American Roots

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Poetry Prompt: American Roots

5 Comments 29 September 2014

Brought from the old world, our traditional ballads have grown deep American roots. Join us this week for an All-American poetry prompt.

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Literary Tour: Willa Cather Childhood Home (Red Cloud, Nebraska)

9 Comments 26 September 2014

On a recent literary tour to Red Cloud, Nebraska, Michelle DeRusha stayed in the room Willa Cather slept in when she was in town, half-hopeful, half-leery Willa’s ghost would visit.

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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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Loki Goodness Campaign 3 & 4

5 Comments 24 September 2014

The Loki Goodness Campaign is a parody of a phenomenon among Thor and Loki fans, many whom believe Loki has gotten a bad rap and is actually good.

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The Magician’s Elephant: What if Natural Selection is Wrong?

28 Comments 23 September 2014

Iconoclastic thinking requires "thinking outside the room." Could natural selection be wrong? Kate DiCamillo's The Magician's Elephant leads the way.

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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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Ballads, Strange and Silly

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Poetry Prompt: Ballads, Strange and Silly

21 Comments 22 September 2014

Outrageous stories can be found within a ballad's rhyme. We think a little nonsense is good for the child in all of us. Be a part of our silly poetry prompt

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How to Be a Better Writer: Tree Artist Date

17 Comments 19 September 2014

Join Laura Boggess as she hops the fence and wades through the grass to sit a while under the leafy branches of a giant tree.

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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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a ballad to remember

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PhotoPlay Prompt: A Ballad to Remember 2

6 Comments 15 September 2014

Join us for part 2 of our PhotoPlay Prompt: A Ballad to Remember. Find an inspiring picture, write a poem, and be spirited away with a familiar song.

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A Poetry Dare. I Really Don’t Care.

16 Comments 12 September 2014

We've extended a poetry dare. And the subject is not quite willing. What will happen to Ed over the next 30 days?

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Eating & Drinking Poems: Dorianne Laux’s “A Short History of the Apple”

2 Comments 12 September 2014

Whether the leaves turn in your part of the country or not, consider "A Short History of the Apple" as you slice a Jonagold to eat with Kathryn Neel's Caramel Apple Dip.

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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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Literary Tour: Independence Rock (Casper, Wyoming)

14 Comments 10 September 2014

If you should find yourself traveling the Oregon-California Trail, be sure to stop at Independence Rock. It'll have you wanting to make your mark.

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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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How to Write a Ballad

17 Comments 05 September 2014

Marjorie Maddox reminds us there’s something about the ballad that reels us in. And the ballad has been reeling people in for a long time.

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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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the ballad

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The Ballad: Poetry Prompt and Playlist


Our new playlist and poetry prompt pays homage to the timeless ballad. Listen along to our inspired tunes and let it bring out your inner troubadour.

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