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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.
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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/
Make a word photo of someone you know, not a formal portrait, but a quick candid shot of the person engaged in some characteristic activity--your brother playing with his Lego blocks, or your best friend serving a tennis ball, for instance.Read more...
These are similar but not identical concepts. Rhythm refers to the overall tempo, or pace, at which the poem unfolds, while meter refers to the measured beat established by patterns of stressed and unstressed syllables. Poets who write free verse, generally de-emphasize or ignore meter and focus instead on refining and tuning their natural speech rhythms to suit the poem's tone and content. Or as Ezra Pound put it, they "compose in the sequence of the musical phrase, not in the sequence of the metronome."Read more...
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