LURID: Moral Panic in Poetry — A Quilt for David

Column by Karina Wilson
Sometimes the best way to retell a tarnished story is through poetry. Steven Reigns' new book, "A Quilt For David", re-examines an old moral panic from the 1990s and finds it wanting.

Dear Charles Bukowski

Column by Stephanie M. Wytovich, MFA
An open letter to Charles Bukowski on his birthday.
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The Guns Going Bang Is Sick: The Experimental Hyper-Violence of MIKA

Interview by Gabriel Hart
The experimental mid-west trans author/editor opens fire.

The Poetry of Joni Mitchell’s "Blue" Album: An Appreciation

Column by David Cranmer
Joni Mitchell’s 'Blue' turns 50. Poet and Mitchell fan David Cranmer eclectically reflects on Blue’s impact that is still growing, her connection to the confessional poets, and why this music endures.

The Poetry of Wicked Mercy

Column by Dani Putney
Poet Dani Putney finds beauty in the macabre in their debut collection, "Salamat sa Intersectionality."

When the Answer Isn't Always Edgar Allan Poe

Column by Stephanie M. Wytovich, MFA May 10, 2021
This essay encourages readers and writers alike to bridge the gap between literary and genre in order to find horror in unsuspecting places.

Blackout Poetry: New Interest in an Old Artform

Column by Jay Wilburn May 7, 2021
Blackout poetry is appearing more in education, art therapy, and online. This and related art forms have been around a while, so this recent surge in interest calls for a closer inspection.

Gary Snyder: The Last Remaining Beat

Column by Joshua Isard
A celebration of a poet and thinker of the highest quality—one who can’t easily be categorized.

11 Poetic Forms Ranked

Column by Rob Blair Young
For National Poetry Month, I'm ranking eleven different types of formal poetry.

Remembering Wanda Coleman: The Unofficial Poet Laureate of Los Angeles

Column by Gabriel Hart
A look back on the trailblazing Black Sparrow Press poet who proved more daring than Bukowski.
An Interview with Poet/Veteran J.B. Stevens

An Interview with Poet/Veteran J.B. Stevens

Interview by Gabriel Hart
J.B. Stevens discusses the complex issues of war, law enforcement, and writing poetry.

Thirteen Musicians Who Can Also Write

Column by Gabriel Hart
Music isn't the end-all to self-expression. For a lot of us it’s just the foreword.

The Sound of Absence: Utilizing White Space in Poetry

Column by Stephanie M. Wytovich, MFA March 10, 2021
This essay explores how white space can be used in poetry as a literary device that thrives on the power of absence.

Dear Edgar Allan Poe

Column by Stephanie M. Wytovich, MFA January 19, 2021
A letter to Edgar Allan Poe on his birthday.

Using Bibliomancy as a Drafting Tool

Column by Stephanie M. Wytovich, MFA
Bibliomancy is a traditional divinatory practice that can be found across all religions. Here's how you can use it to brainstorm, draft, and interact with your favorite stories.

Stab Wounds: Meditation on the Line

Column by Stephanie M. Wytovich, MFA
The line is where we control the voice and tone of the piece, where we can punctuate imagery, give pause to a blood drop, pray for a ghost.

Poets Who Bled on the Page

Column by David Cranmer
Poets have surged in popularity during these uncertain times, as they have an awareness that slices to the heart of the problems we all face.

Five Must-Read Poetry Collections for Halloween

Column by Stephanie M. Wytovich, MFA October 30, 2020
Think poetry is for wimps? These poetry collections are sure to keep you up all night and have you screaming well into the day.

Writing Advice From Metal Songs

Column by Elle Nash May 8, 2020
Take heed from these brutal overlords of shred and get back to work.

The Resurrection of Sylvia Plath's "Ariel"

Column by Leza Cantoral
A battle of the narratives between Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes.

Why Genre Writers Should Read Poetry

Column by Christoph Paul
You should read some poems / So your prose flows with style / Read this article

A Poetry FAQ for Regular Folks

Column by Peter Derk
Poetry: It's not as bad as a colonoscopy.

Celebrating the Woman Who Would Become Maya Angelou, on her Birthday

Column by Jessica Marie Baumgartner
The poet we know found her way through life with the help of many different art forms.

Why I'm Writing Poetry Again: A Celebration of National Poetry Day

Column by Karis Rogerson
In light of the UN's World Poetry Day, Karis Rogerson explores how she started writing poetry again, and how it's helped.

9 Sexy Poems to Read with Your Valentine

Column by Annie Neugebauer
Forget to buy your S.O. a Valentine’s present? Need a last-minute plan for making a night at home special? Set on wooing your literary darling? Never fear: poetry is here!