Poets have long drawn inspiration from visual art, and more recently, film. These poems are inspired by, connect to, and create new relationships with film and cinematography, and include topics such as Valley of the Dolls, Izo, Chaplin, James Bond, Gone With the Wind, & Pierrot Le Fou.
This playlist includes both poems written during & about the Civil War.
This playlist brings together poetry written by women poets from before 1500, many of which you may have never heard of.
For more from early women writers, see: https://entropymag.org/women-writers-from-before-1500-that-youve-probably-never-heard-of
Info on the poetic form of the villanelle: https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/text/villanelle-poetic-form
Because of the complex repetition of lines, it has been suggested that the villanelle is often used to deal with obsession and that the relationship between repeated lines creates a feeling of dislocation and “a paradigm for schizophrenia.” - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Villanelle
A period of musical, literary, and cultural proliferation that began in New York’s African-American community during the 1920s and early 1930s. The movement was key to developing a new sense of Black identity and aesthetics as writers, visual artists, and musicians articulated new modes of African-American experience and experimented with artistic forms, modernist techniques, and folk culture. Harlem Renaissance artists and activists also influenced French and Caribbean Négritude and Negrismo movements in addition to laying a foundation for future Black Arts champions like Sonia Sanchez and Amiri Baraka. — Poetry Foundation (https://www.poetryfoundation.org/resources/learning/glossary-terms/detail/harlem-renaissance)
Read: The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain (1926) By Langston Hughes (https://www.poetryfoundation.org/resources/learning/essays/detail/69395)
Read: The Black Poet as Canon-Maker by Elizabeth Alexander
Los Angeles, as a sprawling metropolis and ever-changing landscape, boasts a diverse and engaged community of poets and writers. This playlist features some of the contemporary poets writing in the scene today.
"We are living in the apocalypse. The first moment of time was the first moment of apocalypse and death. Please, don’t fear the apocalypse."
- László Krasznahorkai
"Before me there was no time, after me there will be none.
With me it is born, with me it will also die."
- Daniel von Czepko, Sexcenta Monidisticha Sapientum III, II (1655)
“The world I create in writing compensates for what the real world does not give me.”
– Gloria E. Anzaldúa
“To imagine a language is to imagine a way of life.”
– Ludwig Wittgenstein