Tag Archives: U.S. Poet Laureate

Word Cloud: OUTSIDER (Redux – Women’s History Month)

by NONA BLYTH CLOUD Recognition. A word that can mean someone’s work has been honored, ‘recognized’ for excellence, but also can mean that moment when a person feels a lighting strike of connection to an artist’s work, whatever the media … Continue reading

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World Poetry Day: A Poem by Billy Collins

reprinted from 2017 and 2018 It’s World Poetry Day again. Even if you think you don’t like poetry, I’m betting that you will like Billy Collins. He wrote the poem “Introduction to Poetry” about what he’d like people to get … Continue reading

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Word Cloud: CONVERGENCE

by NONA BLYTH CLOUD Writing a weekly column about poetry is sometimes frustrating. It’s a subject that so many people in my country find “irrelevant” to Modern Life. But if three contestants in this week’s Jeopardy! Teachers’ Tournament had been … Continue reading

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Word Cloud: EXILE

by NONA BLYTH CLOUD Joseph Brodsky (1940-1996) was born as Iosif Alexandrochich Brodsky, in Leningrad, on May 24, 1940. He left school at the age of fifteen, taking jobs in a morgue, a mill, a ship’s boiler room, and on … Continue reading

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WORLD POETRY DAY: A Poem by Billy Collins

reprinted from 2017 It’s World Poetry Day again. Even if you think you don’t like poetry, I’m betting that you will like Billy Collins. ________________________________________________ Here’s a poem he wrote about what he’d like people to get out of his … Continue reading

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Word Cloud: OUTSIDER

by NONA BLYTH CLOUD Recognition. A word that can mean someone’s work has been honored, ‘recognized’ for excellence, but also can mean that moment when a person feels a lighting strike of connection to an artist’s work, whatever the media … Continue reading

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Word Cloud: ALCHEMIST

by NONA BLYTH CLOUD There’s a wide spectrum of relationships between poets and readers. Some poets write with a searing clarity, and some write as if daring you to make any sense of their poems. Some write poems so personal … Continue reading

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