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Firebrand Danish-Palestinian poet jailed over shooting

Copenhagen - Danish-Palestinian bad-boy poet Yahya Hassan, who stormed onto Denmark's literary scene in 2013 and quickly became a household name, was Friday sentenced to jail over a shooting, casting a pall over a short, tumultuous career.

War veteran’s poems published by Algoma professor

Toronto - A collection of poems penned by a U.S. war veteran have been selected and published by a professor of literature. The poems provide a vivid and moving account of conflict.

CuratedAI is a poetry sharing platform for AIs

A new poetry website is offering a unique kind of reading experience. All the content on the site has been written by computers powered by artificial intelligence. It’s designed to test the limits of machine learning, creating a robot with human traits.

French poet Yves Bonnefoy dies aged 93

Paris - Yves Bonnefoy, France's most famous contemporary poet and celebrated translator of Shakespeare whose poems were translated into 30 languages, has died at the age of 93, officials confirmed Saturday.

Rumi wasn't yours: Afghan fury as Iran, Turkey claim Sufi poet

Kabul - Who can lay claim to Rumi, the Sufi mystic who is one of the world's most beloved poets? A bid by Iran and Turkey to do so has exasperated Afghanistan, country of his birth eight centuries ago.

Oil riches help keep alive bedouin poetry

Abu Dhabi - The Middle East's poetry equivalent of "Pop Idol" is helping to keep alive an age-old tradition using bedouin dialect, which is barely understood outside the Arabian Gulf.Apart from the glory, a Kuwaiti student took home five million dirhams ($1.

Chile reburies Nobel-winning poet Pablo Neruda

Isla Negra - Chile reburied Nobel prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda's remains Tuesday after exhuming them to determine whether he was assassinated by late dictator Augusto Pinochet's regime -- a mystery that still lingers.

No rhyme, just reason: Poets taking on climate change Special

Toronto - Research, intricate planning and powerful words make some of today's most interesting poems about the race against climate change, reaching an audience that mightn't otherwise care.

Want free coffee in Dublin? Write a poem

Dublin - For World Poetry Day this year, several cafes in Dublin agreed to provide free coffee for any person who came armed with a poem.

Doubt, faith and art: Three poets write it out Special

Three poets discuss how doubt, faith and art intersect in their latest collections, and how they evaluate their Christianity

Poet attempts 24000 verse epic 'Ramayana' through Facebook

An Indian poet and journalist is attempting something quite unique. He is simplifying and posting the 24000-verse Indian epic "Ramayana," on Facebook.

Review: Billy Bragg publishes first lyrics collection Special

Singer-songwriter Billy Bragg has been writing and performing for over thirty years. With many albums and accolades, the self-proclaimed 'Bard of Barking' has issued his first collection of song lyrics. These have been published as a poetry collection.

'Poetic passwords' could be the future of memorable security

A pair of researchers claim to have developed a new system for generating super-secure, memorable passwords that is based around rhyming poetry. The resulting phrases would take five million years to crack, based on the performance of today's computers.

Your unofficial guide to Toronto's South-North Griots Summit

Toronto - In association with the Pan Am and Para-Pan Am games, a gathering of some of the most revered story tellers from African diaspora traditions are gathering in Toronto, Ontario Canada from May 28th-31st.

Author of 'Milk & Honey' speaks at official book launch Special

Brampton - A year ago, Rupi Kaur never thought her words and drawings would be turned into a book of prose, she told an audience who came to see her at the official launch of 'Milk and Honey: A Journey of Healing Through Poetry,' in Brampton.

Poet Shane Koyczan releases new video 'Heaven, or Whatever'

Canadian poet Shane Koyczan treated his fans to a new video-poem today with his latest YouTube upload. 'Heaven, or Whatever' also stars Vancouver poet R.C. Weslowski.

Op-Ed: Studio 35 where artists of the canvas and of the page converge Special

Sonoma - There's that old saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Words and images often go together so it is no surprise that Studio 35 would have a poetry reading on Oct. 10 to compliment its art display.

Poet Shane Koyczan releases video 'Shoulders' on treasuring Earth

British Columbian poet Shane Koyczan has released a new poem-video on YouTube, written for The David Suzuki Foundation as part of the environmentalist's Blue Dot Tour, where Koyczan shared the stage with The Barenaked Ladies, Stephen Lewis and more.

Review: Poet Shane Koyczan debuts new video-poem 'Troll' on cyberbullying Special

Canadian poet Shane Koyczan, best known recently for his To This Day anti-bullying video-poetry, released another poetic critique of cyber-bullying appropriately titled Troll. It's one of the most poignant looks at the pain caused by online bullies.

Op-Ed: How to be a full-time poet

After 21 years, I still find it entertaining, watching the looks on people’s faces, when they hear that poetry has sustained me for two decades. I have sat on panels, and had countless discussions with poets who’ve wanted my secret, so here it is!!

