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Stalin's Poetry
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Before he became a Bolshevik revolutionary and the leader of the Soviet Union, Joseph Stalin was a promising poet. Literary career[edit] Like all Georgian children, Ioseb Besarionis dze Jughashvili who would later call himself Stalin grew up with the nation… [+2385 chars]
Contributors to Wikimedia projects
2019-09-29 21:18:18




'Softbois' who claim to love 'Pulp Fiction' and poetry may actually have dark, narcissistic personalities
The "softboi" has been brought to attention by the Instagram account " beam_me_up_softboi." He's the kind of guy who writes poems, has a fascination with Yoko Ono and the human condition, and only listens to his dad's old albums on a record player. But beware…
His type isn't girls who like pop music, wear basic clothes, and "look like everyone else." "I like girls that are a little different," he says. He is the softboi, brought to attention by the Instagram account "beam_me_up_softboi," which posts screenshots s… [+11620 chars]
Lindsay Dodgson
2019-10-17 14:39:35




Ayman Odeh: We Are Ending Netanyahu’s Grip on Israel
The leader of the Arab Joint List explains why it will use its power to help make Benny Gantz prime minister of Israel.
The morning after the exclusionary nation state law was passed, I drove my children to school and thought about raising them in a country that has repeatedly rejected Arab Palestinian children. Israeli governments have made this rejection clear time and again… [+1136 chars]
Ayman Odeh
2019-09-22 15:33:34




This poet writes for a generation searching for validation on their phones
There is a moment, right after posting a picture on Instagram, when my heart pounds with expectation. For a fleeting moment, I'm not 31-year-old me, but 13-year-old Rachel — embarrassed, self-conscious, craving acceptance from anyone who'll give it to me. The…
There is a moment, right after posting a picture on Instagram, when my heart pounds with expectation.  For a fleeting moment, I'm not 31-year-old me, but 13-year-old Rachel embarrassed, self-conscious, craving acceptance from anyone who'll give it to me.  T… [+6773 chars]
Rachel Thompson
2019-10-10 05:00:00




Shelley on Poetry and the Art of Seeing
"Poetry... reproduces the common universe of which we are portions and percipients, and it purges from our inward sight the film of familiarity which obscures from us the wonder of our being."
We hear and apprehend only what we already half know,” Thoreau wrote in contemplating the crucial difference between knowing and seeing. To apprehend reality unblinded by our preconceptions, to truly see rather than pre-know, takes a special receptivity, a sp… [+2717 chars]
Maria Popova
2019-09-30 17:36:05




“Pittsburgh,” by Ed Skoog
Poetry by Ed Skoog: “Clouds are in a composition useful / to fill space around the invisible.”
Audio: Read by the author. isnt there anymore rode by iton the gray horse and insteada place where they go sick a place of only mist To properly understand the twelvePittsburghs of the heart but nothing to grasp or die forand when the adults told me to c… [+1513 chars]
Ed Skoog
2019-10-14 09:00:00




Reginald Dwayne Betts’s Poetry After Prison
Dan Chiasson reviews “Felon,” Betts’s third collection, which upsets the narrative of incarceration and redemption.
The ghazal, a traditional Arabic poetic form, was carried into English in the nineteen-sixties, and enjoyed a vogue among American poets several decades later. It is intricate and tangledthe word ghazal relates to the Arabic word for threadbut it tends to thr… [+7560 chars]
Dan Chiasson
2019-10-07 09:00:00




“Presidents’ Day,” by Louise Glück
Poetry by Louise Glück: “Some / principle is at work, I thought.”
Lots of good-natured sunshine everywheremaking the snow glitterquitelifelike, I thought, niceto see that again; my handswere almost warm. Someprinciple is at work, I thought:commendable, taking an interestin human life, but to be safeI threw some snow over my… [+355 chars]
Louise Glück
2019-10-07 09:00:00




“The Climate,” by Annelyse Gelman
Poetry by Annelyse Gelman: “It was like watching a wave approach / from a great distance.”
Audio: Read by the author. It was like watching a wave approachfrom a great distance, so great that at first it is not a wave at all, buta mere horizon, static and singular, so that one, it being possible, presumably,to avail oneself of the diversions of … [+858 chars]
Annelyse Gelman
2019-09-23 09:00:00




“Angela Hackett, ‘Lemons on a Moorish Plate,’ 2013,” by Ciaran Carson
Poetry by Ciaran Carson: “How long does it take, we wondered, for a lemon / To completely rot?”
Wed been talking about how back in the day wed nothing much of anything,Though what there was to wearthe uniform!was too big. The sleevesDrooped well below the fingertips. It gave you room to grow into. Years loomed.Day after day, summer after summer, days we… [+2907 chars]
Ciaran Carson
2019-09-30 09:00:00




