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Denise Levertov's poem Beginners: year?

Denise Levertov's poem Beginners: specifically in what year did she write it? I know it was published in 1982 or earlier, and I know it's dedicated to two activists who died "in the mid-70s" (although I don't know whether it was dedicated to them posthumously).
posted by kalapierson on Jul 4, 2015 - 4 answers

Need some birthday poems

I'm going to an event this week where people sit around and eat and drink and read poetry, either their own or by others. Since it also happens to be the organizer's birthday, I'd like to read a birthday-related poem, something by a contemporary poet. [more inside]
posted by daikon on Jun 21, 2015 - 3 answers

Eccentric and Recluse Poets and Authors?

Greetings. I'm wondering if there are any notable or smaller scale poets and writers that were mainly hermits or eccentric? I'm not picky with the genre, country, or era. [more inside]
posted by RearWindow on Jun 11, 2015 - 24 answers

Poem or quote about heirlooms, family tradition or hand-me-downs?

I am looking for suggestions for a short, sentimental/heartwarming/heartfelt poem or quote about heirlooms, family tradition or hand-me-downs to include on a gift for my grandmother. This is a thank-you gift for letting me wear her wedding dress at my own wedding and a tribute to the family tradition of marriages on the same date. [more inside]
posted by IsItJustMe? on Jun 9, 2015 - 3 answers

Recommend books on enchancing poetry and short story craftmanship?

I'm trying to find some valuable works of advice to improve my craftsmanship on writing poetry and short stories. If you can recommend any advice books, poetry, novels, and short stories that can help contribute to better writing in the genre of: science fiction, southern Gothic literature, classic literature, modernism, and modern ligature works, that would be most appreciated. [more inside]
posted by RearWindow on May 19, 2015 - 3 answers

Short, emotionally-mixed poems/lyrics needed

A colleague and I are starting some new research in which we are interested in whether we can influence people's interpretation of emotionally-mixed music and language. We easily found music of mixed emotional tone (studied in the article linked here; paywalled, but I can share if anyone is interested), but it's been far harder to find mixed-emotion language that meets our constraints. More details follow. [more inside]
posted by anaphoric on May 18, 2015 - 5 answers

Similar books to Walden by Henry David Thoreau?

I'm curious to know if there are any works of novels, poetry, and non-fiction that parallel with the work of Walden? From an individualist, naturalist, and stream of consciousness point of view. Particularly works similar to Thoreau's eloquent writing style. [more inside]
posted by RearWindow on Apr 23, 2015 - 15 answers

What are the rules for explanatory notes?

I was reading a book of petry by T.S. Eliot with notes in the back half by Frank Kermode explaining the references, which got me wondering—what's the style for writing these kinds of footnotes? [more inside]
posted by KChasm on Apr 4, 2015 - 5 answers

Feminist writing that's recent AND not under traditional copyright

I'm looking for interesting feminist texts of any kind (poems, prose, speeches...) that are not under traditional copyright in the U.S. and are from the last few decades. So, most will be 1) works prepared by a U.S. government employee as part of that person's official duties (such as any politician's speeches written by govt employees), or 2) anything the author CC-licensed or otherwise released outside traditional copyright. Very broad definition of feminist / female-positive. Especially great would be any intersections between feminist and anti-racist or anti-war ideas.
posted by kalapierson on Apr 2, 2015 - 3 answers

Poetry activities for kids with low literacy

What are some poetry activities that might be fun for kids ages 8-13 who struggle with reading and writing? [more inside]
posted by banal retentive on Apr 2, 2015 - 12 answers

Authors and novels recommendations for improving writing craft?

I have always been fond of writing poetry, but lately I seem to want to expand my writing craft towards short stories. I think the most notable clincher for writers to improve their overall craft is simply by reading voraciously; with an eclectic wide range of authors and literary works. What are some wonderful literary works, authors, playwrights, short stories, non-fiction, fantasy work, et cetera. Can you recommend for me? To further my own voice and writing craft. [more inside]
posted by RearWindow on Apr 1, 2015 - 9 answers

Help me find new music with really good lyrics!

One of the things that I reliably love in music is lyrics that sound like good poetry. Help me find more musicians who reliably include this trait in their work! [more inside]
posted by sciatrix on Apr 1, 2015 - 40 answers

Looking for poems about birth.

