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Traits of a mother: A daughter’s words capture her love for my special sister-in-law  Hilton Head Island Packet

Daughter shares love for mother who had an untimely death by putting her thoughts into poetry appropriate for Mother's Day in Pritchardville SC.

As refugee child, she knew no English; now as teen, she's poetry champ  Catholic News Service

PORTLAND, Ore. (CNS) -- Belise Nishimwe remembers what it's like to feel voiceless. Born in a refugee camp in Tanzania, she came to Portland at age 5 ...

National Poetry Month: Talking With An Educator  Human Rights Campaign

HRC is celebrating National Poetry Month by asking young people nationwide to write poems about what equality means to them and share them with us.

Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco On 'How To Love A Country'  wgbh.org

Richard Blanco spoke about how his experiences as a young gay man from a working class, immigrant background shaped his poetry.

Celebrating Volunteers: Poet Karla Huston earns Hanns Kretzschmar arts award  Appleton Post Crescent

This feature is part of a seven-day series featuring the 2019 honorees of Celebrating Volunteers, a collaborative effort between The Post-Crescent and the ...

Ed Madden Named an Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellow, Plots Interactive 'Story Map'  Free Times

Ed Madden dislikes restricting poems to books. He's been Columbia's poet laureate since 2015, appointed to a second four-year term in February. In his role ...

'Shake' it up: Celebrate the Bard's birthday with poetry  Brooklyn Paper

Happy birthday, Bill! A Kings County theater troupe will transform Ditmas Park's Stratford Road into a free, public celebration of the 455th birthday of William ...

Etown alumna poet returns, shares her poetry at open-mic night  Etownian

The Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Title IX partnered with the Women and Gender Studies department to bring back Elizabethtown College alumna, Nichole ...

Q&A: First Wave fellow Natasha Oladokun teaches love poems as an act of political protest  Madison.com

Natasha Oladokun is a poet, but she didn't grow up reading much poetry. She wasn't really aware contemporary poets existed or that poetry was a legitimate ...

A Poetry Professor Critiques Justin Bieber’s Love Poem to Hailey Baldwin  The Cut

Creative writing professor Jeffrey McDaniel critiques Justin Bieber's Instagram love poem to Hailey Bieber (formerly Baldwin).

Linda Gregg, award-winning poet who explored love and loss, dies at 76  Los Angeles Times

Linda Gregg, an award-winning poet whose muse followed her in her wanderings from the wilds of Northern California to the rugged hills of Greece, from the ...

Victorian women poets of WW1: capturing the reverberations of loss  The Conversation AU

An anthology of Victorian women poets is a window into their thoughts and feelings during the first world war.

Get Lit slam poetry showdown brings teen performers to downtown L.A.  Los Angeles Times

Teens from over 50 high schools gather in Los Angeles for the Get Lit Classic Slam, a poetry festival with more than 300 student performers.

Multilingual poetry reading shows love of global literature - Kenyon Collegian  Kenyon Collegian

On Tuesday, the Kenyon Bookstore embarked on a flight. At 4:15, a combination of Russian, Italian, Spanish, Chinese and other Modern Languages & Literature ...

I Did A Close Reading Of The Poem Justin Bieber Wrote Hailey So You Don't Have To  BuzzFeed

"How big and how vast our world is around us / So grateful for god we were lost but he found us."

National Poetry Month: “My Dog Barfed” By BJ Love  Houston Public Media

The Houston poet reads a poem inspired by a walk with his dog.

'They deserve to be heard’: Poetry project gives a voice to English language learners  Hawaii News Now

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Farrington High School student Jalen Espejo wrote a poem about leaving the Philippines to live in Hawaii. It's a happy and sad ...

"Poetry on the Porch" will host two poets to discuss poetry in the South  The Daily Tar Heel

The Love House, the headquarters for the Center for the Study of the American South, which is hosting the Poetry on the Porch event with Southern Culture ...

The Café Review has published poetry longer than most marriages last  NewsCenterMaine.com WCSH-WLBZ

30 years of publishing poetry, that's an achievement, not just for April which is poetry month, but for poetry.

Ask the Astro Poets: Why Does Being in Love Make Me Want to Vomit?  W

Ask the Astro Poets is the monthly advice column by W's resident astrologers, Alex Dimitrov (Sagittarius) and Dorothea Lasky (Aries). At the halfway point of ...

