So much is changing—has changed—in this world. Rebecca D. Martin finds a deep leaving-truth in her first villanelle and her first experience as a teacher.
Poet-a-Day: Meet Tom C. Hunley
How can a mashup lead to a sonnet like Tom C. Hunley’s? See the cool exercise that can make it happen.
An Epic Told in 500 Sonnets: “The Gift of Life” by Amanda Hall
In “The Gift of Life: An Epic in Verse,” poet Amanda Hall employs some 500 sonnets to tell a story of love amid contemporary life and culture.
Reading Generously: ‘How to Write a Form Poem’ by Tania Runyan
Form poetry: not just for grad school anymore. Welcome to your guided tour of ‘How to Write a Form Poem,’ by Tania Runyan.
Poet Laura: Chocolate Saves Mardi Gras
Tweetspeak’s Poet Laura, Laura Boggess, spends Mardi Gras without power but offers up a chocolate sonnet after a gift from her chocolate patron.
Fiction Prompt: Chapter Two, Shakespeare Symphony Project and Slightly Famous French Bread
Fall means fiction! Join author Callie Feyen in chapter 2 of Carter’s story, which combines memorizing Shakespeare with making music.
Poetry Prompt: What Silence Does
Join author Callie Feyen as she considers silence — what it is, what it does, and whether it’s useful. Then write a poem about it.
Take Your Poet to Work: William Shakespeare
We kick off the release of our 2015 Take Your Poet to Work Day poets collection with the Bard of Avon, William Shakespeare.
10 Fun Shakespeare Resources Online
In honor of William Shakespeare’s birthday, enjoy this fun collection of Shakespeare resources from around the web.
Our Favorites from the 2012 Poetry Themes
Every month, we arrange the way we play poetry around a particular theme. You’ll see it in the artful content from our contributing writers, hear it in our inspiring thematic Spotify playlists, put your hands on it in the Monday morning poetry prompts, or experience it in the daily offerings from Every Day Poems. Here are our favorites from 2012.
This Week’s Top Ten Poetic Picks
Famous artwork as Halloween costumes, the future of the short storyteller, and a guy typing poetry on the street. All this and a little more in This Week’s Top Ten Poetic Picks.
Ordinary Genius: Rhythm, Rhyme and the Sonnet
Kim Addonizio says writing form poetry can teach you economy and structure and take you unexpected places. But what if you have no sense of rhythm? Can you still write a sonnet? LW Lindquist wraps up our Ordinary Genius book club this week with enough iambic pentameter to make you scream.
A Sonnet’s Unlikely Resolution: John Milton On His Blindness
One of the greatest poets who ever lived worries that his poetry is not good enough.