Posts Tagged: poems

Poetry Is Useful—Or At Least It Can Be

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Poetry is always already revolutionary, then. What it says hardly matters. Poetry is useful because of its useless essence, not because of its individual meaning.

Of course, this is nonsense.

The way Noah Berlatsky sees it, mainstream culture and poets agree with each other that poetry is useless—it’s just that most people see that as a bad thing while poets see it as a good thing.

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“I Never Intended Anyone to Read These ‘Poems’”

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Previously, we blogged about a reading by Victoria Chang from her new poetry collection The Boss.

Here’s a Q&A with Chang about that book, her approach to poetry, and her day job in the business world. An excerpt:

I wrote these poems in a car while waiting for our four-year-old to finish a Chinese language class in Irvine (which she despised, by the way).

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Man to Purchase Drone, Drop Poems Instead of Bombs

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The Los Angeles poet, translator, and filmmaker David Shook has created a Kickstarter campaign with the imaginative objective of purchasing an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)—i.e., a drone—to rain specially comissioned poems on cities around the world.

The poems, printed on biodegradable paper implanted with wildflower seeds, will address the US military’s covert drone strikes, which have killed thousands of people, including hundreds of children and adult civilians.

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National Poetry Month

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April Fools and the beginning of National Poetry Month? Seems like a killer day to us!

[April 1] marks the start of National Poetry Month, the monthlong celebration of the verse inaugurated in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets. The April initiative aims to highlight the legacy and achievements of America’s poets, and is among the largest literary celebrations in the world.

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