Wild Nights With Emily  fox5sandiego.com

Wild nights - Wild nights! Were I with thee Wild nights should be Our luxury! Futile - the winds - To a Heart in port - Done with the Compass - Done with the Chart!

National Poetry Month: “Saffron” By Amir Safi  Houston Public Media

In this sound portrait, we meet poet Amir Safi. He tells us about falling in love with poetry and competing in poetry slams, as well as the story behind his viral Ode ...

17 of the Best Poetry Books, As Recommended by Acclaimed Poets  Oprah Mag

Poetry captures what's so often ungraspable, articulates what's so often inarticulable, makes sense of the seemingly nonsensical. Here at 17 of the best poetry ...

Valley Verses: Conway resident to release first poetry collection, “Kairos”  The Recorder

A first glance at the elevated diction and usage of the sonnet form in Conway resident Libby Maxey's poetry might make readers believe it's inaccessible. But to ...

Poets share their love of home at Ode to the Zip Code  Toledo Blade

Mia Westfere placed second in her age group in an annual poetry contest in Toledo last year. On Thursday, the 15-year-old competed again, this time winning. ...

Explore words and poetry with 6 World Book Day books  Chicago Parent

What better avenue to celebrate words than to join with young readers or read to even younger ones?

4 collections from Oregon poets that examine nature, love, loss and more  OregonLive

Here's a look at four new and noteworthy poetry collections from Oregon poets. Carl Adamshick: “Birches” (Four Way Books, 88 pages, $15.95). “Now I live ...

Review: A Love Poem to Emily Dickinson in Wild Nights With Emily  thirdcoastreview.com

Hoping to dispel the long-held belief that the late poet Emily Dickinson was a recluse who didn't want a relationship or anyone to ever read her work (a ...

“Poetry,” by Greg Jackson  The New Yorker

Fiction by Greg Jackson: “The volcano was there, and so we had to climb it. That was how things shook out for me.”

These Queer Poets Expand on Black Life Through Their Work  The Root

Editor's note: For National Poetry Month, we're featuring 37 up-and-coming black poets this week who we expect to do amazing work over the next decade.

Local women of color to share "Untold Stories of Liberation and Love" through new poetry project  Concentrate

Five local activists and poets have launched a series of workshops in Ypsilanti that will culminate in the publication of a poetry anthology by Washtenaw County ...

You are Boundless: Dice Media Head Natasha Oswal on poetry, inspiring Indian women and more  EdexLive

Natasha Malpani Oswal's anthology, Boundless, maps her journey, from her professional experiences working in investment banking to her MBA at Stanford, ...

The Joys of Yiddish Poetry  Tablet Magazine

Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of attending the concert and release party for my friend Alex Weiser's gorgeous new CD, called … and all the days were ...

Three to See Thursday: Conscientious fashion, painted poetry and cats on film  Edmonton Journal

Elevate: A Pursuit of Fair Fashion: It's Fashion Revolution Week through Sunday, and there are lots of ways to get involved, from signing a nation-wide pledge, ...

A Passion for Punctuation Meets a Love for All Things Greek  The New York Times

Mary Norris's “Greek to Me” is an exuberant account of a decades-long obsession with a culture and its language.

The Thunker, April 26, 2019 | Columnists  Estes Park news

This is the last week of National Poetry Month 2019. I will be wrapping up the month by hosting a small gathering of poetry aficionados on Sunday. Each of us.

Renée Adams celebrates 10 years of her Del Ray poetry fence  Alexandria Times

By Missy Schrott | mschrott@alextimes.com To know Renée Adams is to know her love of poetry, and in Del Ray, her name is inextricably linked with mention of.

Rachel Eliza Griffiths Reads W. S. Merwin  The New Yorker

Rachel Eliza Griffiths joins Kevin Young to discuss “Rain Light,” by W. S. Merwin, and her own poem “Heart of Darkness.”

U.P.’s first state poetry champ preps for nationals  The Detroit News

Calumet — Coming to the state Poetry Out Loud competition in Lansing, Tajah-Rayne Davise was intimidated by the other students. None of them recited like ...

The Artist's Corner: Love and art; You can't have one without...  Richmond-News

Human life depends upon two things: love and art. Don't let anyone convince you we could do without them. If we cannot give or receive love, then we are ...

