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Inspiring Poetic Flights of Fancy - The New Indian Express

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Inspiring Poetic Flights of Fancy
The New Indian Express
When was the last time you picked up a poetry book and read it for recreation? For most children, the answer would be no; in fact the thought would most probably sound alien.
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My English 101 teacher from spring quarter noted this decline in the popularization of poetry. He told us that people always had a few poems memorized, and that people would regularly discuss poetry they'd read and would be very familiar with the various poets and their unique styles. He proclaimed that it was no longer the case, and now, this article from the New Indian Express supports his hypothesis.

 

Shobha Vishwanath of Karadi Path Education is working to incorporate poetry in the curriculum of young children in India using the Rhyme and No Reason workshop. The name of the workshop specifically targets the complaint that children and teachers often have: the seeming lack of purpose in poetry. Vishwanath aims to teach children to appreciate poetry for the sake of poetry, "art for the sake of art", as said by Oscar Wilde.

 

I merely wish there had been a program like this for me when I was younger. Perhaps I would have started loving poetry sooner.

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Prepare To Be Moved By The Winner Of Vancouver's Poetry Slam

Prepare To Be Moved By The Winner Of Vancouver's Poetry Slam | Poetry | Scoop.it
If you've ever felt confused on being loved, loving yourself, or where on the spectrum of gender and sexuality you fall, this is for you.

Via Pete
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"I once had a lover that, on the most ordinary of days, out shopping for underwear, looked at my reflection in the mirror and said, 'I love the boy in you, and I love the girl in you, and everything in between.'"

 

So begins this slam poem by Dia Davina. It's poems like this one which make me remember why I love poetry, why it is one of the most powerful vehicles of truth and meaning. Davina takes a subject that's surrounded by a great deal of misunderstanding and gives it great clarity. She captures the struggle of the LGBT community and exposes its essence to people outside of the community. She makes a selective experience a human experience: the will to love and be loved, and the universal uncertainty of understanding yourself. That is the power of great poetry. That is the kind of poetry I want to write

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Creativity: 8 Ways to Keep the Stories Coming

Creativity: 8 Ways to Keep the Stories Coming | Poetry | Scoop.it
8 Ways to keep the stories coming. Creativity kickstarters. Novelists who have a career turn out stories and here s how you can, too.
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Though Darcy Pattison's tips on this blog entry are targeted at short story writers and novelists, most can be adapted for a poet. In writing my anthology, Gazing Upon the Universe, some of these tips were incredibly helpful in keeping my ideas coming. "Instant Success" was the one I really took to heart. I told myself to just write one poem a day, and suddenly I would have three poems written. "Instant Success", "Use Psychology", and "Turn off the internal editor" were the most helpful tips for me in the completion of this project, and as a result, I was able to create a lot of content for my anthology

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Kay Ryan Reads Her Poems Twice (Kay Ryan Reads Her Poems Twice)

Kay Ryan Reads Her Poems Twice (Kay Ryan Reads Her Poems Twice) | Poetry | Scoop.it
A year or so ago, Kay Ryan went to Italy, and it made her think about the sometimes-painful, always-disorienting work the mind has to do...
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Kay Ryan is the one who awakened my love for poetry. I attended this event at Kane Hall at the UW back in May. Before, poetry was flowery--beautiful--but two dimensional. At the beginning of the hour-long lecture, Ryan explained that, not only must poems be read aloud: to be a poem, it must be able to be read aloud twice. I've stuck steadfast to this rule.

 

Because the best poetry I know, that which has moved me the most, is read aloud. It is revised and practiced tirelessly, for the perfect delivery at a poetry slam. The timing is perfect, the words poignant. The poem linked to this article, "Ship in a Bottle" is darkly funny and explores hopeless causes ("Which death will it be,/Little sailors?").

 

From Kay Ryan, I learned to read my work aloud twice. If I struggled or slipped, I revised the poem.

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Syrian-American activist Amal Kassir uses slam poetry to fuel her cause - PBS NewsHour (blog)

Syrian-American activist Amal Kassir uses slam poetry to fuel her cause - PBS NewsHour (blog) | Poetry | Scoop.it
Syrian-American activist Amal Kassir uses slam poetry to fuel her cause
PBS NewsHour (blog)
On the weekends, she tours the United States, performing her slam poetry at festivals and political rallies.
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Amal Kassir is a powerhouse. She is only eighteen, but her poetry seems almost ageless. The things she has seen and experienced are brutal, but the amazing part is how she channels that love of her home (Syria) and her pain from what is happening to her people into fresh, poignant poetry. She speaks her words with great fervor, and leaves her listeners shivering.

 

She is what I want to be. She has the effect on the audience that I want to have. I don't write about Syria--I just don't have that connection--but I want to write something that strikes my reader, something that makes them feel passion, something with which my reader can connect.

 

She also gives me hope, knowing that there are people out there in the world, fighting against these dictatorships, who could rebuild what these tyrants have broken. And she's so young. On a more trivial not, her youth, and the power with word she already holds, gives me hope that I too can find my voice.

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The Short History of the Invention of Writing - Smithsonian

The Short History of the Invention of Writing
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For starters, some of us, cough, would be far less employed. On the broader scale, though, without writing information could only travel as swiftly as the nearest bard.
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Perhaps Socrates saw writing as a separation of man to man, but with the passage of time, it seems apparent to me that it is not a separation but a vehicle, hurdling through time and space to bring forth the greatest ideas in our shared history. Without writing, there is no continuity. Had the ancient Arab world not preserved ancient Greek texts, or much of the foundations of our Western culture would have been lost. Had they not been written in the first place, Western society (though maybe not Asia) would have taken decades or even centuries more to evolve to what it is today. Writing allows people everywhere, from the Stephen Kings to the aspiring poets like me, to share their ideas and passions to whomever might be listening. And perhaps, in turn, inspire them.

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