{National Poetry Month} On Narrative Poetry

On Narrative Poetry by Natalya Lawren {guest writer} Poetry is not all about exploring a concept in a series of images– maybe it’s more like short stories which are, oh, right– exploring a concept in a series of images. But hey, joking aside, the difference between poetry and narrative is large, because poetry may contain a story,…

{National Poetry Month} here

Here by Natalya Lawren {guest writer} Call me extremely lazy. Call me ferociously busy. Both apply. Both are somewhat relevant to today’s post. But let’s think of it as a nice break from the usual study, and just an appreciation for poetry itself. This is to date one of my favourite poems, and I believe it stands…

{National Poetry Month} On Mail

On Mail by Natalya Lawren {guest writer} I’ve spent this month talking to you. Similarly, poets devote themselves to a message but rarely receive a direct response. It’s time for this to change. It’s time for you, reader, to talk back. Of course, I’d love to hear from you in the comments below, but what I…

{National Poetry Month} on silence/speaking

  on silence/speaking by Natalya Lawren {guest writer} I apologize for the radio silence.  And on that note: more than ever I’ve realized how much of poetry is a voice. I say this because on Friday (the 17th), I participated in the Day of Silence, a movement of students in support of the LGBT community, protesting…

{National Poetry Month} On Timelines

On Timelines by Natalya Lawren {guest writer} I’d set out to make a timeline and ended up with reactionary patterns and a map. What interests me so much about history and the differing cultural responses to poetry is that it is perhaps proof of poetry’s impact. It is shifting and flourishing in different ways– with…

{National Poetry Month} On Form/Space

On Form/Space by Natalya Lawren {guest writer} Line Breaks are a godsend.   I propose the reason why poets seem so lazy with proper punctuation is that line breaks are a punctuation of themselves. They immediately express that the writing is a poem, and that sliver of blank space breaks thoughts apart like paragraphs in an…

{National Poetry Month} On Matters of Survival

On Matters of Survival by Natalya Lawren {guest writer} What if poetry was a matter of survival? I admit to asking this now only because I recently picked up one of my favorite most ridiculous books as I was reorganizing: The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks. Let’s pose this hypothetical exercise, because life-or-death situations really make…

{National Poetry Month} On Exquisite Corpses

On Exquisite Corpses by Natalya Lawren {guest writer} Poetry is not usually a team sport. There is a beautiful community of poets, and we are drawn to each other and discuss our work and the condition of the world. But Poetry itself has always felt predominately individual. To prove this assumption wrong, I sat down this…

{National Poetry Month} On Commemoration

On Commemoration by Natalya Lawren{guest writer} I never thought I could write a poem about a person– I’d read plenty, but there seemed to be no honest way to approach it. One day I was overcome by perhaps some overwhelming love, or tidal wave of some such emotion, and every once in a while I…

{National Poetry Month} On Whimsy in Poetry

On Whimsy in Poetry by Natalya Lawren {guest writer}   From the abandon of Doctor Seuss to the witty verse of Shel Silverstein, whimsical poetry often brightens our childhood and then somehow disappears from mention thereon. This is a bid to bring this form and style back! The poem I’ve chosen to focus on today is a…

{National Poetry Month} On 5th Grade Obsessions & Poetry

On Combining 5th Grade Obsessions and Poetry by Natalya Lawren {guest writer} You may call them Fortune Tellers or Cootie Catchers, but ultimately, they’re the 5th grade obsession. Recently, I and a group of students led a workshop for some elementary-students, and we made cootie catchers as prompts. I wondered if I could do the same thing for…

{National Poetry Month} On Lyrics & Finding Poetry

On Lyrics and (Found) Poetry by Natalya Lawren {guest writer} who is rarely without her ipod & headphones and never without her music. – Many poets are often also songwriters. I am unfortunately handicapped in that area, perhaps because songwriting takes a certain structure, but probably mostly because I have a hard-time separating the sound of the…