Poetry

National Poetry Month Poem of the Day: ‘Here, There Are Blueberries’ By Mary Szybist


To celebrate National Poetry Month, Flavorwire will be posting a poem a day. Today’s poem comes from National… Read More

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Watch Samuel L. Jackson Perform a Slam Poem about ‘Boy Meets World’

Last night on Late Night, Samuel L. Jackson pulled off the only good prank of April Fool’s Day: convincing America he’s… Read More

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Melissa Broder Is Twitter’s Most Fascinating Poet

There have been a few good examples of fiction writers using Twitter to give us stories. Teju Cole’s “Hafiz” remains my favorite of them all, but others (like the ones Isaac Fitzgerald wrote about at BuzzFeed Books) have shown that social media can benefit writers in ways other than promoting their latest story or upcoming reading. … Read More

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10 of the Sexiest Poems for Literary Lovers

Happy birthday to 20th-century poet and playwright Edna St. Vincent Millay. A master sonneteer, Millay is also known as an iconoclast and libertine. Her works exploring the nature of romantic and erotic desire (especially between women) inspired us to search for other sexy poems for literary lovers. There is a wellspring of naughty verse, so be sure to mention your personal favorites, below. … Read More

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10 of 2013′s Best Books of Poetry

Imagine Poetry as a figure fighting through a gelatinous blob of pop culture with a big plaque (“CULTURAL RELEVANCE”) displayed on the other side. It is a strange and sluggish creature that is rarely reviewed and honored at its release date. There are gasps for air — the mangled poet whispering, “I-I-I e-exist.” Richard Blanco’s poem for Barack Obama’s second inauguration, Patricia Lockwood’s “Rape Joke,” countless op-eds debating whether poetry has a pulse — this daunting form of writing made a delightful racket this year. … Read More

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Innovative Dollhouses Built by the World’s Best Architects and Designers

World famous architect Edwin Lutyens designed a stunning dollhouse for Queen Mary in the 1920s. The creation inspired UK property developers Cathedral Group to ask 20 contemporary architects and designers (in collaboration with artists and other creatives) to build a dolls’ house suitable for the 21st century. There was one other caveat: each design had to include at least one feature that would cater to children with disabilities. Bonhams will be exhibiting the finished works and hosting an auction, which is already taking place online. All proceeds support UK charity KIDS, which aids disabled young people and their families. We’ve selected several of our favorite designs, all stylish, innovative, and imaginative. Be sure to visit the auction page for more and to learn about this great cause — which we first learned about from Lost at E Minor. … Read More

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20 Poets on the Meaning of Poetry

We’ve been thinking about poet Meena Alexander’s incredible address to the Yale Political Union, in which she refers to Shelley’s 1821 essay, A Defence of Poetry. The English poet’s work famously stated, “Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.” Alexander concludes: “The poem is an invention that exists in spite of history… In a time of violence, the task of poetry is in some way to reconcile us to our world and to allow us a measure of tenderness and grace with which to exist… Poetry’s task is to reconcile us to the world — not to accept it at face value or to assent to things that are wrong, but to reconcile one in a larger sense, to return us in love, the province of the imagination, to the scope of our mortal lives.” Other poets have attempted to interpret “what is deeply felt and is essentially unsayable.” Here are a few brief definitions of poetry by famous poets. … Read More

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A List of Things to Ask Yourself When You’re Making a List of Poets

[Editor's note: Last week, Flavorwire published a list of 23 poets who are keeping poetry relevant in 2013, which readers rightly criticized for its lack of diversity. This piece is a response to that post.]

There is nothing better than a list except a list to instruct you on the hows of list-making. The following is a preliminary checklist in the event that you, or someone you know, writes a list about American poets who keep poetry relevant. Since it’s clear that sometimes people who don’t write (or, sometimes, even read much) poetry like to make lists of poets, it is high time a poet made a list of her own to guide the list makers. Besides, everyone — except some people — knows that there is nothing worse than an angry poet. … Read More

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