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WTP poet Adrienne Su discusses how her experience of displacement growing up Chinese-American in the Atlanta suburbs, and how it informed her food-themed collection, Peach State.
Listen to Zimbabwe-born poet Ndaba Sibanda perform River Love. In this audio poetry, he pleads with the river to carry his love to his lover.
Ellen Doré Watson offers a series of poem “starters” for generating the raw material for new poems, inspired by the poem “Three Girls, One of Them a Coward Girl” by Aracelis Girmay.
Jo Ely interviews a group of American poets who discuss poetry as resistance, poetry as renaissance, and poetry in the time of Trump.
WTP editor Sara London interviews Rachel Eliza Griffiths, whose most recent book includes her work as both a poet and photographer.
“Creating the first draft of a poem often involves gathering sparks,” says Dina Elenbogen, and her poems reflect this statement: flashes of illumination and light, beautiful yet with the potential to start a blaze.
The Poet’s Pulse
Imagined Lives in Poetry
Mary Gilliland discusses her poems, which “speak in or of lives…not literally lived, lives that come to life in [her] imagination.”
An Ekphrastic Exercise
A simple ekphrastic poetry prompt from Robert B. Shaw, with an example from another WTP writer Susan Tepper.
Intricate Emotional Currents
Natalie Diaz’s second collection is a writer mourning and loving hard in poems of inspiring originality and propulsive urgency.