on poetry

July 30, 2021

“If I could I would always work in silence and obscurity, and let my efforts be known by their results.”
Emily Brontë
(July 30, 1818 – December 19, 1848)

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poetry everywhere

July 28, 2021

In case Reader’s Digest Canada is not on the top of your reading list, here’s a short article in today’s online issue: How to Understand — And Like — Poetry. Micah Toub interviews poet Sonnet L’Abbé.

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thanks to Arleen Paré for the heads up

watch some poetry

July 27, 2021

Here’s more poetry for your viewing pleasure. IMMA is Ireland’s National Cultural Institution for Modern and Contemporary Art. Poetry Speaks is an exhibition by the New York-based Adrian Brinkerhoff Poetry Foundation and Poetry Ireland, presented by IMMA.

This series of poetry films captures poets and actors from Ireland, the US and the UK, reading their own poems or works by beloved poets, that seek to integrate poetry into everyday life. Presented outside in the formal gardens at IMMA with four different monthly programmes of poetry films, each focused on a different theme.

Visit the Poetry Speaks page and use the plus ( + ) signs as you scroll down to access pages introducing each reader and a variety of audio and video readings.

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image: installation view, IMMA, Dublin

on poetry

July 25, 2021

“Look under the bed for poetry.”
Ruth Krauss
(July 25, 1901 – July 10, 1993)


July 21, 2021

The Woodberry Poetry Room in Lamont Library at Harvard University houses a landmark collection of over 6,000 poetry recordings (1933 to the present) among many other materials. Open to the public and to scholars, the library has several wonderful listening opportunities, easily accessible: The Listening Booth features highlights from the library’s A/V collection. Though discontinued in 2018, it is still available online. More recent materials can be found on the WPR YouTube channel. Additionally, the WPR Vocarium offers a virtual experience of the Poetry Room’s multi-author programs, including panels, seminars, oral histories and performances.

Happy listening!


July 19, 2021

If you and your bicycle are anywhere near Portland, Oregon, this Thursday, July 22, 2021, join Oregon Poet Laureate Anis Mojgani for a couple of hours and about four-and-a-half miles of poetry on wheels. Part of the three-month Pedalpalooza celebration (full calendar here), Spoke’n Words will begin at 6:00pm at Oregon Park and end at Revolution Hall.

on poetry

July 18, 2021

“…I write about what I feel is urgent and needs to be remembered and said again. Silence is the precipice to forgetting.”
Rigoberto González
(b. July 18, 1970)

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poetry at the movies

July 16, 2021

With movie houses opening once again, summer fare has a somewhat surprising addition this year: poetry. The film Summertime” has been getting extensive coverage highlighting its spoken-word performances, among other admirable qualities. The Marvel Comics-based Black Widow” might not seem a likely place to find poetry, but as the Variety review reveals, composer Lorne Balfe “adapted the poetry of such major 19th-century writers as Alexander Pushkin, Leo Tolstoy and Mikhail Lermontov for his texts.”

Go see some poetry!

on poetry

July 13, 2021

“…get ready a basket first of all, in which to collect all your rejection slips and you must continue until that basket is full or your work is accepted. In other words, you just must continue writing; and once you accept that, then we can talk about what you want to write…”
Wole Soyinka
(b. July 13, 1934)

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July 3, 2021

LOC logo in all caps with the word LIBRARY in extra large black letters

Looking for something to do over the long weekend? You could binge on poetry videos over at the Library of Congress. If you search Films, Videos / poetry the resulting 2,860 items are available for online viewing. There are readings, festivals, lectures, and much more. It’s not exactly clear what order they’re in, but you can do more refined searches if there’s something special you’d like to see. There are also 685 audio/poetry recordings for your listening pleasure. You may need extra popcorn for this binge.

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