With everything that is going on these days, I haven’t focused as much as I usually do on National Poetry Month, an annual event sponsored by the Academy Of American Poets to bring more attention to poetry in our everyday lives. Typically, the organization spends the month of April celebrating poetry through poetry gatherings across … More National Poetry Month Ends with a Live Virtual Poetry Reading Thursday, April 30
This exemplar of modernist poetry, written in the aftermath of World War I and at the beginning of the Irish War of Independence, in retrospect seemed eerily prescient of the coming monstrosity that we know as World War II. That was an event that demonstrated the incredible cruelty and prejudice that groups of people could … More What If We Believed that the Aftermath of this Disruption Could Be Good?
I teach literature classes to middle and high school students, and they often ask why they should care about poetry. There are many reasons, but my short cut answer to them is that there are times when regular language just isn’t enough to convey the emotions or significance of the moment. Sometimes these are really … More Hope is the thing with feathers
Not only is April host to Earth Day, but it also National Poetry Month here in the US. Those two events intersected yesterday in a program that Academy of American Poets Chancellor Jane Hirshfield developed called “Poets for Science.” Hirshfield is one of the most accomplished contemporary American poets, and environmental awareness has long been … More Poets for Science