Tag Archives: National Poetry Month


by NONA BLYTH CLOUD I’m sure you’ve been longing to know how I choose my subjects each week. It’s different every time, but this week will give you an idea. At the beginning of April, I printed out a list of poets … Continue reading

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TCS: Cut Out in Stars – POETRY in Shakespeare’s Plays

Good Morning! ________________________________________________________________ Welcome to The Coffee Shop, just for you early risers on Monday mornings. This is an Open Thread forum, so if you have an off-topic opinion burning a hole in your brainpan, feel free to add a … Continue reading

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Word Cloud: DELIGHT

by Nona Blyth Cloud Happy Birthday, William Shakespeare! Tradition says Shakespeare was born April 23. While Shakespeare (1564-1616) is best remembered  for his plays, his sonnets are what first brought him fame. There’s been much speculation about just who inspired them. Most … Continue reading

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by Nona Blyth Cloud In an interview in the Kenyon Review in 2103,  the poet Solmaz Sharif  was asked: What have you learned about the writing process in the last five years? “…I’m surprised to find that in addition to … Continue reading

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“INCIDENT”: A Poem by Countee Cullen for the Last Day of National Poetry Month (VIDEO)

Posted by Elaine Magliaro The Poetry Foundation has said that poet Countee Cullen (1903-1946) “was perhaps the most representative voice of the Harlem Renaissance.” INCIDENT By Countee Cullen Once riding in old Baltimore, Heart-filled, head-filled with glee, I saw a … Continue reading

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“Nude Descending a Staircase” by X. J. Kennedy: A Famous Poem about a Famous Painting

By Elaine Magliaro I enjoy reading poems that were written about works of art and literature–especially fairy tales. The following poem written by X.J. Kennedy has been a favorite of mine for decades. It was inspired by Marcel Duchamp’s famous painting Nude … Continue reading

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“In Praise of Zigzags”–A Poem by Jane O. Wayne for National Poetry Month

By Elaine Magliaro In Praise of Zigzags is one of my favorite poems. It brings to mind all of the students that I had during my years in teaching who marched to the beat of a different drum…who didn’t always … Continue reading

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