Choosing Poems for a Poetry Reading

When you first begin the task of choosing poems for a poetry reading, it's like walking into a grocery store's cereal aisle where the choices are so vast they overwhelm the shopper. In the case of poetry, do you choose funny poems or contemplative poems, fancy poems or simple poems, poems with sound devices or …

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A Closer Look at Rilke’s First Letter to a Young Poet

This week marks the 115th anniversary of Rainer Maria Rilke's first letter to Franz Xaver Kappus. Franz sounds like a lot of young poets. "Dear Established Poet," he writes. "Would you please read my poems and tell me if I'm horrible at this?" If you read Letters to a Young Poet today (there are ten …

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