zine it

June 3, 2020

Back on May 11 (it seems so long ago, doesn’t it?) we posted about Antiquated Future and zines. Now NPR has posted a make-your-own infographic by Malaka Gharib, “How To Make A Mini-Zine About Life During The Pandemic.”

Pull your thoughts together, whatever is on your mind, and zine it.

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image: Malaka Gharib

poetry challenge

March 13, 2020

In case you missed it among all the other newsworthy news, for NPR’s poetry challenge this week, Morning Edition poet-in-residence Kwame Alexander has selected two paintings to inspire your ekphrastic poem: Heat Wave by Kadir Nelson and Young Woman At A Window by Salvador Dalí.

View the paintings and read the terms, write a poem in any style, and submit it by 8:30pm local time on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, using this form.

Alexander will take lines and excerpts from some of your submissions and create a crowdsourced, community poem. Alexander and Morning Edition host Rachel Martin will read it on air, and NPR will publish it online, where contributors will be credited.

Ekphrastic cento!

the sound of Spokane

January 31, 2019

Since March, 2018, Spokane Public Radio, an NPR member station, has invited a distinguished local poet to select and read one poem each weekday for one week. The poem can be their own or by “poets they admire or find particularly poignant or relevant for the time of airing.” The poems are broadcast Monday through Friday at 9:00am (Pacific) or you can visit the Poetry Moment archives and listen in. Thanks, Spokane!

round two

December 8, 2018

Okay, here’s the next set of bests:

examining metaphor

June 14, 2018

The National Pubic Radio program In Contrast explores “creativity and the creative process through the eyes of artists, activists, translators, writers, politicians and musicians.”

In the latest podcast (Episode #25), poet/essayist/physician Dr. Rafael Campo (previously mentioned here) talks about his personal journey in medicine and poetry.

good news

June 10, 2018

In case you missed this, NPR says “Poetry Is Making A Big Comeback In The U.S., Survey Results Reveal.” We can all use a little good news, right?

more new

January 29, 2018

Here’s another batch of new and “most anticipated” poetry books, thanks to Craig Morgan Teicher and NPR: The Personal Is Always Political: A 2018 Poetry Preview.

books to watch for

February 11, 2017

New Poetry 2017

While you’re plowing through the books on the best-of lists from 2016, there are already plenty of new books in the pipeline.

Beltway Poetry Quarterly offers a list of 2017 poetry titles, without comment.

The Guardian provides a month-by-month calendar of fiction, non-fiction and poetry for 2017, and Andy Croft replies in a letter to the editor, concerned about the dearth of poetry titles on the list.

Writer David Nilsen offers his own list of 2017 Poetry Books I’m Excited About.

For NPR, poet and poetry critic Craig Morgan Teicher lists Poetry To Pay Attention To: A Preview Of 2017’s Best Verse.

That oughta keep you busy for a while.

turning the pages

January 20, 2016

booksWe look back, we look forward, we turn the pages. After perusing various lists of 2015 best-of poetry, you might want to see what Craig Morgan Teicher at NPR is forecasting in the way of important poetry titles due in 2016. Flavorwire offers this list. Graywolf Press has released their poetry list for the year as well.

To stay ahead of the curve, you might consider joining The Rumpus Poetry Book Club. Each month, about a month before the publication date, members receive a new poetry book and can participate in an online discussion with the book club and the author.

As you’re reading your way through 2016, we’d be happy to hear your recommendations for exceptionally fine poetry, recent or otherwise. Leave a comment!
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NPR’s Poetry Games

August 1, 2012

Poetry Games
If you’ve been following the Olympics, you may wish to tune in to another aspect of Olympics tradition: poetry. NPR has “invited poets to compose original works celebrating athletes and athletics” and is presenting the poems on the air and online, where you can vote for your favorite.

Thanks to Sheila Sondik for the lead!

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