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Shaping a life in verse: Review of Harrisburg poet Jack Veasey’s ‘Shapely: Selected Formal Poems’

When Jack Veasey sent me a press kit and copy of his recently published selected poems late last fall, my first thought was, how do I review one of the most iconic veteran poets in this region? Then: how do … Continue reading

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September Poem of the Month contest winner!

This prompt might have been a dud. I mean, I love my job, but I don’t write poems about it. The prompts can always be interpreted in creative ways, but since I only received three entries for this month’s contest, … Continue reading

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Winner of the April Poem of the Month contest!

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

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Poem by Julia Hvalacik, Teen Takeover blogger-poet, and some sonnet love

It should be immediately noted that I am a huge fan of the sonnet. Big-time. Traditional or experimental, I have nothing but love for the form that my favorite poet and former teacher Molly Peacock says has “a primitive appeal … Continue reading

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First reader-submitted poem! Dillsburg’s Bertram Barnett defends rhyme and meter

Tickled pink to receive my first poem from a YDR reader this week! Bertram Barnett of Dillsburg had this to say about his poetic preferences:

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Tracy K. Smith wins the Pulitzer for poetry!

Last week, Tracy K. Smith won the Pulitzer Prize in poetry for her collection Life on Mars. I actually just finished reading these poems a month or so ago, and can say with absolute certainty that Smith deserves this recognition. … Continue reading

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