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Bob Holman & Margery Snyder

Updated Articles and Resources

By Bob Holman & Margery Snyder

    Updated Articles and Resources
    • Sports Poetry All Kinds Created: Thursday, August 21, 2014 Updated: Thursday, August 21, 2014
      Baseball and the Olympics are not the only sources of poetry in the sporting world—there are poets all across the world writing about their sports, and here are a few examples.
    • Hear Allen Ginsberg’s First and Last “Howls” Created: Thursday, August 07, 2014 Updated: Friday, August 08, 2014
      There is nothing quite like listening to the voice of a poet reading his own poems—and more than 50 years later you can still hear Allen Ginsberg’s first recorded “Howl.”
    • The Bard His Own Self Created: Thursday, June 07, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, August 06, 2014
      Memories of Allen Ginsberg... his bodhisattvahood, his poems read by the poets who knew and loved him, his magical reading at the NYU Poetry Slam...
    • Allen Ginsberg's American Sentences Created: Thursday, June 07, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, August 06, 2014
      An introduction to Allen Ginsberg’s variation on haiku, The American Sentences: “One sentence, 17 syllables, end of story. It makes for a rush of a poem....”
    • Allen Ginsberg Created: Wednesday, June 06, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, August 06, 2014
      A reference page on Allen Ginsberg, prophetic American bard for the end of the 20th century, father/mother of the Beats, instigator of spoken word, brilliant, incisive critic, and activist for peace, gay rights and marijuana.
    • William Butler Yeats Created: Wednesday, June 13, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, August 06, 2014
      A biographical profile of mystical/historical Irish poet and dramatist William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939), a towering figure in 20th century literature in English, master of traditional verse forms and at the same time idol of the modernist poets who followed him.
    • The Death of Edgar Allan Poe Created: Thursday, July 31, 2014 Updated: Thursday, July 31, 2014
      At both ends of his earthly existence, “Master of the Macabre” Edgar Allan Poe lingered at the threshold between life and death, and mysteries surround his own tragic passage across that threshold at the age of 40.
    • Imagism Created: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 Updated: Thursday, July 31, 2014
      A brief history of the Imagist movement in modernist poetry, summarizing its principles as outlined by Ezra Pound and Amy Lowell.
    • Library: Poems by Ezra Pound Created: Thursday, October 20, 2011 Updated: Thursday, July 31, 2014
      Our library of poem texts – selected poems by Ezra Pound, in chronological order.
    • Ezra Pound Created: Monday, April 18, 2011 Updated: Thursday, July 31, 2014
      Biographical profile of the great Modernist poet Ezra Pound: genius, anti-Semite, author of cantos and translations, he singlehandedly forced Modernism into vaudeville USA, spun language on ear, cut words to bone, edited T.S. Eliot until he said “Truth.”
    • Edgar Allan Poe Created: Tuesday, May 29, 2007 Updated: Monday, July 28, 2014
      A reference page on Edgar Allan Poe, American Romantic poet, balladeer, journalist and inventor of the modern detective story and horror tale.
    • Classic Poems Set to Music Created: Thursday, November 25, 2010 Updated: Saturday, July 19, 2014
      A selection of the best contemporary CDs on which classic poems are set to music, old poems made into new songs.
    • Library: Poems by William Butler Yeats Created: Tuesday, October 16, 2007 Updated: Saturday, July 19, 2014
      Our library of poem texts – selected poems by William Butler Yeats, in chronological order.
    • The Scientist in Emily Dickinson Created: Thursday, July 17, 2014 Updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014
      In contrast to the stereotypical notion of her as a shy and housebound Victorian woman who wrote about flowers and her religious faith, Emily Dickinson was actually a scientist at heart.
    • Library: Poems by Emily Dickinson Created: Saturday, April 12, 2008 Updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014
      Our library of poem texts – selected poems by Emily Dickinson, in chronological order.
    • Experiment escorts us last — by Emily Dickinson Created: Thursday, July 17, 2014 Updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014
      “Experiment escorts us last —” (#1770) by Emily Dickinson
    • "Faith" is a fine invention by Emily Dickinson Created: Thursday, July 17, 2014 Updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014
      “‘Faith’ is a fine invention” (#185) by Emily Dickinson
    • The Brain — is wider than the Sky — by Emily Dickinson Created: Thursday, July 17, 2014 Updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014
      “The Brain — is wider than the Sky —” (#632) by Emily Dickinson
    • The Chemical conviction by Emily Dickinson Created: Thursday, July 17, 2014 Updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014
      “The Chemical conviction” (#954) by Emily Dickinson
    • The farthest Thunder that I heard by Emily Dickinson Created: Thursday, July 17, 2014 Updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014
      “The farthest Thunder that I heard” (#1581) by Emily Dickinson
    • I have never seen "Volcanoes" — by Emily Dickinson Created: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 Updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014
      “I have never seen ‘Volcanoes’ —” (#175) by Emily Dickinson
    • Scientific Poetry, Poetic Science Created: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 Updated: Saturday, July 12, 2014
      It’s a commonplace that poetry and science are separate realms, poets and scientists in some way adversaries, but in reality these two ways of apprehending the world are linked by metaphorical thought. Both ways of thinking start from particular, specific detail to arrive at their broader, deeper understanding.
    • Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Conqueror Worm” Created: Wednesday, July 02, 2014 Updated: Saturday, July 12, 2014
      The supposed original manuscript of Edgar Allan Poe's poem "The Conqueror Worm" popped up unexpectedly at an auction house in 2013 and was sold for a fortune--but Poe was such a polarizing figure in 19th century publishing and there are so many forgeries of his work that this manuscript may not be real.
    • Emily Dickinson in Photographs Created: Thursday, July 10, 2014 Updated: Thursday, July 10, 2014
      Until recently there was only one known photographic image of Emily Dickinson’s face, a single daguerreotype of the demure “Belle of Amherst” at the age of 16. In 2012, a second picture was revealed, a view of Emily at 30, her demeanor mature, confident and direct, sitting with her friend Kate Scott Turner.
    • Lost Poems Come into the Light Created: Thursday, June 26, 2014 Updated: Sunday, July 06, 2014
      Lost poems rediscovered: the precious new poems by Sappho found on a tattered papyrus mummy casing... Shelley's anonymously published pamphlet that surfaced after 200 years only to be sold into obl...
    • A Trio of New Poems by Langston Hughes Created: Monday, February 02, 2009 Updated: Sunday, July 06, 2014
      Three never-before-known poems by Langston Hughes were discovered in 2009, scribbled in the flyleaves of a book from his personal library. In them we can hear the voice of the Black American Poet Laureate as a young man.
    • Langston Hughes Created: Wednesday, February 18, 2004 Updated: Sunday, July 06, 2014
      A reference page on Langston Hughes (1902 - 1967), unofficial poet laureate of Black American life and culture, radical democrat at the center of the Harlem Renaissance.
    • Ballads Created: Thursday, December 22, 2011 Updated: Thursday, July 03, 2014
      A collection of ballads, both traditional folk ballads and the often anonymous song-poems sung and resung for centuries before they were written down.
    • Autumn Poems Created: Thursday, September 25, 2008 Updated: Thursday, July 03, 2014
      A collection of poems for the fall season, including classics by William Shakespeare, William Blake, John Keats, Percy Bysshe Shelley, John Clare, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Robert Browning, Alger...
    • Selected Limericks by Edward Lear Created: Wednesday, July 27, 2011 Updated: Thursday, July 03, 2014
      A selection of limericks by Edward Lear, accompanied by his humorous drawings, from his classic A Book of Nonsense (1846)." itemprop="description">