poetry

  • poet Gerald Stern
    April 9, 2014   BY artsdesk 

    On Wednesday night the Poetry Society of America will honor poet Gerald Stern with the Frost Medal, the organization’s highest award, given for lifetime achievement. The medal has previously been awarded to poets such as Wallace Stevens, Marianne Moore and Allen Ginsberg. Continue reading

  • Steve Scafidi Jr.  reads ‘Portraits of Abraham Lincoln with Clouds for a Ceiling’
    April 7, 2014   BY artsdesk 

    Steve Scafidi Jr.’s poem “Portraits of Abraham Lincoln with Clouds for a Ceiling” is published in “Lines in Long Array: A Civil War Commemoration: Poems and Photographs, Past and Present.” In recognition of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery commissioned 12 modern poets to reflect on our contemporary understanding of the war. Continue reading

  • poetryextra
    April 5, 2014   BY PBS NewsHour 

    Elizabeth Meriwether was approached by Madeline Schwartzman on the subway and asked to write a poem. Here she reads “Outpouring of My Emotion?” Continue reading

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    April 5, 2014  

    Madeline Schwartzman’s mission is connect people in what she sees as an increasingly individualized society. Every day as she travels by subway Madeline asks fellow commuters to write a poem in her notebook. Some refuse, some accept, and now more than 100 of their poems are posted on Madeline’s website, 365 Day Subway: Poems by New Yorkers. Continue reading

  • Eavan Boland reads ‘A Soldier in the 28th Massachusetts’
    March 31, 2014   BY artsdesk 

    Eavan Boland’s poem “A Soldier in the 28th Massachusetts” is published in “Lines in Long Array: A Civil War Commemoration: Poems and Photographs, Past and Present.” In recognition of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the Smithsonian’s National Poetry Gallery commissioned 12 modern poets to reflect on our contemporary understanding of the war. Continue reading

  • C. D. Wright reads 'Obscurity and Legacy'
    March 24, 2014   BY artsdesk 

    C. D. Wright’s poem “Obscurity and Legacy” is published in “Lines in Long Array: A Civil War Commemoration: Poems and Photographs, Past and Present.” In recognition of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the Smithsonian’s National Poetry Gallery commissioned 12 modern poets to reflect on our contemporary understanding of the war. Continue reading

  • Photo by John Sarsgard/Coffee House Press
    March 17, 2014   BY artsdesk 

    Ron Padgett is an American poet, essayist, fiction writer, translator and member of the New York School. His latest book “Collected Poems” is a compilation of his works from 1960-2004 including 11 previous publications and dozens of uncollected poems. Padgett is the recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship from the America Academy of Arts and Letters, the Shelley Memorial Award from the National Endowment for the Arts and was a 2012 Pulitzer Prize finalist in poetry. His work has been translated into 18 different languages. Continue reading

  • Pongo student reads poem
    March 13, 2014   BY Mary Jo Brooks 

    That poem, written by 18-year-old Jada, has become his mantra, of sorts. He began writing poetry five years ago, when he was a patient at a state psychiatric hospital in Lakewood, Wash. There he participated in the Pongo Writing Project, a poetry program that has been working with troubled teens for nearly two decades. Jada, a pen name, says writing has helped him cope with life. “I was in foster care for ten years, group homes, institutions, so when I wrote, it gave me a release to get everything out. It wasn’t that I was trying to be an artist or be creative. It was more like: this needs to get out before something happens.” Continue reading

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    March 13, 2014   BY Natasha Trethewey 

    Visiting the King County Juvenile Detention Facility I couldn’t help thinking of the words of poet Robert Frost. In my own life I believe it was an early education in poetical metaphor that helped me to grapple with and make sense of all the difficult and traumatic things that were to come. That’s why it was heartening to see the kids in the facility writing poetry and making use of metaphor to grapple with the difficult knowledge brought on by their experience. Continue reading

  • Photo by Katherine Branch
    March 10, 2014   BY artsdesk 

    Michael Collier was the Poet Laureate of Maryland from 2001-2004. He has published several collections of poetry, including “The Ledge,” which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the national Book Critics Circle Award. “An Individual History,” published July 2012, is his latest collection of poems. Collier is a professor at the University of Maryland, College Park, and is the director of the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference. Continue reading