At Stanford, a poetry slam took place with, er, programming code

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By Low Lai Chow in New Events on Tuesday 7 January 2014

The first-ever Stanford Code Poetry Slam recently took place in November last year, with participants presenting their flowing works of poems in computer code format. The slam was organized by German studies grad student Melissa Kagen and computer-based music theory and acoustics grad student Kurt James Werner, who intend to make the event a quarterly […]

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Suicide: an illustrated video by Álvaro de Campos

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By Gem in Video on Friday 1 November 2013

This is a video reading of a Portuguese poem translated into English, illustrated with drawings and photographs. The topic is a little grim, but the verses are true and the art in the video matches the audio reading well.

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Haiku A Day: book by Erik Kraft

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By Erik Kraft in New Art on Saturday 5 October 2013

Back in 2011, I undertook two ‘a-day’ type projects. Each day I drew a picture, and each day I wrote a haiku. I then posted them to my Tumblr so if I stopped doing it, I would be embarrassed publicly (assuming anyone was reading). This year-long moment in time got a write up on Lost […]

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Suicide by Álvaro de Campos (aka Fernando Pessoa)

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By Gem in Video on Thursday 5 September 2013

This is a video reading of a Portuguese poem translated into English, illustrated with drawings and photographs. The topic is a little grim, but the verses are true and the art in the video matches the audio reading well.

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Acción Poetica by Armando Alanis

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By Pop and Dots in Video on Wednesday 4 September 2013

Finally the movement of Armando Alanis’ Acción Poetica (Poetry Action) has hit Guadalajara. Hundreds of young people have adopted and replicated his proposal, creating a movement. They take a bucket of paint, a brush and swipe the streets to paint verses on the harsh brick walls. All of this is following in the ideal of […]

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Emotional poetry performance about OCD and relationships

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By Rebekah Rhoden in Video on Friday 16 August 2013

We’ve heard a few love poems in our day, but “OCD” by Neil Hillborn isn’t exactly the typical love poem. This video shows Hillborn performing his piece at the Individual Finals of this year’s Rustbelt Regional Poetry Slam, and his performance is no less than moving. The poem gives a heart-wrenching description of the difficulties […]

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Poetry from Google’s autocomplete search queries

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Tuesday 13 August 2013

Google Poetics, founded by Sampsa Nuotio and curated by Raisa Omaheimo, reframes Google’s autocomplete suggestions as poems. Many of these are wildly personal and vulnerable, reflecting the far-reaching anxieties people have — we are responsible for feeding the search engine these queries after all. Certainly takes the idea of crowdsourcing to a new level.

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Heavy metal poetry by Catherine Owen

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By Adam Cramb in Video on Thursday 1 August 2013

Catherine Owen is an authentic poet. She is taking her new collection of poetry on a rock style road tour. Trobairitz, the new collection out on Anvil press, is her new poetic tribute to troubadours, metalheads, and their female counterparts. And as the bass player for the metal bands Inhuman, Helgrind, and Medea, she knows […]

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Storms Coming: Tim Minchin’s wickedly good beat poem

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By Jake Sheridan in Video on Tuesday 9 July 2013

Inside the confines of an unassuming London flat, a dinner party plays host to musician and comedian Tim Minchin as he argues with a hippy named Storm. Who would have thought a nine minute beat poem was the perfect vehicle for such an encounter, but it really works and makes for quite an impact. The […]

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Love & Misadventure: a collection of poetry and short prose by Lang Leav

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By Lang Leav in New Products on Tuesday 11 June 2013

Writing has always been my greatest love. It was my passion for storytelling that led to other creative pursuits; from creating an award winning fashion label, to exhibiting my artworks around the world. However, in all my creative adventures, I never forgot my love of words. It was this burning desire that drove me to […]

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Walden Pond: The illustrated version is way better

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By Erik Kraft in New Illustration on Wednesday 27 March 2013

I take the commuter rail past Walden Pond every morning because I choose to commute deliberately (though commuting fills me with quiet desperation). So when I found out that one of my comic heroes had done some illustrated selections from Walden, I naturally had to read it on the train. I think John Porcellino was […]

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Poetry by Writings for Winter: young talent in written word

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By Savannah Van der Niet in New Trends on Thursday 6 December 2012

The power of the written word is forever underestimated. Seemingly though, the written word is regaining it’s strength, in a young generation of poets. We know the classics – E.E. Cummings, Sylvia Plath – but young poets such as Writing for Winter (Known only as Meggie) are writing poetry right back into it’s place. Meggie’s […]

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Token Entry: New York City Subway Poems

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By Ben Jensen in Cool Websites on Tuesday 4 December 2012

Token Entry is a collection of more than 80 poets with their takes on the New York subway experience. It includes poems by literary greats like Langston Hughes and works by contemporary and lesser known New York writers. Short films are being made for several of these poems.

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Rives’s Poetry: the Johnny Appleseed of Sound

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By Francis Andrews in New Trends on Tuesday 20 November 2012

This man has a unique way with words. Rives has set TED alight on a number of occasions, but I feel this performance of Mockingbird is up there with his most exquisite.

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The permanent modernity of Walt Whitman

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By Paul Buchanan from The Blue Nile in New Art on Tuesday 6 November 2012

Just part of the beauty of Leaves Of Grass is its permanent modernity. Nothing I have read since I first read this masterpiece has made me exult and feel moved in quite the same way [listen to a reading of this poem below]. Over and over, I will read lines celebrating the most humble of moments, and marvel at the manifestation of eternity he rightly accords them. A spokesman for the human race; a genius.

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