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Nikki Giovanni: “The Rosa Parks (A Song in Rhythm)”

Listen to poet Nikki Giovanni perform “The Rosa Parks (A Song in Rhythm)” Read Nikki Giovanni and Ashley Bryan Talk with Roger.

How I Discovered Young Adult Poetry – The Zena Sutherland Lecture

A couple of weeks ago, at a dinner with several poets, one of them said, “You’re lucky, Marilyn: you know how to write poems for the young adult audience.” I laughed and told him he was entirely wrong. I have absolutely no idea how to write for the young adult audience. I just write what […]

“Alive”: A Poem

Dear Abby, said someone from Oregon, I am having trouble with my boyfriend’s attachment to an ancient gallon of milk still full in his refrigerator. I told him it’s me or the milk, is this unreasonable? Dear Carolyn, my brother won’t speak to me because fifty years ago I whispered a monkey would kidnap him […]

Spiral Staircase

No one will ever approach you and say, “This looks like a good day to curl up and read poetry.” You have to do that for yourself. One great thing is — you can sneak it in, between all the other things you are doing. The poet William Stafford carried his own poems on small […]