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Kara Lewis is a poet, writer, and editor based in Kansas City. Her poems have appeared in Stirring, SWWIM, Pithead Chapel, Sprung Formal, and elsewhere. Currently, she is an MFA candidate in poetry at New England College's low-residency program, where she received the prestigious Joel Oppenheimer scholarship.

As the weather cools down, poetry offers coziness and comfort. This month’s releases place readers among lush and overgrown trees, in the sterile realm of a hospital, and in the classic tales of Greek mythology, finding opportunities for reflection and

Poetry lovers know that the genre relies on creative literary devices like symbolism, simile, and metaphor, rather than the literal. Surrealism—a poetic movement that started in the 1920s and continues to flourish today—takes this a step further.    In the 1924 Surrealist

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Many people might think character-building is important only in works of fiction. However, characterization also plays a role in poetry. Whether you’re writing persona poetry—which adopts the voice of a character, often a celebrity or public figure—or striving to get

As the summer winds down and fall gets closer, this shift also signals a new season in poetry. September poetry releases include nods to the past—with anthologies and new translations reviving older works—as well as a look at the future

Spanning Western Asia and Egypt, the Middle East is a unique and diverse region. The area’s many different cultures, languages, and perspectives—as well as its evolving and rich history—are reflected in its urgent poetry. While these poets represent just a

Back-to-school season conjures feelings of excitement and exploration. As students make their way back into the classroom, they’re presented with the opportunity to learn about new topics and interests, grow friendships, and get involved in activities. These four poems celebrate

In 2021, marketing and promoting your art is a quintessential step as a creator. By taking your writing off the page and onto the web, you can share your words with thousands of potential readers. Bonus: Creating a site just

Imagery is one of poetry’s key features. Defined as “using vivid or figurative language to represent ideas, objects, or actions” by the Poetry Foundation, imagery can be necessary to fully transport your reader—but it can also seem confusing or difficult

Symbolism can greatly enhance your poetry. Defined as “the use of symbols to represent ideas or qualities” by the Oxford English Dictionary, color symbolism has long played a role in both classic and emerging literature. From the iconic green light