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Why Teach Poetry? Interview with Colorado Poet Laureate Joseph Hutchison (Part 1)

5 Comments 29 October 2014

"If we taught poetry as a way of knowing, students wouldn’t have to ask why they should study it." Maureen Doallas interviews Colorado poet laureate Joseph Hutchison.

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The Poems the Soldiers Read in World War I

6 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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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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Twitter Poems: Top Ten Poetic Tweets

1 Comment 09 October 2014

Looking for poetry on Twitter? We've made it easy for you, with this roundup of the best Twitter poems we've seen in the past few weeks.

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Poets and Poems: Aaron Belz and “Glitter Bomb”

6 Comments 07 October 2014

Aaron Belz, often associated with the New York School, has a new collection of poems, "Glitter Bomb." And it is a fun collection to read.

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Top Ten Question Poems

5 Comments 02 October 2014

There's something comforting about definitive answers and hard data. But what if we allowed ourselves the space that questions offer? Here are 10 question poems that try to answer that. Or not.

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The Ballad: An Infographic

12 Comments 30 September 2014

We close out our month-long Ballad theme with a ballad infographic featuring famous ballad poems and folk songs, ballad poets, and a little bit of history.

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September Beats: Frank O’Hara

3 Comments 30 September 2014

Poet Frank O'Hara bridged the Beat poets and contemporary poetry, taking poetry from academia and even the coffeehouses to the streets.

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Top Ten “Dip into Poetry” Lines

8 Comments 25 September 2014

We've been taking a daily "dip into poetry" for the last month or so. Come discover the power of a line in our Top Ten Dip into Poetry Lines.

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September Beats: Denise Levertov

12 Comments 23 September 2014

Poet Denise Levertov is associated with the Beat Poets, but she transcended the Beats to write about war, environment, faith, and the whole realm of life.

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The Best in Poetry: Top Ten Poetic Picks

5 Comments 18 September 2014

Your novel's optimum length is shorter than a bridge. A literary time capsule. Team building for the self-employed. It's our Top 10 Poetic Picks.

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Journey into Poetry: Maureen Doallas

36 Comments 17 September 2014

For some, reading and writing poetry is a way "through the tunnel and back into the light." Follow Maureen Doallas' Journey into Poetry.

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September Beats: Allen Ginsberg

8 Comments 16 September 2014

Allen Ginsberg started with the Beat Generation and became known for the obscenity trial over his "Howl and Other Poems" and a devotion to protest.

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Twitter Poems: Top Ten Poetic Tweets

2 Comments 11 September 2014

Few things make us happier than reading excellent poems on Twitter. Here are 10 of the best Twitter poems we've seen lately.

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September Beats: Jack Kerouac

15 Comments 09 September 2014

Jack Kerouac gave the name to the Beat Generation of writers and poets. In the more than 50 years after his death, he's become an American legend.

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A Ballad to Remember

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PhotoPlay and Prompt: A Ballad to Remember

18 Comments 08 September 2014

A timeless ballad can spark a memory. A song can whisk a listener back, & for a moment rewind the clock. Join our PhotoPlay & show us a ballad to remember.

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Top Ten Mirror Poems

8 Comments 04 September 2014

Poems make wonderful mirrors, excellent tools for self-reflection. We've gathered up a collection of 10 great mirror poems.

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September Beat: The Beat Poets

6 Comments 02 September 2014

The Beat poets - Kerouac, Ginsberg, O'Hara, others - were unconventional in their writing and lives, and had a major impact on American culture.

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Top Ten Haiku Resources

6 Comments 28 August 2014

We've collected ten great haiku resources, from right here at Tweetspeak and all around the web, to help you discover the history of the form, how to write it, how to read it, and how to love it.

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Poets and Poems: Meeting Edgar Allan Poe

3 Comments 26 August 2014

A new short biography of Edgar Allan Poe serves as an excellent introduction to an American literary icon.

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