After many years of ambivalence, two years of infertility, some surgeries, some IVF, and 9 months of actual pregnancy, I am about to have a BABY. Due to placenta previa, it will be a scheduled c-section, which is great because most likely me and baby will end up alive! But sad because I'd hoped for a natural childbirth to balance out the scientific conception. My hospital does "gentle" c-sections, so I'm allowed to do immediate skin-to-skin, play music in the operating room, and even "read a poem or a story." [more inside]
posted by apostrophe on Mar 24, 2015 - 13 answers

Help me find a poem

Please help me find a poem. I have very few details. Kind of a long shot. [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger on Mar 16, 2015 - 10 answers

Beware the Poetry Month, my son

What are the best short poems (<1 minute to read aloud) for middle school kids (grades 6-8/ages ~11-14)? [more inside]
posted by goodbyewaffles on Mar 11, 2015 - 36 answers

I want to write like it's 1989

I'm looking for a computer that does not have any way to connect to the internet and I can use for word processing and editing. It would be mainly for poetry. It would be great if there was a way to then transfer what I'd written to a different computer. I seem to do my best writing in Microsoft Word/Google Docs, but distractions and poor self control tend to hurt my productivity. Is there a computer out there without any bells and whistles?
posted by holmesian on Mar 1, 2015 - 17 answers

Was that rotation in 1793 or 1794, rabbit?

In Ezra Pounds' Canto LXII, there is a minor chronological error, has it been noted before concerning Pounds work? [more inside]
posted by clavdivs on Feb 28, 2015 - 4 answers

Reading poetry for beginners

I like reading poems when I come across them, but I never really seek them out - sometimes I Google a famous line to see where it's come from and end up reading the whole thing, but that's about it. I've also got no experience of the process of reading poems, what to get, how and when to read them etc, so I'd like to know about that too. The question in a nutshell is what should I, a complete newcomer do to start reading poetry. [more inside]
posted by Ned G on Jan 30, 2015 - 17 answers

Should I self-publish my poetry book?

I am a well-published poet in journals but have no books out yet. The manuscript I’ve been circulating since 2011 has come very close, though, and has been a finalist in a number of prize contests held by some of the bigger small presses. Almost all of the poems in it have been published individually, and a handful have been nominated for Pushcart Prizes. I had been committed to the idea of one of those small presses but am now thinking of self-publishing. More inside. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe on Jan 24, 2015 - 10 answers

But the foolish poets brought no copyright permission

How can I legitimately use the artworks that inspired my poem? [more inside]
posted by Perodicticus potto on Jan 10, 2015 - 7 answers

A birthday poem for a Russian émigré who is in her 70s.

I am looking to send a poem to a woman in her 70s for her birthday who is a big fan of Russian classics (Lermontov, Yesenin, Tsvetaeva etc). Poem needs to be birthday appropriate, written in Russian by one of the Russian classical writers. Suggestions would be most appreciated.
posted by mooselini on Jan 9, 2015 - 5 answers

Daily writing medium

I want to get into the habit of daily writing in 2015, and one way I'd like to do this is by fleshing out a single poetic prose piece/novella/novel over the course of a year, through daily posts to a site, with possible social or RSS features so people can follow along if interested. What is the best medium for doing so? [more inside]
posted by naju on Dec 23, 2014 - 7 answers

Can I get a poem printed on canvas before Christmas?

I am looking to get a poem printed on canvas.... before Christmas. I am in Manhattan, NYC. Does anyone know of either a place locally or somewhere online with rush shipping that I can get this done?
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Dec 21, 2014 - 7 answers

Translating fragments of 'Circuito Interior' from Spanish to English

I'm really taken by the poetry of Efrain Huerta, and I would like a fragment of his poem 'Circuito Interior' translated to English. [more inside]
posted by beijingbrown on Dec 8, 2014 - 6 answers

Poetry recommendations: Similar to Anne Carson?

Anne Carson is an oft-recommended poet/writer here on Ask.Mefi, but if she's your starting point, then where do you go? [more inside]
posted by dearwassily on Nov 7, 2014 - 5 answers

Looking for an accessible online text of The Conference of the Birds

I'm looking for a copy of the original Persian text of Farid ud-Din Attar's The Conference of the Birds. [more inside]
posted by Yesterday's camel on Oct 22, 2014 - 3 answers

Examples of amazing but still accessible writing?

