National Student Poet Louis Lafair discusses the influences of his poetry, and his vision for experiencing poetry in the 21st century.
National Student Poet Louis Lafair reveals his early introduction to poetry, his favorite poets and why he reads them, and what he discovers in poetry.
For some, reading and writing poetry is a way “through the tunnel and back into the light.” Follow Maureen Doallas’ Journey into Poetry.
On a trip to the shopping mall I visit the bookstore and buy my first book: Ariel. A thin paperback. I read it that night. I read it all summer long.
Although fascinated by the written word, Karen Clark convinced herself that becoming a poet was too sacred–an honor to which she could never aspire.
As a young person, Lakin Easterling fell asleep with the dictionary. Today, she shares her Journey Into Poetry.
Richard Maxson kept journals, wrote essays, and penned a couple of one-act plays, but never poetry.
From her gruesome short stories in junior high to three full-length collections, poet and teacher Julie L. Moore shares her journey into poetry.
The athlete of the family lives in the shadow of her brother while secretly dreaming of a writing life of her own.
I learned that through reading, I could, as Emily Dickinson put it, “dwell in possibility.” Poet Daniel Bowman Jr. shares his journey into poetry.
Through a meandering journey into poetry, poet Tara Skurtu discovered that poetry can be just as healing an art as medicine.
Marjorie Maddox was always a bookworm—as a child reading in the branches of trees, upside down on a couch, and, of course, in bed with a flashlight. Follow her Journey into Poetry.
Poetry acknowledged invisible things, the things that haunt us. Amber Haines shares her journey into poetry.
“I used poetry as a way to preserve my privacy and test out my hypotheses of the world. It was my way of encoding my views so no one could tell me my observations of people, places or things were childish, or incorrect.” Kathryn Neel shares her journey into poetry.
Poet Todd Davis shares his journey into poetry, inspired by his father.
Paula J. Lambert describes her Journey into Poetry, from aspiring fiction writer to published poet, by way of pigs and prose.
So much of life depends upon the lighting. Under the fluorescent bulbs of Grade 9 English, I turned to page 646, or something like that, and discovered poetry. Unit VII probably had a catchy and alliterative title, but I don’t remember it. I remember seeing bold-faced words, eerie line breaks (though I didn’t know the […]
I didn’t start writing poetry until I was in my mid-forties. Growing up, I wasn’t the kind of kid who wrote poetry or holed up in his room writing a journal. As a teenager, I loved the singer-songwriters of the sixties — Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell – and I […]