Poetry Central

Poetry Central

You will find here a rich and varied mix of interviews with poets, book reviews, and an opportunity to hear readings in our audio section. Stay tuned in 2019 for poetry prompts and workshops.

Our Latest Poetry Features

Jacquelyn Shah

“All life is maintenance, someone said—/ the light and lovely always cudgeled/ by what’s gone flat—tires and cushions/ astray—your son, the cat/ to seed or pot—your garden, your body.”

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Things I Carry Into the World

Based on a poem by Cynthia Manick, the video is an abstract meditation on the body, the feminine, the everyday realities of being young and black, and the fragile relationship between the manmade and the natural.

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Robert B. Shaw

“My aim is to make my formal devices seem naturally connected to my subject, no matter how calculated the interweaving comes to be in the later stages of writing.” WTP poet Robert B. Shaw speaks with Sara London.

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Poetry Prompt

Walking Haiku

Walking Haiku

A Poetry Prompt from Lee Briccetti I like to walk around my neighborhood in the early mornings with a little notebook, writing a few haiku about what I notice. Like visual artists’ quick sketching, the challenge is to look, focus, wake up. To look at the material world, which is…
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One-on-One Poetry Intensives

Instructor: Sara London,

WTP Poetry Editor

This is a masterclass for anyone who has been writing poems and is eager to revise her/his/their way to even stronger work. Writing effective poems involves a uniquely delicate dance of control and surrender. An initial spark — an image, memory, idea, or language itself — may launch us on a poem with confidence, yet ultimately usher us toward some unexpected wilderness. How do we navigate that line of tension between clear purpose and a poem’s surprising wild side? How do we follow a path of compelling illumination and bring a poem to resonant conclusion? We’ll take a close look at matters of subject, imagery, diction, lineation, rhythm, tone, and more. Students will receive written feedback on work (submitted in advance), tips for future revisions, and reading recommendations. (Number of poems to be determined in pre-conference communication.)

(On acceptance you will be contacted by email to schedule a convenient meeting time.)


Sara London

Author of the poetry collections The Tyranny of Milk and Upkeep (forthcoming in 2019), both from Four Way Books. Her poems have appeared in The Hudson Review, Poetry East, The Iowa Review, the Poetry Daily Anthology, The Common, and many other journals. She is also the author of two children’s books, and has reviewed children’s literature for The New York Times Book Review. She earned an MFA at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and later worked at Scribner’s, as fiction editor at Seventeen magazine, and as poetry editor at Special Report. She teaches creative writing and literature at Smith College. www.saralondonwriter.com

Look for our own first WTP Selected Works edition, and a variety of titles and genres by our very own Woven Tale Press authors.