“Banks are the temples of America. This is a Holy War. Our Economy is our Religion…”

Columbia Stages in New York City presented the first staged adaption of the Hispanic American epic UNITED STATE OF BANANA by Hispanic American poet Giannina Braschi in June 2015 at Columbia University’s Schapiro Theater.  The mixed genre farce dramatizes 911 American psyche around the politics of empire and independence. The poet declares “Banks are the temples of […]

Hot Dog and Matzo Ball Poems

http://www.drew.edu/news/2015/06/29/poetry-laugher-and-coney-islandward-winning poet Gerald Stern reads his work at Drew. Gerald Stern, author of more than a dozen volumes of poetry and Drew University’s poet-in-residence, read some of his poems for an audience at Drew, interspersing them with jokes that left the audience laughing loudly. The poems Stern selected sluiced between topics such as a swim […]

Quick: Name a famous living poet.

http://www.cnn.com/2015/06/25/living/poetry-dead-poet-laureate-herrera-feat/ (CNN)Quick: Name a famous living poet. Somebody. Anybody. No, not Maya Angelou. She died last year. Unless you’re a literary scholar or a subscriber to The New Yorker, it’s not easy. That’s because poetry, once a preeminent form of entertainment, has long since receded to the far, dusty corners of popular culture. Most Americans […]