Reginald Dwayne Betts’ poem “At the End of Life, a Secret” was first published in 2012 in New England Review and was later published in the 2012 volume of The Best American Poetry. The mysterious poem discusses the effect of crack cocaine on humans: specifically the effect on the soul. It cleverly suggests that crack…
American Culture and Poetry in the Internet Age
From November, 2016
The Great Poem Series: Jericho Brown’s “Homeland”
Jericho Brown is an Associate Professor at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. First published in The New Testament (2014), “Homeland” was also published in the 2015 volume of Best American Poetry. “Homeland” is a testimony for all male African Americans in modern society. He expresses the brutally honest lifestyle of an African American male living…
Poem Bomb: John Ashbery’s “Some Trees”
“A silence already filled with noises, / A canvas on which emerges / A chorus of smiles” Posted in the Darien High School cafeteria.
Poem Bomb: “Coffee”
Its no Starbucks, but you can still find “Coffee.”
Poem Bomb: “Bird, Singing” in the Art Department
“You have nothing to be afraid of, anymore. / Outside Prague, I find you warm / Among the million small gold bees set loose / In April’s onion snow, quietly / Quietly, would you sing this back to me, out loud? (Lucie Brock-Broido)
Mobile Poem Bomb: Jericho Brown’s “Homeland”
“Nobody in this nation feels safe, and I’m still a reason why. / Every day, something gets thrown away on account of long / History or hair or fingernails or, yes, of course, my fangs.” This test subject, Darien High School senior Alex Kostrzewski, roamed the halls of the school as a mobile poem bomb.
Poem Bomb: Elaine Equi’s “Etudes” At Mobil Gas Station
“Autumn is a solitude.” Taped to the air pump.
Poem Bomb: R.S. Gwynn’s “Sects from A to Z”
“They go on for hours” I posted this poem at the Darien train station because I had the idea of an individual riding a train from a point A to a far away destination of point Z.
Poem Bomb: Joshua Beckman’s “In Colorado, In Oregon, upon”
“Unmistakable quality will soon be upon us. Don’t wait for anything else.” Posted outside of Heights Pizza, Darien, Connecticut.
The Great Poem Series: Sarah Manguso’s “The Rider”
Sarah Manguso’s, “The Rider,” is a brief poem originally featured in American Letters & Commentary and more recently printed in the 2001 edition of The Best American Poetry. This poem reflects the author’s opinions on how the world will end, and forces the reader to question religion and science. The first two lines instantly grabbed my…