| Sep 22, 2013
| 2:56 PM
Ghanaian poet Kofi Awoonor, one of Africa's most distinguished literary figures, was among the scores of people killed by Al Qaeda-aligned terrorists who attacked a busy shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, over the weekend.
Awoonor, 78, was killed Saturday...
| Dec 4, 2013
| 11:48 AM
On the website of the journal Granta, Mary Ruefle writes a lovely meditation on the ground. Ruefle is a poet who teaches in the MFA program at Vermont College; her most recent book, “Madness, Rack, and Honey” — which collects 15 years'...
| Sep 23, 2013
| 8:42 AM
The poet C.J. Allen has withdrawn his poem, “Explaining the Plot of Blade Runner to My Mother Who Has Alzheimers,” from the shortlist of Britain's Forward Poetry prize after admitting to plagiarizing some early poems. The award for single best...
| Nov 27, 2013
| 5:30 PM
More narratively metronomic than cinematically metered, Brazilian filmmaker Bruno Barretto's "Reaching for the Moon" examines the mid-20th century love affair between award-winning American poet laureate Elizabeth Bishop (Miranda Otto) and gregarious,...
| Dec 5, 2013
| 11:03 AM
December can seem the driest month for music. Holiday music gradually, and more often than not artificially, worms its way into just about everything. And soon even that cheap entertainment will be gone. Come the last two weeks of the year and this...
| Nov 28, 2013
| 1:40 PM
Bruce Springsteen fans may think they know the lyrics of "Born to Run" backward and forward. The title track of Springsteen's 1975 album is not only one of Springsteen's most recognizable songs, but also arguably one of the defining moments of '70s rock. ...
| Dec 8, 2013
| 8:00 AM
When Richard Blanco became the inaugural poet this year, he was the first Latino, the first immigrant, the first openly gay person and the first engineer to serve in that role. Blanco describes the life-changing experience in his new book, "For All of Us,...
| Dec 8, 2013
| 7:47 PM
The Watts Prophets performing group, formed by three young poets in the wake of the 1965 Watts riots, was known for hard-edged commentary. But perhaps the most feisty of the trio was Richard Dedeaux, who once challenged Muhammad Ali to a poetry fight....
| Sep 23, 2013
| 5:55 PM
Kofi Awoonor, poet and diplomat from Ghana, was slain during the Kenya mall attack. The seige of the Nairobi mall by an Al Qaeda-linked Somalia militia began on Sept. 20 and is currently ongoing. A total of 62 people have been killed, including three...
| Sep 24, 2013
| 5:30 AM
Were it released in the LP era, Elton John's "The Diving Board" would have arrived as a fancy double gatefold album, 15 songs separated by instrumental miniatures to open each side. Such a presentation would have added an extra layer of import,...
| Sep 25, 2013
| 9:56 AM
A poem by Charles Bukowski is featured in an advertisement for Dewar's, the 157-year-old blended scotch. If only the notoriously hard-drinking poet had lived long enough to reap the rewards of his endorsement.
The L.A. poet died in 1994 at age 73,...