finding poetry

June 28, 2019

The New York Times

In case you missed the announcement a couple of weeks ago, The New York Times posted the winners of its annual student poetry contest. This year, the Times challenged students to create blackout poems from pages of the paper’s print edition. They chose 25 winners (from more than 2500 submissions). The poems are creative, beautiful, and poetic. Have a look. And if you think it’s easy, do as the article suggests and try it yourself!


round three

December 18, 2018

And yet more year’s-best-poetry lists:

three percent

November 24, 2018

The New York Times has released its list of 100 Notable Books of 2018. Three volumes of poetry are included:

  • Brown: Poems by Kevin Young
  • The Odyssey by Homer
  • Wade in the Water: Poems by Tracy K. Smith

Catch up with the complete list here.

edits and revisions

August 4, 2017

We recently ran two guest posts on the subject of revision, the first by Bethany Reid, the second by Richard Widerkehr. It’s a fascinating topic, and a process we don’t often get to observe in the work of the poets we admire.

In an article in this week’s Book Review section, The New York Times opens a window onto the process of writing and revising, with brief statements by six poets and images of their works in process.

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Joanne Carson manuscript with edits by Truman Capote

found poem by j.i. kleinbergAttention students! The New York Times has opened its 8th annual Found Poem Student Contest for youth ages 13 to 19. Using no more than two articles from the entire New York Times archive as source material, “find” words for a poem of 14 lines or fewer. The deadline is 7:00am Eastern time on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, and the complete guidelines (and lots of suggestions) are on this page: The Learning Network | Our Eighth Annual Found Poem Student Contest.

The New York Times

The New York Times Opinion page writer Nicholas Kristof invites you to submit a poem for his Donald Trump Poetry Contest. There’s no specific deadline, but the contest probably won’t last long, so act soon. Visit the announcement and post your poem as a comment.

Why poetry?

January 11, 2017


If you sometimes find yourself musing, “Why bother writing poetry?” critic Daniel Halpern offers some answers in The New York Times Book Review. Noting that “the language of poetry avoids the quotidian — but the best poetry simultaneously celebrates the quotidian,” Halpern looks for reasons Why from poets past and present. It’s not a long article, but possibly worth pinning up on the bulletin board next to your desk for those long days of doubt.

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