New Year's Day Poetry Friday: Lisa Russ Spaar

Photo: Dan Addison, UVa....more

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

Poetry Friday: Thanksgiving According to Ginger Andrews

Anything that one is drawn to say about Ginger Andrews is a going to be a mere piece of the picture. Yes, she cleans houses with her sisters for a living. Yes, she has lived on the trailer side of town while doing for the people in the houses on the hill....more

Veterans Day Poetry Friday

Poetry Friday: Jane Campion, John Keats and "That Sound of Ruth"

Thanks to Jane Campion's new film Bright Star, a lot more people are learning that John Keats, whose poems they slept through in high school, was once a rakish young man with few prospects and a doomed love affair. ...more

Poet Heather McHugh Wins MacArthur Prize!

Let’s be crass at the outset. A half a million dollars....more

The warm and comforting hand and words of a child

I am not sure if I have written about this before but it just came back to me today  after reading my dear friend Karin's post of the recent loss of her mother. ...more

Poetry Friday: Carol Muske-Dukes returns


Poetry Friday, Iran Edition: Forugh Farrokhzad

These past two weeks, we've been as spellbound and horrified by events in Iran as the rest of the nation, paying special attention to the women often at its center. Tragically, we can add to that list Neda Agha-Soltan, whose killing apparently by security forces was seen on video by millions. ...more