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'I had to see my son be put in a body bag.' Frankfort mom shows 8th-graders the heartbreaking aftermath of heroin overdose.

The neighbors used to call his parents and say, “Did you know Al’s on the roof again?” “From the time he was little ... For her birthday one year, he wrote her a poem: He was fragile, like all kids. B... read more

This poet captures the madness and injustice of our burning planet

Now, all that is changing. A provocative new essay in the Atlantic — entitled “How poetry came to matter again” — traces how a young generation of poets of color is making its mark on the ancient art ... read more

Music is a medium that allows you to fly beyond your caste: Rajiv Menon

It doesn’t matter ... come in that genre or in that emotional space and be able to say that you are not going to use something similar. That’s where I find the study and appreciation of Tamil ... read more

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In a (Prose) Tribute to Fathers and Father Figures, a Fast-Paced Poet Slows Down

So his poems shift between notions of survival and excellence in performance — and again, it’s not always clear which is ... violence and corresponding with the rise of the Black Lives Matter era. The ... read more


Army football has risen. Navy is down. But man, how they fight.

It was a quote from a John Dryden poem: “I will lay me down ... The details really don’t matter. Which is why the joy in the Army locker room was so unbridled. The only disappointment came when the ac... read more

A Great Mix is an Expressive Mix

I once heard an actor recite a poem that featured ten repetitions of the same sentence. When the actor came back to that line again and again ... need to coach performers throughout the session. No ma... read more

How to Use a Random Password Generator

The original seed never turns up again until every other number has come up. If the seed was a 32 ... technique that transforms a line from a poem or play into a random-looking password. read more

How I Became A Revolutionary And Internationalist:Andre Vltchek

how you came to be who you are ... He was the love of my grandma’s life; she never remarried again. Why am I telling you this, Binu? Because my formative years began when I was 3. read more

How To Come Up With The Right Title For Your Poem (With Examples)

We love the title of Maya Angelou’s poem “Still I Rise.” Not only do the monosyllabic words make a big impact, but the meaning of the words suggests an inherent conflict — an opponent or obstacle that ... read more

A Definitive List of 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' Easter Eggs

But the question remains, if Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was being developed around the same time, which came first the comics or the film ... the Spider-Men of the multiverses. It’s like poetry ... read more

Want to be the next David Harsent? A guide on how to write a poem

This year the UK’s biggest poetry award, the TS Eliot prize, has gone to David Harsent for his 11th collection ... In the words of Beckett: Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. F... read more

Freedom From Entitlement: How I Learned to Embrace My Disdain for Lena Dunham

The same generation that has had no problem throwing the baby out with the bathwater when it came to Britney Spears ... as an ally are just met with sighs of “Oh, she’s doing it again,” rather than a ... read more



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