April = Poetry MonthFriday April 29 = Arbor DaySo what happens when you put these two celebrations together?We are going to plant a big, beautiful POETree!HERE'S WHAT YOU DO NOW: Share a favorite poem in the comment section.
In 2011, WBEZ filmed four short videos featuring Louder Than a Bomb youth poets performing their work on location. Raven Hogue says she and her younger brother have dealt with their parents’ divorce in very different ways. Both took to the pen, but whereas Hogue writes poetry, her brother writes graffiti.
Joshua Corey has just put out his third book of poems. The Lake Forest College professor started Severance Songs in the wake of the September 11 attacks. The poems explore the tension between safety and war but they are also all about love.
In 2011, WBEZ filmed four short videos featuring Louder Than a Bomb youth poets performing their work on location. When poet Malcolm X. London spits that “the educated aren’t necessarily the educated,” he’s referring to the inequalities of the public school system.
Chicago has no shortage of writers who’ve excelled at capturing the city’s special charms. Nelson Algren, Gwendolyn Brooks, Alex Kotlowitz - their work can make any effort to portray the city from a fresh perspective, a daunting one.
In honor of April being National Poetry Month, Eight Forty-Eight is taking a look at local every day folks immersed in the poetry world. James Rushing is one such poet. Rushing says writing helps him deal with the stereotypes swirling around our culture about black men.