How Do Poets Choose A Collection Opener?
At the Chicago Review of Books, Sarah Blake asked four poets to share their thoughts on opening poems, all of whom have prologue-poems in their new books.
The Good Life Smells Just Like Gobstoppers
Jason Preu with a poem on boxes, candy, and the passing of time: “My daughter enters the room / bearing candy and a smile. // The last time I wrote of her / she was seven. Now she’s ten.”
How Do We Write Now?
Patricia Lockwood on writing in a time of distractions: “The feeling you get after hours of scrolling that all your thoughts have been replaced with cotton candy . . . as opposed to the feeling of being open to poetry, to being inside the poem, which is the feeling of being honey in the hive.”
You must stop reminiscing at every date.
Monica Byrne shares a winning poem that her father, Donald E. Byrne Jr., wrote about her mother. It was originally published at Red Clay Review.
5 Tools to Format Your Poems During National Poetry Month
Penning 30 poems over 30 days in April? Use these five tools in your editor to format your poetry.
The caesuras in Dwight L. Roth’s poem add a poignant gravity to his verse:
“My words // chosen carefully…
Like stepping on wet rocks
crossing a stream.”
Sweetmoon Photography is the creative outlet of poet and artist Tenille K. Campbell, who specializes in photographing indigenous people.
A Celebration of Women’s Poetry for International Women’s Day 2018
At Poethead, Christine Murray curates a selection of poetry from women poets around the world, including Seanín Hughes from Ireland and Shakila Azizzada from Afghanistan.
For My Brothers and Sisters
“My sister and I were once in the Child Welfare System so the death of Tina Fontaine struck me personally.” At Tea&Bannock, guest blogger Kailey Arthurson’s poem calls us to defend the sacred, to defend the children.
One of Australia’s leading and longest-running literary journals, Meanjin Quarterly publishes essays, fiction, and poetry by authors ranging from the up and coming to the globally celebrated.
Haibun: The Feather
“You were once the pinnacle of aviation engineering, now less purposeful than you appear.”
Read a haibun from Marina Sofia at findingtimetowrite, in response to Haibun Monday at dVerse Poets.
Canadian Senator Murray Sinclair on Colten Boushie
Murray Sinclair, Canadian Senator and former Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, reflects on Colten Boushie: “I grieve for other mothers / with empty arms / who now think of their loss / at the hands of others.”
The MFA Years
Founded and edited by Caitlin Neely, The MFA Years follows the experiences of first and second year MFA candidates in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.
Ryler Dustin’s poem, “First Star,” recalls his first love: ” . . . her wrists so defenceless that the world, for the first time, frightens you — and you begin, in that light, to know what it is.”
On Poetry and Photography
Guest blogger Kelsie Marchand, a Syilx woman from the Okanagan Territory in British Columbia, at Tea&Bannock: “I used to be a lost soul and when I found that photography can be an expression of unspeakable words, then I felt as though I found my true self.”