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Cynthia Nixon as Emily Dickinson (left) and Jodhi May as Susan Gilbert in A Quiet Passion. Production Co: Hurricane Films, Potemkino, WeatherVane Productions

At home with Emily Dickinson

A Quiet Passion, a film about Emily Dickinson's life, opens in cinemas this week. Dickinson wrote 1789 poems in her lifetime: only ten were published.
Aaron Douglas. "Aspects of Negro Life: From Slavery to Reconstruction." Oil on canvas, 1934. The New York Public Library, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Art and Artifacts Division.

How World War I sparked the artistic movement that transformed black America

Many associate post-World War I culture with Hemingway and Fitzgerald's Lost Generation. But for black artists, writers and thinkers, the war changed the way they saw their past and their future.
A student performs at the 2013 Louder Than a Bomb slam poetry competition in Boston, Massachusetts. John Tammaro / flickr

Making poetry their own: The evolution of poetry education

Poetry has been a part of teaching and learning for hundreds of years. But how has poetry education changed? And how are young voices using poetry to express themselves today?
The Green Bell illustrates a life of complete and careless love, and utter grief: author Paula Keogh and poet Michael Dransfield in the early 1970s. Affirm Press

Book review: Love, loss and madness in The Green Bell

The lovers at the centre of The Green Bell - its author, Paula Keogh, and that passing meteor of Australian poetry, Michael Dransfield - met in the psychiatric unit of Canberra Hospital.
Protesters holding signs next to North Lake Road at Bibra Lake in Perth last month. Richard Wainwright/AAP

Can poetry stop a highway? Wielding words in the battle over Roe 8

Protest poetry has an esteemed history, from the British war poets to writers behind the Iron Curtain. In Perth, poets are protesting against a contentious road extension and their words are charged.
Poets are drawn to the time between seasons and to the time when both death and life, endings and beginnings, merge into each other and confuse us. Annie Spratt/Unsplash

Friday essay: Christmas poetry – a reflection

The beauty and delicacy of the Christmas story become in our consumerist hands a recipe for crassness and sentimentality. No surprise then, that poets are drawn to try to rescue it.

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