Museum-goers may consider history and art to be their most common fascinations, but many prevalent institutions have also introduced poetry into their exhibitions and attractions. As symbols of culture and knowledge, museums represent numerous traits that poetry is known for.
On October 17, 1761, poet, writer, and preacher Jupiter Hammon became the first Black published author. To celebrate his work and the contributions of Black poets thereafter, October 17th is Black Poetry Day. This tradition, held since 1985, celebrates not
Since Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death on Sept. 18, Americans have mourned her loss, celebrated her accomplishments, and vowed to carry on her legacy of making change. Throughout her career, Ginsburg fought tirelessly for equal protection on the
The greatest brands know what it takes to make a true connection with their audience. Oftentimes, that connection is through poetry. As Maya Angelou said, “The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through
From the eighteenth century Augustan poets to the post-Mao era of China, and even the American Beat movement, poetry has been used as a form of resistance throughout history. Poets have used their voices to push back against unjust government
Native American stories and culture continue to have a strong impact on today’s poetry scene. In 2019, Joy Harjo, a member of the Creek tribe and the author of 14 poetry collections, became the U.S. Poet Laureate, representing one of
Films transport us to exotic places and distant time periods where we can experience life through the eyes of our favorite characters. Watching them can be an escape from our COVID-19 reality and a stress reliever in these challenging times.
Recently, both controversy and curiosity swept across social media when four-year-old Nadim Shamma-Sourgen landed a book deal with British children’s book publisher Walter Books. Shamma-Sourgen, who hasn’t yet learned how to physically write, dictates his poems to his mother. With
Poetry and theater have a longstanding love affair, from Shakespeare’s historic work in iambic pentameter to contemporary expressions of verse drama. Making the most of rhythmic speech and playful techniques like rhyme and repetition, poetry is a popular tool among
It’s important to support Black-owned businesses now more than ever. While the effects of coronavirus have touched nearly every business, especially small businesses, shutdowns have impacted Black-owned businesses at disproportionate levels, The Washington Post reported. More than 40 percent of
Of course, reading and writing usually stand out as a poet’s most beloved pastimes. However, turning to different modes of entertainment can help fend off burn-out. Sometimes, the urge strikes to curl up with take-out and a favorite show. When
Poetry has long served as a tool for social justice. At Read Poetry, we’ve celebrated poetry’s powerful impact on Black Lives Matter, reproductive rights, and queer rights. Today’s poets regularly take inspiration from modern headlines—from the #MeToo movement to the