Searching For That Secret Chord  Jewish Week

Artists, musicians and filmmakers look for the singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen's elusive essence.

Philadelphia Art Museum is hosting a Def Poetry Jam reunion in the iconic Great Stair Hall  Philly.com

Danny Simmons, who founded the HBO show, is an influential leader of the local arts community. Leading lights like Sonia Sanchez and Ursula Rucker will ...

WATCH: A 414 love poem  OnMilwaukee.com

To honor the 414 flag event as well as the city of Milwaukee in general for 414 Day, local filmmaker Wes Tank for made this 'visual love poem of Milwaukee.'

Linda Gregg, Poet of Taut, Vivid Verse, Is Dead at 76  The New York Times

Linda Gregg, who explored beauty, loss, struggle and desire in award-winning poetry that was spare but intense and deeply evocative, died on March 20 in ...

Nature my chapel, poems my psalms  Global Sisters Report

Recently, I visited a friend in Pune city, India. She invited me to go to the mall just for "trolling"; I reacted with all my dislike for the mall culture and suggested that ...

Poem of the Week: The More Loving One  The Student

I should start by saying I'm a poetic illiterate. I've never read Whitman or Yeats, and my poetry analysis skills date back to 8th grade English class. That being ...

New & Noteworthy, From Walt Whitman and More  The New York Times

A selection of recent poetry books (plus Whitman's ruminations); and a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.

Inua Ellams: ‘In the UK, black men were thought of as animalistic'  The Guardian

The poet, playwright and cultural impresario on supporting his family through poetry, his love for comic books and why 'home' is really his laptop, Meredith.

Just Add Water: Houston Students Leave Hidden “Rain Poems” Around Buffalo Bayou Park  Houston Public Media

The project will last for the month of April, which is National Poetry Month.

Sawyer Sweeten's Family Dedicates Theater in His Name 4 Years After His Suicide at Age 19  PEOPLE.com

Four years after his death, Sawyer Sweeten's family and friends gathered together to restore two old theaters in his name.

The Enduring Mystery of Walt Whitman's 'Live Oak, With Moss'  TIME

In the following selection from the afterword to a new edition of Live Oak, with Moss, a set of Walt Whitman poems rediscovered in the 1950s and now presented ...

Lawrence Clayton series guest poet's words show a love of nature  ReporterNews.com

As part of the Lawrence Clayton Poets & Writers Speaker Series, Aimee Nezhukumatathil will speak on April 5 at Hardin-Simmons University.

Olympic College professor named as Bremerton's first poet laureate  Kitsap Sun

BREMERTON — Tia Hudson admits that Bremerton isn't a bastion of the literary arts. But as the city's first-ever poet-laureate, she hopes to spread the love of ...

Poetry reading fosters discussion of tolerance, spreads message...  Brainerd Dispatch

Poetry took a back seat to lessons in cultural diversity and humanity during this month's Verse Like Water poetry reading event at Central Lakes College.

DMACC in Carroll holds read-aloud to celebrate literary arts  Carroll Daily Times Herald

April 24, 2019 Brian Burmeister wracked his brain trying to find just the right words to portray the agony and hardships faced by those in Darfur, Sudan.

Photo exhibit at Almyra Hotel: Rituals and poetry in nature  In-Cyprus.com

Almyra Hotel is hosting a photography exhibition of the artist Ergenç Korkmazel. The exhibition's theme is the rituals and poetry we encounter in nature. For the ...

ONLY ON ABC7NEWS.COM: Video shows skateboarder Pablo 'P-Spliff' Ramirez holding onto bumper of truck seconds before deadly San Francisco SoMa crash  KGO-TV

Just seconds before he died in a crash, a well-known pro skateboarder was seen on video grabbing the bumper of a truck and being pulled behind the truck ...

Behind the New, Gloriously Queer Emily Dickinson Movie  Vulture

About midway through Wild Nights With Emily, Molly Shannon, playing the iconic American poet Emily Dickinson, sneaks away from a party to meet with her ...

Poem of the week: Breath by Adrian Rice  The Guardian

A poem about final acts of love that spans playfulness, anger and delicate eroticism.

Sophie Turner had a downright filthy reaction to Arya's love life and it's pure poetry  The A.V. Club

[Spoilers for season 8, episode 2 of Game Of Thrones]. Sophie Turner spills a lot of tea. It should come as no surprise, then, that when her best mate, Maisie ...