I'm not a smart man. But I do enjoy well written things. But well written books, poems, articles or whatever sometimes seem to be to hard to get into. Anyhow I would love to have examples of what people find to be amazing, creative and perhaps unique in the form of the written word. I don't care if it is famous or not. The best of the best of accessible yet amazingly written works. Thanks!
posted by tarvuz on Oct 3, 2014 - 45 answers

Help me level up as a writer

I am a 32 y/o creative writer (poetry, short fiction, essays) and arts journalist. I have an MFA and I have been very well-published in lit mags and on websites (but no book yet). I have two poetry manuscripts that I’ve circulated, and both have had some near-misses. I am very prolific and always have projects going, and I submit often. However, I feel a lack of professional traction, and I am hoping some of you have ways I can level up. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe on Oct 3, 2014 - 9 answers

...And the goblins will get ya if ya don't watch out!

I'm looking for creepy couplets, spooky sonnets, and other Halloween-y poems to share with younger children. Shorter is better, and I'm not interested in the overtly gross. [more inside]
posted by These Premises Are Alarmed on Sep 29, 2014 - 20 answers

Trying to find Native American female author's name

I went to Ohio University, Athens,during or around the time of 1998/99. We had a female poet come and present her poetry to us as a part of school programming, a special event. Her work was very powerful, she may have recently won at award around that time, I do not think she was a professor anywhere. I am not sure where she was from, but I kinda think Canada. She wrote about her recovery from alcoholism and I think she talked about butterflies, that may have been a title of one of books or books of poetry. She also spoke about medicine women and how she could communicate with animals. Does anyone have any idea about what I am talking about? Thanks
posted by cheetahchick on Sep 28, 2014 - 10 answers

It's a song. And a poem. But not a song-poem?

What's it called when a spoken-word poem has musical accompaniment? And what are some excellent specimens of the genre? To give you an idea of the sound/feel I'm looking for I've included a few examples below the fold, the tracks that inspired this quest for [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Sep 25, 2014 - 16 answers

MeFi Writers, Help Me With a Personal Writing Project

I'm taking next week off to do two things. The first is to develop some habits that are conducive to me writing continually, daily and with presentable results. The second is to actually have a product by the end of the week. I'm thinking one good and fairly polished short story. Please give me advice and ideas about how to accomplish this. Do you need a place to work that is for "writing only"? Do you have a daily routine? Did you have to develop self-discipline? Do you have rituals like meditation or having tea or writing by candle light? Do you listen to music? With an entire week to do whatever I want, how do I best use my time for writing? [more inside]
posted by snsranch on Sep 18, 2014 - 12 answers

Cartoons easy, poetry hard - New Yorker poems for the hard-of-thinking

Do you know of any sites or blogs or discussion boards about current and past New Yorker poems? [more inside]
posted by lois1950 on Sep 17, 2014 - 1 answer

Poem ID: two lovers meet in a shop and touch hands over handkerchiefs

I've thus far been unable to find this poem online given only the lines I remember. It starts off with something like "she asked how much for the handkerchiefs..." and then she flirts with the store worker, and they use the handkerchiefs as an excuse to touch hands. And there's a line about the shopkeeper being in the back so he doesn't notice... [more inside]
posted by ch3cooh on Sep 11, 2014 - 3 answers

Help me find this poem from the annual Best American Poetry book

The poem's plot is something like this "I get impatient and want to hurry to where we were on our way to go when you stop to help animals by the side of the road or do other things that are softhearted, but I remember when I was in a similar place to those animals and you helped me so I could be where I am today." Notably, the author references snazzy alligator (or crocodile?) shoes at the end. The poet is male. [more inside]
posted by the young rope-rider on Sep 9, 2014 - 3 answers

Wedding Reading both for, and about, sisters

Asking for a friend: She has been asked to do a reading at her sister's wedding in a few weeks. She does not want to use anything biblical or from Shakespeare. Rhyming is ok, but it doesn't have to, and not epically long. The important and tricky part - she'd like it to be on the theme of sisters, but wedding appropriate. Help?
posted by librarianamy on Aug 18, 2014 - 5 answers

Please recommend a short piece I can recite at a Winter Solstice party.

I've been invited to a Winter Solstice party and the host would like me to participate by reciting a poem or short written piece. My muse has deserted me so I can't write anything at the moment. What would be a good piece to share?
posted by h00py on Jun 19, 2014 - 14 answers

Help me find five (different!) books of amazing poetry to give as gifts!

I'd like to give my 5 bridesmaids a book of poetry each as a gift. Your poetry suggestions, give them to me! [more inside]
posted by nerdfish on Jun 13, 2014 - 22 answers

Help me find a memorial poem my mom and I both like.

