May 23, 2004 |
Reading the words of Dylan Thomas, Sylvia Plath and Billy Collins inspired high school sophomore Megan Kyle to convey her emotions through poetry. Her lyrical style caught the eye of the judges for the Bucks County Community College poetry contest, who declared Kyle the 2004 Bucks County High School poet of the year. Entries from 162 students were received for the contest. "She wasn't afraid to have fun with the language," said judge Brian Lutz, 2003 Bucks County poet laureate.
March 22, 1987 |
Beverly Stoughton found solace in writing poetry when her 26-year-old son, David, died in 1982. Stoughton, the 1986 Bucks County poet laureate, said she first wrote only of her grief. Then she came to accept David's death from diabetes after creating, with words, a comforting vision of him in heaven. Stoughton brought the heavenly images of "black walnut trees" and her son playing his "spirit harmonica" into her poem, A Landscape I Longed to Find, to the sixth-grade class at Stackpole Elementary School.
July 14, 1987 |
Edward Hirsch belies whatever stereotype you might have about poets. For one thing, he's a former jock who played three years of varsity football at Grinnell College. As a tight end, he caught more passes than any player save one in that Iowa institution's history - 95. He still plays a mean game of amateur basketball at the University of Houston, where he teaches literature and creative writing. For another thing, although poetry is a solitary art and his own poetry often deals with themes of despair, anguish and suffering, Hirsch is a cheerful, charming, gregarious man with dark curly hair who looks like a mother's dream of a son-in-law.
July 1, 1986 |
Award-winning poet Etheridge Knight will read from his works and lead a round-table discussion on South Africa tomorrow at the Afro-American Historical and Cultural Museum. Joining Knight to read their own poems and the work of South African poets will be a number of Philadelphia-area writers, including Elaine Terranova, Lou McKee, Eugene Howard, Clark White, Chain Woon Ping, Gil Ott and Sharon Goodman. "It's been bothering me in my belly," Knight said when asked his reasons for addressing South Africa.
June 9, 2004 |
mother you rust away you are mostly music one two sing time the void the what the some are delirious & shaking my blue tongue the true urge say sweat say raw ache & meat is the goddess of beauty on we go my nearly gone girl falling beneath the gorgeous moment Kim Addonizio is author of 'What Is This Thing Called Love.' Her Web site is http://addonizio.home. mindspring.com This is the second in a weeklong series of poems by poets involved in the 10th annual West Chester University Poetry Conference.
December 30, 2000
in the building of a parish faith comes first in the building of a holiday in the building of new subdivisions in the building of high spirits and the building of morale in the building of ourselves in the building of a family or a flock in the building of a building in the building of a faith Kirsten Thorpe Kirsten Thorpe is resident intern at the Kelly Writers House. This is the fourth in a year-end series of commissioned poems based on Inquirer headlines.
November 14, 2004 |
When Bill Wunder returned from Vietnam, he sat down at his typewriter and wrote verse after verse after verse. "It was therapeutic," he said. "I don't want to sound like I had issues. It was something I wanted to do. "But I put it away. Life intervened. " A career in automotive sales, marriage, three children, divorce. Nearly 30 years passed before Wunder came across the first poem he had written about Vietnam. "It was a terrible epic," the Lower Southampton resident said.
November 15, 2002 |
Stephen J. Prevoznik, 73, an anesthesiologist with a mind for medicine and a heart for poetry, died Tuesday of respiratory failure at his home in Havertown. Beginning in 1960, Dr. Prevoznik taught and practiced anesthesiology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, becoming a full professor in 1978. He accepted emeritus status in 1994. A mentor to generations of anesthesiologists, he was known for his clinical teaching methods. His work included his helping to develop a pain-management program that became a model for others nationwide.
November 25, 2011 |
LOUIS C. McKEE once said that it requires a large dose of arrogance to think that anyone would be interested in "something you have thought and written down. " That's why, he said, writers who think they are poets are advised to hide their poems "in a box under the bed. " Fortunately for those who enjoy the kind of poetry that Louis McKee was known for - "clarity and candor," as one critic observed - he didn't hide his work under the bed. He published his poetry in more than a dozen chapbooks while also serving as an editor and reviewer of the efforts of fellow scribblers.
December 27, 2006 |
This is the second in our traditional year-end series of commissioned poems based on recent Inquirer headlines. The article headlined "Makeover for a Kahn masterpiece" appeared Wednesday, Dec. 13, on Page C1. Where starlight consecrates a sky, stairwells and sheetrock load the silence in order to sleep a little. While asleep, it's hard to tell if we fail our surfaces, or whether the heart is just another flexible material. Whether a flower produces a faith in flowers, or in you, we might agree that every April culls its soreness from rough, oblique geometries.