For those of us too busy to read the great poet, here's McSweeny's Emily Dickinson Reader. Paul LeGault has transposed each of Dickinson's poems into one-line renderings — perfect for the age of musings in 140 characters or less.
Sheila Black was born with a rare medical condition that gave her crooked legs. Then when she was 13 years old, she underwent a procedure to straighten them -- although the word “procedure” might not adequately describe what she went through.“I had my legs radically straightened,” she says.
The new documentary Louder than a Bomb depicts the world’s largest youth poetry slam, which takes place here in Chicago. Every year, students from local high schools gather to tell their stories in the form of highly emotional, expressive spoken word poetry.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is expected to announce $450 billion in cuts from the defense budget over the next ten years. Lawrence Korb, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, explains the implications for foreign policy.