elizabeth alexander

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.
So I really understand the overwhelmingness of beauty that is not permanent. Having lost it, I'm struck by: Did it really
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.
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.
Every week, the Poetry Foundation compiles information from Nielsen Bookscan and puts together lists of the best selling books of poetry. Here are 2009's best selling books of contemporary poetry:
The young students were washed in that end of year glow where everything is bright, and each day is a gift as life closes in on the season that makes everyone free: summer.
It was a poet who gave our nation, and new President, the words that led to our visioning of how this time of potential and possibility could become real.
We spend a lot of time on the Living page focusing on all the different ways we can work on improving and bringing more meaning
Let's compare Elizabeth Alexander's poem with one written for an earlier president. I dug up the 77-line poem, "Dedication", that Robert Frost wrote for JFK's 1961 inauguration.
People are "walking past each other...about to speak or speaking" and there is a Babelic quality to the world: "noise," a
Just as Martin Luther King's dream could not have endured if it was his alone, President Obama's hope and promise can't endure if we don't help shoulder the burden.
Journalists today are often stressed rather than inspired. Bring on the poetry. Bring on new voices. Tell us something that matters with words that tell us about the world, about the human condition.
"To have great poetry there must be great audiences, too," Walt Whitman said. He was talking about the quality of a poet's
There will, no doubt, be some talk about Obama passing on more prominent poets to select a friend, but in many ways, the