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And by “win someone’s heart,” we mean “masterfully seduce someone.”
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MANDELA IS OBAMA’S FATHER!…So a recent Craigslist post claimed. But comedian Baratunde Thurston would have you know that this is far more than a wingnut’s rant:
“It would be a mistake to interpret this text literally for it is impossible for one person to actually believe the things said here. Rather, one should read this work as an absurdist commentary on American political discourse and the marketplace of civic ideas.”
Read Thurston’s full breakdown of this all-caps masterpiece.
“Journey of the Magi” follows the well-known story of the three wise men from the Gospel of Matthew. It’s also about converting to a belief system that you aren’t too sure about, and that you don’t really want to believe.
(1)His Name is Slim He isn’t dead. He isn’t a dead poet of rhythm. He shook the locals like a passing train, coal-coal/now-now nameless then militant…
Not only that, but she’s giving a reading tonight in NYC…
The latest from renegade poet/editor MoMilli, who explains the piece as follows: “Sometimes when I can’t sleep I try to pun too hard and I sweat it out my pores.”
Also: “This poem was inspired by a very long conversation. Read maybe one Frederick Seidel poem max, but it’s my attempt to imitate what I think he sounds like.”
Revolutionary, South African leader, and world icon Nelson Mandela has died at the age of 95. In his honor, we’re breaking down the poem that became his mantra during his imprisonment: “Invictus.”
Mysterious lights in the night sky… dark hooded figures with unknowable powers… and a floating cat in the men’s room?
It’s no wonder that Welcome To Night Vale has skyrocketed in popularity, and we at Poetry Genius took the liberty of transcribing the first six amazing episodes. Why not start with the classic pilot episode? Just make sure you’re not being watched…
Choose they croon the Ancient Ones
The time has come again
Decoding the trippy poetry of Jim Morrison.
“Why is it that a bucket of water soon becomes putrid, but frozen remains sweet forever? It is commonly said that this is the difference between the affections and the intellect.” -Thoreau, Walden
They bring me sorrow touch’d with joy,
The merry merry bells of Yule.
If you find the holidays a cross between joyful and melancholy, Tennyson is the poet for you.
“Marley was dead: to begin with.”
It’s December. Time to put away the Thanksgiving dishes and get serious.
Time to start annotating A Christmas Carol.
Zena: Please allow me a moment to check.
Zena: I am a human being. (Smile)
you: Cool. Me too. I think
Peter Nowogrodzki breaks down a conversation (poem?) he had with American Express customer service livechat.
Who’s the best living poet in popular music? Whose lyrics have the greatest depth of insight? Greatest technical mastery? Join the Forum debate…
In “Poetry,” one of Marianne Moore’s most famous poems, she anticipates the grudge many of her readers are likely to have against her art form.
All right, she admits, poetry isn’t the most important thing in the world. “Reading it, however, with a perfect contempt for it, one / discovers in / it after all, a place for the genuine.”
“The earliest experience of art must have been that it was incantatory, magical…”
Breaking down Susan Sontag’s classic essay “Against Interpretation” and probably annoying her ghost in the process.
Fortune cookies have an enigmatic poetry all their own. We’re breaking them apart and breaking their messages down, starting with those that happen to begin with the letter “A.” (Yes, we’ve got a whole alphabetized directory.)
Join us on our quest to annotate the wisest of all desserts. “A person is never too old to learn.” In bed.