Setting Reading and Writing Intentions for 2023
2023 is in full swing, which means it’s time to set reading and writing intentions for the new year. Creating resolutions or goals can often feel overwhelming or unattainable, so be sure to choose your intentions in a way that’s
A Guide to Ekphrastic (Art-Inspired) Poetry
Visual art and literary art have established a beautiful, long-standing connection. Famous poets like William Carlos Williams, W.H. Auden, and even the ancient Greek Hesiod drew inspiration from works like paintings, sculptures, and entire museums. Dubbed “ekphrasis,” this form continues
Slam Empowers Poets to Be “Unapologetically Themselves”: A Q&A With Poetic Underground Host Samantha Slupski
Mention poetry to an in-the-know Kansas Citian, and Poetic Underground often comes to mind. The writing and performance community, which hosts poetry slams and open mics, has become well-known in Kansas City for both its inclusiveness and energy.
An Interview with Marala Scott
Marala Scott is on a mission: to spread the message of gratitude. She wants her readers to know that, even in the midst of challenges, there is still strength to be found within themselves, especially when they learn to cultivate
Happy National Poetry Month
Happy National Poetry Month! If you're new here, welcome. If you’ve been with us for a while (thank you, by the way), you probably have noticed that our site has a new look.
Sharing Poetry: Thoughts on Instagram and Medium
It seems as though we can’t talk about modern poetry without talking about social media. Social platforms, particularly Instagram, have changed the way we consume poetry, making this genre more accessible than ever.
An Interview with Jessica Semaan
Child of the Moon is set against the backdrop of the Lebanese Civil War amongst Semaan's turbulent family life. Her poetry is a journey through shame, fear and crawling away from despair—of healing from childhood trauma.
Modern Day Poets to Read In 2019
One of the most constant things about poetry is change. It evolves with time, and that is why it continues to remain relevant across centuries. When I was younger, I remember a phase when I was in school and loved
How to Use Poetry to Improve your Prose
Prose writers can use poetry as a tool to enhance and better their writing in a number of ways. Here is a list of ways to use poetry to improve your prose.
Poems that Celebrate Nature
Recently I went to Chiang Mai, a natural haven in the mountainous parts of northern Thailand. I was there on a 10-day retreat in an exquisite, picturesque accommodation located on a hilltop.
Writing the Immigrant Experience in Modern Poetry
With so much movement and noise in the world today, it can be hard to focus, difficult to know what to read and take in. Poetry is a special form of writing that forces us to slow down, to linger
5 Feminist Poems We all Need To Read Right Now
In recent years women from all walks of life are reclaiming their voice from their oppressors. With campaigns like #MeToo and #TimesUp gathering momentum, times are changing—in a positive way—and poetry is one among many mediums that women are using