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid celebrates love of horses with new poetry collection  The National

The Ruler of Dubai's new book of poems was launched at Meydan in Dubai.

I wanted to love this Leonard Cohen exhibit, but was overwhelmed by gimmicks and kitsch  The Washington Post

NEW YORK — Leonard Cohen died the day before Donald Trump was elected president. I mention this only because one of the works in “Leonard Cohen: A ...

Upcoming Events/April 24  Kingstree News

Traffic Safety Checkpoints. The Lane, Greeleyville, and Kingstree Police Departments and the Williamsburg County Sheriff's Office will be conducting traffic ...

Lancaster teacher takes his poetry on the road to help local causes  Lancaster Guardian

A Lancaster school teacher is taking his love of poetry on the road to undertake a unique tour in aid of two local causes.

Juan Mata: Man Utd midfielder on Common Goal, his love of poetry and football's essence  BBC Sport

In an exclusive and revealing BBC Radio 5 Live interview, Manchester United's Juan Mata talks football, poetry and human behaviour.

Read Toronto poet laureate Al Moritz’s poem commemorating van attack tragedy  Toronto Star

The City of Toronto's poet laureate, Albert F. Moritz, wrote this to commemorate the first anniversary of the Yonge Street van attack, which occurred on April 23, ...

Review: Yuan Yuan Tan is the masterpiece in SF Ballet’s overstuffed ‘Mermaid’  San Francisco Chronicle

Love gone wrong. Where would ballet — or theater or movies or novels, for that matter — be without it? Rarely does the uneven course run more strangely than ...

A Final Farewell to the Funky Diabetic  Slate Magazine

The late 2016 release of A Tribe Called Quest's final album, We Got It From Here … Thank You 4 Your *Service*, should have been a moment of absolute triumph.

#NPRPoetry: Alberto Rios On The Power Of 'Or'  New Hampshire Public Radio

SACHA PFEIFFER, HOST: Finally today, some music. (SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "SOMETHING AMERICAN"). JADE BIRD: (Singing) You don't call me now, and I ...

Poems from children on the frontlines of climate change  America Magazine

The students in Kenya understood in the most visceral way the value of water. The misuse of natural resources during our age of climate change is unethical and ...

Beto O’Rourke’s love of the Odyssey: what it says about him  Vox.com

Classicist and Odyssey translator Emily Wilson explains why Beto O'Rourke's approach to the Odyssey matters.

Damian’s love poem for his troubled home  Belfast Telegraph

Acclaimed poet Damian Gorman has penned a work to mark 50 years since the start of the Troubles.

NGB chaplain delivers Easter message at Arlington service  United States Army

With the warm, yellow-tinged light of daybreak filtering through the sky and across the Arlington National Cemetery grounds, hundreds gathered Sunday for the ...

One Love Manassas, Novant hospital need volunteers | News  Prince William Times

Novant UVA Health System needs volunteers in surgical services at the Manassas and Haymarket hospitals. It also needs volunteers at the Aubergine Thrift ...

A love of Yeats inspires Kevin to pen second book on poet  Sligo Champion

A local writer has released a book detailing Yeats' connection to Sligo which is a great insight into the poet's rich history here in the Northwest.

Celebrate National Poetry Month at UW  Dailyuw

April is National Poetry Month. I realize that this may not be the most exciting news for UW students, but that's a sad thing, especially considering that the ...

Towson University unity rally: 'We have the right to protest against the hatred and bigotry'  Baltimore Sun

Iqra Zulfiqar, a Muslim freshman at Towson University, said she chose her school for the “vibe” — it felt welcoming. So when five members of a church in ...

The first casualty of war…  Sydney Morning Herald

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn….. Those lines from For the Fallen by Robert Binyon ...

How Broadway's Hadestown Became a Hit Show - Interview with Playwright Anais Mitchell  TownandCountrymag.com

Anaïs Mitchell, the writer behind the hit musical Hadestown, reveals why it took 13 years to bring the ancient story of Orpheus to Broadway.

Man, Woman, and Robot in Ian McEwan’s New Novel  The New Yorker

Julian Lucas on “Machines Like Me,” a retrofuturist drama that takes on the ethics of both artificial intelligence and all-too-human intimacy.

FET Empowers Women With Feminist Playwright  Fordham Ram

While a mish-mash of people and narratives, there was one unifying thread in the playwright: feminism is a framework in which all people can find a place.

