What's the name of the sonnet form that looks like it rhymes, but doesn't rhyme when read out loud? [more inside]
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]
I am looking for any information about a triangle-shaped literary magazine that was published in Northampton, MA in the 1980s. [more inside]
Contemporary poetry with an older feel? [more inside]
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.)
What are the best practices for entering ID3 tags when it comes to poetry/spoken word? [more inside]
I'm looking for poetry that makes exceptional use of enjambment, both positively and negatively. [more inside]
I'm looking for a reading recording of the poem by Ntozake Shange: With No Immediate Cause . [more inside]
Besides Shakespeare, who are the writers with the greatest wit and rhetorical skill? [more inside]
I want to start writing creatively, and am thinking of participating in NaNoWriMo this year. How do I get started? [more inside]
I'm looking for poetry with a feminist leaning and/or covering a certain set of topics. [more inside]
What are some good poems/lyrics about ALL aspects of sex? [more inside]
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!
Looking for a lit/poetry email-newsletter thingy I used to subscribe to. [more inside]
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?
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?
How can I get my translations of a deceased poet's work published? [more inside]
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.
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]
Can you recommend poems to read for this particular existential contemplation? [more inside]
I'm trying to find a poem, but can only remember a few vague lines. (Something about angels dancing?) [more inside]
help me find poems that are self-affirming and kind of narcissistic in nature. [more inside]
Favorite spoken words/performed poems for kids? [more inside]
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]
Poetry Majors, are there any poets who annotate their poetry? [more inside]
Suggestions for a poignant (but not depressing) poem to give on the occasion of a niece's christening? [more inside]
Do you know any fiction/nonfiction/poetry that has beautiful, aching language? [more inside]
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]
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]
Poetry class: What would be good rap songs for a community college crowd? [more inside]
What are your favourite spooky poems, that are two to three minutes long when read out, for an audience of adults? [more inside]
Asking for a friend: help identify this poem please! [more inside]
What books/authors can you recommend where there is poetry in the prose? [more inside]
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]
Where can I find audio by actors with awesome voices reading various stuff? [more inside]
If you write a poem about someone and want to publish it, is that person allowed to prevent you from doing so? [more inside]
Please tell me your favorite poems about the demise of a relationship, breaking up, and letting go of someone.
What recent poetry would you recommend? Who writes more clearly and appeals to the senses? (more inside) [more inside]
Are there any other folkloric/religious/mythological beings/concepts other than the Muses who preside over or rule inspiration or creativity? [more inside]
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.
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]
Trying to decipher a line in a poem by Philip Larkin for a translation… [more inside]
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]
(East Coast US filter): Please help me find professional quality spoken word! [more inside]
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?
I'm looking for a particular comedy poem about goths. [more inside]
What is the name/term of art for a poem that can be read forward and have one meaning, and again backwards for another? [more inside]
Help me identify an obscure(?) British(?) poem. [more inside]
Trying to find a poem: I don't know much about it, but remember a few details. The main details revolve around a guy watching a baseball game while on drugs. It may have been French in origin. It may have been some other sport, but I'm almost positive it was baseball.
Did I imagine this Sappho fragment describing love as a "terrible lizard?" [more inside]