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The new avant-garde of British poetry

John Wilkinson, Wooden circle (images courtesy of The Last Books) I have never quite accepted the old joke, attributed to Irishman George Bernard Shaw, that Britain and the United States are “two nations divided by a common language”. But while there is a constant transatlantic exchange of popular music, art and literary fiction, the scenes […]

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Wellesley’s student Mila Cuda guided the poetry that makes up “Summertime”

In the new feature film “Summertime”, Mila Cuda stands in a moving bus to confront a homophobic man. “I’m gay,” she said, “lesbian, free, lustful, licentious.” Cuda, a rising senior at Wellesley College, is one of 27 Los Angeles-based poets who wrote and performed the screenplay for “Summertime,” which hits local theaters on July 16. […]

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Yusef Komunyakaa on reading in bed, often poetry

KOMUNYAKAA: On my desk here I have the ” of Bill GatesHow to avoid a climate catastrophe.” Coming from Louisiana, I’m interested in climate change. I love that there is practicality to Gates’ book. It is not just an abstract theory. This morning I was here reading Hemingway’s”The sun also rises.” When I read Hemingway, […]

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Poetry for people who are unsure of poetry

Too many people feel intimidated by poetry, says Joanne Diaz, J94 – and with a podcast, she hopes to change that by making poetry more accessible. Diaz, professor of English at Wesleyan University in Illinois, and Abram Van Engen, professor of English at the University of Washington, began the Poetry for all podcast in fall […]

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Poetry as a survival guide for surveillance

During the twentieth century, the FBI closely watched poets, read their work, and speculated on their political and artistic intentions. U.S. surveillance agencies have even hired people with a poetry background to be spies and code breakers because of their skills in careful reading, language analysis and critical thinking. From Yale’s class of 1943 alone, […]

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Guide to pastoral poetry

This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. As we quickly emerge from spring and summer, our collective muses can’t help but admire the blossoming flowers, the swaying green trees, the hum and chirp of cicadas and birds. This cycle repeats each year, and each year […]

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How Ed Atkins’ poetry and CGI videos attack authenticity – ARTnews.com

In “Get Life / Love’s Work”, his exhibition presented at the New Museum in New York until October 3, Ed Atkins tackles the subject of distance, in particular in the era of Covid-19, via the medium for which he is best known: high definition computer generated figurative videos. The UK-born, Copenhagen-based artist and poet created […]

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RI Poet Laureate: We should inoculate our youth with poetry

Kristen’s letter arrived a few weeks later on saffron-colored stationery, with a magnolia bud pressed between its pages – a nod to my line, “the year I was overpowered by blooming magnolia petals / in a windstorm on the way home.” “What a wonderful touch,” I replied, adding, “I am struck by the yearning you […]

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“The Collected Works of Jim Morrison” Contains Poetry, Lyrics & More | Culture & Leisure

Jim Morrison, 50 years after his death: a daring rock icon, a poet, a beloved brother and a web of contradictions Few rock ‘n’ roll legends have had such a lasting impact over generations as Jim Morrison, whose death 50 years ago next month at age 27 made him an even greater cultural icon than […]