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"Insomnia" by Tristan Corbière

“Insomnia” by Tristan Corbière

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via Bibliothèque nationale de France

Reading poetry out loud is very important to me. I think it is the key to understanding the full breadth of what poetry is: the use of language. Poetry is about seeing the words on the page, it is about seeing the images the words create, and it is about hearing the sounds that all the letters and words make. Poetry should actively engage your mind, your…

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Quoth The Raven: Rainer Maria Rilke

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"The Quest" by James Wright

“The Quest” by James Wright

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James Wright (1927-1980), is an American poet I’ve recently discovered. Some people like getting new shoes, or a new electronic gadget. Me, I love discovering a big volume of Complete Collected poems. I know some poets are more prolific than others; the muse moves as it will. James Wright’s Above the River: The Complete Poemsis nearly 400 pages worth of fantastic poetry — it is rich in language,…

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Gaza, where you have 58 seconds to live

Gaza, where you have 58 seconds to live

John:

In the midst of all the politics, we often forget that it’s the everyday people that die — not the politicians.

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The sky is clear. There are no clouds to hide the drone coasting above your home. Despite being thousands of meters above you, its camera sees everything. You…

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Originally posted on ILEANA PARTENIE:John:If you like photography … and, if you like to visit…

John:

If you like photography … and, if you like to visit places you’ve never been, then I highly recommend Ileana’s blog. She has a wonderful photographic eye, and she captures Bucharest in ways you’ve never seen. And, I suspect, if you were to visit Bucharest as a tourist, you’d pass all these places by. Bucharest is a city that’s old — and its age can be seen in its buildings. They’re worn, but…

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"If My Father Were To Ask" by S. C. Hahn

“If My Father Were To Ask” by S. C. Hahn

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Like many people, when I first encountered a prose poem, I wasn’t sure what to think. It seemed like a paragraph, taken out of a novel; or, in more current terms, it seemed as if it were a work of “flash fiction”.

I didn’t quite get the idea.

But I was intrigued, once I learned that the prose poem was an entire genre, not just a one-off that I’d read. In fact, there is a long tradition of prose…

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"The Negro Speaks Of Rivers" by Langston Hughes

“The Negro Speaks Of Rivers” by Langston Hughes

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Often cited as the poet laureate of African American, Langston Hughes seems to speak to a much wider community. Hughes was a part of the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s-40s, a movement that brought the community together in new ways, giving a new voice to the black community. It brought together artists, writers, poets, musicians; it built a neighborhood of successful businesses, owned by…

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Goodbye Ms Stritch

Legendary Broadway star Elaine Stritch passed away last night. She was 89.

In 2002, Ms Stritch starred (and won an Emmy for) her one woman show, At Liberty, an honest, frank, and funny look at her life. She is more than willing to discuss her years as an alcoholic, and doesn’t sugarcoat her embarrassments and failures.

If you get the chance, the full video of At Libertyis worth the time. But, if…

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“Nirvana” by Charles Bukowski

One of my favorite writers — he told brutally real stories, and wrote such incredible poetry.

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“Word Crimes” by Weird Al Yankovic

Weird Al is back …. and, I’m so glad he is! I’m all for grammar songs.

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