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In Memoriam — Robin Williams
He lived life so fully and shared his gifts so generously. He left us so many great moments to remember. Here is one from Dead Poets Society, for all poetry lovers.
America's New Lightning Rod
Charles Wright, America's newly appointed Poet Laureate, succeeds Natasha Tretheway, as "the nation's official lightning rod for the poetic impulse of Americans." The author of many poetry collections and the winner of The Pulitzer Prize, The National Book Award and many other honors, Wright brings a lifetime of of writing, teaching and living poetry to the role. For an introduction to his work, read an essay on his early poetry by Poetryexpress creator, Chuck Guilford.
Poetry in Motion Contest
Dakota Wixom of the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics has started a new contest called "Poetry in Motion." The idea of the contest is that people will submit poems under 100 words, and the winning submission will be turned into an animation. See one of Dakota's poetry videos.
Submissions welcome: http://www.allthingsmotion.net/contests/
A metaphor makes a comparison, and in doing so shapes our perception. If we say, "Time is a river," we're noting a certain similarity between the two. Yet we know they aren't identical. We may mean that time is fluid, has currents and eddies, empties into some vast ocean, but not that it's composed of water. If we say, "Time is a stone," we may mean it's silent, still, indifferent, but not that it's a mineral.Read more...
The word "poet" derives from ancient Greek, where it meant "to make." Before people wrote, they made poems. And still today, people who don't write, make poetry. Even more fundamentally than a writer, then, a poet is a maker, an inventor — in language.Read more...
A poem's form is partly visual: its look on the page. George Herbert's "Easter Wings" is an example of striking visual form, as is e. e. cummings' "r-p-o-p-h-e-s-s-a-g-r." But visual form also works in less obvious ways. The lean, spare look of most Emily Dickinson poems complements her terse style, while the long, sweeping lines of Walt Whitman accentuate his bold, expansive message.Read more...
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