Poem from Slate: “This Horse”

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This week’s featured poem from Slate is entitled This Horse and it’s written by Rebekah Stout. As always, I’d recommend heading over to the Slate poem page and listening to the audio version of this poem. Not only is it a great experience to hear poetry read aloud, it’s especially awesome to hear it read by its author. So take some time to check out This Horse and hear it read by Rebekah Stout.

Rebekah Stout, according to this creative writing journal, Rebekah Stout (Poetry 2010) is the assistant poetry editor at Slate and a lecturer in poetry at Boston University. She won the 2009 Poetry International Prize, and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Slate, Salmagundi, and Poetry International.

This Horse, by Rebekah Stout

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Slate Poem: “The Escape Artist”

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This week’s featured poem from Slate is entitled The Escape Artist and it’s written by David Lehman. As always, here is a friendly reminder that Slate offers you an audio version of their featured poem read by the actual poet! I think this is pretty special and everyone could use some poetry in their day. So why not take a few moments and listen to Lehman read his poem?

According to his webpage on Poets.org, David Lehman has written many collections of poetry. His books include When a Woman Loves a Man (Scribner, 2005), The Evening Sun (2002), Operation Memory (1990), and An Alternative to Speech (1986). He is also series editor of The Best American Poetry, which he initiated in 1988, and is general editor of the University of Michigan Press’s Poets on Poetry Series. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He is on the core faculty of the graduate writing programs at the New School and New York University.

The Escape Artistby David Lehman

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Poem from Slate: Terri Witek

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This week’s featured poem from Slate is entitled Tomorrow Night, Shake Me and is written by Terri Witek. As always, I want to encourage all of the blog readers to head over to Slate (just click the poem title here) to listen to Terri Witek read her poem aloud. As I’m sure you’re tired of hearing me say, hearing a poem read aloud by its author is an important thing to experience. So be sure to check that out.

Terri Witek, according to her website, has written several books to date. These include Exit Island (2012), The Shipwreck Dress (2008) — a Florida Book Award winner — and Robert Lowell and LIFE STUDIES: Revising the Self (1993). She currently teaches English at Stetson University, where she holds the Sullivan Chair in Creative Writing.

Tomorrow Night, Shake Meby Terri Witek

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Poem from Slate: “Distant Wants”

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Good morning, blog readers! This week’s featured poem from Slate is entitled Distant Wants and it’s written by Jeffrey Skinner. As always, Slate offers you guys an audio version of the poem, which is made more special by the fact that poem is read by its author. I highly recommend checking it out, it’s always awesome to hear a poem read by its author. Add a little poetry to your day!

According to his website, Jeffrey Skinner has published five collections of poetry: Late Stars, A Guide to Forgetting, The Company of Heaven, Gender Studies, and Salt Water Amnesia, his most recent, published in 2005 by Ausable Press. His poems have appeared in numerous publications, such as The New YorkerThe AtlanticThe Nation, and The American Poetry Review. He has been awarded residencies at Yaddo, McDowell, and the Fine Arts Center in Provincetown. His work has been featured numerous times on National Public Radio and is co-founder and editorial consultant for Sarabande Books.

Distant Wants, by Jeffrey Skinner

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Poem from Slate: “History”

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This week’s featured poem from Slate is entitled History and is written by Angie Estes. As always, I’d like to encourage you all to check out the audio version of this poem, as read by Angie Estes on the Slate arts webpage. This poem in particular has some great images and truly evocative language, so check it out!

According to the bio on her website, Angie Estes has been published very widely in her career. She is the author of four books, the most recent one being Tryst (Oberlin College Press, 2009), which was selected as one of two finalists for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize. Her first book, The Uses of Passion (1995), was the winner of the Peregrine Smith Poetry Prize. Her poems have appeared in many literary magazines such as The Paris ReviewPloughsharesand Boston Review. Her essays have appeared in FIELD, Lyric Poetry Review, and Little Women: Norton Critical Edition. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, and many grants and residencies. She is on the faculty of Ashland University’s low residency MFA program.

History, by Angie Estes

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Poem from Slate: “After Love”

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This week’s featured poem from Slate is entitled After Love and is written by Alan Michael Parker. As always, Slate has kindly offered an audio version of this poem, so you can surf on over there and listen to the author read his poem aloud. I suggest you check it out! Everyone needs a bit of poetry in their daily lives, so give this one a listen.

According to his biography page at the Tupelo Press website, Alan Michael Parker has written seven books of poetry, including Long Division, and edited the anthology The Imaginary Poets. His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The American Poetry Review, Paris Review, The Best American Poetry 2011, and elsewhere. He teaches writing and literature at Davidson College and in the Queens University low-residency M.F.A. program.

After Love, by Alan Michael Parker

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Poem from Slate: “Late at Night”

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This week’s featured poem from Slate is entitled Late at Night, written by Gail Mazur. As you know by now, Slate does a really awesome thing by having an audio version of their weekly poem attached to the written version. But it isn’t just any audio version of the poem, it’s the poem read by its author. If you have a minute or two, check out Late at Night on the Slate poetry section to hear it read by the author, Gail Mazur.

Gail Mazur, according to her website, has written many collections of poetry. Her work includes They Can’t Take That Away from Me (University of Chicago Press, 2001), which was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2001, Zeppo’s First Wife: New & Selected Poems, (Chicago, 2005), and Figures in a Landscape (Chicago, 2011). She is the Distinguished Writer in Residence at Emerson College and Founding Director of the Blacksmith House Poetry Series in Cambridge.

Late at Night, by Gail Mazur

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