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Fri,24 Oct 2014
J Jagannath: Poetry and truth
Any piece of art should aim to live up to the two ideals that German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe preferred: Dichtung und Wahrheit (poetry and truth). At the just-concluded Mumbai Film Festival there were quite a few movies that showed these traits in spades.
Sat,11 Oct 2014
Top 10 tips for writing poetry
Andrew Motion on how to make it as a poet
Thu,23 Oct 2014
Kate Tempest: We live in crazy times. You cant tell a story without it feeling political
South Londons Kate Tempest is a poet-rapper-playwright who hates being known as a hyphenated poet, rapper and playwright. Shes also the favourite to win the Mercury prize next week. Im petrified, she tells Dorian Lynskey The day after I meet the rapper Kate Tempest she sends me a long, eloquent email explaining her strange mood during the interview. It all started with the appearance of her ...
Mon,13 Oct 2014
Our guest editor Grayson Perry invites the novelist Martin Amis to his studio to discuss art, violence and the end of ...
Our guest editor Grayson Perry invites the novelist Martin Amis to his studio to discuss art, violence and the end of men.
Wed,08 Oct 2014
Richard Blanco’s Gay Latino Survival Kit
The first immigrant and the first openly gay man to be the inaugural poet, the Cuban-born author talks about exile, his new memoir, and the forces that formed him.
Tue,30 Sep 2014
Small Start-Up Company, Moonbow LLC, Launches Major Online Social Network:
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Sun,28 Sep 2014
Every day brings a chance for young poets to be heard
Being young can often mean a lot of people will disregard what you have to say.So a group of friends from South Auckland's McAuley High School are using poetry to make sure their voices are heard loud and clear."When you put yourself...
Wed,08 Oct 2014
Michael teaches English at the high school. His classroom is in one of the portables set up beside the outdoor basketball court, the garage where the guys in auto shop fix cars. During Grade 12 drama, I spent a lot of time in there with Mr. Chen who’d come from the city, who Lara thought... More »
Fri,24 Oct 2014
A Love Letter to Philadelphia
Dear Philly, Sonia always puts the words a place called before your name. Girl, you’ve been called so many names. Been called out of your name, too. Philly. Illadelph. 215. Killadelphia. You are corner stores and cranes, murals and museums, litter and Love Park. I used to be a girl poet from the suburbs in the backseat of my stepfather Doug’s army-green sedan, yearning for you to look my way ...
Wed,22 Oct 2014
The Joy of the Memorized Poem
William Butler Yeats’ “The Lake Isle of Innisfree” is about the allure of an imagined refuge. The poem’s distressed urban speaker fantasizes about fleeing the city and retreating to an idyllic Irish island; his fervid mantra is “I will arise and go.” For Billy Collins, author of Aimless Love, poetry itself is that sanctuary, a place to seek peace when times are tough. In our conversation for ...

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Poetry Out Loud is recesitation poetry which can feature a broad range of voices, styles, cultural traditions, and approaches to writing and performance.

The Poetry Out Loud: Recitation Contest was created in 2006 by the National Endowment for the Arts and The Poetry Foundation. The contest was created to increase awareness in the art of performing poetry, with substantial cash prizes being awarded to schools that participated as well as representatives from each of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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