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In Memoriam — Robin Williams
He lived life so fully and shared his gifts so generously. He left us so many great moments to remember. Here is one from Dead Poets Society, for all poetry lovers.
America's New Lightning Rod
Charles Wright, America's newly appointed Poet Laureate, succeeds Natasha Tretheway, as "the nation's official lightning rod for the poetic impulse of Americans." The author of many poetry collections and the winner of The Pulitzer Prize, The National Book Award and many other honors, Wright brings a lifetime of of writing, teaching and living poetry to the role. For an introduction to his work, read an essay on his early poetry by Poetryexpress creator, Chuck Guilford.
Poetry in Motion Contest
Dakota Wixom of the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics has started a new contest called "Poetry in Motion." The idea of the contest is that people will submit poems under 100 words, and the winning submission will be turned into an animation. See one of Dakota's poetry videos.
Submissions welcome: http://www.allthingsmotion.net/contests/
Pick a spot where you can write for a while without being disturbed. this could be a private spot where you are alone, or a public spot such as a coffee house or a park.
Begin by focusing on your immediate environment. Note the sights, sounds, smells all around you and start writing them down. As you do, let yourself get lost in your surroundings. You may want to to use apostrophe, or to shift perspectives.
After four or five minutes, turn your attention gradually inward to your experience of the scene--to what it reminds you of or how it makes you feel, for instance. Don't try to control or direct this process, just tap into your internal language. And keep writing.Read more...
Poetry Response Guidelines
-- the no praise/no blame method
As a reader, you may find it hard to speak frankly in the poet's presence about words, images, and ideas charged with personal expression. Yet in doing so, you help the writer see how the poem affects another person, and how it might evolve in a future draft.Read more...
Figurative language works by implication and often by indirection, which may account, in part, for the impression that poetry is hard to understand and needs to be interpreted, unlike a news article, where the language is literal and straightforward, the meaning self-evident.Read more...
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