To watch Laurel grow  Tri City Times

Eight-year old Laurel had a job to do. “Please keep Mandy in your room until our meeting ends,” Laurel's mother said. “Okay, Mom.” She bounced up the.

Hailey Baldwin Just Gushed About How Much She Loves Justin Bieber On Instagram  Elite Daily

Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin are in their honeymoon phase. The couple has been gushing over each other on social media lately, first with Bieber's poem ...

Love Is: A Crowdsourced Valentine's Day Poem  NPR

Poet Kwame Alexander's latest community poem is inspired by kids' definitions of love, touching on everything from ephemeral connections and puppy kisses to ...

National Poetry Month: “Self Care” By Jordan Simpson  Houston Public Media

The Houston poet reads a poem inspired by his commitment to health.

The female gaze can have a special poison of its own  New Statesman

I have spent much of my adult life reflecting on the ways that I, a woman, have been wronged by men. Serious crimes, generalised disdain, romantic betrayal - all ...

Take off the mask and explore your identity  UConn Daily Campus

Students are often struggling with the formation of their identity throughout their undergraduate career. Unmasking Your Identity, a new organization on campus ...

National Poetry Month: “My First Twenty-Dollar Bill” By Addie Tsai  Houston Public Media

In this sound portrait, we meet poet Addie Tsai. She talks about poetry as a therapeutic space, how she unwinds from writing and what inspires her. She reads ...

The Most Adorable Throwback Photos of Our Beautiful Issue Cover Star, Jennifer Garner  PEOPLE.com

The actress has shared the cutest family snaps — and silliest headshots — through the years. Read more about her life in the Beautiful Issue of PEOPLE, ...

Otherworldly Singer-Songwriter Chrysta Bell Returns to Texas  Texas Monthly

Best known for her collaborations with David Lynch, the 'Twin Peaks' actress is ready to reclaim her Austin and San Antonio roots. The otherworldly ...

From The Iliad to the Anzacs, lest we forget  The Spinoff

As New Zealand prepares to remember those lives lost in 20-century wars, New Zealand actor Michael Hurst reflects upon wars dating back millennia, and the ...

CSU English professor awarded prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship  The Coloradoan

Camille Dungy, a poet, essayist and professor in the department of English, is likely the first woman at CSU to win the prestigious fellowship.

Yusuf Paul McCormack: ‘I would have loved somebody older to have said – you’re going to be OK’  The Guardian

A care leaver who faced terrible abuse growing up in a care home 50 years ago explains why he now talks about his experiences. @clare_horton. Tue 23 Apr ...

Cole & Lili's Astrological Compatibility Is A Well-Balanced Match Made In The Stars  Elite Daily

Whether you watch them on the CW's Riverdale or ship them IRL, it's easy to root for Bughead because of their cuteness and chemistry alone. But what does ...

Love, poetry and pan-Arabism: The broken dream of Balqis and Nizar  Middle East Eye

Every year, Arab scholars commemorate the 1981 assassination of Balqis al-Rawi, wife of poet Nizar Qabbani. He stopped writing about love - and the Arab ...

Affairs of the heart: Our affection for love poetry shows no sign of fading  Irish Examiner

Our love affair with love poetry's as old as time and showing no signs of fading, writes Rita de Brún. Time was when the Bible was considered the oldest book ...

Here's New Teaser For PANTERA's Long-Awaited Fourth Home Video  BLABBERMOUTH.NET

PANTERA has released a new teaser for the band's long-awaited fourth home video as "bonus 420" surprise on Sunday, April 21. Check it out below.

“Love Poems (For Married People)” Author John Kenney: Being with another person is when all the crazy stuff happens  WGN Radio - Chicago

Love Poems (For Married People) Author John Kenney joins John Williams to explain why he created a satirical take on love poetry. But then, he goes into why ...

The optimist rapper: How Cadence Weapon keeps himself going — and stays excited about the future  CBC.ca

I Fell Out of Love is a series of frank conversations with artists untangling the messy relationships between art, passion, work and money. Do you need to love ...

New Narratives: Look Again Festival to reanimate Aberdeen with fresh contemporary visual art and design  The List

Exploring the theme of 'New Narratives', the 5th edition of Aberdeen's Look Again Festival will see the transformation of vacant and underused areas of the city ...