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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Mashup of cats and Pablo Neruda poetry

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Friday 12 October 2012

Someday, we promise to ease off on the cat posts. Just not today. So, yeah, cats. They go well with fine art. It also appears that they go well with literature too. Say hello to the Neruda Cats Tumblr, where pictures of cats are mashed with philosophical and emotionally charged lines from Chilean poet Pablo Neruda’s works, elevating the latter to a bizarre zone of feline-induced epicness. That’s it, all good poetry should go with cats.

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Unspoken Northwest: a collection of poetry readings

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By Willy Walker in Video on Wednesday 26 September 2012

Unspoken Northwest is a project that I have been working on for a little over six months now. I’ve spent the time traveling around the region to create this video collection of poetry readings from poets residing in the Northwest. They are shown reading their works in places important to them, and/or their work within […]

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The Last Vispo: visual poetry

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By Willy Walker in New Art on Sunday 23 September 2012

Vispo, or visual poetry, is the combination of visual art with the written word. Nico Vassilakis and Crag Hill have been put together this vispo anthology, cataloging prominent artists’ works, as well as essays relevant to the art form. Fill with beautiful illustration and design, as well as thought provoking essay, The Last Vispo is currently available for pre-order through Phantographics, and will be available in October.

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New photographs by Zoran Boldorac

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By Olivera Fitzgerald in New Photography on Thursday 19 July 2012

I recently had the opportunity to browse through an unusual book of poetry called Utställning av ord by Gordana Vlajic. It is the format of the book that struck me as unusual, as each poem had its photographic counterpart on the opposite page. The photographs are done by Zoran Boldorac, a Master of Photography, whose classical education has obviously influenced his work in the sense that the light in his photographs reminds me of Caravaggio’s atmospheric paintings.

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A short performance of a poem by Derrick Brown

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By Dan Markowitz in Video on Monday 21 May 2012

I never thought that I could care about poetry until I saw this at a recent film festival. It’s a short movie/performance of a poem by Derrick Brown about love, outer space, ramen noodles, and more. Be careful: all the jokes distract you while the heartbreak is sneaking up from behind.

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Beautiful art by Francis A. Willey

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By Serena Matthews in New Art on Friday 11 May 2012

Poet. Photographer. Composer. Ethereal. Dreamy. I could write a thousand fluffy things about how brilliant Francis A. Willey is, but don’t waste your time reading my words. You should spend the next moments of your life exploring his poetry, viewing his haunting portraits and listening to (I promise you) some of the most beautiful piano compositions you will ever hear in your life. You will momentarily stop breathing on multiple occasions. Magical is an understatement.

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Shopping Hour Magazine: art, poetry, and critical theory

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By Arid House in New Design on Wednesday 2 May 2012

We really appreciate a good publication, and Shopping Hour in particular because it brings together art, philosophy, poetry and critical theory in a relevant and engaging way, without compromising on visual style. Dealing with some big ideas doesn’t have to be a dry exercise. Shopping Hour is an object you will enjoy holding, looking at […]

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Color Me Trendy

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By Jasmina Radmanovic in New Products on Friday 16 December 2011

Color Me Trendy is a coloring book for adult, teen, and tween aficionados of style. The book contains 50 illustrations along with 10 empowering poems scattered throughout. You can express your creativity on paper and take that inspiration and apply it to your own wardrobe. For budding fashionistas, this is a great way to share and bond because coloring never goes out of style.

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Erik P. Kraft draws a new haiku a day

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By Melancholy Steve in New Illustration on Tuesday 1 November 2011

Children’s author and illustrator Erik P. Kraft has been doing a drawing a day and writing a haiku and posting them to his Tumblr all this year.

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The Juvenilia: an art and literature blog

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By Eve Lesser in Cool Websites on Tuesday 1 November 2011

The Juvenilia is an art and literature blog that aims to capture, in their words, ‘the strange beauty that forms when worldly perspectives come together’. Almost every contributor is from a different country, with content that ranges from stunning nature photography and cheerfully bizarre artwork, to philosophical musings and trilingual poetry.

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England Up Close

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By this is my england in Cool Websites on Saturday 10 September 2011

This Is My England is both the blog and the pen name of a Londoner who looks at things up close. The photography zooms in on the small details of the decay and strangeness under the surface of the taken-for-granted things all around us. Many of the short poems here do roughly the same job.

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Austin Kleon’s Newspaper Blackout poetry

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By Gerry Mak in New Trends on Friday 23 April 2010

With his Newspaper Blackout pieces, writer and artist Austin Kleon uses a marker to black out all but a few select words printed in the New York Times, carving out little poems from the articles of the newspaper.

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The Child Ballads

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By Francis Andrews in New Music on Friday 31 October 2008

Part time poet, part time musician, Stewart Lupton fronts surly New York rockers The Child Ballads. Their latest release, the Cheekbone Hollows EP, is a mesmerising, at times powerful trip through Lupton’s lyrical wanderings, backed by some great songwriting. There are moments in the music reminiscent of the intensity of Nirvana’s Unplugged in New York […]

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