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It's all I have to bring today –
Well into Summer
Longer days. Shorter nights. A season of growth and renewal.
Here are are some poems offered for your for your summer reading by The Academy of American Poets.
"Vacation" by Rita Dove
Be sure to check the "Related Poems" links on each page.
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/
You can start these 15 poems right now. Besides being challenging and fun work on, they can lead to some strong poems. For best results, paste the activity into your word processor, or print out a hard copy. Then write quickly and freely, trusting your imagination, hunches, gut feelings. When you finish, read the poem aloud a few times in private. When you're ready, share the poem with a partner or in a small group. Try working on them in your blog, where you can choose to keep them private or share them.Read more ...
Poetry Response Guidelines
-- the no praise/no blame method
Revision means re-seeing — looking again with fresh vision at what you've previously made. And since we're talking poetry, we might also consider "re-auditing" — re-hearing — the words.Read more ...
A poem's form is partly visual: its look on the page. George Herbert's "Easter Wings" is an example of striking visual form, as is e. e. cummings' "r-p-o-p-h-e-s-s-a-g-r." But visual form also works in less obvious ways. The lean, spare look of most Emily Dickinson poems complements her terse style, while the long, sweeping lines of Walt Whitman accentuate his bold, expansive message.Read more ...
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