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2020 On poetry
All things poetry and then some!
The Minefield and the Soul
“I do believe an author’s biographical identity is an insufficient marker for experience—even impossible to pin down with any accuracy—and the same holds true for a reader’s. This is the beginning of compassion for others.”
Explicating the Poetic Process
Amy Nawrocki creates and assesses a poem inspired by a misspelling and a snake in her basement.
The Broadsided Press Story
Elizabeth Bradfield founded Broadsided Press with the mission to get poetry back in the public sphere.
A Visit With Donald Hall
Joyce Peseroff pens a tribute to Donald Hall and the house that raised his family as well as his art.
A Poet’s Inspiration: Place as Fluidity
Poet and WTP contributor Lisa Stice contemplates how the context of her life has influenced what she writes about and how she writes her poetry.
Knowing “Bill” Knott
Knowing Knott, from Tiger Bark Press, is a tribute not only to Bill Knott’s poetry but also to the man himself.
Our Friend Phillip
Ned Stuckey-French highlights his experience with writer and friend Phillip Lopate’s blog for The American Scholar.
On Anna Akhmatova-Perseverance and Poetry
Caitlin E. Krause contemplates how Akhmatova’s personal trials inspired and improved her poetry.
Poetry and News
Rediscovered literary journals and the power of art to give voice.
Review: Salena Godden’s LIVEwire
Jo Ely reviews Salena Godden’s album, Live Wire, a is a thoughtful compilation of Godden’s poetry performances in theatre and festivals from over the years.
From Novelist to Poet
“Particular words have ways of thrumming in my mind, and it was years before I would realize poetry rather than fiction would be their best conduit.”
A few years ago, poet activist Michael Rothenberg contacted me. He asked if I would be willing to organize an event for the world-wide 100,000 Poets for Change (100TPC) Day.
Poetry: “Not for the Fame Hungry”
Adapted from the introduction to Godden’s collection of poetry, Fishing in the Aftermath.
The Power of Poetry
What is it about a poem that can push us over the edge of our banal comfort zones?
Donald Kolberg, sculptor/painter, as a poet in his word canvases.
Chin Up, Chapbook!
Chapbooks: a wonderfully untapped medium to sample your work. Not just for poetry, but for flash fiction and short stories in general.
The Contemporary Haiku
In reality, haiku is fresh, exciting, abstract, and quite often filled with whimsy.