As the editor of a long-running poetry journal, I thank Gina Rinehart for putting the noble art of verse in the media spotlight, writes Geoff Lemon, poet, author, satirist and editor of Going Down Swinging.
Australian poetry is suddenly the subject of considerable debate. While there's controversy over a new poetry anthology by UNSW Press, there's wider optimism over the health of poetry more generally.
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 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.
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.
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.
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).