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The Guardian

Poem about struggle 'to love this world as it is' goes viral
The Guardian
A poem by US poet Maggie Smith that tackles “how hard it is to love this world as it is, and to teach my kids to love it”, has gone viral in the wake of this week's tragedies. Smith, who has released three books of poetry with small presses and won the ...



PBS NewsHour

The goal of this kids' story about soccer? To foster a love of poetry
PBS NewsHour
Nick Hall, the 12-year-old protagonist in Kwame Alexander's latest novel-in-verse, “Booked,” is a soccer star who dreams of playing in the European Cup. Unfortunately, his days are filled with the more mundane challenges that confront most middle ...



The Guardian

Four reasons to fall in love with poetry
The Guardian
... the plots get (at aged 11, I wrote a short story about magical tattoos that transport you to alternative universes, but hey, anything's possible in fiction...). Five years later, I've begun to discover another literary art form – poetry – and I'm ...



The Australian Financial Review

The love affair between science and poetry
The Australian Financial Review
Poetry and science seem like opposites – but the two have long been intertwined. At London's Roundhouse in June, performance poet Robin Lamboll's take was wonderfully dramatic. It featured a shouting, angry and judging voice performance on "science ...



WABC-TV

'Love is love is love is love': Orlando victims honored with music, poetry
WABC-TV
Lin-Manuel Miranda accepts the Tony for Best Original Score by performing a poem paying tribute to the Orlando shooting victims. (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP). share; share; tweet; email. wabc. Monday, June 13, 2016. As the country learned of the ...

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Myjoyonline.com

Poetry Delight: 'Love' by Nana Efua Rockson
Myjoyonline.com
What makes love grow sour? Why do we run away from one relationship and start another? Why do we get hurt in love relationships? Yet most of us are not afraid to fall in love again, over and over again? This poem explores some of the feelings of loving ...



The Independent

Who is Rumi? The fascinating story of the medieval poet Leonardo DiCaprio is tipped to play
The Independent
the revered 13th-century Persian poet Jalaluddin al-Rumi once asked. As was his wont, he was reflecting on humanity and the futility of rigid identities where we all originate from a divine and loving creator. And thankfully he cleared it up quite ...
Why Iranians are turning against Leonardo DiCaprioAl-Monitor

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Press-Enterprise

CARL LOVE: Of poetry and manual typewriters
Press-Enterprise
When I tell him my daughter Julia is a journalist in San Francisco, he says that his dream is to be a writer there. Angie Ruiz of Lake Elsinore and Carlos Payan of Murrieta are the next to drop by. On the spot, Mercier writes a poem, takes a photo and ...



Sun.Star

Love and drugs
Sun.Star
The first part of the program were presentations from APS members who wrote poems that adhered to the theme of the night. Love and drugs were pitted against each other, showing the onlookers its similarities and differences. Other pieces were of the ...



Book Review Lowell writers' poetry packs emotional thunder
Lowell Sun
Forty years from now, a survivor of the human cataclysm in Syria may very well unleash onto the world a book of poems with the raw power of "The Genocide's Love Baby Learns to Sing" by Princess Moon, a first-generation Cambodian-American poet.

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StepFeed

14 beautiful love quotes from Nizar Qabbani's poetry
StepFeed
Qabbani's timeless and universal poetry transcended both time and culture, touching hearts and enriching minds across the world to this day and allowing him to remain one of the most widely-read poets. Qabbani wrote about everything from love, grief ...



New Republic

What's The Matter With Poetry?
New Republic
In his new book, The Hatred of Poetry, the poet, novelist, and MacArthur “genius” argues that if you love poetry's promise of transcendence, you must also hate poems for their failure to keep up their end of the bargain. “Poetry,” Lerner writes ...
The Hatred of Poetry review: Ben Lerner's chronicle of disappointment and loveThe Sydney Morning Herald

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Washington Post

My parents weren't affectionate, so I had to teach myself how to be
Washington Post
When she let go she looked at me and looked at him and said “Okay, your turn,” motioning for the two of us to mimic her expression of love. I froze. ... “I love you.” Erinne Magee is a Maine-based writer who specializes in nonfiction, poetry and ...



OZY

The Ancient Poem That Will Put Your Life in Perspective
OZY
In the wake of his “conscious uncoupling” from fellow mega-celebrity Gwyneth Paltrow in 2014, Coldplay's frontman Chris Martin found solace from his failed marriage in a somewhat surprising source: 13th-century Persian love poetry, notably a poem known ...



New York Times

Luigi Ghirri's Brilliant Photographic Puzzles
New York Times
To “get” Ghirri's photographs, in the sense of untangling the initial confusion about what they depict, does not exhaust their poetry. His photographs play with scale, symmetry, tourism and travel; they betray a love of the land and a wish to care for ...



