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My All-Time Favorite Dadvice

By Kelly HoffmacherJune 15, 2016
It’s a close call. I can’t quite decide between two pearls of wisdom from the old man. Maybe you can help. One... More  →
My All-Time Favorite Dadvice

What is Free Verse?

By Emma W.May 19, 2016
If you missed our previous Poetry 101s, check them out here! FREE VERSE! I can picture it in block letters on... More  →
What is Free Verse?

We Asked Art Students: Is James Franco's Art Any Good?

By SparkLifeApril 22, 2016
Artist/actor/filmmaker/writer James Franco got more publicity for his art this week when New York Magazine had their chief art critic... More  →
We Asked Art Students: Is James Franco's Art Any Good?

The Poetic Line (Part II)

By Emma W.April 14, 2016
I know, I know: you're probably thinking, how can there possibly be so much to say about the poetic line?!? why is poetry... More  →
The Poetic Line (Part II)

The Poetic Line (Part I)

By Emma W.April 6, 2016
"The poetic line" is the fancy term for a line of poetry; it can stop at a single word—an "of" or "the" or... More  →
The Poetic Line (Part I)

In Honor of National Poetry Month, We're Becoming Poetry Insurgents

By Jessie GaynorApril 5, 2016
I, too, dislike it. Reading it, however, with a perfect     contempt for it, one discovers in it, after all, a place for the genuine.  —Marianne Moore,... More  →
In Honor of National Poetry Month, We're Becoming Poetry Insurgents

The 101: Where to Start Analyzing a Poem

By Emma W.April 1, 2016
Poetry is HARD. I mean, I often have trouble understanding it—and I am myself a poet and a poetry teacher. But that... More  →
The 101: Where to Start Analyzing a Poem

To Understand Howl, Watch Field of Dreams

By Janet ManleyMarch 15, 2016
You've seen Field of Dreams, right? You *must* see it, and not just because of the epic mom jeans situ^ on Kevin Costner.... More  →
To Understand <i>Howl</i>, Watch <i>Field of Dreams</i>

"Don't Drag Me Down," by One Direction: A Close Reading

By Emma W.September 8, 2015
In case you've been at the beach or ON THE MOON for the past three weeks, um, PSA: One Direction dropped an... More  →
"Don't Drag Me Down," by One Direction: A Close Reading