“Ode on Words for Parties (American Edition),” by Barbara Hamby
Poetry by Barbara Hamby: “Shindig, bash, / meet-and-greets, raves, blowouts, barbecues, / and more tepid functions, receptions, luncheons.”
Audio: Read by the author. Why do we have so many words for parties, a slewof them once you start looking: shindig, bash,meet-and-greets, raves, blowouts, barbecues,and more tepid functions, receptions, luncheons, and dosof all kinds, though, lets face it, m… [+3467 chars]
Barbara Hamby
2019-09-30 09:00:00




“Poem of Names,” by Robert Pinsky
Poetry by Robert Pinsky: “The chains of begats and births, the chains of names / Are meaning itself.”
Audio: Read by the author. The chains of begats and births, the chains of namesAre meaning itself. The chains of deaths and doings. The black rain fell on Osamu Shimomura.On the walk home it turned his white shirt black.My grandmother got me quickly into a … [+2291 chars]
Robert Pinsky
2019-10-07 09:00:00




“On Friendship,” by Henri Cole
Poetry by Henri Cole: “In loneliness, I fear me, but in society I’m like a soldier / kneeling on soft mats.”
Audio: Read by the author. Lately, remembering anything involves an abilityto forget something else. Watching the news,I writhe and moan; my mind is not itself.Lying next to a begonia from which black ants come and go,I drink a vodka. Night falls. This seems… [+460 chars]
Henri Cole
2019-09-23 09:00:00




Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo Share Booker Prize
The judges rebelled against the literary prize’s rules and awarded it to “The Testaments” and “Girl, Woman, Other.”
Evaristo, an experimental writer who is well established in Britain but not widely known internationally, is a more surprising choice. In her eight works of fiction, Evaristo, who was born in London in 1959 to a white English mother and a Nigerian father, oft… [+2066 chars]
Alex Marshall and Alexandra Alter
2019-10-14 20:51:57




Through the Lens of Photographer Sarah Seené
Gifted with genuine sensitivity, Montreal-based artist Sarah Seené makes light and emotions her main allies. Whether working with film photography or Polaroid, immortalizing natural landscapes or faces, her works stay ethereal and captivating. To browse throu…
Gifted with genuine sensitivity, Montreal-based artist Sarah Seené makes light and emotions her main allies. Whether working with film photography or Polaroid, immortalizing natural landscapes or faces, her works stay ethereal and captivating. To browse throu… [+3187 chars]
Claire-Marine
2019-10-02 16:00:52




In California, my kids and I are used to making 'apocalypse boxes'
In the last hours before power was scheduled to go out over large swaths of the Bay Area where I live, the mood was eerie, disciplined and uneasy. In Berkeley, one CVS was out of batteries and I know it wasn't the only one. REI had been sold out of solar lant…
Tess Taylor is the author of the poetry collections "Work & Days" and "The Forage House." She has two forthcoming books of poetry about California, "Rift Zone" and "Last West." Views expressed in this commentary are solely hers. Read more opinion articles… [+6247 chars]
Opinion by Tess Taylor
2019-10-10 18:27:58




Pope canonises British Catholic luminary John Henry Newman, four others
Pope Francis on Sunday declared five people saints, including Cardinal John Henry Newman, a leading 19th century Anglican who converted to Catholicism and became one of the most influential Christian figures of modern times. Underscoring Newman's luminary sta…
By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis on Sunday declared five people saints, including Cardinal John Henry Newman, a leading 19th century Anglican who converted to Catholicism and became one of the most influential Christian figures of mod… [+3120 chars]
By Philip Pullella
2019-10-13 09:32:03




Feeling stuck? Close your laptop, stop your field measurements and write a poem
Sam Illingworth explains how poetry can help to communicate and celebrate your science.
Poet Vachel Lindsay reads with one of his relatives.Credit: Granger Historical Picture Archive/Alamy Theres machinery in the butterfly; Theres a mainspring to the bee; Theres hydraulics to a daisy, And contraptions to a tree. If we could see the birdie … [+5406 chars]
Sam Illingworth
2019-09-27 00:00:00




Feeling stuck? Close your laptop, stop your field measurements and write a poem
Sam Illingworth explains how poetry can help to communicate and celebrate your science.
Poet Vachel Lindsay reads with one of his relatives.Credit: Granger Historical Picture Archive/Alamy Theres machinery in the butterfly; Theres a mainspring to the bee; Theres hydraulics to a daisy, And contraptions to a tree. If we could see the birdie … [+5406 chars]
Sam Illingworth
2019-09-27 00:00:00




Bob Dylan’s Tarantula Gets First Audiobook Release
His experimental collection of prose, poetry, and lyrics was written in 1966
In 1966, Bob Dylan wrote a book called Tarantula, compiling lyrics, prose, and poetry from one of the most prolific eras of his career. After being widely bootlegged, the experimental (and occasionally indecipherable) book received its first official release … [+372 chars]
Sam Sodomsky
2019-10-16 14:54:48
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