Contemporary poetry recommendations from the first half of 2022.
In: Critical Writing, Education, literary criticism, Poetry, Poetry, Research, Sylvia Plath, Teenagers, Young Adult
We still treat teenagers like their interests and passions are amusing instead of existence-altering. So I wrote a book on Sylvia Plath to challenge that.
A haunting open letter to the influential American poet.
Sometimes the best way to retell a tarnished story is through poetry. Steven Reigns' new book, "A Quilt For David", re-examines an old moral panic from the 1990s and finds it wanting.
An open letter to Charles Bukowski on his birthday.
By Jay Wilburn
There are important things prose authors can learn by experimenting with haiku. It is an easy artform to take up, but difficult to master.
Horror poetry reaches out into the darkness in hopes that understanding the shadows will shed light on our fears.
By BH Shepherd
An exploration of how writing in unfamiliar genres and formats can help you grow as a writer.
We all know genres aren't male or female, but if they all ended up in a bar fight, would poetry be the manliest?
Interested in experimenting with traditional form poetry but not sure where to start, or if you'll like it? Suggestions for poets who want to avoid rhyme, avoid meter, keep it quick, or just have fun.
Tanka poets have a unique way of perfectly freezing a moment in time, of turning a short impression into a story of five lines.
Is your brain getting flabby from too much science fiction writing? Shake up your writing routine by trying out one of the oldest forms in the book. That's right--write a sonnet!