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This a very smart and elegant site where i found a concrete poetry generator Try it out. Here is something about the author.
Hi, I am Sigrid Jones, I live in Vienna, Austria. This blog is a about anything old or new that I love, that I find interesting or funny.
My other blogs and websites are, for example MedienABC, (in German) MedienABC (in English, discontinued) and the MedienABC blog, which is mainly concerned with media education and media literacy.
I currently work at the Institute of Educational Sciences (Institut für Bildungswissenschaft), University of Vienna as a Research Fellow. From October 2008 I will work on a three year research project on media education and multimodality in primary schools: MiVA (English)
Native American Poets
Extensive list of native american poets.
Here is an example
by Sandy Kewanhaptewa
Crow has brought the message
To the children of the sun
For the return of the buffalo
And for a better day to come
You can kill my body
You can damn my soul
For not believing in your god
And some world down below
You don't stand a chance against my prayers
You don't stand a chance against my love
They outlawed the Ghost Dance
But we shall live again, we shall live again
My sister above
She has red paint
She died at Wounded Knee
Like a latter day saint
You got the big drum in the distance
Blackbird in the sky
That's the sound that you hear
When the buffalo cry
Crazy Horse was a mystic
He knew the secret of the trance
And Sitting Bull the great apostle
Of the Ghost Dance
Come on Comanche
Come on Blackfoot
Come on Shoshoe
Come on Cheyenne
We shall live again
Come on Arapaho
Come on Cherokee
Come on Paiute
Come on Sioux
We shall live again.
And now, grandfather, I ask you to bless the white man.
He needs your wisdom, your guidance.
You see for so long he has tried to destroy my people
and only feels comfortable when given power.
Bless them, show them the peace we understand,
teach them humility.
For I fear they will destroy themselves and their children
as the have done
and so with Mother Earch.
I plead, I cry, after all
They are my brothers [and sisters].
Academy of American Poets
There is a lot here. A great list poets and their bios as well.
The Academy of American Poets was founded in 1934 to support American poets at all stages of their careers and to foster the appreciation of contemporary poetry. To fulfill this mission, the Academy administers a wide variety of programs, including National Poetry Month (April), the largest literary celebration in the world; online educational resources providing free poetry lesson plans for high school teachers; the Poetry Audio Archive, a collection of over 700 recordings dating back to the 1960s; and Poets.org, our award-winning website which provides a wealth of content on contemporary American poetry and receives a million unique users each month.
The Poetics of the Limit
This book situates Louis Zukofsky’s poetics, and the lineage of Objectivist poetics more broadly, within a set of fundamental ethical concerns in American poetic modernism. Tim Woods makes a strong case for Zukofsky as a missing key figure within this ethical matrix, viewing Zukofsky’s poetry through the lens of the work of Theodor Adorno and Emmanuel Levinas. Building an ethical genealogy of American poetics leading from Zukofsky through the contemporary school of L•A•N•G•U•A•G•E poetry, Woods brings together modernism and postmodernism, ethics and aesthetics, to shed new light on our understanding of this neglected strain of modernist poetics.
The Tammuzzi Poets
The Tammuzi Movement
The influence of Sa´adeh’s literary theory appeared clearly, first, in the Tammuzi Movement, a literary current related to Tammuz, the God of fertility, worshiped by ancient Syrians. This movement, known also as “the Shi’r Group” included distinguished modern poets of widely varying talents such: Khalil Hawi (1925 - 1982), Ali Ahmad Sa’id Esper [known as Adonis] (b. 1929), Badr Shakir al-Sayyab (1926 – 1964), Unsi al-Hajj (b. 1937), Nazeer El-Azama (b. 1930), Fu’ad Rifqa (b. 1930), Isam Mahfuz (b. 1939), Taufiq Sayigh (1923-1971), Jabra Ibrahim Jabra (b. 1919) and Yusuf al-Khal (1917 – 1987). This group of poets related the ancient gods to the modern Arab World and used Shi’r Hurr, or what they called al-shi’r al-hadith. They rejected all the conventions of Arabic poetry and all the accepted values of form and use of language. They contended “it was possible to remain an Arab poet without using the conventional form, style and themes of classical literature.” In other words, they were against the unchanged values and predetermined rules of the Arabic literary heritage and in favour of moulding the language, its grammar and style, to the new demands of the modern era. Moreover, in their poetry they concentrated on the idea of the change of the seasons, giving hope to the winter of Arab discontent after the Palestinian disaster of 1948 and to the possibility of rebirth. This idea meant that winter will give birth to spring, and death will ultimately produce life and resurrection. The adoption of myths in poetry served, according to Salma Khadra Jayyusi, as “interpretation of present Arab history in positive and concrete terms”. Thus, she stated:
Al-Sayyab’s implicit use of the Tammuz myth in his famous poem ‘Unshudat al-Matar (1954) was a supreme example which triggered forth various experiments using either the same myth (under different names such as Ba´al in Khalil Hawi, the Phoenix in Adonis), or Biblical stories such as the story of Christ’s crucification and resurrection which also exploited, or that of La´azar (Lazarus) employed by Hawi. All these poems span time and are dynamically and basically concerned with change, with transcendence, with the eventual arrival at fertility and fruition.