The Mysterious Case of the Park Poet (via The New Yorker)

So interesting. During a recent stroll in Fort Tryon Park, in Upper Manhattan, I spotted a green placard emerging from a tuft of purple flowers. Its white letters read: Let no one say, and say it to your shame, That all was beauty here, until you came. I was enchanted to find a park sign … Continue reading The Mysterious Case of the Park Poet (via The New Yorker)

CT Team Verbal Slap Headed To National Poetry Slam (via Hartford Courant)

The Connecticut poetry slam team known as Verbal Slap is performing Saturday, Aug. 2, to raise money for its trip to Oakland, Calif., to compete in the National Poetry Slam. The fundraising event, called the Connecticut Regional Poetry Slam, will be at the M. White Lounge, 2288 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport, from 7 to 10 p.m. … Continue reading CT Team Verbal Slap Headed To National Poetry Slam (via Hartford Courant)

(Video) Talib Kweli | Hell

Additional Info A performance by Talib Kweli on Russell Simmons' Def Poetry Jam Information courtesy, YouTube  

Is Poetry Dead? Not if 45 Official Laureates Are Any Indication (via NYTimes)

Literature, Ezra Pound once said, is news that stays news. And for America’s state poets laureate, the news cycle has been churning since earlier this month, when Valerie Macon, North Carolina’s newly appointed laureate, resigned abruptly after an outcry from several of her predecessors. To the former laureates and other detractors, Gov. Pat McCrory’s choice … Continue reading Is Poetry Dead? Not if 45 Official Laureates Are Any Indication (via NYTimes)

(Video) Mary Lambert | Body Love (Part 1 & 2)

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Poetic injustice: Locals respond to N.C.’s poet laureate debate (via MountainXpress)

Poetry has long been an action-packed artistic genre in Western North Carolina. Here, it’s not merely written but spoken, slammed and taken into schools (thanks to Poetry Alive! — which celebrates its 30th anniversary with an event at The White Horse on Aug. 15 — and LEAF in Schools & Streets, among other initiatives). In … Continue reading Poetic injustice: Locals respond to N.C.’s poet laureate debate (via MountainXpress)

(Video) Tamera Boston | Dream Deferred (Black Version)

Additional Info Fruitvale Station: Dream Deferred (Black Version) Sorry for the bad quality Please share & comment and tell me what you think ! Information courtesy, YouTube

Music, poetry festival hopes to ‘Rise Up’ in Jersey City (via NJ)

Music, poetry and good vibes will take over the UMMI and Living Village Community Gardens this Saturday in Jersey City. Host and co-organizer Dujuana Sharese, best known as the wordsmith behind local band Spoken Sound, was originally set to have a one-act concert in the community space. With help from Mark "Wyme" Santos of the … Continue reading Music, poetry festival hopes to ‘Rise Up’ in Jersey City (via NJ)

Emeryville Wants Your Poetry (via EastBayExpress)

Bay area poets! Calling all Billy Shakespeares! The City of Emeryville seeks your best villanelle, sonnet, haiku, free verse, or any other kind of poetry you deign to write (as long as it doesn't exceed fifteen lines) for its new contest, Poems on the Emery Go-Round. The Poet Laureate program of Emeryville (which is a … Continue reading Emeryville Wants Your Poetry (via EastBayExpress)