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20 American Poems Every Student Should Know

“Like all the literary, visual and performing arts, great poetry simultaneously reflects deeply personal and staggeringly universal themes and images. And, of course, also remains firmly rooted in the creators’ time and place, despite often possessing a transcendent nature. A … Continue reading

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Carrie St. George Comer’s The Unrequited

It is often suggested that the late poet James Wright was a master of “lyric surreal.” And with The Unrequited  Carrie St. George Comer invokes this line of American poetry. She does so with certain invention, humor, and wild flirtation. I return … Continue reading

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Bring Your Own Beats!: Chicago Art Scene This Week

If you’re thinking of traipsing around the streets of Chicago this week, here are a few hip happenings you can find yourself stumbling into! Book Release Party for John Franklin Dandridge’s Further Down Rd. Monday, May 10th @ 8:00PM Tonic … Continue reading

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Domestic Hush: Hush Chicago Magazine Releases May Issue

Hush Chicago is a new Chicago fashion magazine that’s becoming a pretty loud unkept secret. Centered around the latest fashion trends — locally, nationally, and world-wide — the magazine also lays itself on the cutting edge of local and national … Continue reading

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Fast Geek Press Releases “Further Down Rd.” by Chicago Poet John Franklin Dandridge

Small book and cassette tape label, Fast Geek Press would like to announce the release of John Franklin Dandridge’s new collection of poems Further Down Rd, an examination of an artist’s relationships, rivalries and exaggerated perception of the future painted on the geographical canvas … Continue reading

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Poetry Super Highway: Great Poetry Exchange

The 9th Annual Poetry Super Highway Great Poetry Exchange The mission of the Poetry Super Highway is to expose as many people to as many other people’s poetry as possible. What? Send a book – Get a book. In February … Continue reading

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Darkside: Jim Thompson’s The Grifters

  The Washington Post suggests that Jim Thompson was the offspring of Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett and Cornell Woolrich—their literary offspring wrote The Grifters, a novel that I arrived late to. I’m thankful that I was urged to read this … Continue reading

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Coming Ashore: Langston Hughes’ “The Big Sea”

I began reading The Big Sea by Langston Hughes somewhere around my late high school years, or early college endeavors when I was still an infant of a poet.  Langston was one of the first poets I’d read, one of the … Continue reading

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