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A Poetry Treasure Hunt for August

Do you like poetry? Do you enjoy a good scavenger hunt? This August, Live Canon will host the 2017 Poetry Treasure Hunt. Here’s how it works. Each day in August you get sent an e-mail. It introduces you to the work of a particular poet. There are some poems to read, links to a more […]

Less Chase, More Golden Egg

Geese feature prominently in many of our most beloved adages. There’s the “goose that laid the golden egg.” There’s the time-consuming and frustrating experience of a “wild goose chase,” although, it’s important to remember at such times that “what is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.” The Wild Goose Poetry Review, however, […]

Greensboro’s Visual Poetry Project

Between now and November, in downtown Greensboro, poetry lovers can take a self-guided walking tour and see eleven different sculptures that have been created in response to poems. Sponsored by the Writers’ Group of the Triad, The Visual Poetry Project paired eleven poets with eleven different artists in the ekphrastic tradition: Sculptures are generally located […]

Boston Poets are Only Happy When It Rains

World-renowned street artist Banksy recently painted a mural for a primary school in Bristol, England, which only goes to show how far street art has progressed from being a nuisance to well, being something parents of school-age children can appreciate. Now there’s a fresh take on public art brewing just “across the pond” in Boston. […]

Like Food? Write Poetry?

In a continuing celebration of Southern culture and arts, White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails, an Atlanta-based restaurant offering contemporary Southern cuisine, invites poets from across the South to participate in the first annual White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails Prize in Southern Poetry. Poems will be on the topic of Love, no matter what the context, […]

Random Acts of Poetry Day

It’s the first Wednesday in October, which means today is Random Acts of Poetry Day: Random Acts of Poetry Day is about painting poetry in the public square, either literally or figuratively. Chalk your poem onto the sidewalk, leave one on a subway seat, pin one onto your local grocery store board. The website Tweet […]

Split This Rock’s Poetry Database

There are occasions when only a poem will do. To that end, Split This Rock has launched The Quarry: A Social Justice Poetry Database: The Quarry is a searchable collection of over 300 poems by a diverse array of contemporary socially engaged poets, published by Split This Rock since 2009. Like all of Split This […]

More than a Poet, but a Poet First: a Tribute to Maya Angelou

By Ed Southern, Executive Director, NCWN Maya Angelou did so much more than write. She danced with Martha Graham and Alvin Ailey, sang calypso, became the first African-American woman to operate a San Francisco cable car, acted on stage and in films and in Roots, composed a film score, edited newspapers, raised money for Martin […]

A Poem to Honor Our Veterans, by Joseph Bathanti

Yesterday was the legal public holiday of Veterans Day, and most federal employees will have today off to honor America’s military veterans, an “unbroken chain of men and women who have served our country with honor and distinction.” When Joseph Bathanti was named North Carolina’s Poet Laureate in  August of this year, he announced plans to […]

“As the Leaves to a Tree”: Some Thoughts on Inspiration and Poetic Technique

By Morri Creech Few statements about writing unnerve me as much as this from John Keats: “If Poetry comes not as naturally as the leaves to a tree it had better not come at all.” Now, just what is it that the poet means by this? Certainly not that poems should be easy to write: […]