Category Archives: Poetry

The Political in Poetry: Some Thoughts on White Privilege

These days it can be hard to tell the difference between what I am thankful for and simply privileges. I become more grateful each year for the opportunity to attend a top-notch liberal arts university, and to have the good … Continue reading

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Rediscovering “Ars Poetica” -Annie Persons

On Wednesday, I led my first creative writing workshop with sixth graders at the local middle school. As I signed in, nerves that had nothing to do with the school’s stringent security system quickened my pulse. I experienced an alarming … Continue reading

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Poetry’s Possible Worlds -Annie Persons

This summer, I worked as a research assistant for Professor Lesley Wheeler, helping her compile sources for her scholarly book about speculative poetry titled Poetry’s Possible Worlds. “Speculative” poetry is a genre encompassing science fiction, fantasy, horror, and related “weird” … Continue reading

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Possibilities in Poetry -Katie Toomb

And my junior year begins.  While I will admit that I was anxiously awaiting summer vacation by the time May rolled around last year, I have to say that I have never been more excited for a school year to … Continue reading

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Poetry in the Wake of Tragedy -Sam O’Dell

Yesterday marked the twelfth anniversary of 9/11, a day when most Americans take at least a few moments out of their hectic lives to reflect on the horrific events of that day. More than anything, I think 9/11 reminds people … Continue reading

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My Favorite Word

Why isn’t contemporary English good enough for me?  As I run through the glossary of terms which crop up often in my writing, no particular word gives off a luster that sparks my heart more than my mind, though owl  … Continue reading

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Adrienne Rich 1929-2012

Adrienne Rich’s work so often demonstrates that poetry and politics are as close in nature as currents in a river.  She began as a poet of strict measures and understatement (though already unwilling to be “mastered by” the ordeals inflicted … Continue reading

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Granting Legitimacy To Poetry Written Under…Unique Circumstances

So today I did a class presentation in my modern poetry class with Professor Wheeler on a poem titled “Spring” by Anna Jackson. The poet, Anna Jackson, tells the story of how she wrote the poem in under three minutes … Continue reading

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Political Agendas & Poetry

In class, Professor Smith briefly commented on the passing of the poet Adrienne Rich, noting how she was particularly adept at blending poetic discourse with political dialogue. Rich seems to be a straightforward example of how a poet incorporating politics … Continue reading

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Interview With Reginald Stinson (AKA Prince Hollywood)

Listen To Song: Get Her First Earlier this afternoon, I had the fortune of conducting an interview with Reginald Stinson, an up-and-coming rapper in Queens, New York better known as “Prince Hollywood”. Hollywood has a budding reputation for well-written lyrics … Continue reading

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