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Poets and Poems: Willie Perdomo and Saeed Jones

1 Comment 03 March 2015

Two finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Award for poetry, Willie Perdomo and Saeed Jones, have produced poems of music, remembrance and pain.

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Poets and Poems: Christian Wiman and “Once in the West”

5 Comments 24 February 2015

Christian Wiman grew up in West Texas, and the poems of his "Once in the West" reflect that upbringing and geography.

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Poets and Poems: Jake Adam York and “Abide”

4 Comments 17 February 2015

Published posthumously, "Abide" is Jake Adam York's continued memorial to the 126 people who died from 1954 to 1968 in the civil rights movement.

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Poems from the Ozarks Horse and Girl

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Poets and Poems: Dave Malone’s “O: Love Poems from the Ozarks”

6 Comments 10 February 2015

These love poems by Dave Malone are part of the geography of the Ozarks, and the interior geography of a profound, passionate love.

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Poets and Poems: Louise Gluck and “Faithful and Virtuous Night”

11 Comments 03 February 2015

"Faithful and Virtuous Night," the latest poetry collection by Louise Gluck, gives us 24 poems that seem to be small, beautiful movies.

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Poets and Poems: David Harsent and “Fire Songs”

12 Comments 27 January 2015

"Fire Songs" by David Harsent, winner of the 2014 T.S. Eliot Prize for best poetry collection in the U.K., is poetry at its most stunning and arresting.

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Poets and Poems: Hugo Williams and “I Knew the Bride”

11 Comments 20 January 2015

British poet Hugo Williams has written a painful and beautiful collection of poems with "I Knew the Bride." These are poems with the immediacy of mortality.

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Edvard Munch – Poet?

7 Comments 06 January 2015

Edvard Munch is known for his paintings, especially "The Scream." But he was also a poet, and wrote many entries in his private journals in poetic form.

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Poets and Poems: William Stafford and “Ask Me”

3 Comments 30 December 2014

William Stafford had a unique poetic voice that transcended literary movements. "Ask Me: 100 Essential Poems" provides a window into that voice.

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Gingerbread House Prompt

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The Night Before Christmas: A Poetry Prompt

12 Comments 24 December 2014

The images of Christmas: Snow, gingerbread, candy canes, ribbons, evergreens, cranberries, candles. Join us for a "Night Before Christmas" poetry prompt.

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Learning about Christmas Poems

16 Comments 23 December 2014

Poets over the ages have written Christmas verse, but some Christmas poems turn out to be written by someone else! Includes great Christmas poem examples.

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Wallace Stevens and Walking the Landscape

6 Comments 17 December 2014

Landscape has been an inspiration to poets, including Wallace Stevens, who comes along for a hike near St. Louis to help find the poetry of the landscape.

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Poetry for Life: “Wasted Beauty” at Tavern of Fine Arts

5 Comments 09 December 2014

We found poetry in our own community, both formal and informal, historical and contemporary. And we found it at the Tavern of Fine Arts.

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The Fierce Convictions of Hannah More

9 Comments 25 November 2014

"She may be the most famous person I never heard of." Karen Swallow Prior's biography of Hannah More, "Fierce Convictions," brings a life back into the knowledge it deserves.

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An Evening with Billy Collins

18 Comments 18 November 2014

Poet Billy Collins read from his new volume, "Aimless Love," in St. Louis County, Missouri on Nov. 1; more than 800 people came for an intimate evening.

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The World War I Poets in the War

No Comments 11 November 2014

Max Egremont's "Some Desperate Glory" combines history, biography and poetry to describe the World War I that the war poets experienced.

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Poets and Poems: Siegfried Sassoon and “The War Poems”

5 Comments 04 November 2014

Poet Siegfried Sassoon survived World War I and went on to a successful literary career, but he is best remembered for "the War Poems."

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The Poems the Soldiers Read in World War I

7 Comments 28 October 2014

World War I was a conflict made for poetry, and it made a lot of it. But what did the soldiers themselves read?

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Poppy Single Susan Etole

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The Most Famous Poem of World War I

6 Comments 21 October 2014

The most famous poem of World War I, "In Flanders Fields" by John McCrae, lives on today as the genesis of the Memorial Poppy.

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Fall Leaf Book of Goodbyes

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Poets and Poems: Jillian Weise and “The Book of Goodbyes”

1 Comment 14 October 2014

"The Book of Goodbyes" by Jillian Weise is a collection of poems that are sometimes raw, sometimes searing, but always arresting and always honest.

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