Blogs tagged "contemporary poetry"

Poet Laureate Steps Off Beaten Path, Takes Poetry to Small Towns, Rural Communities

Photo of Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith
“I am thrilled that Tracy K. Smith has accepted my invitation to continue sharing her poetry with the nation. Her exchanges with Americans in small towns and rural communities are inspiring an appreciation of poetry and history—and remind us that poetry has value for all our lives.”—Carla Hayden, Librarian of CongressRead More »

Pulitzer Prize-winning Book of Poetry—“Olio”— Is a Liberating Experience

Tyehimba Jess
The 2017 winner of the Pulitzer Prize in poetry, Olio by Tyehimba Jess, “melds performance art with the deeper art of poetry,” explains a statement from the judges, “to explore collective memory and challenge contemporary notions of race and identity.” English teachers will find a wealth of source material in the book’s bibliography—from slave narratives to histories of the music of black Americans—to supplement the study of the poems themselves, whRead More »

Gary Snyder Found His Voice as a Poet with Poems Set in the American West

Gary Snyder
Is there anything more distinctive in American poetry than hearing a recording of Robert Frost reading one of his own poems? Video clips and recordings from the sixties capture the distinctive voice at public readings, where Frost’s voice and the poem he’s reading aloud become one and the same. The lines, we feel while listening, were written for Frost, not just by him. Frost, much earlier, had discovered what he had to say as a poet—he had discovered his voice.Read More »

Cultural Understanding through Poetry at NCTE 2016

Richard Blanco presenting at the National Council Teachers of English
Each year over the weekend before Thanksgiving, the National Council of Teachers of English convenes a conference in a major city. This year’s gathering was held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The turnout was spectacular with more than 7000 teachers of English from every level—preschool through college and university—assembled to learn about a wide range of topics under this year’s theme: “Faces of Advocacy.”Read More »
Categories Closer Readings

Celebrating Hispanic Culture through Poetry and Fiction

Wintering Monarch butterflies
September 15–October 15 marks Hispanic Heritage Month, a time when the nation is called to celebrate the cultures of those Americans whose roots lead back to countries in Central and South America, the Caribbean Islands, Mexico, and Spain.Read More »
Categories Heritage Months