Toronto Poetry Slam Finals coming to Royal Cinema April 19 Special

Toronto - A spoken word competition is about to take over the 450-seat Royal Cinema in Toronto's Little Italy district. The annual Toronto Poetry Slam Finals will feature eight poets vying to make the Toronto Poetry Slam Team.

Ukrainian spring exhibit celebrates humanitarian poet Special

Edmonton - The annual spring exhibit of Ukrainian art in Edmonton features the life and work of Taras Shevchenko, a noted poet, artist, and humanitarian.

Belfast Laureate Sinead Morrissey awarded TS Eliot prize

London - Irish poet Sinead Morrissey, Belfast's first poet laureate, has won the prestigious TS Eliot prize for her poetry collection Parallax.

Rockit! Herbie Hancock appointed Harvard professor of poetry

U.S. jazz musician Herbie Hancock has been appointed as the 2014 Norton Professor of Poetry at Harvard University. He is the latest in a long line of poets and artists to be appointed to this honorary post.

Cambridge — The Chinese Connection

Cambridge - There is no obvious connection between China and Cambridge, England, so why is the university city so popular with Chinese tourists?

Toronto Poetry Slam wins 2013 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word Special

On November 9 in Montreal, the spoken word series Toronto Poetry Slam won the annual poetry competition The Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, poetically battling against 23 other slam teams from cities across Canada.

Video: Poet 'misspells' the word 'father' in a spelling bee & why

Marshall Davis Jones relates a story of a dream he had about a spelling bee. In poetry form, he explains why he spells the word "father" as "M-O-T-H-E-R."

David McFadden and Ghassan Zaqtan win 2013 Griffin Poetry Prize Special

Toronto - Thursday night at Corus Quay, along Toronto’s waterfront, the winners of the 2013 Griffin Poetry Prize were announced during the annual awards ceremony.

Review: 'Cats' remains a crowd-pleaser, in a smaller Toronto revival Special

Toronto - Say what you want about Andrew Lloyd Webber's “Cats”, but it's a show that knows how to captivate and move an audience. The current Toronto reboot, which opened last night, is lots of fun all the way through.

Op-Ed: Why the Griffin Poetry Prize is so important

Toronto - Since 2000 the Griffin Trust has been funding the Griffin Prize, a celebration of poetry and poets. This week Torontorians will be treated to the 2013 Griffin Poetry Prize Shortlist Readings and the announcement of the 2013 Griffin Poetry Prize Winners.
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Poet Sinead Morrissey
Poet Sinead Morrissey
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Poets Tommy Bewick and Dwayne Morgan performing a duet during Toronto s Canadian Festival of Spoken ...
Poets Tommy Bewick and Dwayne Morgan performing a duet during Toronto's Canadian Festival of Spoken Word
Michelle Darby-Wyatt
Shane Koyczan performing at Toronto Poetry Slam Finals in 2009
Shane Koyczan performing at Toronto Poetry Slam Finals in 2009
Emily Muir
Ukrainian Art Spring Exhibit featuring the work and memorabilia of Taras Shevchenko.
Ukrainian Art Spring Exhibit featuring the work and memorabilia of Taras Shevchenko.
The 2013 Toronto Poetry Slam Team (from l to r): Optimus Rhyme  David Delisca  Kliggy  Philosofly  I...
The 2013 Toronto Poetry Slam Team (from l to r): Optimus Rhyme, David Delisca, Kliggy, Philosofly, IF
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Poet Luke Kennard
Poet Luke Kennard
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Team New Orleans performing a group piece at the 2010 National Poetry Slam
Team New Orleans performing a group piece at the 2010 National Poetry Slam
Ukrainian Art Spring Exhibit featuring the work and memorabilia of Taras Shevchenko.
Ukrainian Art Spring Exhibit featuring the work and memorabilia of Taras Shevchenko.
TS Eliot quote. Sinead Morrissey wins the TS Eliot prize 2014
TS Eliot quote. Sinead Morrissey wins the TS Eliot prize 2014
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Ukrainian Art Spring Exhibit featuring the work and memorabilia of Taras Shevchenko.
Ukrainian Art Spring Exhibit featuring the work and memorabilia of Taras Shevchenko.
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"MJ" from Vidhu Aggarwal
Vidhu Aggarwal
Poet Cortney Lamar Charleston
Poet Cortney Lamar Charleston
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Poet  author Rupi Kaur
Poet, author Rupi Kaur
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Poet JustJamaal from Ottawa performing during the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word
Poet JustJamaal from Ottawa performing during the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word
Michelle Darby-Wyatt
Ukrainian Art Spring Exhibit featuring the work and memorabilia of Taras Shevchenko.
Ukrainian Art Spring Exhibit featuring the work and memorabilia of Taras Shevchenko.
Carlos Andres Gomez
Carlos Andres Gomez
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Poetry performed by the Vancouver slam poetry team during the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word
Poetry performed by the Vancouver slam poetry team during the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word
Michelle Darby-Wyatt

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