Poet Sasha Pimentel says she writes to give voice to violence “so unseeable, so irreconcilable it hurts so much to say.”…
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Literature can be daunting for some young people, so how can we create a culture of avid readers? Poetry can be a non-threatening alternative introduction for fledgling bibliophiles, giving them more “white space” on a page without losing narrative elements.
By Jennifer Hijazi
The work of Mahmoud Darwish -- who died in 2008 and is widely considered the preeminent modern Palestinian poet -- has found new resonance since President Donald Trump’s announcement that the U.S. will move its embassy to Jerusalem, officially recognizing…
For Major Jackson, poetry is a vehicle of exploration. His poem "Stand Your Ground" responds to Florida's law that was famously invoked in the killing of Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old boy. Jackson gives his Brief But Spectacular take on leaving…
The shooting “changed our lives that day, and we became activists.” In a new collection, 54 poems address gun violence in America.
By Elizabeth Flock
Jeff Alessandrelli said the label is looking to bring the same independent sensibility as Octopus to its releases, and plans to release two to three records per year.
Romantic poet John Keats is best known for his odes, epics and sonnets. But in his short lifetime he also wrote dozens of letters to siblings and friends, which are now surfacing together online for the first time, 200 years…
Members of the Macedonia Baptist Church in Bethesda, Maryland, believe the remains of some of the first freed African Americans are buried under ground nearby.
A new book faithfully reproduces Bukowski's poems as he actually wrote them, before they were revised with a heavy hand.
By Elizabeth Flock
Watch women read these powerful lines of poetry from McKayla Robbin's collection "we carry the sky."…
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