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Poetry in Extremis

It isn’t always clear why the works in “The Poetry of Witness” belong together, or why they’re poems of witness.

Share your bed with Dylan, Shelley or Keats

Dylan Thomas- And green and golden I was huntsman and herdsman, the calves Sang to my horn, the foxes on the hills barked clear and cold, And the sabbath rang slowly In the pebbles of the holy streams.

A belief developed throughout the plague years that the dead could rise from their cemeteries and draw any unlucky passersby into a ghoulish dance of death. These folkloric beliefs, fueled by period poetry about the inevitability of death and a traditional dramatic play enacted in Germany, quickly found their way into European art as a societal allegory about mortality, which gained widespread popularity. The message is clear in the danse macabre—nobody escapes death,

Photographer Alexander Semenov has been working on a series of jellyfish photographed against clouds and sunsets.

Open Mic: Riffs on Life Between Cultures in Ten Voices / Listen in as ten YA authors — some familiar, some new — use their own brand of humor to share their stories about growing up between cultures. Edited by acclaimed author and speaker Mitali Perkins, this collection of fiction and nonfiction uses a mix of styles as diverse as their authors, from laugh-out-loud funny to wry, ironic, or poingnant, in prose, poetry, and comic form.

margaret mitchell - any woman who gets kicked out of a fancy function because of her dancing (and then, you know, writes gone with the wind) deserves a gold star

STUTTERING -- Erin Schick performs her poem "Honest Speech"- - This clip is courtesy of YouTuber 'Button Poetry'.

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Watch These 4 Girls Destroy The Female Stereotype Like The Monsters They Are

Female Stereotype and the Halloween This is poetry from the Brave New Voices Grand Slam Finals 2013 round 4 in Washington, D.C. The 4 incredibly talented girls, from left to right, are: Hannah Halpern (@hanhalp), Amina Iro (@FlipsHijab), Reina Privado (@PoetryAndCurls), and Asha Gardner (@AshaGPoet) and they are a part of the DC Youth Slam Team.

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He's Counting Down From 21, And By The Time He Reaches 15, My Stomach Is In Knots

He's Counting Down From 21, And By The Time He Reaches 15, My Stomach Is In Knots... tears in my eyes & goosebumps on my skin.

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This Woman's Beef With Prettiness Will Leave You Speechless

Poem by Kate Makkai. A question nearly every woman, every little girl has - will I be pretty? I'm not opposed to pretty. I love makeup. I love clothing, and HUGELY GAUDY vintage earrings. But there is much more to me than my appearance, and I don't need to look "flawless". I'm flawed. It's cool. I don't need products to "fix" my complexion. It's fine. I don't need my lips plumped, or my lines erased. My appearance is in no way indicative of my worth. ~Ricrac ♥

Megan Maughan - "5 Reasons to Date a Girl With an Eating Disorder" I know people have been sharing a lot of slam poetry lately but this one really hit me personally. Wow.

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WATCH: The TED Talk That Inspired Two Standing Ovations

Sarah Kay's spoken word poetry. Amazing!

This is the best poem EVER! Normally I don't read poems but this is by far my favorite poem! Please every girl has to watch this!!