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Famous poets traveling to new locations to test their ability

I remember reading somewhere that some famous, ancient (?) Japanese (?) poets liked to travel to new places where they were not yet well-known, in order to test their abilities and attempt to re-establish themselves as talented poets. Does this ring any bells? Do you know of any sources that talk about such a thing? Any examples of such poets? Anything similar in a field other than poetry?
posted by palet on Jun 28, 2012 - 9 answers

 

Have you seen the jack in the green?

Help me remember a long forgotten poem, Hive Mind! Here's what I remember: spring, a man growing horns and hooves, a fall into roots, red thread. [more inside]
posted by WidgetAlley on Jun 27, 2012 - 5 answers

What last lines stand out in your head?

What are the best ending lines of poems/short stories/novels/movies? [more inside]
posted by karminai on Jun 22, 2012 - 72 answers

Da-DUM Da-DUM Da-DUM Da

Calling all poetry nerds: How would you describe the metre of this poem? [more inside]
posted by robotot on Jun 7, 2012 - 4 answers

What's the name of the sonnet form that looks like it rhymes, but doesn't rhyme when spoken aloud?

What's the name of the sonnet form that looks like it rhymes, but doesn't rhyme when read out loud? [more inside]
posted by Kattullus on Jun 4, 2012 - 15 answers

The next big poet.

I'm retreading T. S. Eliot's "The Wasteland" and wondering who the most important poets of the last decade are--who is Eliot's heir apparent? [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on Jun 3, 2012 - 24 answers

Triangle-shaped literary magazine?

I am looking for any information about a triangle-shaped literary magazine that was published in Northampton, MA in the 1980s. [more inside]
posted by mattbucher on May 1, 2012 - 7 answers

Contemporary poetry recommendations?

Contemporary poetry with an older feel? [more inside]
posted by pete_22 on Apr 12, 2012 - 14 answers

Identify this poem about a train ride?

Help me identify a poem? It was about a train ride, I think it described the view through the train window, and I think it was written in dactyls. (It had a rhythm to it that felt like a train ride.)
posted by Bufo_periglenes on Apr 11, 2012 - 10 answers

Best practices for ID3 tags? Difficulty level: poetry/spoken word.

What are the best practices for entering ID3 tags when it comes to poetry/spoken word? [more inside]
posted by malocchio on Apr 6, 2012 - 4 answers

I'm looking for poetry that makes exceptional use of enjambment, both positively and negatively.

I'm looking for poetry that makes exceptional use of enjambment, both positively and negatively. [more inside]
posted by Cantdosleepy on Apr 3, 2012 - 7 answers

Poetry reading

I'm looking for a reading recording of the poem by Ntozake Shange: With No Immediate Cause . [more inside]
posted by what's her name on Apr 2, 2012 - 1 answer

Besides Shakespeare, who are the writers with the greatest wit and rhetorical skill?

Besides Shakespeare, who are the writers with the greatest wit and rhetorical skill? [more inside]
posted by lunchbox on Mar 29, 2012 - 56 answers

And it was at that age, Poetry arrived in search of me

I want to start writing creatively, and am thinking of participating in NaNoWriMo this year. How do I get started? [more inside]
posted by I am the Walrus on Mar 27, 2012 - 12 answers

Poems with a feminist slant?

I'm looking for poetry with a feminist leaning and/or covering a certain set of topics. [more inside]
posted by kanata on Mar 23, 2012 - 30 answers

Poems/lyrics about sex

What are some good poems/lyrics about ALL aspects of sex? [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe on Mar 22, 2012 - 20 answers

Greetings, Poetry Lovers! Help me remember this poem.

Trying to find a half-remembered poem. It was something about transitory natural states, and I think it specifically mentioned the moment when rain turns to sleet or sleet turns to snow or some such. I think some kind of precipitation was the subject. And that's all I have. Thanks for anything you can offer!
posted by mattholomew on Mar 13, 2012 - 6 answers

In Search of Lost Time

Looking for a lit/poetry email-newsletter thingy I used to subscribe to. [more inside]
posted by Doleful Creature on Mar 12, 2012 - 5 answers

Help me identify a poem by Adrienne Rich?

