About this blogOne of America's most revered poets, Adrienne Rich, said, "The moment of change is the only poem." Because the world is always changing, poetry is everywhere, and everything can be versified.
Here, I'll discuss and review contemporary books of poetry, with a focus on writers, publications and organizations based in York County, Pa., and the surrounding region. I'll promote area writers by offering prompts and contests, because I want to foster a spirit of community centered around poets and readers of poetry. This is a place to demystify the art of poetry, to appreciate its economy of language, its precision of image and sound.
Please share suggestions for blog content by emailing me at email@example.com. I'd love to hear from you! Let's versify PA and support those who are doing the same.
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Penn State student, Windsor Township native and October Poem of the Month contest winner Brittany Truscott is a busy gal. When she’s not writing contest-winning poetry and going to classes, she’s running a blog with a unique mission: to get … Continue reading
When I arrived at college, I thought all the poets were dead. I’m serious. I’d been writing poetry for years, but I thought that’s something teenage girls just … did. I knew I wanted to be a writer, and even … Continue reading
I came across Luna Park Review before I even started this blog, and was in touch with its creator, Dr. Travis Kurowski from York College’s English department, to try to get a little coverage of the literary journal I run … Continue reading
I promote a lot of poetry events on this blog, as well as individual writers. And I’ve touched on the idea of writing groups and community-building, but I haven’t yet, in any substantial way, mentioned Poetry Spoken Here, a mainstay … Continue reading
I attended this event last year — its first year — and I can assure you: The name is apt. In fact, the point of Jawstruck! is to present poetry so real and moving that it leaves you picking your … Continue reading
National Poetry Month has come to a close, as has the April Poem of the Month contest, the prompt for which was to write a poem that is in some way about poetry. This month, and for the third month … Continue reading
Previously, I blogged about West York Area High School history teacher and poet Melissa Carl’s participation in Pulitzer Remix, a National Poetry Month project sponsored by the Found Poetry Review. I thought we could talk a bit more about found … Continue reading
Richard Thomas is a retired teacher from Spring Grove Township who writes poems not for children, and not for adults or even teenagers, but “for and about tween-age students and their lives, inside and outside of school.” He collects and publishes … Continue reading
Stacia Fleegal interviews York poet laureate Carla Christopher on the new WRCT arts-themed show, “Culture and Main.”