I really appreciate the attitude of our current poet laureate, she is so forward thinking and wonderful at coming up with ways to integrate poetry (which in turn can inspire addition of other arts) into our daily lives. I hope we listen to her – she’s so creative and sincere. A lovely voice, I only hope we hear.
Smith said a few months ago that as poet laureate she would take poetry beyond the ivy walls of universities and urban literary festivals to places where it is seldom heard or read. She received invitations from communities struggling with addiction as well as from nursing homes, hospitals and hospices.
“Nursing homes are often overlooked” when we think of poetry, she said in a telephone interview Wednesday, before her inaugural reading at the Library of Congress. “Poetry can be very useful at the end of life.”
Source: Poetry: It’s Far From a Dead Art | Marsha Mercer | newsadvance.com
This what true lack of “Free Speech” looks like.
Not the “I don’t like what you have to say” version many have protested in this country.
Continue reading “Poet Held in Southern China Over Planned Poetry Anthology Remembering Liu Xiaobo”
What a clever way to celebrate National Poetry Day!
The public are invited to drop a word relating to the sea, along with contact details, into the boat. They will receive an instant prize of a biscuit and a poem from one of two new collections of poetry, Keel & Drift by Adrienne Jansen and Everything is Here by Rob Hack and go into the draw to win dinner for two and a cruise on a boat in Mana or copies of these collections.
Full Story: Drop your words into giant origami boat for National Poetry Day competition | Stuff.co.nz
Boston’s about to bust a rhyme.Dozens of prominent poets, including a former U.S. poet laureate, will commandeer the courtyard of the Boston Public Library on Thursday to read aloud from the city’s first anthology of poetry.
Full Story: Wicked good poems: Boston gets its 1st anthology of poetry – San Francisco Chronicle
Sometimes there is nothing more relaxing than coming home after a tough day at work or going on vacation and picking up a great book and turning on some background music. Millions of people read with music playing, and now one app is working to bring those two worlds together into one digital experience, all-encompassing experience.
Full Story: This Startup Is Composing Music To Pair With The Book You’re Reading
Underground publishers in the USSR broke rules in ingenious ways – such as hiding books in fake binding and making records on X-ray film, writes Benjamin Ramm.
Full Story: BBC – Culture – The writers who defied Soviet censors
A series of verses posted on Twitter by a high school teacher over the two months following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster has won a French poetry award.Ryoichi Wago, 48, flew to the French region of Jura to attend the July 20 awards ceremony.
Source: Fukushima poet’s tweets win French literary award：The Asahi Shimbun
Greater use of “arts-on-prescription” programmes could save the NHS money by improving patients’ mental or physical health, with evidence suggesting creative activities could lower GP consultation rates and hospital admissions.
The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Arts, Health and Wellbeing said: “Arts-on-prescription activities help people to overcome physical and psychological pain, playing a vital role in the recovery and maintenance of health.
“Group creative activities in the community also help to overcome social isolation in people of all ages.”
Full Story: Doctors should prescribe art and poetry classes to patients, MPs say | News & Star
When Barry Plamondon was released from the hospital in 2013 his left side was paralyzed.
His second stroke also left him in a wheelchair.
The 25-year Maple Ridge resident sat at home for a couple of months acclimatizing to his new reality.
But after the second month he realized that he needed to do something to come to terms with his new disabilities.Plamondon picked up a pen and started writing.
Source: Sidelined by strokes, a Maple Ridge man discovers poetry – Maple Ridge News
In a tweet that he sent out on Friday, hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons announced that he might be bringing back Def Poetry Jam for HBO, with Chance the Rapper serving as the show’s host.
Full Story: Chance the Rapper sought to host a Def Poetry Jam revival for HBO.