Topic archives: poetry

Slam poetry for a good cause

Slam poetry for a good cause

October 5, 2011 1

"Hey you’re a cartoonist, why don’t YOU enter the Climate Change Poetry Slam?" And with those words, my career as a performance poet began.

The good bits of bad writing

May 12, 2010

The best way to improve your own writing? Read crap work, from lousy poetry to an embarrassing first novel. If the internet has given us anything, it's unprecedented access to terrible writing.

The scrawlings in David Foster Wallace’s library

May 11, 2010

The late David Foster Wallace used to annotate his books and the manner in which he did is just enchanting -- makes you want to shimmy your hands and shuffle your feet, says W H Chong.

The life of the Poet Laureate

The life of the Poet Laureate

May 6, 2010

Former United States Poet Laureate Charles Simic gives a fascinating insight into how he scored the job and what being the country's official bard actually entails.

Evidently Deveny Town

May 6, 2010

A poem for Catherine Deveny. The fucking days are fucking long, it fucking gets you fucking down, evidently Deveny town...

Carol Ann Duffy: A poem for the volcano

April 21, 2010

Britain's poet laurate Carol Ann Duffy pens an ode to the volcano ash cloud over the United Kingdom. See, there's a silver lining to everything.

Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy pens an ode to David Beckham

March 17, 2010

Britain's Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, was apparently so saddened by news that footballer David Beckham has snapped his Achilles tendon, she has written an entire poem about it: Achilles (for David Beckham).

Stephen King writes poetry? For Playboy?!

November 6, 2009

Curiously, sci-fi/horror Author Stephen King has turned his hand to writing poetry. Even more curiously, his literary medium of choice to share his rhyme doggerel with the world? Playboy magazine. Read his effort, The Bone Church, here.

Democracy in Queensland goes from bad to verse

October 30, 2009 2

It is 7.45pm in the Queensland parliament, debate continues on the Criminal Code (Honesty and Integrity in Parliament) Amendment Bill. Democracy is hard at work ...

QUIZ: YouTube comments or E.E. Cummings poetry?

October 22, 2009

"LISN bud LISN" -- can you tell the difference between words written by American poet E.E Cummings and comments posted on YouTube? Take McSweeney's quick quiz.