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Poem, Category, Relationships, Gay June 12, 2009: As you might know, it's gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender month here in the good old U.S. of A. In the hope of promoting some quality queer poetry and some quality queer poems here on the poetryfoundation.org, we've got a section of our Poetry Tool dedicated to "gay" poems, whatever that means. Let's say we decide to include poems based on [...]
Poem I Love: Jane Miller’s “Miami Heart” June 9, 2009: I once heard Jane Miller recite this poem in a large amphitheater in the Midwest where I swear she read the whole thing in one breath. I love the pace of the poem--how it speeds up, slows down, and finally ends in a rich silence--and what I take to be its clever allusion to Denise Levertov's "O Taste and See" and Wordsworth's "The World is Too [...]
Chicago Poetry Tour Premiere June 3, 2009: [caption id="attachment_3371" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Chicago Poetry Tour (poster by Kathleen Judge)"][/caption] If you’re in Chicago this weekend, head to the Printers’ Row Lit Fest, where you can browse tons of books, hear all kinds of authors, and explore the treasures and charms of the Printers Row district. At the [...]
Lorine Niedecker May 20, 2009: A few weeks ago, I got a tip from a coworker that a documentary film about Lorine Niedecker was being shown at Loyola University. I used to be the only person I knew who knew who Lorine Niedecker was, so naturally I had to drop everything I was doing to go see the film. I'm glad I did. The film, Immortal Cupboard: In Search of Lorine [...]
A Few Harriet Statistics April 24, 2009: [caption id="attachment_2389" align="alignnone" width="428" caption="How the Air Force Handles Blog Wars"][/caption] Ten years ago, I ran a site for teenage girls with over 4 million registered users. We had at least a million teenage girls posting on our discussion boards, especially the poetry board. Every once in a while, we'd have to "bozo" [...]
Roller Derby Haiku April 22, 2009: Roller derby haiku. They call it "girl-powered poetry inspired by derby queens." We call it a wonder we made it through high school without this stuff. Some of our favorite examples: Eva at the line zombie on zombie action skating corpses fly and: crushin' on U, Doll gotsta let UR feelings show brutal valentine Brutal valentine, [...]
Fanny Howe & Ange Mlinko Win 2009 Pegasus Awards April 14, 2009: Please join me and all the Poetry Foundation staff in congratulating Fanny Howe and Ange Mlinko, winners of the sixth annual Pegasus Awards. Howe is the recipient of the 2009 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. Established in 1986 and presented annually by the Poetry Foundation to a living U.S. poet whose lifetime accomplishments warrant extraordinary [...]
Take the Poetry Poll and Pass it On March 27, 2009: In response to Travis's last post, Iain says: "I'd be very interested in a poll that asked people what stereotypes they associate with poetry and poets." So would we. So let's ask that question far and wide: What stereotypes do you associate with poetry and poets?
Herrera and Kleinzahler Share 2008 NBCC Poetry Prize March 13, 2009: The Poetry Foundation would like to congratulate Juan Felipe Herrera and August Kleinzahler whose books "Half of the World in Light" and "Sleeping It Off in Rapid City" have both won the 2008 National Book Critics Circle award in poetry. This is the first time two poets have shared the award. Learn how Herrera found his voice as a poet, and read [...]
Poets House Tribute to Reginald Shepherd (1963-2008) March 11, 2009: I was so happy to see that Poets House in New York is holding a tribute to poet, critic, teacher, and former Harriet blogger Reginald Shepherd tomorrow night, Thursday, March 12th at 7:00 pm. Those of you in New York might want to go. If you can't get to Poets House, you can read his Harriet blog posts, a few of his poems, and a short bio here.