It’s National Poetry Month, which means you officially have an excuse to pretend you know something about poetry and attend a bunch of open mics. If you’d prefer a bookstore to the Nuyorican, I’ve compiled a list of the best contemporary poets and the reasons you should know who they are.
The stage adaptation of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” though a solid effort, doesn’t use its stage design as well as it could.
An ode to Columbia's greatest academic tradition.
Even the most eloquent and charismatic professors cannot really be described as poets. That is, unless the professor in question happens to be a former U.S. Poet Laureate.
Henri Cole describes his own poetry as astringent.
The sky was gray and bluish bleak that February day:
All chocolate hearts and greeting cards and freshly-trimmed bouquets.
The air was filled with promises of roses and of wine—
Except for those unlucky folks who had no Valentine.
‘Twas two weeks before Christmas, and the soon-to-be grads,
Spent long nights in Butler, all hopped-up on Adds,
With sour demeanors, their eyes bloodshot red,
As the finals and papers instilled in them dread.
The pre-meds made flash cards and memorized cancers,
The Kraft Center roared with laughter for three hours Thursday night as students tried to prove their poetic worth—or lack thereof—at the 22nd Annual Joyce Kilmer Memorial Poetry Festival.
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