What began as a modest effort (inspired by federally designated occasions like Women's History Month in March) to highlight the cultural contributions of poets, promote the sales and distribution of poetry books, and encourage the reading and teaching of poems, has become a phenomenon positively impacting the state of poetry in the United States.
Japanese aesthetics speaks to me powerfully. What it means to have form and function interwoven, to have elegance but also
Lorraine Gordon is twelve years older than The Village Vanguard, which this past week celebrated its eightieth birthday. Lorraine -- who has owned the Vanguard since her husband, Max Gordon, passed in 1989 -- is, at 93, an inescapably frailer version of what she has always been: indomitable.
"Things like 'sexting' are a problem that this generation is going to face. It's very unfortunate that they engage in those
A Kentucky high school teacher admitted to having an affair with an underage student. Elizabeth Alexander, 26, was arrested Tuesday and has been charged with sexual abuse of a minor and use of a minor under the age of 16 in a sexual act.
When we do have poetry ringing from austere offices, what do we gain? If the launch of our progress comes from the incantations of a poet, so be it. After all, who better than a poet to turn a last word into our first step?
Natasha Trethewey was my school's artist-in-residence in 2007 and so I am absolutely delighted that she has just been named the 19th U.S. Poet Laureate.
As scientists improve their ability to manipulate the genome, will a market might emerge for people who want to imprint quotes into their own DNA, or even their children's, as a sort of genetic tattoo?
Rachel Zucker and Arielle Greenberg asked one hundred of the best-known emerging American poets to respond with a poem for each of Obama's first 100 days. The resulting anthology is very revealing.
I humbly offer a brief selection of classic and contemporary poems that explore and celebrate the rich tradition of African-American poetry.