Help me identify the poem by Adrienne Rich to which the title of Ghazal on Half a Line by Adrienne Rich, by Marilyn Hacker, refers?
posted by Bufo_periglenes on Mar 10, 2012 - 2 answers

Greek to me

Greek scholars: If an epithalamium is a poem "upon a bedchamber" what would a poem "upon wine" be? An epoinon (ἐποἶνον)? An epoinion (ἐποἶνιον)? An epoinios (ἐποἶνιος)? And how would you Latinize in a manner historically and stylistically concurrent to that of "epithalamium"? Has no Greek poet ever written a poem "upon wine" before?
posted by punkbitch on Feb 29, 2012 - 2 answers

How can I get poetry translations published?

How can I get my translations of a deceased poet's work published? [more inside]
posted by xenophile on Feb 23, 2012 - 5 answers

Short poem about bread and stones for your child?

Poetry filter: Google can't help me as the poem plays on the Luke 11:11 "If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone?". Driving me mad not being able to find it, a a short 5-6 line poem, from an old UK anthology, Voices, which says broadly that in the future, we will all be equal and share, but still I will give stones to other children and keep bread for my own child. Not a translation and a modern non-rhyming poem.
posted by viggorlijah on Feb 7, 2012 - 2 answers

Non-Pausal Line Endings

In printed vocalized Arabic poetry, if pausal forms are used at the end of some lines but not others, is a meaningful distinction being made? [more inside]
posted by Paquda on Jan 31, 2012 - 0 answers

Awkward Ages to be an Orphan

Can you recommend poems to read for this particular existential contemplation? [more inside]
posted by rumposinc on Jan 4, 2012 - 5 answers

What is this poem?

I'm trying to find a poem, but can only remember a few vague lines. (Something about angels dancing?) [more inside]
posted by karminai on Dec 18, 2011 - 1 answer

i want to sound my barbaric yawp!

help me find poems that are self-affirming and kind of narcissistic in nature. [more inside]
posted by carlypennylane on Dec 14, 2011 - 17 answers

Spoken word for kids?

Favorite spoken words/performed poems for kids? [more inside]
posted by brynna on Dec 12, 2011 - 11 answers

I said I'd never and now I have

Do you know of any literary quotes on the theme of self-disgust and shame when authors or characters realise they have turned into that which they once despised? [more inside]
posted by cincinnatus c on Nov 23, 2011 - 10 answers

Annotated Poetry

Poetry Majors, are there any poets who annotate their poetry? [more inside]
posted by lrnarabic on Nov 22, 2011 - 14 answers

Poignant poetry please

Suggestions for a poignant (but not depressing) poem to give on the occasion of a niece's christening? [more inside]
posted by Weng on Nov 13, 2011 - 6 answers

it was so beautiful it hurt

Do you know any fiction/nonfiction/poetry that has beautiful, aching language? [more inside]
posted by pleasebekind on Nov 13, 2011 - 66 answers

How to use a stove top espresso maker?

Should all the water "empty" out of the bottom of a stove top espresso maker? If so, what could I be doing wrong, because half of the water remains in my espresso maker? I put the pot on medium, I don't over stuff the maker with espresso, and I don't fill the water over the valve. Thanks in advance! [more inside]
posted by lrnarabic on Nov 9, 2011 - 24 answers

Visually Striking Scientific Illustrations for Poetry Book Cover

Help, scientists! I'm looking for a cover image for my forthcoming book of poetry. I would like to use a visually striking image (photo, diagram, etc.) from a scientific publication. [more inside]
posted by sleevener on Nov 3, 2011 - 14 answers

Yes, I hope to be that professor who does the poetry/hip hop thing.

