The Poetry Question

Discovering the Relevance of Words

Power of Poetry #1: I’m Uncomfortable Too. – by Wil Gibson

  The first time I remember hearing the word “poetry” it came from a family member who was making fun of poets. How dumb they were for thinking their words … Continue reading

May 20, 2015 · 1 Comment

REVIEW: When the Gardener Has Left – KIERAN COLLIER (EMERSON COLLEGE)

  “She told me that she bought the ring in San Francisco at an outdoor market. I like to imagine she was watching the Pacific hold the coast the same … Continue reading

May 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

REVIEW – THE BONES OF US – J. BRADLEY AND ADAM SCOTT MAZER (YESYES BOOKS)

“The Bones of Us” is part poetry collection, part graphic novel, and all well done. J Bradley and Adam Scott Mazer have given us something we can appreciate from a … Continue reading

May 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

…But What Else?

It’s a non-story, really. A guy has a name that sounds ethnic, but the guy is white. This is not stop the presses material. But it was, shall we say, … Continue reading

May 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

6 Words: ‘My Name Is Jamaal … I’m White’

NPR ran a follow up story this morning to a post made by our very own Jamaal Allan on The Poetry Question from 2013.  Follow up story below was posted on … Continue reading

May 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

REVIEW: STEVIE EDWARDS – HUMANLY (SMALL DOGGIES PRESS)

    If I string the night between two fence posts, one side heaven and one side hell, if I stand in the middle of the field with a bottle … Continue reading

May 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

Jason Isbell On Poetry

  @poetryquestion They aren't the same, by any stretch, but poetry is relevant for those of us who write anything lyrical. Still Glück maybe. — Jason Isbell (@JasonIsbell) April 16, … Continue reading

April 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

REVIEW: ROBYN BATEMAN – DEAD AS (Bone Tax Press)

  I am baby-faced – I am baby-boned – I am the miracle of every death around me. I do not feel that the deaths of family members, a few familiar … Continue reading

September 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

REVIEW: PORTLAND POETRY SLAM – SO, WHAT? (Where Are You Press)

From “A Letter From My Well-Adjusted Adult Self (Whenever That Will Be) To My Current Mid-Twenties Self”  To get out of bed on a good day with depression, the ghost … Continue reading

August 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

REVIEW: SARAH BARTLETT – FREUD BLAH BLAH BLAH (Rye House Press)

  My body wants to meet your body in a dark alley and say things in Braille. When I leave notes on your pillow it’s supposed to be a gimmick. … Continue reading

August 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

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