Contemporary Poetry

  • 01/07/2015

    Poetry Book Recommendations of 2014

    From the Washington Independent Review of Books

    Grave Cavalieri, for the Washington Independent Review of Books, has posted her picks for the fifteen best poetry books from 2014. Here are a few from the list that you might find interesting. Feel free to check out the full list online at

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  • 07/01/2015

    New US Poet Laureate

    America’s 21st poet laureate: Juan Felipe Herrera

    On June 10, 2015, the Library of Congress announced the appointment of America’s 21st poet laureate: Juan Felipe Herrera. Not entirely new to the position, Herrera served as California’s poet laureate from 2012–2015.

    Herrera was born in Fowler, CA, on December 27, 1948, to a family of migrant workers. Throughout...

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  • 08/14/2012

    Form, Function, and Verse

    Storytelling Through Narrative Poetry

    Surprisingly, not many prose writers know the rules of the game when it comes to writing stories.  They flounder about with action and characters until things begin to take shape.  Poets know even less about storytelling.  No wonder narrative poetry has gone aground.

    Narrative poems tell stories about imagined lives...

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  • 06/01/2011

    Mind Over Meter

    Traditional vs. Contemporary Styles

    Amateur poetry today seems to be divided right down the middle as far as traditional vs. contemporary styles are concerned.  For many, however, there is too fine a line between the parameters that classify a poem as traditional or contemporary.  In our line of work, it has become apparent to us that poets who prefer the traditional art...

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  • 05/23/2011

    New Yorker Essayist Adam Gopnik Speaks at W. D. Snodgrass Symposium

     What an honor it was not only to attend an event held in honor of one of American’s most influential contemporary poets but to also be in the presence of Adam Gopnik, longtime New Yorker essayist, commentator, and author of children’s books.  Gopnik was invited by the University of Delaware to be a guest speaker/commentator...

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  • 05/01/2011

    Contemporary Poet W. D. Snodgrass Remembered at the University of Delaware

    An Honorary Event Held in Memory of One of Today’s Most Influential Poets

    Among key speakers was X. J. Kennedy (pictured left)—acclaimed poet, author of children’s books, novelist, and college professor—with whose name every English major in America is familiar (he has been chief editor of Norton Anthologies as well as author of various textbooks for the past several decades). ...

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  • 02/10/2012

    Free Verse at the Forefront of Poetic Style

    "I would as soon play tennis without a net as write free verse," once quipped Robert Frost.  Yet even a poetic deity like Frost could do little to stall poetry’s evolution toward a more open format.

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  • 03/07/2012

    National Poetry Month 2012

    This celebratory month was inaugurated in 1996

    For everyone who is not already aware, April is National Poetry Month.  This celebratory month was inaugurated in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets to formally commemorate the art of poetry, the written legacy of our American poet forefathers, and the dedication and achievement of living poets today.  With the help of various literary...

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  • 07/01/2012

    Feature Poet: Anne Sexton

    20th-century American poet

    Poet, writer, literary critic and friend Maxine Kumin glorifies 20th century American poet Anne Sexton in the forward to Sexton’s The Complete Poems, writing, “no other American poet in our time has cried aloud publicly so many private details.”  If we fail to forego the often arbitrary nature of classification, we are bound...

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  • 07/15/2012

    Congratulations to Southern Native Natasha Trethewey

    Named the nation’s 19th US Poet Laureate by the Library of Congress

    In June of this year, Natasha Trethewey was named the nation’s nineteenth US Poet Laureate by the Library of Congress.  Born in Gulfport, MI on April 26, 1966, Trethewey is among the youngest  in this elite group and the first to represent the South since Robert Penn Warren received the honor in 1986.  She is also Poet Laureate...

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