Posts tagged "poetry"

Mary Karr Gives Best Commencement Speech Of All Time, Deserves All Of The Awards

“Don’t make the mistake of comparing your twisted up insides to other people’s blow dried outsides.”…

Claire Hannum / May 19, 2015

Pizza Hut Australia Launched A Limited-Edition Nail Polish Line, And It Doesn’t Look That Bad!

Pizza Hut worked hard to get my heart as a kid (do you remember BookIt?!) and now they’ve gone after the other thing I love the most: nail polish. Pizza Hut Australia has released a limited-edition line of nail polish. The colors were produced in a 30-set run, which were then gifted to winners of…

Megan Reynolds / February 21, 2015

5 Great Poems By Philip Levine, Who Found Magic In Everyday Life

Philip Levine, Pulitzer Prize-winning former Poet Laureate of the United States, died Saturday at age 87. His early life in Detroit and his work on the auto assembly line inspired much of his poetry, which focused heavily on working-class middle America. He was, in the words of the New York Times Dwight Garner, “an outsider archiving the…

Claire Hannum / February 17, 2015

This Dance & Spoken Word Performance Takes Down Bullying

These ultra-talented kids from the non-profit group MusEffect collaborated with poet Azure Antoinette to put together a choreographed performance about cyberbullying. October is National Bullying Prevention Month, so there was no better time for the team to encourage a dialogue. What starts as a dull classroom morphs into a gorgeous, haunting routine that sticks in your…

Claire Hannum / October 25, 2014

James Franco And His Poetry Must Be Stopped

I might actually buy James Franco’s new poetry/photography/story collection, Hollywood Dreaming, but I’ll buy it from Amazon because I want him to get as little profit as possible from this book. For the love of all that is good and holy, James Franco, please just stop.
Some of the best tidbits from the book,…

Rebecca Vipond Brink / September 24, 2014

This Woman’s Spoken Word Poem About Her Abortion Is Incredible

This is Leyla Josephine, a spoken word and performance artist based in Glasgow, Scotland, and the video above is her incredible spoken word poem about her abortion. Or rather, the guilt she does not feel for having an abortion when she was too young to be the kind of mother she wants to be. Whe…

Jessica Wakeman / September 21, 2014

Remember Maya Angelou With Four Of Her Most Famous Poems

The death of Maya Angelou, a lioness of American arts and letters, marked the end of her truly extraordinary career. She leaves behind a body of work that is, quite frankly, exhaustive. The Poetry Foundation has a full list of Angelou’s contributions to literature, poetry, theater and film and many her poems can be found…

Jessica Wakeman / May 28, 2014

Maya Angelou Dies At 86

Maya Angelou, a poet and civil rights activist, has died at 86. Angelou is most well-known for her memoir I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings about growing up poor and Black in the South and she leaves behind a trove of poetry, plays, and other books. Angelou was active in the Civil Rights Movement and worked alongside…

Jessica Wakeman / May 28, 2014

An Ode To The Woman Who Attempted To Shoplift 330 Pizza Rolls From Walmart

Earlier this week, a woman was arrested after attempting to shoplift 330 Totino’s Pizza Rolls from an Arkansas Walmart. My feelings about this story can only be expressed one way — in rhyming couplets:
For anyone who’s ever tried a pizza roll or five,
you know the ooey, gooey taste can make

Winona Dimeo-Ediger / February 27, 2014

RIP: Maggie Estep, ’90s Slam Poet, Dead At 50

If you were alive in the ’90s and liked poetry, chances are you liked slam poetry. Or at least went to a slam poetry performance, even if you didn’t like it. My first exposure to slam poetry was during a creative writing class at summer camp when I was 14; we watched the PBS serie…

Jessica Wakeman / February 12, 2014

Watch This Poet’s Inspiring Response To A Man Telling A Woman She’s “Too Ugly To Be Raped”

“You’re too ugly to be raped”? I’ll let Pages Matam’s poem “Piñata” speak for itself. [via Upworthy]…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / October 28, 2013

Sensitive, Young Jock Suspended For Writing A Poem About His Feelings

An Ohio high school student was suspended for — of all reasons — writing a poem about his feelings. Sixteen-year-old Nick Andre, who plays defensive end on the football team, was just doing his composition homework. The assignment? To write a poem about something that makes you angry. So, Nick wrote a poem entitled Stupid

Ami Angelowicz / October 24, 2013

Poopie Poems Are A Literary Triumph

When digging through the bowels of the internet, you tend to find both shit and nuggets of gold. Sometimes, you find both. The shitnugget interweb discovery of the day (thank you, Amelia) is a website called Poopie Poems, featuring the largest collection of poop poetry on the web. You can browse through well-crafted Haipoops, Rhyming

Ami Angelowicz / October 17, 2013

Kickass Woman Of The Day: Warsan Shire Is London’s First Ever Young Poet Laureate

Warsan Shire, 24, has just become London’s first ever Young Poet Laureate. The Kenyan-born Somali poet writes about both English and African culture, exploring war, sex, culture, love, and everything in between with a great depth and sensitivity. She expresses her worldview with an honest vulnerability that most would shy away from. Her first book of…

Claire Hannum / October 6, 2013

Period Poetry Will Flow At The First Ever “Red Moon Howl”

Pads off to New York’s Marymount Manhattan College for holding the first ever period poetry slam, “Red Moon Howl.” The menstrual-themed event welcoming “poets, performers & menstrual enthusiasts” and featuring the work of Sylvia Plath, will take place on June 7th as part of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research Conference, honoring Gloria Steinem for…

Ami Angelowicz / May 23, 2013

First Officer Of My Heart: An Ode To Commander Riker

Oh Riker, oh Commander, oh my dearest William T.,
The time has come to express just how much you mean to me.
I’ve had many crushes, they come and go every day,
But my love for you, Riker, well, it’s never gone away.

Winona Dimeo-Ediger / May 22, 2013

A Sonnet In Memory Of The Saturday Mail

In an effort to trim their budget down a bit (by a bit, I mean $2 billion), the US Postal Service has announced a plan to end Saturday mail and cut back to a five-day delivery schedule. As I’ve mentioned before, I am a huge fan of the postal service and I have a giant

Winona Dimeo-Ediger / February 8, 2013

The Beat Generation, Annotated

When I was 16, I was super into the Beat Generation, and writers like Jack Kerouac, Frank O’Hara and Allen Ginsberg. In 11th grade, I wrote a paper on Allen Ginsberg’s poem “Howl.” My English teacher did not know who Allen Ginsberg was, I shit you not, and I had to get special approval to…

Julie Gerstein / January 14, 2013

James Franco Sold A Book Of Poetry, World Weeps

Admit it, you kind of forgot about James Franco. But just when you think he’s finally crawled back into the Studio City hole from which he came, he pops up again. America, you’ve been Franco-ed, because the 33-year-old actor/”performance artist”/director/perpetual graduate student has a new accolade to add to his list: published poet. The book i…

Julie Gerstein / December 17, 2012

Send This To Your Friend Who Says “I’m Not A Feminist, But …”

We all have one: that girl friend or coworker or cousin who says things like “I’m not a feminist, but I think women should be paid as much as men and make medical decisions about their own bodies.” You have probably had many, many patient conversations informing them they actually are a feminist and must…

Jessica Wakeman / December 8, 2012
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