Archives for April 2013

Reading Songs & Raps: Examining Poetry in Other Mediums

I recently watched a clip of Poetic Justice, a romance released in 1993. It tells the story of a young black female poet named Justice, played by Janet Jackson, suffering from depression after the murder of her boyfriend and coping only in her poetry and now a budding relationship with Lucky, a mail carrier played […]

Rearrange The Lines

A Pantoum walks into a bar and orders up some interwoven quatrains. The Haiku Interrupts: “No, no. That’s not what you want. Get some specific syllables instead. Five, then seven, then five.” The Sonnet saunters over, “you’re all crazy. What you really want are fourteen lines in iambic pentameter. Meanwhile, I’m standing in the middle of […]

What’s in a Word? A Lot, When That Word is “Illegal”

On Tuesday, the Associated Press finally struck the dehumanizing and legally inaccurate term “illegal immigrant” from their stylebook. The updated guidelines explain that the term illegal can be used by journalists to describe an action, but no longer to describe a person. This shift is momentous, and congratulations are in order—but hardly to the AP, […]

Jazz Up Your Writing

Is it a coincidence that National Poetry Month and Jazz Appreciation Month (or JAM, which is probably the most fitting acronym ever made) share the month of April? I think not. In my opinion, jazz and poetry go very well together. Jazz does in music what poetry does in print: it embraces improvisation and experimentation […]

Come celebrate the book launch of 7Upper on April 16!

Throughout our 10 year history, the NY Writers Coalition has led over 200 creative writing workshops on Rikers Island. Of those is a workshop for male inmates at Rikers Island, EMTC through The Fortune Society. Now the NY Writers Coalition press is excited to bring you, 7Upper, a powerful anthology of poetry, prose, and art by members […]

Narrator Film Review: One the Road + One Kerouac Haiku

The Narrator’s resident film buff, Ann Lewinson, brings us a review of On the Road, the latest cinematic take on Jack Kerouac’s ultimate road writings. But in the spirit of National Poetry Month, we also wanted to drop a little-known Kerouac haiku on you. So, everyone knows Jack Kerouac wrote On the Road. But did you know […]

Write, Poet. Try.

 A poem is a fictional, verbally inventive moral statement in which it is the author, rather than the printer or word processor, who decides where the lines should end. This dreary-sounding definition, unpoetic to a fault, may well turn out to be the best we can do.                  […]

“The Hotbed of Imminent Danger”: Sri Lankan Writer Sonali Samarasinghe

After the death of her husband, writer Sonali Samarasinghe has worked to change the climate of free speech in Sri Lanka from miles away. Sampsonia Way writer Rachel Webber brings her story to The Narrator. Sri Lankan journalist Sonali Samarasinghe has been hooked on investigative reporting ever since she experienced the frustration of working as a human […]