Natasha Trethewey

There are a lot of stories on the web about poetry and spoken word from all over the world. Here are a couple of articles that caught my eye today.

Natasha Trethewey Begins her Domestic Work as Poet Laureate

Writer, teacher, and scholar Nicole Brittingham Furlonge has an article up on the Huffington Post about the new US Poet Laureate and her thoughts on her poem “Housekeeping” and how she keeps going back to that poem in her own life. Read more…

 

Basil Talib

Gang Member Fled Violence, Found Poetry

This is a great article about Basil Talib, of Highspire, who grew up with gang life in Brooklyn. Now he channels his energies into his two children and writing poetry. Read more…

 

Poet C ops Bring Together Worlds of Poetry, Law Enforcement

This is one of those things that you very rarely would put together: Cops and poetry. Apparently in California this is not such an anomaly. Read more…

 

Watch Nick Offerman Perform Slam Poetry About Bacon

Feel free to insert your own jokes as we move from police to pork products. We now jumping from cops and poetry to “two great tastes that taste great together”: bacon and poetry! Here is a video of Nick Offerman of Parks and Recreation perform a “slam” poem about everyones favorite salty treat, bacon. Read more…

 

Poetry in Motion Returns to St. John’s (Canada) City Buses

We are now going International…to Canada! This is a cool idea that the Albany Poets board was talking about the other day at our meeting. In St. John’s, Canada, a collection of poems by Newfoundland and Labrador writers will replace some of the ads posted inside city buses. Would this work in Albany? Do you think that CDTA would allow poetry instead of ads on their buses? Read more…

 

Louis Simpson

Louis Simpson, Poet of Everyday Life, Dies at 89

And some sad news in the world of poetry as we learned that Louis Simpson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet who “told characteristically American tales of common people and often cast a skeptical eye on the American dream”, passed away a couple of weeks ago at his home in Stony Brook. Read more…