening of spooktacular candy retrieval. And when you’re done binging on your loot and through gouging […]

Shark Poetry: Not Just for Sharks Anymore

August 24, 2009

In honor of Shark Week, the Discovery Channel’s annual weeklong series of television programs devoted to sharks, has compiled 35 Poems about Sharks, and examined how the animals have been represented in classic and contemporary poetry.

Talking Poetry

April 17, 2009

In honor of National Poetry Month we asked one of our favorite poets, Dobby Gibson, author of two volumes of poetry (Polar and Skirmish) to tell us about five poems or poets that have disturbed his universe. He spoke with us via email. __________________________________________________ Dobby Gibson:  What are the five poets or poems that have “most […]

Poetry Copyright Notice

April 1, 2009

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