In celebration of National Poetry Month, every day we're posting a new poem from the spoken-word album Poetic License, a three-CD set that features one hundred performers of stage and screen reading one hundred poems selected by the actors themselves. From Shakespeare and Dickinson to Lucille Clifton and Allen Ginsberg, the lineup spans contemporary American poetry and classics of the Western canon.
D. H. Lawrence (1885–1930) was an English novelist, story writer, and poet who faced censorship because of the sensual and natural themes in his work, which some claimed to be obscene. The well-traveled writer's works include the novels Sons and Lovers (1913) and Lady Chatterley's Lover (1928) and the poetry collections Amores (1916), Birds, Beasts, and Flowers (1923), and Pansies (1939).
Penny Fuller has appeared on Broadway in Barefoot in the Park, Cabaret, Dinner Party, and Applause, the musical adaptation of the classic film All About Eve. She has also appeared in televised productions of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and The Elephant Man.
"Terra Incognita" by D. H. Lawrence from Poetic License produced by Glen Roven. Copyright © 2010 by GPR Records. Used with permission of GPR Records.
Spread the word about debut poets and their work with this Pass-Along Poems chapbook. Print, assemble, and bind several handcrafted, saddle-stitched editions. Add your recommendations for first-time poets on the back pages, and while you’re at it, paste in your own polished, unpublished work or that of others you admire.
Need a dose of inspiration for your writing routine this April? Take our Poetry Challenge and try out a new writing prompt or poetry-related assignment every day during National Poetry Month.
The video poem may be ushering a whole new demographic to poetry. Here are six that have been made available to a wide audience on YouTube.