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  • The Poetry Ccusir
    The Poetry Circus is coming to the People's Park this weekend.
    Griffith Jenkins Griffith was a journalism graduate. He was an eccentric and extremely wealthy man who was self-made and very human, which attributed to his many flaws. A writer who made his millions in California mining, he spent 2 years in...
  • Maya Angelou
    U.S. Postal Service Honors: Maya Angelou with a Stamp
    In celebration of Black Americans who have pioneered as champions of change the U.S. Postal Service announced earlier this week that they would be honoring the late poet and activist Maya Angelou with a Forever Stamp.Angelou, who passed away in...
  • Phillis Wheatley
    Phillis Wheatley wrote her way into the history books
    Running from the fire which blazed out of control, the little seven-year-old girl feverishly attempted to cling to her mother’s protective hand and traveled as fast as her child-sized legs would carry her. As she heard her mother yell her...
  • Rod McKuen dies at 81
    Rod McKuen, pop culture poet and songwriter, dead at 81
    Rod McKuen died in Beverly Hills on Jan. 29 while flighting pneumonia. The poet,who was also a songwriter, a composer and a singer, was a pop culture phenomenon who wrote rhyme that made every female baby boomer weep while dreaming of great love....
  • Poet Patricia Smith wins 2014 Library of Congress national poetry award in memory of LBJ's sister
    Poet Patricia Smith wins Library of Congress award in memory of LBJ's sister
    The Library of Congress has announced it is awarding the 2014 Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry to Patricia Smith for her book about growing up black and female in Chicago, "Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah".Smith will receive...
  • Poets in the Loop presenting at Friendswood Public Library on September 17
    Poets in the Loop presenting at Friendswood Public Library on September 17
    On Wednesday, September 17, the Friendswood Public Library’s ‘off the page poetry series’ will be presenting Poets in a Loop, a Houston-area poetry critique group. The presentation begins at 7 p.m. at 416 S. Friendswood Drive in...
  • Mount Zion Baptist Church holds memorial service for Dr. Maya Angelou
    Mount Zion Baptist Church in Winston-Salem holds memorial for Dr. Maya Angelou
    In October of 1990 Dr. Russell Adams, the Chairman of the African-American Studies Department at Howard University, offered the present writer, who was a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow and a Distinguished Professor at Allen...
  • Maya Angelou
    Maya Angelou: Dead at the age of 86
    “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel“ -- Maya AngelouMaya Angelou has died at the age of 86. The world lost a great writer,...
  • African-American Poet Maya Angelou is dead at age 86
    African-American Poet Dr. Maya Angelou is dead at age 86
    The death of poet, actress, author, and professor Dr. Maya Angelou at age 86 comes shortly after her last national television appearance on a national program that the present writer had plane tickets to Los Angeles but cancelled due to a state...
  • Helene Cardona
    Los Angeles (Oh LALA! ) Poésie en français! (Ooh lala!) ah! Hélene Cardona!
    Night Messenger ~ by Hélene CardonaI wake. In a meadowbraided with wild grasses and flowersnotes of music drift from a harp.A penguin is running.I follow to the river.He lays on a leaf,lets the current carry himand says, this stream is your life...
  • Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium, Spring/Summer 2014
    Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium's Spring/Summer 2014
    The Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium announced their upcoming schedule of readings for the Spring and Summer, 2014. Each month the Consortium hosts a poetry reading featuring two poets. The reading is held at the East Village Coffee Lounge, 498...
  • C.K Williams
    Books: In All at Once poet C.K. Williams turns to prose
    More than two decades ago a creative writing grad school classmate related how a prospective employer told her she would not get the publishing job for which she had applied, because "poets can't write prose." If prose memoirs by...
  • National Poetry Month, 2014 Poet and mystic, Rabi'a al-basri
    National Poetry Month, 2014 Poet and Mystic, Rabi'a al-Basri
    “There is nothing so secular that it cannot be sacred, and that is one of the deepest messages of the Incarnation.”-Madeleine L’EngleWe are in the middle of a sacred time. In Christianity, it is Holy Week, for Judaism, it is the...
  • April, poetry month is here again!
    April, poetry month, is here again!
    Another year has passed and once again it is National Poetry Month! Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is now “held every April, when schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets throughout...
  • National Poetry Month, 2014 Louise Erdrich
    National Poetry Month, 2014 Louise Erdrich
    National Poetry Month, 2014 Louise ErdrichAdvice to Myself

Leave the dishes.
Let the celery rot in the bottom drawer of the refrigerator
and an earthen scum harden on the kitchen floor.
Leave the black crumbs in the bottom of the toaster.
Throw...