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Playfulness & Pretend Light the Dark in ‘Our Dark Academia’ Poems

Chess pieces, a white queen and a white knight, in front of a sunset

Adrienne Raphel’s new poetry collection, Our Dark Academia, deftly blurs the lines between performance, play, and identity. Seemingly autobiographical and written throughout the “Pandemic years” (2020-?), the poems in this collection are delicately and surprisingly interwoven.

Motifs like an upcoming birthday, a lost piece of jewelry (a family heirloom), and an addiction to online shopping spiral throughout the poems.… read more.

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The Many Lives of Prize-Winning Poet Jan Beatty

On this day in 1995, Jan Beatty released her first collection of poems, Mad River, making today the perfect day to celebrate this incredible poet. 

Jan Beatty is an acclaimed poet from Pittsburgh, PA. Before pursuing writing full time, it seems as though Jan has lived a thousand lives. She has been a welfare caseworker, a sexual assault counselor, a nurse’s aide, and a waitress.read more.

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Camille Dungy’s Urgent Ecopoetry from the Sixth Extinction

Camille T. Dungy was born in Denver but moved often. It is no surprise, then, that the poetry in her collection Trophic Cascade is filled with motion and displacement. Sometimes the displacement is due to travel and adventure, sometimes flight. Even what might seem stable or rooted, like an overflowing collection of Sports Illustrated magazines in the poem ‘Still life,’ is painted as precarious or fleeting.… read more.

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Dreaming of Melissa Lozada-Oliva

Today is the one-year anniversary of the release of the novel Dreaming of You, so we’re celebrating its author, Melissa Lozada-Oliva. 

Melissa Lozada-Oliva is a poet, essayist and novelist. She is a fierce performance poet, delivering spoken word poems which explore themes of feminism and the Latina experience.read more.

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Tribute to Charlotte Salomon: Her Art Survives to Tell Her Story

On Charlotte by David Foenkinos

(translated from French by Sam Taylor)

Guest Post by Martha Anne Toll

Today’s FF2 SWAN-of-the-Day is Charlotte Salomon who was born in Berlin (Germany) on this day in 1917.

Visual artist Charlotte Salomon was 26 and pregnant when she was murdered at Auschwitz. Her violent death spotlights a short, brilliant artistic life.… read more.

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3 Books By Black Women That Reshaped My View on Poetry

FF2 Guest Post by Joycelyn Ghansah

Books have always been my comfort zone, but I’ve noticed that poetry was one area of literature that I rejected in the past. In my experience, the poetry we were required to read in high school was great, but it wasn’t made for me. So, I spent most of my time avoiding poetry until relatively recently.… read more.

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