Tracy K. Smith knows many readers are intimidated by line breaks. She knows people don’t like identifying consonance, assonance or alliteration. But Smith — the newly announced 22nd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry of the United States — wants to help America push past that anxiety. The poet laureate is appointed by the librarian of […]
Hollie McNish has stopped talking for a moment; this doesn’t happen much during the interview. I have just asked her why she thinks her “poetic memoir”, Nobody Told Me, recently won the Poetry Society’s Ted Hughes award (previous recipients include Kate Tempest and Alice Oswald). “I really don’t know,” she says after a brief pause, shrugging and […]
Continue reading the main story RELATED COVERAGE Poems of Resistance: A Primer APRIL 21, 2017 Advertisement Continue reading the main story “Poems are visible right now, which is terribly ironic, because you rather wish it weren’t so necessary,” she said. “When poetry is a backwater it means times are O.K. When times are dire, that’s […]
“We Real Cool” by Gwendolyn Brooks THE POOL PLAYERS. SEVEN AT THE GOLDEN SHOVEL. We real cool. We Left school. We Lurk late. We Strike straight. We Sing sin. We Thin gin. We Jazz June. We Die soon.
In her second book, the Canadian poet Linda Besner weaves throughout her funny, dark poems “found” language — like the headline of an article in Cosmopolitan, which became the name of the collection, “Feel Happier in Nine Seconds,” or text from a travel-ad campaign for Aruba, from which this poem takes its title. Here, she […]
Explore, celebrate and debate the collective creative genius of Hispanic culture in the United States. Hispanic legends of film, poetry, art, and music will be the subject of “Transatlantic New York”, a conference hosted by Instituto Cervantes, Brown University, and CUNY from May 24th to May 26th 2017 in New York City. Discussions about the […]
Join these brilliant, internationally acclaimed writers from May 1-7. View this email in your browser For the first time in the history of the World Voices Festival, we will be featuring twice as many women as men in our Festival line-up. These authors, poets, translators, artists, and critics will join us from May 1-7 as […]