Poetry Investigational Unit — Inaugural Post

Welcome to the first installment of Poetry Investigational Unit (PIU for short)!  Every couple of weeks a different member of PIU will take you on a journey through the web’s literary finest in search of interesting articles, moving poetry, interviews with your favorite authors, book reviews, and so much more!

This week, our Investigator Jillian provides us with some stunning material – enjoy!

“Poetry at its best changes things.”
– Eli Lynch, Elizabeth Cheever, Libby Howard
On October 23 the final of the National Youth Poetry Slam Competition, Brave New Voices, was shown on HBO. To watch highlights or learn more go to the Brave New Voices website. Check it out here: http://www.bravenewvoices.org/hbo/

New York Magazine has a, `Crash Course in Rap Lyrics’ from self-professed “studier of words”, Sam Anderson. The article reviews The Anthology of Rap, Yale University Press, edited by Andrew Dubois and Adam Bradley. The anthology focuses on lyric poetry through, “pure rap: just the verbal magic, triple-distilled, free from the superfluity of hooks, beats, sales, bling, clothes, videos, hairstyles, and even the voices of the rappers themselves,” (Anderson). As someone who has never been a fan of rap, I enjoyed this article. Read the article here:http://nymag.com/arts/popmusic/features/69252/

Check out Anne Finch’s take on `The Poetry of Autumn’ on the Poetry Foundation website. Read it here: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/journal/article.html?id=238068

“He [Bradbury] recently told me he still lives by his lifelong credo, `Jump off the cliff and build your wings on the way down.’”
– Sam Weller
The Paris Review has an interview with Ray Bradbury on their website. http://www.theparisreview.org/interviews/6012/the-art-of-fiction-no-203-ray-bradbury

Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman direct James Franco stars as Alan Ginsburg in Howl. Check out an essay on the movie at:http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/21890

The Rejectionist has some good advice for its readers: Do Not Covet Your Ideas. Read more at: http://www.therejectionist.com/2010/11/ideas.html

We would also like to spend a moment thanking our Veterans – no words can describe how much we appreciate what you do!

Have you found anything PIU worthy online? If so, comment us! See you next time!

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