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Poems for Lizzo

Plenty of Lizzo's fans are loving her little twerk (I say little because it was literally seconds long) at the Lakers game this week and Amanda Stein showed her appreciation in a poem on Twitter that has to be shared. In her poem, Stein points out that the nudity that we're accustomed to seeing on a daily basis is generated for the male gaze and not for women to enjoy nor women representing themselves.

Delving Into A Sonnet

My teen is currently working on a sonnet project for a class, and each week the class delves deeper into the sonnet each youth has chosen, uncovering more layers until they fully understand what the sonnet means--not only in terms of Shakespeare's intent but their own interpretations. The teens will be performing them at the end of the semester for parents and other guests, and my teen, as creative as the kid is, has yet to come up with a plan for the presentation.

Double, Double, Toil And Trouble

Last weekend my family and I went to a Halloween event called Legends & Lanterns, during which you get to meet a number of villains, both from the real world and the literary world. My kid is all about cosplay and was so excited to meet Ichabod Crane, Vlad the Impaler, Lizzie Borden, Blackbeard and many other favorite characters. The Red Queen didn't attempt to behead any of us, but Lizzie sure did! 

Is Instagram Bad For Poetry?

Many people believe that modern attention spans are dwindling, and social media is partly to blame. There's so much information at any given moment that we're constantly scrolling, losing interest and skimming information more than ever. Twitter has even reduced many of us to 140-character thoughts (although that's shifted in recent years).

Summer Poetry Experiences

Sometimes it feels like there's all the time in the world during the summer months, but they sure pass quickly. Enjoying poetry under a shady tree, with someone you care about or even by yourself, is a lovely way to pass a summer day. Grab a picnic blanket and some snacks, your favorite tomes and definitely hide any electronics. Some music might be great to accompany your poetry, but try using nature as your background soundtrack for just this once.

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