• H W Brands. Photo by Marsha Miller
    April 28, 2014   BY Victoria Fleischer 

    For historian H. W. Brands, there are many ways to write about history. When teaching his students at the University of Texas the different tried and true formats for a good paper, Brands, who is known for his books Andrew Jackson” and “The Age of Gold” to name a few, likes to emphasize that any form is acceptable. Continue reading

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    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

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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

  • Will Hartfield recites "This is Home." Courtesy Off/Page
    February 24, 2014   BY Victoria Fleischer 

    For Deandre Evans, Will Hartfield and Donte Clark writing poetry isn’t solely about expressing themselves, it’s also about reporting on a story that’s affecting their community. Through the Off/Page Project, a collaboration between Youth Speaks and The Center for Investigative Reporting, the three poets joined CIR’s Amy Harris in the field while she was conducting research on the housing crisis in Richmond, Calif. Continue reading

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    February 21, 2014   BY Victoria Fleischer 

    Cummings was one of the most popular poets of his time. His work is linked to the movements of Marcel Duchamp, Pablo Picasso, Gertrude Stein, and Ezra Pound. The group of modernists from the 1930s and ‘40s covered all artistic mediums. “You’ve got the whole idea in painting that the painting should not represent the form and you’ve got the whole idea in writing that words should not just mean something, but that the sound of the word was also tremendously important,” said Cheever. Continue reading

  • Carolyn Forche reads Rupert John Cornford's "A Letter to Aragon"
    January 29, 2014   BY artsdesk 

    Carolyn Forche was deeply affected by her experience in war-torn countries. Forche is the co-editor of “Poetry of Witness.” When she began collecting poems by writers who had endured warfare and other extreme situations, Forche wanted to look more deeply and “understand the poetry as an outcry of the soul.” Continue reading

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    January 29, 2014  

    The poets featured in Carolyn Forché’s anthology “Poetry of Witness” have endured extreme conditions: warfare, censorship, forced exile. The Georgetown professor and poet herself calls the collection an “outcry of the soul.” Jeffrey Brown sat down with Forché to discuss this style of writing and its enduring power. Continue reading

  • Peter Cole
    January 27, 2014   BY Victoria Fleischer 

    Peter Cole thinks of all poetry as translation. “Writing one’s own poetry, you’re translating a nonverbal experience or a less than articulate experience into something much more articulate,” he told Art Beat. In addition to writing his own, Cole translates Hebrew and Arabic poetry into English. When Cole finished translating 2,000 years of Jewish mystical poetry for his previous project “The Poetry of Kabbalah” (Yale University Press, 2012), he was ready to start producing his own work again, but it wasn’t a simple or easy transition. Continue reading

  • Argentinian poet Juan Gelman as seen Oct 26, 2005 in Madrid. Photo by Philippe Desmazes/AFP/Getty Images
    January 24, 2014   BY Victoria Fleischer 

    “The moment he died in Argentina, the entire country came to a halt. It understood that part of its soul had left,” Ilan Stavans told chief arts correspondent Jeffrey Brown. Stevens is a writer and a professor of Latin American culture at Amherst College in Massachusetts. Continue reading