Gregory Corso Thoughts on Songwriters and Poetry

Found an interesting post on Linked In regarding songwriters and why some big names like Bob Dylan and Jim Morrison should not be considered poets. The post was written by David Seckinger. Wonder what songwriters/poets think about this.

Link | Posted on by | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Jane C. Elkin: Poet, ESL Instructor, Poetry Matters Lit Prize Winner





J.C. Elkin is a graduate of Bates College, Southern Connecticut state University, and the Defense Language Institute. Founder of the Broadneck Writer’s Workshop, she is a Pushcart Prize nominee whose work has been recognized by Poetry  Matters, The Poetry Society of New Hampshire and the Maryland Writers’ Association. An E.S.L. instructor at Anne Arundel Community College, she also works as a theater critic and singer, and makes her home on the Chesapeake Bay.

Her new book World Class puts a different spin on  both  immigration and what  readers think they know about immigrants.  Jane describes the book in her own words: IMG_1840

There are 325 languages spoken in the United States and over a million immigrants enrolled in federally funded English classes. Most are beginners. In this collection of poems, an ESL teacher and former expat illustrates her students’ struggles and triumphs by addressing their linguistic challenges and culture shock alongside broader social issues such as poverty, spousal abuse, religious traditions, illegal immigration, education, the role of  women in other cultures, and the mental scars of war. Their stories are heart-breaking, uplifting, and tinged with unexpected humor that shines a new light on their place in America.

The book has received rave reviews  from Sue Ellen Thompson and Newt Gingrich just to name a few, who found this work to be important. Below are more links on World Class:

WYPR interview with Lisa Morgan on “The Signal”

Bay Weekly


 Interview for Author Amok

 Literarily Speaking Book Blog

 Book Dragon @ Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center

 Whimsical Words

 Published by  ISBN: 978-1-62720-002-8

  Sold at fine book stores everywhere.

Posted in Authors of Note, New Post, News You Can Use | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

This video was shared on our group Face Book page by 2014 Poetry Matters Lit Prize  Winner Leah Smith.  Share your thoughts on this blog or on Patrick’s Facebook page. Thank you Leah for sharing it.

Link | Posted on by | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Today is Poem in Your Pocket Day!

Oh my,with all that is going on with us for Poetry Month  we almost forgot to acknowledge    this most important day. As always when I am short on time I refer to American Academy of Poets.

By the way, my favorite poem of all time is If by Rudyard Kipling, I alway change the end to woman, my daughter. I think she, my daughter, needs to have it shared with her today. To JCC


If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!
Source: A Choice of Kipling’s Verse (1943)


Posted in New Post, News You Can Use | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Learn About Georgia’s Poetry History

Ever wonder which Poets The great state of Georgia claims?  Check out the history provided by Academy of American Poets.

Posted in New Post, News You Can Use, Poetry Organizations | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

We have posted our Poetry Month News letter! Want to thank Daphne Tredore for all her help  with layout and editing! Newsletter 4-2-14

Link | Posted on by | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Poetry at the End of the World / The Poetry Magazine Podcast : The Poetry Foundation

New podcast for Poetry Month:  Poetry at the End of the World / The Poetry Magazine Podcast : The Poetry Foundation.


# Poets Matter #Poets Matters

Posted in New Post, Poetry Organizations | Tagged , , | Leave a comment