Poetry Filter
  1. The Power of Poetry

    “Can anyone have this moment? Or is poetry only for some people — the smartest, the richest, the something-est?” At Nerdy Book Club, K-8 librarian Sarah FitzHenry recounts a school event with poet Kwame Alexander in which students discover the power of poetry.

    Education
    Photo via Nerdy Book Club
  2. Letting Go

    A poem by Hudson Biko:
     
    “Maybe we tell
    ourselves we’re
    letting go . . . ”

    Poetry
    Image by Stijn Swinnen
  3. The things I’d do 

    A poem about music and more:
     
    “it’s out of tune
    it’s been a while
    but the e isn’t
    it all lines up
    everywhere I’ve ever played
    is right here buzzing”

    Music
  4. Short Poems and Other Nonsense

    Short poems and writing by Christopher Mc Geown, on topics ranging from depression and relationships to family and society.

    Poetry
  5. Arabesque No. 1

    Prose poetry by Lillian Kwok: “At the lake we begin like birds, sitting on the water cross-legged. Until our hearts grow bolder and we walk on water.”

    Poetry
    Photo by Stephen Lightfoot
  6. Requiem II

    Beautiful poetry by Robert Okaji: Once I saw / a whale at dusk. Or rather I saw its / tail part the water and disappear / into darkness, an answer too complex / and sweet for tongues to comprehend.

    Poetry
  7. Four Way Review

    Four Way Review is a nonprofit, independent, biannual literary journal from Four Way Books, which publishes poetry and fiction from established and emerging authors.

    Authors
    Photo by Antony Stanley
  8. Share Your Passion: A Writer (and New Blogger) on Finding a Community for Her Work

    “There is no writer’s block other than the will of the writer.”

    Inspiration
  9. The Arrow

    Haiku and photography by Melinda Green Harvey: Don’t be fooled by that / arrow: everything that counts / is on the other side.

    Photography
    Photo by Melinda Green Harvey
  10. Poets on Borders: Perspectives at Poetry International

    Poets from around the world share their perspectives on borders.

    Commentary
  11. “an ocean”: A Poem by Charlotte Covey

    At Hawaii Pacific Review, a Charlotte Covey poem on writing, wonder, and danger: “you will never be / just a poem. you will / be rocks breaking / ribs, angelfish kissing / wounds.”

    Poetry
  12. Who Says Sorry

    Poetry by Rebecca Hazelton: The habit of sealing up sweetness, / of saving but never / tasting, isn’t lost / when the drones disperse, / and the queen is / left to starve.

    Poetry
    Photo by A.J. Cann
  13. Inspiration
    Image by Lizzie Ward
  14. Poets and Borders

    What does it mean to live on or cross the border? What does it mean to be a citizen? Are there borders beyond those that are geographic? At Poetry International, a magazine at San Diego State University, poets from around the world share their thoughts on borders.

    Identity
  15. The Bucket Drummer

    From a poem by musician Thomas Brett:
     
    “but the thing about the beat
    that cuts through consciousness
    is its sameness
    which reminds you how here you are too
    walking by this corner again”

    Music