Poetry

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Youth Poetry Team Obliterates Mayor ‘Wreck-It Rahm’ In Viral YouTube Video

Mayor Emanuel’s loudest opponent isn’t a local politician or the Chicago Teacher Union’s Karen Lewis. That honor goes to the teens in the slam poetry group TEAM Englewood, whose latest poem verbally eviscerates the Mayor.

03/14/2014

Janice N. Harrington "The Hands of Strangers: 
Poems from the Nursing Home" (Credit: janiceharrington.com)

Best Local Poets In Chicago

When considering the artistic merit of great poetic expression, these wonderfully talented Chicago-area writers and Illinois poet laureates represent an eclectic and versatile selection of some of the best poetry in the windy city.

11/18/2013

Dylan York reading from her iPhone at Uncharted Books as she sips a root beer. (Credit: Mason Johnson)

Best Poetry Events In Chicago

From learning about haikus to open mic night, the Chicagoland area offers numerous opportunities for you to learn and experience poetry. Keep the following events in mind when planning how to celebrate National Poetry Month.

04/01/2013

Thanks, Meghan Rock, for submitting this! (Credit: Meghan Rock / octopodadventures.com)

Poem The News: End Of Times… Stop Smiling

Poem the News — Poetry about the news?! Are you MAD?! POETRY AND THE NEWS DON’T GO TOGETHER. You’re crazy! Yes, reader, yes I am. I am crazy. Read these poems. The submit your own.

03/22/2013

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Poem The News: Justin Bieber’s Birthday Cookie Cake Of Doom

Poem the News — Poetry about the news?! Are you MAD?! POETRY AND THE NEWS DON’T GO TOGETHER. You’re crazy! Yes, reader, yes I am. I am crazy. Read these poems. The submit your own.

03/08/2013

Someone's gonna get choked... (Credit: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Poem The News: Burritos In Bed With Dennis Rodman

Poem the News — Poetry about the news?! Are you MAD?! POETRY AND THE NEWS DON’T GO TOGETHER. You’re crazy! Yes, reader, yes I am. I am crazy. Read these poems. The submit your own.

03/01/2013

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Poem The News: Stalking Children On Facebook

This weeks Poem the News covers a vast array of news articles about mothers, exotic dancers, facebook and more!

02/22/2013

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Poem The News: Bully Condor Pole Dances At The Library

Poem the News is exactly what it sounds like: reader-submitted poems based on CBS news stories. Submit your own?

02/15/2013

Pretty sure poetry doesn't look nearly this cool, but we'll pretend.

Submit To Poem The News

Submission Guidelines for CBS Chicago’s Poem the News!

02/11/2013

That's right kids, chicks dig pizza guys. The only thing that could make Papa John cooler is Spider-Man. But come on! Spider-Man would never hang out with a pizza guy... (Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Poem The News: Stealing Bad Pizza & Drunk Moonwalking

This week, readers wrote poems about the news article “Reluctant Thief With Hungry Family Gets Pizza.”

02/01/2013

I'd let Channing Tatum handcuff me. I'd even let Jonah Whats-his-face handcuff me. (Credit: Michael Buckner/Getty Images for SXSW)

Poem The News: Chivalry Is Dead

This week, readers wrote poems about the news article “Man Gets 10-Year Sentence For Handcuffing Himself To Female Taco Bell Co-Worker In Hope Of Getting A Date.”

01/18/2013

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Poem The News: Drunk Driving, Facebook & Emoticons

This week, readers wrote poems about the news article “Ore. Teen Charged After ‘Drivin Drunk’ Facebook Post On New Year’s Eve.” Find out what next week’s poems will be about and how to submit your own…

01/11/2013

Listen, I’m not trying to imply President Bush or President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of Brazil have driven a golf cart while intoxicated — they haven’t. There just weren’t a lot of golf cart photos for me to choose from. (Credit: Ron Sachs-Pool/Getty Images)

Poem The News: The Drunk Golfer

This week, readers wrote poems about the news article ‘Police: Drunk Man Tries To Drive Golf Cart From Angels Camp To Citrus Heights.’ Find out what next week’s poems will be about and how to submit your own…

01/04/2013

Robbie goes head to head in a poetry slam with one of the best... (credit: Robbie Q. Telfer)

Conversations: The Old Chicago Author

Robbie Q. Telfer: man, teacher… poet. Read about Robbie’s involvement in the Chicago poetry scene, with Young Chicago Authors, Louder Than A Bomb, and The Encyclopedia Show.

04/30/2012

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93XRT’s Suggestions On The Best Free Things In Chicago

We all know about the economic downturn that’s taken Chicago by a strong grip in the past few years, and yes, we’ve all had to tighten our belts a little bit because of it. But don’t hang your heads too low just yet!

07/27/2011

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Guide To: Printers’ Ball

There is absolutely nothing like Printers’ Ball. Anywhere. Its unique and vibrant nature makes it hard to tell you exactly what it is, so here’s what it isn’t: literally a ball, hoop skirts and tuxedos are not needed; a convention, or an expo, or a festival either, plenty is shown off and displayed, but nothing’s sold; more than anything else, Printers’ Ball is not something you want to miss.

07/26/2011

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Poetry Gets A New Home In Chicago

With the opening of the new Poetry Foundation building this month, American poetry gets a new home. The Chicago-based independent literary organization, which aims to celebrate the art form and disseminate it to as many people as possible, has built a space that will not only honor poetry, but also offer an ideal venue for readings.

06/20/2011

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Best Poetry Slams In Chicago

Chicago is home to many different poetry hot spots. Any day of the week there’s somewhere to go for a poetry fix. Here’s a list of some of the best poetry slams in the city. […]

10/05/2010