It’s quick and easy to create an anthology of poems—on a specific theme or a collection of favorites—to share with students or friends.
“The word stanza means ‘room’ in Italian...and each stanza is like a room in a house, a lyric dwelling place,” writes Edward Hirsch in A Poet’s Glossary. Stanza is fully furnished with updates throughout the week about new jobs for poets, our Chancellors and programs, plus new essays, video and audio, lesson plans, and other poetry resources. Click each title below to read more.
Walt Whitman was—and is—America’s poet, the man who, in the words of Allen Ginsberg, “began to define his own person, who began to tell his own secrets, who outlined his own body, and made an outline of his own mind, so other people could see it.” The greatest evidence of this is his seminal book Leaves of Grass.
Don't miss this week's term from Edward Hirsch’s A Poet's Glossary: bhakti poetry. As Hirsch writes, "In Hinduism, bhakti is a mystical devotion to God. The Bhagavad Gita ('Song of God,’ fifth to second century BCE) was the first text to use the term bhakti to designate a religious path. Medieval bhakti poetry is the devotional genre of love poetry.
In this video, recorded at Poets Forum 2012 as part of our panel discussions on contemporary poetry, Ron Padgett discuss his influences and hear his take on why labels and movements don't help poets write poetry.
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This week we continue highlighting standout poetry collections published in 2014. If you haven't had a chance to catch up on your reading or if you're still looking for that perfect holiday gift, we hope our list will help.
Here is the second installment:
Ohio is one of six states in the country that do not have poet laureates. That, however, may soon change.