Poetry Friday: A Gift Guide For Poetry Fans

Inspired partly by Jan Simpson's cool Christmas-for-Theatregoers list and by new Christmas poetry lists from The Independent UK and the Daily Mail, the latter a listing of new love poetry, we at WVFC feel obligated to offer the first of our...more

Rainy Poetry Friday: Elizabeth Alexander and Sharon Olds

On June 18th in Central Park, the rain held out long enough for poems from Sharon Olds, Thomas Sayers Ellis and Elizabeth Alexander, in a reading and round table discussion sponsored by Central Park SummerStage, The Academy of American Poets and the New York City Parks Department. WVFC's Elizabeth Willse made it there too, and noticed that the poets were clearly having fun listening to one another and discussing larger questions about poetry and life. ...more

"Praise Song for the Day" Reloaded (Attack of the Inaugural Poem)

With most Americans, I watched the inauguration ceremonies of President Barack Obama last Tuesday. At times I wept. At others, grinned like the Cheshire cat. And, being a poet, I paid attention to Elizabeth Alexander as she recited her poem "Praise Song for the Day," written for the inauguration. I paid attention, but knew I'd have to find the video and text, sit somewhere, and be still before forming an opinion. ...more
I have forgotten most of it, but I did recognize what Alexander was doing. There were certainly ...more