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Spoken word group hopes to motivate William Blount students at International Week (from KnoxNews.com)
“We wanted to bring that diversity and present it to the students to kind of open their eyes to see another side,” said Rhea Carmon, who performed poetry with Jonathan Clark at the school on Friday morning. “Now it’s become an inspiration. As we come out here every year we hope to inspire these kids to write and to open their eyes to what’s going on around them.”…

 

Being Poet Laureate ruins your poetry: just look at Carol Ann Duffy (from The Telegraph)
Picture Professor Andrew Motion, soigné as ever; caressing syllables in rather a small study at the University of East Anglia. “There may be some rather significant news, Peter. But it’s something of a poisoned chalice, I fear.”…

 

Poetry Helps Inspire the Occupy Movement (from Huffington Post)
Poetry has been at the heart of many of the ups and downs of the Occupy protests these past few weeks. In New York, organizers garnered national attention and praise for their literary accomplishments, which include establishing a library in the Northwest corner of Zuccotti Park and hosting a weekly poetry reading. The Huffington Post’s Feliz Molina wrote last week about the impressive poetry anthology the group has compiled, which includes poems by Adrienne Rich, Michael McClure and Lawrence Ferlinghetti. The anthology — true to the movement’s principles — is open to all…

 

Professor, former student open medium to share poetry with community (from Downtown Devil)
Rosemarie Dombrowski is probably known best among students taking upper-level literature classes on the downtown Phoenix campus, but she is also a part of something that allows her to take a look at the past and experience language in a different way — and she wants to share that with everyone…