I'm reading a poem for my grandmother's memorial service. I want to find something I like that will also get my mother's OK. [more inside]
posted by superfluousm on Jun 9, 2014 - 7 answers

Tips for Visiting a Robert Frost Landmark?

I'm interested in visiting a Frost Landmark in September as part of a road trip to Northern New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts in September. But there are so many to choose from! And my traveling companion probably won't put up with visiting ALL of them. So help me pick, particularly if you have experience with visiting one or some or all of them. [more inside]
posted by Jahaza on Jun 9, 2014 - 4 answers

What (Poem) Am I Thinking Of

So vague. Sorry. Sometime between 1996-2000, I read a poem that I think was Wordsworth (although I may be way off), the upshot of which was that the narrator was in some sort of splendid, gorgeous, natural, sublime setting and wanted to be reveling in it but was instead thinking about how they would remember the moment -- rather than actually "experiencing" the moment, the writer was instead meta-experiencing the experience of the moment and how they might describe it later. It was part of a class assignment in an Honors English class in California public schools, but as far as I can tell the teachers had quite a lot of leeway, curriculum-wise. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by davidjmcgee on May 23, 2014 - 5 answers

What were these peotry books and where could I buy them?

When I was a child, my uncle gave me four books which were anthologies of all sorts of poetry illustrated with collages, sketches, and other artworks. They were hardback books with a square format roughly 10" x 10". From the style of the illustrations I'd say they were published in the 70s. My mum threw them away after she had a fight with my uncle - now that I've finally forgiven her for that, can you help me identify the books and buy them? [more inside]
posted by girlgenius on May 8, 2014 - 4 answers

Could someone explain these two quotes by Alessandro Manzoni?

Could someone explain these three quotes by Alessandro Manzoni from "The Fifth of May"? Any illumination would help, but only if taken into consideration with the rest of the context of the poem. [more inside]
posted by isopropyl on Apr 28, 2014 - 5 answers

Find that haiku, 日本語で

I'm looking for the original Japanese version of a haiku by Kobayashi Issa that I've seen only in translation as follows: "Moon, plum blossoms, this, that, and the day goes." Kana or romaji or anything really would be great; the Google has failed me thus far. I also can't find it on the big Issa site here. Thanks!
posted by fast ein Maedchen on Apr 27, 2014 - 4 answers

Poetry for my (pre-)adolescent daughter

I am starting a habit of reading a poem or 2 to my 11-year-old every night at bedtime. It's been pretty random choices, and I'd like to read some fun, inspirational, empowering stuff for her. [more inside]
posted by lucyleaf on Apr 25, 2014 - 20 answers

To read aloud, that is what I need.

I have an odd job interview coming up. I need advise on a children's book to read to a grown up audience and a two minute poem or "fun" monologue to recite. I think it'd be best if these related to the joy of learning or science. For the book, I might just read part of "Corduroy" because its beautiful and sweet, but what about the other requirement? [more inside]
posted by stormygrey on Apr 21, 2014 - 21 answers

What is this Adrienne Rich poem about?

Adrienne Rich's poem OCTOBRISH from fox is one that I am fascinated by. But what is it about? [more inside]
posted by morganannie on Apr 11, 2014 - 8 answers

Activities for Poetry Workshop for 10-Year-Olds?

Tomorrow I'll be leading a poetry workshop for around 15 4th-graders, which will take the form of two hours of workshop, a lunch break and then an (optional) reading by the students in front of their group and a couple of other similar groups. I have some ideas, but I thought I'd hit up the hivemind as well: what should I teach these kids in the short time allotted, and what should I have them do? Priorities are fun and inspiring them to think of poetry as something enjoyable they can do whenever they like. Individual, small group and whole group activities all welcome. Thanks in advance for any ideas!
posted by slappy_pinchbottom on Apr 10, 2014 - 4 answers

Real-world analogy for poetic structure?

This is kind of silly, and maybe I can't figure it out because there's no great answer, but if anyone can come up with a creative solution to this, it's Ask Metafilter! I need some kind of workable real-world analogy for a poem's structure--something where choosing a particular form affects your end result. Or something where you have to choose each element carefully in order to get the result you want. [more inside]
posted by like_a_friend on Apr 7, 2014 - 13 answers

State of the Art in Computer-Generated Poetry

Hello my merry minions! I would like to write some software that writes some poems, sort of like this guy did. Could you point me to some examples of existing procedural poetry generators so that I can build off of them? Bonus points if there's source code or a description of the techniques they used. Thanks so much!
posted by zscore on Apr 7, 2014 - 5 answers

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