April 24, 2013 |
Steve Burns is a part-time waiter. He does carpentry, too. But his real job is poetry. The Sicklerville resident, 23, volunteers for Apiary, a print and online literary magazine as energetic and eclectic as the Philly poetry scene it nurtures. From the current issue, available free in the literature room at the Parkway branch of the Free Library: I lost my Philly accent somewhere in the outback returned with a tan and an easy disposition "Apiary is a medley of everything," says Burns, who reviews readings, tours independent bookstores, and conducts interviews for his "Captain Steve" column.
April 9, 2013 |
The topics ranged from love and sex to history and time, but it was all poetry in motion Sunday at the Arts Bank in Center City. Among the recitals was a graphic short poem by Lamont B. Steptoe, "New Orleans," that described having nonviolent, sexual fun with women in the Big Easy. "Most people can't pull that off," Sean Lynch, 20, said. "It's so hard to pull off being vulgar in poetry. " Lynch, a student at Rutgers University's Camden campus, said he had been writing poetry for a decade but performed for the first time in a public forum during Sunday's 17th annual Poetry Ink. Lynch said Steptoe inspired him to go public.
April 17, 2012 |
‘That was the stupidest poem ever. " Imogene, a ninth-grade English student, was critiquing my favorite poem, "Year's End," by Richard Wilbur. Such moments in teaching give me second thoughts about whether I should have gone into law, or plastics. I actually enjoy answering the question: "Why do we have to read this poem?" But more and more, the question has become: "Why do we have to read poetry?" This was essentially Imogene's lament, and it made me feel like a defender of the faith — a solitary English teacher facing the forces of darkness, chaos, and MTV. The resonant literary image, the ordered experience and cadence of the sentence, the counterpoint of the paragraph, and the music of the muse needs preservation — though we may be bloodied in the attempt!
April 8, 2012 |
'Poetry is dead. Long live poetry!" That's my rejoinder to National Poetry Month's seasonal hue and cry - febrile lament of poetry's demise coupled with celebration of its monarchal reign as highest of arts. For poetry lovers this renders April "the cruelest month," as T.S. Eliot observed. Like most poets writing today, I grew up with the notion that poetry is knock, knock, knocking on heaven's door. My teachers, my peers, and many literary journals reminded me that I am merely bloodying my knuckles.
April 28, 2011
By Todd R. Nelson In a school, poetry abounds as spontaneous expression. One of my favorite poems echoing around school recently was not something the kids learned in class, the school play, or hip-hop songs (though we do hear plenty of those). It was a poem about math and counting, in a cadence just right for jumping rope: Cinderella, dressed in yella Went downstairs to kiss a fella. By mistake, she kissed a snake! How many doctors did it take?
April 4, 2010 |
Philadelphia. Poetrydelphia, more like. April is National Poetry Month - so declared in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets - but any month, any week of the year, there's a simmer of poetic endeavor in and around this town to rival anywhere in the United States. World, more like. It's a convergence. The Internet has ushered in a golden age for poets and poetry. Want to read Chinese poetry? Or the poems of Langston Hughes or Victoria Chang? At the stroke of a key, you can. What the heck is trochaic tetrameter?
April 1, 2005 |
Constance Garcia-Barrio is an associate professor at West Chester University Poetry, some say, is for highbrows. John Fox, president of the National Association for Poetry Therapy (www.poetrytherapy.org), disagrees. "Come to the table," he says. "You're missing out. " During April, National Poetry Month, you'll hear a great deal about the beauty and emotional impact of poetry. Bill Moyers emphasizes poetry's universal reach in his book The Language of Life: A Festival of Poets: "Poetry is the news of the mind," he writes, "the news of the heart.
April 2, 2004 |
'April," poet T.S. Eliot famously declared, "is the cruelest month. " It is also, oddly enough, National Poetry Month. Why have a National Poetry Month? Why care about poetry at all? A glance at the copious list that follows makes one wonder why anyone would pose such questions. Obviously, lots of people are interested in poetry. They write it, read it, and recite it. Thousands of volumes of it are published every year. Unlike other forms of writing, poetry isn't meant to be read only by the eye and grasped by the mind.
April 1, 2001 |
The first National Poetry Month was initiated by the Academy of American Poets in April 1996. Why April? Well, school is still in session, for one thing. For another, poets seem to like the month. After all, two major poems in English - Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales and Eliot's The Waste Land - begin with references to April. All sorts of things go on during National Poetry Month, among them readings, festivals, and workshops sponsored by thousands of bookstores, libraries, schools, and other cultural institutions.
April 25, 1999 |
For Kosovo and Littleton, Colorado Some thought it might come slowly, a darkness spreading like a bruise over every rooftop or some thought it would come without discretion in a clatter of machinery, how many gears how many blades whirring and singing last songs or some thought it might come under the cover of silence something as invisible as pollen drifting down settling in all the crevices and some wanted not...