Poetry

Photo by Scott Bigelow, UNC-Pembroke.

The state of North Carolina installed its newest poet laureate after some controversy swirled around the position last July. 


MATTHEW WAEHNER / N.C. STATE ARCHIVES, DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL RESOURCES

Sometimes a news story is best told in rhyme…so here goes:

There once was a governor named Pat
Who thought in verse this state should not lack
So he picked a poet
To be our State Laureate
But his pick others found out of whack.
Here’s Duncan McFadyen
To explain what has happened

Labriola’s

Apr 24, 2014
Aravind Sivaraj / Wikimedia

 
Entering, through the medium
of memoria, achieves the parable

of Proust: the aroma
of Italianata, opera of olfactory,

blood–gnosis spinning me back
over these scored plank floors

grouted with appassionata
to Sundays after Mass fifty years ago,

when Larimer Avenue was Paradiso
and my parents held the hands

of my sister and me as we processed
along Labriola’s aisles

of melanzano, romas, Fiorella
pears, pews of garlic, basilico.

Wall Poems of Charlotte

If paint can bring energy to an old wall, can an art group bring new energy to a corporate building?

A new space uptown aims to do both. The story begins a year ago with a bit of a mystery.

Maria Roselina

Apr 17, 2014
Paolo Piscolla

There is a moment Sunday,
an inexplicable instant of clarity
and purpose the dying often summon,
when my mother extends a hand through the mist,
lifts off her bed and makes for the kitchen.

On a marble slab, she mixes egg and flour,
salt and water, rolls flat the shroud of dough,
snips it into tagliatelle,
and covers it with a sheet.

Even the rain halts and the sun appears
to allow her passage into the garden
for Romas, parsley,
garlic and basilico.

Eggplant

Apr 14, 2014
USDA.gov

So many times I've witnessed this
that familiarity is not the word

to conjure my mother's taking up of the breast-
shaped purple blackness, her paring

knife commencing from the areola,
strokes of peel stripping away into the sink

until the corpuscular fruit is nude
and ready to be sliced. In the colander

she tiers the rounds, salting each layer
to draw out the bitter water, and weights

them down with a piece of heart-
shaped iron with which her tailor father pressed.

They sit on the counter all day:
the eggplant with the heart pressing on them,

the water in the pan beneath
turning red.

Sensoria/School of Rock

Apr 9, 2014
http://sensoria.cpcc.edu/

Part One

The Sensoria Festival at Central Piedmont Community College began as the CPCC Literary Festival some 20 years ago, hosting literary giants and up and comers from around the world. This year, two of the major  speakers for the festival include poets- one is North Carolina’s Poet Laureate who spends a lot of time working with veterans, and the other was the poet for President Obama’s 2013 Inauguration. We’ll meet them and hear how each use poetry to help bring attention to issues about which they feel strongly.

'Sacrificial Poets' Put On A Good Show

Nov 22, 2013

The poetry on stage at UNC-Charlotte last weekend wasn’t like what you may have read aloud in high school English class. The Chapel-Hill based Sacrificial Poets delivered a show, only the content non-fiction. It came from deep inside themselves.

Click here for Tasnim Shamma's story on the Sacrificial Poets.

'Sacrificial Poets' Teach Students How To Spit Poetry

Nov 15, 2013
Tasnim Shamma

Spoken word poetry is about dramatic storytelling. A Raleigh performance poetry group called Sacrificial Poets is performing at UNC Charlotte this weekend. They're in town for a three-day residency that involves teaching college students and visiting some local schools to teach them about the art of busting a rhyme.

Sacrificial Poets artist director Kane "Novakane" Smego, starts off the class with a piece about growing up in Durham with a single mother.  

Dining with Monet

Sep 19, 2013
Ariane Cauderlier / giverny.org

Gail Peck is currently writing a manuscript of poetry on the lives of artists Claude Monet and Vincent van Gogh. These recent poems were inspired by the cookbook Monet’s Table.

Monet’s World                                                                                       

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