The poems of the 2018 National Book Award for Poetry Winner “Indecency” by Justin Phillip Reed are as haunting as the streets they come from.
“Love Songs”: Claiming Sara Teasdale for St. Louis
Sara Teasdale lived 34 of her 48 years in St. Louis; she was born and buried there, and St. Louis can claim her as one of its own poets.
Take Your Poet to School Week: Eugene Field, the Poet of Childhood
Eugene Field is perhaps the perfect poet for Take Your Poet to School Week. It was the schoolchildren of St. Louis who saved his house from demolition.
The Poetry of the Visiting Card: Miss Jennie Todt meets Catherina Gerhard
A visiting card in an 1899 edition of “Longfellow’s Complete Poems” leads to stories of German immigrants, St. Louis history, and even beer.
Finding Eliot in St. Louis
Finding T.S. Eliot in St. Louis, where he was born and raised, is not an easy task, but he’s there, most of all in his poetry.
Poetry for Life: “Wasted Beauty” at Tavern of Fine Arts
We found poetry in our own community, both formal and informal, historical and contemporary. And we found it at the Tavern of Fine Arts.
An Evening with Billy Collins
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.
Kerri Webster’s “Grand & Arsenal”
The appeal of the poems in Grand & Arsenal is broader than only to St. Louisans. They are delightful, learned, approachable, historical and regional, and replete with literary references to Hawthorne, Lucretius, Ovid and even Agatha Christie.