poetry

Who Is Warsan Shire? The Poet Worked On ‘Lemonade’ With Beyoncé, & You Need To Know Her

Reading is fundamental. More »


The Italian Moka Pot King Was Buried In A Moka Pot

You may not be able to take it with you – but you CAN be memorialized in the very object that made you famous, and 93-year-old Bialetti was certainly not the only man who desired to be memorialized in his niche claim to fame. More »


6 Modern-Day Queer Poets You Must Read

Poetry is dead… Yes? No? HELL NO! And that’s not because I write crappy poems myself, but because I literally drool over lit social media accounts like Words Dance, Beau Taplin, Nayyirah Waheed, and Button Poetry that I can say poetry so alive. These are not “for gender noncomforming individuals only” or “madeMore »


James Franco’s New Poetry Collection Is Titled Straight James/Gay James

And everything you’re thinking it will be, it probably is. More »


Watch Nicki Minaj’s Lovely Reading Of Maya Angelou’s “Still I Rise”

Does my sassiness upset you?/ Why are you beset with gloom? More »


Surprise: White Man Who Published As “Yi-Fen Chou” Stole The Name From A Real Person

Micheal Derrick Hudson, the white male poet included in The Best American Poetry 2015 anthology for his poem “The Bees, the Flowers, Jesus, Ancient Tigers, Poseidon, Adam and Eve” under a pen name, Yi-Fen Chou, apparently stole the name from a high school classmate — an actual woman named Yi-Fen Chou, according to the New York Times.More »


White Guy Finally Gets Poetry Published — As Yi-Fen Chou

“If there is such a thing as employing yellowface in poetry, this has to be it.” That’s what Korean-American blogger Phil Yu, known as Angry Asian Man, has to say about Michael Derrick Hudson, a white poet whose poem was chosen for The Best American Poetry 2015 anthology—written under the pen name Yi-Fen Chou, the Washington PostMore »


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.” More »


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… More »


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… More »


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… More »


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,… More »


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. When… More »


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… More »


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… More »


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 makeMore »


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 series… More »


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] … More »


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 StupidMore »


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, RhymingMore »


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