Poetry class: What would be good rap songs for a community college crowd? [more inside]
posted by angrycat on Nov 1, 2011 - 44 answers

Spooky poems for reading out

What are your favourite spooky poems, that are two to three minutes long when read out, for an audience of adults? [more inside]
posted by siskin on Oct 24, 2011 - 16 answers

Poem about a creature dying

Asking for a friend: help identify this poem please! [more inside]
posted by cheesegrater on Oct 21, 2011 - 3 answers

Anything goes when it comes to prose, but...

What books/authors can you recommend where there is poetry in the prose? [more inside]
posted by holdkris99 on Oct 13, 2011 - 53 answers

Similar Poets to Frederick Seidel?

I'm looking for more poets like Frederick Seidel. I recently read Seidel's Arabia in the previous issue of The Paris Review and was drawn to his, what I would term "Lad Poetry" - with lad being the antonym of chick, as in chick lit. [more inside]
posted by lrnarabic on Oct 10, 2011 - 4 answers

Morgan Freeman as the voice of God

Where can I find audio by actors with awesome voices reading various stuff? [more inside]
posted by pleasebekind on Oct 8, 2011 - 18 answers

Legal question about poetry?

If you write a poem about someone and want to publish it, is that person allowed to prevent you from doing so? [more inside]
posted by glassrose on Sep 28, 2011 - 17 answers

What are your favorite poems about the end of a relationship?

Please tell me your favorite poems about the demise of a relationship, breaking up, and letting go of someone.
posted by invisible ink on Sep 25, 2011 - 42 answers

Poetry recommendations?

What recent poetry would you recommend? Who writes more clearly and appeals to the senses? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by maurreen on Sep 24, 2011 - 20 answers

THis close to worshiping Prometheia

Are there any other folkloric/religious/mythological beings/concepts other than the Muses who preside over or rule inspiration or creativity? [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Sep 20, 2011 - 14 answers

I've read a poem that has intrigued me and piqued my curiosity, but unfortunately it also confused me

I've read a poem that has intrigued me and piqued my curiosity but unfortunately it also confused me. It would be great if someone here could elucidate its meaning for me. The poem is The Curse by John Donne.
posted by gregb1007 on Sep 19, 2011 - 6 answers

The what that nothing what

I dimly remember some lines from a poem or novel that go something like, "The something something, which something something, something something something, that nothing [heals/helps]" Basically I remember the cadence, but very few of the words. The lines were very poignant. What were they? [more inside]
posted by Acheman on Sep 19, 2011 - 6 answers

Larkin banking his screw

Trying to decipher a line in a poem by Philip Larkin for a translation… [more inside]
posted by MrMisterio on Sep 17, 2011 - 8 answers

If it doesn't tell a story, my mind won't remember it. Help?

My Master's exam is coming up in two weeks, and I can't concentrate enough on the poetry to read it, let alone remember it... help? [more inside]
posted by patheral on Aug 27, 2011 - 10 answers

The place where fingers go to snap.

(East Coast US filter): Please help me find professional quality spoken word! [more inside]
posted by stroke_count on Aug 14, 2011 - 4 answers

Help me remember a book about a poetic floating sphere

I've been reading the Vorkosigan Saga, and I'm really enjoying the political-intrigue aspect. They've reminded me of a book I read at least five years ago, but I can only half-remember it...hoping the bits and pieces are familiar to someone here: - a human male protagonist who is a diplomat or attache or moves or works in that area (at least during the events of the novel) - a politically important event (negotiations?) involving humans and aliens, on earth or another planet (not in space) - a friend/colleague of the protagonist is a non-human who I believe is a floating sphere (which I think was on the cover and looked sort of pokemon-logo-ish) - a poetry contest(?) which the sphere person is interested in, and the poetry was a particularly complex form, possibly (or compared to) haiku or tanka (possibly knowing about or composing this type of poetry was necessary or useful in the diplomatic mission) Any bells?
posted by sarahkeebs on Aug 13, 2011 - 10 answers

Poetry and Goths

I'm looking for a particular comedy poem about goths. [more inside]
posted by gonzo_ID on Aug 11, 2011 - 3 answers

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