I teach first grade, and have been reading some Shel Silverstein poems to my students. One boy in particular adores them, but he was very disappointed to learn that Silverstein wasn't brown but rather was a white Jewish fellow. This child (who is multi-racial, and self-identifies as brown) is thirsting for funny, age-appropriate poetry, a la Shel Silverstein, that features (and/or is written by) brown people. Any recommendations?
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]
Asking for my husband - he recently met a man who when younger had a love for 17th century Polish poetry. He wasn't clear if there was one specific poet, or just poetry from that era. My husband would love to buy him a book of such poems (in Polish) as a gift. But since neither of us knows Polish, Googling isn't helping much. It could be a new or old edition, anthologies are fine. Must be able to ship to the US. Thanks in advance!
Sometime ago I saw a YouTube video . We are at a poetry festival, from memory in New York state somewhere. A man comes on stage (late thirties, caucasian) - pretty sure he is a poet but what he has to say is prose. He gives an amusing address lasting two to three minutes in which he exhorts people to not use "like", high rising terminals and other similar constructs but to say what they have to say clearly and positively. It's an amusing speech with little malice and with a purpose behind it. Anyone know what this is ?
I was just reading about poet Mary Oliver, who lives in Provincetown, Massachusetts. I've also heard of arts communities in Santa Fe, New Mexico. What are some other small-ish towns that have strong communities of artists and writers (especially writers!)? [more inside]
I remember a little about this poem I read in a poetry class in college. Mainly the line "the bones of my wrists, supple and exemplary" but Google isn't helping. Also that in this or a similar poem, the poet (I think it was a woman) describes how two hyenas were mating and couldn't stop even when a lioness was stalking them. Also a line about how she met two coyotes or wolves who smiled at her with their sharp teeth. Help? If I could know who this poet is and especially some collection where I could read her poetry, I'd be really greatful! Thank you.
I read, somewhere, a quote about poets to the effect that even successful poets have day jobs, collect disability payments or come from money. I vaguely recall that this was said (or written) by a woman who was a successful [poet? writer? editor?] in her own right, and who would have had a reasonable sample size on which to base the statement. What quote am I thinking of? Who wrote or said it? My googles have been uncharacteristically ineffective in locating the quote or identifying the source.
Has anyone come across a Really Big List of [Author-/Poet-/Filmmaker-/Artist-/Musician-] Librarians? [more inside]
Who are good candidates for reasonably being labelled "The Brazilian Shakespeare"? [more inside]
Poetry Majors, are there any poets who annotate their poetry? [more inside]
I need a non-fiction companion to 'Frankenstein' for my book club. [more inside]
In Jane Campion's Bright Star, what exactly did Brown have to say about poets working but not looking busy? [more inside]
What French-language poets remind you of Pablo Neruda? [more inside]
What happened to the wondering minstrels poetry database and how can I find a replacement? [more inside]
Can you recommend any Japanese poets or anthologies of poetry? [more inside]
Internet resources for understanding poetry. [more inside]
I don't know shit about poetry but have been enjoying Leonard Cohen, Charles Bukowski, Charles Simic, and Robert Creeley for years. (I mostly like works about relationships, romance, love...) Who else should I read? Also, in addition to "practice", how does one get better at reading/writing poetry. Can you also recommend journals / anthologies / web sites / quarterlies?
How to (tactfully and successfully) get some major names to look at some of my writing? Of course there is [more inside]
I'm looking for good poetry blogs, either blogs of good original poetry or blogs of good commentary on poetry. Do you have any recommendations?
Looking for good, free online writers' forums to try and promote a magazine project I'm working on. Where on the web do poets and short story writers tend to congregate, and how can I reach that audience (preferably without spending any money)?