Eagle-Tribune

Robert Frost's granddaughter speaks about their relationship
Eagle-Tribune
Along with memories of her grandfather and stories of his travels, a large portion of Monday night's talk flowed from a concept seen in Frost's poetry — that “you can't talk about love in the abstract,” but it instead has to be related to a love of ...



Valley News

American Readers Have a Love-Hate Relationship With Poetry
Valley News
As a poet and professor of English and creative writing, I often feel like a cultural canary as I witness the staggering decline in liberal arts majors, not just at the college where I teach, but also at colleges and universities across the country ...



The Guardian

Carol Ann Duffy introduces poems for our love of bookshops
The Guardian
... their locality; and being almost always the only retailers to accept and sell 12 letter-pressed pamphlets by local poets. Their very existence is a kind of love and we – writers and readers – should love them in return by supporting them. See you ...



Smithsonian

Novelist Edna O'Brien Explores the True Nature of Evil
Smithsonian
Love and Evil. Two great mysteries that have obsessed the greatest writers and thinkers for as long as people have thought and written. For a long time Edna O'Brien, the celebrated Irish-born, London-dwelling writer, has been known as one of the ...



Huffington Post

A New Novel About Teenage Rebellion Is Summer's Fieriest Read
Huffington Post
Predictably, they fall into a tumultuous first love. That sort of story matters for ... But for Ball, who wrote poetry before he set out to write fiction, spare speech and writing, plumb with pauses and silence, can be powerful in its efficiency ...



Billboard

Hear Aaron Neville Pay Tribute to His Native New Orleans on 'Stompin' Ground': Exclusive
Billboard
He kept the pages in a brown paper bag, and he didn't start taking them seriously until a friend encouraged Neville to type some of the poems up, which yielded a limited edition book called I Am a Song. ... "I love it," Neville says of the tune. "It ...



Painting rainbows with words
The Hindu
Poems about the freedom to love, heartbreak and equality of rights were also read out. “Your sorrows become smaller when you put them down on a piece of paper, and your happiness is magnified. Talking about LGBTQ rights is important because it makes a ...

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The Guardian (blog)

Cult heroes: Tindersticks – downtrodden poets of scabrous indie cabaret
The Guardian (blog)
By turns suave, lovelorn and animalistic, this was an album of lust, love and violence, of – as their own song titles had it – Blood, Jism, Whiskey & Water, washed down with dashes of honey. Through it all, cotton-mouthed singer Stuart Staples cut a ...



Consequence of Sound (blog)

Cass McCombs takes on the government, corporations with new song “Run Sister Run” — listen
Consequence of Sound (blog)
Highlighted by a lively, fluid rhythm, it sees the alt folk songwriter using elements of hip-hop and Beat poetry to critique corporate money hoarders and the racially charged shootings in Ferguson, Missouri. A press release ... Mangy Love arrives on ...

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Poynter (blog)

Who says kids don't have podcasts? Here are 18 choices from public radio
Poynter (blog)
I love these two shows, which are aimed at both kids and their parents. "Pea Green Boat" features stories, songs, poetry, and special guests — and is one of the longest-running shows on public radio (it's been airing for over 30 years). Start with ...



RollingStone.com

Freetown Sound
RollingStone.com
It's that and plenty more: Opening with a butter-smooth R&B chorale that segues into a poetry-slam jazz collage using Ashlee Haze's incandescent "For Colored Girls (The Missy Elliott Poem)," followed by lush Eighties-style synth-pop, Freetown Sound is ...

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Financial Times

Stuart Davis: In Full Swing, New York — 'Soul-warming'
Financial Times
Davis likened his project to euphoric poetry: “I too feel what Whitman felt and I too will express it in pictures — America — the wonderful place we live in.” Davis was born ... However abstract his art became, he always injected it with meticulous ...

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Huffington Post

Poets Break Down Why They Won't Let You Mispronounce Their Names
Huffington Post
... name is the only thing that's been given to me without the expectation of something in return. If we can't go into every conversation speaking Spanish — or Punjabi — we can go into it demanding our names sound like the language we first learned ...



Westword

100 Colorado Creatives 3.0: Bianca Mikahn
Westword
Poet, hip-hop musician, healer of social woes, youth mentor, activist, goddess — these are just a few of the hats that Denver native Bianca Mikahn wears as she dances through life, touching lives with her lyrical voice and a helping hand. Mikahn's ...



The Guardian

Poets on tour: foreboding at the Welsh border
The Guardian
She reads her poem Michelangelo's David: “Love can be translated into time in any language”. All of us shift our readings slightly. Gillian reads Lament, Jackie In my country, Carol Ann Weasel Words: all poems written years ago, but relevant today ...


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