From Poetry Nation to Instagram

by Feng Zhou for National Poetry Month, April 2020 There is an old book called “General Songs of Tang” in China, which recorded about 3,000 poets and 50,000 poems written in the Tang Dynasty (from 618 to 907). The book earned China its nickname: poetry nation. Today, the book still fascinates and inspires the whole…

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Translating Poetry

by Erín Moure for National Poetry Month, April 2020 Toronto-native poet Norma Cole got me translating poetry. I wouldn’t have had the confidence on my own! I’d been improving my French for over a decade in Montreal when, in 1996, Norma emailed me from San Francisco asking me to co-translate some poems from French with…

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Poetry Beyond Borders

by Abena Beloved Green for National Poetry Month, April 2020   Over ten years ago, I wrote this prose poem reflecting on driving in Ghana and about how incredible it is that a person wakes up in the morning, goes out in the world and returns in one piece in this country. The amount of…

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A World of Poetry: Life and Truth

By Anna Yin for National Poetry Month, April 2020 When I was a kid, like others in China, I was taught to recite Chinese traditional poetry. I didn’t understand why and thought it was just for the culture and language. When a teenage, I occasionally wrote poems in Chinese but forgot them all, well, they…

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A World of Poetry

by Bill Arnott for National Poetry Month, April 2020 A world of poetry. This, I understand. Being witness to stomped-verse haka in Waitangi, the lyrical thrum of Outback didgeridoo, breathy sax in a wet London underpass, red slashed characters on a mud wall in Hebei, tanka blurred through joss smoke in Kyoto, rantings of a…

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A Shared Tapestry: Poetry, Community and Culture

by Jeevan Bhagwat for National Poetry Month, April 2020   The world is filled with poetry. It spills out from neighbourhood cafes and public school classrooms across the nation, saturating its soil with culture. Now more than ever, poetry is experiencing a renaissance that is manifested in the proliferation of alternative venues where poets can…

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National Poetry Month: Prompted

by Jude Neale for National Poetry Month, April 2020   I have written to many different forms of inspiration—music, art, dance and poetic collaboration. During this process I wrote and published seven books of poems. I am moved by everything to create my imagist poems. This time last year I was determined to follow the…

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