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World Poetry Day: 8 Stunning Poetry Collection Books Like ‘Milk and Honey’

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World Poetry Day comes just in time as much of the country braces for another major winter storm. It may be cold outside, but this article from on October 2017, shares some of the best st poetry collections to make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. If you read Milk and Honey and thought you’d never get to enjoy another collection of poetry quite like it, well…in a way, that’s true. Divided into four sections—the hurting, the loving, the breaking, and the healing—Rupi Kaur’s Milk and Honey chronicles her heartbreak, recovery, and self-discovery. Despite the bitterness, anger, and vulnerability crafted through the lines, Kaur speaks to the sweetness lingering between. These eight titles mirror Milk and Honey’s content or…

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Here’s Why Edgar Allan Poe Still Matters

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Celebrating the death rather than the birthday of the master of the macabre, is only fitting. On this day October 7, 1849 Edgar Allan Poe died at the age of 40 after he was found in a gutter on a side street in Baltimore, Maryland. Some people say he died from an opium overdose, others say it was alcohol poisoning, some believe it was pneumonia, or murder? No one knows. The circumstances surrounding his death intensifies his mystique. It’s eerie and strangely perfect at the same time that a man famous for composing the scariest stories ever would die under a shadow of mystery and suspicion. I had the fortune of being introduced to Poe when, at 9 years old, I…

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World Poetry Day: 7 Collections We Can’t Wait to Get Our Hands on This Spring

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When people think “poetry,” different images spring to mind, either of the stuffy old poets you read in high school, or of cigarette-smoking mustaches in black turtlenecks speaking dramatically about politics in front of a brick wall with a spotlight. However, since it is World Poetry Day, which was instituted in 1999 by the United Nations to promote reading and creativity around the world, we think it’s a good idea to take a look at some contemporary masters who are changing the game with creative subject matter, language and ideas that are modern and inspiring. So get ready to do some spring cleaning for your brain with our new poetry reading list! play dead, francine j. harris (Alice James Books, April 12, 2016)…

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TED Talks: Harry Baker’s Love Poetry for Lonely Prime Numbers

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Words become fluid, flying objects when a spoken-word artist gets a hold of them. Internationally popular slam poet Harry Baker’s playful use of surprising metaphors create whimsical images that inspire and provoke thought. This week’s featured TED video is a talk from Baker, an award winning spoken-word poet and 2012 World Slam Champion. In this video he performs three poems for the TEDxExeter 2014 audience and discusses slam poetry and how he accidentally discovered it. His wonderful pun-laden poetry is perfect for a little Tuesday inspiration. Recommended Reading The Sunshine Kid, Harry Baker (Burning Eye Books, 2014) Harry’s first collection of poetry features some of the poems read on stage at TEDxExeter. It’s an honest, cheeky, and fun collection of…

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Video: Missed It? Interview with Comedian, Singer/Songwriter, and Actor Bo Burnham

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ABOUT EGGHEAD A strange and charming collection of hilariously absurd poetry, writing, and illustration from one of today’s most popular young comedians… EGGHEAD: Or, You Can’t Survive on Ideas Alone Bo Burnham was a precocious teenager living in his parents’ attic when he started posting material on YouTube. 100 million people viewed those videos, turning Bo into an online sensation with a huge and dedicated following. Bo taped his first of two Comedy Central specials four days after his 18th birthday, making him the youngest to do so in the channel’s history. Now Bo is a rising star in the comedy world, revered for his utterly original and intelligent voice. And, he can SIIIIIIIIING! In EGGHEAD, Bo brings his brand of…

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The secret language of twins: Matthew Dickman and Michael Dickman talk poetry

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Matthew and Michael Dickman share more than just DNA. The identical twins are also award-winning poets who call Portland, Oregon home. Matthew is the author of All-American Poem (American Poetry Review, 2008) and Mayakovsky’s Revolver: Poems (Norton, 2012). Michael’s work includes The End of the West (Copper Canyon, 2009) and Flies (Copper Canyon, 2011); the brothers collaborated on the 2012 collection 50 American Plays, a book of poem-plays about all 50 states. In honor of National Poetry Month, BookTrib had the pleasure of speaking with Matthew and Michael about poetry, siblings, and all things art. What poem has resonated the most for you over the years? Would your answer have been different five, ten years ago? Matthew: One of the…

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